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Rugby Australia boss to Japan: Prepare to host a different kind of fan at World Cup

Mon, 05/06/2019 - 00:28
The CEO of Rugby Australia on Monday warned organizers of this year’s World Cup to be prepared to deal with spectators that can be more ...

Abe schedules phone chat with Trump over North Korea’s ‘projectile’ drill

Mon, 05/06/2019 - 00:17
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump might hold telephone talks Tuesday in response to North Korea’s recent “strike drill” test involving short-range ...

Japanese health ministry to urge hospitals to enhance disaster preparedness

Sun, 05/05/2019 - 06:14
The health ministry will urge all of the nation’s hospitals designated as disaster response medical centers to stock enough fuel to run their power generators ...

Future role of Japan’s imperial women in spotlight as family numbers decline

Sun, 05/05/2019 - 02:48
With Wednesday’s ascension of Emperor Naruhito following his father’s abdication, questions are now being asked about the roles women will play in the imperial family ...

Education ministry draws up reference guide on gambling addiction for Japan’s schoolteachers

Sat, 05/04/2019 - 23:44
The education ministry has come up with reference documents for high school teachers to guide them in preventing addiction to gambling and other activities and ...

Rush from Golden Week intensifies, with jams of up to 40 km forecast for approach into Tokyo

Sat, 05/04/2019 - 21:39
The rush of travelers returning to Tokyo from the extra-long Golden Week holiday grew Sunday, with major airports and railway stations reporting massive crowds.With people ...

Talking trash: The sport of collecting as much waste as possible

Sat, 05/04/2019 - 06:59
Thanks to Netflix, many are familiar with Japanese clutter-buster Marie Kondo and her soothing remedies for the melancholy brought on by conspicuous consumption. Kondo is ...

Social media fails to follow traditional news outlets’ stricter approach to portrait rights in Japan

Sat, 05/04/2019 - 06:56
A man in Chiba Prefecture became irritated last month at how long it was taking for a barrier at a rail crossing to open. Losing ...

Deciphering the curious act of talking to oneself

Sat, 05/04/2019 - 06:44
Talking to oneself is not respectable. It suggests many things, none of them good: abysmal loneliness, a mental screw loose, a social wire frayed, insanity, ...

Japan and Vietnam agree to promote defense cooperation

Sat, 05/04/2019 - 06:41
Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc met in Hanoi on Saturday and agreed to strengthen their countries’ defense cooperation.The two ...

Japan Times 1944: Potatoes to be grown on Diet Building lawn

Sat, 05/04/2019 - 06:32
Neat squares of Irish potatoes, sweet potatoes and corn will dot the spacious lawn of the Diet Building grounds in a movement not to leave ...

Number of children in Japan fell by a third in Heisei Era

Sat, 05/04/2019 - 05:13
The number of children in Japan fell by a third in the 30-year Heisei era, which ended in April, internal affairs ministry data showed Saturday.The ...

Japan’s gang members are running out of places to hide

Sat, 05/04/2019 - 03:00
Membership in organized crime syndicates has been decreasing about 10 percent each year since 2011, according to National Police Agency statistics.The reasons for the decline ...

Trump repeatedly took up abduction issue with Kim Jong Un: senior U.S. official

Sat, 05/04/2019 - 00:48
U.S. President Donald Trump repeatedly took up the issue of Japanese nationals abducted by North Korea in his talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong ...

Rising political star Shinjiro Koizumi calls for closer Japan-U.S. alliance, vows domestic reforms

Fri, 05/03/2019 - 21:50
Rising political star Shinjiro Koizumi on Friday called for a deepening of the alliance between Tokyo and Washington while expressing his commitment to reforms that ...

Cheers and screams as Japan’s Emperor Naruhito greets the public for the first time since accession

Fri, 05/03/2019 - 19:59
Cheers and screams filled the air in Tokyo on Saturday as Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako made their first greetings to an ecstatic public in ...

New South Korean lawmaker group plans fence-mending visit to Japan; Nam Gwan-pyo named new ambassador

Fri, 05/03/2019 - 07:20
Moon Hee-sang, speaker of South Korea’s National Assembly, has set up a group of lawmakers to beef up interchanges with Japanese politicians, the office of ...

Japanese Defense Ministry mulls further steps against power harassment as SDF recruiters struggle

Fri, 05/03/2019 - 05:56
The Defense Ministry plans this summer to compile a set of measures to prevent power harassment, a senior ministry official said Friday.The ministry believes existing ...

Mount Aso belches smoke over Kyushu in first eruption since mid-April

Fri, 05/03/2019 - 05:34
A small eruption on Mount Aso shot smoke as high as 1,600 meters over Kyushu on Friday, the Meteorological Agency said.The eruption in Kumamoto Prefecture ...

On Constitution Day, Abe renews pledge to enact revised top law in 2020 despite resistance at Diet

Fri, 05/03/2019 - 03:54
Seventy-two years after the enactment of Japan’s pacifist Constitution, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe renewed his pledge Friday to revise the supreme law and emphasized that ...

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