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60% of young Japanese back plan to lower age of adulthood to 18

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 05:42
A recent survey by the Nippon Foundation has found that 60 percent of young people support the plan to lower the age of adulthood from ...

Japan’s only female minister, Satsuki Katayama, hit by allegation she was paid to influence tax agency

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 03:23
Just two weeks into her appointment, the only female minister in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s new Cabinet found herself in hot water Thursday after a ...

Around 70 Japanese lawmakers visit war-linked Yasukuni Shrine for autumn festival

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 02:16
Around 70 Japanese lawmakers from both ruling and opposition parties visited the war-linked Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo during its annual autumn festival Thursday, a day ...

Japan adds Miyagi and Tokyo sites to list of internationally important wetlands

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 02:10
Japan has designated two coastal areas to be of international importance, raising the number of such sites around the country to 52, the only international ...

Japan’s foreign press club to return to Tokyo’s Marunouchi district

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 01:56
The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan will relocate on Oct. 29 to Tokyo’s Marunouchi business district, where former war correspondents and photographers established the club ...

21-year prison term upheld for ex-NHK reporter found guilty of raping three women

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 01:36
A high court on Thursday upheld a lower court ruling that sentenced a former reporter for public broadcaster NHK to 21 years in prison for ...

As international order languishes, experts at G1 Global Conference discuss Japan’s new role as global ‘stabilizer’

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 01:08
In a world increasingly fragmented by U.S. President Donald Trump’s “America First” agenda, Japan should take on the role as the world’s new “stabilizer” by ...

Plastic waste piling up in Japan after Chinese import ban

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 01:07
Plastic waste is piling up in Japan with many local governments struggling to cope after China banned the import of such waste late last year, ...

Japan’s new reconstruction minister trumpets safety of Tohoku region and pushes plans for 2020 Tokyo Games

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 00:49
New Reconstruction Minister Hiromichi Watanabe wants the world to know that, seven years after the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, Fukushima Prefecture and other ...

At Tokyo summit, diplomats say Japan can tap domestic stability to take on global leadership role

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 00:06
Despite the fraught global environment — with U.S.-China animosity mounting alongside a bevy of regional security concerns — Japan appears to be viewing the situation ...

Six bodies, possibly all from same family, found after fire breaks out at Sendai residence

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 23:34
Six bodies were found early Thursday after a fire broke out at a residence in Sendai, police said.The blaze was reported to firefighters at around ...

Women taking on more front-line roles in Japan’s military

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 21:45
A growing number of women in the Self-Defense Forces are entering formerly male-dominated fields, with one recently becoming the country’s first-ever female fighter pilot.“I want ...

Abe, Macron agree to boost cooperation for Indo-Pacific stability

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 18:10
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and French President Emmanuel Macron agreed Wednesday to step up their countries’ cooperation in promoting stability in the Indo-Pacific region where ...

Japanese judge first to be reprimanded for social media post deemed prejudicial

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 12:33
The Supreme Court said Wednesday it will reprimand a 52-year-old judge for his controversial social media post earlier this year.Kiichi Okaguchi is the first judge ...

German national convicted in attempted murder of Japanese man in Nagasaki

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 06:04
A Japanese court sentenced a German man to six years in prison Wednesday for an attempted murder committed when he was traveling in Nagasaki last ...

Japan’s Diet to convene extraordinary session from Oct. 24, for first parliamentary debates since Cabinet reshuffle

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 05:42
The Diet will convene an extraordinary session on Oct. 24, leading to the first parliamentary debates since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe formed a new Cabinet ...

The Japanese government takes steps against Okinawa blocking U.S. base landfill work

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 03:49
The central government has requested that the land ministry review and invalidate the Okinawa Prefectural Government decision that forced a suspension on relocation work for ...

China’s gift of ibises arrive in Japan, the first such transfer in since 2007

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 02:58
A pair of crested ibises gifted to Japan as a symbol of friendship by China arrived Wednesday amid warming relations between the two countries.The donation ...

Opposition heads confirm cooperation in 2019 Upper House poll

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 01:42
Leaders of five opposition parties have agreed to try jointly fielding unified candidates in constituencies where one seat will be contested in the House of ...

Land scam group sent Sekisui House payments to multiple accounts

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 01:22
Fraud suspects in a bogus land deal targeting Sekisui House Ltd. are believed to have sent payments from the major homebuilder to multiple accounts and ...

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