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Japan Catholic Church to begin investigating sex abuse allegations

Thu, 04/11/2019 - 05:56
The Catholic Church in Japan is preparing to investigate allegations of sexual abuse against minors by its priests, including accusations from 20 years ago, officials ...

Japan to send MSDF head, destroyer to Chinese navy’s fleet review

Thu, 04/11/2019 - 05:14
Japan will send the head of the Maritime Self-Defense Force and a destroyer to the Chinese navy’s fleet review in late April to strengthen defense ...

Blundering minister’s downfall reignites criticism of Japan’s seniority-based Cabinet decisions

Thu, 04/11/2019 - 02:55
Following the dramatic resignation of blunder-prone Olympics and cybersecurity minister Yoshitaka Sakurada, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reappointed Shunichi Suzuki, his immediate predecessor, to the portfolio ...

Tetsuya Komuro: J-pop inventor’s synth-powered dance tunes set the tone for post-bubble Japan

Thu, 04/11/2019 - 02:31
The term J-pop, a Heisei invention, needed a defining characteristic to make it stand out from the Showa Era's soundtrack, and Komuro provided a synthesizer-powered ...

Worms for weight loss? Parasites could boost cells in our guts and suppress gains, say Japanese researchers

Thu, 04/11/2019 - 01:52
If it worked for Maria Callas, maybe it can work for others.Rumor has it that Callas, one of the most influential soprano singers of the ...

F-35 stealth fighter that crashed off Japan didn’t send distress signal before Pacific plunge

Thu, 04/11/2019 - 01:52
An F-35A stealth fighter that crashed in the Pacific during an exercise this week did not send an emergency alert, the Air Self-Defense Force said ...

Stealthy, numerous and expensive: Examining the F-35 following ASDF crash off north Japan

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 23:38
The F-35A that crashed into the sea off Aomori Prefecture on Tuesday was one of a growing global fleet of advanced stealth aircraft sold to ...

Can Trump keep Tokyo and Seoul united against North Korea, as Obama did?

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 22:54
Amid growing uncertainties caused by the breakdown of the second U.S.-North Korea summit, analysts are wondering whether U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration can foster a ...

Nobel laureate Tasuku Honjo says Osaka pharmaceutical firm short-changed him for cancer drug

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 21:33
Nobel laureate Tasuku Honjo said Wednesday he is involved in a dispute over license fees under a patent agreement with Ono Pharmaceutical Co., which sells ...

Japanese police to launch probe into phone scam operated out of Thailand

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 21:23
Japanese police will launch an investigation into a major phone scam based out of Thailand in which hundreds of people across Japan are believed to ...

Seibu Railway’s train etiquette posters in ukiyo-e style are a hit in Japan and overseas

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 21:18
Posters that use traditional kimono-wearing characters portrayed in the style of Edo Period ukiyo-e to educate train passengers on proper etiquette have gained attention abroad, ...

Hokkaido Museum surveying disputed Russian-held isles in bid to save Japanese artifacts

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 21:10
The Hokkaido Museum in Sapporo has been surveying historical artifacts on the four Russian-held isles claimed by Japan through a bilateral arrangement that lets Japanese ...

Poll shows 54% oppose revision of Japan’s pacifist Constitution

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 13:01
Just over 40 percent in Japan are supportive of efforts to revise the war-renouncing Article 9 of the nation’s Constitution, while over half oppose, a ...

Japan’s gaffe-prone Olympics minister resigns over March 2011 disaster-recovery remarks

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 06:03
Olympics minister Yoshitaka Sakurada resigned Wednesday to take responsibility for a series of gaffes, including the most recent which concerned the recovery effort in the ...

Tokyo court orders Aum Shinrikyo cult successor Aleph to pay ¥1 billion to victims of sarin attack

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 03:22
A Tokyo court on Wednesday ordered Aleph, the main successor group of the Aum Shinrikyo doomsday cult, to pay more than ¥1 billion in damages ...

Nichii Gakkan says more closures to come after shuttering 50 Coco Juku English schools across Japan

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 03:17
Following the quiet closure of 51 of its Coco Juku English-language schools across Japan on March 31, Nichii Gakkan Co. said Wednesday it plans to ...

Japanese group ACE works to end child labor and foster education across developing world

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 03:10
In 1998, a march to protest child labor involving people in 107 countries made Yuka Iwatsuki realize that the issue, which she had been interested ...

Seoul city authorities cancel permit for Japanese Embassy building, blaming construction delays

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 02:37
Authorities in Seoul have canceled a permit for a new Japanese Embassy building citing construction delays, local officials said Wednesday, as relations between South Korea ...

Japan’s Emperor and Empress celebrate 60 years of marriage ahead of abdication

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 02:24
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko marked their 60th wedding anniversary on Wednesday, with various celebratory events held during the day ahead of the Emperor’s abdication ...

Pooches put their best paw forward at Japan International Dog Show

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 01:32
The event is the biggest dog show in Japan, with 2,201 canines representing 134 different breeds at this year's edition, which marks the 70th anniversary ...

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