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Marines Conclude Man Was Misidentified in Iwo Jima Pic

It was really Marine Howard Schultz, not Navy officer John Bradley: investigation

(Newser) - A long-standing debate behind World War II's iconic Iwo Jima photo appears to have been settled. A Marine Corps investigation used facial recognition technology and other photos taken that day to conclude, with "near certainty," that one of the six men IDed in the famous image taken... More »

Kim Jong Un: My Missiles Can Hit US Pacific Targets

Experts say North Korea is, at very least, making progress in its launch capabilities

(Newser) - Japan expressed concern about North Korea's Wednesday Musudan missile launches , especially since one of the two made it more than halfway to Japan. But per Kim Jong Un, Japan shouldn't be alone in its worry, the Guardian reports. "We have the sure capability to attack in an... More »

North Korea Just Launched Its Best Missile Yet

Ballistic launch reaches altitude of 620 miles

(Newser) - North Korea is not only continuing to defy international warnings to stop testing ballistic missiles, it's starting to get pretty good at launching them. Relatively speaking, anyway: Pyongyang launched two intermediate-range Musudan missiles in the direction of Japan on Wednesday, reports the BBC . The first one flopped almost immediately,... More »

Irate With US, Okinawa Stages Massive Protest

Some 65K protest American military presence after rape, killing of local woman

(Newser) - Tens of thousands on Okinawa protested Sunday against the presence of US military bases, reports the AP , many wearing black to mourn the rape and killing of a local woman in which an American contractor is a suspect. The rally called for a review of the US-Japanese security agreement, which... More »

'Severe' Bear Attacks Kill 4 in Japan

Officials retaliate against Asiatic black bear

(Newser) - Northern Japan is on the alert after bear attacks left four people fatally mauled over the past few weeks, the Guardian reports. Most recently, 74-year-old Tsuwa Suzuki was found dead in the Akita prefecture this weekend in an attack so severe that authorities could barely identify her. She was apparently... More »

Japan's New Nude Restaurant Will Weigh You Before Letting You In

Also: no tattoos, touching, or old people

(Newser) - For a naked restaurant, Tokyo's The Amrita is surprisingly uptight. Unlike a new clothing-free restaurant in London , diners at The Amrita will be weighed and measured before being admitted, Mashable reports. If customers are 30 or so pounds heavier than the average weight for their height, they'll be... More »

Fukushima Woman First to Speak Out About Her Cancer

'Don't rock the boat' culture has left cancer patients scared to talk after nuclear meltdown

(Newser) - She's 21, has thyroid cancer, and wants people in her prefecture in northeastern Japan to get screened for it. That statement might not seem provocative, but her prefecture is Fukushima, and of the 173 young people with confirmed or suspected cases since the 2011 nuclear meltdowns there, she's... More »

'10-Day Drama' Ends for Boy Left in Forest

Yamato Tanooka released from hospital, says he's 'fine'

(Newser) - The "10-day drama" is finally over for Yamato Tanooka, reports the Japan Times . The 7-year-old was on Tuesday afternoon released from a hospital in Hakodate under the watchful eyes of television cameras, which captured him waving and telling a reporter, "I am fine." Also fine, at least... More »

Lion Lunges at Toddler in Insane Zoo Video

Zoo says he was just playing

(Newser) - In a crazy video taken over the weekend at a Japanese zoo, a lion can be seen attempting to pounce on a toddler, only to slam into his glass enclosure headfirst. Per the Independent , Tokyo's Chiba Zoological Park, which introduced the glass enclosures in April, says that the lion... More »

Navy Bans Booze for All Personnel in Japan

Okinawa crash was the last straw

(Newser) - The US Navy banned drinking and restricted off-base activity Monday for all 18,600 of its personnel in Japan after a sailor was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving on the island of Okinawa, the AP reports. In the latest incident to spark public anger in Japan, Petty Officer 2nd... More »

