Hakata Gion Yamakasa Festival Climaxes

Hakata Gion Yamakasa festival climaxes

The sounds of chanting men carrying huge, decorated floats signaled the climax of the Hakata Gion Yamakasa festival. Each float weighs more than one ton.

The annual summer festival reached its climax in the southwestern Japanese city of Fukuoka early Monday morning.

Battle Over Foreign Workers Bill Climaxes

Battle over foreign workers bill climaxes

Japan's ruling and opposition camps are jostling over a bill to allow more foreign workers into Japan as the end of the current Diet session nears.

The ruling coalition is aiming to get the bill through an Upper House committee before putting it to a vote at the chamber's plenary session for enactment on Friday.