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Japan enacts law recognizing Ainu as indigenous, but activists say it falls short of U.N. declaration

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 01:57
Japan enacted legislation Friday aimed at protecting and promoting the culture of the Ainu ethnic minority through financial assistance, while at the same time stipulating ...

Abe’s Cabinet approves measures against gambling addiction ahead of Japan’s casino openings

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 01:03
The Cabinet on Friday approved a plan to limit customers’ access to betting establishments and remove cash machines from the facilities as the government prepares ...

Concerns rise in Japan over growing number of LGBT people being publicly ‘outed’

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 00:33
People having their sexual orientation or gender identity revealed without their consent has become a deepening problem in Japan, a country known for its culture ...

Trump to visit Japan as state guest May 25-28 and be first world leader to meet new Emperor

Thu, 04/18/2019 - 23:47
U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump will visit Japan from May 25 to 28, which will make them the first state guests ...

10 injured as car rams into pedestrians in central Tokyo

Thu, 04/18/2019 - 22:50
Ten people were injured and two of them were in critical condition in Tokyo on Friday after a car collided with them, police said.The vehicle, ...

Museum devoted to Japanese novelist Natsume Soseki, shuttered in London in 2016, to reopen in Surrey

Thu, 04/18/2019 - 22:02
A museum in London devoted to renowned Japanese novelist Natsume Soseki (1867-1916), which was closed over two years ago, is set to be revived in ...

‘You almost forget you are talking to a monarch’: U.K. scientists recall chats with Japan’s biologist Emperor

Thu, 04/18/2019 - 21:35
Academics who have interacted with Emperor Akihito, a keen marine biologist, during his visits to Britain have paid tribute to the monarch and offered warm ...

Database of Japanese buried in Australia during WWII completed

Thu, 04/18/2019 - 06:59
A comprehensive, bilingual database of Japanese nationals who died in Australia during World War II and were buried in a war cemetery in the country’s ...

Abe abandons June timeline for Japan-Russia peace treaty: source

Thu, 04/18/2019 - 06:42
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has given up on reaching a broad agreement on a Japan-Russia peace treaty when he meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin ...

Tepco says foreign workers on new visas can work at crisis-hit Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant

Thu, 04/18/2019 - 00:41
The operator of the disaster-stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant plans to allow foreign nationals to work at the complex through a new visa ...

Japan’s nōkanshi traditional morticians give dearly departed a final farewell

Thu, 04/18/2019 - 00:04
Yuko Nakajima says her job isn’t as pretty as portrayed in “Departures,” director Yojiro Takita’s Oscar-winning 2008 film about Japanese ritual morticians.While the movie cast ...

Gold coins marking Japan’s era name change from Heisei to Reiwa go on sale for ¥1.3 million

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 23:52
A Tokyo department store on Thursday began selling pairs of commemorative gold coins marking Japan’s upcoming change from the Heisei Era to the Reiwa Era.One ...

Patients doing well after landmark 2017 retina transplants via donor iPS cells in Japan

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 23:38
A Japanese team reported Thursday that five patients with a severe eye disease were doing well after they received in 2017 the world’s first transplant ...

Emperor Akihito visits Grand Shrines of Ise to report his April 30 abdication to ancestral deities

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 21:53
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visited the Grand Shrines of Ise in Mie Prefecture on Thursday to report his upcoming abdication to the ancestral deities ...

Foreign Minister Taro Kono to visit Moscow in mid-May for Japan-Russia peace treaty talks

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 21:05
Foreign Minister Taro Kono plans to visit Moscow in mid-May for a meeting with Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov to advance postwar peace treaty talks that ...

Abe and Trump to talk on April 26 in Washington, followed by golf and Melania’s birthday celebrations

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 20:52
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump plan to hold talks on April 26 in Washington, sources familiar with bilateral relations said Wednesday.Abe ...

Chilean suspect quizzed in probe of Japanese woman missing, believed slain in France

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 16:29
Prosecutors on Wednesday questioned a Chilean man suspected of murdering a Japanese woman who went missing while studying in France.The questioning of Nicolas Zepeda Contreras, ...

Foreign visitors to Japan top 30 million in fiscal 2018

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 05:55
The estimated number of foreign visitors to Japan in the fiscal year through March hit 31.62 million, up 6.2 percent from the previous year, government ...

Examining Carlos Ghosn and Japan’s system of ‘hostage justice’

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 03:18
As the Carlos Ghosn saga continues to unfold, domestic and international attention continues to mount on what many are calling a “hostage justice” system.The ousted ...

Expensive daily products at Osaka Prison prompts human rights concern from lawyers

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 03:01
Tissue paper and other daily products sold at Osaka Prison are so expensive that inmates mostly cannot purchase them, a situation amounting to a human ...

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