Unesco Ready For Shurijo Castle Reconstruction

UNESCO ready for Shurijo Castle reconstruction

UNESCO says it's ready to support the reconstruction of World Heritage-listed Shurijo Castle in Japan's Okinawa Prefecture, after it was destroyed by fire on Thursday.

In an interview with NHK in Paris shortly after the disaster, the UNESCO World Heritage Centre director, Mechtild Rossler, expressed shock at seeing another fire at a World Heritage site.

Japan Ready For Samoa Challenge In Rugby World Cup

Japan ready for Samoa challenge in Rugby World Cup

In the Rugby World Cup, Saturday could be a day of reckoning for host nation Japan. It faces Samoa, with a win increasing the possibility of making the knock-out stages for the first time ever.

Center Ryoto Nakamura was pivotal in last week's shock victory over Ireland. He says the players are ready for Saturday.

Xi Ready To Make State Visit To Japan Next Spring

Xi ready to make state visit to Japan next spring

The leaders of Japan and China discussed an upcoming state visit Thursday, as the pair met in Osaka. President Xi Jinping is expected to visit Japan next year as a state guest.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said, "We'd like to welcome you to Japan as a state guest next year around the time cherry blossoms are in bloom and elevate Japan-china relations to a higher level."