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Former senior education ministry official is charged over alleged corruption

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 06:37
Prosecutors indicted a former senior education ministry official Wednesday on suspicion he was wined and dined by a consulting firm executive in return for providing ...

Japanese remember the fallen and pray for a peaceful future on WWII anniversary

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 03:15
On the 73rd anniversary of Japan’s surrender in World War II on Wednesday, people across the nation remembered the country’s past and expressed hopes that ...

Toddler found safe after three days missing on Yamaguchi Prefecture island

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 03:09
A 2-year-old boy was found safe and well Wednesday after going missing for three days during a visit to a small island in western Japan, ...

Utterance of ‘remorse’ suggests war still haunts Emperor Akihito

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 01:26
Emperor Akihito, 84, was a 47-year-old crown prince on Aug. 7, 1981, when he faced reporters during a news conference in Tokyo.He was asked to ...

Kyoto police shine light on darknet after major breakthrough in crackdown on child pornography

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 22:30
After a man was arrested in June for allegedly operating what appeared to be Japan’s largest child pornography website, experts believe police are making progress ...

Japan’s Environment Ministry to focus on young consumers as it aims to curb the number of parcels that need to be redelivered

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 22:19
The Environment Ministry is planning measures to curb the number of packages that need to be redelivered with a particular focus on university students, who ...

Students at Japan high school developing cream to prevent jellyfish stings

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 22:18
The aquarium club at a public high school in Ehime Prefecture has developed a prototype for a cream that prevents jellyfish stings, with a goal ...

Emperor repeats phrase ‘deep remorse’ in WWII anniversary speech; Abe vows to stay course of peace

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 21:36
In his last appearance in the annual ceremony commemorating the end of Word War II in 1945, Emperor Akihito on Wednesday repeated his “deep remorse” ...

Meteorological Agency raises alert level for volcano on Kagoshima Prefecture island

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 19:50
The Meteorological Agency on Wednesday raised the alert level for a volcano on Kuchinoerabu Island in southwestern Japan and urged residents to prepare for a ...

Abe sends ritual donation to Tokyo’s Yasukuni Shrine on WWII surrender anniversary

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 17:52
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a ritual donation to Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo on Wednesday as Japan marked the anniversary of its surrender in World ...

Japan literary scholar Robert Campbell says he is gay, decries anti-LGBT lawmakers

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 12:05
Japanese literature scholar and TV celebrity Robert Campbell publicly came out as gay Tuesday and denounced a recent string of anti-LGBT comments by ruling party ...

Japan looks to lower teachers’ workloads by having municipalities collect fees for student lunches

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 06:47
In a bid to lower teachers’ workloads, the education ministry will compile guidelines by the end of next March on how to reduce their burden ...

Chinese man files lawsuit alleging harassment at Nagasaki immigration center

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 03:06
A Chinese man under a deportation order has filed a damages suit against the Japanese government, claiming he was harassed by officials at the immigration ...

Few visually impaired residents evacuated in western Japan rain disaster, prompting calls for better planning

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 02:40
Only a small fraction of blind people or those with visual impairments evacuated when deadly torrential rains hit western Japan last month, underscoring the physical ...

Number of passengers at rail stations in rush hour could double during 2020 Olympics: study

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 02:13
People traveling to venues of the 2020 Tokyo Games at the same time as commuters are heading to work are expected to cause serious congestion ...

Emperor and Empress to visit disaster-hit prefectures in western Japan

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 01:57
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko are considering a visit in September to three prefectures in western Japan that were hit the hardest by torrential rains ...

LDP-backed Atsushi Sakima to run in Okinawa governor’s election

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 01:55
Atsushi Sakima, mayor of Ginowan, Okinawa Prefecture, said Tuesday he will run in the Sept. 30 Okinawa governor’s election, with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government ...

Hato Bus still offering Tokyo tourists a mix of the conventional and the quirky after 70 years

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 01:45
Tokyo bus tour operator Hato Bus Co. celebrated its 70th anniversary Tuesday, with its unique jaunts around the capital continuing to attract many visitors from ...

Japanese ALS patient taps into tech to brighten future for all

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 00:05
Masatane Muto slowly maneuvers the controller on his power wheelchair with his right hand to move around his Tokyo office.He can barely move his body ...

Indoor playgrounds in hot demand as Japan swelters in record heat

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 21:50
Indoor playgrounds are proving a godsend for parents looking to allow their children to stay active and safe as Japan sweats through a summer of ...

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