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Central government to provide support for areas hit by heavy snow on Sea of Japan coast

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 01:19
The government said Tuesday it will do its utmost to help restore the Sea of Japan coastal region that was hit by heavy snow last ...

Trial run of English pretests for new university entrance exams begins

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 23:48
A trial run began Tuesday for English pretests for the new unified examination system for university entrance, set to be introduced in fiscal 2020.About 6,700 ...

Coming-of-Age ceremony held for victims of bankrupt kimono rental firm

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 22:13
A group in Hachioji, Tokyo, held a fresh Coming-of-Age ceremony for young people whose planned ceremonies were affected by the sudden shutdown about a month ...

University of Tokyo offers halal chocolates ahead of Valentine’s Day

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 22:07
The University of Tokyo is selling halal chocolates online for Valentine’s Day to raise public awareness of foods that are prepared according to Muslim standards.Hanan ...

April 1 marks start of Japan’s new medical fees and processes

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 21:25
The new medical prices are out.Last week, after more than a year of intense deliberations among various stakeholders, a panel under the Health, Labor and ...

For young Japanese seeking romance, beauty is in the eye of the dating app

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 21:10
Japanese millennials are apathetic about romance, and everyone knows it.But according to Hirokazu Nakamura, chief product officer and chief marketing officer of Tokyo-based startup Eureka ...

10 years on, Osaka fiscal reform started by Toru Hashimoto remains unfinished

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 19:27
Since Toru Hashimoto was elected Osaka governor in January 2008 and subsequently launched his reform drive, the prefecture has turned its debt-heavy public finances around ...

Japan tops poll of countries most supportive of Taiwan after quake

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 17:47
Japan is regarded as the country that has shown the most support for Taiwan in the wake of a powerful earthquake that struck the eastern ...

More illegal overstayers are being re-detained in detention centers after being released

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 06:51
As Japan beefs up security ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, more foreigners who are staying here illegally have been put back in detention centers ...

As it eyes plans to host 2026 Winter Games, Sapporo mayor says city will aim to reduce costs

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 06:40
Sapporo is looking to pare down its planned $4 billion bid to host the 2026 Winter Games in line with the International Olympic Committee’s emphasis ...

Japanese, South Korean politicians meet in Seoul, agree to seek a denuclearized North Korea

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 06:24
Japanese and South Korean lawmakers agreed Monday to closely cooperate bilaterally, and also with the United States, toward denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, the head ...

Average height of Japanese born in 1980 or later is declining , study finds

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 04:47
While the average height of Japanese adults had grown some 15 cm (nearly 6 inches) over the past century with improved nutrition and public health ...

One injured as explosion sets Yokohama chemical factory on fire

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 03:36
A man was seriously injured in Yokohama Monday when an explosion set off a fire at an agricultural chemicals factory, police said.The fire broke out ...

Origami vending machine in Nikko shines light on disabled artists

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 01:37
A vending machine selling origami pieces created by residents with mental disabilities has been installed near the famed Toshogu Shrine in the popular tourist destination ...

U.S. broadcaster NBC boots Ramo over insensitive comment on Japanese-Korean ties at Pyeongchang Games

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 01:32
Joshua Cooper Ramo, the commentator who offended residents during coverage of the Pyeongchang Olympics opening ceremony by straying into the sensitive issue of Japanese-Korean relations, ...

Mie and Gifu take delivery of Mobile Pharmacy vehicles to improve medical provision in the wake of natural disasters

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 00:58
Demonstrations were held last week allowing residents in the city of Tsu, Mie Prefecture, to explore new mobile pharmacy vans delivered to the prefecture at ...

Next emperor proclamation day might trigger 10-day string of holidays in Japan

Sun, 02/11/2018 - 23:55
The government is considering designating the day when Crown Prince Naruhito ascends the Chrysanthemum Throne in October 2019 as a one-off “nonworking day,” informed sources ...

Agriculture ministry supports small and midsize food exporters as Japan enjoys global washoku boom

Sun, 02/11/2018 - 23:19
An increasing number of farmers and food companies have been exporting products recently, as washoku Japanese cuisine enjoys a boom overseas.Exports of agricultural, fishery and ...

Foreign Minister Taro Kono warns against North Korea’s ‘smile diplomacy’ after military parade

Sun, 02/11/2018 - 21:25
Foreign Minister Taro Kono on Sunday warned against falling for North Korea’s “smile diplomacy” during its rapprochement with South Korea, stressing that Pyongyang remains committed ...

No Fukui evac plan needed for simultaneous nuclear accidents: Cabinet documents

Sun, 02/11/2018 - 06:56
The central government and the Fukui Prefectural Government have determined there is no need to craft a new evacuation plan for a twin nuclear accident ...

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