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Family graves a fading tradition in Japan as bereaved opt for cheaper and more convenient alternatives

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 21:29
Last month, a man was arrested by the Tokyo Metropolitan Police for leaving human remains at a garbage collection station near his residence in Adachi ...

Economy expands 1.9 percent on annualized basis in April-June quarter

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 20:41
The economy grew more than expected in the second quarter, helped by strong household and business spending and recovering from a contraction earlier this year, ...

Folktales and legends re-enacted and celebrated

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 19:45
The Tokyo Art Foundation (TAF) hosted the opera “Yuzuru” (“Twilight Crane”) at the New National Theater’s Opera Palace in Tokyo on Aug. 1, entertaining a ...

Construction begins on large hydrogen plant in Fukushima

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 06:46
Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization and other organizations said Thursday they have started construction of what will be one of the world’s ...

Okinawa to proceed with late governor’s move to block U.S. base construction

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 06:13
The Okinawa prefectural government held a hearing with local Defense Ministry officials on Thursday over its plan, announced by the late Governor Takeshi Onaga, to ...

As Tokyo shuns ban treaty, leading the way to a nuclear-free world falls to Japan’s citizens and hibakusha

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 05:50
In Nagasaki, U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres underlined his solidarity with hibakusha atomic bomb survivors and called them “true messengers” of peace.He acknowledged the power ...

Gov. Takeshi Onaga’s death muddles long-standing U.S. base relocation plan in Okinawa

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 03:03
Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga’s death Wednesday night greatly complicates the already difficult and long-standing question of when, or even if, construction of an offshore replacement ...

Students use VR to re-create Hiroshima bombing

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 02:41
It’s a sunny summer morning in the city of Hiroshima, with cicadas chirping in the trees. A lone plane flies high overhead. Then a flash ...

Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike raps state move to bolster system that diverts Tokyo’s tax revenues to other municipalities

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 02:01
The central government’s plan to beef up a tax allocation system that diverts the capital’s revenue to local governments with lower revenue has drawn fire ...

Japan foreign minister and U.N. chief agree on need to keep North Korea sanctions

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 01:36
Foreign Minister Taro Kono and visiting U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres agreed Thursday on the need to maintain sanctions against North Korea to prompt it to ...

Tepco halts sales of souvenirs from Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant following public outcry

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 23:56
Tepco suspended the sale of souvenirs at its crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant Wednesday — just eight days after launching the products — ...

Public-private project launched to ease congestion during 2020 Tokyo Games

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 22:49
A public-private project was launched Wednesday with a goal of alleviating traffic congestion in Tokyo during the 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics through the distribution ...

Nagasaki mayor presses Japan to lead efforts toward nuclear-free world as city marks 73rd anniversary of A-bomb

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 22:30
Nagasaki marked the 73rd anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of the city Thursday, with its mayor calling for security policies not reliant on nuclear ...

Tokyo exhibition to portray bond between Helen Keller and Japanese Akita dogs

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 22:20
U.S. author and activist Helen Keller (1880-1968) treasured the companionship of dogs throughout her life, including two Akitas from Japan that in the 1930s became ...

Japan to beef up immigration office in preparation for more foreign workers

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 21:05
The government plans to upgrade the Justice Ministry’s Immigration Bureau to an affiliated agency in April next year in preparation for accepting more foreign workers, ...

Saga governor positive on GSDF Osprey deployment

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 18:22
Saga Gov. Yoshinori Yamaguchi showed Wednesday a positive attitude to allowing the Defense Ministry to deploy Osprey tilt-rotor transport aircraft to his prefecture.A study by ...

Strong Typhoon Shanshan spares most of Tokyo, and commuters, as it crawls north off Pacific coast

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 17:45
Typhoon Shanshan spared most parts of Tokyo and is expected to head northward along Japan’s eastern coast, averting major disruption for commuters in and around ...

LDP faction split between Abe and Shigeru Ishiba opts not to choose sides in party leadership race

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 06:02
The third-largest intraparty faction of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Wednesday gave up backing a single candidate in next month’s party presidential election, with ...

Carcass that washed ashore on Kamakura beach confirmed to be of blue whale

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 05:05
The carcass of a 10-meter-long whale that washed ashore on a beach in Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, last Sunday has been confirmed to be a blue ...

Okinawa Gov. Onaga’s duties handed over while he battles cancer, days after launch of fresh bid to halt base construction

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 02:09
Okinawa Vice Gov. Kiichiro Jahana announced Wednesday that he would temporarily assume Gov. Takeshi Onaga’s duties, but denied that the governor — who has been ...

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