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Fired Japan education ministry official gets suspended sentence for drug abuse

Sun, 08/18/2019 - 21:40
A court on Monday sentenced a former education ministry official to two years in prison, suspended for four years, for using and possessing a stimulant ...

Orders flood in for Onepedal device after spate of car accidents involving elderly in Japan

Sun, 08/18/2019 - 21:34
A device called Onepedal has been developed by a small company to help reduce car accidents, by eliminating the possibility of drivers mistakenly pressing the ...

Chinese military aircraft conducted drills simulating targeting of MSDF warships in East China Sea in May

Sun, 08/18/2019 - 10:05
Chinese military aircraft conducted a drill in international waters of the East China Sea in late May that simulated the targeting of Self-Defense Force destroyers, ...

Iranian foreign minister likely to visit in late August to discuss situation in strategic Strait of Hormuz

Sun, 08/18/2019 - 10:00
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is likely to visit Japan this month for talks on the situation in the strategic Strait of Hormuz, it ...

57% against sending SDF to join U.S.-led maritime coalition in Mideast amid tensions with Iran: poll

Sun, 08/18/2019 - 02:45
Over half of voters oppose dispatching Self-Defense Forces personnel to the Middle East to join a U.S.-led coalition to protect shipping in the Strait of ...

Concerns remain despite stricter checks on gasoline sales after KyoAni arson attack

Sun, 08/18/2019 - 00:46
Fuel distributors and others are voicing concerns over instructions given by the authorities on July 25 to apply stricter procedures when selling gasoline following the ...

South Korea’s Moon urges Tokyo and Seoul to pursue cooperation on anniversary of former president’s death

Sat, 08/17/2019 - 23:55
South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Sunday that Japan and South Korea need to follow a path of cooperation in line with the 1998 joint ...

Suspect in Ibaraki expressway road-rage case is arrested in Osaka

Sat, 08/17/2019 - 23:43
Police on Sunday arrested a 43-year-old man who was on a nationwide wanted list on charges of causing bodily injury to a driver in a ...

Skepticism grows over feasibility of ‘nonsmoking’ Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Sat, 08/17/2019 - 23:39
Residents and government officials in areas hosting Olympic events are concerned whether the blanket smoking ban planned at the competition venues will be properly observed ...

Silent heroes: Sign language interpreters give voice to Japan’s top government spokesman

Sat, 08/17/2019 - 23:32
Kohei Ehara sits quietly in the far corner of the spacious conference room in the Prime Minister’s Office, largely unnoticed by a group of reporters ...

62% of people with disabilities expect Paralympics to help promote understanding: survey

Sat, 08/17/2019 - 22:54
About 60 percent of people with disabilities expect the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics to help promote the understanding of people like them, a survey by Kyodo ...

Can Tokyo’s efficient rail system handle Olympic strain?

Sat, 08/17/2019 - 21:06
First, fans planning to attend the Tokyo Olympics will have to find scarce tickets and pay the price. Then there’s the quandary of landing a ...

‘High-yield rice’ replaces premium brands as costs climb at restaurants in Japan

Sat, 08/17/2019 - 20:49
Cultivation of “high-yield rice,” an affordable alternative that can be harvested in larger quantities than premium brands, is growing as Japan tries to counter the ...

Outrage over Aichi Triennale exhibition ignites debate over freedom of expression in art

Sat, 08/17/2019 - 06:56
Three days after it opened on Aug. 1, a section of the Aichi Triennale 2019 arts festival, which is taking place in and around the ...

Excessive homework may be exhausting students in Japan during their summer vacation

Sat, 08/17/2019 - 06:54
The school summer holidays are now in full swing but an increasing number of parents and their children are spending the break hunched over a ...

Prince Hisahito, 12, arrives in Bhutan with parents on his first overseas trip

Sat, 08/17/2019 - 06:51
Crown Prince Akishino, Crown Princess Kiko and their 12-year-old son, Prince Hisahito, arrived in Bhutan on Saturday to begin a private family trip.It is the ...

Dissecting the benefits of medical intervention in Japan

Sat, 08/17/2019 - 06:42
“Lies!” “Nonsense!”What’s true? What’s not true? What’s fake news? What’s real? It’s not just politics. Politics is at least comprehensible. We may err, misunderstand and ...

In the anarchy of Japan’s industrial revolution

Sat, 08/17/2019 - 06:32
Japan's Meiji Era (1868-1921) industrial revolution set a scene of chaos for the nation's advocates of political and social change.

Rare collection of Japanese whiskey auctioned in Hong Kong for equivalent of ¥97.5 million

Sat, 08/17/2019 - 05:45
A rare Japanese whiskey collection has fetched 7,192,000 Hong Kong dollars, or some ¥97.5 million, at an auction in Hong Kong, according to British auction ...

One month after arson attack, support for Kyoto Animation at home, overseas, still spreading

Sat, 08/17/2019 - 05:14
About a month after the deadly arson attack, the circle of support for Kyoto Animation Co. has spread to individuals and businesses from within and ...