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  • 3 Japanese students killed in California car crash
    Officials say three Japanese college students were killed and five other foreign students were injured when a small car veered off a California freeway and struck a power pole.
    Miami Herald.  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 13:52 EDT.
  • MC Medical agrees to be the exclusive distributor of FloShield products in Japan
    COLUMBUS, Ohio, Aug. 22, 2014 -- MC Medical, a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corporation (MCM), and Minimally Invasive Devices Inc. ...
    PR Newswire.  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 13:30:00 EDT.
  • Rain hampers Japan landslide rescue
    Heavy rain hampers rescue operations in Japan's Hiroshima prefecture where a landslide killed at least 39 people, with 51 still missing.
    BBC News.  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:05:13 GMT.
  • VIDEO: Rain hampers Japan landslide search
    Heavy rain is delaying a search for more than 50 people believed buried under a landslide on the edge of the Japanese city of Hiroshima.
    BBC News.  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 08:31:08 GMT.
  • Russia Detains Japanese Whaling Vessel
    Tokyo says Russia has seized a Japanese whaling patrol vessel after it allegedly entered the country's territorial waters.
    Radio Liberty.  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 06:04:10 +0000.
  • Japan: Death Toll from Landslides Could Double to 80
    Japanese officials said the death toll could double to over 80 from landslides that buried dozens of homes on the outskirts of Hiroshima earlier this week. Officials said Friday the number of missing people rose to 52. ...
    Voice of America.  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 00:07:00 -0400.
  • China De-Escalating The Senkaku/Diaoyu Crisis, But Will Abe Respond?
    It was completely predictable--and surely predicted--that ?nationalization? of the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands would become a self-fulfilling prophesy of a ?China threat? to Japan. ...
    By Stephen Harner.  Forbes.  Thu, 21 Aug 2014 21:16:00 GMT.
  • Op-Ed Contributor: When Sanctions Lead to War
    American policies toward Russia today echo the mistakes that led to Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.
    By Paul J. Saunders.  International Herald Tribune.  Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:06:52 GMT.
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  • China manufacturing drags on Asia, but Europe up
    Asian stock markets were dampened by a weak China manufacturing survey Thursday, but European stocks opened higher. Japan gained on the prospect of a stronger dollar after Fed minutes showed policymakers ...
    Yahoo.  Thu, 21 Aug 2014 10:50:09 GMT.
  • Sinosphere Blog: Chinese Group Calls on Japan to Hand Over Tang-Era Stele
    A Chinese organization seeks the return of a nine-ton Tang dynasty stele that was taken by the Japanese military in the early 1900s. The stone also has historical significance to Koreans.
    By Jane Perlez and Bree Feng.  International Herald Tribune.  Thu, 21 Aug 2014 06:26:01 GMT.
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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.

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