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Dancer aims to reinvent Minamata, long known for disease caused by pollution, into a city of samba

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 22:23
Minamata in Kumamoto Prefecture has long been known mainly for a deadly industrial pollution debacle that occurred decades ago, but a dancing teacher hopes he ...

Three dead and one injured in Tokyo warehouse fire

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 06:16
A fire broke out at a warehouse in Tokyo’s Ota Ward on Tuesday afternoon leaving three men dead and another man injured, while some flights ...

Overseas bookings skyrocket as 10-day Golden Week offers Japan rare chance to enjoy longer trips

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 02:14
Reservations for travel overseas are surging for this year’s 10-day Golden Week period, during which the Imperial succession is set to take place, according to ...

Japan’s flamboyant ‘Prince of Green Juice’ arrested for alleged tax evasion

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 01:12
A flamboyant entrepreneur known as the “Prince of Green Juice” was arrested for alleged tax evasion on Tuesday.Tokyo prosecutors raided beauty and diet product company ...

Japan’s temples turn to social media, video streaming and apps to lure visitors

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 23:46
Temples across the country, including in the Chugoku region, are increasingly turning to mobile apps, videos and social media to entice visitors.Some temples even offer ...

Visitors to Sapporo Snow Festival hit record 2.74 million thanks to weather and Chinese New Year tourists

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 23:30
The annual Sapporo Snow Festival, one of the nation’s largest winter events, attracted a record-high 2.74 million visitors thanks to good weather and an influx ...

Half of new slots at Haneda airport to be given to Japanese and U.S. airlines

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 23:05
Japanese and U.S. airlines will be allocated about half of the roughly 50 slots to be created at Tokyo’s Haneda airport in the run-up to ...

Nagoya firm Jtekt develops gnarly skateboard bearings ahead of sport’s Tokyo Olympic debut

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 22:51
Jtekt Corp., a Nagoya-based parts manufacturer affiliated with Toyota Motor Corp., has developed an upgraded version of Ninja, the brand name for its bearings used ...

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan leader Yukio Edano urges party to gird for Lower House poll

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 21:55
Yukio Edano, leader of the opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, told senior officials of the party’s local chapters on Monday to speed up the ...

More in Japan see U.S. as ‘major threat,’ while cyberattacks and climate change top concerns, survey shows

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 21:53
Almost as many people in Japan view the U.S. as a “major threat” as those who view an increasingly antagonistic China as a significant global ...

Japan demands South Korean speaker retract call for Emperor’s apology to ‘comfort women’

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 21:15
Japan has demanded South Korean National Assembly Speaker Moon Hee-sang retract remarks seeking an apology from Emperor Akihito to women forced to work in Japanese ...

Tepco to deploy robot for first contact with melted fuel from Fukushima No. 1 nuclear disaster

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 20:36
The owner of the wrecked Fukushima No. 1 power plant is trying this week to touch melted fuel at the bottom of the plant for ...

The art and science of Japan’s cherry blossom forecast

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 04:35
As spring approaches in Japan, the country’s weather forecasters face one of their biggest missions of the year: predicting exactly when the famed cherry blossoms ...

Kyōgen actor Nomura Man and two noh actors honored with French Order of Arts and Letters

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 01:56
Kyōgen actor Nomura Man and two noh actors were honored Sunday with the French Order of Arts and Letters for their contribution to promoting Japanese ...

Four Chinese ships sail in Japanese waters near Senkaku Islands

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 00:46
Four Chinese government ships sailed for about two hours in Japanese territorial waters around the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea on Monday, according ...

Foreign Minister Taro Kono warns South Korean Lawmaker on Emperor remark

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 00:07
Foreign Minister Taro Kono cautioned South Korea’s top legislator against making divisive remarks after the lawmaker urged the Japanese Emperor to make a personal apology ...

Vietnamese woman flees during immigration checks at Narita airport

Sun, 02/10/2019 - 23:32
The Tokyo Regional Immigration Bureau said Sunday that a Vietnamese woman fled during immigration checks at Narita International Airport in Chiba Prefecture.The immigration bureau and ...

Japanese cities worried about taking in more foreign workers, survey finds

Sun, 02/10/2019 - 05:49
Nearly half of cities and towns across Japan are concerned about how to appropriately deal with to foreign workers as they prepare for an influx ...

LDP OKs terse plan to revise Constitution as it seeks to avoid divisive issue ahead of coming elections

Sun, 02/10/2019 - 03:27
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Sunday adopted a concise plan for its long-cherished goal of revising the nation’s pacifist Constitution at its annual convention, ...

Japanese man shot to death trying to save father in Belize robbery

Sun, 02/10/2019 - 02:51
A Japanese man has been shot to death and his father critically wounded by two armed men in Belize, according to the Japanese Embassy in ...

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