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Understanding the reach of a Japanese political dynasty

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Could Daigo's uncharacteristically serious tone in recent times indicate that he is finally thinking of a career in politics?

A melodious medley of tabloid treats

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First, some glum news: John Coates, head of the International Olympic Committee’s coordination commission, was quoted in The Australian on May 21 as expressing doubt ...

Japan Times 1995: Police storm jet, rescue hostages in Hokkaido

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Riot police storm a hijacked All Nippon Airways jumbo jet in dramatic predawn rescue, rescuing 364 captives to end a nearly 16-hour standoff.

‘This is a pen’: Taking a preposterous COVID-19 hypothesis to another level on social media

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Social media users clamor to produce parodies of pronunciation re-enactment.

Crime syndicate bans members from fraudulent activities amid pandemic

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Gang leadership says it's wrong to “rob (elderly) individuals of the money they need to live.”

Japanese architect Shigeru Ban calls for coronavirus-safe shelters

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The designer wants the Japanese government to have a stock of easily assembled structures ready to be used in case a disaster strikes

Pandemic prompts Japan to downsize WWII anniversary ceremony

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The government-sponsored annual ceremony is usually attended by about 6,000 people, including the emperor and empress, and the prime minister, as well as relatives of ...

Shigeru Yokota’s death a reminder that time is running out on abduction issue

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Yokota's death is a blow to the families fighting to get their loved ones back, and the 'top priority' issue might now be treated as ...

Tokyo reports 26 coronavirus cases Saturday, marking three days in a row of at least 20

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Tokyo confirmed 26 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, marking a three-day streak of at least 20, media reports quoted metropolitan government sources as saying.The capital ...

Japanese schools abroad to get more PCs for online study as pandemic spreads

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The government plans to start distributing the new PCs and tablet devices as early as this fall and shoulder half the costs.

As opposition grows, Japan says it has no plan to set date for state visit by China’s Xi

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Highly anticipated trip may not be realized until next spring — or later — as Hong Kong moves, pandemic put event on backburner.

Number of newborns in Japan sank to record low of 865,234 in 2019

Fri, 06/05/2020 - 14:17
The number of babies born in Japan continued to fall in 2019, declining by around 53,000 from the previous year to a record low 865,234, ...

Dentsu evacuates Tokyo HQ after bomb threat

Fri, 06/05/2020 - 13:59
The threat says: "Warning of explosion at Dentsu's Shiodome headquarters building with deadline past 7:00 a.m. on June 7, Sunday."

Japan’s top court backs detention of KyoAni arson-murder suspect

Fri, 06/05/2020 - 13:49
The judges dismissed Shinji Aoba's appeal because they now consider him a flight risk.

Shigeru Yokota, father of North Korea abductee Megumi, dead at 87

Fri, 06/05/2020 - 12:50
Shigeru Yokota, whose daughter was abducted to North Korea in 1977 and who played a central role in Japan’s efforts to press the country to ...

Tokyo reports 20 new coronavirus cases

Fri, 06/05/2020 - 09:32
Friday's figure brings the total COVID-19 infections in the capital to 5,343, media reports quoted Tokyo Metropolitan Government sources as saying.

Japan’s low virus deaths reflect high ‘cultural standard,’ says Taro Aso

Fri, 06/05/2020 - 08:58
Finance Minister Taro Aso said Thursday that Japan's relatively low mortality rate from the new coronavirus reflects the country's higher "level of cultural standard.""I have ...

As George Floyd marches loom, do’s and don’ts for protesting in Japan

Fri, 06/05/2020 - 08:32
Compared with many parts of the world, Japanese protest rallies are quite orderly and peaceful.

Kumamon makes surprise visit to nursery to encourage hand-washing

Fri, 06/05/2020 - 08:28
Friday's visit marks the first time the mascot has appeared in public since April 1, when it began refraining from participating in events due to ...

Japan bans pirated manga downloads with copyright control law

Fri, 06/05/2020 - 08:17
Penalties for repeat offenders will be up to two years in jail or a maximum fine of ¥2 million ($18,320), or both.