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Japan may accept Russia peace pact if ‘realistic’ handover of two islands is secured, sources say

Sun, 01/20/2019 - 20:20
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is leaning toward accepting a postwar peace treaty with Russia if Moscow hands over two of the four islands contested by ...

Operator of popular reward program T Card supplying clients’ personal information to police, prosecutors

Sun, 01/20/2019 - 06:02
The operator of T Card, one of the most popular reward cards in Japan, has regularly provided personal information on its holders to police and ...

Russians attend rally to defend ownership of disputed territory before Shinzo Abe’s summit in Moscow

Sun, 01/20/2019 - 05:43
A crowd gathered in Moscow on Sunday to defend Russia’s ownership of a chain of islands captured by Soviet troops from Japan during the final ...

Senior Japanese and U.S. diplomats to discuss North Korea during meeting in Sweden

Sun, 01/20/2019 - 05:40
Senior Japanese and U.S. diplomats will discuss North Korea when they meet in Sweden early this week, the Foreign Ministry said Sunday, as Washington and ...

Masazo Nonaka, world’s oldest living man, dies at 113 in Hokkaido

Sun, 01/20/2019 - 04:18
Masazo Nonaka, who was recognized by Guinness World Records last year as the oldest living man, died Sunday at the age of 113, his family ...

Engineering background ties into diplomatic career

Sun, 01/20/2019 - 04:00
Name: Khaled Omran Alameri Title: United Arab Emirates Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary (since March 2016) URL: http://www.mofa.gov.ae/ DoB: Oct. 1, 1976 Hometown: Al Ain, UAE ...

The week ahead for Jan. 21-27

Sun, 01/20/2019 - 01:40
Monday Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to leave for four-day trip to Russia, Switzerland.Japan Franchise Association to release convenience store sales for December, whole of 2018. ...

30% in Japan willing to work until early 60s, survey shows

Sun, 01/20/2019 - 00:55
With the government trying to raise the working age, 30.7 percent of the respondents to a Cabinet Office survey said they are willing to work ...

Not ‘partners’: Shinzo Abe and Vladimir Putin on collision course over islands at summit talks in Moscow

Sat, 01/19/2019 - 23:06
The leaders of Japan and Russia will hold crunch summit talks in Moscow on Tuesday, with the two countries locked in an undiplomatic war of ...

Nonprofit groups help find safe homes for Japan’s abandoned pets

Sat, 01/19/2019 - 22:35
Life hasn’t been easy for Stella.The small kitten with scruffy fur and matching orange-tinted eyes was born in September and still has no home. Just ...

A Japanese city plans to ban plastic shopping bags, but can it push its larger neighbors to follow suit?

Sat, 01/19/2019 - 21:40
International concern over the environmental damage done by the use of plastic in various forms is now the topic of political and economic discussions across ...

The University of Tokyo riots of 1968-69: A photographer who documented the occupation from inside the barricades remembers the final days of resistance

Sat, 01/19/2019 - 06:54
Riot police at the University of Tokyo haul off a man wearing a white helmet, cuffed hands clasped above his bowed head. His expression is ...

Hitachi chief’s remarks on nuclear industry spark debate

Sat, 01/19/2019 - 06:53
On Jan. 1, Hiroaki Nakanishi, chairman of the Japan Business Federation (Keidanren), held press interviews on the outlook of the business community and, at one ...

Tolerant attitudes make Japan a drinker’s paradise

Sat, 01/19/2019 - 06:52
If any doubts existed that Japanese people are exceptionally tolerant toward the imbibing of alcohol, those were erased in 2014, when the Pew Center, as ...

Organizing guru Marie Kondo sparks plenty of joy on social media

Sat, 01/19/2019 - 06:38
A new year in Japan means it’s time for ōsōji, the annual cleaning of one’s home. And, right on schedule, Netflix has released “Tidying Up ...

Toyotomi Hideyoshi: The brutality of victory

Sat, 01/19/2019 - 06:30
In 1590, having already subdued Kyushu and northeast Japan, Toyotomi Hideyoshi successfully took Osaka Castle after a three-month siege. But with opposition defeated, what happened ...

In Hawaii, Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya says Japan is hoping for results from second U.S.-North Korea summit

Sat, 01/19/2019 - 05:50
The government Saturday welcomed the planned second summit between the United States and North Korea, expressing hope that tangible results will come from the talks ...

Despite some calling for it to be preserved, Iwate Prefecture town begins demolishing tsunami-hit former municipal hall

Sat, 01/19/2019 - 04:31
Work began Saturday to tear down a former town hall building in Otsuchi, Iwate Prefecture, where dozens of people died after it was hit by ...

In wake of Hitachi decision, minister says Japan’s strategy of promoting nuclear exports will not change

Sat, 01/19/2019 - 04:01
Japan’s strategy of promoting nuclear exports will not change following Hitachi Ltd.’s decision to suspend a nuclear power plant construction project in Britain, industry minister ...

Japan to expand age limit for special adoption system to cover children under 15

Sat, 01/19/2019 - 01:26
The Justice Ministry plans to expand the special adoption system to cover children under 15 years old, compared with the current basic age limit of ...

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