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Kyoto under fire after paying ¥1 million to comedians for unlabeled promotional tweets

Tue, 10/29/2019 - 00:18
The city of Kyoto signed a contract to pay ¥1 million to a comedy duo to promote the city on Twitter, local officials revealed Monday, ...

Japan moves to hike reconstruction funding in wake of Typhoon Hagibis

Mon, 10/28/2019 - 22:42
The Cabinet decided Tuesday to increase government funding and assistance for reconstruction in Nagano and other prefectures ravaged by deadly Typhoon Hagibis, designating the disaster ...

With hazy plan for SDF dispatch to Mideast, is Japan pursuing contradictory goals?

Mon, 10/28/2019 - 22:10
It was an unusual meeting starting at around 7:30 a.m. at the ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s headquarters in Tokyo on Oct. 23, hastily organized so ...

Nobel laureate Akira Yoshino among six selected for Japan’s top cultural award

Mon, 10/28/2019 - 21:54
Akira Yoshino, one of three winners of this year’s Nobel Prize in chemistry, and five other people were selected as this year’s recipients of Japan’s ...

Japan ramps up spending for typhoon relief but workers are scarce

Mon, 10/28/2019 - 21:51
Following a series of storms, including the worst typhoon in decades, the government is ramping up spending on rescue, repair and cleanup. But there’s a ...

Japanese learners flock to International Sign language courses ahead of Tokyo Paralympics

Mon, 10/28/2019 - 21:51
As the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics draw ever closer, more people in Japan are taking courses in a pidgin form of sign language called ...

Japan and South Korea deny reports of joint fund to address wartime labor issue

Mon, 10/28/2019 - 21:36
High-ranking Japanese officials denied a media report Tuesday that Tokyo and Soul are considering setting up a joint “economic cooperation fund” to resolve the thorny ...

Abe-led government panel suggests reducing hospital beds to cut costs

Mon, 10/28/2019 - 21:04
The number of beds at publicly and privately run hospitals across the nation should be reduced by some 130,000 as a measure to cut ballooning ...

Former Canadian PM on democracy’s role in world affairs

Mon, 10/28/2019 - 20:00
The fifth Global Opinion Leaders Summit was held in Tokyo on Oct. 17 with former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper delivering the keynote before a ...

Sadako Ogata, first female United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees, dies at 92

Mon, 10/28/2019 - 19:45
Sadako Ogata, a scholar and mother of two, who in 1991 was appointed the first female United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees, has died at ...

Controversial head of South Korean parliament to visit Japan in November

Mon, 10/28/2019 - 06:40
The head of South Korea’s parliament who made a controversial statement that Japan’s emperor should apologize for Korean women being forced into wartime brothels will ...

NHK sues head of minor political party over unpaid subscription fees

Mon, 10/28/2019 - 06:39
The name of the party is NHK Kara Kokumin Wo Mamoru To (Party to Protect the People from NHK).

North Korea raps Japan’s release of video showing fishing boat collision

Mon, 10/28/2019 - 05:50
North Korea criticized Japan for releasing video footage showing the collision between a North Korean fishing boat and a Japanese patrol ship earlier this month.“The ...

Japan, South Korea weigh fund to help resolve wartime labor fight

Mon, 10/28/2019 - 04:26
Japan and South Korea have reportedly begun exploring ways to resolve their long-running fight over compensation for wartime labor.