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Abe plans to visit France around Bastille Day to attend Japanese culture event

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 23:22
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may visit France from July 12 to 14, informed sources said.He is expected to attend an opening ceremony for Japonismes 2018, ...

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu to receive People’s Honor Award

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 22:28
The government will confer the People’s Honor Award on two-time figure skating Olympic gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu, its top spokesman said Friday, making him the ...

Sapporo issues cards to verify LGBT partnerships

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 21:04
The city of Sapporo began issuing cards serving as proof of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender partnerships on Friday, responding to calls from couples seeking ...

Japan sees hotel stays by foreign nationals rise 15% on year in March

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 07:15
The number of overnight stays by foreign guests at hotels and other accommodation facilities in Japan rose 15.0 percent in March from a year earlier, ...

122 pregnant minke whales killed in controversial Japanese whale hunt: report

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 06:30
A highly controversial annual whaling expedition Tokyo defends as scientific research but that conservationists call “gruesome and unnecessary” killed 122 pregnant minke whales, a report ...

Japan’s ruling bloc pushes labor bill through the Lower House amid worries over karōshi

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 03:19
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling coalition pushed a bill through the Lower House on Thursday that the government says will represent the biggest shake-up of ...

Japan sets goals for companies to prevent deaths from overwork

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 02:43
A health ministry panel unveiled a draft plan Thursday to have at least 10 percent of companies introduce fixed rest hours for employees by 2020 ...

Japanese-style plea bargaining debuts but authorities fear spread of false testimony

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 02:38
Japan on Friday introduced a bargaining system as part of an overhaul of its criminal investigation and trial systems, while battling concerns the new practice ...

Charges dropped against ex-bureaucrat for alleged document tampering

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 01:44
Osaka prosecutors decided Thursday not to indict former top Finance Ministry official Nobuhisa Sagawa for allegedly falsifying documents on a murky land sale that has ...

Japanese government panel makes key proposals for blanket nursery subsidies

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 01:25
A government panel made key proposals Thursday for a blanket financial assistance program that would provide free infant care and education for many more families.The ...

Rising LDP star Shinjiro Koizumi, like charismatic dad, finds growing fan base

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 00:28
Young, debonair and eloquent, Shinjiro Koizumi has, in a way, become the political equivalent of a pop idol.On the campaign trail, the son of charismatic ...

Japanese have high tolerance for obnoxious airline passengers: Expedia survey

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 00:08
If an airline passenger snored, kicked the seats, left a child unattended or spoke loudly, Japanese passengers would probably stay silent and bear it, according ...

Princess Aiko to join summer school program in London

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 23:45
Princess Aiko, the only child of Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako, will study at Eton College on the outskirts of London from late ...

Former Komatsu head Satoru Anzaki, who held a farewell party after revealing he had cancer, dies at 81

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 23:31
A former president of Japanese machinery manufacturer Komatsu Ltd., who drew public attention for holding a farewell party for friends and employees after announcing he ...

Emperor Akihito welcomes Vietnamese president in what may be his final state banquet

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 21:56
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko welcomed Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang on Wednesday in what may be the final state banquet before the Emperor abdicates ...

Rate of paternity leave in Japan tops five percent for first time

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 21:47
The proportion of new fathers who reported they had taken child care leave in the year leading up to October 2017 rose 1.98 percentage points ...

Fukushima tells world radiation is down, exports up after nuclear crisis

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 21:03
Fukushima Gov. Masao Uchibori on Wednesday told the international community that the nuclear-crisis-hit prefecture is mostly decontaminated and that its food exports are picking up.“Our ...

Japan toughens registration law for rare animals and pets with five-year limit

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 20:49
If you have a rare animal as a pet in Japan, you should know this: You will be required to renew its registration every five ...

Japan Times Bee winner Hanna Yoshida out of U.S. spelldown despite verbal success

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 19:34
Despite a solid performance in the oral competition Wednesday in the U.S. spelling bee, Japan Times Bee winner Hanna Yoshida failed to qualify for Thursday’s ...

Foreign Minister Taro Kono eyes U.S. visit in early June to meet Mike Pompeo

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 14:38
Foreign Minister Taro Kono is arranging a visit to the United States in early June to meet with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to ...

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