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Hyogo ceremony honors slain Asahi reporter on 28th anniversary of death. NISHINOMIYA, Hyogo Prefecture--The Asahi Shimbun marked the 28th anniversary of the slaying of one of its reporters with a ceremony at the newspaper's Hanshin Bureau here, where 29-year-old Tomohiro Kojiri was gunned down in 1987.

Hyogo ceremony honors slain Asahi reporter on 28th anniversary of death

Among the 330 or so people who came to honor the memory of Kojiri on May 3 was the company's president, Masataka Watanabe, and about 80 Asahi officials. A portrait of Kojiri was displayed in the room. On May 3, 1987, a man wielding a shotgun stormed the bureau and opened fire, killing Kojiri and seriously injuring another reporter. A moment of silent prayer was observed at 8:15 p.m., the time of the attack. Photos, letters from family of China’s last emperor on display in Hyogo. NISHINOMIYA, Hyogo Prefecture--Letters and photographs that once belonged to the brother of the last emperor of China are the focus of an exhibition here at the Kwansei Gakuin University Museum.

Photos, letters from family of China’s last emperor on display in Hyogo

Titled “The Family of Aixinjueluo,” the 60 exhibits are from 1,000 items donated by Puyi’s niece, Kosei Fukunaga. Fukunaga, 75, said she donated her family treasures to promote friendship between the peoples of Japan and China. “I hope people (in both countries) will achieve a truly cordial friendship by embracing each others' lives,” she said. POINT OF VIEW/ Genichiro Takahashi: Time to relearn the ‘fundamental spirit’ of democracy. After the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011, the university where I was teaching at the time canceled the graduation ceremony that was scheduled for March 19.

POINT OF VIEW/ Genichiro Takahashi: Time to relearn the ‘fundamental spirit’ of democracy

“To ensure safety” was the reason given for the cancellation. Some graduating students wanted a non-official ceremony and asked me by e-mail to attend, so I went. Survey: 50 percent of foreigners in Saitama feel discriminated against. SAITAMA--Half of foreigners in Saitama Prefecture feel their human rights “are not valued,” but most prefer mutual exchanges over punishment to deal with discriminatory behavior by Japanese, according to a prefectural government survey.

Survey: 50 percent of foreigners in Saitama feel discriminated against

The survey was conducted in the fiscal year ending March 31, with responses received from 152 people of 28 different nationalities who live, work or study in Saitama Prefecture, north of Tokyo. Hate speech against foreigners, harassment of Muslims and other forms of discrimination have been reported in the prefecture, where an estimated 123,000 foreigners accounted for 1.71 percent of the prefecture’s population as of December 2013. One question on the survey asked: “In your life, have you ever felt that your human rights are not valued?” Overall, 50.4 percent answered in the positive, with 35.8 percent responding that they “occasionally feel so,” 11.3 percent replying “often” and 3.3 percent saying “always.” Tokyo native creates database of Japanese-Americans interned in Hawaii. By YUSUKE OGAWA/ Staff Writer HONOLULU--A retired airline employee from Japan has completed a database detailing the names, occupations and personal histories of Japanese-Americans in Hawaii who were forced into internment camps during World War II.

Tokyo native creates database of Japanese-Americans interned in Hawaii

Tatsumi Hayashi at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii in March (Yusuke Ogawa) Map Data Map data ©2015 Google Map. Breaking taboo, Chinese newspaper carries editorial on Tiananmen. GUANGZHOU, China--A newspaper closely associated with the Chinese Communist Party ran an editorial about the bloody crackdown in Tiananmen Square, breaking a taboo about discussing the incident in public.

Breaking taboo, Chinese newspaper carries editorial on Tiananmen

Perhaps not surprisingly, the May 26 edition of Global Times championed the official viewpoint on the suppression by the Chinese military of pro-democracy demonstrators, many of them students. Even so, it is rare for a Chinese newspaper to carry an editorial about the event in Beijing on June 4, 1989, that is believed to have left hundreds, possibly more, dead. Japanese language newspapers face extinction in the Americas. YOUNG KAMIKAZE. Old iron forge that eyes heritage status takes steps toward opening to public. KITA-KYUSHU--A historic iron mill may be opened to the public soon as part of a campaign to have it registered as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Old iron forge that eyes heritage status takes steps toward opening to public

“We are thinking about cooperating with plans (by local authorities) to allow ordinary people to snap photos inside the facility and tour the plant aboard buses,” said Hirofumi Funakoshi, head of the general-affairs department at Yawata Steel Works. As the iron mill, which dates back to the Meiji Era (1868-1912), is still operating, the public cannot enter at will for safety and security reasons. When visitors are allowed, they are also usually banned from taking photos inside the plant, which used to be a state-owned business. ‘Visas for Life’ that saved Jews from Holocaust to be submitted for UNESCO inclusion. YAOTSU, Gifu Prefecture--Lists of transit visas issued by a Japanese diplomat to European Jews allowing them to escape Nazi persecution during World War II will be recommended for inclusion in UNESCO’s Memory of the World Program.

‘Visas for Life’ that saved Jews from Holocaust to be submitted for UNESCO inclusion

Chiune Sugihara (1900-1986), a deputy consul in Lithuania, issued the visas in 1940 against the order of the Foreign Ministry to about 6,000 Jews to enable them to escape the Holocaust raging in Europe. The documents have since been called the “Visas for Life.” The visa lists and other related items will be submitted by Yaotsu, Sugihara’s hometown. Rohingya live in limbo in Japan, fear for those floating in boats at sea.

