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  • Godzilla welcomed in Tokyo _ to lure visitors, not to scare

    Fire-breathing, building-stomping Godzilla was welcomed in part of Tokyo on Thursday as a sign of prosperity, not destruction. The irradiated monster was appointed special resident and tourism ambassador for Shinjuku ward, known for its down-home bars...
  • Godzilla appointed Tokyo resident and tourism ambassador

    Godzilla appointed Tokyo resident and tourism ambassador
    Godzilla has stomped so many buildings in Japan that the irradiated monster was appointed special resident and tourism ambassador for Tokyo's Shinjuku ward. A Godzilla-size head towering 171 feet above ground level was unveiled Thursday at an office of...
  • Japan's emperor prays at WWII battleground on Pacific island

    The emperor of Japan visited a remote Pacific island Thursday to pray for thousands of Japanese and American soldiers who died during the World War II battle of Peleliu. Emperor Akihito and his wife Empress Michiko laid bouquets of white chrysanthemum...
  • Japan's recovery weak after 2 years of monetary 'bazooka'

    Two years after launching a bazooka of ultra-lavish monetary easing, Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda has made only fitful progress toward the goal of the 2 percent inflation rate he and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said was needed to jolt the world's No....
  • US defense chief warns of al-Qaida gains in Yemen

    America's defense chief said Wednesday that an al-Qaida branch is making "great gains" on the ground amid the chaos in Yemen, and that the U.S. will have to rethink how it prevents the group from launching attacks in the West. Defense Secretary Ash...
  • Poll: Americans divided over Japan's military role in Asia

    Seventy years after the U.S. defeated Japan in World War II, Americans are divided over Japan playing a more active military role in Asia — and most Japanese are opposed. The results of a Pew Research Center poll released Tuesday in Washington, D....
  • Traditional matcha tea gets whirled, dusted, infused in US

    More than a thousand years ago, Buddhist monks in Japan began a daily ritual of grinding green tea leaves into powder, mixing it into hot water with a bamboo whisk, then sharing the tea from a single cup. Today matcha in the U.S. is considerably less...
  • L.A. Phil's YOLA players are goodwill ambassadors near Fukushima

    L.A. Phil's YOLA players are goodwill ambassadors near Fukushima
    A sleek bullet train pulled into a city in northern Japan recently with 15 Los Angeles teenagers aboard. They looked like typical school kids everywhere, in the uniform of T-shirts, hoodies, jeans and sneakers. The city likewise appeared unremarkable,...
  • Cherry blossoms decorate Orchestra Day in Japan

     Cherry blossoms decorate Orchestra Day in Japan
    Tuesday here felt like ground zero for spring. The weather was lovely. Schools were on spring break. Families were everywhere viewing cherry blossoms. The city was white with petals. In Bunkyo, a northern district of Tokyo, the attractions were many....
  • A Japanese-inspired spring display takes over the Bellagio's Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

    A Japanese-inspired spring display takes over the Bellagio's Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
    Spring comes with a celebration of Japanese culture at the Bellagio’s Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, a display now on view for free. This marks the first Japanese-inspired display for the 13,500-square-foot gardens, which feature more than 82,...
  • 4 years after Fukushima, Japan considers restarting nuclear facilities

    On many Friday evenings, 38-year-old Tomo Iwabuchi and six friends can be found on a street corner in Fukushima City, banging drums, chanting and singing. "Zero nukes!" Iwabuchi yells into a microphone as a few pedestrians stride by. "The Fukushima...