・2016.09.26 BBC News Japan scrambles jets over China flights along Miyako Straits
China said about 40 of its aircraft were involved in a routine drill
・2016.09.26 CNN News East China Sea: Japan scrambles jets as China flies fleet near disputed islands
Tokyo (CNN)Japan scrambled fighter jets Sunday after China flew a fleet of aircraft near contested islands in the East China Sea.
Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said that the jets were sent up after eight Chinese military planes crossed between Okinawa and the Miyako islands near Taiwan. He said that two of the aircraft were thought to be fighter jets.
He added that the planes didn't "trespass" into Japan's territorial airspace, although he said it was the first time that Chinese military aircraft had been seen in the Miyako Strait.
・2016.09.26 FOX News Japan to keep close tabs on China after Chinese warplanes buzz East China Sea
TOKYO – Japan's top government spokesman warned China on Monday against expanding its military activity to the skies over disputed East China Sea islands after eight Chinese warplanes flew near the area over the weekend.
・2016.09.23 FOX News McDonald's Japan is now serving pumpkin spiced french fries
The pumpkin spice is going international.
Later this month, McDonald’s Japan is doling out French fries drizzled with a pumpkin spiced sauce and chocolate sauce.
The sweet and savory fries mark the beginning of the Halloween celebration, which has become increasingly popular in Japan in recent years.
・2016.09.22 FOX News Strong earthquake hits off Japan, causes no apparent damage
TOKYO – A strong earthquake has struck off Japan's east coast but caused no apparent damage.
The Japan Meteorological Agency said an undersea earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.5 hit Friday morning at a depth of about 10 kilometers. It did not issue a tsunami warning. The agency said there may be slight changes in coastal sea levels, but not enough to cause any damage.
The U.S. Geological Survey, which measured the magnitude at 6.3, said the quake hit about 150 kilometers (90 miles) off the coast of Chiba prefecture, a suburb of Tokyo. The epicenter was about 230 kilometers (140 miles) southeast of the Japanese capital. It caused minor shaking in the Tokyo region, though many said they didn't feel it.
・2016.09.23 The Washington Post The new Godzilla film imagines a strong Japan pushing back against the U.S.
（ People look at Godzilla at an exhibition in Yokohama, a suburb of Tokyo, to promote the latest in a half-century of movies about the monster. ）
KAWASAKI, Japan ― Even after 62 years and 31 ways of destroying cities, it seems Japanese people still can’t get enough of Godzilla and his catastrophic ways.
“This is my fifth time to see it,” Iori Yanagi, a 30-something woman, said before a special screening of the latest Godzilla movie, released here as “New” or “Real” Godzilla.
Since it opened at the end of July, the film ― directed by Hideaki Anno, the renowned creator of “Evangelion,” an anime TV series ― has crashed through the box office like, well, like a monster through a metropolis. The film has sold almost 5 million tickets since it was released in Japan and has made $70 million at the box office, making it the highest-grossing live-action film here this year. It will be distributed in the United States starting next month as “Godzilla Resurgence.”
・2016.09.01 CNN News Tight squeeze: The secrets behind Japan's coolest micro homes
A tiny scrap of land might not catch your eye.
But to Japanese architect Yasuhiro Yamashita of Atelier Tekuto, there's nothing more beautiful.
A veteran designer of kyosho jutaku -- or micro homes -- Yamashita has built more than 300 houses, each uniquely shaped and packed full of personality.
All starkly different, the only thing these homes have in common is their size -- Yamashita's projects start at just 182 square feet.
Demand for small homes in Japan results partly from land scarcity, property prices and taxes, as well as the impending danger posed by the country's regular earthquakes and typhoons.
But some residents simply prefer a smaller home, seeking a minimalist lifestyle.
"In Japan, there's a saying ('tatte hanjo nete ichijo') that you don't need more than half a tatami mat to stand and a full mat to sleep," says Yamashita. "The idea comes from Zen -- and a belief that we don't need more than the fundamentals."
Of course, the beauty of a well-designed micro home is that it doesn't appear 'fundamental' at all.
Below, Yamashita divulges 10 strategies to make petite properties feel more spacious.
・2016.09.23 Al Jazeera Q&A: Rape as a tool of war 'won't work forever'
British PM's representative on preventing sexual violence says no culture can feel "smug" about violence against women.
