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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.

Lawmaker Toru Ishizaki offers to leave LDP over assault charge

Thu, 10/22/2020 - 08:22
A lawmaker from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Thursday offered to leave the party following his indictment for his suspected assault of a then-secretary."I ...

Japan’s police agency to drop mandatory hanko for 315 procedures

Thu, 10/22/2020 - 07:57
The National Police Agency says it receives 7.9 million applications for parking-space certification and 3.6 million for public-road use every year.

Japan researchers show masks block coronavirus, but not perfectly

Thu, 10/22/2020 - 07:54
A cotton mask reduced viral uptake by up to 40% compared with no mask. An N95 mask blocked up to 90%.

Ishiba to step down as LDP faction head after heavy loss to Suga

Thu, 10/22/2020 - 07:50
The Liberal Democratic Party's Shigeru Ishiba said Thursday he is resigning as head of his faction following a poor showing in last month's party leadership ...

Japan weighs easing coronavirus rule for short business trips from abroad

Thu, 10/22/2020 - 06:15
Japan is considering exempting businesspeople entering Japan on a 72-hour or less short stay from the country's quarantine period requirement, provided they follow certain COVID-19 ...

Suga to declare Japan will go carbon neutral by 2050 in policy speech

Thu, 10/22/2020 - 05:34
Suga is expected to announce the net zero emissions target in his first general policy address to the Diet on Monday.

Facial recognition planned to halt coronavirus spread during Tokyo Olympics

Thu, 10/22/2020 - 05:09
Japan plans to use facial recognition technology, originally intended for security purposes, to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus when it hosts the Tokyo ...

NASA says images suggest ‘success’ in asteroid sample collection

Thu, 10/22/2020 - 04:57
The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft on Tuesday unfurled its robotic arm to touch the surface of Bennu for six seconds.

Foreign visitors to Japan drop 99% in September for 6th straight month

Wed, 10/21/2020 - 14:12
The Japanese government is expected to come up with a plan by the end of the year to revive the number of foreign visitors, officials ...

Tokyo survey shows 79% of Olympic volunteers concerned about COVID-19

Wed, 10/21/2020 - 13:57
In a survey responded to by 13,480 City Cast volunteers, 75.1% also said they want the Japanese capital to create a safe environment for games ...

Six doctors referred to prosecutors over 2014 toddler death

Wed, 10/21/2020 - 13:21
The child received propofol equivalent to 2.7 times the level appropriate for an adult over about 70 hours, according to a report by a third-party ...

North Korean government ship spotted in Japan’s EEZ last month

Wed, 10/21/2020 - 13:08
It is not unheard of for North Korean government ships to make appearances in the area, sometimes threatening Japanese ships sent to intercept them.

Former residents fly near Russian-held islets, offering prayers from the air

Wed, 10/21/2020 - 11:55
According to the government of Hokkaido, a total of some 130 former residents will take the five flights to pray for ancestors who were buried ...

Japan offers emergency loan to Cambodia as Tokyo steps up aid to ASEAN members

Wed, 10/21/2020 - 10:06
The Cambodian foreign minister expressed thanks for the support and added that he expects to further promote the countries' cooperation in fighting the pandemic.

Aomori urges Japan to reconfirm it won’t be nuclear waste’s final resting place

Wed, 10/21/2020 - 09:28
Aomori has agreed to accept spent nuclear fuel from plants across the country on the condition that a final disposal facility is not constructed in ...

Tokyo registers 150 new COVID-19 cases

Wed, 10/21/2020 - 08:33
The capital’s cumulative tally stood at 29,335, while the number of seriously ill patients remained at 24.