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Grand views from unique trains

Mon, 06/24/2019 - 12:30
West Japan Railway Co. operates many uniquely designed and themed sightseeing trains throughout its vast network covering 18 prefectures. Sightseeing trains, including steam locomotives, differ ...

Japan’s ruling coalition aims to win majority of seats available in Upper House election

Mon, 06/24/2019 - 06:31
The ruling coalition of the Liberal Democratic Party and Komeito aim to win a majority of the seats up for grabs in the upcoming Upper ...

Japanese talent agency suspends 11 comedians for accepting money from alleged organized crime group

Mon, 06/24/2019 - 05:48
A major talent agency on Monday suspended 11 of its comedians for conducting “underground business” and attending a party hosted by a purported organized crime ...

Sea Shepherd in Australia eyes measures against Japanese whaling

Mon, 06/24/2019 - 05:42
The Australian division of anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd is considering possible measures against Japan’s plan to restart commercial whaling in July after a hiatus of ...

For G20 host Abe, election hopes ride on summit success

Mon, 06/24/2019 - 03:04
Just seven months after their last meeting in Argentina, leaders of the Group of 20 nations gather in Osaka this week to once again take ...

Abe survives censure motion by opposition over controversial pension report

Mon, 06/24/2019 - 02:48
A censure motion against Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, submitted by opposition parties over his finance minister’s refusal to accept a report suggesting pensions are inadequate ...

70% of Hiroshima residents want ‘noisy’ protests restricted during A-bomb ceremony

Mon, 06/24/2019 - 02:29
Nearly 70 percent of Hiroshima citizens who have attended or seen on TV annual ceremonies to mark the wartime U.S. atomic bombing of the city ...

Iran’s envoy to Japan denies responsibility for tanker attack, saying Trump ‘doesn’t deserve trust’

Mon, 06/24/2019 - 02:01
The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump “does not deserve trust,” and no effective negotiations will be held unless Washington eases “pressure” against Tehran by ...

In first, Ibaraki Prefecture to issue partnership certificates for LGBT couples from July

Mon, 06/24/2019 - 01:47
Authorities in Ibaraki Prefecture said Monday they would start issuing partnership certificates for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender couples from July 1, in an effort ...

High school students volunteer to sort waste in quake-hit Yamagata Prefecture

Mon, 06/24/2019 - 01:16
High school students from Sakata, Yamagata Prefecture, on Monday worked on sorting disaster waste in the Koiwagawa district of Tsuruoka, Yamagata Prefecture, which was hit ...

Fried slug blamed for railway chaos in Japan’s Kyushu region

Sun, 06/23/2019 - 23:09
A slug has been blamed for a power outage that halted dozens of trains and delayed 12,000 passengers in the Kyushu region, operator Kyushu Railway ...

Magnitude 5.5 earthquake shakes Tokyo area

Sun, 06/23/2019 - 18:52
A magnitude 5.5 earthquake hit the Japanese capital and its vicinity on Monday morning, registering 4 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale of 7 in ...

Empress Emerita Michiko undergoes second round of cataract surgery

Sun, 06/23/2019 - 06:19
Empress Emerita Michiko has undergone cataract surgery on both of her eyes, the Imperial Household Agency said Sunday.The 84-year-old former empress has experienced vision difficulties ...

Japan, Russia unlikely to reach any agreement in talks on joint economic activities on disputed islands

Sun, 06/23/2019 - 06:06
Japan and Russia are unlikely to reach a final agreement this week to start all five areas of joint economic activities to be pursued on ...

Report on Japan pension shortfall spurs anxiety — and a closer look at the system

Sun, 06/23/2019 - 02:58
The Financial Services Agency earlier this month released a report on the future financial security of senior citizens that suggested people would have to save ...

China’s Xi to make three-day visit to Japan from Thursday for Osaka G20 summit

Sun, 06/23/2019 - 01:55
Chinese President Xi Jinping will make a three-day visit to Japan from Thursday to attend the Group of 20 summit of leading economies in Osaka, ...

Osaka braces for unprecedented security measures ahead of G20 summit

Sun, 06/23/2019 - 01:23
Heavy security restrictions go into effect in Osaka this week for the Group of 20 leaders’ summit, with 32,000 police officers in the streets and ...

A-bomb museum puts foreign hibakusha in spotlight

Sat, 06/22/2019 - 22:32
Whenever Lee Jong-keun speaks to children about his experience as a Hiroshima A-bomb survivor, he begins by showing them a picture of the mushroom cloud. ...

With Olympics on way, activist group’s next campaign to target human trafficking in Tokyo

Sat, 06/22/2019 - 21:40
As the next Olympic host, Japan has become the focus of a global campaign against child prostitution and exploitation linked to sports, with activists working ...

Schools urged to modify lunches for religious needs as foreign population grows

Sat, 06/22/2019 - 21:37
With foreign residents on the rise in Japan, schools and day care facilities are being called on to give more consideration to the dietary restrictions ...

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