（ Baroness Joyce Anelay ）
New York - In its work on sexual violence against women in conflict, the United Nations has found that it has "been one of history's greatest silences. Absent from ceasefire agreements, dismissed from disarmament programmes and rarely mentioned in peace negotiations".
It is a tactic of war that transcends countries and cultures: From Japan's use of Korean women as sex slaves during World War II to present day abuse of Yazidi women by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) armed group.
There's a magic formula to becoming a millionaire in China - borrow big to earn big.
For years, individuals, state-owned companies and municipalities have taken massive loans to chase the Chinese dream.
Now it's payback time, but a severe economic slowdown means many are struggling to pay their debts.
Entire neighbourhoods have become "ghost towns", industrial companies sit idle and the unemployed are growing desperate.
Government economists claim China has enough in its coffers to cover the bad loans, but defaulting on it could send the world's economy into a tailspin.
101 East asks, is this the end of China Inc?
・2016.09.16 FOX News Japan choosing 88 animation travel spots to boost tourism
（ A man walks by an eatery with its facade painted with letters that read "Welcome to Washinomiya" and the characters of a TV animation series "Lucky Star" or "Raki Sta" near Washinomiya Jinja shrine in Kuki, Saitama prefecture, north of Tokyo ）
TOKYO – Eighty-eight places in Japan are going to be designated "animation spots" to encourage tourism — using train stations, school campuses, rural shrines and other fairly everyday places where popular "manga" characters are depicted.
Such landmarks number in the tens of thousands, given the popularity and volume of "manga" comics In Japan. But this is being billed as the official list for any fan's animation "pilgrimage."
People around the world can vote on the landmarks through a website set up in several languages, including English and Chinese.
Officials behind the new Japan Anime Tourism Association said Friday they will compile a travel route of 88 animation spots by December, including where manga and animation works took place, as well as the homes of manga artists and museums dedicated to their works.
・2016.09.19 Al Jazeera The end of the Chinese dream?
For decades, China's economic prowess has powered world growth. China's rise as a modern nation has been remarkable and the country's leaders often tell the world that they managed to lift more than 600 million people out of poverty in just a few decades.
But the boom times are over: China's economy is slowing and cracks in the system are starting to appear. With the Chinese economy faltering, building has ground to a halt, leaving ghost towns and abandoned construction sites across the country.
Some economists say that the country's building boom never delivered real prosperity, and that government spending has been poorly managed.
They warn that with China's debt mounting at an alarming pace, the country's economy could collapse.
In 2005, China owed 164 percent of its gross domestic product, but today it has almost doubled. The mountain of debt is piling up much faster than the economy is growing.
Despite the looming debt crisis, the government continues to encourage citizens to take on even more debt, buy more property and clear the over supply. Buying property in China used to be one of the safest investments, but the bubble has burst in many cities - leaving many Chinese with debt they cannot pay back.
For years officials promised that everyone would share in economic prosperity, but as the markets slow and debts rise, millions of ordinary workers are hurting. China's government says it will let go of five to six million workers from its factories and mines. Many of the workers are struggling to survive and feel left out of China's success.
・2016.09.16 CNN News Japan to join US in South China Sea patrols
Japan is planning on upping its activities in the South China Sea through joint training patrols with the United States and exercises with regional navies, Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada said.
Japan would also be giving military aid to countries such as the Philippines and Vietnam as it increases its role in the contested waters of the South China Sea, Inada said Thursday at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a think tank in Washington, DC,
Inada also welcomed the US's plan to allocate 60% of its Navy and Air Force assets to the Asia Pacific region by 2020.
・2016.09.19 Reuters China says Japan trying to 'confuse' South China Sea situation
China on Monday accused Japan of trying to "confuse" the situation in the South China Sea, after its neighbor said it would step up activity in the contested waters, through joint training patrols with the United States.
Ties between Asia's two largest economies have long been overshadowed by arguments over their painful wartime history and a territorial spat in the East China Sea, among other issues.
China has repeatedly denounced what it views as interference by the United States and its ally Japan in the South China Sea.
Japan will also help build the capacity of coastal states in the busy waterway, its defense minister said last week during a visit to Washington.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said countries in the region had reached a consensus that the South China Sea issue should be resolved through talks between the parties directly involved, and that China and Southeast Asian countries should jointly maintain peace and stability there.
