Curious by nature. #CNN Tokyo correspondent covering Asia and beyond. Let the adventure begin. Follow me on Instagram: @willripleycnn

La nueva Miss Jap�n se impone a las cr�ticas por el color de su piel

mexico.cnn.com — No importa el color o las medidas: Miss Universo TOKIO (CNN) - Una reina de belleza en Japón mestiza enfrenta críticas por no ser lo suficientemente japonesa. Mitad japonesa y mitad afroestadounidense, la Miss Nagasaki Ariana Miyamoto, es la primera contendiente a Miss Universo de Japón de dos razas.

Beauty queen criticized for not being Japanese enough

cnn.com — Half-Japanese and half African-American, Miss Nagasaki Ariana Miyamoto is the first-ever mixed-race Miss Universe Japan. Some say she doesn't represent Japan's demographic, while others champion the model, proud that she is overcoming racial hurdles and helping to expand the definition of what it means to be Japanese.

A dud bomb, a foiled bank heist and a very twisted plot

cnn.com — But this whodunit began Monday in a quiet cul-de-sac in Bristol, Connecticut. And two days later, police say they are still searching for the two men who forced their way into Yussman's home and ordered him to carry out the heist. It was still dark, when Yussman pulled into his driveway, he told police.

Man raped women after luring them to be part of fake sleep study, sold video of the attacks

cnn.com — Authorities arrested 54-year-old Hideyuki Noguchi, after one of the women saw herself in a video online and came forward. Police investigated and arrested Noguchi, who has been charged with incapacitated rape, according to Chiba Prefecture Police spokesperson Satoshi Kono. Authorities say Noguchi has told them the number of victims is about 100.

Man accused of raping women during fake sleep study, putting video of attacks online

cnn.com — Authorities arrested 54-year-old Hideyuki Noguchi, after one of the women saw herself in a video. Police investigated and arrested Noguchi, who now faces charges of incapacitated rape in some three dozen cases. Authorities say Noguchi has told them the number of victims is about 100.

ISIS' Japanese hostages receive mixed sympathy at home

edition.cnn.com — One of the first statements she made, before making a direct plea to ISIS to spare her son's life, was an apology to the Japanese people. "Thank you for your great kindness and I apologize for the tremendous inconvenience and trouble that my son has caused," she said.

ISIS' Japanese hostages receive mixed sympathy at home

cnn.com — One of the first statements she made, before making a direct plea to ISIS to spare her son's life, was an apology to the Japanese people. "Thank you for your great kindness and I apologize for the tremendous inconvenience and trouble that my son has caused," she said.

Japan: No word from ISIS on hostages as deadline draws nearer

edition.cnn.com — Japanese officials have said they are doing their best to communicate with ISIS, which threatened in a video released Tuesday to kill two Japanese citizens it's holding within 72 hours if it doesn't receive the huge sum it's demanding.

Japanese hostage's Syrian fixer: This day was coming

cnn.com — The Syrian fixer for the Japanese reporter now held hostage by ISIS, warned him not to go into the ISIS-held areas. CNN's Will Ripley reports.

U.S. naval ship grounded off Japanese coast

cnn.com — "The safety of the civilian crew members and the environment are our top priorities. So we're taking this situation very seriously and will continue to investigate the situation until it's resolved," Commander William Marks, spokesman for the U.S. Navy 7th Fleet, said. The U.S.
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Düsseldorf #Germany has thousands of #Japanese residents & hundreds of companies from #Japan. instagram.com/p/07nublAv9O/

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