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Japan panel members slam government over labor data irregularities

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 06:53
The government is expected to reprimand the labor ministry’s top bureaucrat and some other officials, a government source said Thursday.

Okinawa activist launches hunger strike to protest cities staying out of vote on Henoko U.S. base plan

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 03:17
Backed by about 93,000 signatures from residents of Okinawa, Jinshiro Motoyama and his civil organization pushed the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly last year to hold a ...

Singaporean linked to Tokyo’s 2020 Olympics bid gets week in jail for lying to anticorruption agency

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 03:15
A Singaporean man linked to Tokyo’s bid for the 2020 Olympics was sentenced to a week in jail Tuesday for lying to officers from Singapore’s ...

Kobe marks 24th anniversary of Great Hanshin Earthquake, with pledge to keep stories and lessons alive

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 03:07
The city of Kobe and neighboring areas on Thursday marked the 24th anniversary of the deadly Great Hanshin Earthquake, with residents and family members of ...

Bangladeshi asylum-seeker’s cuffed visit to Japanese hospital sparks online debate

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 02:37
Photos of a Bangladeshi asylum-seeker being taken to a Japanese hospital while roped and in handcuffs have sparked an online debate on the treatment of ...

Female Imperial family members to be barred from key succession rite in line with Japanese law

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 01:39
The government decided Thursday that only male adults of the Imperial family will attend one of the key ceremonies to mark Crown Prince Naruhito’s ascension ...

Osaka officials meet residents near G20 site to discuss traffic restrictions and other measures ahead of June meeting

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 00:38
Residents near the venue for the June 28-29 Group of 20 leaders’ summit will face traffic restrictions immediately before and after the meeting, Osaka officials ...

Japan and U.S. vow to cooperate on North Korea and in space and cyber domains

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 23:01
Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya and acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan agreed Wednesday to cooperate in new domains of warfare like outer space and cyberspace ...

No-peel appeal: Novelty banana grower is showcase for integration of mentally disabled workers in Japan

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 21:58
On a farm employing a sophisticated technique to develop special bananas in Okayama Prefecture, people with disabilities play a major role in the routine work ...

Mayor of Japan’s ‘city of shogi’ has a dream: A place ‘where every citizen is able to play’ the game

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 21:37
The city of Tendo in Yamagata Prefecture, known for being the largest producer of shogi pieces in Japan, is sounding the alarm over the waning ...

Volcano erupts in southern Japan’s Kagoshima but no evacuation warning issued

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 19:25
A volcano erupted on a remote island in southern Japan on Thursday, the Meteorological Agency said, but the warning level was kept below the scale ...

Three novelists named for Japan’s Akutagawa, Naoki literary awards

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 12:24
Three novelists were selected Wednesday to receive Japan’s prestigious Akutagawa and Naoki literary awards for their works, dealing with the development of virtual currencies, a ...

In rare ruling, court fines man who anonymously posted hateful anti-Korean remarks against teenager

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 06:57
The Kawasaki Summary Court has ordered a 66-year-old man to pay compensation and remove remarks it considered defamatory from his blog that were targeted at ...

Osaka subway drivers win court case over right to grow beards

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 06:41
A court in Osaka ruled Wednesday in favor of two city subway drivers who had sought compensation from the Osaka Municipal Government, claiming they received ...

Russia calls on Japan to recognize outcome of World War Two

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 05:32
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov denied on Wednesday that Moscow was imposing an ultimatum on Japan in talks to end a decades-long territorial dispute, but ...

Multinational bunch of Tokyo Halloween revelers referred to prosecutors for overturning truck in Shibuya

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 03:21
Police referred 10 men to prosecutors Wednesday for allegedly overturning a small truck during a Halloween event in late October in the busy Shibuya district ...

Emperor reflects on sunflowers, remembrance and reconstruction in final poetry recital event before abdication

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 03:12
In the final annual New Year’s Poetry Reading Ceremony before his abdication, Emperor Akihito reflected Wednesday on sunflowers, which have become associated with a major ...

Tokyo considers plans for convention center complex at site of former Tsukiji fish market

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 03:05
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government is considering building a complex including a convention center on the site of the closed Tsukiji fish market, a source close ...

Foreign tourists spent record ¥4.5 trillion in Japan in 2018

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 01:55
Foreign tourists spent a record-high ¥4.51 trillion ($41.5 billion) in Japan in 2018 as the tourism boom continued in the country, government data showed Wednesday.Spending ...

Kochi city creates lucky charms with fragments of bridge that survived near-collapse

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 01:38
Kochi Prefecture’s western city of Shimanto has created a good luck charm containing a fragment of a low-water crossing that has withstood the risk of ...