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Japan enacts contentious law allowing private firms to take charge of water supplies

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 02:09
The Diet on Thursday enacted a controversial law allowing private companies to run water supply services as many public suppliers fall into the red and ...

Panel recommends variable hours for Japan’s teachers in bid to tackle overwork

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 01:45
A government panel on Thursday recommended the introduction of a variable work-hour system for public school teachers to tackle the problem of overwork.The system would ...

6,000 cryptocurrency laundering cases reported to Japanese police from January to October

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 01:08
Nearly 6,000 cases of suspected money laundering linked to cryptocurrency were reported to police in the January to October period, National Police Agency officials said ...

British Museum to hold largest-ever manga exhibition outside Japan

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 00:55
The British Museum said Wednesday it will hold from May the largest exhibition of manga ever to take place outside of Japan, showcasing original Japanese ...

Tokyo Disneyland gives sneak preview of new ‘Beauty and the Beast’ attraction

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 00:31
Oriental Land Co., operator of the Tokyo Disney Resort, on Thursday gave reporters a sneak peak of a new “Beauty and the Beast” attraction under ...

Two rescued, five missing after ‘mishap’ involving U.S. Marine tanker and fighter jet off Kochi

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 00:26
Two U.S. Marine aircraft crashed early Thursday during a refueling drill, leaving five crew members missing after two were rescued off the coast of Kochi ...

U.N. adopts Japan’s anti-nuke resolution but U.S. abstains

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 23:40
The U.N. General Assembly endorsed a Japanese anti-nuclear resolution by a wide margin on Wednesday, but the United States abstained in a shift of position ...

Abe invites Putin to Japan next summer as prime minister looks to accelerate peace treaty talks

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 21:47
During their summit in Argentina on Saturday, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe invited Russian President Vladimir Putin to Japan next summer, a ruling party lawmaker said.Abe ...

U.S. warship conducts Sea of Japan operation in challenge to Russia’s ‘excessive maritime claims’

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 17:25
The U.S. Navy has conducted a so-called freedom of navigation operation (FONOP) near disputed waters in the Sea of Japan, it said Thursday, to challenge ...

Search on for seven after U.S. Marine tanker, fighter jet crash during drill off Japan

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 16:47
Two U.S. Marine aircraft crashed early Thursday, reportedly leaving seven service members missing off the coast of southern Japan as search and rescue operations continued.A ...

Japan plans to develop defense system using high-power lasers

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 14:16
Japan plans to develop a defense system using high-power lasers capable of destroying a flying target instantly, a government source said Wednesday.The Defense Ministry is ...

Japan mulls announcing new era name on April 11: sources

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 14:15
The Japanese government is considering announcing the name of the country’s new era on April 11 or later ahead of the ascension of the new ...

Costs related to Japan’s hotter summers being factored into the budget for the 2020 Games

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 06:58
Organizers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on Wednesday said the increased costs associated with preventing heat injuries to athletes and spectators amid Japan’s increasingly hotter ...

South Korean court upholds ruling against Mitsubishi Heavy over forced wartime labor in Japan

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 03:26
A South Korean high court on Wednesday upheld a lower court ruling that ordered Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. to pay compensation to South Koreans conscripted ...

Court rejects Okinawa’s demand to halt U.S. Futenma base relocation to Henoko

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 03:23
A high court on Wednesday rejected the Okinawa Prefectural Government’s demand that the transfer of a key U.S. base within the island prefecture be halted, ...

Man to face charges for carrying fertilized wagyu eggs into China

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 02:18
The agriculture ministry will pursue criminal charges against a man who tried to take the fertilized eggs of wagyu Japanese beef cattle into China, it ...

Former mayor expresses anger at Tepco in trial over Fukushima crisis

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 02:12
A former mayor of a city hit by the 2011 Fukushima nuclear crisis told a court on Wednesday that he wants to express his “anger” ...

Swine fever reported at research institute as Gifu Prefecture logs third case this year

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 00:10
A local government in Gifu Prefecture said Wednesday that a case of hog cholera infection has been discovered at a public research institute — the ...

Local governments in Japan get creative in bid to secure child care workers

Tue, 12/04/2018 - 23:20
Local governments are desperately trying to recruit licensed child care workers in a bid to address an acute shortage in day care staff.As part of ...

Upper House approves bill allowing private firms to run water supply services

Tue, 12/04/2018 - 23:09
The Upper House on Wednesday passed a controversial bill by a majority vote to revise the Water Supply Act to allow private companies to run ...

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