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Japanese citizens to file suit over taxpayer funding of new Emperor’s enthronement rites

Thu, 11/08/2018 - 18:28
At least 120 people are planning to file a lawsuit to stop the government from using taxpayer money for rituals to mark the enthronement of ...

Abe, Trump hold phone talks over trade, North Korea: source

Thu, 11/08/2018 - 18:13
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump held talks over the telephone Friday morning on issues including bilateral trade and North Korea’s denuclearization, ...

Keio University weighs research with goal of performing Japan’s first womb transplants

Thu, 11/08/2018 - 18:08
A Keio University team hopes to carry out Japan’s first clinical research into transplanting wombs to women who do not have the organ, according to ...

TV Asahi cancels performance of K-pop group BTS over member’s Hiroshima A-bombing T-shirt

Thu, 11/08/2018 - 17:37
TV Asahi Corp. said Thursday it has canceled a live performance of K-pop group BTS amid a furor over a member having worn a T-shirt ...

38% of fire departments offer interpreter services for emergency calls

Thu, 11/08/2018 - 06:11
Around 38 percent of fire departments across Japan offer interpreter services for emergency calls made by people who cannot speak Japanese, a government survey showed ...

Kyoto works to disperse crowds amid fears of ‘overtourism’

Thu, 11/08/2018 - 02:22
The city of Kyoto, one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, is aiming to attract travelers to lesser-known spots to ease “overtourism” that has ...

Scientists await Japan’s decision on planned $7 billion linear collider project

Thu, 11/08/2018 - 01:43
Twenty-five years after particle physicists began studying prospects for a linear collider, Japan is poised to decide whether to pay for half of the $7 ...

Returning to Japan for an action-packed tour, former U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy reflects on her lifelong ties with the nation

Thu, 11/08/2018 - 01:23
Caroline Kennedy was in top form when she returned to Japan recently for a two-week visit.Following her arrival here on Oct. 25, the former ambassador’s ...

Unmanned Japanese cargo vessel Kounotori heads home from ISS carrying experiment samples

Thu, 11/08/2018 - 01:22
The Kounotori 7 unmanned cargo transporter departed the International Space Station on Thursday to return to Earth with experiment samples, in a first for Japan’s ...

Diet member’s former secretary arrested over ¥100 million heist in Kyoto in 2010

Thu, 11/08/2018 - 01:07
Police said Thursday they have arrested the former secretary of a Liberal Democratic Party Diet member and his friend over a 2010 robbery of some ...

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence to hold talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during Tokyo visit next week

Thu, 11/08/2018 - 00:56
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence will stop by Japan early next week before attending regional summits in Singapore and Papua New Guinea, and will hold ...

Public viewing of Ueno’s renovated Hakubutsukan Dobutsuen Station to start Nov. 23

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 22:56
The now-defunct Hakubutsukan Dobutsuen Station (Museum Zoo Station) on the Keisei Line in Tokyo’s Ueno district is set to open for public viewing on Nov. ...

Hiroshima A-bomb survivor: Yoshinori Kato regrets failing to save the lives of trapped schoolchildren

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 22:44
Words of regret run repeatedly through the mind of Yoshinori Kato: “I’m sorry I couldn’t save you.”On Aug. 6, 1945, when the city of Hiroshima ...

Japan’s pro sports clubs see investment boost ahead of 2020 Games

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 22:14
Japan’s professional sports clubs are attracting a wave of investment, as a fitness club, clothing chain operators and entrepreneurs look to cash in on the ...

Japan to urge companies to curb use of microplastics amid marine pollution crisis

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 17:59
The Environment Ministry said Wednesday it plans to urge companies to reduce the use of microplastics, amid heightened global concern over marine pollution.Under its updated ...

Abe, Putin will meet in Singapore next week: Tass

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 17:37
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold a meeting in Singapore next week, Russia’s ITAR-Tass news agency reported Wednesday.The meeting will ...

Japan doesn’t treat U.S. fairly on trade, Trump says

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 17:29
President Donald Trump accused Japan on Wednesday of treating the United States unfairly on trade, claiming that Japan exports cars with low tariffs but does ...

Activist who worked for sufferers of Minamata disease dies at 103

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 06:46
Fumiko Hiyoshi, who headed a citizens’ group and supported Minamata disease sufferers for more than half a century died Wednesday due to old age at ...

Japanese buzzwords of the year nominees reflect myriad influences and issues

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 04:54
Thirty candidates for buzzword of the year, announced Wednesday, highlight the numerous scandals that rocked Japan’s amateur sports, the brutal summer of natural disasters as ...

With GOP’s loss of House, should Japan anticipate a more hard-line Trump?

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 02:47
With Democrats retaking control of the House of Representatives in Tuesday’s U.S. midterm elections, Tokyo may see President Donald Trump accelerate his war on what ...

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