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Japan’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft to attempt landing on distant asteroid

49 min 39 sec ago
Japan’s Hayabusa2 unmanned space probe began its approach Thursday toward a distant asteroid on a mission to collect material that could provide clues to the ...

Japan mother and boyfriend arrested for allegedly forcing daughter to take cold bath and binding her wrists

56 min 35 sec ago
A mother and her boyfriend were arrested Thursday for allegedly injuring the woman’s 8-year-old daughter by binding her wrists and forcing her into a cold ...

American activist against the Futenma relocation plan questioned at Kansai airport for two hours upon arrival

57 min 44 sec ago
An American activist who has collected over 210,000 signatures for a petition calling for the suspension of land reclamation work to relocate U.S. Marine Corps ...

Japan’s plastic waste shipments fall 30% after China import ban; experts urge action to curb usage

1 hour 36 min ago
Japan’s shipments of plastic waste overseas in 2018 decreased 30 percent, figures from a research institute showed Thursday, due to restrictions China imposed on receiving ...

Damages from ‘it’s me’ and other petty fraud scams in Japan down for fourth straight year

2 hours 2 min ago
The amount of money stolen in “it’s me” scams and other special cases of fraud fell 9.6 percent in 2018 from the previous year to ...

CAR T-cell cancer therapy approved for use in Japan, offering new hope for young leukemia patients

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 23:22
An expert panel of the health ministry on Wednesday approved production and sales of a chimeric antigen receptor T-cell cancer therapy, which gives hope to ...

Tsunami-hit Japanese town completes divisive demolition of former municipal office

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 23:12
A town in Iwate Prefecture on Wednesday completed the demolition of its former municipal office building — where its mayor and 27 other workers were ...

Once a hot ticket at Tsukiji, Tokyo’s Toyosu market struggles to attract tourists to its tuna auctions

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 22:52
The Toyosu wholesale market in Tokyo’s Koto Ward has been struggling to attract visitors to watch tuna auctions even though a designated viewing area was ...

Japan to ease language requirements for foreign nursing care trainees amid sluggish growth in applications

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 22:15
The central government plans to ease language requirements for foreign technical interns in the nursing care sector as part of its efforts to bring in ...

In phone talks, Abe and Trump agree to work together to resolve North Korea abductions issue

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 22:05
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump agreed Wednesday to cooperate in addressing issues linked to North Korea, including past abductions of Japanese ...

Trump coming to Japan for new Emperor enthronement and G20 summit: official

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 14:38
President Donald Trump is expected to make a pair of trips to Japan later this year, first to meet the country’s new Emperor and then ...

Japan says ready to take steps over wartime labor spat with South Korea

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 07:01
Japan is prepared to take various measures against South Korea, Foreign Minister Taro Kono said Wednesday, as relations between the two countries have further deteriorated ...

Man gets 12-year prison term in appeal trial for two-year confinement of girl

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 06:54
A court orders two former classmates of a 13-year-old boy who killed himself in 2011 to pay ¥37.5 million in damages, recognizing their bullying caused ...

Japan’s Supreme Court rejects man’s damages claim against ex-wife’s partner over adultery

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 04:36
The Supreme Court Tuesday rejected a damages claim brought by a man in his 40s against his former spouse’s then-lover, infidelity with whom led, he ...

Japanese researchers extend life span of flies, offering hope for slowing aging in humans

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 03:36
A group of Japanese researchers have pinned down a way to activate autophagy, a key metabolic function in cells, leading to a slower aging process ...

Japan transport ministry to ease huge costs for retired SDF pilots hoping to move into airline jobs

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 02:57
The transport ministry said Tuesday it will revise a system that currently costs retired Self-Defense Force pilots millions of yen to secure their commercial pilot’s ...

South Korea research near disputed Takeshima islets ratchets up tensions with Japan

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 02:43
South Korea has conducted maritime research and collected samples near disputed islands, triggering a protest from Japan on Tuesday after it was brought to Tokyo’s ...

Japan and Tepco again ordered to pay damages to Fukushima nuclear disaster evacuees

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 02:27
A district court Wednesday ordered the state and the operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant to pay a combined ¥419 million ($3.78 million) in ...

Heavy metal: Moonlighting knights and medieval swordplay in Tokyo

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 02:18
Jay Noyes, clad head to toe in the steel armor of a medieval knight, is steadily advancing toward me with a longsword, which he intends ...

Local governments in Japan see chance for EVs to be ‘batteries on wheels’ during emergencies

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 02:13
With Japan being prone to natural disasters, hopes are high that electric vehicles and their plug-in hybrid equivalents could play a key role as “batteries ...

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