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Emperor, Empress attend their last marine festival during visit to Kochi Prefecture

Sat, 10/27/2018 - 04:09
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko arrived in Kochi Prefecture on Saturday to attend an annual national festival for the protection of fishery resources and the ...

Okinawa sees path to economic independence without U.S. bases

Sat, 10/27/2018 - 01:27
Okinawa hosts nearly three-quarters of the U.S. military bases in Japan, and those who oppose calls to reduce this burden have often said the island ...

Shikoku Electric restarts Ikata nuclear reactor following failed court challenges

Sat, 10/27/2018 - 01:15
Shikoku Electric Power Co. on Saturday restarted a reactor at its Ikata nuclear power plant after a suspension of nearly one year due to a ...

Could Japan shift away from the U.S. and toward China? No chance, government sources and experts say

Sat, 10/27/2018 - 00:00
With Sino-American tensions escalating amid a monthslong trade war, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to China from Thursday to Saturday highlighted an improvement in bilateral ...

Fukushima wind turbine, symbol of Tohoku earthquake recovery, to be removed

Fri, 10/26/2018 - 23:50
A floating wind turbine built off Fukushima Prefecture to symbolize recovery efforts after the 2011 nuclear disaster will be removed, a government source has said.The ...

Salivary glands and other organs grown in laboratory

Fri, 10/26/2018 - 19:28
Organoids, blobs of tissue grown in the lab, could change the face of organ transplants and even pave the way for brain augmentation.

Most people in Japan get news from commercial TV broadcasts, poll finds

Fri, 10/26/2018 - 19:26
Commercial television broadcasts are used by 91.8 percent of people in Japan as a news source, a survey by the Japan Press Research Institute, a ...

Abe weighs visit Britain in December for meeting on Brexit, trade and South China Sea

Fri, 10/26/2018 - 19:06
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is considering visiting Britain in December, government sources have said.During the stay, Abe is expected to hold a meeting with British ...

Several hurt in suspected tear gas incident near Tokyo’s busy JR Shinjuku Station

Fri, 10/26/2018 - 18:46
Several people were injured Friday after a man sprayed chemical compounds appearing to be tear gas near JR Shinjuku Station in Tokyo, police said.Authorities said ...

Fire kills two at home in Iwate Prefecture

Fri, 10/26/2018 - 18:43
A man and a woman died after a fire broke out at a residence in Kitagami, Iwate Prefecture, early Saturday, police said. Authorities suspect that ...

Jointly developed U.S.-Japan interceptor knocks down medium-range missile in test

Fri, 10/26/2018 - 18:39
The U.S. military said it successfully tested a key missile defense system Friday, in a milestone that experts say shows a growing U.S. capability to ...

UNHCR credits Japan for ‘small steps’ but calls on nation to accept more refugees

Fri, 10/26/2018 - 06:31
Japan is making progress toward opening its doors to refugees in “small steps” but could do more to support displaced people in areas of conflict, ...

In survey of Japan’s makers of quake shock absorbers, 81 firms say they haven’t fabricated data

Fri, 10/26/2018 - 05:17
Eighty-one of 86 Japanese makers of earthquake shock absorbers which have so far replied found no product quality data fabrication, infrastructure minister Keiichi Ishii said ...

Japan’s Princess Ayako to retain honorary positions at two organizations after marriage

Fri, 10/26/2018 - 03:00
Princess Ayako, the youngest daughter of Princess Hisako and the late Prince Takamado, Emperor Akihito’s cousin, will retain honorary positions at two organizations even after ...

Okinawa assembly approves U.S. base transfer referendum

Fri, 10/26/2018 - 02:52
The Okinawa Prefectural Assembly on Friday approved a bill that will trigger a referendum on the controversial plan to transfer a key U.S. military base ...

Izumisano mayor raps ministry over rule on origin of gifts under furusato nōzei hometown tax donation system

Fri, 10/26/2018 - 02:42
Hiroyasu Chiyomatsu, the mayor of Izumisano, Osaka Prefecture, has criticized an instruction issued by the internal affairs ministry earlier this year regarding a review of ...

Freed Japanese hostage Jumpei Yasuda arrives home to joy, but also anger

Fri, 10/26/2018 - 02:30
Japanese journalist Jumpei Yasuda, freed from Syria this week, arrived home to overjoyed relatives and supporters, but also to vitriol from some who accuse him ...

Miyagi Prefecture processed fish cake factory building that withstood 2011 tsunami to be torn down

Fri, 10/26/2018 - 02:05
A processed fish cake factory in Miyagi Prefecture that survived the massive tsunami disaster in 2011 will likely be dismantled next month following discussions on ...

Tasked with bringing North Korea abduction issue to a close, Suga vows to do all in his power

Fri, 10/26/2018 - 02:04
As the government’s new point man on the abduction of Japanese citizens by North Korean agents, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said he will do ...

Hiroshima District Court rejects local call to maintain block on restart of Ikata nuclear reactor

Fri, 10/26/2018 - 01:49
The Hiroshima District Court on Friday rejected a call from residents in western Japan to maintain a suspension of operations at a Shikoku Electric Power ...