Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Barack Obama wind up their joint news conference at the State Guest House in Tokyo’s Moto-Akasaka district on April 24. (Pool)
INSIGHT: A series of firsts in Obama meeting with Abe
U.S. President Barack Obama's pledge to protect the Senkaku Islands was one major sign of the rare developments that unfolded before and during his meeting on April 24 with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Local residents raise their fists in Kami, Miyagi Prefecture, on March 21 to express their opposition to the construction of the final disposal site for contaminated waste in the town. (Hiroshi Shimada)
Central, local governments have no takers for radioactive waste
With nobody wanting to give it a permanent home, a large amount of waste contaminated with radioactive materials due to the accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant has remained in eastern Japan.
"Fashion Library," a collection of used clothes and a bunch of memories at the "Expanded Fashion" exhibition in Mito, Ibaraki Prefecture (Yu Yamada)
Two exhibitions examine fashion from two different angles
What is the relationship between fashion and art? Two current exhibitions in Mito and Kyoto are attempting to answer that question.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Barack Obama attend a joint news conference on April 24 at the State Guest House in Tokyo after their summit. (Pool)
UPDATE: Obama declares U.S. obligation to protect Senkaku Islands
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gained major reassurances from U.S. President Barack Obama on April 24 concerning national security, but the two nations could not resolve their differences over the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade arrangement.
U.S. President Barack Obama at the Japanese guard of honor in the Imperial Palace on April 24 (Pool)
Obama: Not hopeful North Korea will change soon
U.S. President Barack Obama says he's not optimistic North Korea will stop behaving irresponsibly in the near future.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Barack Obama shake hands on April 24 at the State Guest House in Tokyo before their summit. (Pool)
Senkakus issue to be included in joint statement to be issued after Abe-Obama meeting
The Senkaku Islands issue will be included in the joint statement to be issued on April 24 after the meeting between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and visiting U.S. President Barack Obama.
The Hamaoka nuclear power plant in Omaezaki, Shizuoka Prefecture, is located near residential areas. (Yasuhiro Sugimoto)
Study: Up to 46 hours needed to flee Hamaoka nuclear plant accident
Evacuating the area within 31 kilometers of the Hamaoka nuclear power plant could take nearly two days, leaving many residents exposed to radiation if a nuclear accident were to occur there, a study showed.
A Google Street View image of the Marunouchi terminal building at JR Tokyo Station taken in July 2013 (Provided by Google Japan)
Google adds time-travel feature to its Street View service
Google Inc. is enabling users worldwide to feel like they are traveling back in time under a service initially set up to help victims of the March 2011 disaster in northeastern Japan.
A man visits his wife who has dementia at a care facility in Takamatsu in February. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Scientists develop app to detect mild cognitive impairment
A research team has developed an app that can detect mild cognitive impairment without the presence of a physician.
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines' Baosteel Emotion unloads iron ore at a port in China's Zhejiang province on April 22. (Kentaro Koyama)
Mitsui O.S.K. pays 4 billion yen to retrieve ship seized in China
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd. has paid 4 billion yen ($39.1 million) to Chinese authorities to settle a 1930s contract dispute and secure the release of its ship, the Shanghai Maritime Court said April 24.
Osugidani gorge in Mie Prefecture offers stunning scenery. (Susumu Sakamoto)
Typhoon-wrecked hiking trail in one of Japan's most famous gorges to reopen
ODAI, Mie Prefecture--A scenic hiking trail in Osugidani gorge, located in one of Japan’s most pristine wilderness areas, will finally reopen on April 25 after nearly a decade of work to repair damage caused by a typhoon.
Figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu, who earned a Gold Medal at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, shows off his prize at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan in Tokyo on April 24. (Louis Templado)
FIGURE SKATING/ Sochi Olympic champion Hanyu ready for more gold
With the U.S. president in town and inevitable traffic snarls, it's not surprising that Yuzuru Hanyu was late for his own news conference on April 24.
The new and final model of the Orochi sports car is displayed in a showroom in Tokyo's Chuo Ward. (Shigeo Ohata)
Mitsuoka Orochi to make final lap
Mitsuoka Motor Co. has revealed the latest--and final--edition of its custom-designed Orochi sports car.
Ana Doria Galvao, third from right, shows her students how to cook typical Brazilian home-style dishes in Tokyo’s Shibuya Ward in June 2013. She is the wife of Brazilian Ambassador Marcos Bezerra Abbott Galvao. (The Asahi Shimbun)
Good ‘diplomacy’ at dining table with home-style dishes
Diplomacy takes many forms, and even extends to cooking classes in Tokyo.
Tanzanian Ambassador to Japan Salome Sijaona, back center right, visits the head office of Be Forward Co., a used Japanese vehicle exporter, in Chofu, western Tokyo, where 40 percent of the employees are non-Japanese. (Kaori Takahashi)
Want to buy a used Japanese car in Zambia? Go to the post office
Along with stamps and envelopes, Zambians can buy something at a post office in their country that won't fit in any mailbox: a used Japanese car.
Marubeni says Chinese authorities detain three staff at grain unit
TOKYO/ BEIJING--Three employees at one of Marubeni Corp's grain trading units in China have been detained by authorities, the Japanese trading house said on April 24, a move sources told Reuters was prompted by allegations the unit evaded taxes on soy bean imports.
Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Justin Bieber apologizes for visiting war-related Yasukuni Shrine
Justin Bieber apologized on April 23 to those he offended by visiting a Japanese war-related shrine, saying he thought it was a beautiful site and only a place of prayer.
Asagaya Anime Street in Tokyo's Suginami Ward opened under the elevated tracks of JR Chuo Line. Fans line up in front of some of the shops on March 29 before they open for the first day of business. (Motooki Hayasaka)
Asagaya Anime Street on track to bringing fans closer to anime professionals
A narrow passageway under the elevated tracks of the JR Chuo Line between Tokyo's Asagaya and Koenji stations has become a new mecca for anime fans.
The Niigata Chuetsu-oki Earthquake in July 2007 damaged this road near the No. 1 reactor of the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant in Niigata Prefecture. (Provided by the Tokyo Electric Power Co.)
EDITORIAL: Governor’s doubts about nuclear safety should be addressed
There are many reasons to doubt whether the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, which is keen to restart idled nuclear reactors, is really committed to ensuring that citizens will never again become victims of a nuclear accident.
A Cabinet meeting held at the prime minister’s office in Tokyo a few weeks after Shinzo Abe became prime minister in December 2012 (Pool)
VOX POPULI: Expanding Cabinet nears ‘mutation’ threshold
If people belong to an organization, many of them probably wish there were fewer meetings, and that the ones that are necessary were shorter. In reality, however, meetings in which discussions are to the point and appropriate decisions are reached swiftly and efficiently are few and far between.

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