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Japan to introduce new high school compulsory subjects

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 07:53
The education ministry released a draft Wednesday of revised curriculum guidelines for high schools, including the introduction of comprehensive history and public affairs as new ...

Japan and Norway agree to jointly work against North Korea’s nuclear program

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 06:29
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Norwegian counterpart Erna Solberg agreed Wednesday on the need to work together in maximizing pressure on North Korea to ...

Shimane Prefecture group delivers petition to Gov. Zenbei Mizoguchi opposing restart of Matsue reactor

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 02:24
A Shimane Prefecture-based citizens group delivered a petition signed by nearly 48,000 people opposed to the restart of a local nuclear reactor to Gov. Zenbei ...

Japanese government seeks to reduce repeat offenders through jobs program for ex-convicts

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 02:16
The Justice Ministry has helped a total of 128 past offenders find jobs within about a year after leaving prison since the establishment of specialized ...

After long silence on issue, Trump lambastes Tokyo for paying ‘a fraction’ of costs to base U.S. troops in Japan

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 01:53
U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday criticized Japan and other countries for unfairly shouldering only a limited portion of the United States’ costs of defending ...

Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force says a bolt may have fallen off one of its helicopters during a drill

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 01:49
A steel bolt assembly may have come off a Maritime Self-Defense Force helicopter during a training flight Tuesday, the MSDF said.The bolt and accompanying washers, ...

Fukuoka city to become Japan’s seventh municipality to recognize LGBT couples

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 01:34
The city of Fukuoka said Wednesday it will start recognizing partnerships of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender couples in April, becoming the seventh municipality to ...

Critics draw attention to flaws in Japan’s referendum system ahead of plebiscite on amending the Constitution

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 01:02
While debate continues on whether to amend the nation’s pacifist Constitution, less attention has been given to the referendum system under which the public will ...

Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market move on track, Gov. Yuriko Koike says

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 22:41
After years of delays, the process of moving Tokyo’s famous Tsukiji fish market is firmly on track, the city’s governor said Tuesday, pledging the old ...

Japanese government draws up instructions to help schools prepare against possible missile strikes

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 22:15
The education ministry has compiled guidelines to help schools review their crisis management manuals in order to better prepare against a possible North Korean missile ...

Japan’s Owada to resign as International Court of Justice judge in June

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 21:32
Hisashi Owada, the father of Crown Princess Masako, is set to resign as a judge of The Hague-based International Court of Justice in June.Owada, 85, ...

Eat slower and chew more to lose weight, Japanese study suggests

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 20:48
People who wolf down their food could lose weight simply by chewing longer and pausing between bites, study results suggested earlier this week.Research involving nearly ...

Japan’s telecommuters work to clear communication hurdles amid government push

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 20:34
Teleworking, a key part of the government’s work-style reform initiative, is slowly evolving as a result of efforts to make up for difficulties in communication ...

J-Village soccer center in Fukushima to partially reopen in July

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 05:42
The J-Village national soccer training center in Fukushima Prefecture will partially reopen on July 28, more than seven years after the facility was forced to ...

A ‘ruby’ Valentine’s Day: Japan’s lovers embrace new chocolate variety

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 05:22
It is a marriage made in heaven for cute-obsessed Japan: this Valentine’s Day, lovers can present the object of their affection with a world first ...

Go and shogi champions given national award for sweeping major titles

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 04:43
The government bestowed Tuesday the People’s Honor Award on two champions of the traditional board games of shogi and go, making the two men the ...

Japan denies China protest prompted Taiwan quake message change

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 04:10
Tokyo denied Tuesday that a protest from China was behind a decision to drop the Taiwanese president’s name from the online version of a message ...

Ousted Thai leaders Yingluck Shinawatra and brother Thaksin Shinawatra leave Japan for Hong Kong

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 03:27
Thailand’s ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her brother Thaksin Shinawatra, both fugitives forced to live overseas, left for Hong Kong on Tuesday, sources close ...

Japan saw record number of refugee applicants in 2017, Justice Ministry says

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 02:08
The number of people who applied for refugee status in Japan last year reached a record high of 19,628, up 80 percent from the previous ...

Japan says it won’t fall for North Korean ‘charm offensive’ amid detente with U.S. and South

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 01:54
Tokyo — undeterred by possible signs of Washington and Seoul gravitating toward dialogue with Pyongyang — said Tuesday that it has no intention of backing ...

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