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The face of immigration is rapidly changing in Japan

Sat, 02/17/2018 - 06:50
Over the past half decade, major changes have taken place in the demographics of foreign residents in Japan. Weekly Playboy’s Dec. 18 issue devoted a ...

Media reports de-romanticize the cleanup work on the Fukushima nuclear power plant

Sat, 02/17/2018 - 06:49
Most of the reliable reporting about the clean-up of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant since it suffered three meltdowns in March 2011 has ...

‘Because I’m a Mom’ children’s song sends vexed mothers the wrong message

Sat, 02/17/2018 - 06:38
What was meant to be a much-needed pat on the back for mothers has done more harm than good. In Hulu’s original children’s program “Dai! ...

Heroism and the changing state of morality

Sat, 02/17/2018 - 06:32
Every age breeds its own morality. One era’s good is another’s evil. Today’s virtue is tomorrow’s vice, today’s wisdom tomorrow’s stupidity, today’s sanity tomorrow’s madness.For ...

Tax-filing season starts with a bang as Moritomo protests hit agency branches nationwide

Sat, 02/17/2018 - 01:13
Demonstrators took to streets in a dozen cities Friday to demand the dismissal of National Tax Agency Commissioner Nobuhisa Sagawa, who is accused of giving ...

Teen phenom Fujii, 15, beats highest-ranked shogi player Habu at Tokyo tournament

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 21:41
Sota Fujii, Japan’s youngest professional shogi player, defeated Yoshiharu Habu, holder of one of the most prestigious shogi titles, in their first official face-off in ...

Japan may defer announcement of new era name until year-end or later

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 20:05
The government is considering deferring until year-end or later the announcement of the name of a new era set to start with Crown Prince Naruhito’s ...

Kono, Lavrov agree to accelerate work on getting joint ventures on disputed isles started

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 19:53
Foreign Minister Taro Kono and his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, agreed Friday to accelerate work toward starting joint economic activities on a group of Russian-held ...

Japan to skip OECD’s new global competence test for 15-year-olds

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 19:42
Japan has no plans to participate in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s new test to assess the global competence of 15-year-olds around the ...

Foreign Minister Taro Kono to meet Mongolian counterpart next week, source says

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 19:31
Foreign Minister Taro Kono plans to hold talks in Tokyo next week with his Mongolian counterpart Damdin Tsogtbaatar to gather the latest information on North ...

Kansai executives offer advice on improving nation’s diplomacy

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 19:08
‘Track II diplomacy” is the official neutral-sounding phrase used to refer to diplomatic efforts by “nonstate” actors. In thriller films and books, it’s usually portrayed ...

Tokyo police arrest four Vietnamese over illegal sale of cryptocurrency account

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 06:44
In a first, the Tokyo police arrest four Vietnamese suspected of selling a cryptocurrency account to a criminal group thought to be from China.

GSDF to resume most chopper flights in wake of deadly crash in Saga

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 06:30
SAGAThe Ground Self-Defense Force said on Friday it will partially resume helicopter flights at its camp in Saga Prefecture, nearly two weeks after the deadly ...

U.S. and Japanese astronauts conduct spacewalk to fix robot arm on ISS

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 06:14
Two astronauts from Japan and the United States went on a spacewalk Friday to repair the International Space Station’s robotic arm and put equipment in ...

ICC eyed to condemn North’s ’59-’84 repatriation program

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 04:02
Eiko Kawasaki, an ethnic Korean woman who spent 43 years in North Korea, announced a plan Friday to file a petition with the International Criminal ...

Government OKs plan to hike pension collection age to 71

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 03:00
The health ministry on Friday approved an outline for raising the optional age for tapping public pensions to 71 or older to address the national ...

Longtime Harvard Japanese teacher Yori Oda dies at 82

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 02:47
Yori Oda, a decorated teacher who taught Japanese at Harvard University for 35 years, died earlier this month after a recent illness. She was 82.In ...

Japan lags in fact-checking initiatives, media watchers say

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 01:36
Japan lags behind other countries in fact-checking initiatives and still has low awareness of their importance, according to FactCheck Initiative Japan (FIJ), a Tokyo-based nonprofit ...

Japan and IAEA ink nuclear counterterrorism pact for 2020 Games

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 00:58
The government and the International Atomic Energy Agency have signed an agreement to work together to keep the 2020 Olympics safe from nuclear terrorism.According to ...

Japanese scientist employs egg whites to produce clean energy

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 00:48
A Japanese scientist said Thursday his team has hatched a way to improve production of carbon-free energy by using proteins taken from egg whites.Yusuke Yamada, ...