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Japanese Olympic Committee head Tsunekazu Takeda denies accusation of corruption linked to 2020 bid

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 19:28
Japanese Olympic Committee head Tsunekazu Takeda on Tuesday denied accusations of “active corruption” leveled by French investigators in connection with the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.Takeda’s denial ...

South Korea, Japan remain at odds over radar lock-on row

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 16:44
The defense authorities of South Korea and Japan remained at odds on Monday over an alleged radar lock-on incident involving a Japanese patrol plane and ...

Moscow calls Russia-held isles an outcome of WWII, sees ‘significant differences’ with Tokyo over their sovereignty

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 14:57
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov damped expectations of a breakthrough in a dispute with Japan over four islands off Hokkaido that’s prevented the signing of ...

Japan plans to take steps against ‘fake news’ by June

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 05:49
The government plans to come up with a set of measures aimed at preventing the spread of false online information, or “fake news,” particularly during ...

Coming-of-age ceremonies in areas of Japan devastated by last year’s disasters hold extra poignancy

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 03:14
Coming-of-age ceremonies were held in many places across the country over the weekend, including areas devastated by natural disasters last year.Those who were born in ...

Amid Russia probe and North Korea maneuvering, could a Trump-Kim deal leave Japan in the lurch?

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 02:49
As a second summit between the U.S. and North Korean leaders looms, fears are growing that Donald Trump's next move could put Tokyo in a ...

Influential Japanese philosopher Takeshi Umehara dies at age 93

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 02:35
Influential Japanese philosopher Takeshi Umehara died of pneumonia at his home in Kyoto on Saturday. He was 93.Umehara, who was awarded the Order of Culture ...

Russia’s Putin expected to visit Japan in June, Foreign Minister Taro Kono says

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 02:06
Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to visit Japan in June, Foreign Minister Taro Kono said Monday during a trip to Moscow.

As foreign ministers lay groundwork for Tokyo-Moscow territorial talks, what are the issues and obstacles?

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 00:54
Foreign Minister Taro Kono was set to meet his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, in Moscow on Monday, in a bid to lay the groundwork for ...

Tokyo asks Seoul to respond within 30 days over talks on forced labor as Pyongyang opens new front

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 00:04
Tokyo has reportedly asked Seoul to respond within 30 days to its request for diplomatic talks over court rulings on Japan’s wartime forced labor, as ...

Torn between airplanes and Japanese arts, former Air Self-Defense Force officer debuts as geisha in Gifu

Sun, 01/13/2019 - 22:20
A 32-year-old woman who used to serve in the Air Self-Defense Force debuted last month as a geiko — another term used to refer to geisha ...

Wife says Carlos Ghosn suffering ‘harsh’ treatment in Japan jail, urges HRW to step in

Sun, 01/13/2019 - 16:42
The wife of ousted Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. Chairman Carlos Ghosn has urged Human Rights Watch to bring attention to the “harsh treatment” he has ...

Experts say China hackers known as ‘APT10 Group’ likely attacked major Japanese business lobby in 2016

Sun, 01/13/2019 - 06:19
A hacking group based in China known as the so-called APT10 Group within the cybersecurity community was likely involved in the data leaks at the ...

Aichi police arrest Vietnamese man for allegedly operating underground bank

Sun, 01/13/2019 - 04:50
A 36-year-old Vietnamese man was arrested Sunday for allegedly operating what authorities considered was an underground bank which sent money illegally from Japan to his ...

Veteran Japanese actress Etsuko Ichihara dies of heart failure at 82

Sun, 01/13/2019 - 04:38
Etsuko Ichihara, a veteran Japanese actress known for her role in a popular long-running TV drama series, has died of heart failure at a Tokyo ...

Japan to test disaster warning system for Asia-Pacific region later this year using satellite

Sun, 01/13/2019 - 04:34
The government is preparing to test a disaster early warning system for the Asia-Pacific region using one of its quasi-zenith satellites later this year, a ...

Japan wage data errors undermine trust in government indicators: poll

Sun, 01/13/2019 - 03:17
Nearly 80 percent of people have lost trust in the government’s economic indicators in the wake of a recent revelation that years of faulty wage ...

Restaurants, retailers rethinking use of plastic in bid to curb pollution

Sun, 01/13/2019 - 02:06
Japan is increasingly rethinking its use of plastic as the fight against marine pollution is spreading worldwide.The Foreign Ministry has decided to refrain from using ...

Students tasked to develop dishes with Fukushima produce to promote prefecture’s recovery

Sun, 01/13/2019 - 01:53
A group of elementary, junior high and high school students in the city of Fukushima are taking part in an initiative to develop original recipes ...

Japan rebuts New York Times editorial over whaling

Sat, 01/12/2019 - 22:55
Japan has rebutted an editorial in The New York Times urging it to halt its whaling practices, saying the country is committed to the conservation ...