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May 9, 2014

Japanese men baldly go into new Tokyo restaurant, with pride

TOKYO, May 9 (Reuters) – Bald is beautiful at a new Tokyo
restaurant, where follicularly challenged customers are welcomed
with open arms and offered discounts not available to their
hairier brethren.

The Japanese-style pub in Tokyo’s Akasaka district, not far
from the central government offices, encourages customers to
embrace their loss of hair, not hide it.

Apr 23, 2014
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Justin Bieber apologizes after Japan shrine visit sparks Asian anger

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(Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, 2010/Wiiii)

Canadian pop singer Justin Bieber, whose tumultuous life has landed him in trouble more than once, on Wednesday apologized for a visit to a Tokyo shrine at the center of a bitter international row over Japan’s wartime aggression.

Bieber, 20, posted a picture on social media of himself visiting Tokyo’s Yasukuni Shrine with the heading, “Thank you for your blessings”.

Apr 23, 2014

Obama reassures Japan, other allies on China as Asia trip begins

TOKYO (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama has said Washington welcomes China’s rise but that engagement with Beijing would not come at the expense of its Asian allies – as Chinese state media greeted his arrival in the region with a broadside accusing the United States of wanting to “cage” the emerging superpower.

The reassuring remarks aimed at Japan and other allies, set against a robust commentary from China’s state news agency Xinhua that also called the United States “myopic”, demonstrate the delicate balancing act Obama faces on a week-long Asia tour.

Apr 23, 2014

Obama and Abe to huddle at venerable Tokyo sushi counter

TOKYO (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are due to have dinner on Wednesday, bumping elbows at the counter of a tiny basement sushi restaurant run by an octogenarian chef.

Sources close to Abe told Japanese media the prime minister thought a meal at “Sukiyabashi Jiro,” a venerable establishment in Tokyo’s bustling Ginza shopping district, would be a good way to build trust.

Apr 23, 2014

Obama reassures Japan, other allies on China ahead of visit

TOKYO (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama has said Washington welcomes China’s rise but that engagement with Beijing would not come at the expense of its Asian allies – as Chinese state media greeted his imminent arrival in the region with a broadside accusing the United States of wanting to “cage” the emerging superpower.

Obama’s remarks, aimed at reassuring Japan and other allies, set against a robust commentary from China’s state news agency Xinhua that also called the United States “myopic”, demonstrate the delicate balancing act Obama faces on a week-long Asia tour.

Apr 22, 2014

Japanese minister, MPs visit Yasukuni Shrine on eve of Obama visit

TOKYO (Reuters) – A Japanese cabinet minister and about 150 lawmakers visited Yasukuni Shrine, seen by critics as a symbol of Japan’s past militarism, on Tuesday, sparking anger among Asian neighbors and U.S. frustration a day before U.S. President Barack Obama visits Japan.

The visits followed an offering to the shrine by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday that further strained already fraught regional ties, with both China and South Korea questioning Japan’s commitment to dialogue.

Apr 22, 2014

Japan cabinet minister, lawmakers visit Yasukuni Shrine

TOKYO (Reuters) – A Japanese cabinet minister and some 150 lawmakers on Tuesday visited Yasukuni Shrine, which is seen by critics as a symbol of Japan’s past militarism, in a move that could further strain fraught regional ties.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent an offering to the shrine on Monday, just days before a Tokyo visit by U.S. President Barack Obama, provoking an angry response from China and South Korea, which decried it as romanticizing Japan’s wartime past.

Apr 21, 2014

Japan PM makes offering to Yasukuni Shrine, angers China, S.Korea

TOKYO, April 21 (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo
Abe has sent a ritual offering to the Yasukuni Shrine, seen by
critics as a symbol of Japan’s past militarism, angering both
South Korea and China on Monday and putting regional ties under
further strain.

Adding to unease in the region, a Chinese maritime court in
Shanghai seized a ship on Saturday owned by Japanese shipping
firm Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, a move that Japan warned could have an
adverse impact on its businesses in China.

Apr 21, 2014

Japan PM makes offering to Yasukuni Shrine; China seizes ship

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has sent a ritual offering to the Yasukuni Shrine, seen by critics as a symbol of Japan’s past militarism, a move that may increase strains on Tokyo’s ties with Asian neighbors China and South Korea.

Adding to unease in the region, a Chinese maritime court in Shanghai seized a ship on Saturday owned by Japanese shipping firm Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, saying the company had failed to pay compensation stemming from a wartime contractual obligation.

Apr 18, 2014

Japan will conduct Pacific whale hunt in wake of court ruling

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan said on Friday it would conduct its annual Northwest Pacific whaling campaign this year despite an international court ruling against the program last month, but in a sharply scaled down form.

The decision to proceed with the hunt was certain to provoke international anger.