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Anniversary of 2008 stabbing spree that claimed the lives of seven people marked in Tokyo’s Akihabara district

Fri, 06/07/2019 - 23:45
Passersby laid flowers and offered prayers at an intersection in the Akihabara district of Tokyo on Saturday, the site of a deadly stabbing spree 11 ...

Liberal Democratic Party unveils election pledges with focus on foreign policy ahead of Upper House vote

Fri, 06/07/2019 - 22:34
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Friday unveiled a set of campaign pledges for an Upper House election this summer, giving more weight to foreign ...

Japan’s former Empress Michiko to undergo heart exam

Fri, 06/07/2019 - 06:12
Former Empress Michiko will undergo a heart exam after a blood test earlier this week showed a higher risk of heart failure, the Imperial Household ...

Sapporo mother and boyfriend sent to prosecutors over death of 2-year-old girl

Fri, 06/07/2019 - 06:03
A mother and her boyfriend in Sapporo were referred to prosecutors Friday on suspicion of assaulting her 2-year-old daughter, who was pronounced dead at a ...

Former Kat-tun idol Junnosuke Taguchi, facing marijuana charge, released on bail

Fri, 06/07/2019 - 05:52
Junnosuke Taguchi, a former member of Japanese all-male idol group Kat-tun, was released on bail Friday after he was charged with possessing marijuana.Taguchi, 33, and ...

Japan’s commercial whaling to restart on July 1 after three-decade hiatus

Fri, 06/07/2019 - 05:36
Japan will restart commercial whaling on July 1 in Kushiro, Hokkaido, following a three-decade hiatus after the government announced its withdrawal from the International Whaling ...

Number of newborns in Japan fell to record low while population dropped faster than ever in 2018

Fri, 06/07/2019 - 03:00
The number of newborns in Japan hit a record low of 918,397 in 2018, staying below the 1 million mark for the third year in ...

Hundreds in Hiroshima region evacuate amid downpours as rainy season begins in much of Japan

Fri, 06/07/2019 - 02:37
Heavy rainfall hit parts of western Japan beginning early Friday, causing more than 800 people to evacuate their homes and disrupting train services throughout the ...

Japan passes law to beef up checks on hiring of workers with disabilities after quota scandal

Fri, 06/07/2019 - 02:16
The Diet on Friday passed a bill to strengthen monitoring of the hiring of disabled workers after government ministries and agencies were found last year ...

Remains of Japan ASDF pilot found, two months after F-35A fighter crash off Aomori

Fri, 06/07/2019 - 02:00
Remains of the pilot of an Air Self-Defense Force F-35A stealth jet fighter that went missing off Aomori Prefecture on April 9 have been retrieved ...

Rugby World Cup organizers offer refunds to those affected by mix-up between Yokohama and Aichi

Fri, 06/07/2019 - 01:04
The organizing committee for the Rugby World Cup 2019 said Friday it has offered refunds or equivalent seating to customers who bought semifinal tickets listed ...

Japan’s adoption rules changed to allow older kids’ ties to biological parents to be severed

Fri, 06/07/2019 - 00:57
The Diet on Friday passed a revision to increase the upper age limit at which a child can be adopted under a special system that ...

Japan facing increased pressure to hike minimum wage, but business leaders give mixed response

Fri, 06/07/2019 - 00:49
Last month, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Council on Economic and Fiscal Policy recommended that the government draw up detailed measures to bring the nationwide average ...

Japanese government paper calls for review of handling of plastics

Fri, 06/07/2019 - 00:48
In an annual report released Friday, the government stressed the need to review the handling of plastics by offering successful examples of municipal and corporate ...

Chemical manufacturer Kaneka under fire over paternity harassment allegations

Thu, 06/06/2019 - 23:20
Chemical producer Kaneka Corp. faces allegations of harassment after an employee returned from paternity leave to find that he — and, one presumes, his family ...

Kyoto University researchers begin trial to treat condition that can lead to cervical cancer

Thu, 06/06/2019 - 22:49
A Kyoto University research team said Thursday that it has begun a trial to administer a treatment to patients with cervical intraepithelial neoplasia, the preceding ...

Kaneka accused of punishing worker who took paternity leave with transfer halfway across Japan

Thu, 06/06/2019 - 22:35
Some of the nation’s longest-held workplace norms are coming under scrutiny after the wife of a worker sparked controversy by tweeting that her husband was ...

Tokyo court awards damages over noise pollution from Yokota base but rejects demand to have flights curtailed

Thu, 06/06/2019 - 22:07
The Tokyo High Court on Thursday upheld a lower court ruling and ordered the government to pay damages for noise caused by aircraft taking off ...

Putin says Tokyo’s military cooperation with Washington is getting in the way of Japan-Russia peace talks

Thu, 06/06/2019 - 20:26
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday he wants to conclude a postwar peace treaty with Japan but that the process is challenging due to Tokyo’s ...

Damages upheld for only past noise pollution in Yokota base suit

Thu, 06/06/2019 - 06:32
Upholding a lower court ruling, the Tokyo High Court on Thursday ordered the government to pay damages for noise caused by aircraft taking off from ...

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