Workers drill into a panel of a canopy covering the damaged No. 1 reactor building at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant on Oct. 22. (Provided by Tokyo Electric Power Co.)
TEPCO starts removal work of cover over damaged Fukushima reactor building
The operator of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant started dismantling a canopy on Oct. 22 installed over the damaged No. 1 reactor building to prevent radioactive substances from entering the atmosphere.
Senior officials of the U.S. Department of Defense visit the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s Tsukuba Space Center in Ibaraki Prefecture on Oct. 10. (Yusuke Fukui)
Japan, U.S. to strengthen cooperation in space under revised defense guidelines
The revised Guidelines for Japan-U.S. Defense Cooperation will not only take the security alliance around the world, but they will also bolster the partnership in outer space.
A document that is part of a lawsuit filed by a female health ministry official claiming gender discrimination is shown at an Oct. 21 news conference in Tokyo. (Sawa Okabayashi)
Longtime female bureaucrat sues government over gender discrimination
A female health ministry bureaucrat filed a gender discrimination lawsuit against the central government on Oct. 21, saying that she has been consistently passed over for promotion after nearly two decades of service.
Akari Nagayama, left, and Hiroshi Omiya
Act of kindness ends in tragedy after Mt. Ontakesan eruption
YOKOHAMA--As volcanic rocks fell from the sky and a wave of choking smoke rolled in, Hiroshi Omiya offered his jacket to help protect a frightened young girl from the eruption of Mount Ontakesan.
The logo for the planned theme park Tokyo One Piece Tower ((c) Eiichiro Oda/ Shueisha, Fuji Television Network, Toei Animation)
Tokyo One Piece Tower to feature pirate ship, casino house
A theme park centered on the popular manga-anime franchise “One Piece” will open in a four-story amusement complex in Tokyo Tower in spring 2015.
Chinese Finance Minister Lou Jiwei in Beijing (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Beijing to host headquarters of China-led global bank
SINGAPORE--Investor countries in the planned Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) have agreed to set up its headquarters in Beijing, according to sources involved in negotiations.
The Shosoin Repository in Nara that finished undergoing more than three years of restoration work is opened to the media on Oct. 21. (Toshiyuki Hayashi)
National treasure Shosoin Repository undergoes first renovation in a century
NARA--An ancient repository built here more than 1,200 years ago is ready to be opened to the public again, after undergoing over three years of extensive renovations.
Then Chief Cabinet Secretary Yohei Kono attends a news conference to announce Japan's apology to former wartime comfort women in August 1993. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Suga: Kono's 1993 remarks on 'comfort women' cause 'major problem'
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said former top government spokesman Yohei Kono created a “major problem” for Japan by saying at a 1993 news conference that wartime “comfort women” were forcibly taken away.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Oct. 22 explains plans to send a government delegation to North Korea from Oct. 27 to 30. (Shogo Koshida)
Japan team heading to N. Korea to pressure it on abductees, Abe says
Japan is sending officials to reclusive North Korea to keep up pressure for an investigation into the fate of its citizens kidnapped decades ago to train spies, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Oct. 22.
Stir-fried tofu and sautéed mushrooms (Photo by Katsumi Oyama)
JAPANESE HOME COOKING: Stir-fried tempura tofu and sautéed mushrooms with chicken skin
Koji Sekiguchi, the proprietor of the “izakaya” (drinking establishment) Konchan in Tokyo’s Adachi Ward, introduces two dishes that will refresh the palate while eating and drinking.
Ryokufuso in Ninohe, Iwate Prefecture, before it was gutted by fire (Provided by Sho Itsukaichi)
Fire-damaged Iwate inn 'haunted' by good-luck deity solicits funds to reopen
NINOHE, Iwate Prefecture--An inn that was gutted by fire five years ago, but was once popular because of the widespread belief it was inhabited by a guardian spirit that brought good fortune, is trying to regain its former glory.
A trumpeter with the U.S. Air Force Band of the Pacific-Asia performs in front of a statue for fallen U.S. Air Force members in the Ryujinmura district of Tanabe, Wakayama Prefecture, on Oct. 20. (Asami Matsumoto)
U.S. Air Force band performs in gratitude for 70 years of honoring fallen comrades
TANABE, Wakayama Prefecture--Nearly 70 years after a B-29 bomber crashed here toward the end of World War II, a U.S. Air Force band returned to pay its respects to fallen comrades and the locals who have mourned them since.
In this Sept. 1, 2014, file photo, Jeffrey Fowle, an American detained in North Korea speaks to the Associated Press in Pyongyang. (AP Photo)
North Korea frees US man; 2 more still detained
WASHINGTON--North Korea's reclusive government abruptly freed an American man Oct. 21, nearly six months after he was arrested on charges of leaving a Bible in a nightclub, but Pyongyang refused to hand over two other U.S. citizens who are still being held.
MV-22 Osprey transport aircraft at the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in August (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
EDITORIAL: Tokyo's promise on Futenma closure rings hollow
The Japanese government's promise concerning a U.S. military installation has turned out to have zero value.
The United Nations Security Council unanimously adopts a resolution on measures to contain the outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever on Sept. 18. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
VOX POPULI: Joining forces on global scale paramount in fight against Ebola
“The Hot Zone” is a 1994 nonfiction bestseller by Richard Preston about the origins of the Ebola virus and the struggles of medical researchers in the United States to contain its outbreak. The book was translated into Japanese the same year.
Tourists from Asian nations crowd the duty-free shops at Kansai International Airport in September. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Foreign visitors to Japan in September set record high for the month
The Japan National Tourism Organization announced Oct. 22 that more than 1 million foreigners visited Japan in September, the most for the month since the JNTO started compiling the statistics in 2003.
MHI aircraft manufacturer in Vietnam completes new plant
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. announced Oct. 22 that its subsidiary in Vietnam has completed the construction of a new factory in Hanoi and the production of passenger doors for the Boeing 777 is under way.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe responds to reporters’ questions at the prime minister’s office on Oct. 20 after two of his Cabinet ministers resigned. (Shogo Koshida)
ANALYSIS: Abe's ‘money in politics’ nightmare resurfaces
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s administration had been sailing along relatively scandal-free until questions surfaced this month about two of his “star” Cabinet members.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a bipartisan group of lawmakers on the abduction issue at the prime minister's office on Oct. 20. (Shogo Koshida)
Abductees association skeptical about Abe's plan to dispatch team to North Korea
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe decided to send officials to North Korea to confirm the status of Pyongyang’s reinvestigation into the abduction of Japanese, but family members of victims doubt the move will produce results.
Hong Kong government officials, from right, the Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau Undersecretary Lau Kong-wah, Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Secretary Raymond Tam, Chief Secretary for Administration Carrie Lam, Justice Secretary Rimsky Yuen and Chief Executive's Office Director Edward Yau Tang-wah, sit opposite to the student leaders from the Hong Kong Federation of Students, from fifth left to far left, General Secretary Eason Chung, Deputy Secretary-General Lester Shum, Secretary-General Alex Chow, Council Members Nathan Law and Yvonne Leung during a photo call before their talks in Hong Kong on Oct. 21. (AP Photo)
Hong Kong students, officials talk but remain far apart on demand for greater election say
HONG KONG--Student leaders and government officials in Hong Kong held talks on Oct. 21 to end pro-democracy protests now in their fourth week even as the city's Beijing-backed leader reaffirmed his unwillingness to compromise on the activists' key demand.

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