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Apr 24, 2015

Couple first Nepalese to be granted political asylum by Japan

A Nepalese couple seeking political asylum in Japan became the first Nepalese to do so last month, a lawyers group announced Friday. According to the Japan Lawyers Network for Refugees, an increasing number of Nepalese are seeking refugee status in Japan, and on March ...

Apr 24, 2015

Ex-SDF member tried to enter area controlled by Islamic State group

A former Self-Defense Forces member detained in northern Iraq’s Kurdistan autonomous region last February told police he was attempting to enter an area controlled by the Islamic State militant group, investigative sources said Friday. The man in his 20s from Osaka Prefecture was detained ...

Government names 18 'Japan Heritage' sites in tourism drive

Apr 24, 2015

Government names 18 'Japan Heritage' sites in tourism drive

The Cultural Affairs Agency said Friday it has chosen 18 sets of cultural assets spread across more than half of the 47 prefectures to attract more tourists and revitalize communities and economies overshadowed by Japan’s biggest cities. The first batch of so-called Japan Heritage ...