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Share of working moms in Japan tops 70% for first time

1 hour 11 min ago
The proportion of working mothers stood at a record-high of 70.8 percent in 2017, exceeding 70 percent for the first time, a survey by the ...

Haruki Murakami’s ‘Killing Commendatore’ given ‘indecent’ rating in Hong Kong

13 hours 50 min ago
The latest work by Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami was banned from Hong Kong’s annual book fair after it was deemed “indecent” by the Obscene Articles ...

Japanese still near top of rankings for life expectancy, 2017 figures show

13 hours 59 min ago
Japanese remained near the top of the rankings of the world’s average life expectancy in 2017, as Hong Kong continued to dominate, welfare ministry data ...

From ¥2,500 to ¥300,000: Tokyo Olympic organizers release summary of ticket prices for 2020 Games

14 hours 24 min ago
Tickets priced at ¥4,000 or less will be available for most competitions, while more than half will be offered for under ¥8,000, organizers said.

Japan eyes accepting more foreign workers in manufacturing industry

14 hours 47 min ago
The government is considering allowing more foreign workers in the manufacturing industry under a new system aimed at opening Japan’s labor market to blue-collar workers ...

Japan’s farm and fisheries sectors see ¥64 billion in damage from rain disaster

15 hours 37 min ago
Damage to the agricultural, forestry and fisheries industries from the recent deadly torrential rain in Japan has been expanding, government data showed Friday.It totaled ¥64.8 ...

In wake of Moritomo scandal government unveils steps to bolster document management, but external oversight remains taboo

16 hours 59 min ago
New measures were taken Friday to strengthen oversight of government documents in light of the document-tampering seen in the Moritomo Gakuen scandal that has dogged ...

Annual eel day becomes increasingly pricey treat in Japan

18 hours 13 min ago
As people in Japan treated themselves to grilled eel on a traditional eel-eating day Friday, many had to dish out more cash amid soaring prices ...

Diet set to approve casino resorts bill despite stiff opposition

18 hours 14 min ago
The Diet on Friday is set to enact a bill authorizing the opening of casino resorts, despite stiff resistance from opposition parties and widespread public ...

Japanese have mixed perceptions on hikikomori social recluses

18 hours 42 min ago
On a Saturday in mid-April, a woman in her 50s sat on a bench munching a rice ball in front of Shinjuku Station in Tokyo.She ...

Screenwriter Shinobu Hashimoto, who worked on iconic Kurosawa films, dies at age 100

18 hours 49 min ago
Screenwriter Shinobu Hashimoto, who worked on a number of iconic Japanese films including Akira Kurosawa’s “Rashomon” and “Seven Samurai,” has died of pneumonia at his ...

As Diet wraps up, Abe re-emerges as front-runner for LDP election

19 hours 1 min ago
As recently as spring the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was in disarray, weakened by what appeared to be an unstoppable flow of scandals ...

After fatal attack, Japan to ban carrying knives onto trains

19 hours 5 min ago
The transport ministry said Friday that passengers will be prohibited from carrying unpacked knives onto trains as part of new security measures following a recent ...

Former president of bankrupt travel agency Tellmeclub gets six years for fraud

19 hours 13 min ago
The Tokyo District Court on Friday found Chikako Yamada, the former president of failed travel agency Tellmeclub, guilty of falsifying her company’s financial records to ...

Japan’s government to increase child welfare workers in wake of abuse and death of 5-year-old girl

19 hours 58 min ago
The government decided Friday to boost numbers of child welfare staff, to better tackle abuse following the recent death of a 5-year-old girl who had ...

Princess Mako’s visit marks 110 years of Japanese migration to Brazil

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 23:06
When 8-year-old Eiki Shimabukuro left Japan in 1959 with his parents and five siblings for the two-month sea voyage to Brazil, passengers were given ribbons ...

Comfort for the sole: More salarymen opting to wear sneakers on the job

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 22:22
More Japanese are wearing sneakers to work as companies look to improve the health of their employees.In a country where rigid dress codes often place ...

With digital project, Nagasaki A-bomb survivor’s story reaches wider audience

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 21:45
For decades, Hiroyasu Tagawa had no intentions of breaking his silence about the terrible experience he had as a child, having lived through the U.S. ...

Nagoya court hands woman two-year prison term for destroying 54 violins owned by her former husband

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 21:31
The ex-wife of a former violin maker was sentenced by a court to two years in prison Thursday for breaking into his house and destroying ...

Shooting stars on demand: Tokyo-based start-up plans 2020 meteor shower

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 06:48
A Japanese start-up developing “shooting stars on demand” says it will be ready to deliver the world’s first artificial meteor shower in a spectacular show ...