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Statues of Jizo in Zenko-ji Temple, Nagano, Japan.

Japan has a beautiful tradition for grieving lost pregnancies, and it helped me come to terms with my own miscarriage

Newly pregnant on a trip to Japan, I learned about Jizo —a Buddhist bodhisattva who is the protector of children who die before they are born. When I had a miscarriage, he provided me with some small comfort.

China slaps anti-dumping duty on chemical from U.S., Japan

China will impose anti-dumping tariffs on imports of hydroiodic acid from the United States and Japan.
US Marines and Japanese Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade troops return to the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland after assault amphibious vehicle operations as part of KAMANDAG 2, October 5, 2018.

Japan activated its first marine unit since World War II to counter China, and it just teamed up with the US to practice storming beaches

Japan stood up a new amphibious brigade — its first such unit since World War II — earlier this year in order to counter threats posed by China, and the unit practiced amphibious operations with US and Filipino forces this month.

Japan beat out Singapore again in a ranking of the world’s most powerful passports

Japanese passport holders can now access 190 countries visa free – the most in the world.
The JSMDF submarine Oryu at its launch on October 4, 2018.

Caught between Trump and China, Japan is making a small upgrade to give its submarines an edge

Japan finds itself facing a more assertive Chinese military and a more insistent Trump administration, and a new feature on its latest sub may be a way to relieve the pressure coming from both sides.
A White Bengal tiger.

A zookeeper was mauled to death by a rare white tiger in Japan

40-year-old zookeeper Akira Furusho was reportedly pronounced dead at the hospital on Monday night after being found collapsed and bleeding from the neck inside a zoo enclosure holding four of the rare variant of the orange Bengal sub-species.
Sri Lankan navy personnel welcome the Chinese navy ship Hai Yangdao, October 4, 2018.

The US and Japan are competing with China, and they’ve all got a small island country in their sights

China's growing influence in the Indo-Pacific has worried the US, Japan, and others in the region, and they're looking to use their militaries to counter Beijing's outreach.
US Marines and the Philippine marine corps land on the beach in assault amphibious vehicles during KAMANDAG 2 in Subic Bay, Philippines, October 3, 2018.

Amid rising tensions with China, Japan just sent armored vehicles to foreign soil for the first time since World War II

Japanese troops are playing a humanitarian role in US-Philippine military exercises this month, and while the US says the drills are not directed at anyone, it comes amid heightened tensions with China.
A British soldier, right, and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force member meet as they get into a JGSDF CH-47J Chinook helicopter during their first joint exercise at the JGSDF Camp Fuji in Oyama town, Japan, October 2, 2018.

Japan and the UK are teaming up for the first time to gain an edge on China

Japan is looking to expand its military partnerships and readiness, and this month the country's armed forces are welcoming the first non-US military to ever do exercises on Japanese soil.

A historic, pre-Google section of the web that’s been ‘frozen in time’ for over two decades is about to get destroyed — here&#...

GeoCities will shut down its last remaining sites in Japan, but enthusiasts still have until March to pay their homage. We've found some of our favorites that will be missed.