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Japan’s Cabinet adopts bill to reduce global warming damage

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 21:59
The Cabinet has approved a bill designed to boost efforts to reduce the negative effects of global warming.The measure, adopted Tuesday, takes aim at harmful ...

Tota Kaneko, famed Japanese modern haiku poet, dies at 98

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 21:47
Tota Kaneko, a prominent haiku poet, died of acute respiratory distress syndrome at a hospital in Kumagaya, Saitama Prefecture, on Tuesday. He was 98.Born in ...

Abe calls for foreign employment review to increase skilled workers

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 05:24
The government will consider expanding the scope of foreign nationals permitted to work in Japan as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called Tuesday for a review ...

Government picks Osaka as venue for G-20 summit in 2019: sources

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 03:31
Osaka has been selected as the venue for the 2019 summit meeting of the Group of 20 advanced and emerging economies, government sources said Tuesday.After ...

Japan’s discretionary labor system: What you need to know

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 02:55
As Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and government officials clash with opposition lawmakers over a proposal to expand an overtime work system called the discretionary labor ...

Emperor Akihito’s April 2019 abdication ceremony to be state occasion

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 02:37
The government committee preparing arrangements related to Emperor Akihito’s abdication announced on Tuesday that a ceremony to be held on April 30, 2019, the day ...

Women caught smuggling gold from South Korea concealed in their rectums

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 02:34
Seven South Korean women attempted to smuggle gold into Japan late last month by concealing it in their rectums, officials from Aichi Prefecture’s Chubu Airport ...

Fewer Japanese institutions mistreated foreign trainees in 2017, Justice Ministry says

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 02:18
A total of 213 firms and organizations in Japan were found to have mistreated technical trainees from abroad in 2017, down 10.9 percent from the ...

Abe denies ordering doctored survey regarding overwork problem

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 02:14
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe denied Tuesday the possibility that he or is office was involved in a controversial survey that oppositional parties claim was aimed ...

Fukuoka to offer financial help for gangsters trying to leave crime syndicates

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 02:08
Gangsters seeking to leave organized crime groups — but who are in dire financial straits — could soon get free accommodation and help with transportation ...

Ceremony marks start of lumber procurement for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Village facility

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 02:01
A tree-cutting ceremony took place in the village of Shirakawa on Tuesday to mark the start of lumber procurement for a communal facility in the ...

U.S. fighter jet dumps fuel tanks into Aomori Prefecture lake after engine fire

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 00:52
A U.S. fighter jet on Tuesday caught fire and dumped a pair of fuel tanks into a lake in Aomori Prefecture, Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera ...

Compensation awarded over 102-year-old’s suicide amid Fukushima crisis

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 23:47
A court awarded Tuesday ¥15.2 million ($142,000) in damages to the family of a 102-year-old man who killed himself in the face of an order ...

Some in Japanese government eye national award for Olympic gold skaters Yuzuru Hanyu and Nao Kodaira

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 23:23
Some government officials have hinted at the possibility of giving the People’s Honor Award to Pyeongchang Olympic gold medalists Yuzuru Hanyu and Nao Kodaira.“Various people ...

Japan mulling 30% tax rate on revenue from casinos, sources say

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 23:03
The government is considering collecting as tax some 30 percent the revenue made by operators of casinos run at so-called integrated resorts in the country, ...

Online test aims to educate Japanese teen girls about sexual violence

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 22:19
Question: “Someone I’ve met on the internet asked me to send them a picture of myself. What should I do?”Answer A: “It might be OK ...

Japanese ‘baby factory’ man wins custody of 13 kids born to Thai surrogates

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 22:11
A Bangkok court on Tuesday granted a Japanese man “sole parent” rights to 13 children he fathered through Thai surrogate mothers, a ruling that paves ...

Indonesian vocational school meeting Japanese corporate needs

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 22:04
A vocational high school established in the compounds of an industrial park, the first of its kind in Indonesia, is catering to Japanese corporate needs ...

‘Japanized’ ethnic minority in Taiwan struggling to restore their own language

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 21:31
At a general store in a thickly forested mountain valley in eastern Taiwan, villagers are not speaking Mandarin Chinese nor Taiwanese but, surprisingly, a variant ...

Aleph raided over alleged lease fraud

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 03:28
Police on Monday raided facilities of the main successor group to doomsday cult Aum Shinrikyo in connection with an alleged case of fraud involving a ...

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