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Abe asked China’s Xi to visit Japan twice in 2019, sources say

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 10:00
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to visit Japan twice this year as Tokyo seeks a further improvement in relations with ...

Gas industry donations call Japan government panel’s neutrality into question

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 06:46
Three members of the Japanese government’s advisory panel on city gas market deregulation repeatedly received donations from a gas industry organization, documents obtained by Kyodo ...

Abe and Merkel seek to take Japan-Germany ties to ‘higher level’ amid trade turmoil and Brexit

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 03:36
German Chancellor Angela Merkel met Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday in Tokyo, where the two leaders pledged to further strengthen the bilateral relationship as ...

Mother of Chiba girl who died after suspected abuse by father held for allegedly failing to stop attack

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 02:45
A 31-year-old woman whose husband was arrested last month on suspicion of assaulting their 10-year-old daughter just before the girl’s death was detained by police ...

Gender, aging and climate to feature at Osaka G20, but Japan wants strong message on stable global growth

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 02:29
As host of this year’s Group of 20 leaders’ summit, a key official said Monday that Japan’s most important task will be to chair a ...

Male nurse held over elder abuse in Gifu may be linked to three more dementia patients’ deaths

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 02:20
A male nurse who previously worked at a home for the elderly in central Japan was arrested Sunday for an alleged 2017 assault on a ...

AI-based medical diagnostic services set to debut in Japan

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 01:58
Medical diagnostic services using artificial intelligence are set to be introduced this year in Japan, where the adoption of information technology in health care has ...

Sommelier lapel pins, some fake, sold online in Japan despite ban

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 01:49
The Japan Sommelier Association has found that pins it issues to those who pass the sommelier and other wine expert qualifications have been sold on ...

Japan reluctantly endorses ‘undesirable’ U.S. exit from INF nuclear arms pact with Russia

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 01:28
The government on Monday endorsed the U.S. decision to withdraw from a key Cold War-era arms control treaty with Russia, but stressed that the move ...

Incumbent Omura easily wins third term in Aichi gubernatorial election against sole JCP challenger

Sun, 02/03/2019 - 23:29
Hideaki Omura won a third term in the Aichi gubernatorial election Sunday, defeating a challenger backed by the Japanese Communist Party.The 58-year-old incumbent garnered 1,774,763 ...

Zen Buddhist priest touched by kindness in Nepal offers shelter to those seeking refuge in Japan

Sun, 02/03/2019 - 23:21
One day in January, in a quiet Zen temple on a hill in Nagoya’s Tenpaku Ward, a priest offered a Nigerian visitor okaki (rice crackers).“Can ...

‘The problem is with those who didn’t give birth,’ deputy PM Taro Aso says of Japan’s demographic woes

Sun, 02/03/2019 - 23:18
Taro Aso is in hot water again — this time for apparently blaming women for not having babies.The outspoken finance minister and deputy prime minister, ...

Annual rally seeking return of Russia-held isles may tone down language to appease Moscow

Sun, 02/03/2019 - 21:25
The organizers of an annual rally calling for the return of Russian-held islands off Hokkaido may refrain from issuing a declaration that includes language potentially ...

Despite labor data scandal, support rating for Abe’s Cabinet rises to 45.6%, latest poll finds

Sun, 02/03/2019 - 07:03
The public support rating for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet has risen to 45.6 percent from mid-January’s 43.4 percent, a Kyodo News survey showed Sunday, ...

Ministry backing development of AI program to help diabetics improve daily habits, diet

Sun, 02/03/2019 - 06:27
The industry ministry is supporting the development of an artificial intelligence program designed to help diabetics improve their dietary and other daily habits to prevent ...

Takafumi Horie: Bane of the old guard

Sun, 02/03/2019 - 03:59
This is the first in a 10-part series on influential figures in the Heisei Era, which began in 1989 and will end when Emperor Akihito ...

Adventurous choices lead to broadcasting in Japan

Sun, 02/03/2019 - 03:20
Name: Peter Barakan Title: Freelance broadcaster URL: http://peterbarakan.net/, 
https://www.livemagic.jp/ DoB: Aug. 20, 1951 Hometown: London Years in Japan: 45 Peter Barakan is a familiar and ...

Abe defending labor minister for fear of resignation domino effect

Sun, 02/03/2019 - 03:16
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is defending embattled labor minister Takumi Nemoto for fear of a domino effect that may be sparked off if he resigns, ...

Government to present new era name to Emperor and Crown Prince before April 1

Sun, 02/03/2019 - 02:25
Emperor Akihito and Crown Prince Naruhito will be informed of the new Imperial era’s name before it is made public April 1, informed sources said ...

Seven die in overnight fires in Niigata and Aomori prefectures

Sun, 02/03/2019 - 00:03
Seven people died in separate house fires in Niigata and Aomori prefectures on Sunday, according to police officials.Four people were found dead after a fire ...

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