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Residents in Miyagi file suit to block burning of radiation-tainted waste from Fukushima nuclear disaster

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 23:51
Residents in Osaki, Miyagi Prefecture, filed a lawsuit Thursday seeking to prevent a local public association from burning radiation-tainted waste generated by the 2011 Fukushima ...

Health ministry encourages firms to help workers plan for retirement

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 21:54
Company-run programs to help employees get a head start on preparing for retirement are flourishing in Japan as the country’s average life expectancy continues to ...

Japanese helicopter carrier wages daily war on dirt and grime

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 20:30
The Kaga helicopter carrier is not the biggest, fastest or most powerful warship to sail the seas, but its 500 crew wage a daily war ...

Yasukuni Shrine’s chief priest forced to quit after criticizing nonvisiting Emperor

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 19:17
The top priest of the war-linked Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo has been forced to resign after admitting his reported remarks harshly criticizing Emperor Akihito were ...

Hibakusha pair deliver anti-nuke petition with over 8 million signatures to U.N.

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 18:30
Two Japanese atomic bomb survivors delivered a petition Wednesday to disarmament officials at the United Nations calling for the elimination of nuclear weapons, an appeal ...

Tokyo’s new Toyosu fish market opens and public tours will begin Saturday

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 17:47
Tokyo’s new fish market opened in the Toyosu waterfront district on Thursday, replacing the aging Tsukiji market after the popular tourist attraction ended 83 years ...

Japan’s representative in Taiwan expresses disappointment over plan to press ahead with referendum on food ban

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 06:41
Japan’s de facto ambassador to Taiwan voiced disappointment Wednesday over plans by Taipei to hold a referendum next month on whether to maintain a ban ...

New Okinawa Gov. Denny Tamaki may meet Abe in Tokyo on Friday, top government spokesman says

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 05:05
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Wednesday he is considering meeting with new Okinawa Gov. Denny Tamaki in Tokyo on Friday.The governor’s representatives proposed that ...

The sweet truths of beloved ice cream’s signature crunch

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 02:45
Morinaga & Co. Ltd.’s Choco Monaka Jumbo ice cream is Japan’s top-selling ice cream, with one bar sold every 0.17 seconds or so. With that ...

Former Cabinet security chief Atsuyuki Sassa dies at 87

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 02:37
Atsuyuki Sassa, who served as the first head of Japan’s Cabinet Security Affairs Office, died Wednesday at age 87, his family said.Sassa, a native of ...

Japan and Australia agree to keep up sanctions pressure on North Korea

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 02:15
Japan and Australia agreed Wednesday to keep up pressure on North Korea to denuclearize through the strict enforcement of U.N. sanctions on Pyongyang, despite easing ...

Hokkaido’s quake-hit Tomato-Atsuma thermal power plant goes fully operational

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 01:16
A major coal-fired power plant in Hokkaido is fully back online after its last remaining unit resumed operations Wednesday, about a month after a deadly ...

Former member of Japan’s Self-Defense Forces served fresh arrest warrant over fatal police box attack in Toyama

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 00:11
A 22-year-old former Self-Defense Forces member was served a fresh arrest warrant Wednesday over the murder and robbery of an officer at a police box ...

German tourist admits to knife attack on Japanese man in Nagasaki while drunk

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 23:57
A German tourist indicted for attempted murder admitted Wednesday to stabbing a Japanese man in a random attack on a street in Nagasaki last year ...

Japan has the strongest passport in the world according to new Henley & Partners ranking

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 23:50
A Japanese passport is now the most powerful in the world, allowing holders to travel freely to 190 countries and territories, according to the latest ...

After blackout, quota increase for forced shutdowns eyed for Hokkaido

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 23:21
A third-party panel investigating the massive blackout that occurred in Hokkaido following last month’s powerful earthquake plans to propose an increase to Hokkaido Electric Power ...

Japan facing customs officer shortage as foreign visitors surge

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 22:46
A serious shortage of customs officers for border control is being encountered amid an increase in travelers from abroad.As the number of foreign tourists is ...

Japan offers to host second U.S.-North Korea summit: report

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 21:21
A South Korean newspaper reported Wednesday that Japan has conveyed to the United States its readiness to host a second U.S.-North Korea summit being arranged ...

Tokyo named world’s best city outside U.S. for third year in row in Conde Nast magazine poll

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 18:09
Tokyo has been chosen as the world’s best big city outside the United States for the third year in a row, the U.S. travel magazine ...

Japan’s women sailors serve on front line of gender equality

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 17:03
Women serving on Japan’s biggest warship, the Kaga, are a tight-knit group on the front line of a push to transform the Japanese navy into ...

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