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Japanese government admits claim that ‘chocolate is good for the brain’ is short on data

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 00:52
More evidence is needed to support a report, compiled by a government-sponsored team and confectionery giant Meiji Co., which concluded that chocolate is good for ...

Futaba’s nuclear crisis museum will let objects tell the story of 3/11 meltdowns

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 00:38
Takamitsu Yoshino, 57, a former curator at the town’s historical museum, collects loads of items like makeshift tables and changing rooms made of cardboard boxes, ...

Solo deaths on the rise in 3/11 ‘disaster recovery housing’

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 00:19
Isolated deaths are on the rise in the temporary housing complexes in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures as their tsunami-shattered communities struggle to rebuild anew.The ...

Japan to pitch Kobushi mountain region as UNESCO Biosphere Reserve area

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 19:40
The Japanese National Commission for UNESCO will propose the Kobushi mountain region straddling Saitama and three neighboring prefectures as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve area.The commission ...

Japan ruling bloc looks to set casino-visit limits to address gambling addiction

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 18:19
The government plans to introduce a system to prohibit individuals from entering casinos or limiting their visits in an integrated resort bill to be submitted ...

Nagoya court overturns rejection of Nagasaki hibakusha siblings’ radiation illness recognition claims

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 18:19
The Nagoya High Court ruled Wednesday that two women who were exposed to the U.S. atomic bombing of Nagasaki should be recognized as sufferers of ...

Prospect of U.S.-North Korea summit prompts jitters in Tokyo about being left vulnerable

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 04:01
The prospect of a possible breakthrough summit between Washington and Pyongyang has left Tokyo jittery that U.S. President Donald Trump, under his banner of “America ...

Japan fails to shine in annual report on women’s participation in politics

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 03:24
As the world marks International Women’s Day on Thursday, an annual report shows again that Japan lags far behind other countries for women’s participation in ...

Vietnamese trainee alleges he was misled into taking part in Fukushima decontamination work

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 03:09
The Justice Ministry is investigating a case involving a Vietnamese man brought to Japan under the government’s foreign trainee program who alleges he was duped ...

Japan ruling bloc wants Finance Ministry to report on Moritomo papers by Thursday

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 01:56
The nation’s ruling parties agreed Wednesday to ask the Finance Ministry to report to parliament by Thursday the results of its probe into the alleged ...

Japan to name its next era after February 2019 ceremony celebrating Emperor’s enthronement

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 23:17
The central government is planning to announce the name of the next era after a ceremony to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Emperor Akihito’s enthronement ...

Foreign tourists push up Okinawa lobster prices, putting delicacy out of reach for many local residents

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 22:45
Chinese tourists, who tend to have a big appetite for shellfish, have increasingly pushed up prices for Ise-ebi (Japanese spiny lobster) in Okinawa fish markets ...

62 victims from Great East Japan Earthquake still unidentified

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 22:40
Sixty-two victims of the powerful earthquake and tsunami that struck the Tohoku region on March 11, 2011, remained unidentified as of the end of February, ...

Shrine murder highlights huge amount cash — most of it off-book — raked in by Japan’s religious sites

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 20:53
In December, the former gūji (head priest) of Tokyo’s famous Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine allegedly murdered his sister before committing suicide. Later, it was reported by ...

Residents of Japan may face biometric checks before entering nation’s future casinos

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 20:38
The government is considering allowing the use of biometrics, such as facial and vein recognition, for the personal identification of visitors to Japan’s casinos in ...

Part falls from another U.S. military aircraft over Okinawa: source

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 18:43
An antenna-like part weighing 1.4 kg fell from a F-15 fighter jet stationed at the U.S. Air Force Kadena air base in Okinawa during a ...

Door falls off ASDF copter flying over Kagoshima island

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 18:41
A door weighing some 31 kg fell from an Air Self-Defense Force helicopter around 6:50 p.m. Tuesday (9:50 a.m. GMT) during its flight over Okinoerabu ...

Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force appoints first woman to command warship squadron

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 05:59
The Maritime Self-Defense Force on Tuesday appointed the first woman to command a warship squadron, including the flagship Izumo helicopter carrier, as it tries to ...

Opposition forces suspension of Upper House committee as ministry again refuses to disclose Moritomo papers

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 03:12
Opposition parties went on the offensive Tuesday and forced the suspension of key Upper House committee sessions, boycotting them in protest against the Finance Ministry’s ...

Kyushu’s Shinmoedake rumbles anew with explosive eruption

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 02:35
A volcano which was featured in the 1967 James Bond movie “You Only Live Twice” shot smoke and ash thousands of meters into the sky ...

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