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Early peaking of Japan’s cherry blossoms laid to warmer March, climate change

Sun, 05/13/2018 - 02:42
The early peaking of the cherry blossoms in many parts of the country this spring was likely caused by higher temperatures in March and global ...

South Korean ship seen with North Korean tanker on high seas, sources say

Sun, 05/13/2018 - 02:35
A Maritime Self-Defense Force ship has spotted a North Korean tanker together with a South Korean cargo ship on the high seas, though the MSDF ...

New memorial to victims of Japanese merchant ship sunk in WWI to be unveiled in Wales

Sun, 05/13/2018 - 02:24
A new memorial commemorating those who died in the German sinking of a Japanese merchant ship in the final days of World War I will ...

Japan and U.S. defense chiefs mull chat in Hawaii before U.S.-North Korea summit

Sat, 05/12/2018 - 10:00
The defense ministers of Japan and the United States are considering holding talks on the North Korean nuclear issue at the end of the month ...

Lawmaker Hiroyuki Konishi’s encounter with an irate SDF officer stirs debate on military

Sat, 05/12/2018 - 06:54
On April 16, opposition lawmaker Hiroyuki Konishi was walking by the Upper House members’ office building in Tokyo when he encountered a man jogging. The ...

Japan redraws its line in the sand for poverty

Sat, 05/12/2018 - 06:53
If an income of ¥10 million a year can’t save you from poverty, what can?When “Suzuki-san” (as we’ll call him) declared personal bankruptcy five years ...

North Korea raps Japan for repeatedly raising abduction issue

Sat, 05/12/2018 - 06:27
North Korea criticized Japan on Saturday for its insistence on repeatedly raising the abduction issue ahead of an unprecedented summit with the United States.The issue ...

Kenya’s first satellite released from Japan’s Kibo module at ISS

Sat, 05/12/2018 - 05:47
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) released three foreign-made microsatellites, including the first Kenyan-developed satellite, from its Kibo experimental module at the International Space Station ...

Theme parks bank on ‘Cool Japan’ wave to attract experience-hungry tourists

Sat, 05/12/2018 - 03:18
Theme parks in Japan have recently become key drivers of the country’s tourism boom as they attract visitors from around the globe by letting them ...

Suspicious man reported in area where Niigata girl was slain

Sat, 05/12/2018 - 01:33
A suspicious man in black clothes was repeatedly seen near the site where a 7-year-old girl was found dead Monday in Niigata, local officials said ...

Classical painting hashtag highlights Japanese mothers’ daily frustrations

Fri, 05/11/2018 - 23:56
As we celebrate Mother’s Day on May 13, a hashtag highlighting the daily struggles of mothers in Japan has gone viral on Twitter.The hashtag — ...

Bodies of teenage girl, man, 27, found in car discovered underwater off Nagasaki pier

Fri, 05/11/2018 - 20:37
The bodies of a 17-year-old high-school girl and a 27-year-old man have been found dead in a car discovered underwater in the city of Nagasaki, ...

Canadian held for smuggling ¥130 million worth of drugs via minpaku lodging in Tokyo

Fri, 05/11/2018 - 20:30
Japanese law-enforcement authorities have served a fresh arrest warrant to a Canadian man for allegedly smuggling stimulants into the country by sending the drugs to ...

Japan considers new target to reduce fiscal deficit to 3% of GDP

Fri, 05/11/2018 - 20:16
The government is considering setting a new target to reduce its fiscal deficit to 3 percent of nominal gross domestic product by fiscal 2021, informed ...

Amid outbreak in Okinawa, tighter measles vaccination policy to be implemented for Japan’s hospitals and nursery schools

Fri, 05/11/2018 - 20:01
The government has said it plans to ensure that hospitals and nursery schools have their workers get two measles vaccines amid an outbreak of the ...

Abe and Putin to meet in Moscow on May 26

Fri, 05/11/2018 - 19:27
Yuri Ushakov, foreign affairs adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin, said Friday that the president will hold a meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in ...

Strong earthquake jolts Nagano Prefecture

Fri, 05/11/2018 - 19:02
An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.1 struck the north of Nagano Prefecture on Saturday morning, according to the Meteorological Agency.The quake, which occurred ...

Japan trying to arrange another Abe-Trump powwow before crucial Kim summit in Singapore

Fri, 05/11/2018 - 10:00
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is trying to squeeze in a talk with U.S. President Donald Trump at a G-7 meeting before the landmark U.S.-North Korea ...

Monju reactor project failed to pay off after swallowing ¥1.13 trillion of taxpayers’ money: auditors

Fri, 05/11/2018 - 07:48
Japan’s auditors say the fast-breeder reactor only ran for 250 days over its troubled two-decade run and never cracked the secret to the plutonium fuel ...

Ehime Gov. Nakamura challenges ex-Abe aide Yanase’s latest Kake denials with new memo, business card

Fri, 05/11/2018 - 06:10
Ehime Gov. Tokihiro Nakamura on Friday presented new materials to challenge Diet testimony given by a key government official involved in a favoritism scandal linked ...

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