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Japan faces urgent need to develop autonomous transportation system due to graying society, shortage of drivers

Sat, 09/21/2019 - 22:52
With an aging population and a growing shortage of drivers, Japan is a country where autonomous transportation services would seem to have a bright future.Demand ...

Transportation by boat for visitors attending 2025 World Expo in Osaka to be considered

Sat, 09/21/2019 - 22:24
Sea transportation will be considered for visitors to the 2025 World Expo in the city of Osaka for improved accessibility, Hiroyuki Ishige, a senior official ...

Princess Kako praises guests’ contributions to Japan-Hungary relations at intimate Budapest dinner

Sat, 09/21/2019 - 22:02
Princess Kako, a niece of Emperor Naruhito, attended a dinner in Budapest on Saturday to mark the 150th anniversary this year of diplomatic ties between ...

Young conductor Nodoka Okisawa wins prestigious competition in France

Sat, 09/21/2019 - 20:24
A 32-year-old Japanese woman won the top prize at a prestigious international competition for young conductors, held Saturday in Besancon, eastern France.Nodoka Okisawa became the ...

High waves and landslides feared in western Japan as powerful Typhoon Tapah approaches

Sat, 09/21/2019 - 20:12
A powerful typhoon continued to travel northeast across the East China Sea on Sunday, with the weather agency warning of strong winds, high waves and ...

Confusion reigns over scope of the forthcoming tax hike

Sat, 09/21/2019 - 06:55
When the government raised the consumption tax from 5 percent to 8 percent in April 2014, Japan suffered a recession. One possible indicator if such ...

Getting to the bottom of what civilization means in Japan

Sat, 09/21/2019 - 06:44
Progress: good, or bad? Bad, thought Confucius, who for hundreds of years taught Japan to seek its ideals in the ancient past. Good, thought 19th-century ...

Student succeeds at failing to start work on his summer homework

Sat, 09/21/2019 - 06:42
Mad: A student in Iwate Prefecture earned the wrath of his mother by deliberately failing to keep up with his homework over the summer. ‘She ...

Launch of ISS-bound spacecraft is rescheduled for Wednesday

Sat, 09/21/2019 - 05:58
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. said Saturday it plans to launch a rocket with an unmanned spacecraft bound for the International Space Station next Wednesday after ...

Family of mother and daughter killed in Tokyo crash submit petition seeking driver’s indictment

Fri, 09/20/2019 - 22:30
Family members of a mother and daughter who were killed after being struck by a car driven by an 88-year-old man have submitted a petition ...

Private women’s university in Miyagi to accept transgender students

Fri, 09/20/2019 - 22:16
A private women’s university in Miyagi Prefecture said Saturday it will start accepting from April 2021 students who were born male but identify as female, ...

Princess Kako meets with Hungarian president

Fri, 09/20/2019 - 17:59
Princess Kako, a niece of Emperor Naruhito, paid a courtesy call on Hungarian President Janos Ader on Friday to mark the 150th anniversary of diplomatic ...

Japan’s new social security panel eyes pension and medical care reforms

Fri, 09/20/2019 - 17:17
A newly established government panel for discussions on reforms to the social security system so that it benefits all generations held its first meeting on ...

Typhoon Tapah threatens heavy rain and strong winds for large parts of Japan

Fri, 09/20/2019 - 17:01
A large, strong typhoon churning over Okinawa Prefecture on Saturday threatened to bring heavy rain and winds to wide areas of Japan over the weekend, ...

Japan’s Empress Emerita Michiko has breast cancer completely removed

Fri, 09/20/2019 - 06:12
Empress Emerita Michiko’s breast cancer has been completely removed and no metastasis has been observed, the Imperial Household Agency said Friday.The agency announced the result ...

Concentrated liquid oxygen was cause of fire ahead of Japan rocket launch, source says

Fri, 09/20/2019 - 05:52
A high concentration of liquid oxygen, used as rocket engine coolant, has been determined as being the cause of a fire that broke out earlier ...

Abe vows to improve Japan’s social welfare as population grays

Fri, 09/20/2019 - 05:33
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged Friday to step up efforts to reform social security as Japan faces a multitude of challenges stemming from its rapidly ...

Rugby World Cup kicks off in Tokyo

Fri, 09/20/2019 - 03:53
The 2019 Rugby World Cup kicked off in spectacular style on Friday night with an opening ceremony that paid homage to traditional Japanese culture and ...

Japanese activists join global climate strike ahead of U.N. summit on global warming

Fri, 09/20/2019 - 03:46
Young people in 117 countries on Friday called on policymakers to take overdue steps against climate change as part of a global strike just days ...

Immigration agency panel to discuss measures to swiftly deport detained foreign nationals

Fri, 09/20/2019 - 02:32
The Immigration Services Agency will consider measures to swiftly deport foreign nationals detained in Japan for illegal stays, sources have said.The agency aims to address ...

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