Dr. Mohammed Bedjaoui (Photo by Nanako Ito)
HIROSHIMA SYMPOSIUM ON NUCLEAR ABOLITION (1)/ Mohammed Bedjaoui: Can humanity abolish the devil's weapon?
With this year marking the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the International Symposium for Peace 2015 titled "The Road to Nuclear Weapons Abolition" was held on July 25 at the International Conference Center Hiroshima.
Dai Tamesue (Photo by Nanako Ito)
HIROSHIMA SYMPOSIUM ON NUCLEAR ABOLITION (2)/ Dai Tamesue: Efforts must be made to prevent atmosphere where free speech is stifled
With this year marking the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the International Symposium for Peace 2015 titled "The Road to Nuclear Weapons Abolition" was held on July 25 at the International Conference Center Hiroshima.
Children observe a silent prayer with illustrations and messages of peace in front of the Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima on Aug. 2. (Yoshihisa Aoyama)
Children deliver anti-war message at Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima
HIROSHIMA--Messages of peace and hopes for a nuclear-free world appeared on about 700 pieces of cloth around the Atomic Bomb Dome on Aug. 2 ahead of the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.
The United Nations Singers and other performers sing "Furusato" during the "Sing for Peace and Hope" concert at Kioi Hall in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward on Aug. 2. (Rei Kishitsu)
U.N. choir holds concert for peace in Tokyo
A choir consisting of United Nations workers held a concert in Tokyo on Aug. 2 to commemorate 70 years since the atomic bomings and the establishment of the world body.
Demonstrators led by high school students march through Tokyo's Shibuya Ward on Aug. 2 protesting the government's security bills. (Kazuhiro Nagashima)
High school students lead march through Tokyo to protest security bills
High school students, some in their uniforms, led thousands of people through the streets of Tokyo’s Shibuya district in a protest march against the government’s security bills Aug. 2.
Members of an association of children of atomic bomb survivors clean a memorial erected at ground zero in Nagasaki on Aug. 1. (Ryo Ikeda)
Survey: 55% of hibakusha stressed over health impact of 1945 radiation exposure
More than 55 percent of survivors of the 1945 atomic bombings still feel anxiety over the impact of radiation exposure on their health, and nearly half fear their descendants may also be affected, an Asahi Shimbun survey showed.
A "no entry" sign is placed at a checkpoint for a chemical weapons disposal facility in the Haerbaling district of China's Jilin province, where many of Japan's abandoned poison gas weapons are believed to be buried. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Private-sector fund to help Chinese victims of chemical weapons left by Japan
SHENYANG, China--A Japan-China private-sector group will establish a fund to support Chinese people suffering from health problems caused by chemical weapons abandoned by Imperial Japanese Army troops at the end of World War II.
Yoshiro Mori, president of the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, speaks at the 128th International Olympic Committee session in Kuala Lumpur on Aug. 1. (AP Photo)
International Olympic Committee hears reports on Tokyo emblem flap, new stadium plans
KUALA LUMPUR--A day after the high-profile vote which awarded Beijing the 2022 Winter Games, International Olympic Committee members on Aug. 1 dealt with issues affecting the next two Summer Games--the fuss over Tokyo's choice of emblem and severe water pollution in Rio de Janeiro.
Discs of the original recordings of Emperor Hirohito’s “jewel voice broadcast” declaring Japan’s surrender in World War II and their containers (Pool)
Emperor Hirohito's surrender announcement as relevant today as 70 years ago, say wartime-era Japanese
It was Aug. 15, 1945, and Shigeaki Hinohara huddled around a radio in a wing of St. Luke's International Hospital in Tokyo’s Chuo Ward to tune in to Emperor Hirohito's broadcast.
Obunko, a one-story structure with a two-level basement, was completed in July 1942 as an air raid shelter. Hirohito and the empress, posthumously known as Empress Kojun, began to reside in the building in January 1943. The second-story basement bears traces of what are believed to have been a doorway to an underground passage to Obunko Fuzokushitsu. (Provided by the Imperial Household Agency)
Recording released of emperor's wartime surrender along with photos of palace bunker
The Imperial Household Agency on Aug. 1 released the original recording of Emperor Hirohito announcing Japan’s surrender in 1945, as well as photos of the underground air raid shelter in the Imperial Palace where he made the momentous decision.
Police escort Mark Karpeles, CEO of bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox, from his home in Tokyo's Toshima Ward after arresting him on Aug. 1. (Kazuhiro Nagashima)
Police arrest CEO of bankrupt bitcoin exchange
Tokyo police on Aug. 1 arrested the CEO of the collapsed Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange over the looting of its virtual currency.
A family enjoys watching beetles at an event in Fukuoka on July 21. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japanese spending an average of 89,296 yen for summer break
Japanese adults will spend an average of 89,296 yen ($720) for their summer holiday, even though the period is a day shorter than last year, a survey showed.
The head of the creature from the manga series “Attack on Titan” pokes out of Asahi Shimbun newspapers at a stand in JR Shinjuku Station on Aug. 1. (Hideaki Fukatsu)
Asahi Shimbun promotes 'Attack on Titan' movie with scary insert
Readers at JR stations in Tokyo got a little sci-fi extra with their copies of The Asahi Shimbun on Aug. 1: Poking out the side of the newspapers was the head of the humanoid creatures from the fantasy manga series “Attack on Titan.”
The remnants believed to be of an "o-kabe" structure in Takatori, Nara Prefecture. The white holes surrounding the square are where poles had been placed. (Kazuto Tsukamoto)
Remnants of 5th-century building where foreigners may have met found in Nara
TAKATORI, Nara Prefecture--Large remnants of an ancient structure that may have served as a meeting place for foreigners more than 1,500 years ago have been excavated here, the town board of education announced July 30.
Former TEPCO Chairman Tsunehisa Katsumata (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
3 former TEPCO executives face criminal trial over Fukushima crisis
Three former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Co. will stand trial over the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster after an independent judicial panel of citizens on July 31 again decided that mandatory indictments are warranted.
The official emblem for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics
Belgian designer demands halt to use of Tokyo Olympics emblem
The controversy surrounding the emblem for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics escalated on July 31 with a cease-and-desist demand from a Belgian designer and a second claim that it bears a resemblance to one created by a Spanish studio.
Women in their mid-70s and older increase their muscle strength at a class in Dazaifu, Fukuoka Prefecture. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japanese women lead planet again with average life span of 86.83 years
Japanese women extended their average life expectancy to a record 86.83 years in 2014 to lead the world for the third straight year, a health ministry report showed July 30.
Members of the Ainu community offer prayer to their gods at the "Porotokotan" Ainu culture village in the town of Shiraoi, Hokkaido, in May. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Ainu museum planned for 2020 to promote understanding of indigenous people
A national museum dedicated to Ainu culture will open in southwestern Hokkaido in 2020 to coincide with the start of the Tokyo Olympic Games.
The Asahi Shimbun
Ministry to allow drilling in national parks to gain geothermal power
The Environment Ministry said it will lift restrictions on drilling operations underneath national parks and quasi-national parks to make 70 percent of geothermal energy reserves in Japan available for development.
Rows of tanks storing radiation-contaminated water occupy the compound of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant on July 28. (Eiji Hori)
Nuclear watchdog proposes raising maximum radiation dose to 250 millisieverts
Nuclear plant workers in Japan will be allowed to be exposed to more than twice the current level of radiation in emergency situations, according to the Nuclear Regulation Authority’s Radiation Council.

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