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Survey finds nearly 43% of people expect esports to grow in popularity in Japan

Sun, 05/19/2019 - 02:38
A Jiji Press survey showed Sunday that 42.8 percent of people think esports competitive video games will become popular as sports in Japan, up 7.4 ...

61% of Japanese back Abe plan to meet North Korean leader without conditions, survey finds

Sun, 05/19/2019 - 02:26
Around 61 percent of voters support Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s stance of seeking talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un without a guarantee of ...

NPO uses traditional Japanese karuta card game to help foreign residents learn disaster-related vocabulary

Sun, 05/19/2019 - 02:25
A Tokyo-based nonprofit organization is using traditional karuta playing cards as part of a disaster-prevention effort to help foreign nationals living in Japan get information ...

Rescuers help hundreds of climbers stranded by heavy rain on Yakushima Island

Sat, 05/18/2019 - 23:53
Rescuers on Sunday helped trekkers descend a mountain on Yakushima Island after at least 266 people were stranded following heavy rain.The island was hit by ...

Japanese mountaineer dies climbing Kamen volcano in Russia

Sat, 05/18/2019 - 21:28
A Japanese mountaineer died after falling from a dormant volcano on Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula on Friday, local authorities said.Minoru Sawada, whose office is in Kawasaki, ...

Volcanic alert level raised for popular Mount Hakone resort area in Kanagawa

Sat, 05/18/2019 - 21:09
Authorities raised the volcanic alert level for Mount Hakone on Sunday — warning of a possible eruption — after increasing seismic activity was detected near ...

TBS drama misses an opportunity to shine a light on genuine workplace issues

Sat, 05/18/2019 - 06:55
The most common gripe I hear from white-collar employees at Japanese companies is about the fluid meaning of “quitting time.” The feeling is that even ...

Aging population spurs drive to tidy nation’s cluttered homes

Sat, 05/18/2019 - 06:54
KonMari? Let’s, by all means.If that’s meaningless to you, you might want to ask yourself this question: Is my life clogged, cluttered? Marie Kondo is ...

Former abductee Kaoru Hasuike calls for Japan-North Korea summit on abduction issue

Sat, 05/18/2019 - 06:48
A Japanese who was held by North Korea for more than two decades before being repatriated in 2002 has expressed hope for a summit meeting ...

Elementary school kids can say the darndest things online

Sat, 05/18/2019 - 06:40
People usually don’t take the thoughts of a 10-year-old child too seriously. Elementary school kids can say the darndest things, and only the nastiest of ...

Go-Daigo’s mysterious and most loyal warrior

Sat, 05/18/2019 - 06:32
"No famous character in all Japanese history is quite as obscure as Kusunoki Masashige," writes historian Ivan Morris on 14th-century Emperor Go-Daigo's most loyal samurai.

Road damage after torrential rain on Yakushima Island leaves about 200 people stranded

Sat, 05/18/2019 - 06:03
A total of at least 10 buses being used to transport mountain hikers and several cars became stranded on Yakushima Island in Kagoshima Prefecture on ...

Abe, Trump unlikely to issue joint statement following their meeting in Tokyo in late May

Sat, 05/18/2019 - 04:07
Japan and the United States are unlikely to issue a joint statement when their leaders meet in Tokyo later this month, apparently to avoid exposing ...

Kono to discuss economic cooperation between Japan and Central Asian with nations’ foreign ministers

Sat, 05/18/2019 - 03:06
Foreign Minister Taro Kono held talks with his counterparts from Central Asia on Saturday to discuss economic cooperation and regional security.In the meeting with the ...

Liberal Demoratic Party and Komeito flip-flop on Osaka merger

Sat, 05/18/2019 - 02:46
Just over a month after local elections in which Osaka Ishin no Kai (One Osaka) surprised even itself with resounding victories, the established parties’ local ...

Japanese convenience stores tackle food waste issue; households and restaurants slow to get on board

Sat, 05/18/2019 - 02:00
Major convenience store operators are the latest firms to introduce measures to curb food waste as companies step up efforts to address the issue in ...

Police grill 87-year-old driver over Tokyo crash that left mother and daughter dead

Sat, 05/18/2019 - 00:11
An 87-year-old former government official whose car was involved in a fatal crash last month in Tokyo was released from hospital on Saturday before being ...

No-confidence motion in Abe Cabinet could trigger snap election, Japan’s top government spokesman says

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 19:34
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe might call a snap election for the House of Representatives, the powerful lower chamber of the Diet, if opposition parties submit ...

Two retired Japan government planes to be sold for ¥1.3 billion

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 18:55
Two Japanese government planes that went out of service in March will be sold to an industrial waste disposal firm in June for about ¥1.3 ...

U.S. approves missile sales to Japan and South Korea as tensions with North return

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 18:21
The United States said Friday it had approved more than $600 million in sales of air defense missiles to Japan and South Korea as tensions ...