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JR firms to run joint, across-Japan luxury train tour starting off with resurrected Cassiopeia carriages

via The Japan Times    Oct 18, 2017

East Japan Railway Co. officials send off the Cassiopeia, the overnight limited express that resumed operation as a tour train, on June 4, 2016, at JR Ueno Station. JR Group firms said they will jointly offer an across-Japan tour plan in December using 24 select trains, including the luxury sleeper train. | KYODO

The seven Japan Railways Group companies said Tuesday they will offer a special across-Japan sightseeing tour plan using 24 select trains, including the Cassiopeia overnight ...

Debris found off Hamamatsu where ASDF chopper with four aboard apparently crashed

via The Japan Times    Oct 18, 2017

An Air Self-Defense Force UH60J helicoter, like the one in the photo, is believed to have crashed into the sea off Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture, Tuesday afternoon. | AIR SELF-DEFENSE FORCE WEBSITE / VIA KYODO

The Air Self-Defense Force continued looking Wednesday for search for a search and rescue helicopter carrying four ASDF crew members that is believed to have ...

U.S. forces to resume Okinawa CH-53 chopper flights after accident, drawing criticism

via The Japan Times    Oct 18, 2017

CH-53E helicopters are seen at U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Ginowan, Okinawa Prefecture, on Tuesday. The U.S. Marine Corps said it will resume flight operations of the helicopters on Wednesday. | KYODO

The U.S. Marine Corps in Okinawa said Tuesday it will resume flight operations of its CH-53E transport helicopters from the next day, insisting it has ...

Japanese police processed 7,625 tailgating incidents in 2016, including apparent cases of road rage

via The Japan Times    Oct 18, 2017

Police across Japan took action against a total of 7,625 cases in 2016 in which drivers failed to keep a safe distance between their vehicles ...

Kyodo poll sees Abe’s LDP-led bloc prevailing in Sunday’s election as Koike’s camp struggles for second place

via The Japan Times    Oct 18, 2017

People walk past campaign posters for the upcoming Lower House election in Tokyo on Saturday. | AP

Sunday’s House of Representatives election will probably deliver a robust victory for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party while ending in disappointment for Tokyo ...

Hillary Clinton says U.S. threats of war with North Korea ‘dangerous, short-sighted’

via The Japan Times    Oct 18, 2017

Hillary Clinton | REUTERS

Former U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said Wednesday that “cavalier” threats to start war on the Korean Peninsula are “dangerous and short-sighted,” urging the ...

In a small Nara city, Lower House vote set to test Kibo no To’s strength against LDP

By Eric Johnston
- via The Japan Times    Oct 18, 2017

A candidate running for a seat in the Oct. 22 Lower House election reaches out to voters on Friday near Tomio Station, within the No. 1 Nara electoral district. | KYODO

Ikoma, a small city of about 120,000 people, lies just over the border from Osaka in northern Nara Prefecture. It’s known for its bamboo products, ...

Tokyo’s ‘Blade Library’ offers joy of blade running to amputees

via The Japan Times    Oct 18, 2017

Haruta Saito tries out a prosthetic blade Sunday during an opening ceremony of the Blade Library in Tokyo, which lets people borrow and try out prosthetic blades for runners. | REUTERS

Haruta Saito, a young amputee who dreams of becoming a Paralympian, remembers strapping on a prosthetic “running blade” for the first time.The 10-year-old, whose right ...

Takuma Sato happy to see face on Indy 500 trophy

via The Japan Times    Oct 18, 2017

Takuma Sato points to a silver likeness of his face on the Borg-Warner Trophy at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis on Tuesday. | AP

Reigning Indianapolis 500 champion Takuma Sato joined the immortals of IndyCar on Tuesday when the Japanese driver’s face was unveiled as the newest likeness on ...

Aaron Judge lights fire as Yankees tie ALCS with Indians

via The Japan Times    Oct 18, 2017

New York's Aaron Judge hits an eighth-inning RBI double during the Yankees' 6-4 win over the Indians in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series on Tuesday. | AP

With a soaring shot headed for Monument Park, Aaron Judge got New York back on course for another memorable October.Judge ignited a comeback with a ...

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