Workers pump up dirt and water from ditches in Yoyogi Park in an effort to eradicate mosquitoes. (Shiro Nishihata)
Dengue fever cases jump to 34 as outbreak spreads around Japan
Health ministry officials announced on Sept. 2 that 12 more cases of dengue fever have been confirmed from mosquitoes at Tokyo's Yoyogi Park, with the outbreak spreading farther across the country.
New female members of the Self-Defense Forces attend a welcoming ceremony in Chitose, Hokkaido in 2004. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Tokyo to send SDF servicewoman to NATO
Aiming to show its support for females in the workplace, the Abe administration has selected a woman to be the first member of the Self-Defense Forces to be sent to NATO headquarters in Brussels.
An X-ray image of the interior of the statue shows a slip of paper inside the gorinto tower. (Provided by the Nara National Museum)
X-ray reveals hidden mini tower inside statue of ancient Buddhist leader in Kyoto
NARA--A miniature "gorinto" five-ringed Buddhist tower has been discovered inside a statue of the founder of the Daigoji temple in Kyoto’s Fushimi Ward.
The Ifugao rice terraces in the northern island of Luzon, the Philippines, in May 2006 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japanese university offers helping hand to preserve World Heritage site in Philippines
KANAZAWA--Having spearheaded a drive to revitalize the Noto region in northern Ishikawa Prefecture by getting locals to help out, Kanazawa University has its work cut out with a new project overseas.
Members of the anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd Conservation Society hoist a banner and observe fishing boats at Taiji port in Wakayama Prefecture on Aug. 1. (Yummin Son)
Tensions running high as annual dolphin hunt starts in Taiji
TAIJI, Wakayama Prefecture--This coastal community’s annual dolphin hunt kicked off Sept. 1, and foreign anti-whaling activists were out in force to protest the slaughter as dozens of police officers stood by to keep the peace.
Ryoka Endo, a third-year high school student from Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, discusses her experience of the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami during a cultural festival in Paris on Aug. 30. (Hideki Aota)
Tohoku teenager recounts harrowing ordeal in 2011 tsunami for Paris audience
PARIS--A 17-year-old girl from the Tohoku region who barely survived the devastating quake and tsunami of 2011 shared her experience with audiences here on Aug. 30 in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower.
A worker sprays insecticides to kill mosquitoes on Aug. 28 in Yoyogi Park in Tokyo’s Shibuya Ward. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
19 new cases of dengue fever reported
Health ministry officials on Sept. 1 confirmed 19 new cases of dengue fever, bringing the total to 22 in a country that had not seen domestic infections of the disease for about 70 years.
The new asteroid probe Hayabusa 2 on display in Sagamihara’s Chuo Ward in Kanagawa Prefecture on Aug. 31 (Hikaru Uchida)
New probe Hayabusa 2 revealed in quest to collect more asteroid samples
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) unveiled Aug. 31 a new space probe that is expected to be launched later this year on a mission to an asteroid to help unravel the mystery of how life began in our solar system.
The Maritime Self-Defense Force’s Yokosuka Naval Base (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
MSDF confirms sailor was bullied before suicide
YOKOSUKA, Kanagawa Prefecture--The Maritime Self-Defense Force on Sept. 1 acknowledged that a sailor killed himself after incessant bullying from a superior, who then tried to conceal his involvement in the man’s death.
Protesters opposed to the restart of idled nuclear reactors gather in front of the Diet building in Tokyo on Aug. 30. (Wataru Sekita)
Anti-nuclear protesters fear that restrictions on hate speech will also target them
As anti-nuclear demonstrators rallied in front of the Diet building on Aug. 30, many were troubled by the ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s discussions on restricting hate speech, fearing that a clampdown could also be used to silence their dissent.
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Hello Kitty says goodbye to cat status
Hello Kitty, Sanrio Co.’s feline-like character who has won the hearts of fans across the world with her uniquely expressionless face, has become the focus of a global controversy over whether or not she is a cat.
Search and rescue dogs Yumenosuke, right, and Hulk with their handler Hiroyuki Sano, who is a member of Peace Winds Japan (Takafumi Takehisa)
Rescued dog becomes rescue dog
HIROSHIMA--A stray dog that escaped being euthanized years ago actively participated in rescue efforts here last week after landslides demolished homes, killing scores of residents.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a news conference on Aug. 29 in New Delhi (Provided by the Indian government)
New Indian prime minister seeks strengthened security ties with Tokyo
NEW DELHI--On the eve of his first visit to Japan as India's new prime minister, Narendra Modi said Aug. 29 that he hoped the two countries will enhance their security ties.
A participant in a workshop in Tokyo’s Bunkyo Ward selects type from a shelf, commonly called a “horse” because it has four legs and looks like a horse's back. (Koichi Anzai)
Human touch of old-fashioned letterpress printing draws new admirers
Movable type by hand and letterpress printing seem to be tedious interminable processes in the modern world of computers, where scores of typefaces and fonts are as easy as a mouse-click away.
Yokohama F Marinos president Akira Kaetsu speaks in Tokyo on Aug. 29 to explains steps the club will take to prevent a repeat of last week's incident. (Yasuhiro Sugimoto/ The Asahi Shimbun)
Japanese soccer club fined for fan's racist gesture
Yokohama F Marinos club has been slapped with a 5 million yen ($48,179) fine after a fan made a racist gesture during an Aug. 23 match against Kawasaki Frontale at their Mitsuzawa Stadium, local media reported on Aug. 29.
Pedestrians glance up at the good luck golden frog on the wall of the JR Hakata Station terminal in Fukuoka's Hakata Ward. (Shoma Fujiwaki)
Hakata travelers crane necks to spot 'lucky' golden frog on station wall
FUKUOKA--A figurine of a golden frog obscurely perched high on a wall outside JR Hakata Station here has become an Internet sensation, fueled by rumors that good luck will come to anybody who spots it.
A parent and child have fun with Japanese-made sparklers at a fireworks event on the evening of Aug. 8 in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward. (Nobuhiro Shirai)
Beauty of Japanese-made sparklers sparking a market comeback
In the rekindling of a summer tradition, the voices of children resounded on the grounds of a large bookstore near Daikanyama Station in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward.
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.

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