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South Korea plaintiffs eye liquidating assets seized over wartime labor case

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 05:50
A lawyer for South Korean plaintiffs who won a wartime forced labor case against Japanese steel-maker Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp. last year indicated ...

Sadako Ogata: Waging peace on war

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 04:05
A 1993 photograph of a diminutive, sexagenarian woman surveying the front lines of conflict has left an indelible mark on the international community as a ...

Tokushima woman on zero-waste quest gets an audience with Davos

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 03:59
With leaders from around the world as her audience, a young Japanese woman from Kamikatsu, Tokushima Prefecture, spoke about her small town’s “zero waste” initiatives, ...

In first, LGBT couples sue Japan over constitutionality of not recognizing same-sex marriage

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 03:26
Claiming that it is unconstitutional for Japan to not recognize same-sex marriage, 13 lesbian and gay couples on Thursday filed lawsuits against the government.In the ...

Campaign kicks off for Okinawa referendum on U.S. base relocation plan

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 02:57
Okinawa Prefecture’s campaign for the Feb. 24 referendum on the central government’s relocation plan for a U.S. air base kicked off Thursday, with the results ...

Fatal crashes involving elderly drivers on the rise in Japan

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 02:08
The nation saw a rise in the number of fatal crashes caused by drivers aged 75 and over in 2018, police data showed Thursday, highlighting ...

Gender-neutral Canadian activist shows solidarity with Japan’s LGBT communities

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 01:23
Gemma Hickey entered Japan this week with something no Japanese national can obtain — a gender-neutral passport in which the gender category shows neither female ...

Chiba father held over death of daughter served fresh arrest warrant for earlier alleged assault

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 23:02
A man held on suspicion of assaulting his 10-year-old daughter just before she died in late January was served a fresh arrest warrant Thursday for ...

Japanese bone marrow bank flooded with inquiries after Rikako Ikee’s leukemia revelation

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 22:32
The Japan Marrow Donor Program has been flooded with donation inquiries since star swimmer Rikako Ikee, 18, revealed Tuesday that she has leukemia.“We are still ...

Japan to ease restrictions on types of facilities conducting prenatal tests

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 22:08
The Japan Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology has drafted a plan to ease restrictions on the types of medical facilities that can provide noninvasive prenatal ...

Japan to make unauthorized downloads of all copyrighted work illegal

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 21:41
Steps will be taken to make it illegal to download without the permission of copyright holders all works including manga, computer games, books and other ...

TEPCO completes physical examination by probe of melted reactor fuel

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 06:46
The operator of the disaster-hit Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant said Wednesday it has completed its first attempt to use a remote-controlled probe to ...

Popular actor Ichikawa Ebizo sees 2020 Games as chance to bring kabuki to a global stage

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 05:53
Kabuki actor Ichikawa Ebizo said Wednesday the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo will be an opportunity to promote the Japanese theater art and ...

Government slammed for singling out ‘problematic’ Tokyo Shimbun reporter in warning to press club

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 03:29
The government’s handling of a Tokyo Shimbun reporter known for her assertive questioning style has come under heavy scrutiny after it emerged that authorities issued ...

Tokyo to ban guardians from physical punishment and verbal abuse of children in wake of Chiba case

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 03:01
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government said Wednesday it will introduce an ordinance on child abuse prevention, banning parents and other guardians from physically punishing and verbally ...

Demand for ‘comfort women’ apology by Emperor angered many in Japan, Abe says, as U.S. seeks calm

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 02:05
An intensifying feud between Tokyo and Seoul continued to escalate Wednesday, with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe telling a parliamentary committee that comments by the speaker ...

LGBT couples to file lawsuit on Valentine’s Day in push for equal marriage rights in Japan

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 01:50
Last fall, Ai Nakajima, 40, tied the knot in Germany with her long-time partner, Kristina Baumann, a 32-year-old from Berlin. But in Japan, where they ...

Kyushu Electric to scrap No. 2 reactor at Genkai nuclear plant due to cost of upgrading safety at aging site

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 01:07
Kyushu Electric Power Co. said Wednesday it has decided to scrap its aging No. 2 reactor at its Genkai nuclear plant in Saga Prefecture.The utility ...

Olympic and Paralympic venues on track to be completed in time for summer test events

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 00:47
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic venues are on course to be completed in time for test events to be held there later this year, ...

Japan Olympics minister pilloried after saying he is ‘really disappointed’ over swimmer Ikee’s leukemia diagnosis

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 23:47
Gaffe-prone Olympics minister Yoshitaka Sakurada apologized Wednesday for saying that he is “really disappointed” over swimming star Rikako Ikee’s leukemia diagnosis.Sakurada, who is in charge ...

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