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Pope says he hopes to visit Japan next year, fulfilling wish

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 05:58
Pope Francis said Wednesday he hopes to visit Japan next year, a trip that would enable him to draw attention to both the legacy of ...

Japan’s recent typhoon, earthquake are reality checks for Olympic planning: IOC official

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 05:38
An IOC inspector working on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics said Wednesday the powerful typhoon and deadly earthquake that hit Japan in the last 10 days ...

Hokkaido quake throws lives of small town’s residents into chaos

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 03:26
When a magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck Hokkaido early on Sept. 6, flattening some houses and damaging many others, the lives of thousands of residents of ...

Abe and Xi agree to cooperate toward denuclearization of North Korea

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 03:01
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed Wednesday to closely work toward the shared goal of denuclearizing North Korea, with negotiations between ...

Male smoking rate in Japan falls below 30% for first time

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 02:36
The proportion of regular smokers among men age 20 or over in Japan has slipped below 30 percent for the first time since statistics became ...

Probe into abuse of health insurance by foreigners in Japan stirs claims of prejudice

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 02:30
A government probe into alleged abuse of Japan’s public health insurance system by foreign residents has sparked controversy, with critics claiming the investigation encourages prejudice ...

Long crack found near building at new Tokyo fish market; no delay to October opening officials say

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 02:18
A 10-meter-long crack between a building and paved ground was found at the new fish and food market that will open next month on the ...

Work begins on repairing Kansai airport’s bridge with an aim of restarting rail services by end of month

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 02:10
Work began Wednesday on removing a heavily-damaged 2,000-ton girder on the causeway connecting Kansai International Airport to the mainland, with the aim of having railway ...

Organizers to start accepting applications from prospective Tokyo Games volunteers this month

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 01:21
Organizers for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics said Wednesday they will start accepting applications from prospective volunteers this month, with a goal of recruiting ...

Putin suggests Russia, Japan agree to peace deal ‘without any preconditions’ by year’s end

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 23:59
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday suggested Moscow and Tokyo sign a peace deal “without any preconditions” by the end of the year to try ...

Prize-winning Fukuoka dance team puts Kurume on YouTube radar

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 21:43
The Kurume Municipal Government in Fukuoka Prefecture has released a YouTube video featuring Kyushudanji Shinsengumi, a local boys’ dance group that won first place at ...

Free pending retrial, Japanese boxer on death row keeps up the good fight

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 21:32
Shuffling down the street sporting shorts, a jacket and straw hat, 82-year-old Iwao Hakamada could be mistaken for any Japanese octogenarian going about his daily ...

Cruel, secretive and politically popular: Japan’s death penalty

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 20:37
Years waiting on death row, inmates told their fate just hours before their execution and guards paid $180 to do an “unbearable” job — Japan’s ...

Japan three-year cancer survival rate at 71%

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 20:15
The three-year survival rate stood at 71.3 percent for people who were diagnosed with cancer in Japan in 2011, the National Cancer Center said in ...

Sailors rap Japan for having dolphin show at World Cup opening

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 18:48
The Japanese organizer of the World Cup sailing competition has been criticized for having included a dolphin show in the opening ceremony.World Sailing, a governing ...

73.8% of Japan workers in the service sector are harassed by customers: survey

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 06:25
A labor union survey showed Tuesday that 73.8 percent of Japan workers in the service sector have faced harassment from customers.Of them, over 90 percent ...

Japanese government begins discussion on contingency plans in event of Mount Fuji eruption

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 06:03
A government panel started discussions Tuesday on how to address repercussions in the Tokyo Metropolitan Area in the event Mount Fuji erupts, with falling volcanic ...

Japan’s shut-in elderly men more likely to suffer from undernourishment

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 05:38
p>Elderly men who go out less than once a week are more likely to suffer from undernourishment than those who leave their house more often, ...

Abe and South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon agree to work toward nuclear-free North Korea

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 01:52
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon agreed Tuesday to work together toward the denuclearization of North Korea, ahead of the ...

80% of victims in Atsuma, hardest-hit by Hokkaido quake, died of suffocation

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 01:31
Around 80 percent of those who died in the town of Atsuma after Thursday’s powerful Hokkaido earthquake died of suffocation, investigative sources said Tuesday.Most of ...

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