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Pioneering Japanese interpreting team opened nation’s eyes to disabled athletes at Tokyo 1964

Thu, 08/22/2019 - 02:48
Foreign residents and wheelchairs — much less Paralympic athletes — were a rare sight in Japan in 1964.Preparations to host the Summer Olympics and the ...

South Korea decides to exit intelligence-sharing pact with Japan

Thu, 08/22/2019 - 02:44
In a stunning move that could further upend already fraying ties between Japan and South Korea, Seoul announced on Thursday  that it would scrap a ...

Japan’s Paralympic organizers expect huge boost in support and awareness from 2020 Games

Thu, 08/22/2019 - 01:30
Japan has set lofty goals for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics, but by aiming for packed venues and a top-seven finish on the medal table, organizers ...

Yokohama puts forward Yamashita Wharf as candidate to host casino resort

Thu, 08/22/2019 - 00:36
Yokohama threw its hat into the ring on Thursday as a candidate to host a casino resort, a newly legalized segment of the tourism sector ...

Despite subtle overtures, Japan-South Korea dispute likely to drag on

Thu, 08/22/2019 - 00:35
Recent signs that Japan and South Korea are making subtle overtures to each other have raised hopes that they are moving toward de-escalating their diplomatic ...

Japanese government mulls tax breaks for donations to arson-hit Kyoto Animation

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 23:56
The government is considering providing tax breaks for donations to Kyoto Animation Co., hit by a deadly arson attack last month, to encourage companies and ...

Japan eyes new defense unit to monitor space from ASDF base in west Tokyo

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 21:57
The Defense Ministry has decided to make a budget request for a new space monitoring unit to be set up in fiscal 2020 within its ...

U.N. chief Antonio Guterres to visit Japan next week for TICAD Africa conference

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 21:45
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will visit Japan next week to attend a government-organized development conference and meet Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and other officials, his ...

Japan and EU ivory markets off hook as CITES holds back from calling for swift shutdown

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 20:55
A panel of an international convention on endangered species decided Wednesday not to adopt a resolution calling for an early shutdown of domestic ivory markets, ...

Man linked to Yamaguchi-gumi shot in Kobe in apparent yakuza feud

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 20:36
A man affiliated with the Yamaguchi-gumi, Japan’s largest crime syndicate, was shot Wednesday in Kobe, apparently in connection with a feud among factions of the ...

South Korea to make decision on Japan intel sharing pact soon, report says

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 20:18
South Korea’s National Security Council will meet later Thursday to discuss whether to extend an intelligence-sharing pact with Japan amid an intensifying spat between the ...

Japan’s workplace passive smoking rate falls below 30%

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 17:02
The proportion of people affected by passive smoking at workplaces in Japan fell below 30 percent for the first time last year, the labor ministry ...

Japan eyes developing next generation fighter jet from 2020

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 06:13
Japan is considering launching development in fiscal 2020 of fighter jets to succeed the Air Self-Defense Force’s F-2s, which are expected to be retired in ...

Bullet train ran with open door at 280 kph; no injuries reported

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 05:44
A bullet train running at a speed of 280 kilometers per hour had a door open during part of its journey from Sendai to Tokyo ...

Australia’s decision to join U.S.-led maritime mission off Iran likely to heighten pressure on Japan

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 02:57
In a move that could heighten pressure on Japan, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced Wednesday that his country will join the U.S.-led mission to ...

Four Japanese nationals receive kidneys in suspected illegal transplants in Pakistan

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 02:54
At least four Japanese nationals have received illegal kidney transplant surgeries in Pakistan this year, sources close to the transplant patients said, amid growing global ...

Japan earthquake task force to redesign hazard maps to aid people with color vision deficiencies

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 01:42
A government task force focused on earthquake research intends to redesign its hazard maps to make it easier for those with color vision deficiencies to ...

Nightlife spots off Tokyo’s beaten tourist track seek to lure in foreign punters

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 01:22
At around 10 p.m. on a Thursday in early August, foot traffic at a dining and drinking district only one stop from Tokyo’s Ikebukuro Station ...

Scholarship honoring historical figures in Yamaguchi aims to get grads into world’s top universities

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 22:49
The city of Hagi, Yamaguchi Prefecture, has initiated a scholarship program to help high school graduates enter the world’s top universities in honor of Hirobumi ...

Success rate for Japanese-language student visa applications plunges

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 22:47
The percentage of successful visa applications by nationals of countries such as Myanmar and Bangladesh to study at Japanese-language schools from April was sharply down ...

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