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2006-09-06 05:05:54

By Chisa Fujioka and Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Princess Kiko gave birth on Wednesday to a baby boy, the first imperial male heir to be born in more than four decades and the answer to the prayers of conservatives keen to keep women off the ancient throne. The birth will scuttle for now a plan to let women ascend the throne, an idea opposed by traditionalists eager to preserve a practice they say stretches back more than 2,000 years. That would disappoint many Japanese,...

2006-09-06 02:16:15

By Chisa Fujioka and Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Princess Kiko gave birth on Wednesday to a baby boy, the first imperial male heir to be born in more than four decades and the answer to the prayers of conservatives keen to keep women off the ancient throne. The birth will scuttle for now a plan to let women ascend the throne, an idea opposed by traditionalists eager to preserve a practice they say stretches back more than 2,000 years. That would disappoint many ordinary...

2006-09-05 22:57:20

By Chisa Fujioka and Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Princess Kiko gave birth on Wednesday to a baby boy, the first imperial male heir to be born in more than four decades and the answer to the prayers of conservatives keen to keep women off the ancient throne. The birth will scuttle for now a plan to let women ascend the throne, an idea opposed by traditionalists eager to preserve a practice they say stretches back more than 2,000 years. That would disappoint many ordinary...

2006-09-05 20:55:49

By Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Princess Kiko gave birth on Wednesday to a baby boy -- the first male heir to be born into the ancient imperial family in more than four decades. The birth of a boy, third in line to the throne after his uncle and father, will scuttle a plan to let women ascend the throne -- an idea opposed by conservatives eager to preserve a tradition they say stretches back more than 2,000 years. TV programs flashed the news that a male heir had been born,...

2006-09-05 19:07:41

By Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Princess Kiko gave birth on Wednesday to a baby boy -- the first male heir to be born into the ancient imperial family in more than four decades, the Imperial Household Agency said on Wednesday. The birth of a boy, who will be third in line after his uncle and his father, is likely to dampen debate on letting women inherit the throne -- an idea opposed by conservatives eager to preserve a tradition they say stretches back more than 2,000...

2006-09-05 09:09:46

By Linda Sieg TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese media have mobilized for the expected birth of a royal baby who conservatives hope will be the first imperial male heir in more than 40 years. Princess Kiko, the 39-year-old wife of Emperor Akihito's second son, is scheduled to give birth by a Caesarean operation on Wednesday following pregnancy complications. "Is it a boy, or a girl? The people's interest is high," gushed an announcer on private broadcaster TBS, which then went on to explain...

2006-08-25 04:59:39

By Teruaki Ueno TOKYO (Reuters) - The granddaughter of wartime Prime Minister Hideki Tojo said on Friday a Tokyo war shrine should keep honoring war criminals and urged Japan's emperor to visit there to thank those who had died for their country. Japan was locked in debate on whether "Class A" war criminals should be removed from the list of those honored at Yasukuni Shrine, or if the country should build a secular memorial where leaders could go without offending Asian neighbors....

2006-08-15 00:06:54

Corrects spelling of Abes first name in paragraph three. By Teruaki Ueno and Chisa Fujioka TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi paid his respects at Tokyo's Yasukuni Shrine for war dead on Tuesday, the anniversary of his country's World War Two surrender, defying warnings from China and South Korea not to go. The parting shot by the outgoing Japanese leader prompted angry protests from Beijing and Seoul, although Koizumi denied his pilgrimage had been...

2006-08-15 00:05:00

By Teruaki Ueno and Chisa Fujioka TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi paid his respects at Tokyo's Yasukuni Shrine for war dead on Tuesday, the anniversary of his country's World War Two surrender, defying warnings from China and South Korea not to go. The parting shot by the outgoing Japanese leader prompted angry protests from Beijing and Seoul, although Koizumi denied his pilgrimage had been intended to glorify war. Koizumi is set to step down in September and his...

2005-08-15 01:47:33

By Jonathan Standing TOKYO (Reuters) - Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi marked the 60th anniversary of Japan's defeat in World War Two on Monday with an apology for suffering caused by Japanese military aggression, and pledged that Tokyo would never again go to war. Sixty years after Emperor Hirohito exhorted his subjects to "bear the unbearable" and accept defeat, memories of the war that killed millions in Asia bedevil relations between Japan and its neighbors, particularly China...


Word of the Day
penuche
  • A fudgelike confection of brown sugar, cream or milk, and chopped nuts.
'Penuche' is a variant of 'panocha,' a coarse grade of sugar made in Mexico. 'Panocha' probably comes from the Spanish 'panoja, panocha,' ear of grain.
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