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Introducing the newest stop on Tokyo’s Yamanote Line: Takanawa Gateway

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 23:32
A new station opening on Tokyo’s Yamanote Line in 2020 will be named Takanawa Gateway, railway operator JR East announced Tuesday.JR East, also known as ...

Nobel medicine laureate Tasuku Honjo visits longtime barber ahead of ceremony

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 23:11
Nobel Prize-winning Japanese scientist Tasuku Honjo stopped in over the weekend at a Kyoto barbershop he has been visiting for over half a century as ...

Former world championship runner Yumiko Hara sentenced to suspended term for shoplifting

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 23:01
Former world championship marathon runner Yumiko Hara was sentenced Monday to one year in prison, suspended for four years with supervision, for shoplifting food, with ...

Japan considers inviting Trump after new Emperor’s accession in May

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 22:36
The Japanese government is considering inviting U.S. President Donald Trump as a state guest after Crown Prince Naruhito’s planned accession on May 1, government sources ...

One Japanese town bets big on high-end organic rice

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 22:01
The city of Hakui in Ishikawa Prefecture is using organic rice, which is grown without pesticides or fertilizers, to compete in a growing global market.With ...

China’s import ban on plastic waste pushes Japan and other rich nations to rethink trash options

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 21:42
China’s ban on imports of plastic waste is forcing other nations, including Japan and the United States, to scramble for new ways to deal with ...

Prosecutors to arrest Carlos Ghosn on fresh charge, prolonging detention: report

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 18:29
Tokyo prosecutors plan to arrest Carlos Ghosn on a fresh claim of understating his income, the Sankei newspaper reported Tuesday, in a move that could ...

Labor union says 3,000 foreign workers laid off at Sharp plant in Japan

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 06:41
Nearly 3,000 foreign workers dispatched to a Sharp Corp. plant in Mie Prefecture have apparently had their contracts terminated, according to a labor union.The massive ...

‘Sodanē’: Japan uses top buzzword of 2018 to end year on a high note

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 03:24
After months of scandals in sports, politics — and society as a whole — the top buzzword of 2018, announced Monday, struck a strikingly positive ...

Tokyo protests Beijing’s new activities in East China Sea gas field

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 02:43
Tokyo has lodged a protest with Beijing over new exploration activities at a gas field in a contested area of the East China Sea, the ...

46 Chinese workers disappear in Hokkaido after 11 arrested over visa issues

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 02:11
Forty-six Chinese construction workers in Hokkaido have vanished after 11 compatriots were arrested over their eligibility to stay in the country, sources related to their ...

Man indicted over deadly Kanagawa road rage incident pleads not guilty

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 02:03
A 26-year-old man pleaded not guilty Monday at the Yokohama District Court to a charge of dangerous driving in connection with an alleged road-rage incident ...

As heater-related deaths top 100 over five years, officials urge caution when using appliances

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 01:15
The nationwide death toll from fires and carbon monoxide poisoning caused by heating appliances over five years through March 2018 has hit 107, a survey ...

Japanese government starts accepting exam applications from disabled

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 00:38
The National Personnel Authority began accepting applications on Monday for the first-ever unified examinations to hire people with disabilities as government workers.The exams will be ...

New Japan-Russia framework set, but obstacles to territorial talks abound

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 00:30
A new framework between Japan and Russia has been set for negotiations on their decades-old territorial row and a peace treaty, with a critical point ...

Japanese weather observatories shift to forecasting snow over shorter spans

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 00:00
Weather observatories are shifting toward providing snow forecasts for shorter time frames, hoping to better accommodate sudden weather changes and prevent disasters and traffic disruptions.The ...

Full-fledged landfill work for Henoko U.S. base site to begin on Dec. 14

Sun, 12/02/2018 - 23:41
The government said Monday that it plans to begin full-fledged land reclamation work on Dec. 14 for the construction of a controversial replacement facility for ...

Iga, known for its ninja, looks to draw foreign tourists by turning castle town into a hotel site

Sun, 12/02/2018 - 22:05
The Mie Prefecture city of Iga, the origin of one of Japan’s most famous ninja clans, plans to open the growing number of vacant homes ...

Rare Christian painting goes on display in Yokohama, offering window into era of persecution in Japan

Sun, 12/02/2018 - 21:53
A Christian painting at a museum in eastern Japan is highly likely to have been created in the late 16th century, when persecution of Christians ...

Japanese volunteers spring to action after fatal child abuse case

Sun, 12/02/2018 - 20:09
Five-year old Yua Funato was found unconscious at a Tokyo apartment in March, her feet severely frostbitten and her face and body covered with bruises ...

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