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Ministry report calls for work-style reforms in bid to cut teachers’ overtime

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 02:35
The education ministry vowed Friday to promote work style reform at schools in order to reduce overtime among teachers.The long working hours of teachers “have ...

Court gives OK for psychiatric exam of suspect in deadly bullet train rampage

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 02:28
A court Friday granted a request by prosecutors to conduct a psychiatric examination on a man who was arrested after randomly attacking passengers with a ...

Volunteers warned not to hinder relief operations in western Japan

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 02:14
Disasters stir a desire to help, and the record-breaking rains that triggered massive flooding in western Japan — killing 200 people and inflicting widespread destruction ...

At least four firms used foreign trainees to clean up radioactive contamination at Fukushima nuclear plant: ministry

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 01:46
The Justice Ministry revealed Friday that at least four construction companies have used foreign trainees in radioactive cleanup work related to the triple meltdown at ...

Foreign Minister Taro Kono attends opening of Japonismes 2018 cultural event in Paris

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 01:18
Foreign Minister Taro Kono said Thursday that he wants as many people as possible to come into contact with and enjoy Japanese culture at Japonismes ...

Kyoto named as venue for next year’s meeting of U.N. climate panel

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 00:42
The 49th general session of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), slated for next May, will be held in Kyoto, Environment Minister Masaharu ...

Western Japan struggles to restore water to flood-hit towns as temperatures soar

Thu, 07/12/2018 - 23:42
Municipal workers struggled Friday to restore water to flood-hit western Japan a week after inundation caused by a record downpour killed more than 200 people ...

Kim Jong Un orders aides to ‘re-explain’ findings of probe into North Korea’s past abductions of Japanese nationals

Thu, 07/12/2018 - 06:55
The directive, said to have been issued after the historic summit last month in Singapore, would signal a shift in tone from Pyongyang’s previous unwillingness ...

Hokkaido islanders pray for victims on 25th anniversary of deadly earthquake and tsunami

Thu, 07/12/2018 - 06:47
Local people on a small island off the coast of Hokkaido paid tribute Thursday to more than 200 victims of a deadly earthquake and subsequent ...

Large-scale evacuation a key concern in the event of a major flood in Tokyo

Thu, 07/12/2018 - 03:09
The large-scale evacuation of millions of people living across numerous jurisdictions is a crucial concern for government officials in preparation for the possibility of major ...

Ogasawara Islands: Remote witnesses on the front lines of Japanese history

Thu, 07/12/2018 - 02:45
The Ogasawara Islands, also known as the Bonin Islands, have faced a number of unique — if not bizarre — developments over the course of ...

Kobe Steel expected to be indicted in data fabrication scandal

Thu, 07/12/2018 - 02:20
Kobe Steel Ltd. is expected to be indicted over a data fabrication scandal that rocked the manufacturing industry, as police are set to refer the ...

Ehime residents recount horrific landslide death of beloved friend and neighbor

Thu, 07/12/2018 - 01:10
Residents in Uwajima, Ehime Prefecture, are mourning the loss of a well-loved member of their community this week, in the wake of downpours and flooding ...

U.S. teacher, naturalized ex-student recall impact of 1968 Ogasawara reversion

Thu, 07/12/2018 - 00:57
When the 23-year Allied Occupation of the Ogasawara Islands ended 50 years ago, it was also a moment of closure for George Yokota, who had ...

Death toll climbs to 200 after torrential rains pound western Japan

Thu, 07/12/2018 - 00:28
The torrential rains in western Japan has severed transportation in the region, with the transport ministry saying West Japan Railway Co. and other railway operators ...

U.S. Navy dedicates Japan-based destroyer to American Sen. John McCain

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 20:53
The head of the U.S. Navy on Thursday dedicated one of two destroyers involved in fatal accidents in the Pacific last year to Arizona Sen. ...

Torch relay for 2020 Summer Games to start in Fukushima Prefecture

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 20:39
Organizers of the Tokyo Games announced Thursday that the traditional torch relay will start in Fukushima Prefecture on March 26, 2020.The plan was approved in ...

Japan population declines at fastest pace yet to 125.2 million: government

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 06:50
The country’s population, excluding foreign residents, on Jan. 1, 2018, declined from the year before at the fastest pace since the current survey began in ...

Japan court orders retrial of deceased man convicted in 1984 Shiga Prefecture murder

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 06:14
A court ordered on Wednesday a retrial for a deceased man who was convicted of murdering a 69-year-old woman in 1984 in Shiga Prefecture, endorsing ...

North Korea calls Abe ‘kingpin of corruption,’ blasts leader for denuclearization push

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 06:04
The newspaper of North Korea’s ruling party lambasted Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday as a “kingpin of corruption” over his alleged roles in two ...

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