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Liberal Democratic Party and tradition may stymie push for same-sex marriage in Japan

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 23:50
As Japanese lawmakers grapple with a landmark same-sex marriage bill, campaigners fear it may die at the first legislative hurdle as lawmakers pander to aging ...

Strong earthquake rocks Niigata; Japan Meteorological Agency issues tsunami advisory

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 06:54
A strong magnitude 6.8 earthquake hit Niigata Prefecture on Friday, recording a maximum of upper 6 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale to seven.Due to ...

Emperor Naruhito to meet with Macron next week

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 06:05
Emperor Naruhito will meet with French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte, during the couple’s visit to Japan starting June 26, the Japanese government ...

How Japan’s clout is rising in age of U.S.-China tensions

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 03:18
As the West’s concerns about China’s dominance on the global stage continue to grow, Japan is increasingly regarded as a balancing force in the region.Perhaps ...

Suspect in knife attack that left Osaka police officer in coma sent to prosecutors

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 02:05
Police on Tuesday sent a man suspected of stabbing a police officer and stealing his gun in Osaka Prefecture to prosecutors, a day after his ...

Photojournalist documents the ‘unheard voices’ of Japanese wives who went to North Korea

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 01:23
An award-winning photojournalist has shed light on forgotten Japanese women who married Korean men and moved to North Korea during a 1959-1984 repatriation project.“They have ...

Osaka vows to strengthen disaster measures one year on from quake

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 00:51
School and municipal government officials in Osaka Prefecture reaffirmed Tuesday their commitment to beefing up anti-earthquake measures one year on from a magnitude 6.1 quake ...

Denki Groove’s Pierre Taki given suspended sentence for cocaine use

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 00:30
The Tokyo District Court on Tuesday sentenced Pierre Taki, an actor and member of Japanese techno-pop duo Denki Groove, to 18 months in prison, suspended ...

Japan’s Cabinet OKs new program focused on dementia ‘coexistence and prevention’

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 00:21
The Cabinet on Tuesday approved a new program for dementia that focuses on prevention and helping patients with the illness live more comfortably.The program is ...

Palau changes ocean sanctuary plan to allow Okinawa-based fishing boats to operate

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 23:22
The Pacific nation of Palau has amended plans to create a huge marine reserve so Japanese fishing boats still have partial access to its waters.Fish ...

More than half of Japanese young people not interested in studying overseas, survey shows

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 21:52
A government survey has found that over half of youths and young adults in Japan do not want to study abroad.The finding was included in ...

Japan has world’s lowest proportion of working-age people, U.N. report says

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 20:56
Japan has the world’s lowest ratio of people of working age to those aged 65 or over, according to a U.N. report released Monday.While the ...

Japan, France to unveil road map for cooperation amid China’s rise

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 11:21
Japan and France are planning to unveil a five-year road map in late June that deepens cooperation in areas ranging from maritime security to infrastructure ...

Japan distancing itself from U.S. claims of Iranian involvement in tanker attacks

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 06:39
The Japanese government is avoiding taking sides in the dispute surrounding U.S. claims of Iranian involvement in Thursday’s attacks on two oil tankers, including one ...

Abe to promote space debris measures at G20

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 06:18
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Monday that his government wants to promote Japan’s proposals on measures against space debris at international venues such as Group ...

NRA safety license for Sendai reactors legal, Fukuoka court finds, dismissing volcano risk lawsuit

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 04:17
The district court says it found nothing illegal with a safety clearance granted to two reactors in Kyushu that were restarted after the 2011 Fukushima ...

Survey finds nearly 50% of Japanese think mandatory use of five days of paid leave is not enough

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 02:39
Nearly half of respondents in a recent poll think that mandatory use of at least five paid leave days each year, a measure introduced in ...

Japanese fathers spend more time playing with kids, but mothers want more: survey

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 02:21
About half of all parents in Japan raising children think today’s young fathers spend more time playing with their kids than their own fathers did, ...

Rugby World Cup organizers tap traditional Japanese art for ticket designs

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 02:09
Rugby World Cup 2019 organizers on Monday unveiled their ticket designs for matches for the tournament, bringing a traditional Japanese flavor to what will be ...

Japan group launches website offering real-time predictions of disaster damage

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 02:05
Aioi Nissay Dowa Insurance Co., Yokohama National University and Aon Benfield Japan said Monday they have launched a free website that provides real-time predictions for ...

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