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Interpreter for Oita marathon closes blog after calling African athletes ‘chimpanzees’ in post

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 02:52
A woman in her 50s who served as a volunteer interpreter at a marathon in Oita Prefecture has apologized for an online blog post in ...

Japanese abductee, missing since 1978, living in Pyongyang: source

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 02:39
North Korea told Tokyo that Minoru Tanaka, a native of Hyogo Prefecture who went missing in 1978, now lives in Pyongyang with his wife and ...

South Korean lawyers to start sale of Nippon Steel’s assets over wartime labor

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 02:39
Lawyers representing South Koreans seeking reparations from Japanese steel-maker Nippon Steel and Sumitomo Metal Corp. over wartime labor issues declared Friday they will soon start ...

Activists file suit to stop dolphin hunting in Taiji

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 01:31
Environmental campaigners have filed an unprecedented lawsuit in a bid to halt the so-called drive hunting of dolphins in Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture, arguing that the ...

Taro Kono looks to visit China in late March to enhance economic ties

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 00:14
Foreign Minister Taro Kono is planning to visit China, possibly in late March, to discuss bilateral cooperation on economic and other issues, diplomatic sources said ...

Man arrested over stabbing of two, said to be former colleagues, near Korakuen Station

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 23:54
A 26-year-old man was arrested for allegedly stabbing two people with a knife on a street near Tokyo Metro Co.’s Korakuen Station in the capital’s ...

Fifth-generation bonsai cultivator asks thieves to take good care of tiny trees they stole from him

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 23:35
A Japanese cultivator of bonsai trees has appealed for the thieves who made off with his expensive potted plants to take good care of them.Seiji ...

From manga to news articles: Japanese civic groups create ‘barrier-free’ publications for people with mental disabilities

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 22:17
While there has been tangible progress toward achieving full barrier-free access for people with physical disabilities through the installation of ramps, elevators and other pieces ...

¥100 million in old bank notes donated to western Japan prefecture

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 06:59
An anonymous donation of around ¥100 million ($900,000) in old bank notes has been delivered to the Ehime Prefectural Government, the prefecture said Thursday.The prefectural ...

South Korea plaintiffs eye liquidating assets seized over wartime labor case

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 05:50
A lawyer for South Korean plaintiffs who won a wartime forced labor case against Japanese steel-maker Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp. last year indicated ...

Sadako Ogata: Waging peace on war

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 04:05
A 1993 photograph of a diminutive, sexagenarian woman surveying the front lines of conflict has left an indelible mark on the international community as a ...

Tokushima woman on zero-waste quest gets an audience with Davos

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 03:59
With leaders from around the world as her audience, a young Japanese woman from Kamikatsu, Tokushima Prefecture, spoke about her small town’s “zero waste” initiatives, ...

In first, LGBT couples sue Japan over constitutionality of not recognizing same-sex marriage

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 03:26
Claiming that it is unconstitutional for Japan to not recognize same-sex marriage, 13 lesbian and gay couples on Thursday filed lawsuits against the government.In the ...

Campaign kicks off for Okinawa referendum on U.S. base relocation plan

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 02:57
Okinawa Prefecture’s campaign for the Feb. 24 referendum on the central government’s relocation plan for a U.S. air base kicked off Thursday, with the results ...

Fatal crashes involving elderly drivers on the rise in Japan

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 02:08
The nation saw a rise in the number of fatal crashes caused by drivers aged 75 and over in 2018, police data showed Thursday, highlighting ...

Gender-neutral Canadian activist shows solidarity with Japan’s LGBT communities

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 01:23
Gemma Hickey entered Japan this week with something no Japanese national can obtain — a gender-neutral passport in which the gender category shows neither female ...

Chiba father held over death of daughter served fresh arrest warrant for earlier alleged assault

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 23:02
A man held on suspicion of assaulting his 10-year-old daughter just before she died in late January was served a fresh arrest warrant Thursday for ...

Japanese bone marrow bank flooded with inquiries after Rikako Ikee’s leukemia revelation

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 22:32
The Japan Marrow Donor Program has been flooded with donation inquiries since star swimmer Rikako Ikee, 18, revealed Tuesday that she has leukemia.“We are still ...

Japan to ease restrictions on types of facilities conducting prenatal tests

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 22:08
The Japan Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology has drafted a plan to ease restrictions on the types of medical facilities that can provide noninvasive prenatal ...

Japan to make unauthorized downloads of all copyrighted work illegal

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 21:41
Steps will be taken to make it illegal to download without the permission of copyright holders all works including manga, computer games, books and other ...

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