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MSDF destroyers, U.S. aircraft carrier strike group kick off joint exercises in Western Pacific

2 hours 19 min ago

The Maritime Self-Defense Force kicked off joint drills with the U.S. Navy’s Carl Vinson aircraft carrier and its escorting vessels in the Western Pacific Ocean on Sunday, the Defense Ministry said, as the carrier strike group steamed toward the Korean Peninsula. The MSDF destroyers Samidare and Ashigara, which departed the Sasebo naval base in Nagasaki […]

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Could Japan become a future cultural melting pot?

15 hours 15 min ago

Why not welcome 10 million immigrants to Japan by 2050? That's Hidenori Sakanaka's pitch, but it's a hard sell.

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Documentary renews debate over renewable energy

15 hours 38 min ago

Earlier this month, Kyodo News surveyed 44 companies that started selling electricity to consumers after the energy market was liberalized in April 2016. More than 60 percent of respondents objected to the government’s plan to make them share in costs associated with compensating victims of the Fukushima nuclear crisis and the related cleanup. Since industry […]

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Six years later, some workers at Fukushima nuclear plant say they can do without protective gear

16 hours 17 min ago

A drop in radiation is giving workers at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant a taste of normality six years after its triple core meltdown.

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Top diplomats from Japan, U.S., South Korea plan brainstorming session on North Korea

17 hours 15 min ago

Japan, the United States and South Korea will bring their foreign ministers together by the end of the month to coordinate efforts to pressure North Korea over its weapons-testing activities, diplomatic sources said Saturday. Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung Se will affirm their […]

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Elderly Saitama driver kills one, injures four in shopping mall traffic accident

21 hours 35 min ago

One woman was killed and five people were injured after an elderly driver lost control of her car in a shopping mall parking lot in Saitama Prefecture, police said Saturday. Yoshiko Ichikawa, 53, was fatally struck by the car around 7:55 p.m. Friday in Iruma. She was taken to a hospital but died on Saturday […]

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Lack of proper facilities forced disabled evacuees to move from shelter to shelter after 3/11

21 hours 46 min ago

Many 3/11 evacuees with disabilities were forced to move from shelter to shelter in search of barrier-free and other facilities, a survey shows.

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Japan’s advice in a missile strike: Don’t forget a handkerchief

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 02:53

The latest advice from the Japanese government on how to prepare for a ballistic missile strike includes watching TV and preparing a handkerchief.

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U.S. envoy heads to Japan for trilateral North Korea crisis talks

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 02:50

Washington’s senior diplomat handling the nuclear standoff with North Korea will head to Tokyo next week for talks with his Japanese and South Korean counterparts. The U.S. State Department said Friday that special representative Joseph Yun would meet senior diplomats Kenji Kanasugi of Japan and Kim Hong-kyun of South Korea on Tuesday. “The three plan […]

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Salt left behind by Japanese man at 9/11 Memorial leads to evacuation order

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 02:44

The 9/11 Memorial temporarily issued an evacuation order earlier this week after a Japanese man left a white powder — later discovered to be salt — on the plaza, police said Friday. The order was issued at around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, a police official said. The man’s name was not released. The man was quoted […]

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Tepco contemplates 2019 restart for giant Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 02:31

Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. is planning to restart operations at its Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant in Niigata Prefecture in stages from April 2019, sources said. Tepco is considering reopening four of the seven reactors at the plant over a roughly three-year period through May 2021. The utility will present the proposed schedule in a restructuring […]

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Muggers in Ginza make off with ¥40 million in another brazen daylight robbery

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 13:30

A self-employed man in his 40s was robbed of ¥40 million in cash during a daylight mugging in Tokyo’s busy Ginza district Friday afternoon. According to the Metropolitan Police Department’s Tsukiji Police Station, the mugging, believed to involve three men, took place on Suzuran Street in Chuo Ward. A man hit the victim in the […]

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Aichi businessman shot dead by motorcycle-riding assailants in Manila

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 13:01

A man from Aichi Prefecture was fatally shot by a motorcycle-riding gunman who targeted his convoy Thursday just hours after he arrived in Manila for a business trip, the police said Friday. Seiki Mizuno, 48, was killed when the gunman, riding tandem, opened fire on a van carrying him, three other Japanese and two Filipinos […]

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Lawmaker Nakagawa resigns from LDP over extramarital affair

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 11:20

METI’s former vice minister, Toshinao Nakagawa, resigns from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party over an extramarital affair, causing more turmoil for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

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Abdication panel hands in final report, confirming proposal for one-off law to let Emperor step down

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 09:43

The government abdication panel’s final report recommends that Emperor Akihito be allowed to retire through a special temporary law, backing the Diet’s consensus opinion.

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Koike makes Time Magazine’s list of 100 Most Influential People, along with Trump, Kim

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 09:30

Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike was named one of the world’s 100 Most Influential People of 2017 by Time Magazine on Thursday along with U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. “When I first met Yuriko Koike . . . during a trip to Japan in February, I was immediately struck by […]

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Two MSDF destroyers leave for potential drill with USS Carl Vinson

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 08:41

Two Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyers have left Sasebo naval base and are likely to take part in a drill with the U.S. aircraft carrier Carl Vinson, which is steaming toward the Korean Peninsula, Defense Ministry sources said Friday. The date and location for the exercise have not been set yet, but the destroyers are likely […]

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Tama River foot burns caused by excessive lime in pavement, ministry finds

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 08:32

The mysterious foot injuries reported this month by joggers who frequent a path along the Tama River in Kawasaki’s Nakahara Ward were caused by chemicals leaching from the pavement, the Kanto Regional Development Bureau has determined. “It’s the first time for such a thing to happen. I have never heard of a similar case before,” […]

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Kyushu University-launched venture eyes cancer tests using worms by 2019

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 07:00

Kyushu University-launched venture Hirotsu Bio Science Inc. and Hitachi Ltd. have said they will conduct joint research to put cancer tests using nematodes into practical use as early as 2019. Hitachi will develop automatic analysis equipment for cancer detection utilizing the behavior of the worms that are drawn to the smell of urine from cancer […]

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Tokyo Olympic torch relay tasked with uniting disaster-hit regions

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 06:49

With the 2020 Tokyo Games dubbed the Olympics to help reconstruct disaster-hit regions, torch relay organizers are tasked with providing a genuine sense of involvement for people still finding their way back to normality. Starting discussions in February, organizers decided the best way to achieve this was taking the relay through recent disaster-hit areas first, […]

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