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Aleph raided over alleged lease fraud

1 hour 7 min ago
Police on Monday raided facilities of the main successor group to doomsday cult Aum Shinrikyo in connection with an alleged case of fraud involving a ...

Japan falling behind global leaders in renewable energy use, panel warns in report

1 hour 33 min ago
Japan is falling behind other leading countries in renewable energy use, while its promotion of coal-fired plants risks hindering the competitiveness of domestic firms in ...

Politicians spar over Japan’s overtime system after health ministry accused of bending data

2 hours 27 min ago
The ruling and opposition camps grappled on Monday over a proposal to expand an overtime work system, with the opposition suggesting the government deliberately manipulated ...

Four arrested over suspected Chiba arson-murder

2 hours 52 min ago
Two men, a woman and a teenager were arrested Monday on suspicion of setting fire to a house in Chiba Prefecture and killing its sole ...

Death penalty sought for Peruvian man charged with string of six slayings in Saitama

3 hours 4 min ago
Prosecutors on Monday demanded the death penalty for a 32-year-old Peruvian man accused of killing six people, including two girls, after breaking into their suburban ...

Kin of slain Okinawa woman seek compensation from U.S. government because Shinzato unable to pay

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 23:49
The family of a slain Okinawan woman will ask the U.S. government to pay compensation because the former U.S. base worker convicted of her murder ...

Ministop ends sale of porn magazines at convenience stores nationwide

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 23:19
Unrestricted displays of pornographic magazines at retail stores are rare overseas. With the number of inbound tourists expected to increase sharply for the 2020 Olympics ...

Japan to link ODA to promotion of its ‘Indo-Pacific’ strategy

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 23:00
Japan plans to use foreign aid distributed to developing countries as part of a bid to promote its “free and open Indo-Pacific” strategy, according to ...

International ninja research group founded in Mie Prefecture in Japan

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 22:10
An international academic society designed to promote research on the ninja was established last week in the city known as the home of the traditional ...

Tobishima is the next tourism hot spot — it just doesn’t know why yet

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 22:00
Tobishima, Aichi Prefecture — a village without a single hotel, ryokan Japanese-type inn or souvenir shop — will establish a tourism exchange association in April, ...

Government to back Hokkaido school trips to promote awareness of isle row with Russia

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 22:00
The government plans to promote school trips to parts of Hokkaido near the Russian-held islands claimed by Japan to raise awareness among young people about ...

Ex-JETs a major source of Japan’s soft power: U.K. study

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 22:00
Japan’s soft power has been boosted immeasurably by its decades-long policy of recruiting foreign graduates to come and teach in the country, according to a ...

LDP mulls lowering minimum ages for holding public office

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 06:22
Members of the Liberal Democratic Party are proposing that the minimum ages for holding public office be lowered to a uniform 20, it was learned ...

Japan’s Foreign Minister Taro Kono enlists Latvia in ‘maximum pressure’ policy on North Korea

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 02:47
Japan and Latvia agreed Saturday that they need to maximize pressure on North Korea as it continues to develop nuclear weapons and missiles in the ...

Secretary for METI chief Seko held in alleged assault on cabbie

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 02:41
A secretary for trade minister Hiroshige Seko has been arrested for allegedly beating a taxi driver, police said Sunday.Daisuke Kawamura, a government-paid aide to Minister ...

Former head of elite Tokyo prosecution unit kills pedestrian in car accident

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 02:38
A car driven by the former head of the Tokyo District Public Prosecutor’s Office special investigation squad struck and killed a pedestrian in Minato Ward ...

Cities, prefectures rush to localize ordinances for Airbnb-type lodging before minpaku law takes effect

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 02:35
Ahead of the introduction of a law to regulate minpaku (private lodging services) in June, dozens of governments nationwide have begun drawing up their own ...

Japanese team’s bandage-like health monitor and messaging display could revolutionize medical care

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 02:08
Palm reading could take on a whole new meaning thanks to a new invention from Japan: an ultra-thin display and monitor that can stick directly ...

Fukushima fruit exports to Southeast Asia peachy as contamination fears dissipate

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 01:45
Among peaches Japan exported to Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia last year, those produced in Fukushima Prefecture led the way, retaining their No. 1 status for ...

Osaka whale fossil believed to be first evidence of Eden’s whale

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 01:42
A whale skull discovered just over 50 years ago in the city of Osaka is now thought to be the world’s first known trace of ...

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