・2016.09.06 The Guardian Friday’s best TV: BBC Proms 2016; Joanna Lumley's Japan; The Strain
（ Joanna Lumley’s Japan ）
Joanna Lumley’s Japan 9pm, ITV
Silky of voice and enthusiastic of spirit, Joanna Lumley is the perfect tour guide as she travels 2,000 miles across Japan. This week, she’s in the northern island of Hokkaido before heading to Sapporo, where the annual snow festival is in full swing. She charms the locals, talks to monkeys and hugs an ice sculpture. However, one of the most poignant moments comes when she meets a man who stayed in Fukushima, the site of the devastated nuclear power plant, to look after pets.
・2016.09.19 BBC News Great Barrier Reef disaster: Chinese coal ship to pay $29m
（ The 230m (750 ship had ground against a coral shoal for more than a kilometre, turning coral into dust ）
The Australian government has agreed a $29.6m (£22m) settlement with the owners of a Chinese coal carrier that caused significant damage to the Great Barrier Reef more than six years ago. The Shen Neng 1 hit a shoal in April 2010, leaking tonnes of heavy fuel oil.
Conservationists have described the settlement, which is less than a third of the full clean-up cost of $105m (£80m), as "woefully inadequate".
先日、（9月5日から10日まで）自由旅行でパリに行ってまいりました。友人の女性と二人で、9月8日（月）にシャンゼリゼ通り付近を歩いていましたら、アジア系男性に“Do you speak English?”と声をかけられたので、道を尋ねられるのかと思い、Yesと答えました。すると、「私達中国人にチャンスを下さい。私達の代わりに（道の向こう側の）ルイ・ヴィトンで買い物をしてきて下さい。お金は全額渡しますから」と言われました。嫌な予感がしたので「No」と言って立ち去りましたが、その後も何度か、同じよ うに中国人風の男に「Do you speak English?」と声をかけられました。シャンゼリゼ通りに中国人らしき男女が散って、待ち構えている様子でした。No、といって立ち去りましたので何も被害に遭っていないのですが、何かの犯罪の手口でしょうか？
・2016.03.29 Mail Online China launders cash of foreign criminals
In this Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016, photo, people walk in a Chinese wholesale clothing district in Aubervilliers, north of Paris, France. France's financial crimes squad in June busted a money transfer network in Aubervilliers, where Chinese merchants are accused of laundering money for North African drug dealers.
・2016.09.15 Reuters Japan opposition party picks first female leader after citizenship hiccup
（ Japan's main opposition Democratic Party's new leader Renho raises her fists with her party lawmakers after she was elected party leader at the party plenary meeting in Tokyo, Japan September 15, 2016 ）
ロイターくんの見出しのワーディング " after citizenship hiccup " を裏読みするなら、R4姐さんの本音は、「やったぁ、1億2千万日本国民全員を騙し切った、アルヨ。アルくん13億人民から褒められる、アルヨ」ｗ
・2016.09.13 The Washington Post Japan’s prime minister-in-waiting to make her debut in Washington
（ Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, and Defense Minister Tomomi Inada walk during the review of the honor guard before attending a Japan Self-Defense Force's senior officers meeting at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo on Monday ）
TOKYO ― With her glasses and her updo, and her sharp conservative views, Tomomi Inada has sometimes been called “Japan’s Sarah Palin.”
This week, she will have a chance to present herself as a statesman in Washington. And official Washington will have a chance, in turn, to get a good look at the woman who could become Japan’s next prime minister.
A hard-liner who has defended many of Japan’s actions during World War II, she will make her first visit to the United States since being appointed defense minister last month, meeting Defense Secretary Ashton Carter at the Pentagon on Thursday.
The trip comes at what may be a crucial moment in her career.（転載ここまで）
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・2016.09.15 Reuters Japan to boost South China Sea role with training patrols with U.S.: minister
Japan will step up its activity in the contested South China Sea through joint training patrols with the United States and bilateral and multilateral exercises with regional navies, Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada said on Thursday.
Inada said in a speech at Washington's Center for Strategic and International Studies think tank that Japan's increased engagement in the area, where Japan shares U.S. concerns about China's pursuit of extensive territorial claims, would include capacity building for coastal nations.
