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Court fines two contractors for maglev project bid-rigging

6 hours 40 min ago
The Tokyo District Court has fined two major contractors for taking part in rigging the bids for construction work on the Tokyo-Osaka maglev train project.Obayashi ...

Japan wants U.S. to rethink withdrawal from nuke pact with Russia

7 hours 51 sec ago
The government expressed hope Monday that the United States will reconsider its plan to withdraw from the Cold War-era nuclear arms treaty with Russia.“It is ...

Jun Ashida, former personal designer for Empress Michiko, dies at age 88

7 hours 3 min ago
Jun Ashida, founder of the eponymous brand and a former personal designer for Empress Michiko, died Saturday of pneumonia at his home in Tokyo. He ...

Japan ministries counted dead and retired people in totals to meet legal quotas for disabled employment, panel says

9 hours 44 min ago
Ministries and agencies “arbitrarily interpreted” guidelines for employing disabled people and counted people who were retired or even dead among their numbers in an attempt ...

Third Japan medical school suspected of having discriminated against applicants: sources

10 hours 12 min ago
Juntendo University is suspected of having discriminated against female applicants to its medical school, sources said Monday, in the latest of a series of similar ...

As Canada legalizes recreational marijuana, Japanese citizens warned the law from home may apply

10 hours 23 min ago
Canada’s legalization of the recreational use of marijuana, which went into effect last week, has prompted the Japanese government to issue warnings that Japan’s law ...

South Korean lawmakers visit disputed islets amid Japanese opposition

11 hours 21 min ago
A group of South Korean lawmakers from the country’s ruling and opposition parties traveled to South Korea-controlled, Japan-claimed islets in the Sea of Japan on ...

U.S. Olympian coaches Narita kids as city prepares to host American track team training camp for Tokyo 2020

11 hours 39 min ago
Around 270 elementary and junior high school students got to meet American sprinter and Olympian Mike Rodgers on Sunday, when he coached a training event ...

Mountain biking project creates job opportunities in depopulated Aichi Prefecture district

12 hours 30 min ago
An ongoing project to create employment opportunities in the depopulated Inabu district of Toyota, Aichi Prefecture, is beginning to bear fruit, as a college student ...

Japan’s banks and police step up efforts to counter refund scams involving ATMs

12 hours 32 min ago
Financial institutions and police are stepping up efforts to protect the elderly from refund scams involving ATMs, including the use of systems that automatically suspend ...

Almost 70% of young Japanese feel stress from gaze of others

Sun, 10/21/2018 - 23:16
Nearly 70 percent of young people in Japan feel stressed when they are under the gaze of other people, a survey by Mandom Corp. has ...

Aging Japan: Unclaimed burial urns pile up in Japan as family ties weaken, kin steer clear

Sun, 10/21/2018 - 18:36
Unclaimed urns containing ashes of the dead are piling up by the thousands across Japan, creating storage headaches and reflecting fraying family ties and economic ...

Government weighs prevention program for Japan’s first-time drug offenders

Sun, 10/21/2018 - 17:31
The government is considering introducing a special prevention program for first-time drug offenders who have been given suspended sentences, a source close to the matter ...

Japan, China to resume fleet visits for first time since 2011

Sun, 10/21/2018 - 14:42
The Maritime Self-Defense Force and the Chinese navy plan to resume mutual visits by their naval vessels for the first time since 2011, as they ...

Mikiko Shiroma’s re-election as Naha mayor seen as boost for newly elected Gov. Denny Tamaki

Sun, 10/21/2018 - 06:49
In a boost for recently elected Okinawa Gov. Denny Tamaki, incumbent Naha Mayor Mikiko Shiroma is re-elected.

Osamu Shimomura, co-winner of 2008 Nobel Prize in chemistry, dies in Nagasaki aged 90

Sun, 10/21/2018 - 05:16
Marine biologist Osamu Shimomura, a co-winner of the 2008 Nobel Prize in chemistry, has died at the age of 90, Nagasaki University announced Sunday.Shimomura, a ...

Gamma-ray constellation named after Japanese movie monster Godzilla

Sun, 10/21/2018 - 04:20
Using the orbiting Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, an international research group that includes NASA researchers has named a constellation of gamma ray-emitting stars Godzilla, according ...

Abe-Xi summit comes as Chinese leader looks to create united front amid U.S. trade war

Sun, 10/21/2018 - 03:56
With all the fanfare generated by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Beijing later this week, perhaps the most significant aspect is that it is ...

Ahead of Abe’s visit to Beijing a look at Japan-China ties through the years

Sun, 10/21/2018 - 03:22
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to China from Thursday, which will include the first formal summit between the two countries’ leaders since 2011 and comes ...

What season is it? Cherry trees seen blooming across Japan

Sun, 10/21/2018 - 03:01
Even cherry trees aren’t sure what to make of this year’s run of unusual weather.Cherry blossoms, which usually bloom in the spring, have recently been ...