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Japan Restarts Nuclear Reactors

Japan Restarts Nuclear Reactors

STR/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda ordered the restart of two idle nuclear reactors Saturday amid widespread public opposition, more than a year after a powerful earthquake and tsunami triggered three nuclear meltd…

Tennessee Teen Arrested for Murder of Irish Student in Tokyo

Tennessee Teen Arrested for Murder of Irish Student in Tokyo

Kevin Horan/Stone(TOKYO) — Japanese police have formally arrested a Memphis, Tenn., teenager in connection with the murder of an Irish exchange student in Tokyo last month.  Richard Hinds, 19, is suspected of killing Nicola Furlong, 21, in her ho…

Japanese Cult Member Katsuya Takahashi Arrested After 17 Years

Japanese Cult Member Katsuya Takahashi Arrested After 17 Years

Photodisc/Digital Vision/Thinkstock(TOKYO) — The last remaining fugitive of the doomsday cult responsible for killing 13 people in Japan’s worst domestic terror attack has been arrested, ending an intense manhunt that gripped the nation for more…

Tsunami Debris Washed Up in Alaska Returned to Japanese Owners

Tsunami Debris Washed Up in Alaska Returned to Japanese Owners

Sankei via Getty Images(TOKYO) — A basketball and buoy from Japan that washed ashore in Alaska have been returned to their owners in the tsunami region.At a middle school in Rikuzentakata today, students gathered in the gym as FedEx workers delivered …

Which City Is the World’s Most Expensive?

Which City Is the World’s Most Expensive?

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(TOKYO) — In what is perhaps a sign of the times, Tokyo has regained the crown as the world’s most expensive city to live in. The record high yen pushed costs up for foreign companies with staff in Japan, while Paris, Rome,…

Japan Tsunami Debris: Under Control or on the Brink of Disaster?

Japan Tsunami Debris: Under Control or on the Brink of Disaster?

Hemera Technologies/Photos.com(NEW YORK) — Scientists estimate that the mass of debris from the Japanese earthquake making its way to the United States and Canadian coastlines is three times the size of the U.S. While the government says the situation…

Japanese Prime Minister Promotes Nuclear Power

Japanese Prime Minister Promotes Nuclear Power

Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg via Getty Images(TOKYO) — All of Japan’s nuclear power plants remain offline, but that could change soon. Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda made his case in a live primetime address, telling the public Japan could not op…

Beached Dock a Remnant of Japan Tsunami?

Beached Dock a Remnant of Japan Tsunami?

Image Credit: KATU/ABC News(SALEM, Ore.) — Oregonians awoke to a huge surprise Tuesday when a 7-foot-tall dock washed ashore, leaving local and state officials wondering whether it’s just the beginning of the bulk of tsunami debris set to arrive…

Japan Intensifies Search for Man Allegedly Involved in ’95 Subway Attack

Japan Intensifies Search for Man Allegedly Involved in ’95 Subway Attack

YOSHIKATSU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images(TOKYO) — Japanese police have launched a nationwide manhunt for the member of a doomsday cult that masterminded deadly attacks on Tokyo subways 17 years ago.Police say Katsuya Takahashi drove a car for fellow cult mem…

Japanese Brewery Introduces Soft-Serve Beer

Japanese Brewery Introduces Soft-Serve Beer

Hemera/Thinkstock(TOKYO) — With Japan facing the prospect of yet another sweltering summer with limited power and air conditioning, one beverage company has come up with a creative solution to stay cool: soft serve beer. The drink, concocted by brewin…

Americans Arrested in Tokyo Death Investigation

Americans Arrested in Tokyo Death Investigation

(Facebook)(NEW YORK) — Tokyo police investigating the death of an Irish exchange student have arrested two American men, the Japan Times reported. Nicola Furlong, 21, was found unconscious in an upscale Tokyo hotel room early Thursday morning after at…

Tsunami Debris Cleanup: Lawmakers Frustrated Over Lack of Plan

Tsunami Debris Cleanup: Lawmakers Frustrated Over Lack of Plan

Sankei via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — A set of lawmakers on Capitol Hill expressed frustration Thursday that states, not the federal government, will have to deal with the majority of clean-up when marine debris from last year’s tsunami in Japan…

Rogue Penguin Resurfaces in Tokyo Bay

Rogue Penguin Resurfaces in Tokyo Bay

File photo. (iStockphoto/Thinkstock)(TOKYO) — A Humboldt penguin that made a daring escape from a Tokyo aquarium has resurfaced two months later.The year-old feathered creature was spotted in a Japanese Coast Guard video, swimming in Tokyo Bay and loo…

Japan Tsunami Debris: Canadian Museum Launches Recovery Project

Japan Tsunami Debris: Canadian Museum Launches Recovery Project

File photo. iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Pieces of debris from last year’s Japanese tsunami, carried by the currents, have begun to show up on the West Coast of the United States and Canada, including most recently, a Harley-Davidson moto…

US, Japan Reach Deal on Moving Marines Out of Okinawa

US, Japan Reach Deal on Moving Marines Out of Okinawa

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(TOKYO) — The U.S. and Japan have reached an agreement to move 9,000 Marines off the southern island of Okinawa.The proposal, which is part of the Obama administration’s larger push to beef up security in Asia, was announced by b…

KFC Japan’s New Bar Serves Chicken and Whiskey

KFC Japan’s New Bar Serves Chicken and Whiskey

KFC(TOKYO) — A new KFC restaurant in Japan has given fast food a boozy boost with a fully-stocked bar featuring whiskey cocktails.Located in Tokyo, the three-story restaurant opened Wednesday and is the company’s first location to include a bar. …

Escaped Bears in Japan Maul Two Women to Death

Escaped Bears in Japan Maul Two Women to Death

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(TOKYO) — Half-a-dozen bears escaped from a remote park in northwest Japan on Friday, mauling two women to death before they were hunted down and killed.A local hunting group was called in to assist police and firefighters. …

World’s Oldest Living Man Turns 115

World’s Oldest Living Man Turns 115

ABC News(TOKYO) — Japanese centenarian Jiroemon Kimura is proving that a sense of humor may truly be the secret to longevity. On his 115th birthday, he faced reporters gathered at his home in Kyotango City west of Kyoto, with a smile and a brief messa…

Japan Facing Criticism over Response to North Korean Missile Launch

Japan Facing Criticism over Response to North Korean Missile Launch

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(TOKYO) — The Japanese government is facing heavy criticism over its slow response to the failed North Korean rocket launch.While the country displayed a massive show of force in the lead-up to the planned launch, dispatching Pac…

Radiation from Japan Disaster Found Along California Coast

Radiation from Japan Disaster Found Along California Coast

Hemera/Thinkstock(LONG BEACH, Calif.) — Kelp along the California coast was found to be contaminated with radioactive material from a nuclear plant damaged in the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan, according to a recent study.Researc…

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