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Foreign visitors to Japan reach almost 30 million in fiscal 2017: tourism agency

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 02:40
The estimated number of foreign visitors to Japan in the fiscal year through March 2018 jumped 19.9 percent from a year before to 29.77 million, ...

Okinawa village has nation’s longest life expectancy for third straight time, survey finds

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 02:23
For the third consecutive time, the life expectancy average for women in 2015 was highest in the village of Kitanakagusuku, in Okinawa Prefecture, hitting 89.0 ...

Anti-nuclear Niigata governor eyes resignation amid sex scandal in move likely to impact restart key power plant

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 00:47
In a move that could influence the approval process for the restart of nuclear reactors in the Niigata Prefecture, Gov. Ryuichi Yoneyama is set to ...

Japanese lawmakers enact law on court jurisdiction for international divorces

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 00:23
The Diet on Wednesday enacted a revised law stipulating Japanese court jurisdiction over international divorce, in a move expected to speed up lengthy proceedings.Before the ...

UNESCO designates Izu Peninsula as Japan’s 9th ‘Global Geopark’

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 22:45
The UNESCO Global Geoparks Council has designated the Izu Peninsula in Shizuoka Prefecture as a Global Geopark for its unique geology and geography, the Japan ...

Trump welcomes Abe, gives ‘blessing’ to Korean peace talks

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 14:06
U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday gave his blessing for North and South Korea to discuss ending their decadeslong war and said that without his ...

Seven-Eleven store owner claims chain forced him to stay open during Fukui blizzard: union

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 12:58
The owner of a Seven-Eleven convenience store in central Japan was allegedly forced to work for about 50 hours without sleep in February after the ...

Japan, U.S., South Korea seek denuclearization of North Korea by 2020

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 12:57
A plan being floated among Japan, the United States and South Korea is aimed at the complete denuclearization of North Korea by the summer of ...

Japan joins rest of G-7 in blaming Russia for nerve agent poisoning in U.K.

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 12:57
Japan joined the other members of the Group of Seven advanced nations on Tuesday in agreeing that Russia was probably behind a nerve agent attack ...

SDF major rants against Defense Ministry-chiding opposition lawmaker near Diet

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 11:59
A senior Self-Defense Forces officer lashed out at an opposition party lawmaker he encountered on a street Monday night, repeatedly saying, “You are an enemy ...

With Trump golf outing, will Abe find himself in the bunker or on the green?

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 02:45
Yes, they will hit the links again after all. The question is, will Prime Minister Shinzo Abe find himself in the bunker or on the ...

Suicide of Indian detainee in Ibaraki prompts hunger strike of around 130 at facility: source

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 02:32
Friday’s apparent suicide of an Indian man held at the East Japan Immigration Control Center in Ushiku, Ibaraki Prefecture, has prompted dozens of detainees at ...

Opposition camp accuses Japan’s Finance Ministry of trying to sweep top official’s sexual harassment under the rug

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 01:29
Opposition parties reacted harshly Monday to the Finance Ministry’s responses to a weekly magazine’s allegations about its top official’s sexual harassment of female reporters, saying ...

Abe seen to be in the ‘danger zone’ as scandals pile up

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 01:17
When Shinzo Abe resigned as prime minister 11 years ago it came out of nowhere, two days after a major policy speech. Now, Tokyo is ...

Japan’s Hitachi to trial ‘world’s first urine test’ to spot cancer

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 01:03
Hitachi is poised to carry out what it hailed as the world’s first experiment to test for cancer using urine samples, which would greatly facilitate ...

Japan’s defense minister denies troops were sent to Iraq war zone despite release of logs with ‘combat’ references

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 00:53
Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera on Tuesday denied that newly disclosed activity logs of a past Self-Defense Forces mission in Iraq contradicted the government’s assertion that ...

Japan ministers question fairness of Finance Ministry’s sexual harassment probe

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 00:43
Cabinet ministers and other lawmakers on Tuesday questioned the Finance Ministry’s handling of a probe into sexual harassment allegations made by female reporters against top ...

Man who posted anti-Korean rally video sues Osaka mayor after his username was released under an ordinance against hate speech

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 23:38
A man who had posted a video of a rally against Korean residents on the internet sued Osaka Mayor Hirofumi Yoshimura on Monday, arguing the ...

Security to be boosted at schools on Hiroshima Prefecture island where prison fugitive is believed to be hiding

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 23:37
Some 96 prison officers will be deployed to schools on Hiroshima Prefecture’s Mukaishima island where a fugitive who escaped from prison over a week ago ...

Japanese expert speaks out on using Paralympics to build respect for people with disabilities

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 21:28
A leading expert on accessibility says Japan needs to undergo a basic shift in how it thinks about people with disabilities as the government pushes ...

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