Inada, whose country has its own dispute with China over territory in the East China Sea, said that if the world condoned attempts to change the rule of law and allowed “rule bending” to succeed, the "consequences could become global."
"In this context, I strongly support the U.S. Navy's freedom-of-navigation operations, which go a long way to upholding the rules-based international maritime order," she said.
・2016.09.13 The Washington Post North Korea’s nuclear program is targeting U.S., Japanese lawmaker says
（ Japanese lawmaker Antonio Inoki, right, shakes hands with North Korean official Ri Su Yongprior to their meeting in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Saturday ）
TOKYO ― North Korea’s nuclear program is directed at the United States, a close adviser to Kim Jong Un said after last week’s atomic test, according to a Japanese lawmaker who just returned from Pyongyang.
The warning came as two U.S. military B-1 bombers flew over the southern half of the peninsula in a show of force against North Korea, and top military brass and diplomats warned Pyongyang that the United States is prepared to take all steps to contain and punish the regime.
North Korea defied United Nations resolutions and international warnings by detonating its fifth and largest nuclear weapon Friday, declaring that it was a warhead that could be used to counter “the American threat.”
Antonio Inoki, a former professional wrestler who now serves in Japan’s parliament, returned Tuesday from a five-day visit to Pyongyang saying that Japan need not worry about the North’s nuclear program.
“This is not directed at Japan. The nuclear development is toward the United States,” Inoki quoted Ri Su Yong, an elder statesman of North Korean foreign affairs who is particularly close to Kim, as saying.
Ri was Pyongyang’s ambassador to Switzerland when Kim, now the 32-year-old North Korean leader, attended school there. He served as foreign minister in Kim’s regime until May, when he was promoted further up the Workers’ Party ranks and became a full member of the Politburo and director of the party’s international relations department.
Inoki, who has tried to be a bridge between Japan and North Korea, told Japanese reporters who were waiting for him at the Beijing airport that he spent 90 minutes with Ri on Saturday, the day after the nuclear test. But these were the only remarks he made as he arrived at the airport.
His trip coincided with the nuclear test and followed provocative missile launches, several of which ended with landings within Japan’s air defense identification zone, earning harsh condemnation from Japan.
Although the missiles North Korea has been testing put only South Korea and parts of Japan and China within reach, many analysts agree that this is part of a larger program aimed at developing an intercontinental ballistic missile able to reach the U.S. mainland. The bigger goal is to attach a nuclear warhead to that missile, they say.
Pyongyang put out another dismissive statement Tuesday about the reaction to its nuclear test. “The U.S. and its followers are making much fuss, creating impression that a nuclear bomb was dropped in downtown Washington or Seoul,” the Korean Central News Agency said.
“Neither sanctions nor provocation nor pressure can ever bring down the position of the DPRK as a full-fledged nuclear weapons state, and highhanded political and military provocations of the enemies will only invite a merciless nuclear strike which will lead them to a final ruin,” the agency said, using the official abbreviation for North Korea.
In Seoul, U.S. and South Korean officials stepped up their warnings.
“North Korea’s nuclear test is a dangerous escalation and poses an unacceptable threat,” said Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, commander of U.S. Forces Korea, as two B-1B Lancers, which carry the largest payload of any U.S. bomber, flew over South Korea together with American F-16s and South Korean F-15Ks.
The bombers were moved to a U.S. air base in Guam in August as part of a buildup against North Korea, and they conducted a training exercise with Japanese fighter jets over the southern island of Kyushu while en route to the Korean Peninsula.
“Today’s demonstration provides just one example of the full range of military capabilities in the deep resources of this strong alliance to provide and strengthen extended deterrence,” Brooks said.
Separately, Sung Kim, Washington’s point man on North Korea, said after meeting his South Korean counterpart that the latest nuclear test has bolstered international resolve to hold the North accountable.
“We are, of course, working . . . to take additional significant steps, including new sanctions, to demonstrate to North Korea that there indeed are serious consequences for its unlawful and dangerous actions,” he said.
The U.N. Security Council, which imposed tough new sanctions after a nuclear test in January, also has condemned the test and vowed to respond.
・2016.09.12 FOX NEWS Clinton, Trump to release medical details after Hillary episode at 9/11 ceremony
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump both are planning to releaseadditional personal health information, after Clinton experienced a medical episode Sunday that forced her to leave a 9/11 anniversary ceremony early -- and after Trump said Monday morning that candidate health is now an “issue” in this campaign.
Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon said on MSNBC that the campaign will release more information in the next couple days.
Trump told Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” earlier Monday morning that he’ll be releasing “very, very specific” details from a recent physical.
“I think they’re going to be good. I feel great,” he said. Fox News has learned Trump plans to release those details during his appearance Thursday on “The Dr. Oz Show.”
As for Clinton’s health, Trump said: “Something’s going on, but I just hope she gets well and gets back on the trail.”
・2016.09.07 CNN News Why Trump owes it to voters to release his tax returns
Hillary Clinton has done it. Tim Kaine has done it. Mike Pence will do it, possibly this week. And every presidential nominee from both parties has done it for the past four decades.
Yet Donald Trump still doesn't feel obligated to release his tax returns.
While he isn't legally required to, presidential nominees and their running mates have been making their returns public since 1976.
Trump has said he isn't releasing his returns now because they're under audit, and that he will when the audits are done. But tax experts say that's no excuse -- an audit does not prevent him from making his returns public.
・2016.09.06 The Washington Post Japan is so crazy about mascots that ‘fluffy toilet character’ is a real job
（ Learn how to be a Japanese mascot ）
In Japan, it’s hard to go anywhere without encountering a mascot, a cute and fluffy creature designed to make you feel all warm and fuzzy in some of the most unlikely situations.
Visiting the Wakayama prison? Waka-P, an orange mascot with a huge citrus-fruit head and a letter P (for prison), will be there to give you a hug and remind you to aim for a crimeless society, bright like a satsuma mandarin.
（ 和歌山刑務所のゆるきゃら ）
If you’re using the facilities in Yokohama, especially on Nov. 10, also known as Restroom Day, you might encounter Toilet-kun, a lovable character with a toilet-seat lid for a face and a bowl for a belly. Toilet-kun (“kun” is the Japanese suffix used with boys’ names) represents the city’s waste recycling bureau.
（ 横浜市資源循環局北部事務所のキャラクタートイレくん ）
And who better to represent the Defense Ministry than Prince Pickles, from a country called Paprika, and his girlfriend, Princess Parsley, who hails from the country of Broccoli.
（ 防衛省のナビゲーター、ピクルス王子 ）
・2016.08.31 CNN News How Japan went crazy for KitKats
A taste for chocolate：More than 300 flavors of KitKat have gone on sale in Japan since the chocolate snack was introduced. It's now one of the country's best candy bars.
・2016.09.07 Mogaznews Inside one of Japan’s crazy capsule hotels
Capsule hotels were created primarily for Japanese businessmen who need a place to crash for a few hours if they miss the last train home.But a growing number of tourists, such as myself, are checking in for a night or two to sample the ‘unique’ style of accommodation.
（ The Anshin Oyado Capsule Hotel in Shinjuku ）
（ nside one of the capsule rooms ）
（ A peek inside the bathroom ）
（ So many drink options ）
（ That’s one hi-tech toilet ）
（ Inside my capsulet ）
I’d definitely recommend anyone travelling to Japan solo or with a mate should stay in a capsule hotel for a night.
It’s fun, unique and you really get to HANG OUT with some friendly locals (yep, that’s a di*k reference).
Japan is clamouring to get a piece of US debt right now, with a record number of bonds bought by investors from the country during the month of July.
According to new research from HSBC’s Emerging Markets Fixed Income desk, led by strategist Dayeon Hong, retail investors in Asia’s second largest economy poured almost $50 billion — of a cumulative $58 billion in outflows — into US debt in the month, more than any on record.
Japanese investors are increasingly looking overseas to make their investments, given the low growth, negative interest rate environment in the country, which is making it increasingly difficult to make a significant return on any domestic investment.
A Muslim pilgrim prays atop Mount Mercy on the plains of `Arafat during the peak of the annual Hajj pilgrimage, near the holy city of Makkah early on Monday morning. An estimated 2m Muslims were in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, for the start of the annual Hajj pilgrimage.
・2016.09.11 The Jakarta Post Muslim pilgrims begin hajj, but this year without Iranians
Close to 2 million people from around the world began performing the first rites of the Islamic hajj pilgrimage on Saturday, which calls for entering into a state of physical and spiritual purity and circling the cube-shaped Kaaba with their palms facing upward in supplication and prayer.
