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Okinawa protesters march against plan for U.S. base ahead of anniversary of prefecture’s reversion to Japan

Fri, 05/11/2018 - 01:57
Protesters marched in Okinawa on Friday, calling for the scrapping of a controversial U.S. military base relocation project, ahead of the 46th anniversary Tuesday of ...

Sapporo ambivalent about 2026 Olympics, taking look at 2030: polls

Fri, 05/11/2018 - 01:35
Sapporo seems to be having second thoughts about bidding for the 2026 Winter Olympics and could focus instead on the 2030 Games.Sapporo, which held the ...

Measles infections confirmed in Tokyo following outbreak in Okinawa

Fri, 05/11/2018 - 00:31
A Tokyo woman has been diagnosed with a measles infection, indicating the contagious disease has spread from Okinawa Prefecture to the capital.According to authorities, including ...

Dead fire ant found at a private residence in Osaka Prefecture

Fri, 05/11/2018 - 00:18
A dead fire ant was found in Osaka Prefecture, the Environment Ministry has said, marking the first discovery of the venomous insect in Japan this ...

Abe expresses hope for progress on abduction issue through Trump-Kim summit

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 23:51
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed hope Friday that the U.S.-North Korea summit to be held in Singapore on June 12 will lead to progress on ...

After sexual assault, one young Japanese woman hopes to achieve change for all — including ‘comfort women’

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 23:27
A damaging personal experience with sexual assault has led one young Japanese woman to examine her country’s past.The woman, who uses the pseudonym Kaori Miyake, ...

Tokyo Olympic golf venue admits first female members in nearly half a century

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 22:14
The golf venue for the Tokyo 2020 Games has granted the first full memberships in nearly four decades to women after lifting a ban under ...

Okinawa citizens urged to get behind bid to put prefecture’s style of karate on UNESCO map

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 21:57
The first international tournament for Okinawa-style karate is scheduled for August, and expectations are growing that the martial art will become even more popular at ...

Kitaro concerts in Iran canceled after U.S. nationals in the musician’s group denied visas

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 21:56
Three sold-out Kitaro concerts in Iran have been canceled after six U.S. nationals in the New Age musician’s group were refused visas, the organizer announced ...

Saudi Arabia will soon issue tourist visas to Japanese

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 21:15
Saudi Arabia will soon begin issuing tourist visas to Japanese nationals, visiting Saudi Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz indicated Thursday.Speculation had been growing that ...

Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker Kanji Kato’s comments on child rearing spark criticism

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 20:48
A lawmaker from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party is being criticized for saying Thursday that newlyweds should raise at least three children.Kanji Kato, a 72-year-old ...

Crown Princess Masako hopes to inherit Imperial sericulture tradition

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 07:08
Crown Princess Masako has expressed her hope to inherit the Imperial tradition of sericulture from Empress Michiko, sources in the Imperial Household Agency said Thursday.Crown ...

Former Abe aide admits to meeting with Kake Gakuen officials

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 03:16
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s former executive assistant admitted Thursday that he had met officials from a school operator run by Abe’s close friend several times ...

One year into Moon’s presidency, Japanese experts now view him as a pragmatic leader

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 03:03
Thursday marked one year since the inauguration of South Korean President Moon Jae-in and comes amid a sudden about-face from North Korea on its nuclear ...

No. 4 reactor at Oi nuclear plant restarted after nearly five years offline

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 01:50
Kansai Electric Power Co.’s No. 4 reactor at its Oi nuclear plant in Fukui Prefecture inched closer toward running at full capacity Thursday, four years ...

China seen succeeding in quest to boost Asia influence as positions shift on Korean Peninsula

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 01:21
China’s strategy to bolster its influence in the Asia-Pacific region has been making strides recently, as the situation on the Korean Peninsula has been moving ...

Emperor expresses hope Japan-China ties improve in meeting with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Tokyo

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 01:04
Emperor Akihito met with visiting Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Thursday at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, expressing his wish that relations between their nations ...

In the countryside, success starts with coffee: Niseko pioneer

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 23:52
The thriving Hokkaido ski resort of Niseko is considered an anomaly among the many rural communities in Japan facing a slow demise from the shrinking ...

Hiroshima hibakusha recalls warmth of Southeast Asian students who helped her survive A-bomb blast

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 23:50
Meiko Kurihara was a 19-year-old mobilized student at Toyo Kogyo (now Mazda Motor Corp.) when the atomic bomb hit Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945.Now 92 ...

Toy exhibition featuring plastic Gundam models opens in Shizuoka with an eye on drawing younger fans

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 23:00
A major toy exhibition featuring new plastic models of anime robot Gundam and other characters opened Thursday in the city of Shizuoka, with vendors in ...

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