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Eight years since nuclear disaster, Fukushima hopes Rugby World Cup can clean up its image

5 hours 3 min ago
On pristine pitches in northeastern Japan, the Argentine men’s rugby team practiced their scrums, line-outs and set plays in the sunshine in preparation for their ...

Japan set to welcome the world for opening of 2019 Rugby World Cup

5 hours 20 min ago
Blood, sweat and tears will be shed over the next six weeks as 20 teams fight for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in 12 stadiums ...

Chiba Prefecture tourism takes hit after Typhoon Faxai

5 hours 36 min ago
The tourism industry in Chiba Prefecture has suffered a heavy blow from powerful Typhoon Faxai, which struck the prefecture last week.With some tourism sites in ...

Japan’s opposition parties join forces in bid to counterbalance ruling bloc in Diet

5 hours 46 min ago
Japan’s two major opposition parties agreed on Thursday to join forces in both houses of the Diet in their latest bid to counterbalance the ruling ...

Japan’s Diet to convene extraordinary session on Oct. 4

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 21:07
The government and ruling coalition plan to convene an extraordinary Diet session on Oct. 4, senior ruling party lawmakers said Wednesday.The Liberal Democratic Party, led ...

Three die and over 100 injured in repair attempts in typhoon-hit Chiba

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 20:56
At least three people have died and 101 people were injured while attempting repairs on houses and other facilities in Chiba Prefecture after Typhoon Faxai ...

California police investigating after ‘comfort woman’ statue vandalized for second time this summer

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 20:43
A controversial statue in Southern California depicting a hanbok-wearing Korean girl who symbolizes the so-called comfort women has been defaced for the second time this ...

North Korea envoy tells delegates from Tokyo that ties with Japan going ‘from bad to worse’

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 20:29
North Korea’s ambassador for negotiations to normalize relations with Japan told a visiting Japanese delegation on Wednesday that ties between the two countries have been ...

Saitama university student arrested over killing of Tokyo woman in Ikebukuro hotel

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 20:16
A university student was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of killing a 36-year-old woman at a Tokyo hotel last week, police said.Mizuki Kitajima, 22, of Iruma, ...

Niigata principal and another man arrested for allegedly paying for sex with teenage boy

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 20:03
Two men including a 58-year-old principal of an elementary school have been arrested for allegedly paying for sex with a high school boy in March, ...

Tepco trio face Tokyo court ruling in only criminal case stemming from Fukushima nuclear disaster

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 13:42
More than eight years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, a Japanese court will rule Thursday on the only criminal prosecution stemming from the worst nuclear ...

Application starts for English test under new college entrance system

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 06:23
The operator of a private-sector English proficiency test began accepting applications Wednesday for its tests that will serve as a component of Japan’s new standardized ...

Popular J-pop band Arashi tapped to perform at festival celebrating emperor’s enthronement

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 06:11
Lawmakers and business people have tapped all-male idol group Arashi to perform at a festival in early November celebrating the enthronement of Emperor Naruhito, sources ...

Japanese government rapped over initial response to Typhoon Faxai

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 05:49
The government is facing mounting criticism over its allegedly insufficient initial response to a recent powerful typhoon that left tens of thousands of households without ...

Friends in high places: Tokyo Skytree’s window washers

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 03:01
How would you like to spend an afternoon dangling 450 meters above the ground in a metal basket with room for only two people?For Takuma ...

Defense Minister Taro Kono says Japan not yet ready to point fingers over Saudi attack

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 02:49
New Defense Minister Taro Kono held back on Wednesday from saying that Iran was involved in last week’s attack on Saudi Arabia’s Aramco oil plants, ...

New Japan Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi holds firm that Seoul must end wartime labor row

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 02:41
Newly-appointed Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said Wednesday that Tokyo urgently demands Seoul eliminate “violations of international law” regarding wartime Korean labor issues, adding that it ...

Suspected arsonist in Kyoto Animation studio attack regaining ability to speak, but police still can’t arrest him

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 02:38
The suspect in the deadly arson attack on a Kyoto Animation Co. studio in July, who is in hospital with severe burns, has recovered to ...

South Korean visitors to Japan down by half in August, government data shows

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 02:24
The number of South Korean visitors to Japan tumbled 48.0 percent in August from a year earlier, to 308,700, government data showed Wednesday, amid escalating ...

FactCheck Initiative Japan NPO uncovers dodgy claims from Abe and others ahead of July vote

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 01:16
FactCheck Initiative Japan, a Tokyo-based nonprofit organization that analyzes information provided by politicians, has found issues with a number of claims that were made in ...

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