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Japan says ready to take steps over wartime labor spat with South Korea

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 07:01
Japan is prepared to take various measures against South Korea, Foreign Minister Taro Kono said Wednesday, as relations between the two countries have further deteriorated ...

Man gets 12-year prison term in appeal trial for two-year confinement of girl

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 06:54
A court orders two former classmates of a 13-year-old boy who killed himself in 2011 to pay ¥37.5 million in damages, recognizing their bullying caused ...

Japan’s Supreme Court rejects man’s damages claim against ex-wife’s partner over adultery

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 04:36
The Supreme Court Tuesday rejected a damages claim brought by a man in his 40s against his former spouse’s then-lover, infidelity with whom led, he ...

Japanese researchers extend life span of flies, offering hope for slowing aging in humans

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 03:36
A group of Japanese researchers have pinned down a way to activate autophagy, a key metabolic function in cells, leading to a slower aging process ...

Japan transport ministry to ease huge costs for retired SDF pilots hoping to move into airline jobs

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 02:57
The transport ministry said Tuesday it will revise a system that currently costs retired Self-Defense Force pilots millions of yen to secure their commercial pilot’s ...

South Korea research near disputed Takeshima islets ratchets up tensions with Japan

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 02:43
South Korea has conducted maritime research and collected samples near disputed islands, triggering a protest from Japan on Tuesday after it was brought to Tokyo’s ...

Japan and Tepco again ordered to pay damages to Fukushima nuclear disaster evacuees

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 02:27
A district court Wednesday ordered the state and the operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant to pay a combined ¥419 million ($3.78 million) in ...

Heavy metal: Moonlighting knights and medieval swordplay in Tokyo

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 02:18
Jay Noyes, clad head to toe in the steel armor of a medieval knight, is steadily advancing toward me with a longsword, which he intends ...

Local governments in Japan see chance for EVs to be ‘batteries on wheels’ during emergencies

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 02:13
With Japan being prone to natural disasters, hopes are high that electric vehicles and their plug-in hybrid equivalents could play a key role as “batteries ...

Number of foreign visitors to Japan rises 7.5% to 2.69 million in January

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 02:01
The estimated number of monthly foreign visitors to Japan increased 7.5 percent in January from a year earlier to a record 2,689,400, the Japan Tourism ...

Ahead of North Korean summit, Abe vows to coordinate with Trump on abductions issue

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 01:55
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Wednesday he will closely coordinate with President Donald Trump on efforts to settle the issue of abductions of Japanese nationals ...

Video of Niigata high school student being bullied goes viral on social media

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 01:52
A video of a first-year high school student in Niigata Prefecture being attacked by a group of schoolmates was posted online and went viral on ...

Two crew members rescued after ASDF loses contact with F-2 fighter jet over waters off Kyushu

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 19:03
Two crew members of an Air Self-Defense Force F-2B double-seat fighter jet were rescued Wednesday morning after their aircraft went missing earlier in the day ...

Two students ordered to pay damages over bullied Japanese boy’s suicide

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 06:44
The Otsu District Court on Tuesday ordered two former classmates of a boy who killed himself in 2011 at the age of 13 to pay ...

Japan to review ban on smartphones for elementary and junior high school students

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 05:44
The education ministry will consider reviewing a ban on elementary and junior high school students having smartphones and other mobile phones at school, education minister ...

Japan to beef up law to enable handover of children to parents with custody when the other resists

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 02:27
The Cabinet on Tuesday approved a bill revising the enforcement of civil law to enable the handover of a child to a parent who is ...

Australians mark anniversary of Japan’s deadly WWII air raid on Darwin

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 01:49
The northern Australian city of Darwin marked the 77th anniversary of a Japanese air raid that killed hundreds during World War II on Tuesday.The Bombing ...

Ichiro Ozawa: The kingmaker and destroyer in Japanese politics

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 00:39
Reformer, kingmaker, shadow shogun, destroyer. With so many labels, no politician stands out like Ichiro Ozawa among Japan's conformist legislators.

Amid swine fever outbreak, government and farmers divided over pig vaccination

Mon, 02/18/2019 - 23:50
The government and domestic pig farmers are divided over whether vaccinations should be carried out to prevent any further spread of swine fever infections in ...

Coming events give Japan chance to truly be key tourist destination — if it can rise to the occasion

Mon, 02/18/2019 - 23:43
Once a tourism underachiever, Japan is riding high like never before. Last year, the nation attracted a record 31 million foreign tourists, topping 30 million ...