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Cabinet’s approval rating hits 51%, with majority backing pressure on North but not constitutional amendment under Abe: survey

Sun, 02/11/2018 - 06:32
The public approval rating for the Cabinet has inched up to 50.8 percent in the latest survey, with more than half of respondents backing its ...

Onodera mum on how Saga chopper crash might impact Osprey deployment plan at airport

Sun, 02/11/2018 - 01:51
The GSDF chopper crash might derail the government’s effort to militarize Saga Airport for a planned Japanese Osprey wing.

Japan worried Korean thaw will melt united front against Pyongyang

Sun, 02/11/2018 - 01:24
Progress in repairing ties between North and South Korea has prompted concern in Tokyo that Seoul may rush into dialogue with Pyongyang at the expense ...

Tohoku fundraising drives launched for Taiwan

Sun, 02/11/2018 - 01:08
Areas hit hard by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami have begun a fundraising push for victims of last week’s earthquake in Taiwan ...

Kind act sprouts into grass-roots movement to feed kids

Sun, 02/11/2018 - 00:24
Hiroko Kondo is credited with coining the term kodomo shokudō: makeshift eateries for disadvantaged kids that morphed into a national grass-roots movement to address the ...

NHK World updates app to issue disaster alerts in English

Sat, 02/10/2018 - 23:12
Tourists and residents in Japan who don’t speak Japanese no longer need to be concerned about missing out on earthquake and tsunami alerts.Thanks to a ...

Did press reports of a lawsuit spur an amendment to the welfare ministry’s policy on benefits?

Sat, 02/10/2018 - 06:56
On Jan. 16, the Fukushima District Court ruled in favor of a woman and her daughter who had sued the city of Fukushima for cutting ...

Japan’s impoverished are finding it hard to enjoy freedom

Sat, 02/10/2018 - 06:40
Freedom comes in many forms, as does “unfreedom.” You can be a prisoner in prison, a prisoner in a prison-state, a prisoner in your job, ...

Gift-giving etiquette in Japan is driving some recipients crazy

Sat, 02/10/2018 - 06:38
With spring looming, perhaps it’s time to re-think the national obsession with seasonal gifts and souvenirs.Once a virtual national pastime, the cyclical ritual of obligatory ...

Support for use of dual surnames in Japan rises to over 40% in government survey

Sat, 02/10/2018 - 06:27
More than 40 percent of Japanese support a proposed legal change that would allow married couples to use separate surnames, a Cabinet Office survey released ...

Japanese nursery schools testing sensors to prevent SIDS

Sat, 02/10/2018 - 01:23
Day care centers in metropolitan areas have started using sensors to monitor sleeping infants to prevent sudden death syndrome amid major staff shortages.The move is ...

U.S. subs set new record for port calls at Sasebo

Sat, 02/10/2018 - 01:14
U.S. Navy submarines made a record high 26 calls at Sasebo port in Nagasaki Prefecture last year, it was learned Saturday.The previous high was 24 ...

Part from U.S. Osprey found floating off Okinawa

Sat, 02/10/2018 - 00:55
Part of a U.S. Osprey was found drifting near an islet in Okinawa Prefecture on Friday, police and the local Defense Ministry bureau said.The semicircular ...

U.S. sailors at Yokosuka suspected of buying, selling and using illegal drugs

Sat, 02/10/2018 - 00:11
The U.S. Navy is investigating an alleged drug ring involving a number of sailors based at the 7th Fleet’s headquarters in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, it ...

Japan and the Netherlands affirm cooperation on North Korea sanctions

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 23:56
Foreign Minister Taro Kono and Dutch Foreign Minister Halbe Zijlstra affirmed Friday the importance of maximizing diplomatic pressure on North Korea over its development of ...

Michiko Ishimure, award-winning author who raised public awareness of Minamata disease, dies at 90

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 23:32
Michiko Ishimure, an award-winning author and social critic whose works put the spotlight on what became known as Minamata disease, died early Saturday due to ...

Abe takes up nuclear issue, abductions in chat with North Korea’s ceremonial leader

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 17:21
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took up the issue of North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs when he shook hands and briefly spoke with the North’s ...

Abe and Moon show unity as Winter Games open

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 02:29
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Moon Jae-in affirmed their stance of raising pressure on North Korea in talks Friday ahead of the ...

Japan to boost safety at shelters for the needy in wake of deadly Sapporo fire

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 00:39
The central government on Friday approved a bill to boost the safety of shelters for the needy following a slew of deadly fires at such ...

Japanese man arrested for child pornography possession in Thailand

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 00:24
A 43-year-old Japanese man was arrested Thursday in Bangkok on suspicion of possessing child pornography, Thai police said.Investigators said images and videos of boys were ...