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Dutch inventor Boyan Slat’s mission: Shrink Pacific trash patch 90% by 2040

Sun, 08/25/2019 - 23:32
Boyan Slat, 25, is an ambitious social entrepreneur. His goal: Reduce 90 percent of an estimated 80 million kg of plastic waste in the Pacific ...

Tokyo expressway to hike tolls by ¥1,000 to curb traffic during Olympic events

Sun, 08/25/2019 - 22:26
Tokyo’s Metropolitan Expressway will adjust tolls for private vehicles during next year’s Olympics and Paralympics, charging more when events are held and less in the ...

Former Upper House lawmaker Motohiro Ono beats ruling bloc-backed rival in Saitama gubernatorial race

Sun, 08/25/2019 - 20:24
Former Upper House lawmaker Motohiro Ono, supported by four opposition parties, defeated a candidate fielded by the ruling bloc in Sunday’s Saitama gubernatorial election.The election, ...

Survey finds 27% of municipalities are worried increased numbers of foreign visitors could lead to problems

Sun, 08/25/2019 - 20:11
More than a quarter of Japanese municipalities have expressed concerns about possible future problems resulting from a surge in the number of foreign visitors to ...

Former emperor, empress visit Karuizawa tennis court where they first met in 1957

Sun, 08/25/2019 - 06:34
Emperor Emeritus Akihito and Empress Emerita Michiko on Sunday visited a tennis court in the town of Karuizawa, Nagano Prefecture, during their summer holidays.The court ...

Spreading ogi fan inspired design of medals shown off exactly a year before 2020 Tokyo Paralympics open

Sun, 08/25/2019 - 06:13
The medals for next year’s Tokyo Paralympics were revealed Sunday, exactly one year to the day before the games kick off in the Japanese capital.At ...

Mount Asama erupts for second time this month

Sun, 08/25/2019 - 05:01
Mount Asama, a volcano in central Japan, erupted Sunday, the Meteorological Agency said.The eruption, which followed one on Aug. 7, occurred at 7:28 p.m., according ...

One year countdown begins for Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games

Sun, 08/25/2019 - 03:23
Sunday marked exactly one year until Tokyo becomes the first city to host the Paralympic Games twice.Following close on the heels of the Olympics, the ...

3,000 people to work in Japan under expanded visa system

Sun, 08/25/2019 - 01:08
Over 3,000 foreign laborers are set to work under new visas introduced in April, the leader of the Immigration Services Agency said.The agency envisions starting ...

The U.S. wants Japan’s help to close its ‘missile gap’ with China. Is Tokyo up for it?

Sun, 08/25/2019 - 00:35
After formally withdrawing from a landmark arms-control treaty earlier this month, the United States now hopes it can better counter its geopolitical rival China by ...

Prices for imported minced fish products soar amid increased demand in overseas markets

Sat, 08/24/2019 - 23:23
Prices of imported minced fish products — ingredients for fishcakes used in popular oden hot pot dishes in Japan — have been soaring due to ...

Nuclear test ban body sees end of INF as opportunity for new disarmament framework

Sat, 08/24/2019 - 22:56
The head of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization sees the expiration of the arms control pact between the United States and Russia earlier this month ...

The week ahead for Aug. 26 to Sept. 1

Sat, 08/24/2019 - 21:45
Monday Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike to visit Beijing through Aug. 29 to mark 40th anniversary of sister-city relations. Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. to ...

Crown Prince Akishino and family return from trip to Bhutan

Sat, 08/24/2019 - 21:11
Crown Prince Akishino, Crown Princess Kiko and their son Prince Hisahito returned Sunday from a weeklong private family vacation in Bhutan, the first overseas trip ...

Japan blasts South Korea’s Takeshima military exercises as ‘unacceptable’ as ties continue to sour

Sat, 08/24/2019 - 21:11
Tokyo on Sunday protested South Korean military exercises that Seoul said were intended “to defend” a cluster of rocky islands that both nations claim, calling ...

Abe-Trump talks set for Sunday on sidelines of G7 summit in France

Sat, 08/24/2019 - 20:59
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump will meet Sunday on the sidelines of a Group of Seven summit in France’s Biarritz, both ...

Japan affirms cooperation with France, Canada and Germany on North Korea

Sat, 08/24/2019 - 20:46
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed Saturday with the leaders of Canada, France and Germany to cooperate in efforts to contain the security threat posed by ...

Scrutinizing Shinjiro Koizumi’s political prospects in the wake of his marriage announcement

Sat, 08/24/2019 - 06:59
A lot of people seem to be convinced that Shinjiro Koizumi will someday be prime minister of Japan. He’s got everything going for him — ...

Double bubble, tapioca tea and garbage trouble

Sat, 08/24/2019 - 06:46
Food and beverage fads come and go. On frequent occasions, “Gatten,” NHK’s health-oriented Wednesday evening program, used to present evidence that eating this food or ...

Japan’s homemakers are using art history classics to illustrate daily struggles on Twitter

Sat, 08/24/2019 - 06:44
Homemakers in Japan have been using classic artworks to describe their daily routines — much to the delight of those on social media.According to online ...

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