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Suicides of middle-aged men in Japan tend to surge on Monday mornings: research

Mon, 11/05/2018 - 19:10
The number of suicides by middle-aged men in Japan tends to surge on Monday mornings, according to research conducted by a team of Waseda University ...

Osaka immigration facility locked 17 unruly detainees in room designed to hold six ‘to keep order’

Mon, 11/05/2018 - 18:15
The Osaka Regional Immigration Bureau locked 17 foreign detainees in a room for six people for about 24 hours after they acted violently, officials said ...

Two women found apparently slain in Shimane home; son of one arrested

Mon, 11/05/2018 - 17:25
Two women died at a residence in Shimane Prefecture on Monday, with police arresting a man on suspicion of killing them.Yasue Hara, 82, was found ...

Japanese foreign minister thanks Turkish counterpart over release of journalist Jumpei Yasuda

Mon, 11/05/2018 - 05:42
Foreign Minister Taro Kono expressed gratitude to his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu, for Ankara’s efforts in securing the release last month of journalist Jumpei Yasuda ...

NEC facial recognition adopted for Rugby World Cup next year in Japan

Mon, 11/05/2018 - 05:12
A facial recognition system developed by NEC Corp. has been adopted for checking the entry of reporters at Tokyo Stadium and International Stadium Yokohama during ...

Japan to make trademark registration of era names impossible

Mon, 11/05/2018 - 05:07
The government plans to set a clear rule that no trademark containing any era name can be registered.The government will revise its trademark application screening ...

Think tank says applicants for planned blue-collar visas should have college degrees

Mon, 11/05/2018 - 02:41
A newly launched think tank researching policies for accepting more foreign workers said Monday that as a condition for new visa statuses currently being discussed ...

Car mechanic at crippled Fukushima plant died due to overwork after logging over 100 hours of overtime in a month

Mon, 11/05/2018 - 02:36
Labor authorities have determined that a car mechanic at the crisis-hit Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant died last year due to overwork, an organization ...

Study finds 80% of rescue hashtags were unrelated to emergencies during July deluge

Mon, 11/05/2018 - 02:07
About 80 percent of uses of the hashtag #kyūjo — which means rescue in Japanese — posted on Twitter during the deadly disaster caused by ...

Cooperation and information sharing key in disaster response, speakers tell Hiroshima workshop

Mon, 11/05/2018 - 01:57
Given Japan’s vulnerability to natural disasters, and with accelerating climate change widely predicted to increase severe weather patterns, increased cooperation and information sharing is more ...

South Korean warships visit Japan port after row over wartime flag

Mon, 11/05/2018 - 01:29
Three South Korean warships made a goodwill visit Monday to a Nagasaki Prefecture port, following a bilateral spat last month over Seoul’s demand that Tokyo ...

Tepco offers English-language virtual tour of crippled Fukushima nuclear plant

Mon, 11/05/2018 - 00:56
Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. has launched an English-language online virtual tour of the interior of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 power plant, allowing ...

New section of Tokyo Ring Road No. 2 opens to traffic ready for 2020 Games

Mon, 11/05/2018 - 00:31
A section of Ring Road No. 2, a key route for transportation during the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games that connects the capital’s central ...

Japan’s government to delay discussion on creating female Imperial branches

Mon, 11/05/2018 - 00:12
The government plans to hold off on deciding whether to allow female members of the Imperial family to establish branches of the family after marriage, ...

LDP’s Ichita Yamamoto considering run for Gunma Prefecture governorship instead of further term in Upper House

Mon, 11/05/2018 - 00:09
Ruling Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker Ichita Yamamoto is considering running in the Gunma Prefecture gubernatorial election slated to be held next summer, sources said Monday.Yamamoto’s ...

More Japanese women turn to doulas for maternity support

Sun, 11/04/2018 - 22:27
The country is seeing an increase in the number of nonmedical professionals known as doulas, who provide emotional and physical support to women before, during ...

Superrealistic face masks by Japan firm attract attention from facial-recognition system developers

Sun, 11/04/2018 - 22:04
Superrealistic plastic face masks produced by a firm in Otsu, Shiga Prefecture, have recently attracted attention at home and abroad, from facial-recognition system developers to ...

Defense Ministry to develop large underwater drone to monitor remote islands: government

Sun, 11/04/2018 - 10:00
Amid China’s military expansion and assertiveness in regional waters, Japan plans to develop a large underwater drone that automatically navigates in the ocean to collect ...

Malicious descriptions about North, South Korean groups temporarily appear on Google Maps

Sun, 11/04/2018 - 06:55
Malicious descriptions, such as one targeting the pro-Pyongyang General Association of Korean Residents in Japan, or Chongryon, temporarily appeared on Google Maps, it was learned ...

Mitsubishi Materials near to finalizing fund to compensate Chinese used in forced wartime labor

Sun, 11/04/2018 - 06:26
Mitsubishi Materials Corp. is in the final stages of setting up a fund that will be used to pay out compensation to thousands of forced ...

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