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I-Wonder:Was It Right to Bomb Hiroshima?
Offbeat  (tags: Hiroshima., Nagasaki, nuclear bomb, Japan, . USA, WW2 )

- 13 days ago -
In the small hours of a warm summer day, the B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay flew from a US base on Tinian over the Japanese mainland. In the hold was an experimental bomb, codenamed Little Boy. The target: Hiroshima.
A Bus Stop and a Broken Promise: Kids Waited Daily for Mother Who Never Came Home
Offbeat  (tags: war, usa, asia, Japan, Tokyo Air Raid, WW2, evacuation )

- 14 days ago -
Over the previous night, over 300 U.S. B-29 bombers had blanketed Tokyo with around 330,000 firebombs in the Great Tokyo Air Raid, and their mother had gone missing.
The World's Most Luxurious TREEHOUSE: Japanese Architects Construct Jaw-Dropping Resort in the Canopy of 300-Year-Old Tree
Offbeat  (tags: japan, tree, tree house, architects, built )

- 19 days ago -
The treehouse is only open to guests of the Risonare Atami resort where it was built
Japan Remembers Nagasaki Atomic Bomb, 70 Years on
Offbeat  (tags: WW2, Nagasaki, atomic bomb, Japan, USA )

- 19 days ago -
The Japanese city of Nagasaki is marking 70 years since the dropping of an atomic bomb by the United States.
Japanese Pensioner Who Survived the Nagasaki Bomb Shows Off the Remains of His Ribs and the Horrific Wounds on His Back 70 Years
Offbeat  (tags: nuclear, japan, big boy, scars, bomb, usa, injuries )

- 19 days ago -
The frail 86-year-old body of Sumitery Taniguchi is a web of scars, that have criss-crossed his skin for 70 years.
Hiroshima Marks 70 Years Since Atomic Bomb
Offbeat  (tags: Hiroshima, atomic bomb, WW2, Japan )

- 22 days ago -
Residents in the Japanese city of Hiroshima are commemorating the 70th anniversary of the first atomic bomb being dropped by a US aircraft.
Chiune Sugihara: Man of Conscience
Offbeat  (tags: war, humanrights, Chiune Sughara, Jews, WW2, diplomat, Japan, Nazi-Germany )

- 46 days ago -
A look at the legacy of the diplomat who saved thousands from the Nazis during World War II
Japan's First Lady to Set Up Bee Hive at Prime Minister's Office in Tokyo
Offbeat  (tags: bee hives, Japan, Akie ABe, First Lady )

- 46 days ago -
Akie Abe, wife of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, plans to keep a bee hive in the inner garden of the Prime Minister's Official Residence in central Tokyo, it was learned Saturday.
3,000 Attend Funeral for Tama, the Cat Stationmaster
Offbeat  (tags: cats, Tama, stationmaster, Wakayama, Japan, funeral )

- 60 days ago -
Tama the stationmaster, Japan's feline star of a struggling local railway, was mourned by about 3,000 company officials and fans and elevated into a goddess at a funeral Sunday.
LDP Politician Says Takarazuka LGBT Initiative Will Turn City Into 'Center of HIV Infections'
Offbeat  (tags: funny, humanrights, freedoms, politics, Japan, LGBT rights )

- 62 days ago -
An assembly member in Takarazuka, Hyogo Prefecture, said the municipal government's efforts to support sexual minorities will encourage such people to move there and make the city "the center of HIV infections."
Cat Stationmaster Tama, Superstar in Western Japan, Dies
Offbeat  (tags: cat, stationmaster, Japan, died, Tama )

- 64 days ago -
Tama, a cat stationmaster of a railway station in western Japan whose immense popularity helped boost the railway operator's revenues and the local sightseeing industry, died Monday at a local animal hospital aged 16 years and two months, the equivalent
Sea Shepherd Agrees to Pay Japanese Whalers More Than $3 Million for Breaching Court Injunction
Offbeat  (tags: Sea shepherd, Japan, court, whaling, America, money )

- 77 days ago -
The US arm of anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd has agreed to pay $3.332 million dollars to Japanese whalers for breaching a court injunction.
Starbucks Comes to Tottori; Poster Compares It to Perry Arriving in Japan
Offbeat  (tags: Starbucks, coffee, Japan, Tottori, Snaba Coffee, off-beat, culture )

- 99 days ago -
There's still at least one place that's Starbucks-free, though, and that's Tottori, the last prefecture in Japan without a branch of its own.
Japanese Technology Revives Production of Delicious Palestinian Watermelons
Offbeat  (tags: government, goodnews, middle-east, palestine, Japan, watermelons, sweet, cooperation )

- 100 days ago -
Palestinian National Authority Minister for Agriculture Shawqi Al-Aissa, right, and Japan's special representative for Palestinian affairs Takeshi Okubo, left, try fresh watermelon in the West Bank village of Ein al-Beida, on May 18, 2015.
New Volcanic Isle Nishinoshima a Blank-Canvas 'Natural Lab' for Life
Offbeat  (tags: wildlife, science, environment, Japan, volcano, island, life )

- 102 days ago -
A brand new island emerging off the coast of Japan offers scientists a rare opportunity to study how life begins to colonize barren land - helped by rotting bird poo and hatchling vomit.

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