The bow of a ship believed to be from a 13th century Mongolian invasion attempt, off Matsuura, Nagasaki Prefecture (Provided by the University of the Ryukyus and the Matsuura city board of education )
2nd shipwreck confirmed from 13th century Mongolian invasion
MATSUURA, Nagasaki Prefecture--A shipwreck found here is the second confirmed vessel from a 13th century Mongolian fleet that foundered in a typhoon in a failed attempt to invade Japan, researchers said July 2.
(Illustration by Mitsuaki Kojima)
ASAHI HAIKUIST NETWORK/ By David McMurray
Fog above the lake-- a white gull asleep on a large boulder
The Asahi Shimbun
Japan’s population decline the steepest on record
Japan’s population fell 271,058 in 2014, the biggest drop on record and the sixth straight year of decline, to 126.16 million, according to the internal affairs ministry.
Sakie and Shigeru Yokota attend a news conference in Tokyo on July 1 along with Shigeo Iizuka, right, the head of the Association of the Families of Victims Kidnapped by North Korea. (Wataru Sekita)
Frustration grows after year of Pyongyang's reinvestigation into abduction issue
A slim ray of hope that appeared a year ago has dimmed for Japanese families who have been waiting decades for word about their loved ones taken away by North Korea.
Google Inc. headquarters in California's Silicon Valley (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Court orders Google to delete search results of lewd behavior arrest
A court issued a temporary order against Google Inc. to delete references to a man’s arrest that may appear in Internet searches, a ruling that raises questions about privacy and the freedom of expression.
Brian MacDuckston poses with a bowl of his favorite ramen at Gamushara in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward in May. (Susumu Sakamoto)
American ramen fanatic publishes book of Tokyo's top noodle joints
An American expat has reached a milestone in his quest for the perfect ramen dish by publishing a guidebook featuring reviews of his top 50 noodle shops in Tokyo.
Cloth printed with a special ink developed at the University of Tokyo can conduct electricity even when the fabric is stretched. (Keisuke Yamazaki)
Scientists create stretchable, printable, wearable conductor for biological sensors
Researchers have developed an electrically conductive ink that can be used in clothing to provide a more comfortable way to measure biological data.
The Kounotori 5 unmanned cargo transport vehicle is shown to the media at the Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture on July 1. (Chisato Yokota)
JAXA cargo vehicle unveiled ahead of August mission to space station
TANEGASHIMA, Kagoshima Prefecture--Japan’s space agency unveiled the Kounotori 5 (HTV5) unmanned transfer vehicle July 1 that is being readied for a mission to resupply the International Space Station (ISS).
Children search for "Yo-kai Watch" characters while making their way through the Yo-kai Watch the Real attraction at Universal Studios Japan in Osaka during a preview event on July 1. (Jun Ueda)
Zombies, 'yokai' monsters invade USJ summer attractions
OSAKA--Attractions based on “Yo-kai Watch,” “Resident Evil” and other popular anime, film and video game franchises will open July 3 for the summer season at Universal Studios Japan.
Customers enjoy liquid refreshment at the opening of a beer garden at the Kamishichiken-Kaburenjo theater in Kyoto’s Kamigyo Ward on July 1. Six "geiko" and "maiko" were on hand to provide the draft beer. (Noboru Tomura)
PHOTO: Suds with style as graceful geisha open Kyoto beer garden
KYOTO--“Geiko” (Kyoto geisha) and young “maiko” apprentices hovered elegantly at tables and served customers tall cold ones as an annual summer beer garden opened in Kyoto’s Kamigyo Ward on July 1.
A ryokan in Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture, closed one of its baths after the amount of hot-spring water supplied from Mount Hakoneyama decreased. (Yuhei Kyono)
Kanagawa plans tourism discount rush to bring visitors to struggling Hakone
YOKOHAMA--Kanagawa Prefecture will spend 2.7 billion yen ($21.88 million) for special tourist vouchers and packages to lure more visitors to the area, where one of the most popular sites is now being rattled by volcanic activity.
Teresa Xu, left, and Li Tingting, right, share a kiss in a beauty salon where the two were preparing for their wedding in Beijing on July 2. (AP Photo)
China gay couple holds informal marriage to push for union
BEIJING--A prominent Chinese lesbian couple held a simple ceremony on July 2 to announce their informal marriage in their latest effort to push for legalization of same-sex unions in China.
A “hibakusha kenko techo” pocketbook that proves its holder is an atomic bomb survivor. The average age of the pocketbook holders has exceeded 80 years for the first time. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Average age of certified hibakusha tops 80 for 1st time
The average age of certified hibakusha (atomic bomb survivors) exceeded 80 for the first time, while their numbers fell to a record low 183,519, the health ministry said July 1.
Architect Zaha Hadid, winner of the international competition for designing the New National Stadium (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
EDITORIAL: Flawed plan for Olympic stadium destined to fail
The plan to build a new National Stadium, the main venue for the 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo, doesn’t pass muster as a decent public works project.
Pensioners try to get a number to enter a bank in Athens on July 1. About 1,000 bank branches around the country were ordered by the government to reopen on July 1 to help desperate pensioners without ATM cards cash up to 120 euros ($134) from their retirement checks. (AP Photo)
VOX POPULI: Greece jumps from happy-go-lucky 'grasshopper' to 'slave' of lenders
“Kaketori” (Bill collection) is an amusing “rakugo” (comic storytelling) number about a married couple, in debt and living in a tenement house, plotting to outsmart their creditor on New Year’s Eve.
KBG84 performs during a recent concert in Tokyo on June 13. (Daisuke Yajima)
Granny 'idol group' from Okinawa snatches spotlight from teen idols
TAKETOMI, Okinawa Prefecture--"Idol group" or "granny group"? KBG84 is both.
Hideaki Hayashida, head of community development group Modal, which is behind the Sakamichi Musume project (Sei Iwanami)
Nagasaki promotes famed slopes with cute 'moe' girls
NAGASAKI--An increasing number of young people here nowadays can be seen sporting steel badges with images of cute girls, who have colorful hair and big eyes, representing the city’s famed 21 steep residential streets.
The Red Salamander all-terrain vehicle moves through water in a drill. (Provided by the Okazaki city fire defense headquarters)
Okazaki's Red Salamander disaster vehicle hopefully not coming to an area near you
OKAZAKI, Aichi Prefecture--At the Okazaki city fire defense headquarters here, the Red Salamander is patiently engaged in preparations.
Japanese players celebrate a 2-1 win over England in a semifinal in the FIFA Women's World Cup soccer tournament on July 1 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (The Asahi Shimbun)
SOCCER/ Own goal gives Japan 2-1 win over England in World Cup semifinal
EDMONTON, Canada--Laura Bassett scored into her own net during second-half stoppage time, giving Japan a 2-1 victory over England in a Women's World Cup semifinal.
A scene from "Chibi Maruko-chan" ((c) Sakura Production/ Nippon Animation)
ANIME NEWS: Taiwan celebrates 25 years of ‘Chibi Maruko-chan’
The 25th anniversary of the popular TV anime series “Chibi Maruko-chan” is being celebrated in Taiwan with a huge event in Taipei that has been attracting thousands of fans of the fictional Japanese girl and her family.

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