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Chiba wetland gives city slickers rare chance to enjoy nature's bounty

May 25, 2015

Chiba wetland gives city slickers rare chance to enjoy nature's bounty

Surrounded by an urban landscape that includes an elevated expressway, high-rise condominiums and an IKEA furniture store, the Yatsu-higata wetland in Narashino, Chiba Prefecture, is an unusual nature preserve. Yatsu-higata, which spans around 40 hectares — slightly smaller than Tokyo Disneyland — is in ...

May 25, 2015

Strong quake shakes Tokyo vicinity; no damage reported

A strong quake Monday shook buildings in Tokyo, setting off alarms and temporarily bringing the subway system to a halt. There was no risk of a tsunami from the quake, which had a magnitude of 5.3, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The Meteorological ...

May 25, 2015

Japan lays 2,498 unidentified war dead to rest

The remains of 2,498 unidentified soldiers who died fighting for Japan during World War II were laid to rest in a memorial service Monday at Chidorigafuchi National Cemetery in Tokyo. The remains were brought home by the government and other groups from places including ...

Thousands surround Diet to protest Futenma base relocation plan

May 25, 2015

Thousands surround Diet to protest Futenma base relocation plan

Thousands of demonstrators formed a human chain around the Diet on Sunday to protest the plan for building a replacement facility for U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Okinawa. The protesters, who organizers said numbered about 15,000, surrounded the building while holding banners ...