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Tepco-linked firm employee’s thyroid cancer caused by work after Fukushima nuclear plant meltdown, labor ministry admits

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 22:33
The labor ministry said Wednesday that the thyroid cancer of a male worker, exposed to radiation after the triple meltdown at the Fukushima No. 1 ...

Osaka takoyaki seller found guilty for evading ¥130 million in taxes

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 21:53
The operator of a snack stand serving takoyaki (octopus dumplings) near Osaka Castle was found guilty Wednesday of evading about ¥130 million in income tax.The ...

Maritime Self-Defense Force punishes senior official who is alleged to have paid for sex with 30 minors

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 21:35
The Maritime Self-Defense Force on Wednesday punished a senior official who is alleged to have paid for sex with about 30 minors over the past ...

Four Japanese men jailed in Indonesia’s Papua for immigration violations

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 21:16
A court in Indonesia’s easternmost province of Papua sentenced four Japanese on Wednesday to five and a half months in jail for immigration violations and ...

Brazil court grants Nissan ex-boss Carlos Ghosn or his daughter supervised access to Rio flat

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 15:01
A Brazilian court decided on Wednesday that ousted Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn or his daughter should have the right to access a contested Rio apartment ...

Ninja ‘sneak’ into Prime Minister Abe’s office seeking help to promote the ancient art to tourists

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 06:40
Ninja-clad petitioners “sneaked” into the office of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday to ask for help in promoting ninja culture as tourism draw in ...

Nihon University admits nepotism in entrance exams

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 03:24
Nihon University on Wednesday owned up to nepotism in their admissions process, adding to the growing number of medical schools known to have been treating ...

Japanese-language tests for new visa to be held in at least seven countries

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 03:08
The Foreign Ministry plans to hold Japanese-language tests in at least seven countries for a new type of work visa, in line with the introduction ...

Detecting child prostitution an increasingly difficult task, survey suggests

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 02:43
More than half of youths involved in child prostitution last year in the nation’s three biggest metropolitan areas showed no signs of delinquency, had no ...

Kanji of the year, meaning ‘disaster,’ symbolizes 2018 amid natural and human calamities

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 02:29
The kanji sai (災, disaster) was picked as the Chinese character best describing this year’s social mood in Japan, amid a string of natural and man-made ...

Japan and South Korea foreign ministers hold phone talks amid frayed ties

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 02:01
The foreign ministers of Japan and South Korea held phone talks Wednesday to discuss bilateral ties, which have been tested in recent rulings by South ...

Prosecutors seek 10-year prison term for former CEO of bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox on embezzlement charges

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 01:16
Prosecutors have sought a 10-year prison term on charges of embezzlement for the former CEO of Mt. Gox Co., once the world’s largest bitcoin digital ...

Japanese schools adopt therapy ‘games’ to help kids fight problems that can lead to bullying and truancy

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 00:12
More and more schools are trying out cognitive behavioral therapy “games” to get kids to confront their everyday problems, and in turn lessen the likelihood ...

By design, for manners or security, backpacks increasingly being worn on the front in Japan

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 23:19
Backpacks, as the word suggests, are designed to be carried on people’s backs. But there are a growing number of people in Japan who hold ...

U.S. conducts successful test of ballistic-missile interceptor system co-developed with Japan

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 23:08
The U.S. military successfully conducted a test Tuesday of a new ballistic-missile interceptor system, which is being developed jointly with Japan.The launch marks the second ...

Mikan wagyu burger in western Japan catches eye of tourists with blend of Wakayama fruit and flesh

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 22:15
A local hamburger in Wakayama Prefecture is catching the eye of tourists for its surprisingly good taste and visual impact — mouth-watering wagyu spare ribs ...

NHK fires senior employee over fraudulent receipt of allowances

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 21:30
NHK, also known as Japan Broadcasting Corp., has fired a senior employee Tuesday at its broadcasting station in Obihiro, Hokkaido, for fraudulently receiving ¥5,242,160 in ...

Hong Kong man arrested after setting fire to newspapers in front of war-linked Yasukuni Shrine

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 19:30
A man claiming to be from Hong Kong was arrested Wednesday for allegedly setting fire to newspapers at the front gate of Tokyo’s war-linked Yasukuni ...

Japan foreign minister repeatedly ignores questions over Russia-held islands ahead of possible WWII treaty talks

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 17:56
In a rare scene, Foreign Minister Taro Kono repeatedly ignored questions by reporters at a Tuesday news conference over four Russian-held islands off Hokkaido that ...

Japan ranks third in willingness to accept more immigrants, 27-nation survey shows

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 06:57
Japan is the third-most willing country to accept immigrants, a 27-nation survey by the Pew Research Center showed Monday.According to the U.S. research institution’s survey, ...

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