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At meeting in Kyoto, global body debates how to define and protect museums

Mon, 09/09/2019 - 02:30
What is a museum and how can its exhibits, which often include the world’s most important cultural properties, be protected from natural disasters, including earthquakes?Those ...

Commuters and travelers face grueling Monday morning in typhoon-hit Tokyo

Mon, 09/09/2019 - 02:04
Tokyo’s morning rush was more hellish than usual Monday, with massive crowds of commuters gathering at train stations across the metropolitan area to wait for ...

LIVE BLOG: Typhoon Faxai in Japan

Sun, 09/08/2019 - 16:18
On this live blog, The Japan Times newsroom will be updating the status of Typhoon Faxai as it approaches and makes landfall in Japan.

With backing of opposition parties, Takuya Tasso wins fourth term in Iwate gubernatorial election

Sun, 09/08/2019 - 06:01
Takuya Tasso, supported by four opposition parties, on Sunday won a fourth term in the Iwate gubernatorial election, defeating a challenger backed by the major ...

Driver in Ibaraki Prefecture road-rage case handed new arrest warrant on charges of intimidation

Sun, 09/08/2019 - 02:41
Police in Ibaraki Prefecture on Sunday served a new arrest warrant on a man on charges of intimidation over a violent road-rage case on an ...

MIT Media Lab director Joi Ito resigns following reports of financial ties to disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein

Sun, 09/08/2019 - 01:55
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology said Saturday that Joichi Ito has resigned as director of the MIT Media Lab amid concern over his financial ties ...

In Abe reshuffle, Taro Kono may be given defense portfolio; Komeito’s Kazuyoshi Akaba may get land minister post

Sun, 09/08/2019 - 00:53
Foreign Minister Taro Kono is being considered for the role of defense minister when Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reshuffles his Cabinet on Wednesday, while a ...

Tokyo braces for direct hit from Typhoon Faxai

Sun, 09/08/2019 - 00:49
A strong typhoon that could bring record winds and rain was poised to make a direct hit on Tokyo later Sunday, as authorities warned of ...

Convict-turned-writer Joji Abe dies at 82

Sun, 09/08/2019 - 00:40
Ex-convict-turned-writer Joji Abe, known for a bestselling humor-filled novel depicting the lives of inmates, died of pneumonia at his home in Tokyo on Monday, his ...

Former empress undergoes breast cancer surgery at University of Tokyo Hospital

Sun, 09/08/2019 - 00:02
Empress Emerita Michiko underwent successful breast cancer surgery Sunday at the University of Tokyo Hospital, the Imperial Household Agency said.A lump was found in July ...

Uncovering Japan’s involvement in the Korean War

Sat, 09/07/2019 - 06:55
Every August, NHK airs a lot of new documentaries to commemorate the end of World War II. The range of topics is not typically limited ...

Three children, elderly man drown in Japanese rivers

Sat, 09/07/2019 - 06:45
Three children and an elderly man drowned Saturday after playing in two different rivers in Japan as summer-like heat returned to many parts of the ...

Speed bumps and potholes on the road to 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Sat, 09/07/2019 - 06:44
When planners proposed the opening date of the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, they pored over historical weather data in search of the day with the lowest ...

YouTuber Koichi Kuwabara offers free hugs in a bid to bridge divide between Asian neighbors

Sat, 09/07/2019 - 06:42
Thirty-five-year-old Koichi Kuwabara has been offering free hugs in cities around the world since 2011. His efforts certainly haven’t gone unnoticed on social media, with ...

Keikyu Line train services back to normal two days after fatal accident at Yokohama crossing

Sat, 09/07/2019 - 06:01
Keikyu Line train services returned to normal Saturday afternoon in Yokohama, two days after an express train hit a delivery truck stuck at a railway ...

Typhoon Faxai moving closer to eastern Japan, may make landfall by Sunday night in Kanto region

Sat, 09/07/2019 - 00:53
Typhoon Faxai moved northwest over the Pacific toward eastern Japan on Saturday, threatening to make landfall near Tokyo as early as Sunday night, the Meteorological ...

Japan’s plan to increase catch of bluefin tuna in 2020 rejected by fisheries commission

Sat, 09/07/2019 - 00:19
Due to opposition from the United States, the Pacific fisheries commission decided Friday to forego an increase in fishing quotas next year for bluefin tuna ...

Empress Emerita Michiko admitted to hospital ahead of breast cancer surgery

Fri, 09/06/2019 - 23:56
Empress Emerita Michiko was admitted to the University of Tokyo Hospital on Saturday, ahead of her surgery for breast cancer slated for Sunday.The 84-year-old former ...

Study says North Korean base hosts nuclear-capable missiles that put Japan in crosshairs

Fri, 09/06/2019 - 23:28
A new study spotlighting an “undeclared” North Korean missile base that hosts medium-range weapons capable of striking half of Japan was released Friday amid growing ...

Japan’s household income gap remains near record level, 2017 survey finds

Fri, 09/06/2019 - 21:03
The income gap among Japan’s households has improved slightly from a record-high disparity, a government survey conducted in 2017 shows.The key parameter for measuring income ...