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Lawmakers from Japan’s ruling LDP form ninja promotion group

2 hours 38 min ago
Lawmakers of Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party held a meeting Thursday to mark the establishment of a group aimed at promoting the glamour of ninjas ...

Japan’s big brands go cat crazy for Neko No Hi

3 hours 32 min ago
The 22nd of February is Neko No Hi (cats’ day) in Japan, and some prestigious Japanese companies have entered into the spirit of the celebration ...

Seven years on, New Zealand remembers Christchurch earthquake

6 hours 47 min ago
New Zealand on Thursday marked the seventh anniversary of an earthquake that devastated the South Island city of Christchurch in 2011, killing 185 people and ...

Opposition lawmakers find at least 117 errors in botched labor survey, as scandal over Abe’s key work style reforms deepens

6 hours 54 min ago
Furor over a flawed labor ministry probe into the government-proposed discretionary labor system intensified Thursday after it was revealed that the survey contained at least ...

Japanese father of 13 surrogate children is eldest son of telecom and insurance firm founder

6 hours 56 min ago
A Japanese man who has won legal custody of 13 surrogate children in Thailand has so far remained virtually anonymous in the Japanese media.Mitsutoki Shigeta, ...

Police agency reports 669 cases of dubious cryptocurrency transactions in 2017

7 hours 19 min ago
A total of 669 cases of dubious cryptocurrency transactions, such as suspected money laundering cases, were reported by exchange operators to authorities in Japan in ...

Ruling LDP embraces even weaker anti-smoking bill ahead of Tokyo 2020

7 hours 23 min ago
A heavily watered-down anti-smoking plan won preliminary approval from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Thursday, with newly added exceptions paving the way for continued ...

Oil that reached Japan’s shores was from sunken Iranian tanker Sanchi, coast guard says

7 hours 40 min ago
Oil that reached islands in the Amami chain earlier this month is highly likely to have come from the sunken Iranian tanker Sanchi, the Japan ...

Scenarios abound for Japan getting dragged into a U.S.-China conflict: expert

7 hours 52 min ago
Could a few tiny islets in the East China Sea help light the fire that sparks a wider conflagration in East Asia? What about preventive ...

Pollen projection: Japan’s hay fever season, already underway, to be worse than last year, forecaster says

8 hours 51 min ago
Spring may still be a few weeks away, but if you are experiencing red, swollen and itchy eyes it could be because this year’s hay ...

Tokyo highlights claim to Takeshima sovereignty after dispute with Seoul reaches Olympics

9 hours 26 min ago
A representative of the central government joined local officials in Matsue, Shimane Prefecture, for a ceremony on Thursday to highlight the Japan’s claim to sovereignty ...

Drones playing bigger role in Japanese crop management

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 23:21
Drones are finding increasing use in Japanese agriculture as farmers start to use the unmanned aerial vehicles for crop inspection and other purposes.Drones “are effective ...

Japanese hospitals sick of requests for flu-recovery certificates

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 23:19
With the latest flu variant engulfing Japan, hospitals are flooded not only with new patients but also former patients seeking medical certificates needed to prove ...

Yanagawa serves up simple Japanese to engage overseas visitors

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 22:11
Yanagawa, a tourist city in southwestern Japan, is working to offer omotenashi (hospitality) to visitors from abroad with yasashii (easy) Japanese that is simple for ...

Japan, Finland affirm cooperation on North Korea, Arctic policy

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 18:26
The foreign ministers of Japan and Finland agreed Wednesday to work together in tackling North Korea’s development of nuclear weapons, including through the full implementation ...

Records found in 13 Japanese prefectures showing the sterilization of children aged 15 and younger

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 18:21
Children aged 15 and below were sterilized under Japan’s now-defunct 1948 eugenic protection law in at least 13 prefectures due to mental disabilities and other ...

Number of foreign visitors to Japan rises 9% to 2.5 million in January

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 02:59
The estimated number of foreign visitors for January rose 9 percent from a year earlier to 2,501,500, a record for the month, the Japan Tourism ...

Town mayor asks U.S. military to ground F-16s after tank-drop incident

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 02:52
The mayor of a town in northeastern Japan said Wednesday that he has called on the U.S. military to suspend operations by F-16 fighter jets ...

Japan donates ballot boxes worth $7.5 million to Cambodia despite global condemnation over crackdown on democracy

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 02:27
Japan donated over 10,000 ballot boxes for Cambodia’s 2018 election on Wednesday, the first international aid for the vote after the European Union and United ...

Government considers delaying labor reforms for one year after survey scandal

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 02:20
The government is considering postponing the implementation of parts of a labor reform bill for a year after acknowledging fundamental flaws in its work hours ...

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