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French investigation of IOC’s Takeda hangs over Tokyo Olympics

Sat, 01/12/2019 - 21:08
A month ago, Tsunekazu Takeda was warmly applauded by 1,400 Olympic dignitaries as he spoke alongside International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach in Tokyo.A month ...

Perceived dearth of freedom in Japan’s schools reflects wider woes

Sat, 01/12/2019 - 06:57
What a strange place a school is — a world within a world, a society within a society. Kids grow up in it asking themselves, ...

Maezawa’s offer of prize money for retweets sets Twitter abuzz

Sat, 01/12/2019 - 06:56
Yusaku Maezawa has accomplished an awful lot in his life. He has founded a number of successful companies, including online fashion retailer Zozotown. He’s worth ...

Japan’s vernacular press coverage tiptoes around tattoo controversy

Sat, 01/12/2019 - 06:40
Before the Olympic Games come to Tokyo in the summer of 2020, Japan will get a chance to prove its mettle as an international sporting ...

North Korea tells Japan it may raise wartime labor issue if Tokyo keeps up pressure on abductees

Sat, 01/12/2019 - 05:57
North Korea told Japan that in any future bilateral talks it may raise the subject of wartime forced labor during Tokyo’s occupation of the Korean ...

Japan and France agree to hold new maritime dialogue by year-end

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 23:51
The foreign and defense ministers of Japan and France affirmed on Friday the launch of a new bilateral framework to discuss maritime security and environmental ...

Police arrest leading figure in fraud group involved in ¥6.3 billion Tokyo land deal

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 20:18
Tokyo police have arrested a 59-year-old man on charges including the use of forged documents over a high-profile land fraud case in which Sekisui House ...

Merkel might visit Japan in February

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 20:10
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is considering visiting Japan from Feb. 4 to 5 to hold talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, informed sources said.The two ...

Russia urges Japan to recognize results of World War II ahead of talks on disputed islands

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 20:07
Russia has urged Japan anew to recognize the results of World War II, including Moscow’s sovereignty over four northwestern Pacific islands claimed by Tokyo, ahead ...

Futenma referendum may take place without some municipalities, Okinawa governor says

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 19:55
Okinawa Gov. Denny Tamaki has clarified his intention to hold a referendum over the relocation of a key U.S. military base within the prefecture on ...

American woman brings pistol and bullets onto U.S.-Japan flight

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 18:30
An American woman who was found to be in possession of a pistol and bullets on a flight from Atlanta to Narita airport near Tokyo ...

Japan panel to recommend ordinances mandating use of bicycle insurance

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 06:20
A transport ministry panel confirmed on Friday a plan to call on local governments to pass ordinances aimed at obliging cyclists to use liability insurance.The ...

Fire in under-construction Tokyo high-rise injures four workers

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 05:47
A fire broke out in a high-rise building under construction near a bustling Tokyo railway station on Friday, leaving four male workers injured, but all ...

More in Japan identify as LGBT as social awareness grows, study finds

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 05:42
At least 1 in 11 people in Japan identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, according to a survey conducted by advertising giant Dentsu Inc., ...

Outrage erupts online in Japan after assaulted NGT48 pop idol apologizes for ‘causing trouble’

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 03:26
A recent case of assault on a member of a popular female idol group has sparked a barrage of criticism aimed at the ensemble’s management ...

Hitachi Zosen loses wartime labor appeal in Seoul court

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 02:53
A Seoul court on Friday dismissed a Japanese industrial firm’s appeal against an order that it pay a South Korean man 50 million won ($45,000) ...

Government to review statistics after revelation that faulty Japan jobs data spanned 14 years

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 01:34
The government said Friday it will conduct a sweeping review of key statistics after the labor ministry was revealed to have published faulty jobs data ...

Saitama homeless man found napping under Omiya Station train platform held for alleged trespassing

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 00:39
A 20-year-old man was arrested after he was found sleeping under a train platform at Omiya Station in the city of Saitama, the police said ...

With eye on tourism, Tsukiji redevelopment planning set to accelerate in 2019

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 00:05
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government will soon accelerate work to draw up a blueprint for redevelopment of the former site of the landmark Tsukiji food market, ...

Tourists to Japan hit record 31 million in 2018, helped by easier visas for visitors from India, Russia and others

Thu, 01/10/2019 - 23:15
The estimated number of overseas visitors to Japan reached a record high 31.19 million in 2018, up 8.7 percent from the previous year and rising ...

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