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Japan to tap waterway tours to offshore islands and historic districts in bid to boost cruise ship visits

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 21:40
The tourism ministry will support regional efforts to attract cruise ship visitors from abroad by offering waterway tours that visit offshore islands and historical neighborhoods.In ...

Fingers crossed, Japan’s Hayabusa2 probe to finally land on rugged Ryugu asteroid on Feb. 22

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 21:00
A Japanese probe sent to examine an asteroid in order to shed light on the origins of the solar system is expected to land on ...

Sushi chain worker uploads video of fish taken from Osaka trash can to cutting board

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 17:18
The operator of one of Japan’s largest sushi restaurant chains said Wednesday that video footage recently uploaded to the internet showed one of its part-time ...

Japan to accept unofficial talks on Sea of Japan name as South Korea insists East Sea should be used

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 06:33
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga indicated Wednesday that Tokyo is ready to accept unofficial talks among member countries of the International Hydrographic Organization on reviewing ...

Abe seeking to work with Trump ahead of second U.S.-North Korea talks

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 05:43
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Wednesday that Tokyo will work closely with Washington to tackle challenges related to North Korea in the run-up to the ...

Abenomics under heavy fire after dodgy data hid apparent drop in wages across Japan in 2018

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 03:12
At Tuesday’s Lower House Budget Committee session, opposition lawmaker Kazunori Yamanoi looked furious.It may have been posturing, but Yamanoi, of the Democratic Party for the ...

Court dismisses Sapporo Breweries’ tax refund request over beer-like drink Goku Zero

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 02:43
A court dismissed Wednesday a lawsuit filed by Sapporo Breweries Ltd. demanding a liquor tax refund of ¥11.5 billion ($105 million) paid on sales of ...

Japan’s K supercomputer, once the world’s fastest, to retire in August

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 02:11
Japan’s supercomputer “K” will retire in August to give way to a cutting-edge successor, government-backed research institute Riken said Wednesday.The first supercomputer in the world ...

Three former JR Hokkaido officials found not guilty in data falsification case

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 01:50
The Sapporo Summary Court found three former senior officials of Hokkaido Railway Co. (JR Hokkaido) not guilty Wednesday in a case over the falsification of ...

Over five years, 372 boats thought to be from North Korea have reached Japan, with 77 bodies

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 01:50
The number of cases in which wooden boats believed to be from North Korea were found either adrift off the Sea of Japan coast or ...

As swine fever spreads to five prefectures in Japan, minister warns of ‘extremely serious situation’

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 22:44
A swine fever epidemic continues to grow in Japan, with local authorities in five central and western Japan prefectures saying Wednesday they are struggling to ...

Paralympian hangs up her skis and looks to compete in taekwondo in Tokyo 2020

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 22:11
Two-time Paralympic medalist Shoko Ota hung up her skis following the 2014 Sochi Games, but she has taken up a new sport: the martial art ...

Father in Chiba case allegedly forced daughter to lie about abuse so she would be returned home

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 21:14
The father of a 10-year-old girl who died last month at their home near Tokyo forced her to write a letter stating he did not ...

Kidneys grown in rats could pave way for human transplant options

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 14:28
Scientists said Wednesday they have successfully used mice stem cells to grow kidneys in rat embryos, using a technique that could one day help grow ...

Japan shoe sniffer admits sexual kicks motivated spree of thefts

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 06:58
A man on trial for the theft of a large number of shoes has admitted he committed the crimes because he gets his sexual kicks ...

Japan cancels MSDF port call in South Korea amid chilly ties

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 06:13
The Defense Ministry said Tuesday it decided to cancel a port call by a helicopter carrier in South Korea this spring as relations between the ...

Following U.S. decision to withdraw from INF, Japan says broader arms treaty needed

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 05:51
Foreign Minister Taro Kono said Tuesday a multilateral arms control treaty will be needed after the United States’ decision to withdraw from a Cold War-era ...

Journalist Kosuke Tsuneoka ordered to surrender passport in Tokyo on way to report on Yemen crisis

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 03:20
On his way to board a flight to Doha at Haneda airport in Tokyo this past Saturday night, Kosuke Tsuneoka’s passage was abruptly halted.What derailed ...

New commander of U.S. forces in Japan says rapid response is key for alliance

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 02:10
The United States and Japan need to maintain a strong security alliance to quickly respond to any threat in the Asia-Pacific region, the new commander ...

Japan to allow online medication consultations with pharmacists from 2020

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 01:12
Pharmacists will likely be allowed to hold online consultations with patients about their medication from April 2020, reflecting the rising demand for in-home medical care ...

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