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Nearly half of job-seeking LGBT students in Japan report uncomfortable experiences in interviews

Wed, 03/13/2019 - 01:24
Over 40 percent of lesbian, gay and bisexual students and over 80 percent of transgender students in Japan had uncomfortable experiences during job interviews, a ...

Ibaraki principal’s plan to launch school esports club ahead of Japan Games tourney stokes controversy

Wed, 03/13/2019 - 00:55
The principal of a school in Ibaraki Prefecture who proposed establishing an extracurricular esports club has faced criticism from his teachers.In January, Takahiro Inose, principal ...

Takashi Murakami: The face of Japanese contemporary art abroad, underappreciated at home

Wed, 03/13/2019 - 00:45
“You’ll have seen his work, even if you don’t know who he is.”That’s pretty much how people who do know the Japanese artist Takashi Murakami ...

14% of medical students in Japan asked personal questions, including on marriage and childbirth, during entrance interviews

Wed, 03/13/2019 - 00:16
A total of 14 percent of medical students said they were asked personal questions on topics including marriage and childbirth during their entrance examination interviews, ...

Two 12-year-old girls jump to their deaths from building in Aichi, leaving notes hinting at bullying

Wed, 03/13/2019 - 00:05
Two 12-year-old elementary school students apparently jumped to their deaths from an apartment building in Aichi Prefecture on Tuesday, leaving notes suggesting that they were ...

Is flashing the peace sign in front of the Hiroshima A-bomb memorial appropriate?

Tue, 03/12/2019 - 23:48
The newsroom of the Chugoku Shimbun recently received a letter of complaint from a 76-year-old whose daily ritual is to take a stroll around the ...

Japan shelves bill on stricter copyright control after academics, manga artists and fans air concerns

Tue, 03/12/2019 - 23:16
The government on Wednesday decided to forgo submitting to the Diet a bill that would make it illegal to download literary materials without the permission ...

Japan to forgo submitting North Korean human rights motion to U.N. panel in bid to get answers on abductions

Tue, 03/12/2019 - 11:26
Japan has decided not to submit a draft joint resolution condemning North Korea’s human rights abuses to a U.N. panel for the first time since ...

Actor/musician Pierre Taki arrested in drug bust

Tue, 03/12/2019 - 08:52
The Kanto Shin-Etsu Bureau of Drug Administration arrested the actor/musician Masanori Taki, 51, on Tuesday for allegedly using cocaine in violation of the drug control ...

Russia begins military drill on disputed islands off Hokkaido

Tue, 03/12/2019 - 06:43
The Russian military on Tuesday launched an exercise on Etorofu and Kunashiri, two of the four Russian-held islands off Hokkaido claimed by Japan, according to ...

Finance Minister Taro Aso ponders tariffs in spat with South Korea over wartime labor

Tue, 03/12/2019 - 06:16
Finance Minister Taro Aso said tariffs were among the measures Japan could take against South Korea if a dispute over wartime labor worsens between the ...

To wear or not to wear: Okayama police in showdown with teen rebels sporting rebellious uniforms

Tue, 03/12/2019 - 06:04
Japan has its share of rebellious teenagers and one of the most popular ways for youth to demonstrate their edginess is for them to deck ...

Toyota and JAXA plan to send space rover to the moon in 2029

Tue, 03/12/2019 - 05:56
Toyota Motor Corp. said Tuesday it will jointly develop a rover to be sent to the moon in 2029, amid fierce global competition to explore ...

Japan decorates former Pentagon chief William Cohen for strengthening alliance with U.S.

Tue, 03/12/2019 - 02:43
Japan on Monday recognized former U.S. Defense Secretary William Cohen for his contribution to strengthening the bilateral security alliance.In a ceremony in Washington, Japanese Ambassador ...

Shrinking Wakayama village cuts assembly to five, tying Okinawa council for fewest members in Japan

Tue, 03/12/2019 - 02:34
A mountainous village in Wakayama Prefecture will have the joint-smallest assembly in the country, represented by only five members, it said Tuesday, in the latest ...

Japan’s ‘Olympic ojiisan‘ hopes to complete 56-year odyssey at 2020 Tokyo Games

Tue, 03/12/2019 - 02:13
For most people, going to watch the Olympics is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, but for 92-year-old superfan Naotoshi Yamada it has become a quadrennial ritual over ...

Ex-Tepco execs’ lawyers make final plea for acquittal over negligence in Fukushima nuclear crisis

Tue, 03/12/2019 - 01:41
Lawyers for three former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. called for their acquittal in their final defense plea on Tuesday in a ...

Japanese teen’s post about name change goes viral on Twitter, sparking debate about unusual monikers

Tue, 03/12/2019 - 00:58
A teenager’s decision to change his name spawned a viral tweet and led to a broader conversation online and in the media amid a trend ...

At palace in Tokyo, Emperor Akihito starts series of succession rites ahead of April 30 abdication

Tue, 03/12/2019 - 00:10
Emperor Akihito on Tuesday took part in a rite at the Imperial Palace to report his planned abdication to his ancestors, kicking off a series ...

Lose your wallet or cash in Okinawa? It’s more than likely you’ll get them back, police data shows

Tue, 03/12/2019 - 00:01
Lost wallets or hard cash reported to the Okinawa Prefectural Police last year had a higher chance of being returned than in the preceding four ...

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