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Abe will travel to Europe and Middle East next week, ink free trade pact with EU

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 17:35
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Monday he will embark on a tour of Europe and the Middle East from July 11, during which a signing ...

Chemical plant explosion in Japan leaves one dead

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 06:00
An explosion Monday at a chemical plant in Fukui Prefecture left one person dead and at least a dozen injured, officials said.The blast rocked the ...

Women’s university in Tokyo to accept transgender students

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 05:33
A national women’s university in Tokyo will start accepting students in April 2020 who were born male but identify as female.The education ministry said it ...

Renowned rakugo storyteller Katsura Utamaru dies at 81

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 05:11
Rakugo comic storyteller Katsura Utamaru, known for his superb skill in telling classic humorous stories, died Monday of a lung illness, an association of rakugo ...

Japan’s Princess Ayako says she and fiance Kei Moriya hit it off from the start

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 02:21
Princess Ayako, a daughter of a late cousin to Emperor Akihito, said Monday she hit it off with her husband-to-be Kei Moriya from the time ...

Japan land prices rise 0.7%, showing higher gains for second year

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 01:55
Land prices as of Jan. 1 rose for the third consecutive year, on the back of brisk demand generated by rising foreign visitor numbers and ...

Hundreds of dignitaries honor Yoshio Okawara, former Japanese ambassador to U.S.

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 00:41
Several hundred top diplomats, politicians and business people gathered Monday at a Tokyo hotel to honor Yoshio Okawara, a former Japanese ambassador to the United ...

Japan eases alert level for North Korean ballistic missile launches

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 00:14
Japan has lowered its alert level for North Korean ballistic missile launches amid diminishing tensions following the historic summit between the U.S. and North Korean ...

60% of Japanese commuters kept going to their workplace after June Osaka quake, survey shows

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 00:08
About 60 percent of commuters went on to their workplace rather than return home following the major earthquake that struck northern Osaka Prefecture during the ...

Toyama elementary school extends closure after attack threat

Sun, 07/01/2018 - 23:15
An elementary school in the city of Toyama near the site of a shooting and stabbing incident last week said Monday it will remain closed ...

Mobile services to be available in undersea Seikan Tunnel from next March

Sun, 07/01/2018 - 23:00
Mobile communications services will be available from next March aboard Hokkaido Shinkansen trains traveling through the undersea Seikan Tunnel, the communications ministry, Hokkaido Railway Co. ...

Nagoya firm’s high-tech service aims to prevent sudden infant death syndrome at nursery schools

Sun, 07/01/2018 - 22:21
Unifa Inc., an IT venture firm in Nagoya, has begun offering a monitoring service that can alert nursery school teachers to the warning signs of ...

Japan’s lawmakers’ average income unchanged in 2017 at ¥24 million

Sun, 07/01/2018 - 21:47
Lawmakers’ income averaged ¥24.12 million in 2017, unchanged from a year earlier, with the top three earning over ¥200 million each through stock sales, parliamentary ...

Giving visitors to Japan something they can dance to

Sun, 07/01/2018 - 20:10
Is this a case of deja vu on the dancefloor?In 2012, police in Osaka started raiding clubs for violating the adult entertainment business law, popularly ...

Emperor Akihito, 84, resting due to ‘cerebral anemia’

Sun, 07/01/2018 - 19:46
Emperor Akihito has cancelled his public duties after being diagnosed with dizziness and cerebral anemia, a condition of insufficient blood flow to the brain, the ...

United Nations Command stepped up use of U.S. bases in Japan last year amid North Korean weapons tests

Sun, 07/01/2018 - 19:04
The United Nations Command gave Japan 27 notifications of plans to use U.S. bases in the country in 2017, compared with 15 notifications the previous ...

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