Boy Left in Woods Cried So Much He Lost Sense of Direction

Cops referring case to child welfare authorities

(Newser) - Yamato Tanooka was found alive and well on Friday after a frantic six-day search—but his parents aren't out of the woods yet. The 7-year-old was left alone on a forest road in Hokkaido as punishment for throwing rocks, and police are now considering investigating his parents for psychological... More »

Boy Left in Woods Found Alive After 6 Days

Soldiers found unharmed 7-year-old in military hut

(Newser) - Great news from Japan: After days where a grim outcome seemed increasingly likely, the boy abandoned in a forest by his parents has been found alive and physically unharmed. On Friday, soldiers found 7-year-old Yamato Tanooka in a hut at a military drill area a few miles away from where... More »

4 Days Later, No Sign of Boy Left in Woods as Punishment

Yamato Tanooka, 7, was left alone in woods by parents after throwing rocks

(Newser) - "Not many people or cars pass by, and it gets totally dark as there are no lights. It’s not surprising to encounter bears anywhere in the area." That's one local's rather intimidating description of the Japanese mountain forest where a 7-year-old has now been missing... More »

Japan to Military: Get Ready for North Korea Missile Launch

South Korea also says launch prep appears to be underway

(Newser) - Japan's military is on alert as of Monday that North Korea may be preparing to launch ballistic missiles, officials tell Reuters . South Korea officials also say launch preparations appear to be underway. Since North Korea conducted a fourth nuclear test in January, followed by launching a satellite and test-launching... More »

Message in Photo: 'Please Help Me. This Is Last Chance'

Journalist Jumpei Yasuda vanished last June while near the Syrian border

(Newser) - Japanese journalist Jumpei Yasuda vanished last June while near the Syrian border. Now a Syrian man connected to his alleged captors on Sunday released a photo that Japan's foreign minister says the country believes "is of Mr. Yasuda himself." In the photo, a man with long hair... More »

Boy Left in Woods as Punishment Disappears

7-year-old's parents drove off and returned to find him gone

(Newser) - Rescuers are scouring bear-infested woods in northern Japan for a little boy who was abandoned by his parents as punishment. Police say that the parents of 7-year-old Yamato Tanooka reported the boy missing on Saturday but initially lied to investigators, claiming he had vanished while they were picking wild vegetables,... More »

Obama Makes History at Hiroshima

'We come to ponder the terrible force unleashed in a not-so-distant past'

(Newser) - President Obama made history Friday by becoming the first sitting US president to visit the site of history's first atomic strike. "We come to ponder the terrible force unleashed in a not-so-distant past," he said. "We come to mourn the dead." Accompanied by Japanese Prime... More »

Daring ATM Heist: 100 Thieves, 3 Hours, $13M

It happened in 7-Elevens all around Japan

(Newser) - A purported organized-crime incident in Japan put the emphasis on "organized" in a crime that RT.com is labeling "Ocean's 100." Cops believe that more than 100 thieves took part in a spree in Tokyo and 16 other prefectures on May 15, cleaning out 7-Eleven ATMS... More »

'I Lost My Temper': Suspect in Stabbing of Japan Pop Star

Mayu Tomita was reportedly stalked on social media by man who says she spurned gift

(Newser) - A young Japanese pop star remains in critical condition after a man attacked her with a knife on Saturday at a Tokyo event, reportedly because she may have spurned a gift from him, per the Japan Times . Mayu Tomita, 20, was said by Tokyo Metropolitan Police to have been stabbed... More »

American Contractor Arrested in Japanese Woman's Death

The arrest has increased tensions between the US military and Japan

(Newser) - An American contractor working on a US military base in Japan was arrested Thursday in connection with the death of a 20-year-old Japanese woman, the Washington Post reports. According to the AP , 32-year-old Kenneth Gadson told Japanese police where they could find the woman's body. Rina Shimbukuro had been... More »

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