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October 9, 1986
South Korea and Japan were attempting to verify reports that Soviet naval vessels seized a South Korean fishing boat carrying 26 people off southeastern Hokkaido, Japan's northernmost main island. South Korean authorities reported that the 295-ton boat was fishing for cuttlefish when it was boarded by Soviet sailors.
November 25, 1995 | Reuters
An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.6 jolted east and south Hokkaido, Japan's northernmost island, early today, the nation's Meteorological Agency reported. There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage. The epicenter was off the coast near Etorofu Island, one of the four disputed islands east of Hokkaido that are claimed by both Russia and Japan. No tidal waves were caused by the tremor, the agency said.
April 20, 1992 | Times Wire Services
A strong earthquake with a 5.6 magnitude struck northern Taiwan before dawn today, triggering a landslide that blocked the island's main east coast highway, authorities said. The road was expected to be opened later today. The one-minute quake, centered nine miles south of the northeastern port of Hualien, caused no other major damage or injuries but rocked tall buildings in major cities, including Taipei, police said. Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau put the magnitude of today's quake at 5.
July 11, 1986
Three Southern California Marines were the objects of a widespread search in the western Pacific Ocean Thursday after their helicopter crashed during a night mission, military authorities said. The crewmen, who were not identified pending notification of their families, were operating from the amphibious assault ship Tarawa when their UH-1N "Huey" helicopter disappeared Wednesday night 300 miles east of Hokkaido, Japan, according to Lt. Timothy Hoyle of El Toro Marine Corps Air Station.
September 5, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
The remains of five Americans who flew World War II bombing missions against Japan were found on a volcano on the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia's Far East, Itar-Tass news agency reported. The remains were discovered on the slopes of Muntovsky, one of several active volcanoes in the area. Steam pours from its crater nearly every day, Tass said. The Ventura aircraft apparently was hit by antiaircraft fire while conducting raids on Hokkaido, Japan's northernmost main island.
March 16, 1988 | KARL SCHOENBERGER, Times Staff Writer
A sleeper train broke down near the bottom of the Seikan Tunnel early Tuesday, stranding passengers only two days after the world's longest undersea tunnel was opened to rail traffic. The 33.4-mile tunnel, which links Japan's northernmost island of Hokkaido with the main island of Honshu, was inaugurated Sunday morning amid great hoopla. Transportation Minister Shintaro Ishihara hailed the tunnel as "a technological feat without parallel in the world . . . a myth come true."
September 19, 1990
A memorial service is scheduled Monday for Koichi Kawana, the well-known landscape architect, at one of the gardens he designed. The tribute will be held in the Japanese garden at the Donald C. Tillman Water Reclamation Plant in Van Nuys' Sepulveda Basin at 10 a.m. Kawana's 6.5-acre garden there, fashioned after gardens designed for 18th- and 19th-Century feudal Japanese lords, is nourished by reclaimed water. Kawana died Thursday at his Santa Monica home of cancer. He was 60.
June 27, 2008
Note to congressional Republicans: Playing games with your own president's popular foreign aid programs, which enjoy bipartisan support and are helping to repair the United States' tattered international reputation, is not the pathway to electoral success in November. Seven GOP senators have been blocking progress on a reauthorization bill for the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, which may be President Bush's proudest legacy.
June 11, 1989 | From Associated Press
The United States is sending a military attache to interview a Japanese monk who reportedly saw American POWs in Vietnamese prison camps recently, despite Hanoi's assertions that it holds no prisoners. The Buddhist monk, Iwanobu Yoshida, 65, has been hospitalized in northern Japan with what are termed mental and physical problems since he was freed in January after 14 years' imprisonment in Vietnam. In the past week, Japanese media reports and his daughter have said that Yoshida shared a cell with Americans in the re-education camp where he was held.
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