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On the Tokyo election trail, foreign-born candidates discuss challenges and prejudice

2 hours 45 min ago
In a nation where there are few foreign-born politicians in local assemblies or in the Diet, the sight of a candidate openly touting his or ...

Number of abandoned homes in Japan edges up to record high of nearly 8.5 million

2 hours 50 min ago
The number of abandoned homes hit a record high of 8.46 million as of Oct. 1, rising by 260,000 over five years, government data showed ...

Democratic Party for the People, Japan’s second-largest opposition force, absorbs Ozawa’s Liberals

2 hours 57 min ago
The second-largest opposition party, the Democratic Party for the People, on Friday absorbed a smaller opposition party in an attempt to bolster its strength ahead ...

NPO seeking open government finds that some Japan ministers’ schedules were swiftly binned

2 hours 58 min ago
Records of Cabinet ministers’ schedules, including details of their meetings, were discarded a very short period of time after or even on the day they ...

Abe implores EU leaders to avert no-deal Brexit and safeguard Japan’s ‘gateway to Europe’

3 hours 19 min ago
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday called on European Union leaders to help the U.K. avert a potentially disastrous departure from the economic bloc without ...

Japan grants first work permits under new blue-collar visa system to address labor crunch

3 hours 54 min ago
Japan has granted 20 working permits under the new visa system for blue-collar workers that came into force earlier this month to address the national ...

Emperor Akihito performs last official duty outside Imperial Palace ahead of abdication

4 hours 10 min ago
Emperor Akihito took part in an award ceremony in Tokyo on Friday, in what was likely his last official duty outside the Imperial Palace ahead ...

Japan’s Hayabusa2 probe succeeds in blasting out first man-made crater on an asteroid

5 hours 5 min ago
Scientists have succeeded in creating what they called the first-ever artificial crater on an asteroid, a step toward shedding light on how the solar system ...

MICE work if you can get it: Kansai cities vie for a bigger slice of Japan’s ‘meetings industry’ pie

Thu, 04/25/2019 - 23:58
About 20 minutes by car from Wakayamashi Station, across a bridge to a reclaimed island, lies Wakayama Marina City and the Porto Europa theme park. ...

Goldman Sachs strategist says Japan is still holding back talented women, 20 years after upbeat report

Thu, 04/25/2019 - 23:33
Working women are playing a bigger role in Japan than Goldman Sachs Group Inc.’s Kathy Matsui thought possible when she penned her first report on ...

City of Nagasaki sued over alleged sexual violence against journalist by former official

Thu, 04/25/2019 - 06:28
A female journalist Thursday filed a damages lawsuit against the city of Nagasaki over alleged sexual violence by a former senior Nagasaki official during her ...

Junichiro Koizumi: Maverick reformer left Japan all shook up

Thu, 04/25/2019 - 03:52
Junichiro Koizumi is regarded as the most accomplished politician of the Heisei Era, according to one survey.

Police can use wiretapping devices to decrypt and record at prefectural HQs across Japan from June

Thu, 04/25/2019 - 02:04
The National Police Agency revised wiretapping regulations Thursday, enabling investigators from June 1 to listen in on phone conversations at headquarters of prefectural police departments ...

Body of Japanese victim of Sri Lanka Easter terror attack arrives at Narita

Thu, 04/25/2019 - 01:12
The body of a Japanese woman who was killed in a series of deadly bombings that hit Sri Lanka over the weekend arrived in Japan ...

Families and survivors mark anniversary of 2005 Amagasaki derailment that killed 107

Thu, 04/25/2019 - 00:35
Some 500 survivors and family members of victims of a 2005 train derailment that killed 107 people gathered Thursday to mark the 14th anniversary of ...

Police raid over 40 offices of Japan Life, bankrupt firm suspected of defrauding elderly customers

Thu, 04/25/2019 - 00:32
Police on Thursday conducted a raid on offices of Japan Life Co., a bankrupt company suspected of having engaged in a fraudulent rental business, for ...

Think about not taking the wheel, says man whose wife and child were killed in Tokyo by elderly driver

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 23:44
A man who lost his wife and daughter in a Tokyo car crash involving an elderly driver expressed his deep sorrow Wednesday for being deprived ...

Security to be tightened in central Tokyo in preparation for Reiwa Era celebrations

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 23:44
Thousands of police officers will be deployed next week to enhance security in central Tokyo, as areas surrounding the Imperial Palace are expected to overflow ...

War reporter Kosuke Tsuneoka sues Japan government for right to travel after surrendering passport

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 22:08
A journalist known for covering war zones sued the Foreign Ministry on Wednesday after it invalidated his passport and demanded he surrender it, saying it ...

With China in mind, Abe and Italy’s Conte cite need for caution on infrastructure projects

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 22:00
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has moved on to the second and third legs of his six-nation European and North American tour with stops in Italy ...