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Congressional group backs efforts by Trump and Japan for peace in Asia

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 22:54
Japanese Ambassador to the United States Shinsuke Sugiyama spoke in Washington Monday on the significance of legislative exchanges between Japan and the U.S. in strengthening ...

China opposition likely to stop Japanese students speaking at U.N. disarmament conference in Geneva

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 22:23
Japanese student peace ambassadors are unlikely to deliver a speech at this year’s Conference on Disarmament in Geneva due to vehement opposition from China and ...

Japanese researchers work to create AI capable of generating haiku from images

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 21:57
The development of artificial intelligence software that can write haiku based just on images is underway, with researchers hoping the project will improve how technology ...

Japan tapping gait-recognition tech in criminal probes

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 21:45
Gait recognition technology, a method to identify people by characteristics shown unconsciously in the ways they walk, is being utilized in criminal investigations in Japan.The ...

Hoping to revive industry, Japanese kimono makers seek Olympics tailwind

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 21:41
At a century-old workshop in a quiet Tokyo neighborhood, craftsman Yuichi Hirose brushes dye across meticulously hand-cut stencils laid on fabric, using a traditional technique ...

Abe ex-aide to testify Thursday in Diet over cronyism scandal, possibly changing his story

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 18:31
A former aide to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will appear in the Diet on Thursday to testify about a veterinary school favoritism allegation leveled at ...

Japanese protest Taro Aso’s sexual harassment comments

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 06:46
Women are taking to the streets to denounce Finance Minister Taro Aso over comments that seemed to make light of an alleged case of sexual ...

Education ministry pushes open kitchens for Japan’s kindergartens

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 05:29
The education ministry has suggested that kindergartens install open-style kitchens that allow children to watch their meals being prepared to spark their interest in food ...

China’s presence at trilateral summit likely to limit Japan’s say in Korean affairs

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 03:31
Wednesday’s trilateral summit with China and South Korea will afford Japan something it has craved for weeks.

More of Japan’s non-Japanese are living on welfare

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 02:36
The number of non-Japanese here relying on social welfare has grown significantly over the past decade, a labor ministry official said Monday, as the elderly ...

Rock bottom in opinion polls, Japanese opposition parties Kibo no To and Democratic Party decide to merge

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 02:25
Two major opposition parties, Kibo no To (Party of Hope) and the Democratic Party, formally decided at a convention Monday to merge, but only 62 ...

China expected to donate pair of endangered crested ibises to Japan as sign of improving ties

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 01:46
China is expected to agree to donate a pair of endangered crested ibises to Japan during a summit this week to mark the steady improvement ...

Japan holds drill for Nankai Trough quake feared to strike within 30 years

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 01:08
The government held a drill Monday to prepare for the latest massive earthquake feared to hit within the next 30 years.The Nankai Trough drill was ...

Japan looks to compile nursing care plans based on AI analysis

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 00:00
The health ministry is considering the use of artificial intelligence to draw up care plans for nursing care insurance recipients.The ministry will launch a national ...

Tokyo-based bus firm brings fresh local produce, as well as passengers, from rural Gifu

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 00:00
Highway express buses between the city of Takayama in Gifu Prefecture and Tokyo are being used to transport fresh fruit and vegetables to supermarkets in ...

Okayama researcher boasts nontropical banana success

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 00:00
Bananas grown in Okayama Prefecture, where the temperature drops below zero in winter, are attracting attention at home and abroad.After some 40 years of research, ...

Demolition work begins at Sagamihara care home in wake of 2016 massacre

Sun, 05/06/2018 - 23:48
Work began Monday to demolish the Tsukui Yamayuri En care home facility in Sagamihara, Kanagawa Prefecture, where dozens of people were murdered by a former ...

Hackers disable scores of Canon-made security cameras across Japan

Sun, 05/06/2018 - 23:26
More than 60 security cameras made by Canon Inc. have been hacked and rendered unusable at places including key waterways, a fish market and a ...

“Astro Boy” drawings fetch record 269,400 euros at Paris auction

Sun, 05/06/2018 - 12:28
A rare series of sketches featuring “Astro Boy,” the robot character created by late Japanese manga artist Osamu Tezuka, fetched a record 269,400 euros ($322,300) ...

Bomb threat forces closure of Aoyama Gakuin University

Sun, 05/06/2018 - 12:01
An online bomb threat has prompted Tokyo’s Aoyama Gakuin University to call off classes on Monday, the university said Sunday.The threatening message, discovered online by ...