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A month after 6.1 Osaka quake, progress slow on fixing walls and water pipes

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 23:03
A month after a magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck northern Osaka Prefecture, progress is slow on removing substandard concrete walls that could collapse and on fixing ...

Japan’s watered-down smoking ban clears Diet

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 19:50
The Diet on Wednesday passed an amendment that will ban smoking in public facilities for the first time as the nation — long deemed a ...

Nagoya High Court orders mom to return son to dad in U.S., now disputes boy’s claim ‘he wants to stay in Japan’

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 17:45
The Nagoya High Court ordered a woman on Tuesday to return her son to his father in the United States, saying her failure to comply ...

Death penalty sought for man over 2014 deaths of 2 people who were buried alive in Saga

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 06:14
Prosecutors on Tuesday demanded the death penalty for a man who allegedly murdered a man and a woman by burying them alive in the city ...

Tepco to resume TV commercials for the first time since Fukushima nuclear crisis

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 05:12
The marketing unit of Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc., the operator of the tsunami-hit Fukushima nuclear complex, said Tuesday it will resume advertising its ...

Tokyo to provide free housing for those displaced by floods in western Japan

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 03:24
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has said it will provide free public housing for victims of the torrential rains and floods that recently inundated western Japan, ...

Trump-Putin summit: A political boon for Abe?

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 03:00
U.S. President Donald Trump’s seeming embrace of Russian leader Vladimir Putin on Monday — and his labeling of the European Union as a “foe” a ...

Over 250 schools in Japan damaged in rain disaster, as severed water supplies exacerbate fire risks

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 01:29
At least 270 elementary and junior high schools were damaged by floods and mudslides earlier this month caused by torrential rain, the education ministry said ...

Filipino man admits to 2004 murder of female student in Japan

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 00:50
A 36-year-old Filipino man admitted in court Tuesday to raping and murdering a female Ibaraki University student in January 2004, while his defense team claimed ...

Japan’s latest big thing: ‘virtual YouTubers’

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 00:11
YouTube erected a platform where commoners could climb the ladder to stardom.Now, the video-sharing giant is seeing another wave of new talent diving into a ...

Japan’s Lower House panel clears contentious LDP election reform bill

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 23:34
A Lower House panel on Tuesday cleared a controversial bill, proposed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling party, to reform the electoral system.The proposed legislation ...

Meiji University president sees new Japan-China relationship evolving through manga

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 23:08
Believing pop culture such as manga and anime will help establish a foundation for stable relations between Japan and China, Meiji University President Keiichiro Tsuchiya ...

Japan and U.S. extend nuclear pact as Tokyo looks to reduce plutonium stockpile

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 22:57
Japan and the United States extended a bilateral nuclear agreement Tuesday that has served as the basis for Tokyo’s push for policies emphasizing the recycling ...

New genre of manga casts elderly characters in leading roles

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 22:37
Japan is starting to embrace a new genre of manga featuring elderly people as the leading characters.“Sanju Mariko” is a story about Mariko, a widow ...

More otters smuggled for sale in Japan as demand as pets grows

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 22:26
Japan was found to be the top destination for otters recovered in Southeast Asia between 2015 and 2017 after capture for intended smuggling, according to ...

2,000 people taken to hospitals as Japan bakes in heat wave

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 06:51
A heat wave continued to scorch Japan on Monday, with some regions seeing temperatures hitting record highs for the year.Temperatures topped 39 degrees in Ibigawa ...

Farm damage from Japan’s rain disaster put at ¥48.1 billion

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 05:19
Damage on the agriculture, forestry and fisheries sectors from the recent torrential rain that hit mainly western Japan has been estimated at ¥48.05 billion, the ...

Japan to provide peacekeeper training for ASEAN nations

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 04:47
Japan will help train personnel in member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations taking part in U.N. peacekeeping operations.The government has been providing ...

Uniqlo, Rakuten test brand power overseas

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 04:05
Swiss tennis star Roger Federer made headlines two weeks ago when he appeared on center court at Wimbledon wearing an outfit bearing the red-and-white squares ...

LDP calls for surge in public works after disasters, but some see election ploy

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 03:16
An increasing number of Liberal Democratic Party lawmakers are calling for boosting Japan’s resistance to disasters by increasing public works projects to improve infrastructure.They hope ...

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