Nagoya University President Michinari Hamaguchi, left, meets the Mongolian education minister in Ulan Bator on Oct. 13. (Nasuka Yamamoto)
Nagoya University opens satellite schools in Asia to lift international prestige
ULAN BATOR--Attempting to become “Asia’s hub university,” Nagoya University opened satellite schools in Mongolia, Vietnam and Cambodia in October to offer doctoral courses to elite students in the three emerging economies.
Dancers in cosplay costumes perform on huge robots at the Robot Restaurant in Tokyo on Nov. 13. (Makiko Ikenaga)
Tokyo's lurid 'Robot Restaurant' an overload of the senses, but foreigners still come
With two big-breasted "robots" wheeling around out front, the Robot Restaurant in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward certainly stands out, even in the neon-lit streets of the popular Kabukicho entertainment district.
A resident and rescue workers remove a family altar from a collapsed house in Hakuba, Nagano Prefecture, on Nov. 24. (Shiro Nishihata)
Hakuba ski resorts quell rumors of quake damage
HAKUBA, Nagano Prefecture--Winter resort operators here are scrambling to quash rumors at home and abroad that a recent earthquake caused serious damage to their ski hills and facilities.
Waitresses show off their skills during the fourth Waiters Race Japan on Nov. 24 in Yokohama. (Yukiko Oga)
PHOTO: Wait staff put speed, finesse to the test in Yokohama street race
YOKOHAMA--Carrying trays of wobbling glasses and bottles, servers from various hotels and restaurants hustled along a street here on Nov. 24 to see who was the fastest while balancing their loads.
Skaters glide around a silicon wax-coated skating rink at the Oasis 21 complex in Nagoya’s Higashi Ward on Nov. 24. (Minako Yoshimoto)
PHOTO: Non-ice rink in Nagoya offers skaters the fun without frigid temps
NAGOYA--A non-ice skating rink at a commercial complex here is attracting many couples and families with children, as it allows them to enjoy the winter activity in warmer conditions.
Bicycles and notebooks are presented to Cambodian children in Phnom Penh on Nov. 13. (Provided by the Rotary Club of Hamamatsu-West)
Operators of companies in Shizuoka on mission to support Cambodia's poor children
HAMAMATSU, Shizuoka Prefecture--When Masahiro Sano traveled to Cambodia in 1996 on a sightseeing trip to historical ruins, what touched him more was the nation's recent history, seeing towns and schools that remained devastated from the Pol Pot regime.
The stolen "Birth of Buddha" statue (Provided by Tsushima City Board of Education)
South Koreans arrested over stolen Buddha in Japan
Four South Korean men have been arrested in southern Japan on suspicion of stealing an ancient Buddha statue, police said Nov. 25.
A 2-year-old boy is rescued from a collapsed home in Hakuba, Nagano Prefecture, which was hit hard by an earthquake on Nov. 22. (Provided by Asahi Broadcasting Nagano Co.)
2-year-old boy among 26 rescued in quake-hit Nagano area
HAKUBA, Nagano Prefecture--In the pitch dark of night, firefighter Ryuhei Koyama noticed a leg under the wreckage of a collapsed home where the wails of a child were heard.
Doctors carry the liver of a boy at Toyama University Hospital on June 15, 2012, in the first case of organ donation from a brain-dead child under the age of 6. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Organs of 'compassionate' brain-dead girl under 6 in Tokyo offered for transplant
A brain-dead girl under the age of 6 became only the second young child organ donor in Japan following the transplant of organs from a boy younger than that age in 2012.
Couples enjoy the “Nakameguro Blue Grotto” illumination event on opening day on Nov. 22. (Masaru Komiyaji)
PHOTO: 400,000 LED lights recreate Italy's famous 'Blue Grotto' along Tokyo's Meguro river
Romance is in the night air as couples turn out in force for the illumination of 400,000 blue light-emitting diodes placed on cherry trees that line the banks of the Meguro river in Tokyo’s Meguro Ward.
