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Fourth daughter of executed Aum guru Shoko Asahara wants his ashes to be scattered at sea

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 05:24
The fourth daughter of executed Aum Shinrikyo cult founder Shoko Asahara, who was reportedly designated by the former guru to receive his remains, wants his ...

Debate over LDP’s plan to reform electoral system for Upper House heats up

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 02:37
Brushing off opposition anger, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling bloc on Wednesday rammed through an Upper House panel a contentious bill that in all likelihood ...

Japan hit by worst weather disaster in decades: Why did so many die?

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 02:14
Torrential rains unleashed floods and set off landslides in western Japan last week, killing at least 176 people, forcing millions to evacuate and leaving dozens ...

Risk of deadly flood in badly hit area of Okayama Prefecture known in advance

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 01:30
The danger of flooding in the Mabicho district of Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture, had been well acknowledged before it was submerged in floodwaters after torrential rains ...

Japanese students reach for the stars at U.S. Space Camp

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 01:25
Seven Japanese junior high school students and three teachers are currently taking part in this year’s Space Camp, a six-day, hands-on learning program in the ...

Japan snubs homegrown weaponry to buy from the U.S., putting domestic industry under threat

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 00:49
While there’s little prospect that Japanese consumers will ever buy enough American cars to please U.S. President Donald Trump, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe government’s record ...

Water outages continue in flood-hit areas across western Japan, as death toll tops 170

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 00:34
Hundreds of thousands of people in western Japan affected by devastating floods and landslides continued to struggle on Wednesday with water outages, while the death ...

Abe and LDP under fire for holding party amid torrential rain warnings

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 00:14
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his ruling party came under fire from opposition parties Tuesday for holding a social gathering last week even as warnings ...

Japan to introduce tougher restrictions on government worker overtime

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 23:32
The National Personnel Authority will introduce stronger overtime restrictions for national public servants to promote work-style reform in April, with an announcement of the measures ...

Death penalty sought for man charged with killing Chinese sisters in Yokohama

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 23:11
Prosecutors on Wednesday demanded the death penalty for a 40-year-old man accused of killing two Chinese sisters and leaving their bodies stuffed in travel bags ...

Hiroshima hibakusha recounts experience to American university students

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 23:08
The U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki are extensively taught at schools in Japan and abroad, but many rarely have a chance to hear ...

Aging Japan: Akita Prefecture provides glimpse of country’s graying future

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 21:41
On a recent weekday morning, a group of men in their 70s and 80s gathered for baseball practice just down the road from a junior ...

Chinese court gives Japanese man 12-year prison term for spying

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 06:00
A Chinese court on Tuesday sentenced a 54-year-old Japanese man who was arrested in China in 2015 to 12 years in prison for spying, according ...

Mount Fuji trails in Shizuoka open for this year’s climbing season

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 05:31
The climbing season for Mount Fuji got fully underway Tuesday with three trails in Shizuoka Prefecture opening to the public.The season began earlier this month ...

In flood-hit area of Okayama, residents shocked by scale of destruction say recovery could take years

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 03:23
Residents were digging out a mud-caked area of Okayama Prefecture on Tuesday, as floodwaters from last week’s record rainfall receded to reveal broad swaths of ...

High horse: Crews in western Japan rescue miniature mare from rooftop

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 02:55
The natural instinct to head to higher ground when faced with rising water isn’t limited to humans.Horses, too, have an apparent determination to escape to ...

Women’s university in Japan officially announces new policy to start accepting transgender students from 2020

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 02:42
In what is believed to be a first in Japan, a prestigious national women’s university officially announced Tuesday its new policy to open doors from ...

‘Why didn’t I tell her to evacuate?’ asks newlywed, after losing wife of three weeks in Hiroshima landslide

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 02:16
“Don’t worry, go to bed,” wrote Koji Tsunomori to his wife of three weeks at around 8 p.m. Friday evening.Those words would be their last ...

Daughter said to have cut ties with executed Aum guru agrees to collect his remains

Mon, 07/09/2018 - 22:33
The fourth daughter of Shoko Asahara, the founder and former leader of doomsday cult Aum Shinrikyo, has confirmed she intends to collect the cremated remains ...

‘Life or death’: Tokyo pub owners fear impact of tougher smoking laws

Mon, 07/09/2018 - 22:01
Hiroshi Yoshida is facing a dilemma.Under an anti-smoking ordinance adopted by the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly last month, the 73-year-old owner of a small udon (wheat ...

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