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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang may visit Japan in November

Fri, 10/23/2020 - 04:58
The trip would be the first by a senior diplomat of the Chinese government since Yoshihide Suga became prime minister.

Record 612,000 bullying cases recognized at schools in Japan

Thu, 10/22/2020 - 12:59
Bullying was found to have led to 10 suicides among schoolchildren during fiscal 2019.

Halloween revelry in Japan to take new forms during pandemic

Thu, 10/22/2020 - 12:26
Shibuya has been rendered in a virtual form to allow people to show up as costumed avatars for the night.

2-hour virus test to be made available at Narita airport

Thu, 10/22/2020 - 12:19
The facility will offer negative test certificates and will be able to process 700 people per day.

Eased work rules a lifeline for foreign ex-students stuck in Japan

Thu, 10/22/2020 - 10:05
While a decision this week by immigration authorities didn't make big headlines, it was a ray of hope for thousands of students keen to work ...

Endangered Japanese crane population on the rise in Hokkaido

Thu, 10/22/2020 - 10:00
The iconic bird, which symbolizes longevity and good luck, was almost wiped out in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Fake residence cards proliferating as more non-Japanese overstay

Thu, 10/22/2020 - 08:57
Investigators acted on 748 cases of possession, forgery and other offenses involving residence cards in 2019 alone, according to the National Police Agency.

Science Council of Japan comes under fire from LDP review team

Thu, 10/22/2020 - 08:33
The criticism comes amid controversy over Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's refusal to appoint six nominees who spoke out against Abe administration policies.

Japan’s plan to build missile defense system at sea faces mounting costs, source says

Thu, 10/22/2020 - 08:28
Delays and higher costs could rekindle support for an onshore plan, as Japan's public finances are strained by debt.

Lawmaker Toru Ishizaki offers to leave LDP over assault charge

Thu, 10/22/2020 - 08:22
A lawmaker from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Thursday offered to leave the party following his indictment for his suspected assault of a then-secretary."I ...

Japan’s police agency to drop mandatory hanko for 315 procedures

Thu, 10/22/2020 - 07:57
The National Police Agency says it receives 7.9 million applications for parking-space certification and 3.6 million for public-road use every year.

Japan researchers show masks block coronavirus, but not perfectly

Thu, 10/22/2020 - 07:54
A cotton mask reduced viral uptake by up to 40% compared with no mask. An N95 mask blocked up to 90%.

Ishiba to step down as LDP faction head after heavy loss to Suga

Thu, 10/22/2020 - 07:50
The Liberal Democratic Party's Shigeru Ishiba said Thursday he is resigning as head of his faction following a poor showing in last month's party leadership ...

Japan weighs easing coronavirus rule for short business trips from abroad

Thu, 10/22/2020 - 06:15
Japan is considering exempting businesspeople entering Japan on a 72-hour or less short stay from the country's quarantine period requirement, provided they follow certain COVID-19 ...

Suga to declare Japan will go carbon neutral by 2050 in policy speech

Thu, 10/22/2020 - 05:34
Suga is expected to announce the net zero emissions target in his first general policy address to the Diet on Monday.

Facial recognition planned to halt coronavirus spread during Tokyo Olympics

Thu, 10/22/2020 - 05:09
Japan plans to use facial recognition technology, originally intended for security purposes, to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus when it hosts the Tokyo ...

NASA says images suggest ‘success’ in asteroid sample collection

Thu, 10/22/2020 - 04:57
The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft on Tuesday unfurled its robotic arm to touch the surface of Bennu for six seconds.

Foreign visitors to Japan drop 99% in September for 6th straight month

Wed, 10/21/2020 - 14:12
The Japanese government is expected to come up with a plan by the end of the year to revive the number of foreign visitors, officials ...

Tokyo survey shows 79% of Olympic volunteers concerned about COVID-19

Wed, 10/21/2020 - 13:57
In a survey responded to by 13,480 City Cast volunteers, 75.1% also said they want the Japanese capital to create a safe environment for games ...

Six doctors referred to prosecutors over 2014 toddler death

Wed, 10/21/2020 - 13:21
The child received propofol equivalent to 2.7 times the level appropriate for an adult over about 70 hours, according to a report by a third-party ...