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With too many unknowns, Abe administration cautious about any summit with Kim

Sun, 04/29/2018 - 07:31
The administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is cautious about North Korea leader Kim Jong Un’s call to hold a bilateral summit, saying there are ...

Possibility of Abe-Kim meeting gives hope to families of Japanese abducted by North Korea decades ago

Sun, 04/29/2018 - 05:53
The news Sunday of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s interest in holding a summit with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe offered a glimmer of hope ...

Fukushima residents fight state plan to build roads with radiation-tainted soil

Sun, 04/29/2018 - 03:50
Starting with trials in the city of Nihonmatsu in May, the Environment Ministry plans to use radiation-tainted soil to build roads in Fukushima Prefecture — ...

Surge in Tokyo detention rejections suggests easing attitudes toward minor crimes

Sun, 04/29/2018 - 01:55
The Tokyo district and summary courts rejected 12.69 percent of all requests by public prosecutors in 2017 to detain suspects for further interrogation, sending the ...

Japanese actress who sued director for sex harassment to use redress to launch #MeToo group

Sun, 04/29/2018 - 01:16
A Japanese actress who won a settlement earlier this month from a director she said sexually harassed her plans to use the money to start ...

Despite snub, ICAN chief eager to meet Abe to discuss nuke ban treaty

Sun, 04/29/2018 - 01:05
The leader of a Nobel Peace Prize-winning anti-nuclear group wants to meet with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to ask Japan to take part in the ...

Japan to promote five-day workweek for construction workers hired for public works projects

Sun, 04/29/2018 - 00:38
The government plans to promote a five-day workweek for construction workers involved in public works projects as part of its work-style reform initiative, informed sources ...

Australia and Canada to join maritime surveillance effort against North Korea sanctions evaders

Sun, 04/29/2018 - 00:22
Japan said Saturday that Australia and Canada will join the multilateral effort to monitor North Korean attempts to evade U.N. Security Council sanctions through maritime ...

Abe departs on five-nation Mideast tour to focus on energy, regional peace

Sun, 04/29/2018 - 00:13
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday left for a five-day tour of the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Palestine and Israel, in a trip aimed at ...

Defense Ministry lodges complaint over low-flying U.S. F-16 in Tohoku

Sun, 04/29/2018 - 00:07
The Defense Ministry’s Tohoku Defense Bureau has lodged a complaint with the commander of Misawa Air Base after video footage from a U.S. fighter jet ...

China outlaws uploading of photos of people in Imperial Japanese Army costumes

Sat, 04/28/2018 - 23:36
China’s legislature has enacted a law to criminalize the uploading of photographs containing people dressed in costumes based on the defunct Imperial Japanese Army.The law ...

Time-honored passport stamp gets digital elbow

Sat, 04/28/2018 - 22:54
As electronic entry procedures usher arriving passengers more quickly through immigration control at airports around the world, one of the casualties of progress is the ...

Abe, Trump say concrete North Korean steps toward denuclearization are key

Sat, 04/28/2018 - 21:08
South Korean President Moon Jae-in discussed the abductions of Japanese nationals during his historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Prime Minister Shinzo ...