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WWF voices ‘deep concern’ over purchasing standards set by Tokyo committee for 2020 Olympic Games

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The World Wildlife Fund expressed concern Monday over standards set for commodity procurement by the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, saying ...

In first, Japan court uses remote link to sentence Philippine nationals amid decline in number of interpreters

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A video link system between two different courts was used for interpretation the first time in Japan on Monday, to hand down rulings to foreign ...

U.S. Navy aircraft carrier to be named for black Pearl Harbor hero

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In an honor usually reserved for presidents, the U.S. Navy said Sunday that it would name a future Ford-class aircraft carrier after Doris “Dorie” Miller, ...

After devastating Shuri Castle fire, World Heritage temple in Nara holds drill

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A fire drill was held Monday at the World Heritage-listed Yakushiji Temple in the city of Nara.The practice was held following a blaze that destroyed ...

Carlos Ghosn’s exoneration hopes rest on Lebanese safety net

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Moments before launching into his raucous news conference in Beirut earlier this month, Carlos Ghosn was enthusiastically greeted by a throng of local journalists who ...

Paralympic pressure: Progress doubted on barrier-free access push

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Japan is accelerating efforts to improve access to accommodations and transport for the Paralympics, but people with disabilities are questioning whether enough is being done.While ...

In policy speech, Abe vows to establish ‘new era’ of Japanese diplomacy

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday declared 2020 a “crucial year to establish a new era of Japanese diplomacy” in a speech before the Diet, ...

Japan opposition submits bill to scrap casino laws amid bribery scandal

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Four major Japanese opposition parties introduced a bill to scrap laws on casino-featuring integrated resorts to the Diet on Monday as it convened a 150-day ...

Japan ranked 15th worldwide for social mobility: World Economic Forum report

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Japan has the 15th highest level of social mobility in the world, according to a report published Monday by the World Economic Forum.Ranking highest among ...

Blind tours at Saitama temple teach about lifestyles of visually impaired

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Every month, a unique event is held at a temple in Saitama Prefecture to help people get a better understanding of visual impairment by having ...

Ministry to extend provisional certification for care course graduates

Sun, 01/19/2020 - 14:22
As part of efforts to alleviate a labor shortage in the elderly care sector, the welfare ministry plans to extend special transitional measures to fiscal ...

The Japan-U.S. alliance is stronger than ever. That doesn’t mean it’s on autopilot

Sun, 01/19/2020 - 08:24
When the Japan-U.S. security treaty was revised 60 years ago, nobody expected that it would become one of the most remarkable security alliances in history.The ...

Japanese lawmaker Anri Kawai’s aide admits knowing payments to campaign staff were illegal

Sun, 01/19/2020 - 07:57
A secretary of Upper House lawmaker Anri Kawai, who is the wife of a former justice minister, has admitted knowing that payments made to campaign ...

Casino bribes scandal threatens to upend Diet debate as public opposition climbs

Sun, 01/19/2020 - 07:37
Just a month ago, the Diet session opening Monday was expected to hotly debate but ultimately approve more specific measures on how Japan will operate ...

Japan eyeing legislation to ban smuggling of wagyu genetic materials

Sun, 01/19/2020 - 07:20
The agriculture ministry will propose a new law aimed at preventing the smuggling of genetic materials, such as fertilized eggs and semen, related to wagyu ...

Separated at birth, Hansen’s disease victims detail fallout from defunct segregation policies

Sun, 01/19/2020 - 06:12
Rosita Harum said it was “the most precious moment” of her life when she was reunited with her father, a former leprosy patient, after they ...

Japan’s Unicharm develops world’s first diapers for elderly with walking difficulties

Sun, 01/19/2020 - 05:43
Unicharm Corp. has developed the world’s first adult diapers designed to help elderly people with walking difficulties move more easily.The product, to go on sale ...

Trump touts U.S.-Japan alliance on 60th anniversary of security treaty, but urges Tokyo to contribute more

Sun, 01/19/2020 - 04:48
U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday expressed hope that Japan will contribute more to its alliance with the United States as he issued a statement ...

Fleeing Japan may be more common than many think

Sat, 01/18/2020 - 16:02
Having fled Japan while awaiting trial for alleged financial wrongdoing, former Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn has probably become the most famous foreign national ever arrested ...

Japan’s news outlets take one step backward before moving forward

Sat, 01/18/2020 - 15:40
Before going forward into the new year, an extra edition of Shukan Shincho (with a Jan. 27 publication date) flashed back in time to track ...

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