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Online Japanese releases under fire after missing the mark

Sat, 06/16/2018 - 06:40
Even the most innocuous upload can carry political baggage online in 2018. It’s a truth Western users have become used to, where a pancake restaurant’s ...

Japan’s gods: More benevolent than fearsome

Sat, 06/16/2018 - 06:32
The most violent episode in Japanese mythology is the rampage through the Sun Goddess' rice fields by her unruly brother Susano'o, the Storm God.

Japanese stratum at center of ‘Chibanian’ geological proposal to become natural monument

Sat, 06/16/2018 - 06:02
The Cultural Affairs Council on Friday recommended that a stratum in Chiba Prefecture be designated as a natural monument, citing its significance as an observation ...

USS Mercy docks in Tokyo for show-and-tell visit with LDP lawmakers

Sat, 06/16/2018 - 05:53
A U.S. naval hospital ship docked in Tokyo’s Ota Ward on Saturday at the invitation of a group of ruling bloc lawmakers who are calling ...

Osaka floats out-of-box thinking for ties with North

Sat, 06/16/2018 - 00:55
Though it remains to be seen how history will judge the June 12 summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong ...

Reactor at trouble-hit Genkai nuclear facility in Saga Prefecture comes back online

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 22:33
A nuclear reactor at a trouble-hit complex in Saga Prefecture restarted operations Saturday for the first time in more than 6½ years amid lingering safety ...

Trump threatened to send 25 million Mexicans to Japan: report

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 20:00
President Donald Trump threatened Prime Minister Shinzo Abe with shipping 25 million Mexicans to his country, one of a series of bizarre missives that jarred ...

North Korea calls issue of abductions of Japanese ‘resolved’

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 19:44
North Korea’s official Pyongyang Broadcasting Station said Friday that the issue of Pyongyang’s past abductions of Japanese nationals has “already been settled,” according to the ...

Taro Kono could meet with his North Korean counterpart at the ASEAN forum in August

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 19:40
The government is considering holding a meeting of foreign ministers with North Korea on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Regional Forum ...

South Korean court proposes return of stolen Buddhist statue to Japanese temple

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 19:20
A South Korean high court on Friday proposed returning an ancient Buddhist statue that was stolen from a Japanese temple in 2012 and is claimed ...

Abe pitches idea of international funding framework on North Korean denuclearization

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 18:42
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday indicated the possibility of setting up an international framework for funding aimed at achieving the complete denuclearization of North ...

Japan’s businesses should take lead on LGBT rights: U.N. official

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 05:56
A senior U.N. Human Rights official said the Japanese business sector should play a greater role in eliminating discrimination against sexual minorities.“I think there is ...

Japan and U.S. to conduct first joint anti-ship drills

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 05:37
Japan and the United States will conduct their first joint anti-ship combat drills during the U.S.-led Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) multinational naval exercises in ...

South Korean court rejects damages suit filed by former ‘comfort women’ over 2015 deal with Japan

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 05:07
A South Korean court on Friday rejected a suit filed by 12 former “comfort women” seeking 100 million won (about $91,000) each in damages against ...

Abe-led panel adopts new visa plan to accept 500,000 low-skilled laborers by 2025

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 03:24
Challenged by the ongoing population crisis, Japan may be finally and quietly trying to change its strict immigration policy to accept more low-skilled foreign laborers.On ...

Ruling coalition drives casino bill through Lower House panel as opposition protests

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 02:07
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling coalition on Friday pushed through a Lower House panel a contentious bill that specifies rules about the planned structure of ...

Japan uneasy following Trump’s suggestion of halting U.S.-South Korea military drills

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 01:40
While hailing the summit between the U.S. and North Korean leaders as a meaningful step toward the denuclearization of the North, Japan has grown uneasy ...

Probe into fatal Kyushu shinkansen incident ordered by minister

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 01:30
The government has instructed West Japan Railway Co. to investigate why a driver of one of its bullet trains that hit and killed a man ...

Tokyo looks to kick start nighttime spending by tourists but transportation remains an obstacle

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 01:01
Businesses in Tokyo are continuing to look for ways to get foreign visitors to spend their time and cash on the capital’s wide-ranging nightlife options.But ...

Abe directs Cabinet to take on child abuse after death of 5-year-old girl

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 23:45
The government on Friday said it will compile measures aimed at preventing child abuse following the recent death of a 5-year-old girl, who had written ...