Notably absent this year are Iranian pilgrims. Last year, some 64,000 Iranians took part in the hajj, but disputes with the Saudi government prompted Tehran to bar its citizens from taking part this year.
Saudi Arabia has blamed Iranian officials for the decision and suggests it was politically motivated to publicly pressure the kingdom. Iran says Saudi "incompetence" caused a crush and stampede during last year's hajj that killed more than 460 of its citizens. On Friday, thousands of Iranians marched through the streets of Tehran and other Iranian cities to protest Saudi Arabia, chanting prayers against the kingdom's Sunni rulers after midday prayers.
The hajj is one of the world's largest pilgrimages. It draws the faithful to the holy city of Mecca and areas around it for five intense days of rituals and prayers aimed at erasing past sins and drawing Muslims closer to God. The pilgrimage is required of all Muslims to perform once in their lifetime.
The Hajj is a five-day annual pilgrimage undertaken by Muslims to Mecca in Saudi Arabia. It is the world’s biggest annual gathering of people.
When is it?
It's expected to take place from September 9-14. Hajj begins on the eighth day of the Dhu al-Hijjah lunar month and finishes on the 13th day but the religious aspects can be completed in five days rather than six.
Who undertakes the journey?
All Muslims are expected to do Hajj at least once in their lifetime, providing they are well enough and can afford it. Thousands of Britons join millions of other Muslims from around the world.
Why is it important?
It affirms Muslims’ place on earth by eliminating all symbols of wealth and status. Hajj serves to remind Muslims that everybody is equal in the eyes of God – Allah. It is the fifth pillar of Islam and recreates the journey taken by the Prophet Mohammed in AD632. It aims to bring Muslims from all nationalities together, cleansing them of sin and bringing them closer to God. Eid al-Adha, known as the Feast of the Sacrifice because it recalls Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son in obedience to Allah, is held during Hajj.
（ Pilgrims throw pebbles at pillars during the "Jamarat" ritual ）
（ Hundreds of women pray outside Mecca's Grand Mosque ）
In 2006, as the crew was headed to the airport thinking our assignment was over, we received word that a stampede had taken place. In the rush to try to beat the crowds on the last day chaos ensued and some 350 people were trampled to death. We came back to the sounds of ambulance sirens wailing in warning and family members wailing in mourning.
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People sit on top of trains as they head to their hometowns ahead of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
・2016.09.11 The Washington Post Muslims in Pakistan and across the world prepare to celebrate Eid al-Adha
A boy tends to his father’s favorite cow as night falls at the vast open air market near Islamabad, where thousands of cows, bulls, goats and a few camels are being sold this week to be slaughtered for sacrifice at Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha.
・2016.09.11 Al Jazeera Hajj 2016: Pilgrims gather at Mount Arafat for key rite
Nearly two million Muslims have gathered in the vast Saudi plain of Mount Arafat for the most important ritual of the Hajj, an annual pilgrimage that re-enacts the actions of the Prophet Muhammad from more than 1,400 years ago.
Worshippers from more than 150 countries converged at the 70-metre hill at sunrise on Sunday, some 15km from Mecca, for "wukuf," a high point of the Hajj which all pilgrims must attend in the mid-afternoon.
Wearing two white, unstitched pieces of cloth for men known as the "ihram", and any loose-fitting clothing for women, the pilgrims climbed steps built into the hill where the Prophet Muhammad gave his final sermon.
In what looked like an unbroken sea of white the pilgrims marched to the top, reciting prayers and supplications.
（ The pilgrims will will spend Sunday in prayers at the spot where the Prophet Muhammad gave his last sermon ）
（ After sunset, the pilgrims will head to Muzdalifah where they will spend the night under the stars ）
・2016.09.09 Al Jazeera North Korea nuclear test: World leaders react
South Korean President Park Geun-hye said North Korean leader Kim Jong-un showed "maniacal recklessness" by testing the nuclear device.
China's foreign ministry said on Friday that it was "resolutely opposed" to North Korea's latest nuclear test and strongly urged Pyongyang not to take any action that would worsen the situation.
Obama said any provocative actions by North Korea would have "serious consequences".
Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said that Tokyo had protested to North Korea.
"France vigorously condemns the new nuclear test that was conducted last night by North Korea and calls the United Nations' security council to take up this violation of its resolutions," the French presidency said in a statement.
The UN atomic agency, IAEA, in a statement called the test "deeply troubling".
・2016.09.08 Rueters Japan says North Korea test and capability pose grave threat
North Korea's conducted a nuclear test on Friday and, combined with advances made by the Pyongyang regime in mobile ballistic missile technology, posed a grave threat to Japan, Defence Minister Tomomi Inada said.
"We can't deny the possibility that North Korea is miniaturizing a device to build a warhead," Inada said at a press briefing in Tokyo.
He also said the magnitude of the tremor suggested it was not a test of a hydrogen device.
(Reporting by Nobuhiro Okubo; writing by Tim Kelly; Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan)
Chinese official shouts an awkward G20 start for U S , China, A Chinese official aggressively tried to stop US National Security Advisor Susan Rice from joining President Barack Obama's motorcade, after Air Force One landed in China for the G20 summit.
・2016.09.04 CNN News G20 in China: Syria, Brexit on Obama's agenda
Hangzhou, China (CNN)US President Barack Obama is continuing his diplomatic slog in China Sunday, meeting with counterparts from the United Kingdom and Turkey -- two essential US allies -- as each leader confronts widespread internal strife back home.
It's the second day of high-stakes diplomacy for Obama, who arrived here Saturday to an inauspicious welcome: no red-carpeted stairs for Air Force One and open quarreling on the tarmac between Chinese and US officials over press access. Other leaders arriving for the G20 here were greeted with a far grander welcome.
・2016.09.02 Saudi Gazette Kingdom, Japan sign 7 MoUs in different fields
SAUDI ARABIA and Japan on Thursday took a major step in cementing their historic relations by signing seven memorandums of understanding (MoU) in various fields including economic and culture.
The signing of the MoUs was overseen in Tokyo by Deputy Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, second deputy premier and minister of defense, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Separately, Prince Muhammad and Prime Minister Abe discussed strengthening bilateral cooperation between their two countries and the ways to enhance them further. International and regional developments also came up for discussion during the meeting.
Prime Minister Abe appreciated the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 and expressed his desire to discuss areas of partnership in this regard. He also lauded the leading role of the Kingdom in achieving security and stability in the Middle East, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said.
The MoUs the two sides signed include:
Cooperation to enhance cultural exchanges through several channels.
Cooperation to protect copyrights.
Cooperation in the field of small and medium enterprises and enhancing their competitive ability in global markets.
Cooperation to produce and maintain energy.
Investment cooperation in the industrial field.
Cooperation in the field of international development, investment and exchange of information between Saudi Fund for Development and Japanese Agency for International Cooperation.
Cooperation in news field between Saudi Press Agency and Kyodo News Agency.
・2016.09.02 Reuters Russia, Japan hold 'in-depth' talks on islands dispute
Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a meeting on the sidelines of Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Russia, September 2, 2016.
Members of the Russian delegation, led by President Vladimir Putin, meet with members of the Japanese delegation, led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, on the sidelines of Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Russia, September 2, 2016.
Members of the Russian delegation, led by President Vladimir Putin, meet with members of the Japanese delegation, led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, on the sidelines of Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Russia, September 2, 2016.
・2016.09.02 Reuters Kremlin sees no breakthrough in land dispute at Putin-Abe talks
МOSCOW Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are unlikely to advance significantly in talks over resolving the Kurile islands dispute at their meeting on Friday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.
"It's hardly worth expecting any breakthroughs as a result of today's meeting," he said.
・2016.09.02 First Post ( India ) Japan's Shinzo Abe in Russia to warm ties with Vladimir Putin
Vladivostok: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Russia's far east today as the countries step up efforts to boost trade ties and resolve a lingering territorial dispute.
Tokyo-Moscow relations are hamstrung by a row dating back to the end of World War II when Soviet troops seized the southernmost islands in the Pacific Kuril chain, known as the Northern Territories in Japan.
The tensions have prevented the countries from signing a peace treaty formally ending wartime hostilities, hindering trade and investment ties.
Abe's visit to Russia ― his second this year ― comes days after the Kremlin announced that Putin will travel to Japan in December, his first trip to the country since 2005.