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  • Oscars, Razzie, the soldier who irritated Miley Cyrus and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 10, 2014 | 9:18 am

    Big in Japan

    More Japanese companies are looking at the Israeli startup market in search of innovative technologies and investments. Large business organizations including the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Keidanren have recently dispatched research tours to the...

  • Vandals destroy copies of Anne Frank’s diary in Japan

    February 21, 2014 | 11:27 am

    More than 100 copies of Anne Frank’s “Diary of a Young Girl” have been vandalized in public libraries in Japan’s capital Tokyo.

    Pages have been ripped from at least 265 copies of the diary and other related books, Japanese officials told the BBC on Thursday. It is not clear who...

  • Behind Japanese fascination with Anne Frank, a ‘kinship of victims’

    January 21, 2014 | 4:18 pm

    She speaks only Japanese and is not entirely sure what country she’s in, but 18-year-old Haruna Matsui is happy to stand in the rain for an hour with two friends to see the home of a person she has never met yet nonetheless considers her soul mate.

    “We visited Paris and Brussels,...

  • Snowbirds find common artistic ground

    November 22, 2013 | 4:49 pm

    Seven years ago, Benjamin Weissman and Yutaka Sone met on a mountaintop. Rumor had it they shared a taste in skis. “There’s only one person more obsessed with snow than you,” a friend had told Weissman, “and it’s Yutaka.” And so Weissman searched Mammoth Mountain for the mercurial...

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  • The long journey from POW to veterans’ advocate

    November 11, 2013 | 11:32 am

    Harry Corre, held as a prisoner of war during World War II by Japanese military forces in the city of Omuta, was behind a brick building when he saw a “tremendous flash.” Looking around the building, he saw an enormous cloud 30 miles across the bay, above Nagasaki, and assumed...

  • Foreigners still caught in Sahara hostage crisis

    January 18, 2013 | 11:20 am

    More than 20 foreigners were still either being held hostage or missing inside a gas plant on Friday after Algerian forces stormed the desert complex to free hundreds of captives taken by Islamist militants.

    More than a day after the Algerian army launched an assault to seize the...

  • Santa Claus in Jerusalem?

    December 23, 2012 | 11:32 pm

    Santa Claus hands his bell to five year old Ryuya Ando, who energetically shakes it. Ando’s parents, United Nations employees from Japan, get in line for a Christmas tree.

    “People don’t usually celebrate Christmas here in Jerusalem,” Hideyuki Ando tells The Media Line. “I’m a...

  • Israel, Japan mark 60 years of relations

    May 16, 2012 | 10:08 am

    Israel and Japan marked the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

    The anniversary, which was celebrated Tuesday, is set to be marked in both countries with a series of special events, including cultural events, academic meetings and...

  • Self-styled historian seeks clues to Japan’s Holocaust survivors

    By Elyse Glickman

    April 11, 2012 | 1:28 pm

    Akira Kitade is a former Japanese tourism executive who still relishes the opportunity to show a newcomer the cultural sights of Tokyo. He also delights in showing off photos of his new grandchild and extended family.

    But it’s the aging black-and-white snapshots of seven Jewish...

  • In Japan, pride in the Jewish response to tsunami

    March 7, 2012 | 10:29 am

    As I sit here in Tokyo with the first anniversary of the tsunami fast approaching, I recall my surprise the first time a Japanese person thanked me, as a Jew, for Israel’s immediate response to the disaster. It was certainly not the time to instruct that well-meaning person that...

  • 78 Million Reasons to Love the People of Japan

    By Ilana Angel

    August 19, 2011 | 12:30 am

    In a world of chaos, it is hard to look at the recent news stories in London, Israel, or the Sudan, and not feel sadness for humanity.  Human beings are more alike than we are different, and that we are able to so easily hate and hurt each other weighs heavy on my heart.  My life is...

  • Months later, Jewish groups and Israel are helping a tsunami-devastated Japan

    May 23, 2011 | 2:18 pm

    In northeastern Japan, the area hardest hit by the devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami, a team of Israeli post-trauma experts guided local teachers and officials through their lingering pain.

    One kindergarten teacher broke down in tears as she related how another teacher saw...

  • Justin Bieber’s Musical Father Figure, Dan Kanter [UPDATED]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 18, 2011 | 10:52 am

    Before Justin Bieber stepped onstage in front of 40,000 radiant fans at Tel Aviv’s Hayarkon Park last month, Dan Kanter, Bieber’s musical director and guitarist, took the spotlight to deliver a Jimi Hendrix-style rendition of Hatikvah, the Israeli national anthem.  “It was one...

  • Israeli military aid delegation to Japan returns home

    April 12, 2011 | 10:23 am

    The Israel Defense Forces’ aid delegation to Japan returned home, leaving medical equipment behind for local doctors to use.

    The delegation, which brought 62 tons of medical supplies and 18 tons of humanitarian aid to the city of Minami-Sanriko, hard hit by the earthquake and...

  • Federations raise $1,349,000 in Japan relief

    April 11, 2011 | 10:43 am

    Jewish federations throughout North America have raised $1,349,000 to help Japan recover from last month’s massive earthquake and tsunami.

    The federations’ Japan, Hawaii and Pacific Relief Fund, opened immediately following the earthquake and resultant tsunami that struck Japan on...

  • Japanese deputy FM tours Israeli field hospital

    April 5, 2011 | 3:13 pm

    Japanese Deputy Foreign Minister Makiko Kikuta toured the Israeli army’s medical clinic in the city of Minami-Sanriko.