Jeong Jo-mun, founder of the Koryo Museum (Provided by the Koryo Museum)
Once-deserted Korean art museum in Kyoto now center of international exchanges
KYOTO--An avid collector of ceramics, artwork and other crafts from the Korean Peninsula, Jeong Jo-mun spent more than 30 years amassing his kaleidoscope of precious objects.
Tracks of the JR Oito line are covered by a landslide on Nov. 23 that was triggered by an earthquake the night before in Otari, Nagano Prefecture. (The Asahi Shimbun/ Kengo Hiyoshi)
UPDATE: At least 37 homes collapse, dozens injured in Nagano quake
Helicopter surveys on Nov. 23 showed more extensive damage than previously thought from an overnight earthquake in the central mountainous Nagano area that hosted the 1998 Winter Olympics.
A customer purchases chocolates at the Godiva outlet in JR Tottori Station on Nov. 21, the first day of business. (Toshihiro Kashiwagi)
Tottori going upscale with first Godiva outlet, followed by Starbucks
TOTTORI--Tottori Prefecture residents are finally getting a taste of the finer things in urban life with the opening on Nov. 21 of a Godiva outlet at JR Tottori Station and also the upcoming launch of the first Starbucks coffee shop in the prefecture.
Viewers watch an H-2A rocket blast off in Minamitane, Kagoshima Prefecture, on May 24. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Onslaught of tourists expected for launch of Hayabusa 2 space probe
Accommodations, transportation and other tourism-related services have rapidly sold out in and around Tanegashima island ahead of the Nov. 30 launch of the Hayabusa 2 asteroid probe there.
Hiroshi Amano, fourth from left, and Japanese Nobel laureates attend a party Nov. 21 at the Swedish ambassador's residence in Tokyo's Minato Ward. (Makiko Ikenaga)
Nobel-winning inventors of blue LEDs celebrate with past laureates in Tokyo
Two Japanese researchers set to receive the Nobel Prize in Physics next month for developing blue light-emitting diodes for practical application attended a celebratory party in Tokyo with fellow laureates.
A battery emplacement at the Tokyo Bay fortress network's Chiyogasaki artillery battery, which was recommended for designation as a historical site (Provided by the Cultural Affairs Agency)
Western-style Tokyo Bay fortress among candidates for heritage status
A Meiji Era (1868-1912) fortress in Tokyo that uses Western technology to defend the capital against foreign invaders has been recommended for designation as a historical site.
Visitors to the Tokushima city woodworking hall view some of the movie posters featuring the late Ken Takakura. (Yu Fujinami)
Poster exhibition honoring Ken Takakura opens in Tokushima
TOKUSHIMA--An exhibition of Ken Takakura movie posters spanning a 30-year period opened here to honor the Japanese film giant who died on Nov. 10 at the age of 83.
The Asahi Shimbun
Online high school to offer education, hope for reclusive shut-ins
CHIBA--A school here plans to open an online high school next spring that will enable reclusive “hikikomori” to get an education and experience student life in cyberspace.
A police vehicle transports Chisako Kakehi in Muko, Kyoto Prefecture, on Nov. 20. (Kazunori Takahashi)
Widow suspected of killing husband inherited millions from late husbands, partners
MUKO, Kyoto Prefecture--A 67-year-old woman who was arrested Nov. 19 on suspicion of poisoning her husband to death inherited over 800 million yen ($6.8 million) through marriages and relationships with more than 10 men over two decades, police sources said.
JR Hokkaido President Osamu Shimada announces the emblem and nicknames of Hokkaido Shinkansen bullet trains at a company depot in Nanae, Hokkaido, on Nov. 20. (Hiroyuki Yamamoto)
JR Hokkaido shows off eye-catching emblem, interior of new Shinkansen trains
NANAE, Hokkaido--Hokkaido Railway Co. on Nov. 20 unveiled a sleek emblem incorporating a winter raptor for its new Shinkansen bullet trains set to start operating in 2016.

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