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National › Amnesty report urges Japan to improve treatment of minorities

2 hours 20 min ago
The Japanese government needs to do more to protect the rights of minorities, Amnesty International said Wednesday in its annual report for 2016. The London-based rights group highlighted concerns over the treatment of religious and ethnic minorities living in Japan as well as the fate of refugees. Japan enacted a…
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National › Japanese men hold competition to celebrate baldness

2 hours 22 min ago
More than 30 bald men gathered at a hot spring facility in Tsuruta, Aomori Prefecture, on Wednesday to show off their hairless heads and have fun. Members of the city's Bald Men Club took turns competing in a unique game of tug-of-war by sticking a suction cup, which is attached…
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National › Paris show traces kimono from prim tradition to glam fashion

5 hours 55 min ago
The kimono, in myriad iterations from its origins in ancient Japan to its embrace by today's top fashion designers, took centre stage Wednesday at Paris's Guimet museum. While the once ubiquitous garment is now reserved for special occasions and official events in its homeland, it has inspired the likes of…
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National › Chiba zoo culls 57 monkeys carrying 'invasive' genes

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 01:05
A zoo has culled 57 native snow monkeys by lethal injection after finding that they carried genes of an "invasive alien species", officials said Tuesday. The Takagoyama Nature Zoo in the city of Futtsu in Chiba Prefecture, housed 164 simians which it believed were all pure Japanese macaques. But the…
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National › University teacher made discriminatory remark about Fukushima student

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 21:36
A part-time teacher at Kwansei Gakuin University made a comment ridiculing a student from nuclear disaster-hit Fukushima Prefecture in 2014 that she might glow in the dark because of her supposed exposure to radiation, the western Japan university said Tuesday. The remark was made by an English-language teacher, identified as…
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National › 7 injured after passenger vessel apparently hits whale off Nagasaki

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 21:10
A high-speed vessel carrying 108 crew and passengers apparently collided with a whale Tuesday off Nagasaki Prefecture, southwestern Japan, leaving seven people with minor injuries, the Japan Coast Guard said. According to the coast guard's Tsushima Office, the collision involving the 163-ton passenger ship Venus occurred about 15 kilometers east-southeast…
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National › 28 hospitals selected as foreigner-friendly

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 21:45
A total of 28 hospitals in Japan have been registered on the government-backed list of medical institutions recommended for foreigners as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's administration seeks to globally promote the nation's advanced medical services, an organization compiling the list said Monday. Medical Excellence Japan, a government-backed entity promoting the…
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National › Warehouse in Saitama still ablaze after 5 days

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 07:00
A massive warehouse fire that broke out in the town of Miyoshi, Saitama Prefecture, on Feb 16, raged on for a fifth day Monday. Plumes of smoke were first seen rising from the Askul distribution center last Thursday at 9 a.m. About 400 employees were on the premises at the…
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National › Over 950 students, staff suffer food poisoning in Tachikawa

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 04:00
More than 950 staff members and students at seven elementary schools in Tachikawa, Tokyo, suffered food poisoning on Friday, the Tachikawa Board of Education and local health officials said. According to the board, 954 students and staff reported symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon,…
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National › Scientists explore impact of global warming on Japan's sea life

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 21:06
British and Japanese scientists are conducting innovative research to discover how Japan's marine ecosystem could be affected by global warming. They are looking into the potential side effects of rising acidity in Japan's seas caused by increased levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Previous studies in the Mediterranean have…
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National › M5.4 quake jolts Tokyo, vicinity

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 09:33
An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.4 hit Tokyo and its vicinity Sunday but no tsunami warning was issued, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. The 6:19 p.m. quake, focused in the Pacific off Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo, measured 4 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale of 7 in…
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National › Dying alone among concerns facing Japanese retirees abroad

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 21:45
When a Japanese retiree who had settled in the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai died in June last year, his body lay unfound in his home for a week. The man, who was in his 70s, was one of a number of Japanese who have chosen to spend post-retirement…
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National › Dying alone among challenges facing Japanese retirees abroad

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 21:11
When a Japanese retiree who had settled in the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai died in June last year, his body lay unfound in his home for a week. The man, who was in his 70s, was one of a number of Japanese who have chosen to spend post-retirement…
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National › Executive order that incarcerated Japanese Americans is 75

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 19:15
Satsuki Ina was born behind barbed wire in a prison camp during World War II, the daughter of U.S. citizens forced from their home without due process and locked up for years following Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor. Roughly 120,000 Japanese immigrants and Japanese-Americans were sent to desolate camps that…
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National › Record Y3.6 bil in cash reported as lost property in Tokyo in 2016

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 09:08
A record-high 3.67 billion yen ($32.5 million) in cash was found and reported as lost property in Tokyo last year, topping the level marked nearly 30 years earlier when the Japanese economy was experiencing a bubble, police say. The figure is equivalent to around 10 million yen being found every…
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National › 40 bureaucrats land post-retirement jobs at universities, gov't says

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 07:18
A total of 40 education ministry bureaucrats landed post-retirement jobs at universities between January 2009 and last April, and half of them took up the positions a day after they left the ministry, government sources say. As re-employment immediately after retirement from a civil servant post could violate the law,…
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National › Japanese chef for N Korean leader's late father opens restaurant in Pyongyang

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 22:09
A Japanese sushi chef who had worked for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's late father for more than a decade has opened his own restaurant in Pyongyang, people with knowledge of the situation said Friday. The restaurant, called Takahashi, in a department store in the central part of the…
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National › A-bomb survivors' children sue gov't for disqualifying them from aid

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 07:00
Children of Hiroshima atomic-bomb survivors sued the central government on Friday, claiming it has denied them their constitutional right to pursue happiness by failing to provide them with financial support. In what the plaintiffs say is Japan's first lawsuit over the radiation impact on survivors' children, they are seeking a…
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National › Osaka kindergarten hands out copies of statement slurring ethnic Koreans, Chinese

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 06:40
A kindergarten in Osaka city handed out to parents copies of a statement slurring Korean residents in Japan and Chinese people, and its officials were recently questioned for suspected hate speech as a result, prefectural government officials said Thursday. The statement distributed by Tsukamoto Kindergarten in Yodogawa Ward, operated by…
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National › 'Scorpion' robot mission inside Fukushima reactor aborted

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 21:45
A "scorpion" robot sent into a Japanese nuclear reactor to learn about the damage suffered in a tsunami-induced meltdown had its mission aborted after the probe ran into trouble, Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) said Thursday. TEPCO, the operator of the Fukushima nuclear plant, sent the remote-controlled device into the…
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