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Japan demands South Korean speaker retract call for Emperor’s apology to ‘comfort women’

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 21:15
Japan has demanded South Korean National Assembly Speaker Moon Hee-sang retract remarks seeking an apology from Emperor Akihito to women forced to work in Japanese ...

Tepco to deploy robot for first contact with melted fuel from Fukushima No. 1 nuclear disaster

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 20:36
The owner of the wrecked Fukushima No. 1 power plant is trying this week to touch melted fuel at the bottom of the plant for ...

The art and science of Japan’s cherry blossom forecast

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 04:35
As spring approaches in Japan, the country’s weather forecasters face one of their biggest missions of the year: predicting exactly when the famed cherry blossoms ...

Kyōgen actor Nomura Man and two noh actors honored with French Order of Arts and Letters

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 01:56
Kyōgen actor Nomura Man and two noh actors were honored Sunday with the French Order of Arts and Letters for their contribution to promoting Japanese ...

Four Chinese ships sail in Japanese waters near Senkaku Islands

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 00:46
Four Chinese government ships sailed for about two hours in Japanese territorial waters around the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea on Monday, according ...

Foreign Minister Taro Kono warns South Korean Lawmaker on Emperor remark

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 00:07
Foreign Minister Taro Kono cautioned South Korea’s top legislator against making divisive remarks after the lawmaker urged the Japanese Emperor to make a personal apology ...

Vietnamese woman flees during immigration checks at Narita airport

Sun, 02/10/2019 - 23:32
The Tokyo Regional Immigration Bureau said Sunday that a Vietnamese woman fled during immigration checks at Narita International Airport in Chiba Prefecture.The immigration bureau and ...

Japanese cities worried about taking in more foreign workers, survey finds

Sun, 02/10/2019 - 05:49
Nearly half of cities and towns across Japan are concerned about how to appropriately deal with to foreign workers as they prepare for an influx ...

LDP OKs terse plan to revise Constitution as it seeks to avoid divisive issue ahead of coming elections

Sun, 02/10/2019 - 03:27
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Sunday adopted a concise plan for its long-cherished goal of revising the nation’s pacifist Constitution at its annual convention, ...

Japanese man shot to death trying to save father in Belize robbery

Sun, 02/10/2019 - 02:51
A Japanese man has been shot to death and his father critically wounded by two armed men in Belize, according to the Japanese Embassy in ...

Japanese author and economist Taichi Sakaiya dies at 83

Sun, 02/10/2019 - 02:41
Taichi Sakaiya, a bestselling author and an economist who served in key government posts, died of multiple organ failure Friday at a Tokyo hospital, his ...

Japanese makeup guru on crusade to revamp men’s grooming habits

Sun, 02/10/2019 - 02:37
As a university student, Hiroki Takahashi could barely step outside his home without a surgical mask on. Even when he did venture out, he was ...

Man held in connection with Tokyo student’s death re-arrested on murder charge

Sun, 02/10/2019 - 02:28
A 35-year-old man being held in connection with the death of a female university student whose body was found buried last month in Kamisu, Ibaraki ...

Japanese government panel criticized over watered-down sexual harassment countermeasures

Sun, 02/10/2019 - 01:19
Disappointment is growing among experts and activists over discussions by a government panel tasked with tackling sexual harassment, an issue drawing increasing attention amid the ...

Three Japanese win prizes at Lausanne ballet competition in Switzerland

Sun, 02/10/2019 - 00:13
Japan’s Sumina Sasaki won third prize Saturday at this year’s Prix de Lausanne, a prestigious international competition for young ballet dancers.Two other Japanese, Yu Wakizuka ...

Sightings of rare deep-sea oarfish around Japan stokes concerns of impending quake

Sat, 02/09/2019 - 21:18
A number of oarfish, a rarely seen deep-sea species, have been detected in waters around Japan this year, making some fearful of an earthquake striking ...

Abe vows to tackle growing child abuse cases in Japan after 10-year-old’s death

Sat, 02/09/2019 - 20:51
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has vowed to crack down on the increasing number of child abuse cases in Japan after the death of a 10-year-old ...

Environmental test for new train link to Haneda airport to begin in spring

Sat, 02/09/2019 - 20:37
East Japan Railway Co. will begin an environmental survey this spring in preparation for building a faster access line to Haneda airport from central Tokyo, ...

Screening sessions and interviews for 2020 Games volunteers begin in Tokyo

Sat, 02/09/2019 - 20:33
The organizing committee for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government have kicked off briefing sessions and interviews for people who ...

Japanese government secretly weighed five dates for era name change to Heisei

Sat, 02/09/2019 - 19:46
Before Emperor Hirohito died in 1989, the government secretly weighed five dates for Japan to adopt a new era name, official documents have shown, giving ...

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