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Moscow says 1960 papers demanding pullout of foreign troops from Japan should factor in peace treaty talks with Tokyo

Fri, 12/14/2018 - 00:40
A Russian Foreign Ministry official said Thursday that 1960 Soviet government documents demanding the pullout of all foreign troops from Japan as a condition for ...

Government approves ¥7 trillion infrastructure plan to prepare for disasters

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 22:48
The government on Friday approved an emergency resilience plan worth ¥7 trillion ($62 billion) for key infrastructure after the nation was hit this summer by ...

Japan’s 5 million dementia patients hold ¥143 trillion — and both numbers are on the rise

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 21:46
Yumiko Okubo, 71, had forgotten how to heat up food.“What’s a microwave?” she asked her husband, Eiichi. She was in the early stages of dementia, ...

Four unaccounted for after house fire in Toyama

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 21:43
Four people are unaccounted for following a fire early Friday that destroyed a house in Toyama Prefecture, local police and firefighters said.The fire broke out ...

Japan starts landfill work to move unpopular U.S. base in Okinawa

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 19:53
The government on Friday pushed ahead with full-fledged landfill work needed to move a key U.S. air base to Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, despite stiff local ...

Brace for hard landing: Photos from JAXA space rovers show rocky asteroid surface

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 16:47
Japan’s space agency says more than 200 photos taken by two small rovers on an asteroid show no signs of a smooth area for the ...

China tones down Japan criticism on Nanjing anniversary

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 05:46
China restrained its criticism of Japan on the 81st anniversary of the Nanjing massacre of Chinese civilians and others by Japanese soldiers Thursday, following improved ...

High court finds prominent anti-U.S. military base activist guilty

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 05:35
A high court on Thursday upheld a lower court ruling that found a prominent anti-U.S. military base activist in Okinawa guilty of several criminal offenses ...

Japan to make regional labor markets accessible to new foreign workers

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 05:20
The government plans to take measures to make regional labor markets accessible to foreign blue-collar workers to avoid them concentrating in large cities such as ...

Japan’s new defense guidelines will outline plans for more cohesive and flexible ‘multidimensional’ force

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 02:58
Japan plans to call for the building of “multidimensional” defense capabilities in the next version of its national defense plan amid security challenges in new ...

In effort to curb costs, Imperial agency looks to scale down some facilities for Daijosai ceremony

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 02:42
The Imperial Household Agency plans to scale down the temporary Omi no Akusha facilities used in the Daijosai ceremony, one of the rites related to ...

Justice Ministry reveals 174 foreign technical interns in Japan died between 2010 and 2017

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 02:38
A total of 174 foreign nationals working as part of the technical intern program died in the eight years between 2010 and 2017 due to ...

Town that hosts disaster-hit Fukushima nuclear plant aims to allow daytime access to special zone in 2020

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 01:44
One of the municipalities that hosts the crisis-hit Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant is considering lifting restrictions on daytime access in spring 2020 to an ...

Hokkaido ski resort town of Kutchan to enact Japan’s first fixed-rate lodging tax

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 01:10
The town of Kutchan, located near Hokkaido’s popular Niseko ski resort, plans to introduce a 2 percent lodging tax under an ordinance passed by the ...

Japanese winner of L’Oreal-UNESCO award for female scientists looks to reshape materials research

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 01:03
From a young age, Dr. Yukiko Ogawa knew she wanted to become a scientist. Growing up in Komaki, Aichi Prefecture, she would spend hours after ...

693: Number of times Okinawa schoolkids have taken shelter from U.S. aircraft in year since helicopter part fell in yard

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 00:44
Students at an elementary school in Okinawa Prefecture have taken shelter nearly 700 times due to U.S. military aircraft flying overhead since an American helicopter ...

Glass fragments embedded in Hiroshima hibakusha are grim reminders of the day the atom bomb dropped

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 00:33
Fragments of glass that pierced her skin as a result of the U.S.’s atomic bombing of Hiroshima in 1945 are still lodged in the right ...

Record 73% of Japan’s college students participated in ‘internship’ programs

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 00:08
A record 72.8 percent of college students in Japan have participated in corporate internship programs, a recent survey by Mynavi Corp. has found.The internship participation ...

Sota Fujii, 16, becomes youngest shogi player to reach 100 wins

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 23:12
Sixteen-year-old shogi prodigy Sota Fujii secured his 100th official match victory Wednesday, becoming the youngest professional player of the Japanese board game to reach the ...

South Korea begins two-day military drill near disputed islets in the Sea of Japan

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 22:44
South Korea on Thursday began a two-day regular naval and air exercise near two islets it controls in the Sea of Japan that are claimed ...

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