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Yoshi Takeuchi realized they had made a mistake as soon as the ferry docked in Chongjin, a major industrial city on North Korea's east coast. Instead of finding the "paradise on Earth" promised by her ethnic Korean husband, who was being "repatriated" to a country he'd never set foot in, the Japanese woman discovered a dilapidated city in even worse condition than their impoverished neighborhood in post-war Japan.
In this Feb. 27, 2013 file photo, Japan's then 114-year-old Misao Okawa, right, and her then 90-year-old son Hiroshi Okawa pose with the Guinness World Records certificate of the world's oldest woman at a nursing home in Osaka, western Japan, when she received the official certificate from the Guinness World Records. The number of people who are at least 100 years old, known as centenarians, has reached 58,820 in Japan, one of the most rapidly aging countries in the world.
In this photo taken Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, elderly people rest under the shade of a tree in Tokyo.
Reaching the century mark remains a relative rarity for humans, but it is increasingly less so, and perhaps nowhere more than in rapidly aging Japan. The number of Japanese who are at least 100 years old, known as centenarians, has reached 58,820, according to the latest government estimate, released every September to mark Respect-for-the-Aged Day, a national holiday that falls on Monday.
This is the sixth in a series on the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe based on the accounts of people who struggled to contain the crisis in its early stages. Job titles and ages are as of March 2011.
Operators of conveyer-belt sushi restaurants in Japan are diversifying their menus and speeding up the delivery of dishes amid rising competition and costs. "This restaurant offers a variety of food at low prices and we never want to stop coming here," said Yuki Suda, a 17-year-old at a Muten Kura Zushi restaurant in Tokyo's Itabashi ward.
Sir Elton, now 67, was in fine vocal form, belting out the words with a thunderous tone matching the way he hammered the keys on his Yamaha grand piano. Annabel Gale had to wait 20 years and come "halfway around the world," but she finally met her prince - now an earl - and his wife.
Varanasi may get a complete makeover as the Union government looks at a detailed plan to develop the Prime Minister's constituency into a 'smart city'. The Union urban development ministry has drawn up a blueprint for a slew of projects - comprising town planning, civic and transportation - to reshape the temple town significantly.
Legal gray zone: Makuhari International School in Chiba Prefecture is one of only a handful of such institutions in Japan that are accredited by the education ministry. Japanese parents who put their children in international schools without education ministry accreditation may technically be breaking the law, although the government turns a blind eye.
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Table toppers Urawa Reds continued their hot streak by overpowering Shimizu S-Pulse 4-1 on Saturday to stretch their advantage at the J-League summit to four points. Urawa, Asian champions in 2007, improved to 47 points from 23 matches after scoring four goals for the third successive match as Japan's top flight resumed after the international break.
In a move that could exacerbate the already shrinking pool of blood donors, the Japanese Red Cross Society is asking people who recently visited Yoyogi Park and other Tokyo parks where mosquitoes are spreading dengue fever to refrain from donating, an official said Friday. As of Thursday, the JRC said on its website that people who have recently visited Yoyogi, Shinjuku Chuo and Sotobori parks should wait at least four weeks before making a blood donation.
A special Sept. 4 service at St. Paul Westport church will mark the 25th anniversary of the Rev.
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, delivers a speech during a rally against North Korea's abductions, in Tokyo, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014.
Japanese government officials say the number of people aged 100 or older has hit a record high of almost 60,000. Officials with the Health and Welfare ministry released the results of its annual survey of centenarians in the lead up to Respect for the Aged Day on Sept.
Myanmar agricultural experts have expressed amazement by a high level of fertiliser produced in Japan, saying that if Myanmar farmers could afford to use such fertiliser, rather than the China-made one they currently use, they could significantly increase rice output and produce rice of higher quality. When the experts watched fertiliser manufacturing process during a visit on Aug 25 to a plant in Chiba Prefecture of Katakura Chikkarin Co as part of a study mission to Japan, they voiced hope that Japan will build plants in Myanmar and provide farmers with effective fertiliser.
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