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Japan set to spend ¥1.5 trillion on teachers in fiscal 2019

30 min 53 sec ago
The education ministry plans to include ¥1.52 trillion in its budget for fiscal 2019 to cover personnel costs for teachers at public elementary and junior ...

Foreign tourists in Japan set to hit record high 30 million in 2018

13 hours 58 min ago
The number of foreign tourists to Japan is set to rise for the seventh straight year and hit a record level of more than 30 ...

Satsuki Katayama most widely seen as unfit for Japan’s Cabinet, survey finds

14 hours 28 min ago
Regional revitalization minister Satsuki Katayama is the Cabinet member most widely seen by Japanese people as unfit to be a minister, a Jiji Press survey ...

Nine medical schools in Japan rigged entrance exams to benefit men and relatives of alumni, ministry report says

17 hours 7 min ago
Nine of Japan’s 81 medical schools have manipulated their entrance exams to favor men and relatives of alumni, the education ministry said Friday in a ...

Man gets 18 years for Kanagawa road rage incident that left couple dead and their daughters injured

17 hours 16 min ago
A court on Friday sentenced a 26-year-old man to 18 years in prison for a highway road rage incident last year in which a couple ...

South Korean court upholds ruling against Mitsubishi Heavy over wartime forced labor

17 hours 32 min ago
An appeals court in the city of Gwangju, South Korea, on Friday upheld a lower court ruling that ordered Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. to pay ...

Futenma U.S. base land in Okinawa unlikely to be returned to Japan in fiscal 2022, Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya says

17 hours 45 min ago
Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya indicated Friday that the return of land occupied by a key U.S. military base in Okinawa will likely not be realized ...

Government to freeze controversial medical fee for pregnant women, Japan’s health minister says

17 hours 59 min ago
The government will temporarily suspend an extra medical fee that pregnant women were required to pay out of pocket to see doctors, health minister Takumi ...

Moscow says 1960 papers demanding pullout of foreign troops from Japan should factor in peace treaty talks with Tokyo

19 hours 35 min ago
A Russian Foreign Ministry official said Thursday that 1960 Soviet government documents demanding the pullout of all foreign troops from Japan as a condition for ...

Government approves ¥7 trillion infrastructure plan to prepare for disasters

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 22:48
The government on Friday approved an emergency resilience plan worth ¥7 trillion ($62 billion) for key infrastructure after the nation was hit this summer by ...

Japan’s 5 million dementia patients hold ¥143 trillion — and both numbers are on the rise

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 21:46
Yumiko Okubo, 71, had forgotten how to heat up food.“What’s a microwave?” she asked her husband, Eiichi. She was in the early stages of dementia, ...

Four unaccounted for after house fire in Toyama

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 21:43
Four people are unaccounted for following a fire early Friday that destroyed a house in Toyama Prefecture, local police and firefighters said.The fire broke out ...

Japan starts landfill work to move unpopular U.S. base in Okinawa

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 19:53
The government on Friday pushed ahead with full-fledged landfill work needed to move a key U.S. air base to Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, despite stiff local ...

Brace for hard landing: Photos from JAXA space rovers show rocky asteroid surface

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 16:47
Japan’s space agency says more than 200 photos taken by two small rovers on an asteroid show no signs of a smooth area for the ...

China tones down Japan criticism on Nanjing anniversary

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 05:46
China restrained its criticism of Japan on the 81st anniversary of the Nanjing massacre of Chinese civilians and others by Japanese soldiers Thursday, following improved ...

High court finds prominent anti-U.S. military base activist guilty

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 05:35
A high court on Thursday upheld a lower court ruling that found a prominent anti-U.S. military base activist in Okinawa guilty of several criminal offenses ...

Japan to make regional labor markets accessible to new foreign workers

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 05:20
The government plans to take measures to make regional labor markets accessible to foreign blue-collar workers to avoid them concentrating in large cities such as ...

Japan’s new defense guidelines will outline plans for more cohesive and flexible ‘multidimensional’ force

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 02:58
Japan plans to call for the building of “multidimensional” defense capabilities in the next version of its national defense plan amid security challenges in new ...

In effort to curb costs, Imperial agency looks to scale down some facilities for Daijosai ceremony

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 02:42
The Imperial Household Agency plans to scale down the temporary Omi no Akusha facilities used in the Daijosai ceremony, one of the rites related to ...

Justice Ministry reveals 174 foreign technical interns in Japan died between 2010 and 2017

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 02:38
A total of 174 foreign nationals working as part of the technical intern program died in the eight years between 2010 and 2017 due to ...

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