On just two hours of sleep, a nervous Aung Aung went through the now-familiar ritual of traveling from Gunma Prefecture to Tokyo to hear strangers decide if he had any future in Japan.

Rohingya live in limbo in Japan, fear for those floating in boats at sea

Constantly fearing detainment, Aung, 38, knew that any misstep in procedure or suspicion raised could result in immigration officials revoking his provisional status, which comes with a variety of restrictions but at least allows him to remain in the country. “Today was OK, but I have been living here for eight years now always worrying,” he said, after his provisional status was renewed.

But for Aung and about 200 other members of the Rohingya ethnic group who live quietly in Tatebayashi, Gunma Prefecture, another development is causing concerns. Helen Keller’s letter written during 1937 Japan visit retains power to inspire. OSAKA--A letter written by the American deaf-blind activist Helen Keller (1880-1968) during her first visit to Japan has been discovered, offering fresh inspiration for those working for disabled people.

Helen Keller’s letter written during 1937 Japan visit retains power to inspire

The letter, addressed to the then president of The Asahi Shimbun and dated May 30, 1937, expresses her gratitude to the newspaper for “opening the people’s minds to the problems of the blind.” “May I express the earnest hope that the 'Asahi' may continue, after I leave Nippon (Japan), to foster in its readers a helpful attitude towards those who walk long dark trails?” Toshiro Mifune to get star on Hollywood Walk of Fame. Nagasaki team finds film of U.S. troops surveying city shortly after A-bomb attack.

WASHINGTON--A Japanese delegation has discovered film footage of U.S. occupation forces surveying damage from the Aug. 9, 1945, atomic bombing of Nagasaki, less than two months after the attack on the city. The team from Nagasaki city confirmed the existence of the color film at the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration in Washington. 1945 medical records detail Saga hospital's struggle to treat A-bomb victims. SAGA--Doctors made frantic but often futile efforts to ease the painful symptoms among people who returned to Saga Prefecture soon after being exposed to radiation in the 1945 atomic bombings, medical records show.

The records, which detail the symptoms of the 75 patients and the treatments they received, were discovered by a study group in March 2011 in a locker at Saga Prefecture Medical Center Koseikan in Saga city. The group, studying the medical history of Saga Prefecture and comprising doctors and university faculty members in the prefecture, spent around two years surveying the records.

Many medical records of atomic bomb victims were confiscated by U.S. -led occupation forces in postwar Japan. 'Shunga' show hopes to open Japanese eyes to 'taboo' Edo erotic woodblocks prints. Following a massively successful run at the British Museum, a major exhibition of “shunga” is coming home, with organizers hoping to eradicate the stigma attached to the erotic ukiyoe woodblock prints. The first large-scale exhibition in Japan exclusively dedicated to the Edo Period (1603-1867) art form will be held at Eisei-Bunko Museum in Tokyo’s Bunkyo Ward from Sept. 19 to Dec. 23. At 94, woman writes daily love notes to husband who died in World War II. ITOSHIMA, Fukuoka Prefecture--Frail with age, Tsuchie Okushi nonetheless continues her daily ritual of writing love notes to her husband whom she last saw alive in 1942. The 94-year-old’s devotion to the loving father of her children remains as strong as it was before World War II ripped apart their happy life.

One of the notes she wrote in early spring read: “My darling!! Wartime documents shed light on Japan’s secret A-bomb program. Long-forgotten documents on Japan's attempt to build an atomic bomb during World War II have been discovered at Kyoto University, which experts say further confirms the secret program's existence and could reveal the level of the research. The newly found items, dating between October and November 1944, were stored at Kyoto University’s research center. Remarkably preserved 8th-century flower painting uncovered at Nara temple. NARA--Part of a brightly colored painting of a flower dating back 1,300 years has been discovered on a ceiling at Yakushiji temple during renovations, apparently preserved by chance due to its location. Ancient Jomon clay ear ornaments discovered in western Japan. Tokyo printing firm to digitize 55 historic globes for viewing online. Globes dating as far back as the 11th century will be digitally copied by a Tokyo-based printing company so that they can be viewed on computers and other digital devices in 3-D.

Dai Nippon Printing Co. will digitally copy 55 of the historic terrestrial and celestial globes in the National Library of France’s collection so that people can view them on screen. Nagoya war archives enable viewers to look inward. Hiroshima painting hands down warning of man who collected bodies for A-bomb research. HIROSHIMA--A masterpiece by an artist who painted many works themed on the 1945 atomic bombing of this city while collecting victims’ bodies for a U.S. research institute will be donated to the city. Scientists discover ‘under-seabed forest’ dating back 20 million years off Aomori. Shunsuke Tsurumi, philosopher and leading anti-war activist, dies at 93. Shunsuke Tsurumi, a liberal philosopher who led postwar peace movements and protests against the Vietnam War, died of pneumonia at a hospital in Kyoto on July 20, his eldest son said July 24.

He was 93. Born in Tokyo in 1922 to influential politician Yusuke Tsurumi, the son entered Harvard University’s Department of Philosophy in 1939. Ainu museum planned for 2020 to promote understanding of indigenous people. Messages from victims of 1985 JAL crash still guide families 30 years later. In a final poignant act, Masakatsu Taniguchi scrawled a message to his family on an air sickness bag before JAL Flight 123 crashed on Aug. 12, 1985, the deadliest single-aircraft accident in history. “Machiko, please take good care of our children,” Taniguchi, 40, wrote to his wife. Stepping into the U.S. Embassy in Tehran is a step back in time to 1979 - DecodeDC Story.