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TEPCO completes physical examination by probe of melted reactor fuel

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 06:46
The operator of the disaster-hit Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant said Wednesday it has completed its first attempt to use a remote-controlled probe to ...

Popular actor Ichikawa Ebizo sees 2020 Games as chance to bring kabuki to a global stage

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 05:53
Kabuki actor Ichikawa Ebizo said Wednesday the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo will be an opportunity to promote the Japanese theater art and ...

Government slammed for singling out ‘problematic’ Tokyo Shimbun reporter in warning to press club

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 03:29
The government’s handling of a Tokyo Shimbun reporter known for her assertive questioning style has come under heavy scrutiny after it emerged that authorities issued ...

Tokyo to ban guardians from physical punishment and verbal abuse of children in wake of Chiba case

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 03:01
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government said Wednesday it will introduce an ordinance on child abuse prevention, banning parents and other guardians from physically punishing and verbally ...

Demand for ‘comfort women’ apology by Emperor angered many in Japan, Abe says, as U.S. seeks calm

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 02:05
An intensifying feud between Tokyo and Seoul continued to escalate Wednesday, with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe telling a parliamentary committee that comments by the speaker ...

LGBT couples to file lawsuit on Valentine’s Day in push for equal marriage rights in Japan

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 01:50
Last fall, Ai Nakajima, 40, tied the knot in Germany with her long-time partner, Kristina Baumann, a 32-year-old from Berlin. But in Japan, where they ...

Kyushu Electric to scrap No. 2 reactor at Genkai nuclear plant due to cost of upgrading safety at aging site

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 01:07
Kyushu Electric Power Co. said Wednesday it has decided to scrap its aging No. 2 reactor at its Genkai nuclear plant in Saga Prefecture.The utility ...

Olympic and Paralympic venues on track to be completed in time for summer test events

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 00:47
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic venues are on course to be completed in time for test events to be held there later this year, ...

Japan Olympics minister pilloried after saying he is ‘really disappointed’ over swimmer Ikee’s leukemia diagnosis

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 23:47
Gaffe-prone Olympics minister Yoshitaka Sakurada apologized Wednesday for saying that he is “really disappointed” over swimming star Rikako Ikee’s leukemia diagnosis.Sakurada, who is in charge ...

Wreck of USS Hornet, from which first WWII airborne attack on Japan was launched, found in South Pacific

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 23:30
The discovery of the wreck of the USS Hornet aircraft carrier, which played a key role in several monumental points during World War II including ...

Abe’s remark that DPJ rule was ‘like a nightmare’ sparks opposition fury as Japan elections loom

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 23:22
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and opposition heavyweight Katsuya Okada argued emotionally in the Diet on Tuesday over Abe’s recent remark that Japan was going through ...

Dancer aims to reinvent Minamata, long known for disease caused by pollution, into a city of samba

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 22:23
Minamata in Kumamoto Prefecture has long been known mainly for a deadly industrial pollution debacle that occurred decades ago, but a dancing teacher hopes he ...

Three dead and one injured in Tokyo warehouse fire

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 06:16
A fire broke out at a warehouse in Tokyo’s Ota Ward on Tuesday afternoon leaving three men dead and another man injured, while some flights ...

Overseas bookings skyrocket as 10-day Golden Week offers Japan rare chance to enjoy longer trips

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 02:14
Reservations for travel overseas are surging for this year’s 10-day Golden Week period, during which the Imperial succession is set to take place, according to ...

Japan’s flamboyant ‘Prince of Green Juice’ arrested for alleged tax evasion

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 01:12
A flamboyant entrepreneur known as the “Prince of Green Juice” was arrested for alleged tax evasion on Tuesday.Tokyo prosecutors raided beauty and diet product company ...

Japan’s temples turn to social media, video streaming and apps to lure visitors

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 23:46
Temples across the country, including in the Chugoku region, are increasingly turning to mobile apps, videos and social media to entice visitors.Some temples even offer ...

Visitors to Sapporo Snow Festival hit record 2.74 million thanks to weather and Chinese New Year tourists

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 23:30
The annual Sapporo Snow Festival, one of the nation’s largest winter events, attracted a record-high 2.74 million visitors thanks to good weather and an influx ...

Half of new slots at Haneda airport to be given to Japanese and U.S. airlines

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 23:05
Japanese and U.S. airlines will be allocated about half of the roughly 50 slots to be created at Tokyo’s Haneda airport in the run-up to ...

Nagoya firm Jtekt develops gnarly skateboard bearings ahead of sport’s Tokyo Olympic debut

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 22:51
Jtekt Corp., a Nagoya-based parts manufacturer affiliated with Toyota Motor Corp., has developed an upgraded version of Ninja, the brand name for its bearings used ...

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan leader Yukio Edano urges party to gird for Lower House poll

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 21:55
Yukio Edano, leader of the opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, told senior officials of the party’s local chapters on Monday to speed up the ...

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