    Kikuta said that the good relationship between Israel and Japan will be strengthened due to the arrival of the medical delegation to help in the aftermath of the...

  • Radioactive iodine from Japan detected in Israel

    March 30, 2011 | 2:28 pm

    Traces of radioactive waste from a damaged nuclear reactor in Japan have been detected in the air in Israel.

    The Soreq Nuclear Research Center on Tuesday detected traces of Iodine-131 in an air sample. The concentration of 0.00005 becquerel per square meter is very low and presents...

  • Paper Cranes:  Talking to Children About Japan

    By Sarah Tuttle-Singer

    March 25, 2011 | 4:55 am

    I remember the first time I heard the story about Sadako and the thousand paper cranes.  I was five years old, and I was sitting cris-cross-applesauce on the big blue rug next to my best friend, Rachel. We were giggling.  We had finished drawing our pictures of shining suns and...

  • The more you watch, the worse you feel

    By Marty Kaplan

    March 21, 2011 | 11:20 am

    As if the triple whammy of the Japanese earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster weren’t enough to enthrall and terrify us, the war in Libya is now providing cable news viewers a fresh hell to follow 24/7. 

    But wait, as they say in the infomercials—there’s more.  In Bahrain,...

  • Israel sends medical delegation to Japan

    March 21, 2011 | 10:47 am

    Israel has sent a medical delegation to Japan to help victims of the recent devastating earthquake and tsunami.

    Two doctors and an Israel Defense Forces Homefront Command officer arrived Monday in Japan to determine what is required to send a full-scale medical delegation and the...

  • News Nincompoops Narrate Nuclear Nonsense

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    March 17, 2011 | 11:26 pm

    Images from Japan continue to sadden and shock us. Over 12,000 are confirmed dead or missing due to the earthquake and tsunami, and that number will likely rise. Hundreds of thousands have been displaced from their homes. I’m having a hard time finding recent numbers on those...

  • Israel reconsidering nuclear power plans in light of Japan crisis

    March 17, 2011 | 11:20 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in an interview with CNN that Israel is reconsidering its plans for a nuclear energy facility in light of what happened in Japan. The interview is set to be aired later on Thursday.

    Japan is facing a nuclear crisis after a major earthquake and...

  • Japan turns to U.S. in face of worsening nuclear crisis

    March 16, 2011 | 10:58 am

    Japan said Wednesday that further assistance from the United States was needed to help keep the nuclear cores at a power plant from overheating, after last week’s quake and tsunami knocked out the plant’s cooling systems.

    Tokyo may also request the help from members of the U.S. military stationed in Japan, government spokesman Yukio Edano said.

    On Tuesday, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said it has sent two experts to Japan, and had been asked to send cooling equipment.

    Read more at Haaretz.com.

  • Netanyahu pledges support to Japan

    By JewishJournal.com

    March 16, 2011 | 10:51 am

    Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered “any assistance” and stated that the “citizens of Israel stand beside you at this difficult time” in a letter to his Japanese counterpart, Naoto Kan. 

    Netanyahu expressed his “deep sorrow” over the tragic earthquake and tsunami...

  • Japan disaster and Itamar killings put Jewish giving on the spot

    March 15, 2011 | 1:16 pm

    Almost as soon as the catastrophe in Japan began unfolding last Friday, Jewish groups scrambled to figure out how to get help to the area.

    In Israel, search-and-rescue organizations like ZAKA and IsraAid readied teams to head to the Japanese devastation zone. In Tokyo, the Chabad...

  • Japan braces for potential radiation catastrophe as 140,000 could be affected

    March 15, 2011 | 11:05 am

    Japan faced a potential catastrophe Tuesday after a quake-crippled nuclear power plant exploded and sent low levels of radiation floating toward Tokyo, prompting some people to flee the capital and others to stock up on essential supplies.

    The crisis appeared to escalate late in the...

  • Third explosion rocks earthquake-damaged Japan nuclear plant

    March 14, 2011 | 6:12 pm

    A third explosion in four days rocked the earthquake-damaged Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant in northeast Japan early Tuesday, the country’s nuclear safety agency said.

    The blast at Dai-ichi Unit 2 followed two hydrogen explosions at the plant - the latest on Monday - as...

  • Chabad ships food to quake-ravaged Japanese city

    March 14, 2011 | 3:06 pm

    Chabad-Lubavitch centers in Tokyo and Hong Kong have shipped tons of food into one of the Japanese cities hardest hit by last week’s earthquake and tsunami.

    The Tokyo-based Chabad-Lubavitch of Japan and the Hong Kong-based Chabad-Lubavitch of Asia have shipped bread, rice, noodles,...

  • Israeli team leaves for Japan aid mission

    March 13, 2011 | 12:23 pm

    A civilian Israeli search-and-rescue team left for Japan in the aftermath of a major earthquake and tsunami.

    The team organized by IsraAID, an Israeli humanitarian umbrella group, left Israel Sunday morning to assist in an area to be determined by Japanese authorities, according to...

  • Israel team of volunteers to help with search and rescue efforts in Japan

    March 11, 2011 | 5:03 pm

    ZAKA International Rescue Unit said Friday it will send a team of trained volunteers from Israel to help the search and rescue efforts in Japan, following the 8.9-magnitude earthquake and tsunami that rocked the country earlier that day.

    Following a consultation with the Israeli...

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