In Kobe, Sambi meets her old minister from the Japanese Protestant community in Cologne. Ken Noguri now has a small congregation in Kobe, the port city that was devastation by a major earthquake on 17 January, 1995.
Held captive for 40 months in Syria, journalist Jumpei Yasuda has been castigated by Japanese media after returning home. He says he will not apologize for doing his job. Julian Ryall reports from Tokyo.
Baseball is so popular in Japan that even the high school championship brings the nation to a standstill. Kai Dambach was in the stands at the Hanshin Koshien Stadium near Kobe this summer to speak with fans and watch the game, and sent this retrospective.
Typhoon Jebi has lashed down on Japan's western coast, bringing some of the most powerful winds and rainfall in a quarter century. Residents in the affected areas, including Kobe and Osaka, have been ordered to evacuate.
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