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China instructs its fishermen to stay away from Senkaku Islands

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 06:31
The instruction is possibly to remove an irritant in ties with Japan ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s planned state visit next spring, sources say.

Kyoto Animation suspends soliciting novels for annual contest

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 06:06
Arson-hit Kyoto Animation Co. has decided to suspend soliciting novels from the public for its annual contest, the 11th of its kind.The company, based in ...

Head of Democratic Party for the People seeks Constitution debate not focused on Article 9

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 05:10
The opposition Democratic Party for the People wants to pursue discussions on constitutional reform that are not based on the ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s four-point ...

Princess Kako to visit Austria and Hungary in September in first official overseas trip

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 23:08
Princess Kako, a niece of Emperor Naruhito, will visit Austria and Hungary from Sept. 15 in her first official overseas trip, to mark the 150th ...

South Korea’s Moon Jae-in offers to ‘join hands’ with Japan if Tokyo chooses dialogue

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 22:51
South Korean President Moon Jae-in struck a conciliatory tone towards Japan on Thursday, offering to “join hands” if Tokyo chooses dialogue as relations between the ...

Long after his hanging, teen quadruple-murderer continues to stir debate on death penalty in Japan

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 22:15
Half a century since his arrest in 1969, and 22 years since his execution, Norio Nagayama, a repentant random killer who became a prolific writer ...

60% of spent nuclear fuel in Japan to be stored in metal casks in the future, research shows

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 21:56
Over 60 percent of the some 15,200 tons of spent nuclear fuel in Japan could be stored in metal casks in the future, as the ...

U.S. top envoy Pompeo backed Tokyo over wartime labor issue, Japan government sources say

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 21:30
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently expressed his support for Japan’s stance that the issue of compensation for wartime forced labor was settled by ...

Emperor Naruhito follows father’s lead in expressing ‘deep remorse’ over World War II at annual memorial service

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 20:55
Emperor Naruhito followed in his father’s footsteps in expressing “deep remorse” over the war Japan waged in the 1930s and ’40s in his first speech ...

Statue of ‘comfort women’ pulled from Japanese exhibition finds new home in Spain

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 20:39
A Spanish businessman has bought a statue symbolizing women who worked in Japanese military brothels that was removed from an exhibition in Japan after organizers ...

Powerful tropical storm to hit western Japan, could disrupt holiday traffic

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 20:39
A powerful tropical storm lashed Japan on Thursday, bringing strong winds and torrential rain that prompted warnings of landslides and flooding, as well as sparking ...

Abe sends ritual offering to war-linked Yasukuni Shrine on anniversary of WWII surrender

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 20:03
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a ritual offering to the war-linked Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo on Thursday, the 74th anniversary of Japan’s surrender in World ...

South Korea marks ‘comfort women’ memorial day

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 06:53
South Korea on Wednesday observed its official “comfort women” memorial day for a second year, with a ceremony commemorating Korean women who worked in Japanese ...

Japan to appoint ex-head of U.S. affairs as new envoy to South Korea

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 05:39
The Japanese government plans to appoint Koji Tomita, a former head of the Foreign Ministry’s North American Affairs Bureau, as its new ambassador to South ...

Typhoon Korsa disrupts holiday traffic ahead of landfall in Kyushu, expected Thursday

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 02:41
Airlines and railway operators announced reduced services in regions near the path of Typhoon Krosa on Wednesday, despite a post-holiday transport rush, as the weather ...

Saitama shiitake farmer looks to build on her mushrooming success

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 01:44
For Kaori Nukui, who grows Japanese tea and log-grown shiitake mushrooms, farming is a creative endeavor that allows her to turn her agricultural yield into ...

Japan, South Korea officials to meet in Guam this week in bid to ease tensions

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 23:48
Japan and South Korea are planning to send senior officials to Guam later this week to discuss ways to de-escalate a dispute over trade and ...

Tokyo Games’ corporate sponsors begin drills to counter potential cyberattacks

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 23:12
In the run-up to the Tokyo Olympics next year, the sponsors are speeding up preparations to counter cyberattacks.Hackers hampered the two previous Olympics, taking down ...

Brutal heat in Japan leaves 23 dead, 13,000 hospitalized in one week

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 22:00
August is proving to be the cruelest month with extreme heat sending more than 10,000 people to the hospital for a second straight week.An estimated ...

This way to safety: Japan looks at why more foreign tourists are getting lost in the mountains

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 21:26
An uptick in tourists visiting Japan to climb its magnificent mountains has led to a novel problem: an increase in the number of them getting ...