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Japan’s Kansai region abuzz over chance to host G-20, climate confabs in 2019

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 01:04
2018 has just begun, but Osaka and Kyoto are already looking ahead to 2019, when the prospect of hosting two major international conferences has the ...

Fukui weighs new wave of reactors to protect status as Japan’s ‘nuclear capital’

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 00:34
With 13 commercial nuclear reactors — more than any other prefecture — Fukui has long been Japan’s nuclear power capital. Prior to the 2011 Great ...

Sanyo Shinkansen Line halted in Okayama by boy walking on tracks

Sat, 01/20/2018 - 23:54
The Sanyo Shinkansen Line was brought to a halt near Okayama Station over the weekend after a boy was found walking along the tracks, West ...

Long-term stress raises cancer risk 20% in men, Japanese study finds

Sat, 01/20/2018 - 23:32
Long periods of stress appear to raise the cancer risk in men by 20 percent compared with those who say they’re stress-free, according to a ...

Debate grows over paying compensation to Olympic ‘volunteers’

Sat, 01/20/2018 - 06:57
A  constant concern about the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics is its cost. Projected operating expenses for the games as of the end of last year ...

The knives begin to sharpen for Hakuho after sumo scandal

Sat, 01/20/2018 - 06:56
At the start of last November’s Kyushu Grand Sumo Kyushu Tournament, Shukan Taishu magazine (Nov. 20) led off its issue with a four-page article titled, ...

Stranded Niigata train incident highlights flaws in social media

Sat, 01/20/2018 - 06:38
Thanks to social media, anyone can log in to Twitter these days and comment on the fate of people who are stuck inside a stranded ...

On the adulteration of Japan’s oldest religion

Sat, 01/20/2018 - 06:32
Primitive Shinto is one of the loveliest religions in the world. It’s beautiful in its simplicity — defenseless too, as it proved, against the nativists ...

Residents and ex-pats in Kansai mark Trump inauguration anniversary with protest march

Sat, 01/20/2018 - 06:14
One year after the inauguration of U.S. President Donald Trump, nearly 70 Kansai residents, mostly Americans and Japanese, staged a protest march Saturday against a ...

Yahoo Japan defamed man by displaying false search results: Tokyo High Court

Sat, 01/20/2018 - 02:23
The Tokyo High Court has ruled that Yahoo Japan Co. defamed a man and has ordered that it delete 11 search results that associate his ...

Tokyo to survey tourists’ nightlife needs to perk up spending

Sat, 01/20/2018 - 02:08
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government plans to survey foreign tourists on what they enjoy about the city’s nightlife to better cater to their interests while encouraging ...

Elderly driver gets six years for mowing down six in Miyazaki traffic accident

Sat, 01/20/2018 - 01:50
A 75-year-old man was given a six-year prison term Friday over a 2015 car accident in which he struck and killed two people and injured ...

Japanese newspaper reporter wounded in unsolved ’87 shooting at Hanshin bureau dies

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 23:50
Hyoe Inukai, a former Asahi Shimbun reporter severely wounded by a shotgun during the unsolved 1987 attack on the daily’s Hanshin bureau, has died, it ...

Journalism tied to those in power must be checked

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 21:12
“If everyone is thinking alike, then no one is thinking.”— Attributed to Benjamin Franklin At a recent Kyoto symposium, the issue of sontaku journalism was ...

More Japanese read news online than in newspapers for first time, survey finds

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 20:00
For the first time, more Japanese people are reading news on their smartphones or computers than in morning newspapers, a survey by the Japan Press ...

Chinese warplane flights between Okinawa isles hit record high

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 19:45
A record number of Chinese military planes flew over waters between Okinawa Prefecture’s main island and Miyakojima, also in the island prefecture, in the three ...

Tepco spots Fukushima fuel debris in reactor 2, says fuel rod assembly ‘fell out of reactor’

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 07:51
Tokyo Electric on Friday said it had spotted fuel debris in reactor 2 at the Fukushima No. 1 plant that shows its fuel assembly likely ...

Craving carbs? Your brain might be the culprit, Japanese study finds

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 06:01
Under pressure and gobbling pizza or chocolate? It may not be your fault, according to researchers who have isolated the neurons that drive the craving ...

Aum trials seen near completion as top court upholds life term for Katuya Takahashi

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 04:03
The trials related to Aum Shinrikyo, the doomsday cult that executed the deadly sarin attack on the Tokyo subway system in 1995, are close to ...

Supreme Court orders partial disclosure of documents detailing Japanese government’s secret funds

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 04:01
The Supreme Court ordered the state Friday to disclose some administrative documents related to the government’s secret funds but limited the disclosure to sections that ...

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