| Jan 20, 2015
| 4:26 AM
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday called for the immediate release of two Japanese hostages being held by Islamic State extremists seeking a $200-million ransom.
“I strongly demand that they not be harmed and that they be immediately...
| Feb 3, 2015
| 4:21 AM
The killing of two Japanese taken hostage by the Islamic State group has violently driven home the high stakes Japan faces and limited options it can muster in such circumstances.
It also offers a glimpse into how Japan is struggling to handle the...
| Feb 2, 2015
| 4:29 AM
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe defended his policy toward terrorism, as the flag at his official residence flew at half-staff Monday in a mark of mourning for two hostages killed by the Islamic State group.
During a long day of parliamentary debate,...
| Jan 26, 2015
| 10:13 PM
A Japanese envoy in Jordan expressed hope that both a Japanese hostage and a Jordanian pilot held by Islamic militants will return home "with a smile on their faces," as criticisms mounted Tuesday over the government's handling of the crisis.
| Dec 28, 2014
| 9:08 PM
In a frigid barn near the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, members of the Japanese American community looked on with pride Sunday as four of five World War II veterans riding in the 126th Rose Parade each placed a flower on the "Go for Broke" float.
| 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 22, 2015
| 10:56 PM
The deadline to pay a ransom for two Japanese hostages of the Islamic State group or risk their deaths loomed Friday, with no signs of progress on securing their release.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe convened his National Security Council to discuss how to...
| Jan 21, 2015
| 10:00 PM
Izakaya Mita brings the true spirit of Japanese izakayas to a Bucktown storefront.
Mini-review: Izakaya Mita
1960 N. Damen Ave. 773-799-8677
Rating: !!! (out of 4) Off to a good start
The jury is out on whether Jay Cutler is going to get his act...
| Feb 4, 2015
| 8:00 PM
Buoyed by recent better-than-expected subscriber growth, Netflix announced Wednesday that it would expand to Japan this fall.
It will be the movie streaming company’s first foray into the Asian market.
“With its rich culture and celebrated...