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May, 4, 2016

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Updated Tokyo skyline icons still standing firm
The Ark Hills complex in Tokyo's Akasaka district, "Japan's first major private-sector redevelopment," celebrated its 30th anniversary at the end of March.
 
Akane had always enjoyed her job at a Tokyo call center until, unlike many Japanese mothers, she decided to return to work after finishing her maternity leave.
 
An U.S. sailor was indicted in Japan Friday for allegedly raping a Japanese woman on Okinawa, according to reports, in a case that could further increase tensions over the American military presence on the fortified island.
 
HIROSHIMA, Japan -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visited the revered memorial to Hiroshima's atomic bombing on Monday, delivering a message of peace and hope for a nuclear-free world seven decades after United States used the weapon for the first time in history and killed 140,000 Japanese.
 
Japanese regulators on Wednesday approved the launch of an unprecedented refrigeration structure resembling giant popsicles that would form a huge underground frozen barrier around the wrecked Fukushima nuclear reactor buildings in a desperate bid to ...................
 
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that a new security law that took effect Tuesday will strengthen Tokyo's ability to defend itself amid increasing threats as opponents took to the streets to say they risk hurling the country into war.
 
PM Abe hosts Mugabe as Tokyo, Beijing vie for Africa influence
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday welcomed Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe -- the 92-year-old former guerrilla fighter who is widely shunned in the West but frequently courted in Asia.
 
Japan executed two death row prisoners on Friday, the justice ministry said, dismissing calls from international rights groups to end capital punishment.
 
Japan fleet kills 333 whales in Antarctic hunt
Japanese whalers returned to port Thursday after an Antarctic hunt that killed more than 300 of the mammals, the government said.
 
Two British ships arrived in eastern Japan on Monday to transport a shipment of plutonium -- enough to make dozens of atomic bombs -- to the U.S. for storage under a bilateral agreement.
 
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