August 27, 2000 |
Police in Tokyo blamed leftist guerrillas after a bomb exploded under the car of a mid-level Transportation Ministry official. The blast damaged the car and broke windows in the home of the Japanese official, Katsuhiro Yamaguchi, 41, but no one was injured. Police say fragments of a detonator and wires found at the scene match those found in eight other guerrilla attacks against Transportation Ministry officials since 1997.
June 14, 2000 |
It has been an extraordinarily busy few days for Japanese police, who are investigating a series of unusual crimes that have further chipped away at this nation's image as a relative sanctuary from violence. A bomb filled with nails exploded Saturday in a park in Sapporo on Japan's northern island of Hokkaido. The blast injured 10 people at a festival, including a teenager who was critically wounded by a nail that pierced his chest.
April 3, 2000 |
At first, she thought it was a bad case of jet lag. Then her vision began to blur, and she got lost on the walk to the nearby post office. Her handwriting became childlike, and she was tormented by hallucinogenic nightmares. Within four months of her first headache, Takako Tani quite literally lost her mind to Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, or CJD, the human form of the fatal brain-wasting malady known as "mad cow" disease. It was 1996. She was 41.
August 10, 1999 |
Actor Martin Sheen was among 400 anti-nuclear protesters who rallied at Los Alamos National Laboratory on Monday, the 54th anniversary of the bombing of Nagasaki, Japan. Sheen and 75 others were briefly detained. The group protested the lab's production of new plutonium pits, which is the core of a nuclear bomb. "We are the generation that brought the bomb in. We have got to be the generation that should take it out," Sheen said.
August 7, 1999 |
The National Atomic Museum at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., has decided not to sell souvenir earrings with tiny silver replicas of the atomic bombs dropped on Japan amid protest on the 54th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. "It just wasn't worth the bad feelings," museum director Jim Walther said. The earrings are shaped like "Little Boy," which was dropped on Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945, and "Fat Man," which was dropped on Nagasaki on Aug. 9, 1945.
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August 10, 1998 |
Kaz Suyeishi will never forget the quiet peace of that cloudless August morning in 1945. The 18-year-old was in the front garden of her Hiroshima home, chatting with a friend, when a gleam of silver in the sky caught her attention. "It looked like an angel," she said. "It was the most beautiful airplane. It looked like heaven and peace." The plane was the Enola Gay, dropping the world's first atomic bomb over the Japanese city. That morning, the B-29 released the weapon known as "Little Boy."