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The gray wave: Japan attempts to deal with its increasingly elderly population

6 hours 58 min ago
Eighty-one-year-old Sachiko Miura wakes up at 6 a.m. every day to prepare breakfast at her newly renovated apartment located near a large supermarket, spa and ...

Public divided over treatment of the homeless during Typhoon Hagibis

6 hours 59 min ago
When Typhoon Hagibis struck Tokyo on Oct. 12, news emerged that three homeless people had been turned away from an emergency evacuation facility in Taito ...

News outlets are uncertain about the nation’s future

7 hours 2 min ago
The BBC in October published a glowing encomium to Japanese cleanliness. “How,” it asks, “does Japan stay so clean?”It’s deeply ingrained, the report explains. Shinto ...

Japanese celebrities are using YouTube in new ways to connect with fans

7 hours 14 min ago
The baseball offseason has arrived and Chicago Cubs pitcher Yu Darvish has taken up a few extracurricular activities. The Osaka-born player has expanded his social ...

Gazing in wonder at the many faces of the moon

7 hours 22 min ago
Why do the sun and the moon see so little of each other?Their quarrel, explains the eighth-century chronicle “Nihon Shoki,” was one between siblings. Amaterasu, ...

Shinjiro Koizumi makes it into ‘leaders’ section of Time magazine’s ‘100 Next’ list

8 hours 30 min ago
Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi has been chosen by Time magazine as one of the world’s 100 rising stars who are expected to shape the future ...

Emperor hosts Daikyo-no-Gi grand banquet at Imperial Palace

10 hours 16 min ago
The first round of Daikyo-no-Gi grand banquets for Emperor Naruhito and guests who attended the Daijosai grand thanksgiving ceremony took place at the Imperial Palace ...

Takanawa Gateway Station, the Yamanote Line’s newest station, is shown off to media

10 hours 17 min ago
Ahead of its planned opening in next spring, East Japan Railway Co. (JR East), showed off platforms and other facilities at Takanawa Gateway, a new ...

Manga creator Leiji Matsumoto collapses in Italy

10 hours 53 min ago
Legendary Japanese manga creator Leiji Matsumoto, known for “Galaxy Express 999” and many other works, collapsed and been sent to a hospital in Turin, Italy, ...

Japanese actress Erika Sawajiri arrested over MDMA possession

10 hours 58 min ago
Japanese actress Erika Sawajiri was arrested Saturday on suspicion of possessing MDMA, police sources said.The 33-year-old actress has appeared in a number of films and ...

State funding for Daijosai rite draws criticism from experts

13 hours 25 min ago
The government’s decision to finance the recent Daijosai ceremony with state funds has faced criticism from experts claiming the move was taken with undue speed ...

Kepco’s gift scandal casts shadow over Kansai and 2025 Expo

13 hours 27 min ago
Earlier this fall, it was revealed that 20 Kansai Electric Power Co. officials, including the chairman and president, received nearly ¥320 million in cash and ...

Sex crimes in Japan still significantly underreported, Justice Ministry survey finds

13 hours 53 min ago
Sex crimes continue to be significantly underreported in Japan, as many of the victims did not consider their ordeal serious enough to report or did ...

A fresh scandal blossoms as Abe gets set to become longest-serving prime minister

Fri, 11/15/2019 - 23:41
As he prepares to break the all-time record on Wednesday for days served in office, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is facing fresh allegations that he ...

Trump wants Tokyo to quadruple base-hosting payments to $8 billion: Foreign Policy

Fri, 11/15/2019 - 22:45
U.S. President Donald Trump has asked Japan to quadruple its payments for U.S. forces stationed here, Foreign Policy reported, citing unnamed current and former U.S. ...

Farm panel urges limiting areas where Japan-developed crops can be grown

Fri, 11/15/2019 - 20:21
An advisory panel to the agriculture ministry Friday proposed limiting areas where domestically developed varieties of agricultural crops can be grown, in a bid to ...

Woman stabbed to death in Niigata; suspect on run

Fri, 11/15/2019 - 20:05
A 20-year-old woman was stabbed to death Friday in a bustling district of Niigata city and a male suspect is on the run, police said.Yuzuki ...

Sharing military intel with Japan ‘difficult,’ Moon tells visiting U.S. defense chief

Fri, 11/15/2019 - 06:22
In his annual Security Consultative Meeting with Mark Esper, the Korean president vowed to promote cooperation among the three U.S. allies but said Japan’s export ...

Japan organizers confident Odaiba’s water will be fit enough for Olympians to swim in

Fri, 11/15/2019 - 05:17
The organizers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics on Friday said they are confident next year’s swimming races won’t be cancelled like the test ...

Hokkaido University professor held for alleged spying released by China

Fri, 11/15/2019 - 01:58
Nobu Iwatani, a professor at Hokkaido University’s graduate school of law who was arrested in China on suspicion of spying, has been released and returned ...

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