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Central government resumes landfill work for relocation of U.S. Futenma base in Okinawa

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 00:26
The central government resumed landfill work Thursday to build a replacement facility for a major U.S. military base within Okinawa despite strong local opposition.The resumption ...

Biracial Okinawa governor Denny Tamaki plans visit to U.S. to urge Americans to halt Henoko base

Wed, 10/31/2018 - 22:38
The biracial, newly elected governor of Okinawa plans to visit the United States with a message to the American people: Stop building a disputed military ...

Famed Kyoto kabuki theater reopens after major reinforcement work to guard against earthquakes

Wed, 10/31/2018 - 21:10
The Minamiza Theater in Kyoto reopened Thursday after closing for two years and nine months, during which it was reinforced to guard against earthquakes.The theater, ...

Tokyo police arrest 13 in Shibuya after Halloween mayhem

Wed, 10/31/2018 - 19:19
Police arrested 13 people between Wednesday and Thursday in Tokyo’s Shibuya district for alleged theft and other crimes, as a massive crowd of Halloween revelers ...

Couple, daughter found fatally stabbed in Osaka house after son calls police

Wed, 10/31/2018 - 18:12
Three people, all from the same family, were stabbed to death on Thursday in a two-story house in the city of Hirakata, Osaka Prefecture, firefighters ...

Medical associations in Japan warn heat could make 2020 Olympic marathon ‘deadly’

Wed, 10/31/2018 - 06:49
Medical associations in Japan urged Olympic organizers Wednesday to start the Tokyo 2020 marathon as early as 5:30 a.m., saying failure to do so could ...

LDP decides not to introduce daylight saving time during 2020 Olympics

Wed, 10/31/2018 - 06:18
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party decided Wednesday to give up on the idea of introducing daylight saving time during the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic ...

WWII labor ruling could hurt ties

Wed, 10/31/2018 - 04:57
Tuesday’s ruling by South Korea’s top court on compensation for wartime forced labor may have opened a Pandora’s box for diplomatic ties between Tokyo and ...

Fire breaks out in Tokyo’s Shibuya Ward as crowds gather at Halloween mecca for celebrations

Wed, 10/31/2018 - 03:25
A rooftop fire broke out in Tokyo’s crowded Shibuya Ward on Wednesday evening, as revelers flocked to the Halloween mecca for a massive annual street ...

Okinawa Gov. Denny Tamaki pledges further action to stop construction of Henoko base

Wed, 10/31/2018 - 03:24
New Okinawa Gov. Denny Tamaki on Wednesday vowed to fight against the transfer of a key U.S. airbase within the island prefecture, a day after ...

ANA apologizes for flight delays due to pilot’s boozy night out

Wed, 10/31/2018 - 01:26
All Nippon Airways Co. apologized Wednesday for flight delays in Okinawa last week caused by a pilot who called in sick after a night out ...

Mito and Chiba cities sign nuclear accident evacuation accord

Wed, 10/31/2018 - 00:50
The municipal government of Mito, Ibaraki Prefecture —located near a nuclear power plant — signed an accord Wednesday that will allow its residents to take ...

Japanese and U.S. forces hold joint military rescue exercise

Tue, 10/30/2018 - 22:56
The Self-Defense Forces and the U.S. military began a joint rescue drill off the coast of Aomori Prefecture on Wednesday as part of a biennial ...

Japanese high court upholds denial of tuition waivers for students of pro-Pyongyang school

Tue, 10/30/2018 - 21:43
A high court upheld a lower court’s ruling Tuesday in favor of the government’s decision to exclude a pro-Pyongyang school in Tokyo from a tuition ...

Japan weighing all its options as it searches for successor to F-2 fighter jets

Tue, 10/30/2018 - 21:40
With the Air Self-Defense Force’s F-2 aircraft due to be retired in the mid-2030s, Japan has begun to examine potential replacement fighter jets.The government has ...

Surge in number of U.S. women seeking political office could spark change in male-dominated Japanese Diet: experts

Tue, 10/30/2018 - 21:18
With the number of women running for U.S. Congress hitting a record high in the Nov. 6 midterm elections, the growing participation of women in ...

A-bomb survivor, supporters call on nations to join nuke ban pact

Tue, 10/30/2018 - 20:52
Michiko Tsukamoto, who was just 10 years old when an atomic bomb was dropped over her hometown of Hiroshima in 1945, on Tuesday urged countries ...

Imperial family members and Abe among those to attend wedding banquet for former princess

Tue, 10/30/2018 - 06:31
About 70 dignitaries, including Imperial family members and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, on Tuesday attended the wedding banquet of the former Princess Ayako, the youngest ...

Japan’s central government has already spent ¥172.5 billion on 2020 Games

Tue, 10/30/2018 - 05:39
The central government said Tuesday that it spent ¥172.5 billion on projects directly related to preparing and running the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics over ...

Liberal Democratic Party’s General Council approves draft immigration control bill despite members’ concerns

Tue, 10/30/2018 - 03:13
The Liberal Democratic Party’s General Council approved on Tuesday a government-drafted bill on immigration control, which will introduce new visa statuses for blue-collar and skilled ...

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