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Japanese government secretly weighed five dates for era name change to Heisei

Sat, 02/09/2019 - 19:46
Before Emperor Hirohito died in 1989, the government secretly weighed five dates for Japan to adopt a new era name, official documents have shown, giving ...

News outlets’ coverage of abuse cases can make the situation worse

Sat, 02/09/2019 - 06:58
In her 2017 book, “Thinking About Child Abuse,” Haru Sugiyama describes her correspondence with Yukihiro Saito, who is serving a lengthy sentence for causing the ...

Heisei Era hindsight gives new meaning to established terms

Sat, 02/09/2019 - 06:57
The ubiquitous word “productivity” last summer acquired a new meaning — or at least a new twist. Members of the LGBT community, wrote Liberal Democratic ...

Loft under fire for its outdated portrayal of women in advertising campaign

Sat, 02/09/2019 - 06:54
Retailers typically strive to promote their products by creating ad campaigns that attract consumers’ attention.Loft Co. appears to have achieved this with the recent launch ...

Abe expresses high hopes for second Trump-Kim summit

Sat, 02/09/2019 - 06:32
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday expressed high hopes for the second U.S.-North Korea summit slated for later this month.“I hope that the second summit ...

Video shows Chiba girl who died following abuse begging for forgiveness, police say

Sat, 02/09/2019 - 05:53
Police have found a video believed to show the abuse of Mia Kurihara, the 10-year-old girl who died at her home last month, investigative sources ...

LDP heavyweight Akira Amari may call on Abe to hold double election this summer

Sat, 02/09/2019 - 05:18
Ruling party heavyweight Akira Amari has indicated that he may call on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to decide to hold simultaneous elections of both chambers ...

Number of flu patients in Japan falls after outbreak hits peak

Sat, 02/09/2019 - 01:57
The number of influenza patients per medical institution in Japan in the week through Feb. 3 dropped from the previous week in all of the ...

Kumamoto man convicted of murder may be acquitted

Sat, 02/09/2019 - 01:40
An 85-year-old man who was imprisoned for a 1985 murder in Kumamoto Prefecture is expected to win an acquittal in a retrial of his case.In ...

Japan rejects Russian criticism of Aegis Ashore deployment plan

Sat, 02/09/2019 - 01:38
Tokyo has rejected Moscow’s claim that the Aegis Ashore missile defense system Japan plans to deploy violates the U.S.-Russia Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.Defense Minister Takeshi ...

China’s population tops list of people from other nations aware of Japan’s Imperial succession

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 23:59
The proportion of people outside Japan who are aware of the planned Imperial succession was highest in China among six surveyed countries, the Japan Press ...

South Korea fails to answer Japan’s request for talks on looming asset seizure linked to wartime labor ruling

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 21:49
South Korea has failed to respond to Japan’s request to launch talks as a major Japanese steel-maker faces the imminent seizure of assets in connection ...

Olympic organizers to install latest surveillance system at 2020 Games

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 20:38
The organizing committee for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will install a state-of-the-art video surveillance system at venues and the athletes’ village during the games in ...

Cold snap and snow hit Tokyo and surrounding areas, disrupting some flights

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 19:30
A cold snap hit Tokyo and it surrounding areas Saturday, disrupting flight operations at major airports in the region.The Meteorological Agency said up to 5 ...

Tokyo Olympics on course to meet target for using recycled metal in medals

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 06:54
The organizing committee for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics said Friday it expects to achieve its target for collecting the recycled metal needed to ...

Japanese ex-policeman gets 22 years for fatally shooting boss in Shiga

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 06:40
A 20-year-old former policeman was sentenced Friday to 22 years in prison for shooting his boss to death at a police box in Hikone, Shiga ...

Japan, No. 2 generator of packaging waste, moves to ban plastic straws and cutlery in government cafeterias

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 06:39
The government decided Friday to ban in principle the use of plastic straws and cutlery in its cafeterias and to stop passing out plastic bottles ...

Japan’s opposition parties lay into ministry officials for extensive role in wage scandal probe

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 03:14
Opposition lawmakers continued to grill labor ministry officials over a wage data manipulation scandal Friday at the Lower House budget committee, questioning the political neutrality ...

Coldest air mass ever recorded in Hokkaido grips prefecture, with snow expected Saturday in Tokyo

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 03:07
A cold wave caused by a mass of air at record-low temperatures gripped Hokkaido on Friday, causing traffic disruption across the island.As temperatures plunged below ...

Leopalace21 starts moving out 14,000 residents from homes across Japan due to fire risks and other defects

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 02:41
Rental apartment operator Leopalace21 Corp. said Friday it had started moving 14,443 residents out of their homes to repair defects found in 1,324 apartments across ...

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