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51.3% of Japanese support bill to accept more foreign workers, Kyodo poll shows

Sun, 11/04/2018 - 03:10
More than half of Japanese support a bill to accept more foreign workers, a nationwide Kyodo News poll showed Sunday.The phone survey conducted over the ...

Ministry calls on airlines to ensure flight crews comply with drinking rules

Sun, 11/04/2018 - 02:47
In the wake of a Japan Airlines pilot being detained by British authorities last month for being drunk, the transport ministry urged domestic airlines to ...

Aging Tokyo town lures young residents with offers of houses and land

Sat, 11/03/2018 - 23:24
An inconspicuous wooden teahouse stands midway on a winding road that connects the center of a remote mountainous town in western Tokyo to a scenic ...

Business and political leaders in Kyoto push for efforts to fight food loss

Sat, 11/03/2018 - 23:23
For Japan to achieve its goal of reducing household food waste by 50 percent by fiscal 2030 compared with 2000, consumers and manufacturers need to ...

Japan and U.S. plan armed forces response to China threat to Senkakus

Sat, 11/03/2018 - 20:10
Japan and the United States plan to draw up an operations plan for a combined response by their armed forces to Chinese threats to the ...

Japan plans to accept entry of North Korean sports minster in November

Sat, 11/03/2018 - 10:05
The government plans to allow the North Korean sports minister to enter the country in late November to attend a meeting connected with the 2020 ...

Japan mulls holding of celebration event next fall for new emperor

Sat, 11/03/2018 - 10:00
Lawmakers and business leaders plan to hold an event next fall to celebrate the ascension of the new emperor, political sources said Saturday.The celebration will ...

Testing times for students’ English-language ability in Japan

Sat, 11/03/2018 - 06:57
The education ministry last year announced it would change the common testing system for universities, starting in 2020. A major change is expected to be ...

Shibuya’s Halloween havoc may tarnish future festivities

Sat, 11/03/2018 - 06:54
Less than a decade ago, finding any sort of Halloween celebration in Tokyo would have been tough. Then, suddenly, October revelry was everywhere you looked ...

Little buzz over Canada’s move to legalize marijuana

Sat, 11/03/2018 - 06:44
Japan’s media coverage of Canada’s Oct. 17 announcement that possession and use of marijuana would be legalized — subject to certain restrictions — has been ...

Japan Times 1918: Tokyo celebrates the Allies’ victory in World War I

Sat, 11/03/2018 - 06:32
100 YEARS AGO Thursday, Nov. 21 1918 Tokyo celebrates the Allies’ victory in WWI THE JAPAN TIMES Today the citizens of the capital of Japan ...

Japan eyes acceptance of 40,000 foreign workers in first year of proposed new visas rules

Sat, 11/03/2018 - 05:03
The government is eyeing the acceptance of some 40,000 foreign workers under two planned visa categories in the year after their introduction, it was learned ...

Fukuoka enlists artificial intelligence in fight against organized crime

Sat, 11/03/2018 - 03:00
Advances in artificial intelligence have come along in leaps and bounds in recent years, prompting police in Fukuoka and Kyoto to look into ways of ...

Foreign labor: Challenges await

Sat, 11/03/2018 - 02:56
The envisaged creation of a new visa program to accept foreign workers may help ease Japan’s labor woes, which look set to get worse in ...

Man gets life in prison for killing Japanese woman in Canada

Sat, 11/03/2018 - 00:25
A man convicted of murdering a Japanese woman in Vancouver in 2016 received a life sentence Friday with no chance of parole for 14 years, ...

Mahathir, Cheney, others to be honored by Japan

Sat, 11/03/2018 - 00:18
The government said Saturday it will bestow honors at its annual fall event on 4,079 citizens and 135 foreign nationals for their achievements in various ...

British woman sues Ritsumeikan University over power harassment

Sat, 11/03/2018 - 00:17
A British woman has filed a damages lawsuit against Ritsumeikan University, alleging that it failed to reprimand male professors who made remarks about her that ...

Former rural Japanese school building given new life, thrives as aquarium

Fri, 11/02/2018 - 23:27
A former elementary school building in a sparsely populated area in Kochi Prefecture is thriving as an aquarium, with its cumulative visitors topping 100,000 as ...

Disaster relief tech: Hand-shaped robot and cybersuit for rescue dogs tested in Fukushima

Fri, 11/02/2018 - 21:28
A recent disaster-response demonstration in Minamisoma, Fukushima Prefecture, featured tests of a hand-shaped, fire-resistant robot that can remove rubble as well as a cybersuit for ...

Tiny Japanese island goes missing off Hokkaido

Fri, 11/02/2018 - 20:54
Missing: A tiny island in northern Japan. Or so authorities fear, prompting plans for a survey to determine if the outcrop has been washed away, ...

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