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Five hurt as car runs onto sidewalk near Tokyo’s Shinjuku Station; driver says he choked on tea

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 01:25
A car driven by a 79-year-old man ran onto the sidewalk near JR Shinjuku Station in Tokyo on Wednesday afternoon, hitting and injuring five pedestrians, ...

Ibaraki to adopt smartphone-based cashless payment system in tie-up with Tokyo startup

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 01:17
Ibaraki Prefecture is adopting cashless payments made using smartphones as a means to tap into data-driven marketing, and allow small and medium-sized businesses to benefit ...

Tokyo’s foreign residents prepare for the worst at multilingual disaster drill

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 01:06
On the heels of a year marked by natural disasters — and with thousands of foreign workers expected to enter the country over the next ...

Trash talk: Tokyo city opens bar in waste-management facility to spark environment debate

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 23:07
Like many Tokyoites, Miki Takara, 53, was sipping beer and indulging in specially prepared delicacies at a bar on a recent Friday evening. But something ...

Tokyo High Court upholds life term for Filipino man over gang rape and murder of student in 2004

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 22:36
The Tokyo High Court on Wednesday upheld a lower court ruling that sentenced a Filipino man to life imprisonment for the 2004 gang rape and ...

Pessimism grows over North Korean abductions issue with Tokyo-Pyongyang summit nowhere in sight

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 22:24
Pessimism is growing over whether the issue of Pyongyang’s abductions of Japanese citizens decades ago can be resolved anytime soon, with a possible Japan-North Korea ...

Navajo Code Talker Alfred K. Newman dies at 94 in New Mexico, saw action on several fronts

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 11:58
A Navajo Code Talker who used his native language to outsmart the Japanese in World War II has died in New Mexico at age 94.Navajo ...

Farewell, Johnny: Japan’s oldest chimp dies at 69

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 06:54
Johnny, Japan’s oldest chimpanzee, has died at the estimated age of 69, a zoo in Kobe said Tuesday.The African-born male chimp had seen his appetite ...

Japanese government to start new round of Henoko reclamation work in March

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 06:25
The central government plans to start soil placement for reclamation work in an area off the Henoko coastal district in Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, in March, ...

Prosecutors seek 18 months for ex-Mitsubishi Hitachi Power executives in landmark plea deal

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 03:49
Prosecutors said on Tuesday they are seeking a sentence of 18 months in prison for two former executives of Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Inc. for ...

City hall in Gifu Prefecture is first in Japan to deploy autonomous robots to aid residents

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 03:43
At its city hall on Tuesday, a local government in central Japan demonstrated an experiment showing robots that can independently guide people to the right ...

On anniversary, bus firm boss apologizes for 2016 crash in Nagano’s Karuizawa that killed 15

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 02:09
The operator of a bus involved in a crash that killed 15 people in the ski resort town of Karuizawa, Nagano Prefecture, offered an apology ...

South Korea says Japan failed to show definitive proof of radar lock-on

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 01:05
The South Korean Defense Ministry on Tuesday said Tokyo failed in talks the previous day to provide definitive evidence backing its claim that a South ...

Observation deck for Tokyo’s renowned tuna auctions opens to public at new Toyosu market site

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 00:36
Visitors formed long lines before daybreak on Tuesday to catch a glimpse of Tokyo’s renowned tuna auctions — now at the Toyosu wholesale fish market ...

Abe pledges to advance peace treaty talks with Putin despite show of differences

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 00:32
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday he wants to advance postwar peace treaty talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin “as much as possible,” a day ...

People in flood-hit western Japan area frustrated by sluggish recovery and population loss

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 23:06
With Jan. 6 marking six months since deadly floods devastated parts of western Japan, many residents in the area are still living in temporary housing, ...

Japanese volunteer’s initiative allows Cambodians to see future beyond dumps where they scavenged

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 23:02
In Anlong Pi, a village on the outskirts of famous tourist destination Siem Reap in northwestern Cambodia, a group of women gather each day to ...

Smoking rate in Japan has declined by half since beginning of Heisei Era in 1989

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 22:45
The proportion of smokers is dropping in Japan, with the figure in 2018 down by half from the rate of 36 percent when the Heisei ...

Cherry blossoms in Japan are predicted to arrive earlier than usual again in 2019

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 21:54
Although some parts of Japan have yet to see this year’s first snowfall, experts say they already know when spring will come.Residents of Kochi Prefecture ...

NGT48 management firm removes official from post over handling of assault on idol group member Maho Yamaguchi

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 21:20
The operator of popular all-girl band AKB48 and its sister groups said Monday it has removed one of its officials from a key post amid ...

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