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Tepco says foreign workers on new visas can work at crisis-hit Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant

Thu, 04/18/2019 - 00:41
The operator of the disaster-stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant plans to allow foreign nationals to work at the complex through a new visa ...

Japan’s nōkanshi traditional morticians give dearly departed a final farewell

Thu, 04/18/2019 - 00:04
Yuko Nakajima says her job isn’t as pretty as portrayed in “Departures,” director Yojiro Takita’s Oscar-winning 2008 film about Japanese ritual morticians.While the movie cast ...

Gold coins marking Japan’s era name change from Heisei to Reiwa go on sale for ¥1.3 million

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 23:52
A Tokyo department store on Thursday began selling pairs of commemorative gold coins marking Japan’s upcoming change from the Heisei Era to the Reiwa Era.One ...

Patients doing well after landmark 2017 retina transplants via donor iPS cells in Japan

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 23:38
A Japanese team reported Thursday that five patients with a severe eye disease were doing well after they received in 2017 the world’s first transplant ...

Emperor Akihito visits Grand Shrines of Ise to report his April 30 abdication to ancestral deities

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 21:53
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visited the Grand Shrines of Ise in Mie Prefecture on Thursday to report his upcoming abdication to the ancestral deities ...

Foreign Minister Taro Kono to visit Moscow in mid-May for Japan-Russia peace treaty talks

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 21:05
Foreign Minister Taro Kono plans to visit Moscow in mid-May for a meeting with Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov to advance postwar peace treaty talks that ...

Abe and Trump to talk on April 26 in Washington, followed by golf and Melania’s birthday celebrations

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 20:52
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump plan to hold talks on April 26 in Washington, sources familiar with bilateral relations said Wednesday.Abe ...

Chilean suspect quizzed in probe of Japanese woman missing, believed slain in France

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 16:29
Prosecutors on Wednesday questioned a Chilean man suspected of murdering a Japanese woman who went missing while studying in France.The questioning of Nicolas Zepeda Contreras, ...

Foreign visitors to Japan top 30 million in fiscal 2018

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 05:55
The estimated number of foreign visitors to Japan in the fiscal year through March hit 31.62 million, up 6.2 percent from the previous year, government ...

Examining Carlos Ghosn and Japan’s system of ‘hostage justice’

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 03:18
As the Carlos Ghosn saga continues to unfold, domestic and international attention continues to mount on what many are calling a “hostage justice” system.The ousted ...

Expensive daily products at Osaka Prison prompts human rights concern from lawyers

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 03:01
Tissue paper and other daily products sold at Osaka Prison are so expensive that inmates mostly cannot purchase them, a situation amounting to a human ...

Three years on, officials and residents pay their respects to victims of Kumamoto quakes

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 02:53
Mashiki officials offered silent prayers on Tuesday for the victims of the powerful earthquakes that hit the town and other areas of Kumamoto Prefecture three ...

Senior JAL official arrested in Tokyo child prostitution case

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 02:34
A senior manager with Japan Airlines Co. was arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of committing an indecent act with a female junior high school student ...

Talks on Imperial succession rules may be delayed until next fall or spring

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 02:28
Some government officials are calling for deferring discussions on stable Imperial succession until the events related to Emperor Akihito’s abdication and Crown Prince Naruhito’s enthronement ...

Over half of guide dog users say Tokyo’s preparations for 2020 Games not yet adequate, survey shows

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 01:55
More than half of guide dog users in Japan said Tokyo is not adequately prepared to welcome visitors from overseas who rely on guide dogs ...

Life-size skeletal replica of Japan’s largest dinosaur restored

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 01:55
What is believed to be Japan’s largest fossilized dinosaur skeleton has been restored as a life-size replica, researchers and officials from the town of Mukawa, ...

Abe to issue apology to victims of forced sterilization under Japan’s now-defunct eugenics law

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 01:28
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to issue a statement offering a state apology to those who were subject to forced sterilization under a now-defunct eugenics ...

Half of foreign nationals in Tokyo experience discrimination, survey shows

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 00:00
Nearly half of foreign nationals living in Tokyo have experienced racial discrimination, according to a survey released Tuesday by a civic group.In the survey conducted ...

Cartoonist Monkey Punch, known for works including ‘Lupin III,’ dies at 81

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 23:59
Manga artist Monkey Punch, best known for megahit series “Lupin III,” died last week of pneumonia, his office said Wednesday. He was 81.Monkey Punch, whose ...

Japanese police arrive in Thailand to investigate phone scam

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 06:37
Japanese police investigators arrived in Thailand on Tuesday to probe a phone scam in which more than 200 people in Japan are believed to have ...

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