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Oct 5, 2015

Japan group says pacifist constitution still supreme, eyes Nobel

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s pacifist constitution is an example for the world despite changes that have cleared the way for its troops to fight overseas for the first time since World War Two, the head of a group tipped as a Nobel Peace Prize contender said.

Naomi Takasu, 38, heads a group that seeks to uphold and preserve the constitution’s Article 9, under which the Japanese people “forever renounce war as a sovereign right … and the threat or use of force as a means of settling international disputes”.

Sep 25, 2015

Residents of Russian-held isles disputed by Japan await diplomatic resolution

KUNASHIR, Kurile Islands (Reuters) – Russian residents of an island chain at the center of a dispute between Japan and Russia that has held up a treaty to formally end World War Two hope a diplomatic solution will lure tourists and investment to help refurbish rickety infrastructure.

Ties have been soured since the waning days of the war, when Soviet forces seized the Pacific islands known in Russia as the Southern Kuriles, but which Japan calls the Northern Territories, and forced out 17,000 Japanese residents.

Aug 6, 2015

Hiroshima marks atomic bombing, worries about steps toward war

HIROSHIMA, Japan (Reuters) – Bells tolled and thousands bowed their heads in prayer in Hiroshima on Thursday at ceremonies that marked the 70th anniversary of the world’s first atomic bombing and highlighted rising tensions over Japan’s moves away from its pacifist constitution.

Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui urged that nuclear weapons be abolished and demanded the creation of security systems that do not rely on military might.

Nov 21, 2014

Japanese military taps youth culture in recruitment drive

ATSUGI/YOKOSUKA, Japan, Nov 21 (Reuters) – Japan’s military
is wooing new recruits with images of smiling soldiers posing
like pop stars in a series of photo books and DVDs that tap into
youth culture.

Jet pilots, navigators and sailors are among the 60 Japanese
servicemen and women who pose in and out of uniform.

May 30, 2014

Ninja knowledge underlies new World Cup ‘Brazuca’ ball – researcher

TOKYO (Reuters) – Knowledge from the ninja, Japan’s secretive feudal spies and assassins, is the secret behind the new official ball for the upcoming World Cup, one Japanese researcher has said.

Players during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa complained the ‘Jabulani’ tournament ball, had the tendency to behave in a bizarre fashion and “knuckle” like a beach ball through the air, prompting German firm Adidas to come up with a more reliable ball for this year’s tournament.

May 30, 2014

Ninja knowledge underlies new ‘Brazuca’ ball: researcher

TOKYO (Reuters) – Knowledge from the ninja, Japan’s secretive feudal spies and assassins, is the secret behind the new official ball for the upcoming World Cup, one Japanese researcher has said.

Players during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa complained the ‘Jabulani’ tournament ball, had the tendency to behave in a bizarre fashion and “knuckle” like a beach ball through the air, prompting German firm Adidas to come up with a more reliable ball for this year’s tournament.

May 30, 2014

Ninja knowledge underlies new ‘Brazuca’ ball: researcher

TOKYO (Reuters) – Knowledge from the ninja, Japan’s secretive feudal spies and assassins, is the secret behind the new official ball for the upcoming World Cup, one Japanese researcher has said.

Players during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa complained the ‘Jabulani’ tournament ball, had the tendency to behave in a bizarre fashion and “knuckle” like a beach ball through the air, prompting German firm Adidas to come up with a more reliable ball for this year’s tournament.

May 30, 2014

Soccer-Ninja knowledge underlies new ‘Brazuca’ ball – researcher

TOKYO, May 30 (Reuters) – Knowledge from the ninja, Japan’s secretive feudal spies and assassins, is the secret behind the new official ball for the upcoming World Cup, one Japanese researcher has said.

Players during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa complained the ‘Jabulani’ tournament ball, had the tendency to behave in a bizarre fashion and “knuckle” like a beach ball through the air, prompting German firm Adidas to come up with a more reliable ball for this year’s tournament.

May 12, 2014

Okubo handed World Cup recall by daring Japan

By Hyun Oh

(Reuters) – Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni sprang a rare selection surprise by recalling Kawasaki Frontale forward Yoshito Okubo to his attack-minded 23-man World Cup squad after a two-year absence on Monday.

The 31-year-old has been in top form since joining the club in 2013, scoring eight times this season after being the lead marksman in the J.League last term but Zaccheroni continually overlooked him during qualification for the Brazil finals.

May 12, 2014

Soccer-Okubo handed World Cup recall by daring Japan

May 12 (Reuters) – Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni sprang a rare selection surprise by recalling Kawasaki Frontale forward Yoshito Okubo to his attack-minded 23-man World Cup squad after a two-year absence on Monday.

The 31-year-old has been in top form since joining the club in 2013, scoring eight times this season after being the lead marksman in the J.League last term but Zaccheroni continually overlooked him during qualification for the Brazil finals.