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U.S. urges strict U.N. sanctions until North Korea acts on denuclearization

via The Japan Times    Jul 21, 2018

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.N. Ambassador to United Nations Nikki Haley sit together during their meeting with United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres at U.N. headquarters in New York on Friday. | REUTERS

The United States called on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Friday to act on his promise to give up nuclear weapons and said ...

Shikoku court rejects damages claim by former fishermen over 1954 U.S. H-bomb tests

via The Japan Times    Jul 21, 2018

A court has rejected a damages suit filed by former fishermen and their families who allege the state hid key records showing they were exposed ...

Abe will compile extra budget if needed over rain disasters

via The Japan Times    Jul 21, 2018

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe holds a news conference at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo on Friday. | BLOOMBERG

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government will consider compiling a supplementary budget while examining the damage due to floods and other disasters caused by the recent ...

Cultural body recommends three be awarded living national treasure status

via The Japan Times    Jul 21, 2018

The Council for Cultural Affairs has recommended three people be designated as living national treasures.They are Edo komon kimono fabric dyer Yasumasa Komiya, 62, Noh ...

Missouri boat accident kills 17, including nine from one family

via The Japan Times    Jul 21, 2018

A duck boat sits idle in the parking lot of Ride the Ducks, an amphibious tour operator in Branson, Missouri, on Friday. | AP

Nine members of the same family were among 17 people killed when a “duck boat” sank during a storm on Thursday on a Missouri lake ...

China to invest in North Korea infrastructure; U.N. diplomats say aid would violate sanctions

via The Japan Times    Jul 21, 2018

Chinese President Xi Jinping shakes hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Beijing in this undated photo released June 20. | KCNA / VIA REUTERS

China has decided to invest 600 million yuan ($88 million) in North Korean infrastructure such as roads around a border bridge, sources in both countries ...

Thai secretary to Myanmar’s Rohingya panel quits, citing lack of progress

via The Japan Times    Jul 21, 2018

Rohingya play soccer at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia, Bangladesh, on Thursday. | AFP-JIJI

The Thai secretary to an international panel set up by Myanmar to advise on the Rohingya crisis has quit his post, dealing another blow to ...

Top CIA official says China waging ‘cold war’ to replace U.S. as leading global power

By Jesse Johnson
- via The Japan Times    Jul 21, 2018

In this undated photo, a Chinese H-6K heavy bomber is seen on patrol over the South China Sea. | AP

A top CIA official for Asia said Friday that Beijing is waging a “cold war” against Washington and seeking “to replace the United States as ...

Kawagoe: From Edo standout to tourist draw

By Satoko Kawasaki
- via The Japan Times    Jul 21, 2018

Traditional Japanese warehouses stand in a row on the main street of Kawagoe, Saitama Prefecture. | SATOKO KAWASAKI

Kawagoe, Saitama Prefecture, is less than an hour’s train ride from central Tokyo. But in this city full of history, one would feel a sense ...

Matsuda elected to swim Hall of Fame

By Ed Odeven
- via The Japan Times    Jul 21, 2018

Hitomi Matsuda has set more than 80 world records in masters swimming in the 21st century. The Tokyo native will be inducted into the International Masters Swimming Hall of Fame in September. | COURTESY OF SWIMMING WORLD MAGAZINE

Swimmer Hitomi Matsuda, a prolific breaker of world records, will take her rightful place among the masters legends of the sport later this year.The International ...

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