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Hokkaido’s famous ski resort area Niseko seeks to promote its safety after powerful quake

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 02:06
With the Hokkaido tourism industry estimating losses of around ¥29 billion from the recent deadly earthquake, due to widespread hotel cancellations following the disaster, Niseko, ...

Japan’s ‘danchi’: Public housing blocks highlight the complexity of interculturalism

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 00:52
Stroll through Shibazono Danchi in Kawaguchi, Saitama Prefecture, on a weekend and you will find children shrieking with glee. They run across its communal playground ...

With latest MSDF submarine exercise, Tokyo expertly navigates Beijing’s red lines

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 00:45
The revelation this week by Japan that the Marine Self-Defense Force has conducted submarine exercises in the disputed South China Sea is, while striking, unlikely ...

Controversial Fukushima statue of child in radiation suit now being removed

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 23:02
The city of Fukushima began removing a statue of a child clad in a protective suit Tuesday following criticism that it could mislead the public ...

Telemedicine via smartphone apps gaining in popularity in Japan

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 21:35
Remote medical consultation services that connect doctors and patients via smartphones and other devices are spreading across Japan, with their popularity boosted by recent deregulation ...

Hokkaido quake reveals Japan is woefully unprepared to help foreigners in times of disaster

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 21:22
The powerful earthquake that recently hit Hokkaido threw a strong spotlight on how unprepared Japan is to provide foreign visitors with information during a crisis.With ...

Elon Musk’s SpaceX names Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa as first passenger for moon voyage

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 18:47
SpaceX, Elon Musk’s space transportation company, on Monday named Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa, the founder of the nation’s largest online fashion mall, as the first ...

Japan sees surge in foreign nursing care students

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 05:53
The number of foreign students enrolling in nursing care schools has nearly doubled this academic year amid the labor shortage in the heath care sector, ...

Drawing on her own experience, Nagoya doctor offers transgender counseling

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 00:41
A transgender doctor has opened a clinic in Nagoya specializing in counseling and hormone therapy for transgender people.While people diagnosed with gender dysphoria in Japan ...

With eye on foreign tourists, Kyoto bids to expand nighttime sightseeing

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 00:38
At 6 p.m. on one weekday in August an enthusiastic audience had almost filled Gion Corner, a theater of some 200 seats at the center ...

Quake damage to Hokkaido’s farm, forestry, fishing sectors estimated at nearly ¥40 billion; dairy farmers in bind

Sun, 09/16/2018 - 23:28
Hokkaido’s agriculture, forestry and fishery industry has taken at least ¥39.7 billion in damage from the level 7 earthquake on Sept. 6, the prefectural government ...

In first, Japanese submarine conducts drills in disputed South China Sea

Sun, 09/16/2018 - 22:59
A Maritime Self-Defense Force submarine took part in a drill last week in the disputed South China Sea for the first time, the Defense Ministry ...

Second dead Gifu boar tests positive for swine fever

Sun, 09/16/2018 - 22:11
The carcass of another wild boar found in the city of Gifu has tested positive for swine fever, the Gifu Prefectural Government said Sunday.The animal’s ...

In long-lived Japan, survey finds 20-year-olds don’t want to live into their 80s

Sun, 09/16/2018 - 20:54
A survey has found that young Japanese in their 20s don’t want to live into their 80s — a startling revelation in a country where ...

Kremlin official says Japan needs time to consider Russian leader Vladimir Putin’s unexpected peace treaty proposal

Sun, 09/16/2018 - 19:54
Russia thinks Japan needs time to form a position on President Vladimir Putin’s unexpected peace treaty proposal last week, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Sunday.Such ...

Government considering sending GSDF personnel to multinational peacekeeping force in Egypt

Sun, 09/16/2018 - 10:00
The government is considering dispatching Ground Self-Defense Force members to a multinational peacekeeping force in Egypt under security legislation that came into effect in 2016.

Number of women in Japan aged at least 65 years old tops 20 million for first time

Sun, 09/16/2018 - 06:58
The number of women aged 65 years old or above in Japan has topped 20 million for the first time, according to estimates by the ...

Prime minister plans to meet with Iranian president on sidelines of U.N. meeting in New York

Sun, 09/16/2018 - 06:19
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is planning to have talks with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani later this month in New York following the reinstatement of sanctions ...

North Korea bashes top Japanese diplomat for saying timing too early for declaration to end Korean War

Sun, 09/16/2018 - 02:35
North Korea’s state-run media has bashed Foreign Minister Taro Kono after he said during a recent meeting with the United States’ top North Korea envoy ...

Abe-Ishiba debate highlights candidates’ lack of concrete plans to tackle fundamental problems

Sun, 09/16/2018 - 02:21
Last week saw Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and ex-Defense Minister Shigeru Ishiba engage in a battle of words over key policies in the run-up to ...

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