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Japanese rail fanatics put hand-made steam locomotive to the test in Chiba

1 hour 42 min ago
A group of railroad fans who have made their own steam engine fired up the small locomotive Saturday at a ranch in Chiba Prefecture, calling ...

Over 10,000 fans turn out for Hideki Saijo funeral in Tokyo

2 hours 7 min ago
The funeral Saturday for pop star icon Hideki Saijo drew more than 10,000 fans as fellow singers Hiromi Go and Goro Noguchi, who with Saijo ...

Ex-Prime Minister Nakasone makes call for amending Constitution as he celebrates 100th birthday

Sat, 05/26/2018 - 23:58
Former Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone, a legendary figure in Japanese politics who turned 100 on Sunday, has expressed hope that “serious efforts” will be made ...

Osaka frets over illegal minpaku ahead of G-20 summit

Sat, 05/26/2018 - 23:19
Imagine a headline splashing out news of tourists being killed by a fire at an illegal short-term lodging facility during the Group of 20 leaders’ ...

Okinawan activist fights for rights of indigenous Ryukyuans at U.N. forum

Sat, 05/26/2018 - 21:56
Activist Shinako Oyakawa recently used her first participation at a United Nations gathering in New York to highlight Okinawan issues in the context of a ...

Japan’s long detour continues on road to regaining Russian-held islets

Sat, 05/26/2018 - 21:28
The outcome of the latest talks between the Japanese and Russian leaders reinforced the view that Tokyo has trapped itself into playing a constant balancing ...

Wakayama’s governor all-in on casino resort bet

Sat, 05/26/2018 - 21:25
After the Diet finally approves legislation setting the rules on integrated casino resort complexes, the race to win one of the first three casinos will ...

Abe oversees puppy handover to Russian Olympic champion

Sat, 05/26/2018 - 21:06
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took part in the handing over of an Akita puppy on Saturday to Russian Olympic champion figure skater Alina Zagitova at ...

Abe, Putin reconfirm readiness for peace treaty, economic cooperation

Sat, 05/26/2018 - 20:54
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin reaffirmed Saturday they will make efforts to conclude a postwar peace treaty and accelerate bilateral economic ...

Commenting on the debate over hate speech on government websites

Sat, 05/26/2018 - 06:57
On May 2, the Cabinet Office removed the posts on its Government Monitor System (GMS) website, a place where citizens offered comments on government policy. ...

‘Westworld’ introduces samurai influences to its Wild West plotline

Sat, 05/26/2018 - 06:56
Warning: This discussion contains spoilers about the second season of HBO’s “Westworld” With its story of life-like robots in a Wild West-themed amusement park becoming sentient, ...

You can’t plan for bad luck in the long winter of life

Sat, 05/26/2018 - 06:44
Wisdom is age and age is wisdom. Confucius, summing up his life, said, “At 70 I followed my heart’s desire without overstepping the line.” It’s ...

Controversial Japanese labor reform bill clears Lower House committee

Sat, 05/26/2018 - 02:20
A Lower House committee has approved a controversial labor reform bill, paving the way for its passage through the Diet before the legislature closes on ...

Chewing gum as you walk may help you stay slimmer: Japanese study

Sat, 05/26/2018 - 02:16
Still looking for the secret to effortless weight loss? It may be as simple as chewing gum while walking, Japanese researchers suggested Saturday.In experiments, they ...

Yubari melons fetch record ¥3.2 million at season’s first auction

Sat, 05/26/2018 - 01:59
A pair of melons grown in Yubari, Hokkaido, fetched a record ¥3.2 million in the first auction of the season Saturday at a wholesale market ...

Staffer says Abe and Kake met in 2015: Imabari mayor

Sat, 05/26/2018 - 01:58
The mayor of Imabari, Ehime Prefecture, said Friday that one of his officials has confirmed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the head of Kake Gakuen, ...

In first visit to U.S., A-bomb survivor Shigeaki Mori attends screening of documentary on his life’s work

Sat, 05/26/2018 - 01:34
Atomic bomb survivor and historian Shigeaki Mori attended a screening in San Francisco on Thursday of a documentary film on his life’s work as he ...

Fish parasite outbreak puts sales of raw bonito on the ropes

Sat, 05/26/2018 - 01:04
Slices of fresh raw bonito caught from around Japan are a seasonal fixture during spring and early summer, but an outbreak of parasites has seen ...

LDP ditches push for aircraft carrier, calls for multipurpose ‘mother ship’

Fri, 05/25/2018 - 19:51
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party has set proposals that the government introduce a multipurpose “mother ship” enabling takeoffs and landings by fighter jets.The LDP on ...

Imperial Couple distressed over speculation on Princess Mako’s marriage

Fri, 05/25/2018 - 18:06
The Imperial Household Agency said Friday that Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko are distressed over speculation in magazines about their thoughts regarding Princess Mako’s planned ...

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