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Abe eyes carrying out large-scale Cabinet reshuffle

Sat, 08/17/2019 - 04:43
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is looking at a large-scale reshuffle of his Cabinet and the Liberal Democratic Party leadership team, probably in mid-September, to be ...

Kitakyushu and Fukuoka to introduce accommodation tax from April

Sat, 08/17/2019 - 00:28
Kitakyushu officials agreed with the Fukuoka Prefectural Government on Friday to set its planned accommodation tax for people staying at hotels in the city at ...

For Kyoto, international meeting of museum directors and creators is an opportunity to learn

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 23:40
From Sept. 1 to 7, Kyoto will host thousands of museum directors, curators and art historians from Japan and around the world for the general ...

JR East aims to launch ferry route linking Haneda with central Tokyo

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 22:12
East Japan Railway Co. is looking to launch a ferry service connecting Haneda airport with central Tokyo to attract overseas visitors and secure an additional ...

Japan faces CITES pressure over sales of meat from past hunts of endangered whales

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 21:46
Japan insisted Friday it no longer hunts endangered sei whales in international waters, but faced accusations of still violating a wildlife treaty by allowing the ...

Japanese government to give budget priority to municipal anti-disaster projects

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 20:34
The government plans to introduce a system in fiscal 2020 to provide subsidies on a priority basis for projects included in municipal anti-disaster plans adopted ...

North Korean officials cancel rare trip to Japan for Olympic seminar without explanation

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 20:20
Three North Korean officials including Won Kil U, the vice sports minister, have canceled a trip to Japan scheduled for next week despite Tokyo’s earlier ...

Ibaraki road-rage case lands man on nationwide wanted list

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 20:03
The Ibaraki Prefectural Police put a 43-year-old man on a nationwide wanted list over an alleged assault in a high-profile case of road rage.The police ...

Japan formally announces decision to buy F-35B stealth fighter jets from U.S.

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 19:58
The Defense Ministry has formally announced the selection of the U.S.-made F-35B cutting-edge stealth fighter jet as part of its plan to acquire short take-off ...

Japan offers U.S. its robotics tech for use in denuclearizing North Korea

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 07:01
The offer might keep Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Japan’s abductees in the conversation as Washington and Pyongyang pursue a deal on denuclearization.

LDP exec Toshihiro Nikai gripes about Japanese, U.S. inaction on North Korea’s ‘projectile’ launches

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 06:43
Toshihiro Nikai, secretary-general of the conservative ruling Liberal Democratic Party, expressed dissatisfaction Friday with what he sees as inaction by Tokyo and Washington over the ...

Japan, China, South Korea to hold meeting of foreign ministers next week near Beijing

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 05:54
The foreign ministers of Japan, China and South Korea will meet next week on the outskirts of Beijing to discuss North Korea and other regional ...

Japanese team developing AI-based system to forecast chance of tsunami and scale of damage

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 02:10
Drawing lessons from one of the worst disasters in the nation’s history, a team of Japanese researchers is developing an artificial intelligence-based tsunami-forecasting system set ...

Japan pulls plug on K, once the world’s fastest supercomputer, after seven-year run

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 00:56
Engineers drew the curtain on Japan’s K supercomputer on Friday after enjoying its contributions to research in many fields, including typhoon and torrential rain forecasts ...

As rains lead to thousands of school meals being binned, Hiroshima weighs how to cut waste

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 00:54
A 30-year-old female reader in Hiroshima contacted the Chugoku Shimbun one day to convey her frustration that school lunches are thrown away when schools shut ...

Girl, 8, drowns at Tokyo amusement park Toshimaen; body found under inflatable island

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 00:32
An 8-year-old girl was confirmed dead at a Tokyo hospital Thursday after being found underneath an inflatable island in a swimming pool at the Toshimaen ...

Heavy rainfall and strong winds continue after Tropical Storm Krosa leaves two dead, 49 injured

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 23:52
Heavy rainfall and strong winds continued to hit Japan on Friday as a powerful tropical storm stayed over the Sea of Japan after ripping through ...

Artists pressure Aichi event organizers after exhibit containing ‘comfort women’ statue shut down

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 21:08
International artists are putting pressure on the organizers of an international cultural festival in Aichi Prefecture after an exhibit featuring a statue of a girl ...

First overseas trip for Prince Hisahito as Crown Prince Akishino’s family leaves for Bhutan

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 21:03
Crown Prince Akishino, Crown Princess Kiko and their son Prince Hisahito left on Friday for a 10-day private trip to Bhutan.The family will arrive in ...

LDP panel to study ways to prevent heatstroke during 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 20:42
A group of lawmakers from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party will launch a full-fledged study this autumn on measures to prevent heatstroke during the 2020 ...