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After spate of incidents, Japan increases punishments for pilots who drink and fly

Thu, 06/13/2019 - 01:12
The Diet enacted a revised aviation law Thursday that increases punishments for pilots found to have flown under the influence of alcohol or drugs following ...

‘Street sports’ gain ground in Japan ahead of Olympic debut

Wed, 06/12/2019 - 23:35
As Tokyo prepares to host the inaugural Olympic 3×3 basketball, freestyle BMX and skateboarding events, youth-focused “street sports” are breaking new ground in Japan, providing ...

Niigata Prefecture city official admits killing her baby by repeatedly dropping her on floor, police say

Wed, 06/12/2019 - 22:16
A 31-year-old woman in Niigata Prefecture was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of killing her 3-month-old daughter by repeatedly dropping her on the floor, police said.Noriko ...

Toilet manners and traffic jams are top concerns amid Japan tourism boom, say local governments

Wed, 06/12/2019 - 22:02
Traffic jams and tourists’ manners are recognized by many of Japan’s tourist destinations as major issues that need to be addressed amid the sharp increase ...

University student arrested over murder of doctor in Yamagata

Wed, 06/12/2019 - 21:46
A 23-year-old male university student was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of killing a doctor at her apartment in Higashine, Yamagata Prefecture, last month, local police ...

Japan offers most paid leave for fathers worldwide but few take it, UNICEF reports finds

Wed, 06/12/2019 - 21:18
Japan leads the world in offering paid leave for fathers, but few take advantage of it, according to a new report by UNICEF based on ...

Father held over suspected assault resulting in death of baby daughter in Shizuoka Prefecture

Wed, 06/12/2019 - 21:06
A man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of causing the death of his 20-month-old daughter after an alleged assault last December.Tetta Fujiwara, 21, from Fuji, ...

Abe warns U.S. and Iran that ‘accidental conflict’ is possible

Wed, 06/12/2019 - 11:19
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe traveled to Tehran on Wednesday to warn that an “accidental conflict” could be sparked amid heightened tensions between Iran and ...

Japanese, South Koreans at odds on wartime labor issue, poll shows

Wed, 06/12/2019 - 05:51
Japanese and South Koreans have vastly differing views on rulings last year by the South Korean Supreme Court ordering Japanese companies to compensate wartime laborers ...

Oil imports and sanctions loom large as Abe visits Iran for talks with its leaders

Wed, 06/12/2019 - 03:00
With Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Iran, Japan is aiming to leverage their traditionally amicable ties to help de-escalate tensions in the Middle East ...

Hundreds protest across Japan over acquittals of men in sex crimes

Wed, 06/12/2019 - 02:39
Hundreds of people took to the streets across Japan on Tuesday to protest a recent series of court acquittals of men in sex crime cases, ...

Japan passes bill requiring microchipping of pets to reduce strays

Wed, 06/12/2019 - 02:11
The Diet on Wednesday passed a bill requiring dog and cat breeders to microchip animals, and owners to voluntarily do the same to their pets, ...

Male managers in Japan have higher mortality rate than in Europe, study finds

Wed, 06/12/2019 - 01:52
Men in managerial positions or professional occupations in Japan have a higher mortality rate than their counterparts in Europe, according to a scientific study published ...

Japan takes step to accelerate landfill work at planned Henoko base site

Wed, 06/12/2019 - 01:48
Okinawa Gov. Denny Tamaki on Wednesday urged the central government to immediately stop landfill work as part of land reclamation at a planned U.S. base ...

Emperor Emeritus Akihito concludes abdication-linked rituals with visit to Kyoto mausoleums

Wed, 06/12/2019 - 01:18
Emperor Emeritus Akihito concluded a series of Shin’etsu no Gi rituals related to his recent abdication with a tour of the mausoleums of two of ...

Over 60% of women see rules on heels enforced at work, study finds

Wed, 06/12/2019 - 01:12
More than 60 percent of women in Japan have experienced the enforcement of rules requiring them to wear heels in the workplace or while job-hunting, ...

Prince Hisahito expected to travel to Bhutan with parents for first overseas trip

Wed, 06/12/2019 - 01:10
Prince Hisahito, second in line to the Chrysanthemum Throne, is expected to travel to Bhutan in August with his parents, Crown Prince Akishino and Crown ...

Japan’s largest warship joins U.S. carrier for military exercises in disputed South China Sea

Wed, 06/12/2019 - 00:59
The Maritime Self-Defense Force’s Izumo, Japan’s largest flat-topped helicopter carrier, has joined the United States’ sole forward-deployed aircraft carrier, the USS Ronald Reagan, in joint ...

Tokyo government ridiculed for omission on website suggesting mascot supports child abuse

Wed, 06/12/2019 - 00:30
A Tokyo government website tasked with tackling child abuse unintentionally appeared to do the exact opposite, when a caption under an image of a mascot ...

Farmers in Hiroshima Prefecture struggle to recover after 2018 flooding wrecked rice paddies

Wed, 06/12/2019 - 00:29
As the rice-planting season wraps up, Higashihiroshima, known as a rice-producing city, is still reeling from last summer’s devastating floods.This year, farmers weren’t able to ...

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