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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 ...

Japan, China and South Korea should cooperate despite soured ties, Taro Kono says in Beijing

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 22:18
On Wednesday, Foreign Minister Taro Kono called on China and South Korea to bolster trilateral cooperation even when respective bilateral relations worsen, amid escalating tensions ...

Japan defense white paper to concede North Korea has miniaturized nuclear warheads, report says

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 21:26
Japan has upgraded its estimate of North Korea’s nuclear weapons capability in an upcoming annual defense white paper, saying it seems Pyongyang has already achieved ...

Top U.S. Marine is worried about worsening Japan-South Korea relations

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 20:46
Gen. David Berger, the new U.S. Marines commandant, acknowledged Wednesday that he is concerned about deteriorating relations between Japan and South Korea, both key regional ...

Mother of 2017 Kanagawa road-rage victim calls for harsher penalties after latest case

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 20:28
The mother of a man killed two years ago in a road-rage incident in Kanagawa Prefecture is calling for harsher penalties against offenders in the ...

Japan revoked record number of visas in 2018 as authorities stepped up crackdown

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 13:05
Immigration authorities revoked a record 832 visas in 2018, more than double the figure of a year earlier, Justice Ministry data showed Monday.The most common ...

China seizing more illegally trafficked ivory products from Japan, research shows

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 06:00
An increasing number of elephant ivory products illegally trafficked from Japan have been seized in China, following Beijing’s closure of the domestic market in 2017, ...

Japan considering $8.6 billion pledge at U.N. for Sustainable Development Goals

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 05:57
Japan is making arrangements for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to pledge about $8.55 billion at a U.N. meeting next month in New York as part ...

Despite toned down rhetoric, no compromise likely as Taro Kono gets set to meet with South Korean counterpart in China

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 04:19
South Korea and Japan have toned down the rhetoric but show little sign of compromise in a bitter political and economic dispute as their foreign ...

CDP and DPP to ‘join hands’ in Japan’s Diet in bid to thwart Abe’s plans

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 02:35
In a maneuver to counter the ruling bloc in the coming extraordinary Diet session this fall, Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan leader Yukio Edano and ...

Controversial art exhibit’s closure leaves Japan pondering freedom of expression

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 00:57
Ever since a section in a public art exhibition in Nagoya triggered outrage among various people, threats and ultimately its closure after only three days, ...

Ibaraki road-rage assault suspect referred to prosecutors

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 23:44
A 43-year-old man was referred to prosecutors Tuesday for allegedly punching a man after forcing him to pull over on an expressway in Ibaraki Prefecture ...

Women made up record 37% of successful civil-service examinees in fiscal 2019

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 23:19
The ratio of women who passed annual non-career-track national civil service examinations rose 3.4 points in fiscal 2019 from the previous year, to a record ...

G7 summit likely to skip communique, reflecting gulf between U.S. and Europe, Japan source says

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 21:34
The Group of Seven major industrial nations is on course to forgo adopting a communique at a three-day summit from Saturday in Biarritz, southwestern France, ...

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