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Evacuees from parts of town hosting crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant finally free to return

Tue, 04/09/2019 - 22:50
Japan lifted its mandatory evacuation order over parts of the town of Okuma, which hosts the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, on Wednesday ...

Japan’s cultured pearl farms still glisten, despite fears industry will fall victim to aging society

Tue, 04/09/2019 - 22:36
In picturesque Ago Bay, a couple sit in a little hut picking out oysters from a net, cleaning them carefully one-by-one before placing them gently ...

In places where figures made their mark, surprise and joy greet portraits on Japan’s new bank notes

Tue, 04/09/2019 - 21:48
People with a historical connection to the new faces chosen for redesigned Japanese bank notes have expressed surprise and joy after the government announced the ...

Tokyo 16-year-old bought uranium and produced yellowcake to sell online, sources say

Tue, 04/09/2019 - 21:25
Tokyo police are investigating the suspected online trade of uranium by a 16-year-old high schooler in the nation’s capital, investigative sources have said.The boy may ...

Richard Cole, last WWII Doolittle Raider, dies in Texas at 103

Tue, 04/09/2019 - 14:53
Retired Lt. Col. Richard “Dick” Cole, the last of the 80 Doolittle Tokyo Raiders who carried out the daring U.S. attack on Japan during World ...

Number of people with disabilities working at Japanese firms tops 500,000 for first time

Tue, 04/09/2019 - 06:06
The number of people with disabilities working at private-sector companies in Japan as of June 1 last year topped 500,000 for the first time, a ...

Air Self-Defense Force F-35A fighter jet disappears from radar over Pacific

Tue, 04/09/2019 - 05:24
One of the first 13 F-35A stealth jet fighters deployed in Japan went missing Tuesday over the Pacific Ocean off Aomori Prefecture during nighttime flight ...

Japan’s 10-year cancer survival rate rises slightly to 56.3%, survey shows

Tue, 04/09/2019 - 02:49
The 10-year survival rate for patients who were diagnosed with cancer between 2002 and 2005 was 56.3 percent, a survey by the National Cancer Center ...

Japan repatriated more than 400 foreign prisoners over 16-year period, Justice Ministry reveals

Tue, 04/09/2019 - 01:26
Japan repatriated 423 foreign prisoners over the last 16 years under an international treaty designed to help rehabilitate and reintegrate convicted criminals, the Justice Ministry ...

Japan’s Lower House approves free preschool education bill

Tue, 04/09/2019 - 00:38
The House of Representatives on Tuesday approved legislation to expand child care support by offering free preschool education from October, with the move coming as ...

Growing number of scams across Japan exploiting era change to Reiwa, consumer center warns

Tue, 04/09/2019 - 00:05
The National Consumer Affairs Center of Japan (NCAC) has warned of scams capitalizing on the change of era from Heisei to Reiwa, set to take ...

Exhibition in Fukuoka Prefecture explores origins of Reiwa, name of Japan’s next era

Mon, 04/08/2019 - 23:23
An exhibition exploring the origins of Reiwa, the name selected for the forthcoming era, opened Tuesday at a museum in Fukuoka Prefecture, where poems about ...

Japan-U.K. ties get boost with gift of thousands of cherry trees for British schools and parks

Mon, 04/08/2019 - 22:42
Thousands of cherry trees will be planted across Britain to celebrate its relationship with Japan, with a high school becoming the first site to get ...

Japan sets up safety measures aimed at foreign drivers amid rise in accidents

Mon, 04/08/2019 - 22:29
With an increasing number of foreign motorists taking the wheel while visiting Japan, numerous traffic safety measures have been introduced to assist them amid a ...

Gatekeepers, listeners, tax money: How Akita, once the prefecture with highest rate, halved suicides

Mon, 04/08/2019 - 22:11
Taeko Watanabe awoke one cold March night and found a trail of blood in the hallway, a bloody cleaver on her son Yuki’s bed and ...

LDP battling pro-merger and anti-base headwinds in Osaka and Okinawa by-election campaigns

Mon, 04/08/2019 - 21:20
Official campaigning began Tuesday for key Lower House by-elections in Osaka and Okinawa prefectures in what is seen as a prelude to the Upper House ...

Japan extends sanctions on North Korea by two years over abductions and nuclear weapons

Mon, 04/08/2019 - 20:47
Japan decided Tuesday to extend its sanctions against North Korea for two years, maintaining pressure on Pyongyang to denuclearize and resolve its past abductions of ...

Japan to introduce new ¥10,000, ¥5,000 and ¥1,000 banknotes

Mon, 04/08/2019 - 16:51
Japan plans to introduce new ¥10,000, ¥5,000 and ¥1,000 bills with cutting-edge anti-counterfeiting features, sources close to the matter said early Tuesday.The banknotes will feature, ...

Abe tells outgoing South Korean ambassador about concerns over bilateral ties

Mon, 04/08/2019 - 06:20
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday expressed his worries about soured relations between Tokyo and Seoul in a meeting with the outgoing South Korean ambassador ...

Russia deploys surveillance drone to Japan-claimed isles off Hokkaido, report says

Mon, 04/08/2019 - 05:51
The Russian Defense Ministry has deployed a surveillance drone with an artillery division to a group of islands controlled by Russia but claimed by Japan, ...

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