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  • VIDEO: Mother of IS hostage pleads with Japan PM
    The mother of Kenji Goto, being held hostage by Islamic State, has pleaded with the Japanese Prime Minister to make a deal that sees her son released.
    BBC News.  Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:14:46 GMT.
  • Japanese art comes to Istanbul
    Japanese art of painting Sumi-e, which has a significant place in Far Eastern culture, has been brought to Turkey by SushiCo.
    Hurriyet.  Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:54:00 +0200.
  • Japan condemns Goto hostage video
    PM Shinzo Abe condemns a "despicable" Islamic State threat to kill hostage Kenji Goto within 24 hours, saying Japan is working for his release.
    BBC News.  Wed, 28 Jan 2015 10:21:06 GMT.
  • Weekly Korea Protests Keep Japanese WWII Atrocities Alive
    Protesters gather in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul every week to demand an apology and reparations from Tokyo for the thousands of South Korean women who were forced into prostitution during World War II. ...
    Voice of America.  Wed, 28 Jan 2015 10:02:49 -0500.
  • Jordan Agrees to Release Terrorist in Exchange for Pilot Held by ISIS
    Militants from the Islamic State had threatened to kill the First Lt. Moaz al-Kasasbeh and a Japanese journalist if the deadline was not met. The fate of the journalist was unclear.
    By Rod Nordland and Ranya Kadri.  International Herald Tribune.  Wed, 28 Jan 2015 09:50:52 GMT.
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  • Weekly Protests in Korea Keep Japanese WWII Atrocities Alive
    Every week in Seoul protesters gather in front of the Japanese Embassy to demand an apology and reparations from Tokyo for the thousands of South Korean women who were forced into prostitution during World War II. ...
    Voice of America.  Wed, 28 Jan 2015 09:36:00 -0500.
  • Nishikori’s Late Rally Is Not Enough to Overcome Wawrinka at Australian Open
    Kei Nishikori of Japan showed a burst of energy in the third set before falling 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (6) to Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland, who advanced to the semifinals.
    By Ben Rothenberg.  International Herald Tribune.  Wed, 28 Jan 2015 09:31:51 GMT.
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  • Hostage parents make anguished pleas as IS deadline nears
    The parents of a Japanese journalist and a Jordanian airman held by Islamic State militants made last-ditch pleas for their lives as a deadline for an exchange with a jihadi bomber neared Wednesday.
    Yahoo.  Wed, 28 Jan 2015 06:41:43 -0500.
  • Japanese supplier Sanden agrees to $3.2 million fine in U.S. price-fixing case
    Japanese supplier Sanden has agreed to pay a US fine of more than $3 million and becomes the latest company tied to a wide-ranging auto supplier price-fixing prosecution for its brief role in setting the prices of air conditioning compressors ...
    AutoNews.com.  Wed, 28 Jan 2015 06:33:22 EST.  Subscription required.
  • 'Kenji has only a little time left': Japanese hostage's mother pleads for his return
    The mother of a Japanese hostage held by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) extremists appealed publicly to Japan's leader to save her son Wednesday after his captors purportedly issued what they said was a final death threat.
    Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.  Wed, 28 Jan 2015 04:49:49 EST.
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Facts About Japan

Japan, an island state off the east coast of Asia, is governed as a constitutional monarchy.  Its capital city is Tokyo; its second largest city is Osaka.  Japan's national currency is the Yen.  In 2007, Japan's estimated population was 127,433,000, and Japanese is the primary language spoken in Japan.

For more news and information about Japan, visit this official Japanese government website.  For detailed maps of Japan, visit this Japan map website.

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