A counselor responds to a caller to a suicide prevention hotline. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Study: Japanese male managers at higher suicide risk than those on lower rung
Japanese male senior business managers, including executives, are at a higher risk for suicide than lower-level employees, according to the findings of a Japanese research team.
Contestants in the Global Sushi Challenge 2015 prepare their sushi dishes in Tokyo on Nov. 25. (Toshiyuki Takeya)
Japanese chef holds off overseas competitors to claim sushi-making crown
For at least another year, Japan can still claim top bragging rights in the art of sushi making.
President Shunichi Saito, left, and chief brewer Yoshimi Terasawa stand with sake made in the Shiba district of Tokyo's Minato Ward. (Taeko Hiraoka)
Sake shop favored by famous samurai reopens in Tokyo after 100-year break
A brewery where three of the most famous samurai of the 19th century enjoyed shots of sake has reopened in the heart of Tokyo more than a hundred years after closing its doors.
Norman Mineta became the first Asian-American Cabinet member when President Bill Clinton appointed him commerce secretary in 2000. (Daisuke Nakai)
JAPANESE-AMERICANS IN WAR AND PEACE: Fighting racist fears after 9/11
Editor's Note: This is the final part of a five-part series looking at Japanese-Americans over the 70 years since the end of World War II.
Plaintiffs, including lawyer Hidetoshi Masunaga, center, hold a news conference in Tokyo on Nov. 25 after the Supreme Court gave its ruling on the 2014 Lower House election. (Takeshi Tokitsu)
Top court rules 2014 Lower House election held ‘in a state of unconstitutionality’
The Supreme Court ruled Nov. 25 that the Lower House election last December was held “in a state of unconstitutionality,” but rejected demands the outcome be nullified.
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Japan energy-efficiency plan to switch off all light bulbs, fluorescent tubes
The government plans to phase out all incandescent light bulbs and fluorescent tubes by fiscal 2020 and light up the nation with highly energy-efficient light-emitting diodes (LED), according to sources.
Tadashi Yanai, chairman and president of Fast Retailing Co., with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres after a news conference in Tokyo on Nov. 25 (Akiko Suzuki)
Uniqlo to hire 100 refugees to help them achieve self-reliance
The Uniqlo clothing chain intends to hire 100 or so refugees at stores in Japan and abroad in a major expansion of its program of supporting the displaced people.
Setsuko Hara (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Setsuko Hara, star of Ozu’s ‘Tokyo Story,' dies at age 95
Screen legend Setsuko Hara, who starred in several films by internationally acclaimed director Yasujiro Ozu before stunning the Japanese movie world by retiring at age 42, has died of pneumonia. She was 95.
Characters of the “Star Wars” film series adorn the walls of an observation corridor of Tokyo Skytree in Tokyo’s Sumida Ward. The photo was taken on Nov. 18. (Kazuhisa Kurokawa)
Skytree Skywalkers: Tokyo's tallest tower feels the force
Ascending to “outer space” 450 meters above ground, “Star Wars” fans are flocking to the Sky Walk attraction at Tokyo Skytree’s spiraling observation corridor.
Moses Maiga touts for customers at his Moses' Kebab stall in the Ameyoko shopping street in Tokyo's Taito Ward. (Sokichi Kuroda)
Ameyoko offers ethnic food fix amid tourism boom in Tokyo's 'shitamachi' area
When Moses Maiga opened his kebab stall in 2003 in the Ameyoko shopping street in Tokyo's “shitamachi” lower town area, the Ghanaian paved the way for the corner's transformation into a bustling ethnic food market.
Trainees from Malaysia and the Philippines participate in the Japan Coast Guard's seiatsu-jutsu training at the Japan Coast Guard School Moji Branch in Kita-Kyushu on Oct. 27. (Jun Kaneko)
A flurry of kicks and slaps that would make Bruce Lee proud: Learning to fight the Japan Coast Guard way
KITA-KYUSHU--The thud of bodies landing on tatami mats echoed with shouts of "Don't move, freeze!" and "Hands in the air!" This, clearly, was no ordinary martial arts session.
Part of the speech Ronald Reagan gave in 1945 to thank Kazuo Masuda is inscribed in a monument in Santa Ana, California. (Daisuke Nakai)
JAPANESE-AMERICANS IN WAR AND PEACE: Decades later, compensation for embarrassing mistake
Editor's Note: This is the fourth part of a five-part series looking at Japanese-Americans over the 70 years since the end of World War II.
Children in Higashi-Sumiyoshi Ward, Osaka, work on their ideas for a possible Tokyo Olympic logo. (Jun Ueda)
New Olympic logo contest opens, but selection process incomplete
Artistic children pursuing their dreams are among the competitors in a new Tokyo Olympics logo contest run by a group of adults wracked by allegations of plagiarism, obfuscation and dodgy behavior.
Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga in a recent news conference in Naha (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Okinawa eyes lawsuit in escalating legal fight over relocation of U.S. base
NAHA--Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga is pledging to wage war with the central government over the relocation of a U.S. base within the southernmost prefecture, seeking a lawsuit to counter recent moves by Tokyo.
Asahi Kasei Construction Materials Corp. President Tomihiro Maeda, right, and executives of Asahi Kasei Corp. apologize Nov. 13 before reporters in Tokyo for falsifying data concerning piling projects. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Asahi Kasei winds up probe into scandal, says data forged in 12% of piling work
The construction company at the center of a scandal over shoddy piling work said more than 60 individuals were involved in falsifying data in 360 cases, or 12 percent of all projects carried out in the past 10 years.
Masahiro Goto holds a photo of his wife, Hiromi, in his house in Minami-Sanriku, Miyagi Prefecture, on Nov. 21. One of her white coats, which was found in the hospital after the disaster, hangs in the background. (Yoshinobu Motegi)
Bereaved husband hails tsunami-hit hospital's reopening
MINAMI-SANRIKU, Miyagi Prefecture--A hospital worker who lost his nurse wife and colleague when the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami destroyed their workplace has hailed the planned opening of its replacement here.
Antonio Guterres, right, U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, and Tadashi Yanai, founder and president of Fast Retailing Co. meet in Tokyo on Nov. 25. (AP Photo)
U.N. commissioner: Japan should accept more refugees, fix asylum system
Japan should be doing more to help with the global catastrophe of asylum seekers, the head of the U.N. refugee body said on Nov. 25.
A diver checks the bones, center, which are believed to be those of a crew member of the Juzan Maru, off South Korea's Jeju Island. (Provided by KBS Jeju)
After 70 years many uncollected remains still at bottom of sea
At the bottom of the sea about one kilometer northwest of Jeju Island, a South Korean TV station embarked on a search for a sunken Japanese ship as part of a program related to the Pacific War.
Takejiro Higa at the Hawaii Okinawa Center on the outskirts of Honolulu (Hiroki Manabe)
Editor's Note: This is the third part of a five-part series looking at Japanese-Americans over the 70 years since the end of World War II.
A public works project to elevate land continues in Minami-Sanriku, Miyagi Prefecture, which was hit by the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami in 2011. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Tax revenues slump in municipalities hardest-hit by 3/11 disaster
Total tax revenues in 42 municipalities affected by the 2011 triple disaster have surpassed pre-3/11 levels, but more than half of them are still experiencing declines in tax income, an Asahi Shimbun survey showed.

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