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Chinese court sentences Japanese man accused of stealing state secrets to 66 months in prison

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 18:16
A Chinese court has sentenced a Japanese man who was detained some two years ago on charges of spying to 5½ years in prison, sources ...

Over the hump: Olympic workers complete wooden roof for New National Stadium in Tokyo

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 07:54
The Japan Sport Council said Friday the wooden roof that will be the distinctive trademark of the main venue for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics has ...

Japan finally lifts age restrictions on U.S. beef imports

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 07:26
The government on Friday lifted all age restrictions on imported U.S. beef for the first time since the measures were imposed in 2003 to counter ...

Abe looking for Japan-China ties to warm faster after Xi attends G20 summit

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 06:34
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Friday he hopes Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit in late June for the Group of 20 summit in Osaka will ...

Breast cancer drug Verzenio could have serious side effects on lungs, Japan’s health ministry warns

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 06:17
The health ministry on Friday warned that the breast cancer drug Verzenio is now suspected of adversely affecting the lungs after 14 recipients in Japan ...

Japan’s opposition parties urge lawmaker Hodaka Maruyama to resign for war remark about Russia-held isles

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 05:57
A half dozen opposition parties on Friday filed a joint motion urging a Diet lawmaker to resign for alluding to the possibility that war with ...

As Okinawa marks 47 years since reversion to Japan, protesters call for reduced U.S. base burden

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 01:21
Protesters marched in Okinawa on Friday calling for a reduction in the burden faced by the prefecture that hosts the bulk of U.S. military facilities ...

Japan to keep North Korea-linked association Chongryon under surveillance

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 23:55
The government said Friday that the pro-Pyongyang General Association of Korean Residents in Japan, or Chongryon, remains subject to surveillance under the Subversive Activities Prevention ...

Japan passes bill to drastically curb drone flights over military and Tokyo Olympic sites

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 23:38
The government on Friday enacted legislation severely restricting the flying of drones over U.S. military and Self-Defense Forces facilities, as well as venues hosting 2020 ...

Plaintiffs ask Wakayama court to halt permits for Taiji dolphin hunts, citing Japan’s animal cruelty laws

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 22:53
The Wakayama District Court began hearing arguments Friday over whether dolphin hunting violates animal cruelty laws.The plaintiffs are asking the court to stop the permits ...

Japan to ask municipalities to dispose of industrial plastic waste as trash piles up due to China ban

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 22:09
The Environment Ministry plans to ask municipalities to accept and dispose of industrial plastic waste as an emergency step, as the amount of such waste ...

Japan extends SDF dispatch to U.N. peacekeeping mission HQ in South Sudan

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 21:39
Japan decided Friday to extend by another year, through May 31, 2020, the dispatch of Self-Defense Forces personnel to the headquarters of the U.N. peacekeeping ...

Extreme low-carb diet may speed aging and dull cognition, Japanese team’s study on mice finds

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 21:33
Continuing an extreme low-carbohydrate diet stringently for a long time may accelerate aging and lead to a shorter life span, according to a recent study ...

Iran unwilling to negotiate with ‘bully’ U.S. over nuclear deal: foreign minister

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 17:03
Iran’s foreign minister said Thursday he is not interested in negotiating with the United States after it pulled out of a 2015 nuclear deal and ...

Tight security expected for G20 summit in Osaka

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 16:53
Osaka will be put under tight security during the Group of 20 summit in late June as local authorities plan to suspend the use of ...

Princess Kako plans visit to Europe, her first official overseas trip

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 07:01
Princess Kako, the younger daughter of Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko, is planning to visit Austria and Hungary in September in her first ...

Japanese courts to introduce web meetings for lawsuit preparations

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 06:37
District courts in Tokyo and seven other cities will introduce web meetings in February 2020 to connect judges and lawyers online to help make necessary ...

Japanese government seeks public comment on plan to bring foreign trainees into hotel sector

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 03:59
The government on Thursday started soliciting public comments over its plan to allow foreign nationals who come to Japan under the government-sponsored Technical Intern Training ...

Chiba woman pleads guilty to complicity in husband’s fatal abuse of 10-year-old daughter

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 01:49
A woman pleaded guilty Thursday to complicity in her husband’s assaults on their 10-year-old daughter, who died in January, as her trial began in a ...

‘Culture of fear’: Report alleges low pay and overwork for laborers at Tokyo Olympics sites

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 01:13
A report released by a global union federation Wednesday demanded better conditions for laborers working on the construction of Tokyo Games facilities after several “alarming” ...

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