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Entrepreneur’s message to Japan’s forgotten non-college-educated youth: You can choose your life

Mon, 03/11/2019 - 23:03
It wasn’t until he turned 18 that Daisuke Kuse saw businessmen dressed in dapper suits up close and personal. Until then, Kuse — having spent ...

Event held in Taiwan to mark eighth anniversary of 2011 earthquake and tsunami

Mon, 03/11/2019 - 22:05
A memorial ceremony was held in Taipei on Monday to mark the eighth anniversary of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, which devastated northeastern Japan, ...

New website of Japan’s Prime Minister’s Office takes its cue from Trump White House

Mon, 03/11/2019 - 21:27
The new website of the Prime Minister’s Office, which has become less wordy and uses more pictures after a recent design overhaul, resembles the site ...

Canadian charged with smuggling record haul of stimulant drugs into Japan worth ¥1.8 billion

Mon, 03/11/2019 - 21:17
A Canadian man was charged Monday with attempting to smuggle about 30 kilograms of stimulant drugs through Narita airport, the biggest amount ever seized by ...

Japan marks 500 days to go until 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Mon, 03/11/2019 - 20:36
Japan marked 500 days to go until next year’s Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday with events scheduled in the capital and surrounding areas to set the ...

Japan’s Komeito political party seeks international regulations on robotic weapons

Mon, 03/11/2019 - 05:02
A project team of Komeito, the junior partner in the Liberal Democratic Party-led ruling coalition, has presented to Foreign Minister Taro Kono its proposals for ...

Eight years after 3/11 quake and tsunami disasters, support groups for foreign residents at crossroads

Mon, 03/11/2019 - 04:39
Eight years on, efforts among foreign residents in Japan to help one another after the March 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis have reached a ...

Have Japan’s yuru-kyara reached critical mass? Minds behind the mascots discuss

Mon, 03/11/2019 - 02:05
Over the past few decades, towns, cities and prefectures throughout Japan have been churning out mascots to represent and promote themselves, resulting in an annual ...

South Korean plaintiffs may seek seizure of Mitsubishi Heavy assets in Europe over wartime forced labor

Mon, 03/11/2019 - 01:55
A team of lawyers representing South Korean plaintiffs who won a case against Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. over wartime forced labor is considering seeking a ...

Two men in coma after shooting at Osaka gambling den; suspect at large

Mon, 03/11/2019 - 01:29
Two men are in a coma after being shot early Monday morning at a members-only gambling venue in Osaka’s Minami entertainment district, police said.The suspect, ...

Four dead after fire burns down farmer’s house in Aomori

Mon, 03/11/2019 - 01:20
Four people were found dead after a fire gutted a farmer’s house Monday in Aomori Prefecture, police and firefighters said.The fire broke out at the ...

Eight years on, Abe says 3/11 reconstruction nearing ‘final stages,’ though half of public unconvinced

Mon, 03/11/2019 - 00:35
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Monday that Japan is approaching the “final stages” of its effort to rebuild areas devastated by a magnitude 9 earthquake ...

‘Forbearance’ pays off: India International School in Japan student wins 10th Japan Times Bee

Sun, 03/10/2019 - 23:40
The winning word was “forbearance,” meaning “patience,” and Ariya Narayanasamy may be representative of the word — going through more than two dozen rounds of ...

With divorce on the rise, more Japanese taking to ‘prenups’ as they prepare to wed

Sun, 03/10/2019 - 23:29
The prenuptial agreement, an age-old practice fairly common in many Western countries, is gaining a foothold in Japan as more and more people insist on ...

Son-in-law arrested in Tokyo after Chiba assembly member stabbed to death

Sun, 03/10/2019 - 23:26
A man was arrested Sunday after a local assembly member in Chiba Prefecture was found to have been stabbed to death at his condominium.Norihisa Ishikawa, ...

Actor Takuro Tatsumi declines LDP request to run in Osaka gubernatorial election

Sun, 03/10/2019 - 18:57
Actor Takuro Tatsumi said Sunday that he has turned down a request by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party to run in next ...

Japan marks eight years since tsunami-triggered Fukushima nuclear crisis

Sun, 03/10/2019 - 16:34
Japan on Monday marked the eighth anniversary of the devastating earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan that left more than 15,000 people dead and triggered ...

Japan to require foreign workers to submit medical certificates

Sun, 03/10/2019 - 06:25
The Justice Ministry plans to require foreign workers entering the country using the new work visas to submit medical certificates, informed sources said.Such foreign workers ...

‘Recovery Olympics’ moniker for 2020 Games rubs 3/11 evacuees the wrong way

Sun, 03/10/2019 - 04:00
Residents in the area view the preparations as something happening in the background. In fact, some believe they are actually hindering the region’s recovery.

Ishinomaki whale-tooth artisan who lost shop on 3/11 sees chance to preserve tradition

Sun, 03/10/2019 - 03:10
In a once-booming whaling community in the northeast, an artisan has managed to keep alive a whale-tooth crafting tradition after his store was destroyed by ...