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Abe set to carry out major revamp of Cabinet in bid to ensure ‘stability’ and tackle new ‘challenges’

Tue, 09/10/2019 - 18:01
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to carry out a major reshuffle of his Cabinet on Wednesday as Japan faces a host of challenges, including ...

U.S. recognized Takeshima as part of Japan’s territory in 1950: Japanese government report

Tue, 09/10/2019 - 05:35
The United States recognized the South Korean-controlled Takeshima Islands in the Sea of Japan as Japanese territory as of 1950, a research report released by ...

60% of freelancers in Japan experience power harassment: survey

Tue, 09/10/2019 - 05:31
A private-sector survey showed Tuesday that 61.6 percent of freelancers in Japan have experienced work-related power harassment.Additionally, 36.6 percent said they have faced sexual harassment. ...

Demolition starts for former site of government’s Fukushima task force

Tue, 09/10/2019 - 04:55
The Environment Ministry started dismantling on Tuesday the former off-site center in Fukushima Prefecture that was used by the central government’s task force to deal ...

78% of Americans see Japan as important partner for national security: U.S. survey

Tue, 09/10/2019 - 04:26
A solid majority of Americans see Japan as an important security and trade partner, a recent survey by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, a ...

Kyoto again secures No. 1 spot as Japan’s best city outside of Tokyo

Tue, 09/10/2019 - 02:14
Among Japan’s 72 major cities outside of Tokyo, Kyoto retained its top spot as the metropolis with the greatest strengths for the second consecutive year, ...

Former Empress Michiko leaves hospital after breast cancer surgery

Tue, 09/10/2019 - 01:46
Empress Emerita Michiko was discharged from the University of Tokyo Hospital on Tuesday, two days after undergoing successful breast cancer surgery, the Imperial Household Agency ...

Cabinet reshuffles provide a window into Japan’s policy priorities

Tue, 09/10/2019 - 00:44
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is planning to reshuffle his Cabinet on Wednesday. When this action, combined with the reshuffle of Liberal Democratic Party executives, takes ...

Japan has to dump contaminated water from Fukushima nuclear plant into Pacific, top official says

Mon, 09/09/2019 - 23:22
Tokyo Electric Power will have to dump radioactive water from its destroyed Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant directly into the Pacific Ocean, the environment ...

New IAEA laboratories near Vienna to be named after late chief, Yukiya Amano

Mon, 09/09/2019 - 22:51
The International Atomic Energy Agency plans to name new laboratories near Vienna after former chief Yukiya Amano, a Japanese diplomat who died in July in ...

In Cabinet reshuffle, Abe considers tapping Koichi Hagiuda as education minister

Mon, 09/09/2019 - 21:45
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is making arrangements to appoint Koichi Hagiuda, executive deputy secretary-general of the Liberal Democratic Party, as education minister in his upcoming ...

Abe’s plan for U.S. Aegis Ashore missile shield rattles Akita residents

Mon, 09/09/2019 - 20:43
The sleepy neighborhood of Araya in the city of Akita seemed like the perfect place for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to put a U.S. anti-missile ...

LDP’s Shinjiro Koizumi says he would use dual surname system

Mon, 09/09/2019 - 20:39
Ruling party lawmaker Shinjiro Koizumi, who made headlines recently by announcing his marriage with freelance television anchor Christel Takigawa, stressed on Monday his eagerness to ...

Japan’s budget on North Korea goes unspent amid stalled abduction talks

Mon, 09/09/2019 - 20:29
Part of Japan’s state budget related to North Korea has remained untouched in the last five years amid Pyongyang’s refusal to implement a 2014 bilateral ...

Japan needs to improve medical care for detainees, new immigration chief says after spate of deaths

Mon, 09/09/2019 - 20:19
There is a need to improve medical care at immigration detention centers, the head of the country’s recently created Immigration Services Agency said, following widespread ...

Narita airport chaos to end with resumption of train services after typhoon slams Tokyo area

Mon, 09/09/2019 - 18:26
A major train line connecting Narita International Airport and downtown Tokyo resumed services Tuesday morning, allowing about 13,000 travelers stranded in the aftermath of Typhoon ...

Bullied Japanese teen dies in apparent suicide, blames school in journal

Mon, 09/09/2019 - 06:33
The 15-year-old boy had complained about bullying on numerous occasions.

11-year sentence sought for mother in Tokyo child abuse case

Mon, 09/09/2019 - 04:58
Prosecutors are seeking an 11-year prison term for the mother of a 5-year-old girl who died last year after allegedly being mistreated at home, the ...

Anti-NHK party head questioned by police over alleged intimidation

Mon, 09/09/2019 - 04:22
The head of a minor opposition party whose primary goal is to “crush” NHK said Monday he was questioned by police for alleged intimidation.Takashi Tachibana ...

No mountain high enough: Hideyuki Sugita overcomes a barrier to climb Mount Fuji

Mon, 09/09/2019 - 02:50
Hideyuki Sugita was exhausted as he scaled the rocky mountain pass in total darkness early one Friday late last month.The 31-year-old former Keio University rugby ...