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Rift growing between US and Japan

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was having lunch with new U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy in Tokyo the same day (Nov. 20) that Susan Rice, national security adviser to President Barack Obama, was announcing in a speech at Georgetown University that Obama...

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Hello Kitty is NOT A CAT…what was I thinking?

TOKYO — Hello Kitty is not a cat, the company behind Japan’s global icon of cute insisted Thursday, despite an uproar from Internet users who spluttered: “But she’s got whiskers!” The moon-faced creation that adorns everything from pencil cases to...

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) and Russia's President Vladimir Putin (R)

Under heavy US pressure, Japan chooses wrong side.

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin (R) seek progress on islands dispute. Here in a meeting in Moscow on April 29, 2013. (AFP: Kirill Kudryavtsev )   Now that Russian-Japanese relations were finally ameliorating, culminating...

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Big Brother is Here, no one seems to care much

Facebook apparently wants to control your mood. Along with researchers from Cornell University and the University of California San Francisco, the world’s largest online social networking site tweaked users’ news feeds to find out how they felt about it, and...

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History of Roman Catholicism in Japan

Many western people think it is strange to see Roman Catholic nuns in Japanese manga, because Japan is not considered to be a Catholic country. But nuns are part of the Japanese society. You can see them everywhere, in train...

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Ōkunoshima (大久野島) – Rabbit Island

While I was reading about the chemical weapons used by the muslim terrorists in Syria, I stumbled upon an article about a little island in Japan, where an installation was build to produce chemical weapons after WW I. The factory...

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