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News outlets miss pivotal factor in decision to shift 2020 Olympic events

51 min 39 sec ago
When the International Olympic Committee announced that the marathon and race walk competitions for next year’s Olympics would be moved to Hokkaido due to fears ...

Examining the humorous side of online shopping in Japan

1 hour 8 min ago
An increasing number of people these days are choosing to shop online. This is especially the case in Japan, a country that has an estimated ...

Laughing at life’s trials and tribulations in Japan

1 hour 10 min ago
Life is tragic, life is comic; the glass is half-empty — no, half full. Point of view is all. Two magazines — President and Spa ...

Annual Japan-China lawmaker meeting nixed last month over Beijing’s bid to one-up Taiwan

1 hour 17 min ago
A meeting of Japanese and Chinese politicians was canceled last month after Beijing demanded that more come from Tokyo than those who visited Taiwan in ...

Poetic escapism for the end of the year

1 hour 17 min ago
If the year-end seems less festive than foreboding, escape through the poems of the "Koshinsu," Japan's earliest poetic anthologies.

Okinawa protesters mark a year since landfill work began for Futenma relocation plan

1 hour 32 min ago
A protest took place in Okinawan waters Saturday near the planned new home of a contentious U.S. airbase in the prefecture, marking a year since ...

Two A-bombed buildings in Hiroshima to be demolished despite opposition

Fri, 12/13/2019 - 22:36
Two buildings in Hiroshima that survived the 1945 U.S. atomic bombing are to be pulled down as they have grown old and are at risk ...

Photo exhibition showcases 1964 Tokyo Olympics and key events that shaped era

Fri, 12/13/2019 - 22:23
A photo exhibition showcasing the 1964 Tokyo Olympics and major domestic and international events at the time, as well as selected photos of present-day Japan, ...

Masashi Ishibashi, former chairman of defunct Japan Socialist Party, dies at 95

Fri, 12/13/2019 - 21:54
Masashi Ishibashi, former chairman of the now-defunct Japan Socialist Party who worked to lead the party to a realistic path during the postwar years, died ...

Japan’s political, business worlds heartened by U.K. Conservatives’ election victory

Fri, 12/13/2019 - 20:05
Japanese government officials as well as the country’s business community are breathing sighs of relief following a landslide victory of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s ...

Japan’s five-year cancer survival rate at 66.4%

Fri, 12/13/2019 - 18:09
The five-year survival rate for people in Japan diagnosed with cancer in 2010-2011 stood at 66.4 percent, up 0.3 percentage point from such patients in ...

Man accused of 2016 mass murder at Sagamihara care home to plead not guilty

Fri, 12/13/2019 - 17:58
A man accused of killing 19 residents at a care home for mentally disabled people near Tokyo is expected to plead not guilty at a ...

Amid thin evidence, ex-Fukuoka cop gets death sentence for 2017 murder of wife and kids

Fri, 12/13/2019 - 06:51
A court sentenced a former policeman to death Friday for choking his wife and two children to death at their home in Fukuoka Prefecture in ...

Yokohama convict gets fresh 28-year term for random 2006 tunnel slaying in Kawasaki

Fri, 12/13/2019 - 05:50
A court sentenced a man to 28 years in prison on Friday for randomly killing a woman in 2006 in a tunnel in Kawasaki.According to ...

Empress Emeritus Michiko stricken by vomiting and weight loss: Imperial Household Agency

Fri, 12/13/2019 - 05:44
Empress Emerita Michiko has been in poor health since mid-September, vomiting multiple times and losing weight, with stress seen as one of the possible causes, ...

Abe postpones talks with Modi due to unrest in India

Fri, 12/13/2019 - 03:28
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has postponed a three-day visit to India, the government said Friday, as violent protests continue over a controversial citizenship law in ...

Abe ‘not thinking about’ fourth term as Liberal Democratic Party head

Fri, 12/13/2019 - 02:22
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday said he is not thinking about the possibility of seeking another term as leader of the Liberal Democratic Party ...

Tokyo prosecutors demand eight-year prison term for ex-farm bureaucrat Hideaki Kumazawa

Fri, 12/13/2019 - 01:49
KYODOProsecutors on Friday demanded an eight-year jail term for a former top bureaucrat at the farm ministry who has admitted to killing his socially reclusive ...

U.S. digital publisher boosts reach of Japanese ‘light novels’ in English-speaking world

Fri, 12/13/2019 - 01:22
“Isekai Rebuilding Project,” a fantasy novel by a Hokkaido-based writer who publishes under the pseudonym Yukika Minamino, has become available to English-reading audiences through a ...

Japan’s health ministry approves public insurance coverage for preventive breast and ovary removal in cancer patients

Fri, 12/13/2019 - 00:55
The health ministry decided Friday to extend public health insurance to cover mastectomies and oophorectomies for people with breast or ovarian cancer who are at ...