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Yamanote Line train driver fulfills life’s dream, down to the exact second

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 00:33
Ask any group of children in Japan what they want to be when they grow up and one answer in particular is sure to feature.“The ...

Nagasaki observes season’s first blooming of cherry trees in Japan

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 23:47
Cherry trees came into bloom Wednesday in Nagasaki Prefecture, the first blooming of the Somei-Yoshino variety in Japan this spring, according to the Meteorological Agency.Officials ...

Japan urged to stop requiring transgender people to be sterilized before changing gender on official documents

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 22:51
Japan should “urgently” revise a law that effectively requires transgender people to be surgically sterilized if they want legal recognition of their gender identity, Human ...

Court tells Japan’s government to pay damages to prize-winning author held and illegally arrested after Okinawa base protest

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 21:50
The Naha District Court on Tuesday ordered the central government to pay ¥80,000 in damages to an award-winning author who was detained for entering a ...

Restaurant chain operator Skylark to impose total smoking ban from September

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 21:48
Restaurant chain operator Skylark Holdings Co. said Tuesday it will impose a total smoking ban at all of its around 3,200 outlets in the nation ...

In wake of Christchurch massacre, Australia asks Japan to arrange talks on social media controls at G20

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 05:55
Japan has received a written request from Australia to arrange talks on tightening social media controls at the Group of 20 summit in Osaka in ...

Japanese Supreme Court OKs retrial for ex-assistant nurse over 2003 murder

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 05:47
The Supreme Court has approved a retrial for a former assistant nurse who was convicted of the murder of a 72-year-old male patient at a ...

Tokyo residents mourn victims of New Zealand mosque shootings

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 03:25
About two dozen Muslim residents of Japan huddled together Tuesday afternoon outside the New Zealand Embassy in Tokyo’s Shibuya Ward at a vigil for the ...

Japan’s government adopts bill to prevent padding of disabled employment figures

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 02:26
Lawmakers at a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday adopted a bill intended to prevent government ministries, agencies and other public organizations from overstating the employment of ...

Japan to invite guests from 195 nations for events marking enthronement of new Emperor

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 02:13
The government said Tuesday it will send invitations to 195 nations for events in the fall to mark Crown Prince Naruhito’s enthronement, following Emperor Akihito’s ...

Okinawa Gov. Denny Tamaki requests month of talks with Abe in bid to halt U.S. base transfer

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 01:46
Okinawa Gov. Denny Tamaki on Tuesday called on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to engage in a one-month dialogue in his latest bid to halt the ...

All aboard the Sakai Muscle Line? Osaka Metro axes foreign language website after botched translation

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 23:27
Punctual trains. Rat-free platforms. A high standard of cleanliness. The Japanese commuter railway system is known for efficient, sanitary and high quality service.But creating an ...

GSDF chief Koji Yamazaki to become Japan’s top uniformed officer

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 23:00
The Cabinet approved a plan Tuesday to make the chief of staff of the Ground Self-Defense Force, Koji Yamazaki, the top uniformed officer of the ...

Schools reopen, but student numbers fail to rebound in disaster-hit Fukushima municipalities

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 21:58
Eight years after the March 2011 disasters, elementary and junior high schools have reopened in 10 Fukushima Prefecture municipalities after the lifting of nuclear evacuation ...

Japanese government panel proposes making ancient tomb’s mural paintings a national treasure

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 21:50
A government panel on Monday recommended the mural paintings of the ancient Kitora tomb in western Japan be recognized as a national treasure in a ...

Zama school lends helping hand to foreign students struggling with life in Japan

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 21:37
A public high school in Kanagawa Prefecture is providing a safety net to foreign students who face difficulties in their day-to-day lives, helping them with ...

With April dispatch to Egypt, Japan eyes first overseas SDF mission not under U.N. command

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 21:33
Japan will send two Self-Defense Force members to a multinational peacekeeping force in Egypt in mid-April, their first dispatch to an overseas mission that is ...

Japan’s Cabinet OKs stronger laws to prevent child abuse after spate of tragic cases

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 17:44
The Cabinet on Tuesday approved amendments to the child abuse prevention law and related legislation following several cases of serious mistreatment of children in the ...

Japan’s Hayabusa2 to use explosive to make crater on asteroid to get underground samples

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 12:15
Japan’s space agency said Monday that its Hayabusa2 spacecraft will follow up last month’s touchdown on a distant asteroid with another risky mission — dropping ...

Japan to start discussions soon on Imperial succession system

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 06:31
One idea may be allowing female members to remain in the Imperial family even when they marry commoners.