Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui addresses the municipal assembly on Aug. 28. (Taro Nakazaki)
Hiroshima mayor admits delay in issuing evacuation advisory for landslide threat
HIROSHIMA--Mayor Kazumi Matsui acknowledged at a session of the Hiroshima municipal assembly that the city waited too long before issuing an evacuation advisory in line with deadly landslides earlier this month.
The Hirosaki branch of consumer loan firm Takefuji Corp. in Hirosaki, Aomori Prefecture, where five people were killed in 2001 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan carries out 2 more executions, bringing total under Abe to 11
Two death-row inmates were executed Aug. 29, according to Justice Ministry officials, bringing the total number of hangings since the Abe administration took office in December 2012 to 11.
A resident of Sukagawa, Fukushima Prefecture, stands near the site of his former residence, which was washed away in the failure of the Fujinuma dam in the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. His new house is seen in the background. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
SURVEY: More than 500 agricultural dams at risk in major earthquake
At least 510 dams and irrigation ponds for agricultural use have poor quake resistance strength, according to a nationwide survey by local governments.
A worker sprays insecticides to kill mosquitoes on Aug. 28 in Yoyogi Park in Tokyo’s Shibuya Ward. (Jun Ueda)
Two more domestic cases of dengue fever reported in Tokyo
Japan’s health ministry reported Aug. 28 another two locally transmitted cases of dengue fever in central Tokyo, as an area of Yoyogi Park in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward where the patients were apparently bitten was being fumigated for mosquitoes.
Yasuyuki Kato, a doctor with the National Center for Global Health and Medicine, gives a presentation on the Ebola outbreak in Western Africa at a health ministry office in Tokyo on Aug. 28. (Rintaro Sakurai)
Doctor calls for more assistance to battle deadly Ebola epidemic in Africa
A Japanese doctor sent to Liberia to assist medical workers in the fight against the Ebola virus outbreak said that the West African nation is in dire straits and called for more assistance to local hospitals.
An aerial photo of Mt. Apoi Geopark that covers Mount Apoi-dake (Provided by Mt. Apoi Geopark Promotion Council in Samani)
Mt. Apoi-dake, Izu Peninsula nominated for Global Geoparks
Mount Apoi-dake in Hokkaido and the Izu Peninsula in Shizuoka Prefecture have been chosen as candidates for Global Geoparks, a status awarded to locations around the world that have rare geographical and geological features.
Eight-year-old Oscar the guide dog is recovering well after being attacked by an unknown assailant. (Provided by Kosuke Uchimura)
Oscar the guide dog recovering after being stabbed while accompanying handler to work
SAITAMA--Saitama prefectural police are trying to identify an assailant who stabbed and severely injured a guide dog in late July while it was on duty with its blind handler, sources said.
Yasuo Takamatsu e-mailed this five-year-old photo of himself and his wife, Yuko, to French composer Sylvain Guinet. (Provided by Yasuo Takamatsu)
Moved by 'incredible love story,' French composer writes song for tsunami victim
ONAGAWA, Miyagi Prefecture--When Yasuo Takamatsu is overwhelmed by guilt, he listens to a piano solo to experience the feeling that he is talking to the beloved wife he lost more than three years ago.
Local elementary students walk on the Haneda Nihonbashi Bridge at Haneda Airport's International Terminal in Tokyo's Ota Ward during the bridge's opening ceremony Aug. 28. (Hiroyuki Kamisawa)
Half-sized Nihonbashi bridge welcomes travelers at Haneda’s international terminal
Inspired by Japan's most famous bridge, a new wooden replica has been built inside Tokyo's Haneda Airport to give travelers a taste of the past.
Amazon Japan's largest distribution center in Odawara, Kanagawa Prefecture, in September 2013 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Book publishers shout foul over Amazon Japan's new ratings
Online retail giant Amazon Japan introduced a new system this summer to rank book publishers, a decision that has not gone down well with its business partners.
A lava mound inside a volcanic vent on an islet connected to Nishinoshima island belches noxious gases Aug. 26. (Provided by Japan Coast Guard)
Coast guard warns explosion could occur on volcanic islet in Ogasawara chain
A new islet created by volcanic activity in the Ogasawara chain south of Tokyo could be in danger of blowing up, the Japan Coast Guard says.
Remains of a bunker and a building found at the Soviet troops’ Matad position in Mongolia (Yasuji Nagai)
Details of former Soviet positions in Mongolia unveiled
Years ahead of the Soviet Union’s last-minute entry into war against Japan towards the end of World War II, the country massively fortified its position along the border area between Mongolia and Manchuria.
Love, a South American sea lion at Takeshima Aquarium in Gamagori, Aichi Prefecture, strikes a pose of "reflection" after failing to perform a trick. (Yoshinobu Matsunaga)
PHOTO: Sea lion strikes pose of regret after flubbing trick
GAMAGORI, Aichi Prefecture--On a recent summer day, a sea lion was frolicking and putting on a show for a delighted crowd gathered at Takeshima Aquarium.
An artist's rendition of a mobile bunraku puppet play theater (Provided by the Nippon Foundation)
Foundation supports building mobile bunraku theater
As Japanese traditional puppet theater struggles to connect with modern audiences, the art is getting a helping hand from the Nippon Foundation.
Matsuo Basho (Provided by Kakimori Bunko)
Basho lavishes praise on a pupil in a letter written in final year of his life
ITAMI, Hyogo Prefecture--Famed haiku poet Matsuo Basho (1644-1694) raved over his disciple for a linked verse he composed along with his peers in a newly discovered letter, a rare find that documents a show of Basho's emotions.
Hare Natori succeeds in keeping his egg intact on June 14 in Tokyo's Meguro Ward. "It originally had four wings, but it lost one when it hit the ground," he said. (Hikaru Uchida)
Egg drop contests: Plummeting 'cackle fruit' sparks students' creativity
On a Saturday in June, kids and their parents crowded into a research center in Tokyo to participate in Japan's newest craze: the egg drop contest.
Haruko Obokata, a researcher at the Riken Center for Developmental Biology in Kobe (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Riken: No confirmation of STAP cells, but verification tests will continue
The Riken research institute reported Aug. 27 that it has been unable to replicate a new type of pluripotent cells, known as STAP cells, so far in an experiment that would prove whether or not they exist.
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Tsunami risk in Sea of Japan region just as high as Pacific coastline
A panel of experts has found that the previously unexamined Sea of Japan region is just as vulnerable to devastating tsunami in a big earthquake as the Pacific Ocean coastline on the opposite side of the country.
Elementary school students in Fukushima Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
More than 10,000 students affected by 2011 disasters still in schools in other prefectures
Three years after the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, tsunami and Fukushima nuclear crisis, more than 11,000 students from Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures are still attending schools in other prefectures.
The cover of "Heiwa no Baton wo Tsunaide" (Pass the baton of peace) (Photo by Yukari Takahashi)
Life of man who survived both Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings subject of children's book
"Heiwa no Baton wo Tsunaide" (Pass the baton of peace) is the first-ever children's book portraying the life of the late Tsutomu Yamaguchi, who survived both the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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