“Shirakaba Nisshi,” a diary written on strips of white birch by a Japanese internee in a Siberian labor camp in the former Soviet Union, is part of the “Return to Maizuru Port—Documents Related to the Internment and Repatriation Experiences of Japanese (1945-1956).” (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
2 collections of documents from Japan included in UNESCO’s world register
Collections of documents on medieval Buddhist temple operations and the return of Japanese nationals from Soviet internment camps after the end of World War II were added to UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register on Oct. 10.
Mikizo Iwasa, a representative of the Japan Confederation of A- and H-Bomb Sufferers Organizations (Nihon Hidankyo), speaks during a news conference in Tokyo on Oct. 9. (Eiji Hori)
Hibakusha, Article 9 campaigners to fight on despite failure to land Nobel Peace Prize
Atomic bomb survivors and supporters of the pacifist Constitution vowed to continue fighting to keep the world's attention on their causes despite their disappointment at again failing to win the Nobel Peace Prize.
Media representatives view the inside of the Super-Kamiokande neutrino detector during a special tour on Oct. 9. (Kazuhiro Nagashima)
Super-Kamiokande neutrino detector opened to media
HIDA, Gifu Prefecture--Imagine a vast underground cavern bigger than any wartime bunker. This is where Japanese scientists are doing research that left one of them as this year's co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics.
Katsunobu Kato speaks at a news conference on Oct. 7 after he was named a Cabinet minister. (Sayuri Ide)
Ministerial post with long title raises eyebrows within political circles
Katsunobu Kato, a close political ally of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, must have one of the oddest Cabinet posts ever devised.
A woman is vaccinated for cervical cancer in Tokyo's Tachikawa. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Virus that causes cervical cancer also triggers throat cancer, scientists say
Contrary to popular belief, smoking and drinking are not the sole causes of throat cancer, scientists have found.
Kyushu Electric Power Co.'s Sendai nuclear power plant in Satsuma-Sendai, Kagoshima Prefecture, in August (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Enough power to go around this winter
The government is confident there is a sufficient electricity supply to heat homes and offices this winter and will not call on households and businesses to conserve energy.
Governors and mayors, all clad in ninja costume, pose for photographs at a news conference in Tokyo on Oct. 9 after the Japan Ninja Council was set up. (Koichi Iitake)
Ninja infiltrate tourism strategy ahead of Tokyo Olympics
Ninja, once lethal assassins, have now become deadly tools in promoting a "cool Japan" tourism strategy with the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in mind.
Lanterns adorning yatai floats illuminate the old townscape of Takayama, Gifu Prefecture, on the Oct. 9 opening day of the Autumn Takayama Festival. (Minako Yoshimoto)
Autumn Takayama Festival heralds arrival of winter
TAKAYAMA, Gifu Prefecture--The Autumn Takayama Festival, regarded as one of the most gorgeous in Japan, kicked on a blaze of color Oct. 9 as revelers tugged towering "yatai" floats through this historic castle town.
Foreign visitors apply for tax-exemption at a special counter at Takashimaya Shinjuku Store in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward. (Toru Okuda)
Big-spending foreigners push sales at key department stores
Three of Japan’s “big four” department store operators are reaping the benefits of offering duty-free goods to foreign visitors with year-on-year growth in group sales for the March-August first half of their current business year.
Hirokazu Ouchi (Photo by Yuji Moronaga)
POINT OF VIEW/ Hirokazu Ouchi: Specter of 'economic draft' fuels protests to security legislation
Military service in the United States is volunteer-based, but the system is described as an “economic draft” on the basis of the way it is in actuality.
Researchers examine the traces of holes in the remains of the Kuninomiya imperial palace in Kizugawa, Kyoto Prefecture, on Oct. 8. Flagpoles are believed to have been erected in the holes. (Tsuyoshi Sato)
Traces from New Year's rites found at Japan's 8th-century 'mystery capital'
KIZUGAWA, Kyoto Prefecture--Traces of holes dug almost 1,300 years ago for New Year's celebrations have been found in the remains of an imperial palace here.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, along with Liu Yunshan, China's Communist Party's No. 5 leader, second right, attends the ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of the country's ruling party in Pyongyang on Oct. 10. (AP Photo)
N. Korean soldiers parade in massive anniversary celebration
PYONGYANG--Goose-stepping soldiers marched in front of a smiling North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in a lavish military parade on Oct. 10 to mark the 70th anniversary of the country's ruling party and trumpet Kim's third-generation leadership.
A camera made by British photography pioneer William Henry Fox Talbot is the centerpiece of an exhibition of historic British cameras at the JCII Camera Museum in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward. (Louis Templado)
Camera museum in Tokyo focuses on British photographic roots
Since cameras that can fit in the palm of the hand are commonplace today, visitors at first glance may not be impressed by the one built by William Henry Fox Talbot.
High school students in Kumamoto form an eight-layer human pyramid in 2014. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
EDITORIAL: 'Safety above spectacles' should be battle cry for school athletics meets
Coordinated group gymnastics are often the main feature of school field days in Japan. Massive human pyramids and high human towers generate the greatest excitement during these events at many schools.
Sanma (Pacific saury) are grilled at a street festival in Tokyo in September. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
VOX POPULI: In autumn, so sad about my shrinking fish dish
There is a great writer whom I cannot respect enough. He works for another newspaper. He once wrote that it was best not to follow one's "first sense" when penning a column.
A can of sweetly simmered bee larvae, left, and a can of locusts (Choi Chae-soo)
OMIYAGE FROM JAPAN: Eating insects, a traditional source of protein, popular in Nagano
Editor’s note: This series showcases “omiyage” (souvenirs) from around Japan. We introduce “must-buy” items available at prefecture-operated shops in Tokyo that promote local tourism products. The series appears on Saturdays.
Takaaki Kajita, a co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics, discusses his research with The Asahi Shimbun. (Wataru Sekita)
Neutrino scientist overcomes doubters on way to Nobel Prize
For years, critics scoffed at Takaaki Kajita’s suggestion concerning neutrinos. After all, the elementary particles were and remain a mystery to some of the sharpest minds on the planet.
Hard-core fans of Haruki Murakami in Tokyo react when their beloved author did not win the Nobel Prize in Literature on Oct. 8. (Hiroki Endo)
Murakami fans disappointed but see benefits from Nobel Prize miss
Fans of Haruki Murakami were again let down when the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature was announced, but one person saw a silver lining in the annual buzz over the prestigious award.
Traditional Japanese storyteller Kaori Kanda and Belarusian author Svetlana Alexievich in Nagoya in 2003 (Provided by Kaori Kanda)
Nobel winning writer warned of dangers of nuclear power during Japan visit
The new Nobel laureate in literature warned that even a minor natural disaster could lead to a nuclear catastrophe during her visit to Japan in 2003, according to a doctor who met the writer.
Tsai Ing-wen, president of Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party, receives a warm welcome at Tokyo's Haneda Airport on Oct. 6. (Yuichiro Masumitsu)
Abe, Taiwan opposition leader deny meeting at Tokyo hotel
Rumors have spread that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Taiwanese opposition leader Tsai Ing-wen held informal talks in Tokyo on Oct. 8 in a meeting that could anger China.

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