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Skylark Holdings to reduce plastic straw use by 2020 in first such move by major Japan restaurant chain operator

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 00:58
Restaurant chain operator Skylark Holdings Co. will cut almost all use of disposable plastic straws at all of its group outlets by 2020, officials said ...

Japan’s health insurance system remains deficit-ridden despite reforms

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 22:51
The national health insurance program underwent a major reform at the start of fiscal 2018 that saw prefectures, rather than municipalities, begin managing the deficit-ridden ...

Municipalities try new ways to help Japan’s recluses find their place in society

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 22:12
Municipalities across Japan are reaching out to the social recluses known as hikikomori to help them find their place in society without focusing solely on ...

Japan takes delivery of new Boeing state jet in Hokkaido ahead of next year’s service

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 18:49
A new Japanese government airplane to be used for overseas visits by imperial family members and the prime minister arrived in Hokkaido from Switzerland Friday ...

U.N. rights experts allege ‘tens of thousands’ of workers being exploited and exposed to radiation risks in Fukushima cleanup

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 18:38
Three United Nations human rights experts criticized the Japanese government for allegedly exploiting and putting at risk the lives of “tens of thousands” of people ...

Japan probing ministries over padded employment rates of disabled

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 12:20
Japan has begun investigating ministries and agencies suspected of having padded its employment rates of people with disabilities for over 40 years to match a ...

Escaped rape suspect may have snatched purses in Osaka while on the run

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 05:48
A rape suspect who escaped from an Osaka Prefecture police station earlier this week may have snatched purses from several people since going on the ...

Bugs struggle amid Japan’s record summer heat

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 03:26
People aren’t the only ones affected by heat waves.High temperatures recorded over an extended period this summer have apparently caused insects, such as mosquitoes and ...

Bucking superstition, Japanese woman tunnels way to top of civil-engineering world

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 03:12
For civil engineer Reiko Abe, 55, being competent at her job was never enough. Her sex and the superstitions surrounding it caused her to be ...

Survival of Japanese toddler, found after being lost for three days, hailed as a miracle

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 01:44
This week’s discovery of an uninjured 2-year-old boy who had been missing for three days on an island in western Japan is being called a ...

Mother of toddler found safe in western Japan expresses relief and joy

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 00:40
The mother of a 2-year-old boy who was found safe three days after he went missing on an island in Yamaguchi Prefecture expressed her relief ...

Venezuela slams remarks by Foreign Minister Taro Kono as interference

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 00:28
The Venezuelan foreign minister slammed Foreign Minister Taro Kono on Wednesday over his remarks on the Latin American country’s democracy as meddling in domestic affairs.The ...

Japanese city turns to digitalization to keep World War II memories alive

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 00:04
With memories of World War II fading 73 years after its end — and with fewer people remaining who have firsthand experience — a suburb ...

Famed ‘Death Railway’ stirs Thai debate on UNESCO World Heritage application

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 23:47
As Thailand pushes for a notorious railway built by the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II to become a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site, ...

Foreign visitors to Japan up 5.6% in July but natural disasters slow growth

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 21:59
The estimated number of foreign visitors to Japan rose 5.6 percent in July from a year earlier to 2,832,000, but the pace of increase slowed ...

Volunteer group in Hiroshima cleans photos from areas hit by torrential rain to preserve precious memories

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 21:54
Yutaka Ito is leading a volunteer effort in Hiroshima to clean photographs that were blemished during torrential rain in the city and other parts of ...

In sign of better ties, China tells fishermen to steer clear of disputed, Japan-held Senkaku islets

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 18:12
In another sign of improving bilateral relations, Chinese fishery authorities have instructed fishermen not to get close to the disputed Japan-controlled Senkaku Islands, a source ...

Female panda born at Wakayama zoo in western Japan

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 18:00
A female giant panda was born at a zoo in the town of town of Shirahama, Wakayama Prefecture, the facility’s operator said Wednesday.The mother panda, ...

Yokohama kin to receive fallen soldier’s second WWII ‘good luck flag’ after getting first one in 2016

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 17:26
Relatives of fallen Japanese soldier Masamoto Abe will receive his second Yosegaki Hinomaru — a “good luck flag” signed by friends and family that Japanese ...

Survivor of newly found WWII shipwreck off Alaska: ‘So many’ to rescue

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 14:18
Daryl Weathers remembers trying to pull men from the sea off Alaska’s Aleutian Islands after a U.S. Navy destroyer hit a mine left by the ...

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