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As its drug firms consider move to Tokyo, does Osaka have a future as a modern city of medicine?

Mon, 06/10/2019 - 22:16
The Doshomachi area of the city of Osaka has been the home and birthplace of many pharmaceutical companies since the Edo Period (1603-1868), including some ...

Empress emerita told to take it easy after doctors diagnose heart valve abnormalities

Mon, 06/10/2019 - 20:39
Empress Emerita Michiko has been diagnosed with heart valve abnormalities, the Imperial Household Agency said Monday.The 84-year-old former empress, who retired from official duties when ...

Two die as car pursued by Japanese police tumbles off embankment

Mon, 06/10/2019 - 06:17
Two people were killed when their car tumbled 40 meters over an embankment on Sunday afternoon in Aomori Prefecture while being pursued by police from ...

Award-winning Japanese author Seiko Tanabe, known for modernized version of ‘Tale of Genji,’ dies at 91

Mon, 06/10/2019 - 06:05
Seiko Tanabe, an award-winning author known for her modernized version of the Japanese classic “Tale of Genji” titled “Shin-Genji Monogatari,” died of cholangitis, an inflammation ...

Hong Kong activist urges Japan to put pressure on city government to withdraw extradition bill

Mon, 06/10/2019 - 05:38
Tokyo should put pressure on the Hong Kong government to withdraw a controversial bill that would allow extraditions to mainland China, given Japan’s strong economic ...

Abe apologizes for report on aging that said an elderly couple will need ¥20 million in savings

Mon, 06/10/2019 - 05:36
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe apologized Monday for a controversial Financial Services Agency report emphasizing that an average elderly couple needs to build up ¥20 million ...

Double-election fever starts to dissipate in political circles

Mon, 06/10/2019 - 01:58
Speculation that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will dissolve the Lower House for a “double election” this summer began to dissipate Monday, as an official close ...

Diplomats seek to manage expectations over Abe’s visit to Tehran

Mon, 06/10/2019 - 01:37
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to start his two-day visit to Tehran on Wednesday amid rising military tensions in the Persian Gulf.Abe’s planned visit ...

Pilot’s ‘spatial disorientation’ was likely cause of F-35A crash off Aomori Prefecture, Japan defense chief says

Mon, 06/10/2019 - 01:05
Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya said Monday the crash of an Air Self-Defense Force F-35A stealth fighter in the Pacific Ocean off Aomori Prefecture two months ...

Giant panda cub Xiang Xiang at Tokyo’s Ueno zoo to turn 2 this week

Mon, 06/10/2019 - 01:03
Few birthdays call for greater celebration than that of Xiang Xiang, a female giant panda cub living in Tokyo’s Ueno zoo who will turn 2 ...

71-year-old arrested over threat to attack ‘noisy’ kindergartners

Mon, 06/10/2019 - 00:39
A 71-year-old man in Tokyo was arrested over the weekend for allegedly sending threatening letters to the parents of kindergartners he claimed were too noisy, ...

Tohoku residents try to keep memory of 3/11 quake and tsunami alive through VR and wreckage

Mon, 06/10/2019 - 00:38
Conveying the fear of when a massive earthquake and tsunami strike is no easy feat.But eight years on from the disaster that shook the nation ...

Wheelchair-accessible hotel rooms still an issue ahead of Tokyo 2020 Paralympics and Olympics

Sun, 06/09/2019 - 21:37
A shortage of wheelchair-accessible hotel rooms remains an issue for Tokyo 2020 organizers, who say they are committed to using the Paralympic Games to make ...

Osaka Ishin no Kai candidate Hideki Nagafuji wins Sakai mayoral election

Sun, 06/09/2019 - 21:20
A candidate from regional party Osaka Ishin no Kai (One Osaka) won Sunday’s mayoral election in Sakai, Osaka Prefecture, likely giving a boost to the ...

Men force feet into high heels as Japan’s #KuToo movement seeks to build on media attention

Sun, 06/09/2019 - 21:00
Men jam their feet into high-heeled shoes and walk back and forth, some falteringly, others with unlikely confidence. Some women watch, gauging the men’s reactions ...

Kyoto team retains its seat in ‘Isu-1’ office chair grand prix

Sun, 06/09/2019 - 06:58
The rattle of tiny plastic wheels echoed through the normally sleepy streets of Hanyu, Saitama Prefecture, on Sunday morning as the small city about 60 ...

During upcoming visit to Tehran, Abe likely to propose Trump-Rouhani meeting

Sun, 06/09/2019 - 01:53
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, during his visit to Iran this week, is likely to propose a meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and his Iranian ...

After recent incidents involving social recluses, support groups and organizations received deluge of requests for advice

Sun, 06/09/2019 - 00:35
Following recent stabbing incidents involving middle-aged hikikomori (social recluses) and their parents, the number of enquiries received by support groups and similar organizations dealing with ...

Convenience stores work hard to stay relevant

Sat, 06/08/2019 - 06:57
Ride the Seibu Shinjuku Line to Iriso Station in the city of Sayama, Saitama Prefecture, and you can enjoy shopping at Japan’s oldest franchise convenience ...

Documentary juxtaposes both sides of contentious debate on ‘comfort women’

Sat, 06/08/2019 - 06:56
On May 30, three people held a news conference in Tokyo to speak out against a documentary titled “Shusenjo: The Main Battleground of the Comfort ...

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