| May 30, 2015
| 7:46 AM
A powerful and extremely deep earthquake struck near remote Japanese islands and shook most of the country Saturday evening, but officials said there was no threat of a tsunami and that no injuries or damage were immediately reported.
The magnitude 8....
| May 29, 2015
| 7:23 AM
A volcano erupted in spectacular fashion on a small island in southern Japan on Friday, spewing out rocks and sending black clouds of ash 5.6 miles into the sky. Authorities told people on the island to evacuate.
One person was reported to have suffered...
| May 28, 2015
| 6:58 PM
A volcano erupted on a small island in southern Japan on Friday, and authorities ordered residents to evacuate the island.
Mount Shindake erupted about 10 a.m. in spectacular fashion, spewing towering black-gray clouds into the sky.
| May 27, 2015
| 2:23 PM
After scouring sites across the U.S., a huge Japanese company is setting up the global headquarters for its new software division in Fort Lauderdale — a decision that could boost the region's stature in tech circles.
Sato Holdings of Tokyo will...
| May 27, 2015
| 12:39 PM
Gov. Larry Hogan has taken several Anne Arundel County business executives with him on a trip to Asia, his first official overseas visit.
The 12-day trip, estimated to cost $140,000, began Tuesday when the governor left for South Korea. He will split...
| May 19, 2015
| 12:25 PM
Bill Karosi was a young man who wanted to fight for his country and signed up with the U.S. Navy in 1943, as soon as he was 18. He served during World War II on the LSM 79, a landing ship in the Pacific preparing for the invasion of Okinawa. An invasion...
| May 17, 2015
| 4:36 PM
The tiny Pacific island of Pagan is a lost world of deserted black sand beaches, feral pigs and huge fruit bats. Two active volcanoes, one at each end of the spoon-shaped isle, rise over a deep blue horizon.
A rusting Zero fighter plane lies near a...
| Apr 9, 2015
| 7:35 PM
If a single theme comes through in the documentary "Wa-shoku: Beyond Sushi," it's the importance of presentation in Japanese cuisine.
Director Junichi Suzuki might have taken a tip or two from the chefs and experts he interviewed. Jumping among topics,...
| May 16, 2015
| 5:00 AM
As U.S. Commerce secretary, Penny Pritzker has spent months trying to sell Congress on giving President Obama fast-track authority to pave the way for a new trans-Pacific trade pact that the White House hopes will cut the hefty U.S. trade deficit with...
| May 15, 2015
| 10:43 AM
Kids will learn about the culture and customs of Japan at the Malott Japanese Garden Children's Festival, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17 at the Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe.
"We are bringing back our beloved...
| May 15, 2015
| 11:00 AM
When composer Toshi Ichiyanagi arrived at my hotel near Suntory Hall for tea, he apologized for bringing a bag of his recent CDs, since it would add weight to my luggage. He laughed when he said that in halting English. He then smiled contentedly, knowing...