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JOC head Takeda likely to retire amid corruption probe: sources

Thu, 03/14/2019 - 22:14
Japanese Olympic Committee President Tsunekazu Takeda is likely to retire without serving another term at a time when French prosecutors are investigating him for suspected ...

In Japan’s first case of its kind, 18-year-old sent to prosecutors over ¥15 million cryptocurrency theft

Thu, 03/14/2019 - 21:23
An 18-year-old boy was referred to prosecutors Thursday for allegedly stealing about ¥15 million ($134,300) worth of cryptocurrency last year by hacking a digital currency ...

Mt. Gox bitcoin founder Mark Karpeles gets suspended sentence for data manipulation

Thu, 03/14/2019 - 19:45
The high-flying creator of the Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange received a suspended jail sentence of two and a half years after a Japanese court Friday ...

Japan and South Korea talks end without progress on wartime labor dispute

Thu, 03/14/2019 - 06:43
Senior Japanese and South Korean officials failed to bridge differences in talks Thursday over the thorny issue of compensation by Japanese firms for wartime labor.In ...

Victims sterilized under Japan’s eugenics law to get ¥3.2 million each under state redress plan

Thu, 03/14/2019 - 02:48
The central government is expected to pay ¥3.2 million in redress to every surviving victim of a state sterilization program that was conducted under a ...

Number of minors in Japan involved in bank transfer scams jumped over 50% in 2018, police say

Thu, 03/14/2019 - 02:28
The National Police Agency said Thursday that 750 people under 20 years old were involved in furikome (bank transfer) scams last year, up 57.9 percent ...

Japan to seek help with running Subaru Telescope in Hawaii from U.S., Canada, China and India

Thu, 03/14/2019 - 02:14
Japan is planning to request help from other countries to operate the Subaru Telescope, located near the top of Hawaii’s Mauna Kea volcano, in order ...

Abe rules out fourth term as head of Japan’s LDP amid talk of tweaking rules to allow another run

Thu, 03/14/2019 - 01:54
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe suggested Thursday he has no intention of serving another four-year term as president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party when his ...

Japan warns firms not to fire pregnant foreign trainees, as interns fear impact on work status

Thu, 03/14/2019 - 01:43
The government has warned companies against dismissing or unfairly treating foreign trainees who get pregnant while working in the country, officials said Thursday.With many interns ...

Record 1,380 child abuse cases investigated by Japanese police in 2018, up 21% from year earlier

Thu, 03/14/2019 - 00:58
The police launched full-scale investigations into a record 1,380 child abuse cases nationwide in 2018, up 21.3 percent from the previous year, an official report ...

Japanese doctor wages war on internet addiction, advising rehab for online gamers

Wed, 03/13/2019 - 22:21
How much gaming is too much gaming?This is the question Japan’s pre-eminent addiction expert, Dr. Susumu Higuchi, is trying to answer as he treats people ...

Three arrested over murder of Tokyo woman, 80, after police link men to Shibuya robberies targeting elderly

Wed, 03/13/2019 - 21:25
Police arrested three men Wednesday over the robbery and murder of an 80-year-old woman in Tokyo last month, after investigators found similarities in the case ...

In race for fluency in time for Olympics, Tokyo great-grandmother proves it’s never too late to learn

Wed, 03/13/2019 - 21:17
Great-grandmother Setsuko Takamizawa is determined to prove that it is never too late to learn as she bids to conquer the English language before the ...

U.S. report cites persistent sexual harassment at workplaces in Japan

Wed, 03/13/2019 - 21:12
The U.S. State Department, in an annual human rights report released on Wednesday, cited persistent sexual harassment in the workplace in Japan.The U.S. report cited ...

Disabled man wins damages for DNA collection without consent

Wed, 03/13/2019 - 06:13
A local court ordered Hyogo Prefecture on Wednesday to pay ¥110,000 ($988) in damages to an intellectually disabled man, saying the prefectural police illegally took ...

Owners of TV-capable cellphones must pay public channel fees, top court rules

Wed, 03/13/2019 - 05:35
The Supreme Court has finalized high court rulings ordering owners of television-capable cellphones to pay a subscription fee to public broadcaster NHK, Kyodo News learned ...

Journalists get tour of Japan’s Izumo amid debate over equipping ship with aircraft carrier capabilities

Wed, 03/13/2019 - 03:26
Journalists on Wednesday were given a guided tour of the Izumo — Japan’s largest flat-topped helicopter carrier — for the first time since the Defense ...

Work to reinforce soft seabed at Henoko in Okinawa could delay U.S. Futenma base move by years

Wed, 03/13/2019 - 03:03
Construction of a facility to replace the controversial Futenma air base in Okinawa Prefecture may be delayed further due to seabed reinforcement work at the ...

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 ...

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