A Japanese rapper talks about growing up in Okinawa, living in the United States, losing her husband to gun violence, and the difficulties she faced raising her daughter on her own.
Tour groups are expected to take responsibility for ensuring visitors respect Japan's near-universal mask-wearing and other measures that have helped keep the toll from Covid-19 comparatively low.
Second powerful typhoon to slam Japan in a week unleashes fierce winds and rain on southern islands, blowing off rooftops and leaving homes without power as it edged northward into an area vulnerable to flooding and mudslides.
Japan is bracing for a dangerously powerful typhoon approaching its southern regions this weekend on the heels of an earlier storm that injured dozens of people in the country and on the Korean Peninsula.
“It is extremely regrettable that the infections are rapidly spreading among US personnel when we Okinawans are doing our utmost to contain the infections,” Governor of Okinawa Denny Tamaki says.
In panels of spare, black-and-white drawings, Shimizu tells the story of Mihrigul Tursun, a real Uighur woman who now lives in the United States and says she was beaten and detained in China for being a Uighur.
Typhoon Trami has already disrupted travel in the world's third-biggest economy, with bullet train services in the west of Japan suspended, over 1,000 flights cancelled due to the closure of a key airport and Tokyo's evening train services scrapped.
Japan has activated amphibious troops, in a first since World War Two, to defend its remote islands against any external threat.
Jennifer Appel and Tasha Fuiava were trying to sail from Hawaii to Tahiti when their boat's engine broke down. A US Navy ship rescued them and Appel's two dogs last week, after they had been drifting for five months.
Recent transgressions by US troops stationed on the southern Japanese island of Okinawa are likely to worsen long-running feelings of resentment among locals.
The rape and murder of a Japanese woman by a former US marine led to protests against US military presence on Okinawa island.
A drinking ban has been imposed to control soldiers after a series of incidents took place where US soldiers misbehaved with locals.
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