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Ex-SoftBank employee indicted over alleged leak to Russian envoy in Japan

Fri, 02/14/2020 - 13:51
A former SoftBank Corp. employee was indicted Friday on a charge of illegally acquiring corporate secrets, which breaks the law on preventing unfair competition, prosecutors ...

Kawasaki, known for poverty and pollution, confronts gentrification

Fri, 02/14/2020 - 12:29
Surrounded by bustling downtown streets, shopping malls and high-rises, Kawasaki Station and its vicinity are, on the surface, a paragon of urban development.Just a short ...

As quarantine nears end, clearing coronavirus-hit ship is daunting task for Japan

Fri, 02/14/2020 - 12:10
Over the next five days, Japan faces the daunting task of testing thousands of passengers aboard a quarantined cruise ship, evacuating them and transporting those ...

Love in the time of COVID-19: Valentine’s Day on the Diamond Princess

Fri, 02/14/2020 - 09:48
Cupid’s avocado for dinner, heart-shaped messages for the crew, but also painful separation: For those trapped aboard the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship, it was ...

Concerns linger as tests of new Haneda routes over Tokyo wrap up

Fri, 02/14/2020 - 09:26
The transport ministry said Thursday it has completed tests for new flight paths to Haneda Airport, which involved arriving aircraft flying over central Tokyo at ...

Olympic minister raps South Korean posters of Tokyo 2020 torch runner in hazmat suit

Fri, 02/14/2020 - 08:34
Seiko Hashimoto, minister for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, on Friday denounced South Korean-made posters showing an Olympic torch relay runner wearing a hazmat ...

Cultural Affairs Agency’s move from Tokyo to Kyoto postponed

Fri, 02/14/2020 - 07:49
The central government and Kyoto authorities Thursday approved a delay in the relocation of the Cultural Affairs Agency from Tokyo to Kyoto from the original ...

Man who left knives on Prince Hisahito’s desk found guilty by Tokyo court

Fri, 02/14/2020 - 07:44
The Tokyo District Court on Friday sentenced a 57-year-old man to 18 months in prison, suspended for four years, over an incident last April in ...

Japan panel proposes using red and white flag as tsunami warning

Fri, 02/14/2020 - 07:31
An expert panel of the Meteorological Agency has proposed that a red and white checkered flag be used to swiftly convey tsunami warnings to people ...

Fear and boredom: How passengers and crew aboard quarantined cruise ship spend their days

Fri, 02/14/2020 - 05:39
Fear. Surprising moments of levity. Soul-crushing boredom.Life on the Diamond Princess, the cruise ship quarantined in Yokohama port with where scores of people have tested ...

Second Wakayama man tests positive for coronavirus

Fri, 02/14/2020 - 05:00
A man in his 70s has tested positive for COVID-19 after being treated at a hospital in Wakayama Prefecture where a doctor who is also ...

Health ministry reports first death related to COVID-19 in Japan

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 14:49
Heath minister Katsunobu Kato said the woman who died has no relation to Hubei province in China where the virus outbreak originated.

243 police staff disciplined in Japan in 2019

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 14:36
Police officers and other staff members disciplined in Japan numbered 243 in 2019, down 14 from 2018 for a seventh straight annual drop, National Police ...

Tokyo taxi driver infected with coronavirus, sources say

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 11:46
A taxi driver in Tokyo has been diagnosed with a new coronavirus originating in Wuhan, sources close to the matter said Thursday. The government is ...

Pop singer Noriyuki Makihara again arrested over drug possession

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 11:37
Police arrested pop singer Noriyuki Makihara, 50, for alleged illegal stimulant possession, investigative sources said Thursday.According to NHK, police found 0.083 gram of stimulant at ...

Questions raised over protective gear as Japan quarantine officer gets COVID-19

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 11:05
Criticism over inadequate protection for medical personnel followed reports Wednesday that a quarantine officer who screened people aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship off Yokohama ...

Tokyo and IOC officials stress that Olympics are on despite COVID-19

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 10:58
Tokyo 2020 organizers reiterated their message Thursday at the start of two days of meetings with the International Olympic Committee: the Summer Games will not ...

At new Chiba facility for seniors, residents find a new purpose

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 08:00
In a three-story building in Chiba that looks like a posh apartment complex, various people come and go — seniors and young people, moms enjoying ...

Elderly drivers caused 14% of Japan’s fatal car accidents in 2019, falling from record high

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 07:56
The number of fatal accidents caused by drivers age 75 or older fell to 401 in Japan in 2019, accounting for 14.4 percent of the ...

First Japan evacuees from Wuhan go home as COVID-19 quarantine ends

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 07:43
The first group of Japanese nationals evacuated from China’s Wuhan on a government-chartered aircraft amid the COVID-19 outbreak went home Thursday after a little over ...