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Nation remembers war dead / Emperor, Aso hope for world peace in memorial service

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Nation remembers war dead / Emperor, Aso hope for world peace in memorial service
Aug 16, 2009 by Yomiuri Shinbun

Prime Minister Taro Aso and the Emperor spoke of their hopes for world peace at a national memorial service held Saturday in Tokyo to mark the 64th anniversary of the end of World War II and remember 3.1 million Japanese war dead.
About 6,000 people attended the ceremony, including the Emperor and Empress, government representatives and bereaved family members of the war dead. According to the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry, about 4,820 bereaved family members attended, about 240 more than last year. ... 

ELECTION 2009--BATTLE FOR POWER / Official campaigning period for Aug. 30 poll to start Tues.
Aug 16, 2009 by Yomiuri Shinbun

Official campaigning for the Aug. 30 House of Representatives election will kick off Tuesday.
Parties will have 12 days to campaign for the 45th general election, which will see either the reelection of the ruling coalition of the Liberal Democratic Party and New Komeito or the election of a new government to be led by the Democratic Party of Japan.
Prime Minister Taro Aso on Saturday met with LDP Secretary General Hiroyuki Hosoda to discuss his party's campaign strategy. ...

101-year-old war widow oldest to attend service 
Aug 16, 2009 by Yomiuri Shinbun

Shizue Ikehata, a 101-year-old woman from Saitama, on Saturday was the oldest person to attend the national memorial service.
Shizue, whose husband, Masao, died in World War II, was attending for the first time.
Masao was called up for military service in August 1944. In December that year, he was heading to a southern battle front on a transport vessel in a sea channel between Taiwan and the Philippines when he was killed in a submarine torpedo attack. ...

Man recalls family lost to A-bomb / Memories still strong of waiting for father to pick him up from evacuation center
Aug 16, 2009 by Yomiuri Shinbun

A 74-year-old man who lost his father, brothers and sisters in the atomic bombing of Hiroshima 64 years ago while he was in a remote mountain village watched the memorial service for the war dead on TV at his home in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture, on Saturday.
Yusuke Yoshimura has never attended the ceremonies. "It's hard recalling the harsh memories of the war," Yoshimura said.
However, he said he cannot help recalling the loneliness he felt the day the war ended and of the smoldering ruins of his hometown every time the anniversary of the war's end is marked. ...

3-year-old takes part in war dead rite
Aug 16, 2009 by Yomiuri Shinbun

The youngest attendant at the government-sponsored memorial service for the war dead Saturday in Tokyo was the 3-year-old great-grandson of a fallen soldier from Uruma, Okinawa Prefecture, who was accompanied by his parents and grandparents.
The boy, Kaio Miyagi, is the great grandson of Tokusei Miyagi, who was killed in action in the Battle of Okinawa toward the end of World War II. ...

Rental business gets new lease on life 
Aug 16, 2009 by Yomiuri Shinbun

As consumers tighten their belts, many are turning to the rental market rather than buying what they want as they wait for an opening in the economic gloom.
This changing consumption pattern can clearly be seen in the buoyant car rental business, which is gaining ground at the expense of new car sales.
Notably in urban areas, people are choosing to rent cars for when they feel like going for a spin, rather than owning a vehicle and forking out for parking lot fees and other maintenance costs. ...
By T.S. on Aug 17, 2009

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