【Today's English】Empress Masako turns 56, touched by outpouring of public affection

【Asahi.com article】【Today's English】Empress Masako turns 56, touched by outpouring of public affection

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Empress Masako turned 56 on Dec. 9 and expressed her appreciation for the enormous encouragement shown by the public in celebrating her husband Naruhito’s ascension to the Chrysanthemum Throne.

【Today's English】Body of slain doctor returns home from Afghanistan

【Asahi.com article】【Today's English】Body of slain doctor returns home from Afghanistan

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The body of a Japanese doctor killed in a roadside shooting in Afghanistan arrived back home Sunday, with government officials on hand to lead a brief ceremony of mourning at Tokyo's Narita International Airport.

【Today's English】Superior's role in suicide of rookie employee under investigation

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Police in Hyogo Prefecture have sent papers to prosecutors alleging an employee at Mitsubishi Electric Corp. induced the suicide of a rookie employee he was training through power harassment at work, including reportedly telling him to die.

【Today's English】Group of young men ambushed, shot Nakamura, witness says

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Japanese doctor and humanitarian Tetsu Nakamura was likely targeted in an ambush in Afghanistan on Dec. 4 aimed at driving off other support organizations and intimidating the local government.

【Today's English】Tetsu Nakamura, a humanitarian who was more than a doctor

【Asahi.com article】【Today's English】Tetsu Nakamura, a humanitarian who was more than a doctor

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A search for rare butterflies led Tetsu Nakamura on a decades-long crusade that saw him providing medical care to patients and refugees in Pakistan and swinging a mattock against parched earth in Afghanistan.