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The end to Japan’s famed fish market

With the world’s most famous fish market, Tsukiji, moving to a new, more polished location, a long and lively tradition is finally coming to an end.<p>It was 3:30 am when I finally worked up the courage to leave Jonathan’s, a 24-hour diner in Tokyo’s Chuo ward. I walked out into the frigid winter air …

Victories in N.Y. galvanize flagging campaigns

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton surged to victory in the New York primary on Tuesday with commanding wins on their home turf that will ease the sting of recent defeats and galvanize their bids to secure the presidential nomination of their respective parties.<p>Early results indicated that Mr. Trump …

Japan Catholic school sex-abuse victims demand to be heard

TOKYO (AP) — The Roman Catholic Church's sex abuse scandal has stretched into one of the least Catholic countries: Japan, where former students at a prestigious all-boys parochial school allege they were molested or raped by religious brothers who taught there decades ago.<p>Three former students at …

Catholicism

Meet the Real People Behind Japan's Fake Food Displays

One of the ways you know you're in Tokyo is walking past cafes and noodle shops with glistening dishes in the window to entice you inside. Of course, …

Auschwitz survivors testify at former SS sergeant's trial

DETMOLD, Germany (AP) — Three Holocaust survivors testified Friday about the horrors they experienced at the Auschwitz the death camp, on the second …

Japanese police bracing for gang war as Yamaguchi-gumi mafia group splits

Reports Japan’s biggest crime syndicate is about split with potential outbreak of violence between breakaway group and those loyal to leader Tsukasa<p>Police in Japan are bracing for an outbreak of gang violence after reports that the Yamaguchi-gumi — the country’s biggest crime syndicate — is about …

Japan

Japan Can't Afford to Give Centenarians Gifts Anymore Because There Are Too Many of Them

Every year on Senior’s Day, new Japanese centenarians receive a special <i>sakazuki</i> — a silver cup valued at around $64. But as the country’s population …

Japan

The man who saved Kyoto from the atomic bomb

Some historians say US Secretary for War Henry Stimson had a personal reason for sparing Kyoto<p><b>Just weeks before the US dropped the most powerful weapon mankind has ever known, Nagasaki was not even on a list of target cities for the atomic bomb.</b><p>In its place was Japan's ancient capital, Kyoto.<p>The …

Japanese World War II widow joins husband after burial at sea in Darwin Harbour

The dying wish of a Japanese World War II widow has finally been fulfilled in the waters off Darwin near where her airman husband perished in …

World War II

Girl Scouts refuse $100,000 anti-transgender donation

The Girl Scouts of Western Washington said it has returned a $100,000 donation because it came with the provision that the money couldn't be used to support transgender girls.<p>The group said it sent back the money in late May after the donor had asked that the gift be returned unless the group …

LGBTQI

Putting a Face to DNA: How New Tech Gives Hope in Cold Cases

Here’s how it used to work: DNA found at a crime scene would be collected and then compared to a database. It was really only helpful if it happened to match an existing criminal profile.<p>But now a new technology could help solve cases that have been "cold" for decades.<p>In December, a company in …

Walmart Apologizes for Making ISIS Cake After Refusing Confederate Flag Cake

Retail chain Walmart has apologized for making a cake decorated with the flag of the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) for a man who was previously …

Toyota executive Julie Hamp resigns after narcotics arrest

Julie Hamp, the first western woman to be named a senior executive at Toyota, has resigned her post after being arrested last month in Japan for allegedly importing oxycodone.<p>Toyota (TM) "has accepted her resignation after considering the concerns and inconvenience that recent events have caused …

General Motors

Jim Carrey on California Vaccine Law: Gov. Jerry Brown Is 'Fascist'

Jim Carrey left his 14 million Twitter followers in no doubt about his feelings on California's tough new vaccination law on Tuesday.<p>The actor believes there is a link between vaccines and autism. He branded California Gov. Jerry Brown a "corporate fascist" after he signed into law one of the …

America is addicted to war: Terror, drugs and the existential threats that define us

On issues foreign and domestic, we view everything as a “war.” Our reliance on the term is myopic and destructive<p>William J. Astore<p>July 1, 2015 9:30am (UTC)<p>This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch.<p>War on drugs. War on poverty. War in Afghanistan. War in Iraq. War on terror. The biggest mistake …

Political Science

Toyota, Nissan, Honda back hydrogen stations for fuel cells

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota, Nissan and Honda are working together to get more fuel cell vehicles on roads in what they call Japan's big push toward "a …

New York fire breaks out at Trump building

One person has been injured after a fire broke out on the terrace of Trump Tower on the Upper West Side of New York City in the US.<p>Smoke was captured pouring out of the 21st floor of the building.<p>The New York City Fire Department said that the fire started on the terrace and was quickly contained, …

Cat stationmaster Tama mourned in Japan, elevated as goddess

TOKYO (AP) — Tama the stationmaster, Japan's feline star of a struggling local railway, was mourned by company officials and fans and elevated into a …

Japanese PM's plan to allow troops to fight overseas angers voters

Shinzo Abe had promised Barack Obama that he would push through legislative changes allowing Japan to come to the aid of an ally<p>Controversial plans by Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, to allow his country’s troops to fight on foreign soil for the first time since the second world war have sent …

Okinawa governor blocks controversial US marine base

Escalation in dispute poses diplomatic headache for prime minister Shinzo Abe and threatens to sour relations between Japan and the US<p>The governor of a southern Japanese island, home to tens of thousands of American troops, has triggered a potentially bitter confrontation with Tokyo and Washington …

China and Japan hold first security talks in four years

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1153000/1153838_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524679634_deed6edbf661f4263d1d455cfd6f5fe9<p><b>China and Japan are holding their first high-level security talks in four years, following recent tensions over territorial and historical issues.</b><p>The …

IS hostages: Jordan in pilot exchange offer after Goto video

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1141000/1141309_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1532205243_dd53ece9f23d3412a026ebe8644913a7<p><b>The authorities in Jordan have offered to free a Iraqi prisoner for a Jordanian pilot held by Islamic State after the group threatened to kill the</b> …

Jordan