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Kiyoshi Takenaka

Japanese journalist apologizes, recounts days as hostage in Syria

Nov 02 2018

TOKYO Jumpei Yasuda, a Japanese journalist held by militants in Syria for more than three years, said on Friday he told his captors to deafen him if they suspected he was eavesdropping on their conversations.

UPDATE 2-S.Korean court infuriates Japan by ordering Nippon Steel to compensate WWII workers

Oct 30 2018

SEOUL/TOKYO, Oct 30 South Korea's top court ruled on Tuesday Japan's Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp. must compensate four South Koreans for their forced labour during World War Two, a verdict Japan denounced as "unthinkable" while expressing hope that the uneasy neighbours' cooperation on North Korea would not be hurt.

Rice balls for Japan hostage as he returns home from Syrian 'hell'

Oct 25 2018

TOKYO A 44-year-old Japanese freelance journalist returned home on Thursday to rice balls cooked by his mother but an uncertain future more than three years after militants in Syria captured him in what he described as a physical and mental "hell". | Video

REFILE-Japanese hostage returns home after three years in Syrian "hell"

Oct 25 2018

TOKYO, Oct 25 A 44-year-old Japanese freelance journalist arrives home on Thursday to an uncertain welcome more than three years after militants in Syria captured and held him in what he described as a physical and mental "hell".

Japan quake shock absorber maker: products may have been used nationwide

Oct 20 2018

TOKYO A Japanese maker of earthquake shock absorbers said on Friday that at least 70 buildings across the country may have used its products for which quality data was falsified and that nearly 1,000 are suspected of having done so. | Video

Japan to skip naval event after South Korea protests over 'Rising Sun' flag

Oct 05 2018

SEOUL/TOKYO Japan has decided not to take part in an international fleet review in South Korea next week after Seoul effectively asked Tokyo not to fly its "Rising Sun" flag on a warship, Japan's defense minister said on Friday, the latest spat between the two sides.

In blow to Japan PM, son of U.S. Marine wins Okinawa governor vote

Sep 30 2018

TOKYO The son of a U.S. Marine and Japanese mother won an election for governor of Japan's Okinawa island on Sunday on an anti-U.S military presence platform, defeating a candidate backed by the ruling bloc in a blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Son of U.S. marine elected Okinawa governor on anti-U.S. base platform

Sep 30 2018

TOKYO Danny Tamaki, the son of a U.S. Marine and Japanese mother, was elected governor of Japan's Okinawa island on Sunday on an anti-U.S military presence platform, defeating a candidate backed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling bloc, domestic media reported.

In quake-prone Japan, attention shifts to flood risks as heavy rains increase

Sep 12 2018

TOKYO Japanese have long been conditioned to prepare for earthquakes, but recent powerful typhoons and sudden, heavy rains have brought to the forefront another kind of disaster: flooding. | Video

Japan struggles to restore water to flood-hit towns

Jul 13 2018

KURASHIKI, Japan Municipal workers in western Japan struggled on Friday to restore water supplies a week after floods caused by a record downpour killed more than 200 people in the worst such disaster in 36 years.

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