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  • As Japan marks WWII surrender, Abe avoids controversial shrine

    As Japan marks WWII surrender, Abe avoids controversial shrine
    Two Japanese Cabinet members and a group of lawmakers marked the 69th anniversary of Japan’s surrender in World War II on Friday by visiting a Tokyo shrine that China and South Korea regard as a totem to Japan’s militarist past. But Prime Minister Shinzo Abe -- whose last trip to the site sparked a downturn in Japan’s relations with Beijing and Seoul -- stayed away.
  • Japan PM sends offering to war dead shrine, angers China and South Korea

    TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday sent a ritual offering to a Tokyo shrine to war dead, triggering angry criticism from China and South Korea despite his decision not to visit the shrine in person as he seeks a Sino-Japanese...

    Arvo Part, Athol Fugard among recipients of Praemium Imperiale awards

    Arvo Part, Athol Fugard among recipients of Praemium Imperiale awards
    The popular Estonian composer Arvo Pärt and the South African playwright Athol Fugard are among the recipients of the 2014 Praemium Imperiale awards, Japan's highest honors in the arts. This year's roster of winners also includes architect Steven Holl,...

    The Kennedy legacy is real and lasting

    It was especially poignant to see Caroline Kennedy, America's new ambassador to Japan, present her credentials to Emperor Akihito this week. Coming just three days before the 50th anniversary of her father's assassination in Dallas, it was a vivid...

    Shuttered Tokyo hotel reopens for evacuees

    Shuttered Tokyo hotel reopens for evacuees
    Room 1648 at the upscale Grand Prince Hotel Akasaka isn't fancy, but it sure beats Mina Ariga's old digs: an evacuation shelter in the Tokyo convention center. And for the three months she'll stay, she won't have to pay a cent. She and her husband,...