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The discovery has baffled locals and led to wild speculation on social media, which was already rife with theories this month after the U.S. military downed four suspicious aerial objects, including a suspected Chinese spy balloon.
On Friday, North Korea fired an intercontinental ballistic missile that has the potential to reach the U.S. mainland.
In January, the leaders of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists announced that the world was at “doom’s doorstep.” The group declared that the Doomsday Clock stood at 100 seconds to midnight — the closest the world has ever been to catastrophe since the clock was created in 1947.
The fatal shooting of the former Japanese prime minister on Friday sent shock waves through Japan — a country with some of the world’s strictest gun ownership laws.
Some health experts fear even a toned-down version of the Games could become a global superspreader event.
President Trump said Friday that determining when it will be safe to drop social distancing guidelines to stop the spread of the coronavirus is "the biggest decision I've ever had to make.”
The storm dumped record amounts of rain, causing rivers to overflow their banks and turning many neighborhoods into swamps.
Japanese ships resumed hunting whales in waters off the nation's coast, ending a 31-year ban on commercial whaling. What happens next?
77 years ago today on the morning of Dec. 7, 1941, a Sunday, Japanese bombers flew across Oahu, Hawaii, and began their assault.
A powerful earthquake Thursday on Japan’s northernmost main island of Hokkaido triggered dozens of landslides that crushed houses under torrents of dirt, rocks and timber, prompting frantic efforts to unearth any survivors.
At 11:02 a.m on August 9, 1945, the United States dropped the atomic bomb, nicknamed "Fat Man," on Nagaskai, Japan. It killed an estimated 70,000 of the city's estimated population. Days later, World War II was over.
More than 7,000 people were still in evacuation shelters and many more were struggling with basic needs Thursday after severe flooding and landslides last week in western Japan that caused at least 200 deaths.
One of Japan’s emerging stars in the field of marine life photography, Toru Kasuya was the recent Grand Prize Winner of the 6th annual Nikkei National Geographic Photo Prize, whose mission is to raise the profile of promising Japanese photographers globally.
The Japanese Self-Defense Forces and the U.S. military have a ballistic missile defense system in place in case that would respond if North Korea were to use any of its missiles against the island nation.
Trump's tour of Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines from Friday to Nov. 15 will take him out of Washington, where he has been beset by several issues.
"N.O.K.- Next Of Kin" examines the ways in which American families memorialize their relatives killed in military conflict. Inbal Abergil traveled throughout the U.S., meeting with relatives of fallen soldiers to document their methods of coping through the preservation of personal effects.
During his trip to Asia, President Trump will reportedly meet with the parents of Megumi Yokota, a girl abducted from Japan by North Korea in 1977.
Protests against Myanmar's treatment of Rohingya Muslims were held in several countries, including Muslim-majority Bangladesh, Indonesia and Malaysia.
Japan marks the 72nd anniversary of the first atomic bomb dropped by the U.S. on Hiroshima, Aug.6, 1945, killing an estimated 70,000 people with many thousands more dying over years from the effects of radiation.
Dozens of Tokyo firefighters were battling a blaze on Thursday at the world’s largest fish market and one of the capital’s most popular tourist sites, as grey smoke billowed over the city.
Troops worked to rescue hundreds of people stranded by flooding in southern Japan. Several death and nearly 20 people were still unaccounted for in flooding that wrecked homes, roads and rice terraces.
The threat from North Korea, the future of trade, China’s territorial ambitions and “a fair bit of golf” — there’s a lot on the agenda as President Trump hosts Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the White House on Friday, followed by a weekend at his Mar-a-Lago home in Florida.
Tokyo’s Tsukiji market holds its 2017 tuna auction, believed to bring good luck for the new year. It's among the biggest of Japan's many New Year's holiday rituals: Early on Thursday, a huge, glistening tuna was auctioned for 74.2 million yen ($643,000) in what may be the 81-year-old Tsukiji market’s last auction at its current site in downtown Tokyo. Last year’s auction was supposed to be the last at Tsukiji’s current location.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe laid wreaths at various cemeteries and memorials Monday ahead of a visit to the site of the 1941 bombing that plunged the United States into World War II. Abe landed at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam and then headed to National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, where he laid a wreath. At the Ehime Maru Memorial, he again laid a wreath and bowed his head.
Coastal residents fled to higher ground as a powerful earthquake sent a series of moderate tsunamis toward Japan’s northeastern shore Tuesday and fueled concerns about the Fukushima nuclear power plant destroyed by a much larger tsunami five years ago. Lines of cars snaked away from the coast in the pre-dawn hours after authorities issued a tsunami warning and urged residents to seek higher ground immediately. The magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck in the same region that was devastated by a tsunami that followed a much larger magnitude 9.0 quake in 2011, killing some 18,000 people.
The phenomenon known as the supermoon will reach its most luminescent in North America before dawn on Monday. The supermoon will also bring stronger than usual high tides, followed by plunging low tides the next morning. Full moon will occur at 8:52 a.m. EST (1352 GMT).
A young Japanese man went on a stabbing rampage Tuesday at a facility for the mentally disabled where he had been fired, officials said, killing 19 people months after he gave a letter to Parliament outlining the bloody plan and saying all disabled people should be put to death. When he was done, Kanagawa prefectural authorities said, 26-year-old Satoshi Uematsu had left dead or injured nearly a third of the almost 150 patients at the facility in a matter of 40 minutes in the early Tuesday attack. The fire department said 25 were wounded, 20 of them seriously.
On two days in August 1945, U.S. planes dropped two atomic bombs, one on Hiroshima on August 6, one on Nagasaki on August 9, the first and only time nuclear weapons have been used.
A strong, 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit southern Japan early Saturday, a day after another powerful tremor killed at least nine people in the same area.
“American workers are desperate for a break.”
“Workers will have more leisure but at the cost of less efficiency and a lower standard of living.”
“We have more important things to do now than spend our lives making a tiny group of very rich people even richer.”
“Some industries and deeply entrenched work cultures mean the four-day workweek may not be realistic for all employees.”
“While workers have spent the last 50 years steadily producing more and more, real wages have not risen at the same rate.”