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Japan's emperor plans to abdicate

startribune.com — For the first time in nearly two centuries, an emperor of Japan has said that he will abdicate the throne before he dies. According to NHK, the public broadcaster in Japan, Emperor Akihito, 82, who in 1989 succeeded his father, the wartime Emperor Hirohito, told close aides that he intended to pass the throne to his son, Crown Prince Naruhito, 56, before he dies.

Emperor Akihito, in First for Japan Since 1817, Plans to Abdicate

nytimes.com — TOKYO - For the first time in nearly two centuries, the emperor of Japan has said that he will abdicate the throne before he dies. According to NHK, the public broadcaster in Japan, Emperor Akihito, 82, who in 1989 succeeded his father, the wartime emperor Hirohito, told close aides that he intended to pass the throne to his son, Crown Prince Naruhito, 56, before dying.

Japan Election, a Landslide for Abe, Could Allow a Bolder Military

nytimes.com — But the party's victory on Sunday appears to have less to do with its proposals and more to do with the disarray in the opposition Democratic Party. "The people's distrust towards the Democratic Party is very high," said Lully Miura, a lecturer on international politics at Tokyo University.

Japanese vote for status quo in elections

smh.com.au — Tokyo: Voters helped Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan move closer to securing the lawmaker support he needs to revise a pacifist constitution that has been in place since US occupiers created it in 1947.

With a Shrug, Japanese Vote for the Status Quo in Parliamentary Elections

nytimes.com — During the campaign this summer, Mr. Abe and other Liberal Democrats mostly kept quiet about their revisionist ambitions, leading opposition party leaders and some in the media to accuse them of a hidden agenda.

Teenagers in Japan Can Finally Vote. But Will They?

nytimes.com — TOKYO - Mena Hakamada, an 18-year-old college freshman, knows how important it is to vote. "To reflect our opinions, the only way is to vote," said Ms. Hakamada, a physical education major at the University of Tsukuba. But Ms. Hakamada will not cast a ballot on Sunday, in the first national election in which Japanese 18- and 19-year-olds are allowed to vote.

Cartoons Keep Order at Japanese Construction Sites

nytimes.com — The construction site outside the train station in one of Tokyo's central night life and shopping districts had the typical workers in hard hats and fluorescent vests. And, not so typical, two pink-and-white Hello Kitty figures hanging off the barriers that keep pedestrians from stumbling into a hole in the road.

Covering Obama in Hiroshima by Day, Snapchatting with a Puppy in Brooklyn by Night

nytimes.com — Times Insider delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how news, features and opinion come together at The New York Times. In this article, Motoko Rich, The Times's soon-to-be Tokyo bureau chief, writes about learning to improvise in front of the camera - covering President Obama's historic visit to Hiroshima via Facebook Live by day, and FaceTiming and Snapchatting with her children 13 hours behind her in Brooklyn by night.

Survivors recount horrors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki - The Santa Fe New Mexican: News

santafenewmexican.com — The survivors of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings are known in Japan as hibakusha. There are about 48,000 of them living in Nagasaki prefecture, and about 83,000 in Hiroshima. Some were small children when the bombs were dropped, others were young adults. Their average age now is older than 80.

Hiroshima, Nagasaki surviors recount atomic-bomb horrors

seattletimes.com — Several survivors share their stories and thoughts about President Obama's visit to Hiroshima. Share story The survivors of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings are known in Japan as hibakusha. There are about 48,000 of them living in Nagasaki prefecture, and about 83,000 in Hiroshima.
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Jul 22, 2016

Hilarious that @Dataminr reports as “urgent” Tweets about Pokemon Go

Jul 22, 2016

@BillStoat obviously should have crowdsourced this decision. how about banks?

Jul 22, 2016

Trump "portrayed himself, over and over, as an almost messianic figure prepared to rescue the country"  http://nyti.ms/29PAwTL  @mikiebarb

Jul 21, 2016

E'one entitled to opinion, but if you say Miami & NYC the same, not credible ohttp://www.highsnobiety.com/2016/07/19/japan-travel-overrated/


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