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Task force on raising retirement age for civil servants in works

25 min 55 sec ago
The government plans to set up a task force soon for talks among key ministries and agencies on extending the retirement age for civil servants, ...
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Two injured after upper 5 quake strikes in southern Nagano

41 min 23 sec ago
A shallow earthquake with a magnitude of 5.6 injured two people in southern Nagano Prefecture early Sunday, the Meteorological Agency said. The temblor, which struck ...
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Political parties tweak campaign policies to win youth vote

1 hour 26 min ago
Political parties are making a push to win over more young people a year after the country’s voting age was lowered to 18 from 20. ...
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Taking a look back at Kobe’s opening to the West nearly 150 years ago

2 hours 13 min ago
On Jan. 1, 1868, foreign merchants, who had spent the preceding days on ships offshore waiting for the official opening of the Port of Kobe, ...
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Wakayama seeks to lift itself out of obscurity with fruit, gambling

2 hours 14 min ago
In the Kansai region, known mostly for the cities of Kyoto, Osaka, Nara and Kobe, Wakayama Prefecture rarely tops the destination list of most tourists. ...
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Sapporo man arrested at Chiba idol event found with 12-cm knife, desire to kill

Sun, 06/25/2017 - 04:19
A 24-year-old man was arrested Saturday after bringing a 12-cm fruit knife to a meet-and-greet event for an all-girl idol group near Tokyo, later telling ...
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Reacting to Kake scandal, Abe now urges even more new animal medicine departments

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 14:10
Under fire for allegedly doing a favor for his friend, Prime Minister Abe suggests that his government allow even more new veterinary departments to open ...
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Watch what you do and say: Broader ramifications of the new conspiracy law cause concern

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 14:06
“Big Brother in the form of an increasingly powerful government and in an increasingly powerful private sector will pile the records high with reasons why ...
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Sticky bonds of the media and government

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 14:04
Last month, the United Nations Human Rights Council released a report critical of the Japanese government. The author, David Kaye, expressed concern over the way ...
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What will we eat when all the food runs out?

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 14:02
Last week, the Yukan Fuji (June 20) reported that 20 outlets in the Kappa Sushi conveyor belt sushi chain in east and west Japan are ...
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Abe accelerates Constitution quest by telling LDP to submit amendment plans in fall extra Diet session

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 13:52
Prime Minister Abe tells his Liberal Democratic Party to submit new proposals for amending the Constitution to the extra Diet session this fall, when the ...
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Late announcer’s blog praised for drawing attention to breast cancer

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 11:17
In a country where direct discussions about cancer had long been discouraged, late TV announcer Mao Kobayashi wins widespread praise for blogging about her battle ...
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Japan’s shelters provide little comfort to abused children

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 06:16
Japan’s shelters for neglected children are known for their suffocating discipline, but no one has come up with a good way to reform them in ...
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Japan begins running public service announcements on missile attacks

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 13:46
The government began broadcasting a public service announcement Friday suggesting how civilians should protect themselves in the event of a missile attack. The 30-second broadcast, ...
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Iwakuni mayor accepts transfer of U.S. carrier jets based in Atsugi

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 13:44
Iwakuni Mayor Yoshihiko Fukuda on Friday said he would support a plan to bring dozens of U.S. carrier-based aircraft to U.S. Marine Corps Air Station ...
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Probe Abe’s ties with the media, Maekawa urges

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 11:08
The former education ministry official vouching for the documents behind the Kake Gakuen scandal urges closer scrutiny of Prime Minister Abe’s media ties.
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Abe’s LDP faces stiff challenge in Tokyo assembly election

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 11:04
With favoritism allegations piling up and his Cabinet’s credibility crumbling, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party faces its toughest challenge in years in the ...
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Okinawa honors war dead on 72nd anniversary of fierce WWII ground battle

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 10:30
Okinawa on Friday marked 72 years since the end of a fierce World War II ground battle that killed a quarter of its civilian population, ...
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TV presenter Mao Kobayashi, 34, dies after battle with breast cancer

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 09:44
Popular television presenter Mao Kobayashi, 34, died Thursday night after a more than two-year battle with breast cancer, her husband and kabuki star Ebizo said ...
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Fukushima poet Ryoichi Wago wins French award for tweets issued on 2011 disasters

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 08:23
A poet in the city of Fukushima has won a French award for a collection based on Twitter feeds he started shortly after the March ...
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