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61% of South Koreans blame Japanese government for diplomatic row

Fri, 07/12/2019 - 18:06
A total of 61 percent of South Koreans blame the Japanese government alone for the recent diplomatic friction between Seoul and Tokyo, an opinion survey ...

U.S. ambassador to Japan William Hagerty to leave post for Senate run, Trump says

Fri, 07/12/2019 - 16:00
U.S. Ambassador William Hagerty will leave his post to run for the Senate, President Donald Trump tweeted late Friday from Washington.“Tennessee loving Bill Hagerty, who ...

Seven-Eleven Japan employee becomes third suspect in 7pay mobile payment thefts

Fri, 07/12/2019 - 06:56
A Chinese student and Seven-Eleven employee was arrested Friday in connection with the ¥55 million heist conducted via 7pay, the new mobile payment service launched ...

Ohara Heights mudslide survivors still traumatized, relate their stories

Fri, 07/12/2019 - 03:51
As this month marks the first anniversary of torrential rain in western Japan, the Chugoku Shimbun has talked to several current and former residents of ...

Group helps Hiroshima mudslide victims return to normal life

Fri, 07/12/2019 - 02:11
It was three months after a dozen people were killed last July in mudslides triggered heavy rains in the town of Kumano, Hiroshima Prefecture, that ...

Okinawa to sue Japanese government again over Futenma base landfill work

Fri, 07/12/2019 - 01:57
The Okinawa Prefectural Assembly approved on Thursday a bill to launch an appeal against the central government over landfill work needed for the relocation of ...

Japanese police departments reprimand over 20 officers for paid work on police exam study guides

Fri, 07/12/2019 - 00:45
The National Police Agency and some prefectural police departments said Friday they have reprimanded more than 20 officers for accepting paid work with a publisher ...

With Japan’s increasing tourism numbers, tensions will inevitably follow

Fri, 07/12/2019 - 00:26
When is a ghost not a ghost?When it is, in fact, graffiti attributed to a 23-year old Australian tourist who this past May went on ...

Princess Mako meets with Peruvian president, expresses gratitude for acceptance of Japanese immigrants

Thu, 07/11/2019 - 23:16
Princess Mako paid a visit to Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra on Thursday in Lima during her trip to mark the 120th anniversary of the start ...

Guilty ruling finalized for Chiba mother complicit in fatal abuse of 10-year-old daughter

Thu, 07/11/2019 - 21:58
A Chiba court said Friday a guilty verdict for a woman who was complicit in her husband’s fatal assaults on their 10-year-old daughter has been ...

Tokyo-based fact-checking NPO keeping busy ahead of Upper House election

Thu, 07/11/2019 - 21:49
A Tokyo-based nonprofit organization is focusing on the analysis of information related to the July 21 Upper House election in order to prevent voters from ...

Japanese political parties woo young voters with manga, social media and cosplay

Thu, 07/11/2019 - 21:06
Both the ruling and opposition parties are tapping social media, manga and even cosplay in an effort to drum up support from young voters ahead ...

Japanese political commentator Kenichi Takemura, known for trademark pipe and frank opinions, dies at age 89

Thu, 07/11/2019 - 20:47
Kenichi Takemura, a political critic and journalist known for his trademark pipe and frank opinions, died of multiple organ failure on Monday at a Tokyo ...

Abe offers ‘heartfelt apology’ to kin of former leprosy patients for their suffering

Thu, 07/11/2019 - 19:53
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday offered an apology to family members of former leprosy patients for their suffering, after the government decided against appealing ...

SDF chief says Japan communicating with U.S. over coalition plan

Thu, 07/11/2019 - 06:03
Koji Yamazaki declined to say whether they are discussing an SDF dispatch to the Middle East.

Japan starts minting coins featuring new Reiwa imperial era

Thu, 07/11/2019 - 05:46
Japan Mint began producing ¥500 and ¥100 coins Thursday stamped with the year of issue “Reiwa one,” as the country marked the start of the ...

Death sentence finalized for man who killed five neighbors in 2013

Thu, 07/11/2019 - 05:23
The Supreme Court rejected an appeal Thursday by a 69-year-old man convicted of killing five neighbors in Yamaguchi Prefecture in 2013 in revenge for what ...

Former Kat-tun idol pleads guilty to marijuana possession

Thu, 07/11/2019 - 05:12
Junnosuke Taguchi, a former member of male idol group Kat-tun, pleaded guilty Thursday to possessing marijuana in the first hearing of his trial at the ...

‘Smart plastics’ and new devices help Japan age gracefully

Thu, 07/11/2019 - 02:46
Mitsuhiro Ebara believes plastic sheets called “smart polymers” may one day prove to be a cheap solution to curing cancer.Cancer is known to respond better ...

Japanese artist’s plagiarism claim over goldfish-filled phone booth rejected by Nara court

Thu, 07/11/2019 - 01:37
A court has rejected a plagiarism claim by an artist who argued a merchants’ association in Nara Prefecture had copied one of his artworks featuring ...

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