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

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 02:26
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

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 02:10
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

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 01:58
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

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 00:59
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

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 00:23
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 ...

Okinawa Prefectural Assembly adopts resolution protesting Osprey part incident

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 02:17
The Okinawa Prefectural Assembly unanimously adopted a resolution and a written opinion Wednesday to protest a recent incident involving a component from a U.S. Marine ...

Japan sees 13th high court rule 2017 election vote disparities were constitutional

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 02:11
The Matsue branch of the Hiroshima High Court on Wednesday found vote disparity in the October 2017 House of Representatives election to be constitutional, delivering ...

Government task force proposes ¥2,000 fee for Japanese and foreign nationals entering casinos at planned ‘integrated resorts’

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 02:01
A government task force on Wednesday presented Liberal Democratic Party lawmakers with a plan to impose a fee of ¥2,000 on Japanese and foreign residents ...

Japan reports another suspected North Korean breach of U.N. sanctions

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 01:52
Japan has reported a new suspected sanctions violation by Pyongyang to the U.N. after spotting an apparent cargo transfer between a ship marked with Chinese ...

Japanese government picks Osaka as venue for 2019 G-20 summit

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 01:52
The government announced Wednesday that Osaka has been chosen as the venue for next year’s summit meeting of advanced and emerging economies at a time ...

Japan to buy at least 20 more F-35A stealth fighters, with some or all assembled in U.S.: sources

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 22:52
Japan plans to buy at least 20 additional F-35A stealth fighters over the next six years, some or all of which it may purchase directly ...

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