| Jan 31, 2015
| 6:04 PM
Japan condemned with outrage and horror on Sunday an online video that purported to show an Islamic State group militant beheading Japanese journalist Kenji Goto.
The video posted on militant websites late Saturday Middle East time ended days of...
| Dec 29, 2014
| 12:43 PM
It may have sounded like gunfire, but what caused hundreds of people to scatter at Chicago Ridge Mall over the weekend was apparently the sharp clang of pots or lids at a restaurant, according to police.
Chicago Ridge police Chief Robert Pyznarski said...
| Dec 31, 2014
| 8:27 PM
Even three years later, high school student Yui Karino can't think about Japan's 2011 tsunami without bursting into tears. The massive undersea earthquake that sent towering black waves into her town engulfed the local elementary school, carrying away her...
| Jan 1, 2015
| 1:39 PM
In the just-released film "Unbroken," as in real life, U.S. Army Air Corps Lt. Louis Zamperini was beaten, starved and forced to work as a slave laborer by his Japanese captors.
Things could have been worse. Like some other war prisoners held by the...
| Jan 28, 2015
| 7:49 PM
Nothing about Ichiro Suzuki suggests "minor signing." He is a 10-time All-Star with a Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player award to accompany 10 Gold Gloves and three Silver Sluggers. Nonetheless, Suzuki – one of the game's top leading men...
| Jan 27, 2015
| 10:48 PM
The mother of a Japanese hostage believed to be in the hands of Islamic extremists made an emotional appeal for her son’s life Wednesday, hours before a deadline set by his captors was to expire.
In a statement read to reporters, Junko Ishido, the...
| Jan 25, 2015
| 7:22 PM
Japan was working Monday to coordinate efforts with Jordan and other countries to save a hostage held by the extremist Islamic State group.
"We all have one unchanged goal and we will absolutely not give up until the end. And with that faith, we will...
| Jan 21, 2015
| 11:41 AM
TOKYO (AP) — In the U.S., hanging out in a cafe with animals is such an exotic concept that people can't get enough of it. A pop-up cat cafe in New York last year had lines down the block. Online reservations for another Manhattan cat cafe are...
| Jan 25, 2015
| 12:53 AM
A video distributed Saturday on the Internet showed what appears to be a Japanese hostage saying that a fellow Japanese captive had been executed and outlining a new militant demand for his release.
In the video, the hostage, a man identified as Kenji...
| Jan 20, 2015
| 7:54 AM
One is an independent journalist who traveled to the Middle East apparently in pursuit of his next big story. The other is seemingly a man adrift, on a quest for a new life after becoming homeless in Japan.
The two Japanese men threatened with death...
| Jan 20, 2015
| 10:51 AM
Sure, you can go to Torrance, Gardena or Sawtelle for excellent ramen, but there's something lovely and almost old school about slurping a bowl of the hot noodle soup in Little Tokyo. A thriving Japanese American community for well over 100 years, there...