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Osaka makes final pitch to host 2025 World Expo

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 01:28
Osaka made its final pitch Wednesday in Paris to host the 2025 World Expo, emphasizing the Kansai region’s history as a center of Nobel-prize winning ...

Tepco to consider decommissioning Fukushima No. 2 nuclear plant

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 00:56
The president of Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. said Thursday the utility is considering decommissioning the Fukushima No. 2 nuclear plant, which is located ...

Unsuccessful with IVF, Japanese actress Jun Sena’s quest for a child succeeds via adoption

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 23:13
Like the Japanese proverb “fall seven times and stand up eight,” Jun Sena made seven failed attempts to conceive through in vitro fertilization before she ...

Foreign cooks flocking to Japanese culinary schools amid boom in cuisine’s global popularity

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 22:26
With Japanese food enjoying a global boom, culinary training institutes in Japan have seen a surge in foreign students eager to learn how to make ...

Japan’s social security net for transgender people improving but obstacles loom for seniors

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 21:59
People diagnosed with gender identity disorder in Japan are getting more support from social security, including the ability to have the names they usually go ...

Nara to nix royalties for use of Sento-kun mascot

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 21:37
The Nara Prefectural Government said Wednesday that it will make the use of its official mascot free of charge from August.The local government, which currently ...

Record 16,000 people with dementia went missing in 2017

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 21:18
People with dementia getting lost and going missing continues to be a serious problem in Japan’s rapidly aging society. Highlighting the issue, a record 15,863 ...

Kim expressed readiness at Trump summit to meet with Abe: Japanese official

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 19:03
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un expressed readiness to meet with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during his summit with U.S. President Donald Trump, a Japanese ...

‘Dead’ husband returns after Tokyo police hand over wrong body to the family

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 06:42
A wife had to inform police the body she thought was that of her missing husband belonged to a stranger after her spouse turned up ...

Nara deer found with paper dart lodged in neck

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 06:40
One of the famed deer roaming in the city of Nara has been found with a paper dart lodged in its neck, local authorities said ...

Japan approves 70-year plan to scrap nuclear reprocessing plant

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 03:30
Japan’s nuclear watchdog approved a plan Wednesday to scrap a nuclear fuel reprocessing plant northeast of Tokyo over a 70-year period, with the cost projected ...

U.S. F-15 fighters resume flight training just 2 days after crash off Okinawa

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 03:22
U.S. F-15 fighter jets resumed their flight training operations Wednesday, just two days after an F-15 crashed into the sea off Okinawa and training with ...

Private-sector test results to account for 20% of national university English entrance exam scores

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 03:20
The Japan Association of National Universities (JANU) has adopted its new English proficiency benchmarks for entry into state-run universities, which now measure English speaking and ...

Japan plans to settle North Korea abduction issue through direct talks with Kim

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 03:07
The government said it is determined to settle the issue of nationals abducted by North Korea through direct talks with its leader Kim Jong Un, ...

A-bomb survivors hail North Korea’s vow on ‘complete denuclearization’

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 02:10
Survivors of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki have welcomed North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s commitment for “complete denuclearization” of the Korean Peninsula, ...

Free Wi-Fi to be offered in Japan on all shinkansen by March 2019

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 01:50
The government on Tuesday produced an annual action plan for tourism promotion, including a project to launch free Wi-Fi services on all shinkansen by the ...

Kyoto and Kobe video game bar managers arrested for alleged copyright violations

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 01:47
Police said Wednesday they have arrested four people in Kyoto and Kobe for allegedly allowing customers at their bars play video games without the game-makers’ ...

Former Japanese resident of Russian-held isle dies during trip to his former home

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 01:42
A Japanese man, who was once a resident of a Russian-held island off Hokkaido, died on his way back from a visa-free trip to his ...

Japan enacts law to move holiday dates to ease traffic for 2020 Olympics

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 01:14
The Diet on Wednesday enacted a law to move national holidays to days linked to 2020 Olympic ceremonies, to alleviate traffic congestion in the Tokyo ...

Japan’s wedding ring jewelers look to become more LGBT-friendly

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 00:34
While same-sex marriage has not been legalized in Japan, some firms in the country’s wedding jewelry industry have started taking steps to make their products ...

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