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  1. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan’s Emperor Hirohito cautioned against second world war, says new official history

    Posted Sep 09th 2014, 02:27pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo Hirohito cautioned against conflict Emperor Hirohito, the demi-god at the apex of the Japanese state when it waged bloody war across Asia, cautioned against conflict but celebrated military success, according to the long-awaited official history of his reign, released on Tuesday. The mammoth 61-volume set, which has taken 24 years to compile at a cost ...

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    Celebrations in Japan as Emperor Akihito marks 80th birthday

    Posted Dec 23rd 2013, 03:05pm by Agence France-Presse in Tokyo

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo Thousands attend Emperor Akihito's birthday address at Imperial Palace Thousands of people thronged Japan’s Imperial Palace on Monday to celebrate Emperor Akihito’s 80th birthday, as he lauded his wife for standing by him in his “lonely” pursuit of leading the world’s oldest monarchy. Empress Michiko, a wealthy flour magnate’s daughter, ...

  3. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Surviving former kamikaze pilots reject moves to glorify their mission

    Posted Aug 13th 2014, 11:16pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo Former suicide pilots against celebrating their plight, and fear horrors of war lost on the young Kamikaze survivors wary of glorifying their mission Kamikaze ... in the name of Emperor Hirohito and the nation was celebrated. The squadrons were formed near the end of the conflict in a desperate effort to prevent an allied victory. About 4,000 died on missions ...

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    Japan protests to South Korean hotel over cancellation of military reception

    Posted Jul 11th 2014, 10:10pm by BLOOM

    ... Bloomberg in Tokyo Japan protests overSeoul hotel cancellation Japan's government has complained to a hotel in Seoul after it cancelled a reception planned for yesterday to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of Japan's self-defence forces. The Lotte hotel decided not to host the event because there were fears protests could erupt near the venue during ...

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    Japanese Empress Michiko celebrates her 78th birthday

    Posted Oct 21st 2012, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo Empress celebrates her 78th birthday Japanese Empress Michiko celebrated her 78th birthday yesterday, expressing relief over Emperor Akihito's recovery from heart surgery and hoping to live with him "in peace" despite her own health concerns. Akihito underwent coronary bypass surgery in February, three months after he was treated ...

  6. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Cuddly mascots face the chop in Japanese cuteness cull

    Posted May 08th 2014, 11:02pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo While some puppets become lucrative national celebrities, most are condemned to obscurity Cuddly mascots face the chopin cuteness cull Dozens of state-funded ... to a public particularly susceptible to oversized puppets. The most successful go on to become national celebrities, playing their part in an industry worth tens of billions of dollars a year ...

  7. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan’s public holiday tally climbs to 16 with Mountain Day

    Posted May 23rd 2014, 10:32pm by AFP

    ... animistic beliefs have shaped the culture- needed to celebrate its hills. Japan already marks Marine Day, which is sometimes translated as Ocean Day, on the third Monday of July. The legislation ...

  8. News - Asia - JAPAN

    ‘I am extremely sorry’: Justin Bieber apologises after visit to Japan’s Yasukuni war shrine

    Posted Apr 23rd 2014, 03:43pm by AFP

    ... Last October, the now 20-year-old celebrity incensed Chinese fans when a video of him touring the Great Wall of China while being carried by his body guards was leaked online. On January 23, he ...

  9. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Thousands protest in Japan ahead of Fukushima anniversary

    Posted Mar 09th 2014, 04:49pm by Associated Press

    ... years, as the usually docile and conformist Japanese begin to question the government’s assurances that nuclear power is safe. The movement has also drawn celebrities like Ryuichi Sakamoto, who ...

  10. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Cuddly bear Kumamon becomes a marketing superstar in Japan

    Posted Feb 24th 2014, 04:28am by AFP

    ... Kumamoto with the commercial hub of Osaka was being launched in recent years. Koyama then asked celebrated art director Manabu Mizuno to create a campaign logo, and threw in the cuddly Kumamon ...




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