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JTB travel agency predicts record 3 million will go abroad during Japan’s summer holiday period

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 20:26
The number of people who will travel overseas from Japan during this year’s summer holiday period is estimated at 2.99 million, the most since JTB ...

Five tons of fish scatter across 500 meters of highway in Osaka Prefecture

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 06:50
Five tons of bonitos fell from a refrigerator truck and were scattered across an expressway in Sakai, Osaka Prefecture, on Thursday morning, police said.The frozen ...

Japan startup to launch rocket into space next week

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 06:46
A Hokkaido-based aerospace startup said Thursday it will launch its fourth privately developed small rocket next week, following the success of its predecessor in May.Interstellar ...

Japan’s biggest warship offers clue to military ambitions

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 05:53
One of Japan’s largest warships, the helicopter carrier Izumo, offers a glimpse of where its military is headed: For the first time, troops from a ...

Voters focus on tax hike and Constitution as Japan’s Upper House election campaign begins

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 01:24
As campaigning for the Upper House election began Thursday, voters voiced their opinions on key topics that could change the course of the nation, such ...

Okinawa farm kicks off vanilla bean project to employ the poor and disabled

Wed, 07/03/2019 - 23:22
Taking a cue from soaring world prices for vanilla, an Okinawa farm has started cultivating the valuable spice in an initiative aimed at promoting the ...

Ex-Australian PM Tony Abbott says he regrets unsuccessful submarine deal with Japan

Wed, 07/03/2019 - 21:17
Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Tuesday he regrets being unable to secure a contract to have Japan help develop Australia’s new class of ...

Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko meet Finnish president

Wed, 07/03/2019 - 21:06
Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko visited the Finnish city of Naantali to make a courtesy call on President Sauli Niinistoe on Wednesday.Naantali is ...

Coast guard personnel from Japan, Indonesia and the Philippines take part in oil spill drill

Wed, 07/03/2019 - 20:55
The coast guards of Japan, Indonesia and the Philippines took part in a mock oil spill exercise in southern Philippine waters on Wednesday.The drill was ...

First whale meat auction held since restart of Japan’s commercial hunt

Wed, 07/03/2019 - 20:30
A whale meat auction was held Thursday in Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture, the first since the country ended its 31-year commercial whaling hiatus earlier this week.A ...

Rains ease in southern Japan but residents warned of landslide risks

Wed, 07/03/2019 - 19:26
Heavy rains in southern Japan let up by Thursday, but authorities maintained evacuation orders for more than a million people, warning of a risk of ...

Campaigning kicks off for Japan’s July 21 Upper House election

Wed, 07/03/2019 - 18:44
Official campaigning began Thursday for the July 21 Upper House election, with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe seeking to maintain political stability to press ahead with ...

Man referred to prosecutors over attempt to join IS while in university

Wed, 07/03/2019 - 06:08
A 31-year-old man was referred to prosecutors Wednesday for allegedly preparing to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State militant group in 2014 while ...

In debate, Abe squares off with opposition leaders ahead of Upper House election

Wed, 07/03/2019 - 03:27
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said during a debate with opposition leaders on Wednesday that he will go ahead with the planned sales tax hike in ...

Rescue authorities struggle to issue guidance on handling instructions not to resuscitate

Wed, 07/03/2019 - 03:03
Ambulance crews have recently found themselves up against the serious issue of how to respond to cases in which family members of patients suffering cardiac ...

Defense chief apologizes to Yamaguchi governor for faulty Aegis survey

Wed, 07/03/2019 - 02:17
Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya apologized Wednesday to Yamaguchi Gov. Tsugumasa Muraoka over a mistake in a geographical survey conducted by the ministry that was used ...

Proportion of older households living on pension alone fell to just over half in 2018, ministry survey shows

Tue, 07/02/2019 - 23:36
A majority of elderly households live on pension income alone, a welfare ministry survey showed Tuesday.The share of elderly households who said pension or military ...

Doing the ‘I turn’: Japan taps tourism to lure city dwellers to emptying villages

Tue, 07/02/2019 - 21:55
Yoshifumi Yano was tiring of the high cost of living and long hours of work at a travel firm in the city of Osaka when ...

Tokyo police grapple with growing demand for foreign language services

Tue, 07/02/2019 - 21:42
Tokyo’s Metropolitan Police Department is facing a surge in demand for foreign language services in line with the rising number of overseas travelers seen arriving ...

Visually impaired runner Misato Michishita aims for Paralympic gold

Tue, 07/02/2019 - 21:14
After claiming her third straight World Para Athletics Championships marathon title in April and securing a spot at next summer’s Tokyo Games, visually impaired runner ...

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