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Yakuza boss ordered to pay damages over money transfer scam

12 hours 27 min ago
A court on Thursday ordered the head of the Sumiyoshi-kai crime syndicate to pay damages over money transfer scams committed by a fraud group formed ...

Police recorded 88% of fiscal 2018 interrogations in lay judge cases

12 hours 46 min ago
Police took complete video recordings during 87.6 percent of fiscal 2018 interrogations in criminal cases bound for lay judge trials, National Police Agency data showed ...

Minutes found for 1980s panel meetings on Yasukuni Shrine visits by ministers

12 hours 58 min ago
Minutes of 1980s panel meetings on visits to war-related Yasukuni Shrine by ministers have been found at the Cabinet Secretariat, a government official said Thursday.The ...

Izumo: Needed upgrade or mere show of force?

15 hours 37 min ago
Rarely have Maritime Self-Defense Force ships garnered this much attention.On April 30, the Izumo helicopter carrier — one of Japan’s two largest and arguably most ...

Double Japanese general election looks more realistic as unpopular tax hike approaches

15 hours 47 min ago
With an Upper House election in July and a tax hike planned for October, murmurs fueled by comments from top ruling party lawmakers that Prime ...

Japan to stop labeling people unmarried at 50 as ‘lifelong singles’

16 hours 52 min ago
The government will no longer use the term “lifelong singles” as a label for people who have not married by age 50, deeming the term ...

Newly released photos shed light on Emperor Naruhito’s life in Britain

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 22:47
A set of photos has been uncovered offering a fresh look into the life of Emperor Naruhito during his time studying in Britain in the ...

Former worker at Tokyo nursing home arrested for allegedly beating resident to death

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 22:39
A former employee at a nursing home in Tokyo was arrested Wednesday for allegedly beating an 82-year-old resident to death at the facility last month, ...

Tepco won’t hire foreign nationals with new visas for Fukushima nuclear work until safety guaranteed

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 22:36
The operator of the disaster-hit Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant will not hire foreign nationals who enter Japan under a new visa program for ...

Job seekers in their 70s could become Japan’s new normal

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 22:07
At the age of 75, Mikiko Kuzuno found herself recently laid off and applying for a job at a factory near Tokyo. She insisted on ...

Desperate families of Japanese abducted by North Korea pin hopes on help from Trump

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 22:04
Takuya Yokota chokes up as he talks about a photograph of his older sister, Megumi, whom he has not seen since she was abducted from ...

Japan on high alert for drones and terrorism ahead of Trump’s four-day visit

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 21:52
The government is making full-fledged preparations to receive U.S. President Donald Trump as a state guest from Saturday and security personnel in the Tokyo metropolitan ...

Stop it! Tokyo police anti-groper app becomes smash hit in Japan

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 21:51
A Tokyo police smartphone app to scare off molesters has become a smash hit in Japan, where women have long run the gauntlet of groping ...

Trump won’t focus heavily on trade during Japan trip, U.S. official says

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 19:14
U.S. President Donald Trump will not focus heavily on trade during his four-day state visit to Japan beginning Saturday, a senior administration official said Wednesday, ...

Junnosuke Taguchi, ex-member of boy Japanese boy band KAT-TUN, arrested over marijuana possession

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 05:47
Junnosuke Taguchi, a former member of Japanese boy band KAT-TUN, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of possessing marijuana, the Narcotics Control Department said.The department arrested ...

Yamanashi governor looks to draw up Mt. Fuji railway plan in 2 years

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 05:16
The governor of Yamanashi Prefecture said Wednesday he will draw up in two years a railway plan to connect the bottom and the fifth station ...

Man nabbed for pointing laser at U.S. military plane in Tokyo suburb

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 05:16
Police said Wednesday they have arrested a man on suspicion of aiming a laser pointer at a U.S. military aircraft flying in the vicinity of ...

At Tokyo summit, mayors from world cities urge Abe to lead G20 debate on climate and other global issues

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 02:51
Mayors of major world cities gathered in Tokyo on Wednesday asked Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to lead debate on pressing global issues such as climate ...

Chinese court sentences Japanese man to 6 years in prison for spying

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 02:20
A court in Beijing on Tuesday sentenced a Japanese man convicted of spying to six years in prison, according to sources familiar with Sino-Japanese relations.The ...

Chinese trainee on Japan’s technical intern program gets suspended prison term for abandoning baby

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 01:56
A 22-year-old Chinese intern on the government-sponsored technical training program was given a suspended prison term Wednesday for abandoning her newborn son last December for ...

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