Osaka’s landmark Tsutenkaku tower turns 60

OSAKA – Osaka celebrated the 60th anniversary of the Tsutenkaku tower on Friday as the landmark regained its popularity in recent years with a growing number of foreign tourists drawn to the retro allure of the relatively short observation tower. “I ... ( read original story ...)

Osaka restaurant to sell noodle dish model of Tsutenkaku tower

In celebration of the 60th anniversary of Tsutenkaku, a beloved landmark in Osaka, a nearby restaurant has come up with a special menu item -- a curry udon noodle dish that is a one-500th model of the 100-meter tower. The special wheat flour noodle dish is ... ( read original story ...)

Uncle of Japanese emperor dies at age 100

TOKYO - The younger brother of former Japanese Emperor Hirohito died Thursday at the age of 100. The Imperial Household Agency announced that Prince Mikasa had died in the morning at a hospital in Tokyo. Japanese media reports say he had been hospitalized ... ( read original story ...)

MotoGP legend remains behind bars in Japan

Australian motorcycling great Wayne Gardner remains behind bars in Japan, 12 days after being detained for allegedly assaulting three men in a road rage incident. The 57-year-old was reportedly involved in a minor car accident and scuffle in Motegi on ... ( read original story ...)

Philippine, Japanese leaders sign military, economic deals

TOKYO — The leaders of Japan and the Philippines agreed Wednesday to co-operate in promoting regional peace and stability and endorsed Japan's provision of patrol boats and military training aircraft to bolster Philippine maritime security, without ... ( read original story ...)