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Man sentenced to death for 2015 murder of two junior high students in Osaka Prefecture

Wed, 12/19/2018 - 02:00
A court sentenced a 48-year-old man to death on Wednesday for killing two junior high school students in Osaka Prefecture in 2015, rejecting the defense ...

Japan to nix ‘pregnancy tax’ for hospital visits following public backlash

Wed, 12/19/2018 - 01:44
Japan will stop charging extra for hospital visits by expectant mothers from next month amid criticism that the fee amounts to a tax on pregnancy ...

Records reveal detailed strategy to amend pacifist Constitution by former PM Nobusuke Kishi, Abe’s grandfather

Wed, 12/19/2018 - 00:35
Former Prime Minister Nobusuke Kishi set a two-year timeline to revise the postwar security treaty with the United States as a precursor to an amendment ...

Japan plans hiring limits for nursing facility operators that bring in foreign workers under new visas

Tue, 12/18/2018 - 23:45
The government plans to set hiring limits for nursing facility operators that bring in foreign workers under one of the country’s two new visa categories, ...

Japan files protest over new Russian military barracks on disputed islands

Tue, 12/18/2018 - 23:31
Japan has logged a protest with Russia over the construction of military barracks on two disputed islands off Hokkaido, the top government spokesman said Wednesday.The ...

Japan shrugs off constitutional concerns, but question remains: Are aircraft carriers necessary?

Tue, 12/18/2018 - 22:14
Although Japan’s defense policy appears to have taken a new twist with a decision to deploy an aircraft carrier, doubts remain over whether the plan ...

Male cabin crew increasingly taking flight in Japan

Tue, 12/18/2018 - 21:24
More men are taking jobs as flight attendants in the traditionally female-dominated profession as smaller Japanese airlines actively look to distinguish themselves from their larger ...

Stigma and legal battles show Japan still has tattoo complex even as Olympics loom

Tue, 12/18/2018 - 21:06
When Mana Izumi got her first tattoo at 18, she wasn’t trying to rebel or shatter any taboos — just copy pop diva Namie Amuro’s ...

Ex-head of bankrupt kimono firm Harenohi gets 30 months in prison for fraud

Tue, 12/18/2018 - 20:26
The former head of a bankrupt rental kimono firm was sentenced to 30 months in prison Wednesday for swindling banks of money to keep his ...

China and the two Koreas voice concerns over Japan’s new defense guidelines

Tue, 12/18/2018 - 06:37
China and the two Koreas on Tuesday voiced concerns about Japan’s latest national defense guidelines, including its decision to pursue the deployment of aircraft carriers ...

Japan to boost aid to major cities except Tokyo as it looks to revitalize other regions

Tue, 12/18/2018 - 06:28
The government presented a proposal on Tuesday to revise its regional revitalization strategy, including strengthened support for major cities outside the Tokyo metropolitan area.To combat ...

Petition calling for halt to Okinawa base work meets threshold to warrant White House reply

Tue, 12/18/2018 - 06:16
A petition to Washington that calls for a temporary halt to reclamation work for the construction of a U.S. base off Okinawa hit the signature ...

Standing room only: JR East tells riders in Tokyo to stand on both sides of escalators to block pesky walkers

Tue, 12/18/2018 - 03:56
When a train is about to depart a station, passengers hear an announcement saying, “Please stand clear of the closing doors.”Now, when they ride an ...

Japan set to control commercial flight routes in U.S. military airspace over Tokyo

Tue, 12/18/2018 - 02:07
Japan is set to agree with the United States that it will control new commercial flight routes in the U.S. military-controlled airspace near Tokyo’s Haneda ...

Japan marks new record as foreign visitors top 30 million in 2018

Tue, 12/18/2018 - 01:51
The number of foreign visitors to Japan in 2018 topped 30 million on Tuesday, marking an all-time record on an annual basis, as the country ...

Human error led to GSDF mortar mishap in western Japan, probe finds

Tue, 12/18/2018 - 00:20
Failure to follow correct firing protocol and conduct necessary safety checks resulted in a Ground Self-Defense Force mishap last month in which shrapnel from a ...

Sapporo blast occurred after 120 spray cans were emptied inside real estate office

Mon, 12/17/2018 - 23:27
An explosion in Sapporo that injured 42 people over the weekend occurred when a water heater was turned on after the gas was emptied from ...

Japan ranks second in new human development index

Mon, 12/17/2018 - 23:14
Japan is the second-best place in the world in terms of human development, with Hong Kong in first place and Iceland in third, according to ...

The swastika of good fortune? New York-based Japanese monk works to educate Westerners about symbol

Mon, 12/17/2018 - 22:04
When the Rev. Kenjitsu Nakagaki was honoring Buddha’s birthday with a sacred flower ceremony at a Seattle shrine in 1986, the Buddhist monk was met ...

Pioneering swim club gives disabled Japanese the chance to excel

Mon, 12/17/2018 - 22:02
When Hibiki Toyosaki started swimming at around age 5, he was afraid to dip his face in the water. Now 16, his life centers around ...

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