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Sapporo court rules defunct eugenics law unconstitutional but denies damages

Sat, 01/16/2021 - 05:55
The ruling was the fourth in a series of lawsuits regarding the forced sterilization of people with intellectual disabilities filed with nine district courts and ...

Kansai’s 2030 vision is to think like a penguin

Sat, 01/16/2021 - 05:29
Kansai Economic Federation, which includes some of Kansai's largest and most influential firms, hopes to tap patrons with the spirit of a “first penguin” to ...

No end in sight for third wave a year after COVID-19 made its way to Japan

Sat, 01/16/2021 - 05:27
On Jan. 16 last year, a man who returned to Japan after visiting Wuhan was found to be infected with the virus, marking the nation's ...

Japan seeks mid-February Pfizer vaccine approval, minister says

Sat, 01/16/2021 - 05:26
"We need to do it as fast as possible,” health minister Norihisa Tamura said Friday. "If all goes well, I would like to see the ...

Suga Cabinet disapproval tops approval for first time

Fri, 01/15/2021 - 13:52
The survey also showed that 61.4% of respondents said they do not highly regard the government's response to the novel coronavirus epidemic.

Cherry blossom to bloom three days earlier than average this year in Tokyo

Fri, 01/15/2021 - 10:45
The distinctive seasonal flowers are expected to open on March 23 this year in the capital, as well as in Kochi and Fukuoka prefectures, reaching ...

Japan eyes punishment for breaking COVID-19 rules

Fri, 01/15/2021 - 09:19
Health experts attending the meeting largely approved of the plan but warned the government to be circumspect in doling out punishment.

Tokyo reports 2,001 new coronavirus cases

Fri, 01/15/2021 - 08:35
The Friday figure comes after 17,000 tests, a record high daily number, were conducted on Tuesday, with results usually taking around three days to come ...

Hiroshima considers free coronavirus tests for up to 800,000 people

Fri, 01/15/2021 - 08:01
The voluntary polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing will target all residents and workers in the heart of the city of Hiroshima, where infection numbers are ...

Japan hails U.K. plan to send aircraft carrier group to Asia

Fri, 01/15/2021 - 07:34
A British strike group, centered on the aircraft carrier Queen Elizabeth, is expected to carry out joint exercises with the Self-Defense Forces and the U.S. ...

Indictment of ex-minister Takamori Yoshikawa puts Suga in tight spot

Fri, 01/15/2021 - 07:31
With public support sinking over the pandemic and questions raised over his past statements on Abe's spring party scandal, prosecution of a trusted ally only ...

Panel to discuss child support after divorce in Japan

Fri, 01/15/2021 - 07:31
About 40% of fatherless families have agreements on expenses for child support, with the figure standing as low as 20% for motherless households.

Japan’s ruling LDP to set up panel to address pandemic loneliness

Fri, 01/15/2021 - 06:10
The crisis has raised concerns over an increase in the number of people suffering due to reasons including loss of employment, school closures and staying ...

Japanese team develops cancer detector using mosquito’s sense of smell

Fri, 01/15/2021 - 06:06
The team aims to put the sensor, which can be created at low cost and is said to be highly accurate, to practical use within ...

Japan may delay sending new ambassador to South Korea amid renewed tensions

Fri, 01/15/2021 - 04:51
The news comes after the Seoul Central District Court ordered 100 million won (¥9.5 million) in damages be paid each to 12 former "comfort women."

Decision on holding Olympics ‘could go either way,’ says Japan’s Kono

Thu, 01/14/2021 - 12:57
Taro Kono, administrative and regulatory reform minister, said, "We need to do the best we can to prepare for the games at this moment."

Artist wins copyright claim over goldfish-filled phone booth in Japan

Thu, 01/14/2021 - 12:23
In its defense, a merchant's association which erected a similar work in Nara Prefecture claimed that putting goldfish into a phone booth is "nothing but ...

Japan bars entry for new arrivals and business travelers due to new COVID-19 strains

Thu, 01/14/2021 - 11:06
Authorities will name and shame returnees who breach quarantine restriction, and rescind the residency status of foreign nationals if they fail to adhere to controls.

Japan maintains ‘pragmatic’ line on Trump’s incitement of Capitol siege

Thu, 01/14/2021 - 10:21
Even lawmakers in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party criticized their leaders after the government's top spokesperson described the situation in Washington as "difficult."

Ex-SDF member’s lawyers contest charge in Toyama police box killing

Thu, 01/14/2021 - 09:55
Keita Shimazu, 24, faces charges relating to the deaths of a police officer and a security guard.