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Princess Kako plans visit to Europe, her first official overseas trip

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 07:01
Princess Kako, the younger daughter of Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko, is planning to visit Austria and Hungary in September in her first ...

Japanese courts to introduce web meetings for lawsuit preparations

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 06:37
District courts in Tokyo and seven other cities will introduce web meetings in February 2020 to connect judges and lawyers online to help make necessary ...

Japanese government seeks public comment on plan to bring foreign trainees into hotel sector

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 03:59
The government on Thursday started soliciting public comments over its plan to allow foreign nationals who come to Japan under the government-sponsored Technical Intern Training ...

Chiba woman pleads guilty to complicity in husband’s fatal abuse of 10-year-old daughter

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 01:49
A woman pleaded guilty Thursday to complicity in her husband’s assaults on their 10-year-old daughter, who died in January, as her trial began in a ...

‘Culture of fear’: Report alleges low pay and overwork for laborers at Tokyo Olympics sites

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 01:13
A report released by a global union federation Wednesday demanded better conditions for laborers working on the construction of Tokyo Games facilities after several “alarming” ...

Concerned about escalating Iran-U.S. tensions, Japan offers to work with Tehran as minister visits

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 00:40
Japan on Thursday expressed concern about a tense standoff between Iran and the United States over an international nuclear deal and offered to work with ...

Chinese tourists to Japan switch from shopping sprees to medical services

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 00:23
A few years ago, Chinese tourists engaged in bakugai (explosive shopping spree) in Tokyo’s Ginza district made headlines.But that seems to be a thing of ...

Man who told police of his plan to stab Prince Hisahito to take psychiatric test, sources say

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 00:16
A 56-year-old man arrested on suspicion of placing knives on Prince Hisahito’s desk in Tokyo last month will undergo a psychiatric examination to see whether ...

Osaka’s Tobita Shinchi red light district to be closed for G20 summit to ‘avoid causing disruption’

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 23:10
A major red light district in Osaka will be closed during the Group of 20 summit in late June, the first such occurrence in 30 ...

‘Nothing has changed’: Ex-Ryukyu official reflects on effort to reduce Okinawa’s U.S. base burden

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 23:09
A former official of the now-defunct Ryukyu government is disappointed that U.S. bases remain concentrated in Okinawa Prefecture despite a proposal made before its 1972 ...

Japanese Supreme Court chief justice says lay judge system has been well received but improvements needed to spur public interest

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 22:27
The Supreme Court said Wednesday that, while the country’s lay judge system has been well received by the public since it was introduced 10 years ...

Chiba nursery teacher injured while protecting kids after car driven by 65-year-old plows into park

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 21:09
A 30-year-old teacher at a nursery school was seriously injured while protecting a group of children from a car that crashed into a park in ...

Tokyo court orders car owner to pay public broadcaster fee

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 05:56
The Tokyo District Court on Wednesday ruled that the owner of a car with a navigation system capable of receiving television signals should pay the ...

Robots from ‘Gundam’ series to greet 2020 Olympic athletes from space

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 05:45
Organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games announced plans Wednesday to launch robots from the anime “Mobile Suit Gundam” series into space aboard ...

Japan sets first target for dementia, aiming to cut number of patients in their 70s by 6% over next six years

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 03:10
A numerical goal will be set for the first time for reducing the number of people in Japan with dementia, with an eye to cutting ...

Japan fears lawmaker’s ‘war’ gaffe may impact isle talks with Russia

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 02:59
Osaka Mayor Ichiro Matsui, leader of Nippon Isshin no Kai, has reiterated his condemnation of recent remarks by a lawmaker in the party suggesting war ...

Japan’s health insurance to cover new cancer therapy that costs ¥33 million

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 02:25
A government panel on Wednesday approved coverage of a new therapy to treat leukemia and other hematologic cancers, which currently costs ¥33.49 million ($305,000), under ...

Acting U.S. defense chief hopes to help mend Japan-South Korea ties in first visit to Tokyo next month: sources

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 01:51
Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan plans to travel to Japan in early June, making his first visit to the country since taking up the ...

Canadian day care worker in Kitakyushu reported for abusing children after video shows man slapping 2-year-old

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 01:46
A foreign worker at an unlicensed day care facility in Kitakyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture, has been reported for physical abuse against children while on duty and ...

Kyoto post office delivery driver disappears with van

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 01:24
The driver of a post office delivery van carrying dozens of parcels who went missing along with the van last week in Kyoto has still ...

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