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Japan rejects Russian criticism of Aegis Ashore deployment plan

Sat, 02/09/2019 - 01:38
Tokyo has rejected Moscow’s claim that the Aegis Ashore missile defense system Japan plans to deploy violates the U.S.-Russia Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.Defense Minister Takeshi ...

China’s population tops list of people from other nations aware of Japan’s Imperial succession

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 23:59
The proportion of people outside Japan who are aware of the planned Imperial succession was highest in China among six surveyed countries, the Japan Press ...

South Korea fails to answer Japan’s request for talks on looming asset seizure linked to wartime labor ruling

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 21:49
South Korea has failed to respond to Japan’s request to launch talks as a major Japanese steel-maker faces the imminent seizure of assets in connection ...

Olympic organizers to install latest surveillance system at 2020 Games

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 20:38
The organizing committee for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will install a state-of-the-art video surveillance system at venues and the athletes’ village during the games in ...

Cold snap and snow hit Tokyo and surrounding areas, disrupting some flights

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 19:30
A cold snap hit Tokyo and it surrounding areas Saturday, disrupting flight operations at major airports in the region.The Meteorological Agency said up to 5 ...

Tokyo Olympics on course to meet target for using recycled metal in medals

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 06:54
The organizing committee for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics said Friday it expects to achieve its target for collecting the recycled metal needed to ...

Japanese ex-policeman gets 22 years for fatally shooting boss in Shiga

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 06:40
A 20-year-old former policeman was sentenced Friday to 22 years in prison for shooting his boss to death at a police box in Hikone, Shiga ...

Japan, No. 2 generator of packaging waste, moves to ban plastic straws and cutlery in government cafeterias

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 06:39
The government decided Friday to ban in principle the use of plastic straws and cutlery in its cafeterias and to stop passing out plastic bottles ...

Japan’s opposition parties lay into ministry officials for extensive role in wage scandal probe

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 03:14
Opposition lawmakers continued to grill labor ministry officials over a wage data manipulation scandal Friday at the Lower House budget committee, questioning the political neutrality ...

Coldest air mass ever recorded in Hokkaido grips prefecture, with snow expected Saturday in Tokyo

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 03:07
A cold wave caused by a mass of air at record-low temperatures gripped Hokkaido on Friday, causing traffic disruption across the island.As temperatures plunged below ...

Leopalace21 starts moving out 14,000 residents from homes across Japan due to fire risks and other defects

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 02:41
Rental apartment operator Leopalace21 Corp. said Friday it had started moving 14,443 residents out of their homes to repair defects found in 1,324 apartments across ...

City of Otsu to use AI to analyze past school bullying cases with an eye on future prevention

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 02:16
A city in Shiga Prefecture said Friday it plans to use artificial intelligence to predict the potential consequences of suspected cases of bullying at schools, ...

Japan’s Reconstruction Agency to air ad for Fukushima products on TV, online and at cinemas

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 01:49
The Reconstruction Agency said Friday that it will run a television commercial advertising farm, fishery and forestry products made in Fukushima Prefecture for about a ...

Two positive kanji, easy to write and read: Japan to follow precedent in selecting new era name

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 01:41
The government confirmed Friday that it will follow the procedures taken to pick the current era name of Heisei in choosing a name for the ...

Japan warns of ‘countermeasures’ in dispute with South Korea over rulings on wartime forced labor

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 01:35
Japan has warned South Korea that it will take “countermeasures” if Seoul moves ahead with selling seized assets of a Japanese company that has refused ...

Wreckage of Imperial Japanese Navy battleship Hiei, first to be lost in WWII, discovered in Solomons

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 00:56
Researchers have found the wreckage of the Imperial Japanese Navy battleship Hiei, which sank in the South Pacific during World War II. It was the ...

Government adopts bill to limit value of gifts in Japan hometown tax donation system

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 00:55
In order to cool down heated competition among local governments seeking to attract donations with offers of expensive gifts for benefactors, the government Friday adopted ...

Immigration pact needed to thwart dodgy brokers targeting Nepalese heading to Japan, experts say

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 00:12
As Japan prepares to welcome a wave of new foreign workers, experts are cautioning Nepalese over unethical immigration brokers and urging their government to conclude ...

Majority of women to buy Valentine’s chocolates for themselves, averaging ¥4,200, Japan survey shows

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 23:01
Over 60 percent of women who plan to buy chocolates for Valentine’s Day are considering treating themselves and buying chocolates for their own enjoyment, a ...

Mirror test in Japanese study suggests self-awareness in fish, raising questions about animal intelligence

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 20:52
A small tropical reef fish was able to recognize itself in a mirror, scientists said Thursday, in a finding that raises provocative questions about assessing ...

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