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North Korea’s Red Cross offers rare thanks to Japan for aiding boats in distress

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 01:03
The central committee of North Korea’s Red Cross Society has expressed gratitude to Japanese authorities for aiding distressed seamen, the Korean Central News Agency has ...

Mother held over death of 10-year-old girl in Chiba admits depriving her of food at father’s request

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 00:12
The mother of a 10-year-old girl who died last month at their home in Chiba Prefecture has told police that she sometimes gave the girl ...

Japan’s government declines to pick sides between Venezuela’s Maduro and Guaido

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 23:35
The government refrained Tuesday from indicating whether it would join other nations in endorsing opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s legitimate president.“Japan strongly hopes that ...

In bid to tackle teacher overtime, Japan government calls on boards to help schools secure support staff

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 23:18
The education ministry has said it will step up efforts to encourage public schools to adopt reforms intended to tackle excessive overtime work by teachers, ...

Japan’s health ministry draws on ‘City Hunter’ manga nostalgia to promote rubella vaccine to men

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 22:35
The government is promoting free vaccinations against rubella for men age 39 to 56, using characters from a manga series thought to resonate with that ...

Noodle hotel in Kagawa, Japan’s ‘Udon Prefecture,’ invites visitors to try their hand at local soul food

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 21:59
When it comes to this country and noodles, non-Japanese people probably think first of ramen. But Kagawa Prefecture prides itself on serving the best udon, ...

Bucking Imperial tradition, Prince Hisahito to enter Ochanomizu University Junior High School

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 21:08
Prince Hisahito, 12, is set to advance to Ochanomizu University Junior High School in April, the Imperial Household Agency has announced.The prince, the third child ...

Feud between major U.S. allies Japan and South Korea deepens as Trump sits it out

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 21:08
Donald Trump’s desire to put “America first” has fostered new disputes between the United States and its allies. In Asia, old rivalries are also roaring ...

Abe asked China’s Xi to visit Japan twice in 2019, sources say

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 10:00
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to visit Japan twice this year as Tokyo seeks a further improvement in relations with ...

Gas industry donations call Japan government panel’s neutrality into question

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 06:46
Three members of the Japanese government’s advisory panel on city gas market deregulation repeatedly received donations from a gas industry organization, documents obtained by Kyodo ...

Abe and Merkel seek to take Japan-Germany ties to ‘higher level’ amid trade turmoil and Brexit

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 03:36
German Chancellor Angela Merkel met Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday in Tokyo, where the two leaders pledged to further strengthen the bilateral relationship as ...

Mother of Chiba girl who died after suspected abuse by father held for allegedly failing to stop attack

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 02:45
A 31-year-old woman whose husband was arrested last month on suspicion of assaulting their 10-year-old daughter just before the girl’s death was detained by police ...

Gender, aging and climate to feature at Osaka G20, but Japan wants strong message on stable global growth

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 02:29
As host of this year’s Group of 20 leaders’ summit, a key official said Monday that Japan’s most important task will be to chair a ...

Male nurse held over elder abuse in Gifu may be linked to three more dementia patients’ deaths

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 02:20
A male nurse who previously worked at a home for the elderly in central Japan was arrested Sunday for an alleged 2017 assault on a ...

AI-based medical diagnostic services set to debut in Japan

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 01:58
Medical diagnostic services using artificial intelligence are set to be introduced this year in Japan, where the adoption of information technology in health care has ...

Sommelier lapel pins, some fake, sold online in Japan despite ban

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 01:49
The Japan Sommelier Association has found that pins it issues to those who pass the sommelier and other wine expert qualifications have been sold on ...

Japan reluctantly endorses ‘undesirable’ U.S. exit from INF nuclear arms pact with Russia

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 01:28
The government on Monday endorsed the U.S. decision to withdraw from a key Cold War-era arms control treaty with Russia, but stressed that the move ...

Incumbent Omura easily wins third term in Aichi gubernatorial election against sole JCP challenger

Sun, 02/03/2019 - 23:29
Hideaki Omura won a third term in the Aichi gubernatorial election Sunday, defeating a challenger backed by the Japanese Communist Party.The 58-year-old incumbent garnered 1,774,763 ...

Zen Buddhist priest touched by kindness in Nepal offers shelter to those seeking refuge in Japan

Sun, 02/03/2019 - 23:21
One day in January, in a quiet Zen temple on a hill in Nagoya’s Tenpaku Ward, a priest offered a Nigerian visitor okaki (rice crackers).“Can ...

‘The problem is with those who didn’t give birth,’ deputy PM Taro Aso says of Japan’s demographic woes

Sun, 02/03/2019 - 23:18
Taro Aso is in hot water again — this time for apparently blaming women for not having babies.The outspoken finance minister and deputy prime minister, ...

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