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Foggy Fukushima river tour draws influx of visitors

Sat, 09/15/2018 - 21:23
A river tour conducted by rowboat in the town of Kaneyama, Fukushima Prefecture, is becoming popular with tourists for its scenic views of the thick ...

Abe 20 points ahead of Ishiba in LDP leadership race: poll

Sat, 09/15/2018 - 21:21
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe holds a 20-point lead over former Defense Minister Shigeru Ishiba ahead of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s presidential election next week, ...

Japan’s Haruki Murakami withdraws from consideration for alternative Nobel award

Sat, 09/15/2018 - 20:35
Japanese author Haruki Murakami has asked for the withdrawal of his nomination for an alternative to the Nobel Prize in Literature, postponed this year over ...

LDP election rivals Abe and Ishiba campaign on disaster resilience during visit to Kyoto

Sat, 09/15/2018 - 07:12
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and former Defense Minister Shigeru Ishiba focused on the importance of building resilience to disasters as they campaigned in Kyoto on ...

Japanese athletes under fire after Asian Games scandal

Sat, 09/15/2018 - 06:55
When four members of Japan’s national basketball team were sent home from the Asian Games last month for patronizing prostitutes, the resulting scandal capped almost ...

News outlets fret over the nation’s docile democracy

Sat, 09/15/2018 - 06:42
“Nazism.” “Fascism.” “1984.” “Kamikaze.” Strong words, suggestive language. It’s going mainstream.An Asahi Shimbun editorial on July 29 drew comparisons between the administration of Prime Minister ...

Japanese media face hostility in disaster coverage on social media

Sat, 09/15/2018 - 06:40
Typhoon Jebi caused all sorts of damage when the storm — the most powerful in 25 years to hit the country — tore through western Japan ...

The long struggle to become international

Sat, 09/15/2018 - 06:32
Eighth-century Japan was an infant civilization. Its prehistory had been long. Awakened at last, Japan drank eagerly from the source: China, then at its creative ...

Does Kansai need three international airports?

Sat, 09/15/2018 - 04:46
Twenty-four years after Kansai airport’s opening, Typhoon Jebi roared through, flooding the main runway, parts of the main terminal building and dislodging a tanker in ...

28 Mos Burger customers sickened in Tokyo, seven other prefectures, last month: health ministry

Sat, 09/15/2018 - 02:50
Over two dozen Mos Burger customers came down with food poisoning last month after dining at its restaurants in Tokyo and seven other prefectures in ...

Police officer drops loaded gun while guarding prime minister’s motorcade in Wakayama Prefecture

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 22:47
A police officer dropped a loaded pistol while guarding Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s motorcade in Wakayama on Friday night, police said, adding the gun was ...

Progress seen against U.S. opioid crisis

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 21:33
Figures from a U.S. government survey released Friday show some progress in the fight against the opioid addiction crisis, with fewer people using heroin for ...

SDF to conduct first joint military exercises in Japan with British Army

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 21:14
The Defense Ministry’s Ground Staff Office has said the Self-Defense Forces will conduct its first joint exercises in the country with the British Army, aiming ...

JAXA again delays launching H-2B rocket to deliver supplies to ISS

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 19:49
The launch of a rocket to deliver daily necessities to the International Space Station on Saturday was delayed again due to a problem with equipment.The ...

Cancer center estimates slight decrease in new cancer patients

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 19:42
An estimated 1,013,600 people in Japan will be diagnosed with cancer this year, down 400 from last year, the National Cancer Center said Saturday.The center ...

Swine fever virus discovered in Gifu was previously unreported type in Japan

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 19:35
The type of swine fever virus recently detected at a pig farm in the city of Gifu had not been found before in Japan, the ...

Power-saving campaign scaled down in quake-hit Hokkaido after two generators go back online

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 19:31
The government is scaling down a Hokkaido power-saving campaign that was implemented after the powerful earthquake of Sept. 6.Industry minister Hiroshige Seko told a news ...

Japan on brink of leaving International Whaling Commission after commercial whaling proposal blocked

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 19:22
Japan’s determined bid to return to commercial whale hunting was rejected by the International Whaling Commission on Friday in a tense vote that left the ...

Regulator approval nears for Aomori’s Rokkasho nuclear fuel processing plant

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 06:57
A spent nuclear fuel reprocessing plant in Rokkasho, Aomori Prefecture, looks set to gain approval for full operation as the country’s regulator completed most of ...

Abe Cabinet approval rate rises to 41% in new poll

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 05:58
Public support for the Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in September rose 3.2 percentage points from the previous month to 41.7 percent, surpassing the ...

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