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Japanese government panel blames lack of communication and missing document for Tokyo child abuse death

Thu, 10/04/2018 - 00:43
A lack of communication between child consultation centers was a key factor in a high-profile child abuse case from earlier this year in which a ...

Health care system could collapse if elderly people’s contributions not doubled: insurance official

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 23:38
Japan’s universal health care system could collapse unless the medical expense burden shouldered by elderly patients aged 75 or older is at least doubled, a ...

Deaf community looks to bring their own Olympics to Japan after 2020

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 23:21
About seven years have passed since Miyuki Kano, a 41-year-old former Olympic volleyball player, entered into the world of deaf sports as a volleyball coach, ...

Released from reformatory, Japanese ‘idol’ launches support group for neglected children

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 22:41
Parental neglect, bullying and juvenile delinquency — these are the things the 20-year-old idol who goes by the name Kanano Senritsu says she has gone ...

Japan’s new education minister slammed for advocating classes based on ‘militarist’ Imperial Rescript

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 22:10
Masahiko Shibayama, who was appointed education minister on Tuesday, has drawn backlash from opposition lawmakers following remarks suggesting he is willing to revive the Imperial ...

Kyoto tops rankings of major Japanese cities in think tank survey, followed by Fukuoka

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 18:56
Kyoto has topped the ranking of major Japanese cities measured by features such as livability and economy, according to a survey by a think tank ...

Osaka ends six-decade sister-city ties with San Francisco over ‘comfort women’ statue

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 14:52
The mayor of Osaka says he’s ending a six-decade “sister city” relationship with San Francisco to protest a statue honoring women forced to have sex ...

U.S. policy experts call for launch of Japan-U.S. combined task force

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 03:15
A bipartisan group of U.S. policy experts recommended Wednesday that the Self-Defense Forces and the U.S. military create a combined joint task force to better ...

Abe’s latest Cabinet reshuffle casts doubt on ‘womenomics’ policy

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 02:46
So much for “womenomics”?Tuesday’s reshuffle of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet reduced the number of female ministers to just one — the lowest number since ...

Approval rating for Abe’s Cabinet at 46.5%, down slightly after reshuffle: poll

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 02:19
The approval rating for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet stands at 46.5 percent, down 0.9 percentage point from the previous poll in September, after he ...

Japan space probe Hayabusa2 launches new robot onto Ryugu asteroid

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 02:06
A Japanese probe launched a new observation robot toward an asteroid on Wednesday as it pursues a mission to shed light on the origins of ...

Osaka fugitive spun web of lies and pulled off series of thefts to masquerade as cycle tourist while on the run: police

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 02:02
A 30-year-old man, who was at large for nearly seven weeks after escaping from a police station in Osaka Prefecture in mid-August, masqueraded as a ...

Disaster victims call on Japan’s new Cabinet for prompt reconstruction measures

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 00:59
Victims of the recent Hokkaido earthquake and torrential rains in western Japan, as well as the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, have called on the new ...

Japan’s lone female minister asked to change her outfit just prior to declaration ceremony in order to meet dress code

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 00:51
Satsuki Katayama, the sole female minister named to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s reshuffled Cabinet, demonstrated her presence from the start of her tenure, as she ...

Smuggling brings added problems to fishermen in disaster-hit Tohoku region

Tue, 10/02/2018 - 21:28
In coastal areas in the northeastern prefectures of Iwate and Miyagi, hit hard by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, local fishermen are struggling to ...

With more than 700 held for over six months, Japan faces scrutiny over long immigration detentions

Tue, 10/02/2018 - 21:15
Jaramillo Jonathan, a 22-year-old son of undocumented foreign nationals from Colombia, was born and raised in Japan. But he is among many such non-Japanese being ...

Japan’s biggest warship visits Sri Lanka amid rise in Chinese military clout

Tue, 10/02/2018 - 20:50
Japan’s largest warship, the Kaga helicopter carrier, sailed into Sri Lanka’s Colombo harbor this weekend, marking Tokyo’s highest profile salvo in a diplomatic battle with ...

Osaka severs sister-city ties with San Francisco over ‘comfort women’ statue

Tue, 10/02/2018 - 20:39
The Osaka Municipal Government said Tuesday that it has sent a document to officially end its 61-year-old sister-city ties with San Francisco over a statue ...

Japan’s sei whale meat sales deemed in violation of conservation treaty

Tue, 10/02/2018 - 18:34
An international conservation committee ruled on Tuesday that Japan’s domestic commercial distribution of meat of sei whales caught for scientific purposes violates the so-called Washington ...

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