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Former Taiwan President Lee Teng-hui travels to Okinawa for World War II memorial event

1 hour 17 min ago
Former Taiwan President Lee Teng-hui embarked on a four-day trip to Okinawa Prefecture on Friday to pay tribute to Taiwanese killed in the 1945 battle ...

In rare case, marijuana found growing near lawmakers’ building in central Tokyo

5 hours 8 min ago
In a nation governed by one of the world’s most draconian anti-cannabis laws, it’s rare enough to stumble upon marijuana plants thriving on the side ...

Defense chief Itsunori Onodera seeks local consent to deploy land-based missile shield in Akita and Yamaguchi prefectures

5 hours 26 min ago
Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera on Friday sought to win local consent to deploy a U.S.-developed land-based missile shield, amid questions over the necessity of such ...

2020 Tokyo Games to be fully powered by renewable energy, organizers say

5 hours 43 min ago
The 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic organizing committee is aiming to fully power the games with renewable energy, under a plan to help foster a ...

New graduates hope for work-life balance rather than boardroom role

6 hours 37 min ago
Working long hours to move up the job ladder is a lower priority for newly employed graduates in the nation, according to a recent survey ...

Hiroshima Prefecture to open International Baccalaureate school as it looks to move away from Japan’s passive education style

6 hours 38 min ago
Hiroshima Prefecture is set to open an International Baccalaureate boarding school next spring — a rare move by a local government that officials hope will ...

Idol group AKB48 increases reach in Asia with new unit SGO48 in Vietnam

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 23:51
Pop act AKB48 will add another Asian “sister group” to its ever-expanding family of all-girl idol units by setting up the group SGO48 in Vietnam.The ...

Osaka school was warned three years ago about wall that crushed girl to death in quake

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 22:48
School authorities were warned three years ago about the substandard concrete wall that collapsed onto a 9-year-old girl and killed her following Monday’s earthquake in ...

Okinawa having difficulty preserving war memorials as keepers grow old

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 22:19
As Okinawa Prefecture on Saturday marks the 73rd anniversary of the end of the bloody Battle of Okinawa, the prefecture faces increasing difficulties in preserving ...

Warning issued over flying rocks as Mount Shinmoe erupts again in southwestern Japan

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 22:07
Southwestern Japan’s Mount Shinmoe spewed ash and smoke up to 2,600 meters in the air and sent large volcanic rocks flying over a kilometer from ...

Baobabs a wake-up call for action on climate change

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 22:04
The decline of the baobab, a tree whose longevity has astounded many, is an indication that more needs to be done to prevent climate change.

LDP eyes leadership race on Sept. 20 as embattled Abe seeks re-election

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 14:45
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party is arranging to hold its presidential race on Sept. 20, with party President and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe seeking to ...

‘Drum tower’ collapses at earthquake-hit Kumamoto Castle after heavy downpours

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 12:38
A tower at the historic, quake-damaged Kumamoto Castle in southern Japan — one of the country’s three premier castles and once a major tourist attraction ...

U.S. commander reassures Abe on Japan defense commitment after military drill canceled

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 07:16
The top commander of U.S. forces in the Asia-Pacific region reassured Tokyo on Thursday that Washington remains committed to the defense of Japan, amid concern ...

‘Dokaben’ baseball manga to end after 46 years

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 06:10
The “Dokaben” popular Japanese baseball manga series, which has been published off and on in a weekly magazine since 1972, will end in the next ...

Students return to school where 9-year-old girl died in Osaka earthquake

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 02:49
The school where a 9-year-old girl died after a powerful earthquake jolted Osaka this week reopened Thursday as staff members, students and local residents continued ...

150,000 intractable disease sufferers in Japan lose right to medical aid

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 02:23
Some 150,000 sufferers of intractable diseases have lost their right to special subsidies for medical expenses, a health ministry survey showed Wednesday.They were excluded from ...

Japanese lawmaker apologizes for heckling lung cancer patient during the man’s Diet testimony

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 02:14
A ruling party lawmaker apologized Thursday for heckling a lung cancer patient last week during the man’s parliamentary testimony on an anti-smoking bill.Yoichi Anami, a ...

Half of Japan’s visiting nurses suffer some form of harassment: survey

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 01:31
Around half of respondents in a survey of visiting nurses said they have suffered some form of harassment when going to patients’ homes, an industry ...

Japan to cancel missile evacuation drills following Trump-Kim summit

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 00:51
Tokyo has decided to cancel nationwide evacuation exercises designed to prepare for North Korean ballistic missile launches, a government source said Thursday.Following North Korean leader ...