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Japanese schools struggle with sports days in the age of COVID-19

Fri, 10/23/2020 - 10:00
The need to maintain social distancing and enforce sanitizing measures has seen numerous changes to the traditional event.

Minamata disease victims struggle to find closure

Fri, 10/23/2020 - 08:25
More than 60 years after first raising awareness about a neurological disease caused by industrial mercury poisoning, photojournalist Aileen M. Smith still wants answers

Tokyo confirms 186 new coronavirus cases

Fri, 10/23/2020 - 08:14
The capital has now seen 29,706 people infected during the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Japan defense chief and Okinawa governor still at odds over U.S. base

Fri, 10/23/2020 - 08:11
Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi and Okinawa Gov. Denny Tamaki met Thursday to discuss the issue of relocating U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma within the ...

Miyagi assembly approves restart of Onagawa nuclear reactor

Fri, 10/23/2020 - 07:33
It is now highly likely that Miyagi Gov. Yoshihiro Murai will agree to resuming operation of the No. 2 reactor at the nuclear plant.

Fifth of Japan’s workforce may be in medical and welfare jobs by 2040

Fri, 10/23/2020 - 07:27
A government report says teleworking may have a large impact on social security and work styles in the future.

Ahead of Diet session, speculation over Japan election timing grows

Fri, 10/23/2020 - 07:25
Scheduling the vote will be an important test of Suga's acumen as a politician, and could affect his standing within the ruling party.

Japan to recruit astronauts in first intake for 13 years

Fri, 10/23/2020 - 07:20
Tokyo is aiming to have a Japanese national on the moon for the first time in the latter half of the 2020s.

Tokyo man arrested over dismembered body in Niigata Prefecture

Fri, 10/23/2020 - 07:15
The body, in several pieces, was found Monday inside a closet in an apartment in Kashiwazaki, Niigata Prefecture.

Tokyo to start tourism subsidy program exclusively for residents

Fri, 10/23/2020 - 05:50
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government launched its own travel subsidy program Friday, offering Tokyoites discounts of ¥5,000 per person for a one-night stay costing ¥6,000 or ...

Princess Mako, niece of Emperor Naruhito, turns 29

Fri, 10/23/2020 - 05:46
Princess Mako, a niece of Emperor Naruhito and the eldest daughter of Crown Prince Akishino, turned 29 on Friday, marking her birthday at a time ...

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.