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Kyoto police officer, former world judo champ, arrested for alleged pot possession

Fri, 07/05/2019 - 19:47
A police officer was arrested Friday for alleged marijuana possession at the home of family members in Osaka Prefecture, police said.Wataru Umekita, a member of ...

Suspected knife attack by 14-year-old leaves fellow student, 13, dead in Saitama

Fri, 07/05/2019 - 19:06
A male junior high school student in Tokorozawa, Saitama Prefecture, was fatally stabbed and his suspected assailant, a 14-year-old student, has been arrested, police said ...

JBIC chief Tadashi Maeda comes down with German measles after G20 summit

Fri, 07/05/2019 - 06:58
The head of the Japan Bank for International Cooperation has contracted rubella after attending meetings on the sidelines of last week’s Group of 20 summit ...

Female candidates in Japan Upper House poll at record 28%, but hitting 30% Diet target doubtful

Fri, 07/05/2019 - 02:20
The ratio of female candidates for the upcoming Upper House election hit a record high, but whether the country can achieve its target of raising ...

Chinese pair arrested in Tokyo after e-cigarettes worth ¥730,000 bought via 7pay with stolen IDs

Fri, 07/05/2019 - 01:20
One of two Chinese men arrested on suspicion of attempted fraud paid ¥730,000 for 146 cartons of electronic cigarette cartridges at a Tokyo convenience store ...

One year after deadly flooding in western Japan, disaster resonates for vulnerable areas of Tokyo

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 23:07
Edogawa Ward didn’t mince words when it updated its hazard map in May for the first time in 11 years.“Do not remain here,” it said ...

Tourism boom and psychological stress behind Okinawa bus driver shortage

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 23:02
Local bus operators in Okinawa Prefecture are facing a serious shortage of drivers, which is attributed to increased demand amid a tourism boom and the ...

After G20 role, Nagano resort town of Karuizawa looks to lead way in green tech and energy

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 22:50
The Nagano Prefecture resort town of Karuizawa has long been associated with green, natural energy.Nestled in the mountains, Karuizawa has long attracted both Japanese and ...

Guardian Angels Japan finding less to do in Kitakyushu, one-time city of yakuza ‘endless conflict’

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 22:44
Up until five years ago, the city of Kitakyushu had for decades grappled with so many shootings and violent attacks by organized crime groups that ...

South Korea formally closes Japan-funded ‘comfort women’ foundation

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 22:41
A Japanese-funded foundation set up in South Korea under a 2015 bilateral agreement on the issue of “comfort women” has been formally dissolved, a person ...

One year after 13 Aum Shinrikyo executions, scant debate over the death penalty in Japan

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 22:28
One year after the founder and 12 former senior members of the Aum Shinrikyo cult were executed for crimes including the deadly 1995 sarin gas ...

Despite order for 1.1 million to evacuate, only 6,301 used Kyushu shelters during heavy rains

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 21:38
Only 6,301 people actually took shelter after evacuation orders were issued for 1.1 million residents in Kagoshima and Miyazaki prefectures on Wednesday and Thursday due ...

JTB travel agency predicts record 3 million will go abroad during Japan’s summer holiday period

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 20:26
The number of people who will travel overseas from Japan during this year’s summer holiday period is estimated at 2.99 million, the most since JTB ...

Five tons of fish scatter across 500 meters of highway in Osaka Prefecture

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 06:50
Five tons of bonitos fell from a refrigerator truck and were scattered across an expressway in Sakai, Osaka Prefecture, on Thursday morning, police said.The frozen ...

Japan startup to launch rocket into space next week

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 06:46
A Hokkaido-based aerospace startup said Thursday it will launch its fourth privately developed small rocket next week, following the success of its predecessor in May.Interstellar ...

Japan’s biggest warship offers clue to military ambitions

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 05:53
One of Japan’s largest warships, the helicopter carrier Izumo, offers a glimpse of where its military is headed: For the first time, troops from a ...

Voters focus on tax hike and Constitution as Japan’s Upper House election campaign begins

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 01:24
As campaigning for the Upper House election began Thursday, voters voiced their opinions on key topics that could change the course of the nation, such ...

Okinawa farm kicks off vanilla bean project to employ the poor and disabled

Wed, 07/03/2019 - 23:22
Taking a cue from soaring world prices for vanilla, an Okinawa farm has started cultivating the valuable spice in an initiative aimed at promoting the ...

Ex-Australian PM Tony Abbott says he regrets unsuccessful submarine deal with Japan

Wed, 07/03/2019 - 21:17
Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Tuesday he regrets being unable to secure a contract to have Japan help develop Australia’s new class of ...

Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko meet Finnish president

Wed, 07/03/2019 - 21:06
Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko visited the Finnish city of Naantali to make a courtesy call on President Sauli Niinistoe on Wednesday.Naantali is ...

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