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Japan fires back after South Korea’s Moon urges Tokyo to take a ‘humble stance’ on wartime labor issue

Thu, 01/10/2019 - 23:07
The government on Friday rebutted South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s accusation over Tokyo’s response to Seoul’s top court rulings on wartime labor involving Japanese companies.“It ...

Japanese team plans to use iPS cells in clinical trial for cancer patients

Thu, 01/10/2019 - 22:08
A Japanese team is preparing a clinical trial to inject immune cells made from induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells into patients with head and neck ...

Japan Airlines faces fresh disciplinary action after flight attendant drank Champagne on Narita-Honolulu flight

Thu, 01/10/2019 - 21:35
The government Friday recommended Japan Airlines Co. improve operations after one of its flight attendants drank alcohol while on duty last month, the latest disciplinary ...

Abe says Japan is ‘using various channels’ to talk with North Korea, including over possible summit with Kim Jong Un

Thu, 01/10/2019 - 21:21
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said his government is “using various channels” to communicate with North Korea, including over a potential summit with leader Kim Jong ...

Japanese winter holiday travelers at Narita up 6.5%

Thu, 01/10/2019 - 05:57
The number of Japanese people who flew out of and into Japan using Narita International Airport near Tokyo during the year-end and New Year’s holiday ...

Tens of billions of yen in jobless benefits unpaid due to faulty labor ministry data: sources

Thu, 01/10/2019 - 03:24
The government has failed to pay tens of billions of yen in benefits such as unemployment insurance, affecting about 10 million people, due to the ...

Late Japanese travel writer Kaoru Kanetaka’s trip around the world

Thu, 01/10/2019 - 02:52
In some ways, Kaoru Kanetaka introduced the world to Japan — and maybe a little bit of Japan to the world — when she flew ...

South Korean President Moon Jae-in accuses Japan of politicizing wartime labor issue

Thu, 01/10/2019 - 02:49
South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Thursday accused Japan of politicizing recent court decisions over wartime labor involving Japanese firms, calling it an unwise move.Moon ...

Taro Aso’s blaming of sexual harassment victim is voted 2018’s most sexist remark by a Japanese politician

Thu, 01/10/2019 - 01:27
Finance Minister Taro Aso’s apparent justification of sexual harassment committed by a former prominent bureaucrat topped a list of the most egregious sexist remarks made ...

Hiroshima firefighter wins annual Lucky Man race at Hyogo shrine

Thu, 01/10/2019 - 01:23
A 22-year-old firefighter raced past the competition early Thursday to earn the title of “Lucky Man” in the annual run held at a major Shinto ...

Russia protests remarks by Japan about disputed islands, saying they ‘distort’ deals struck between Abe and Putin

Thu, 01/10/2019 - 00:26
Russia on Wednesday lodged a protest with Japan over recent remarks by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and other senior Japanese officials about disputed islands off ...

Mayor blasts Okinawa Gov. Denny Tamaki as Ginowan city abstains from vote on Henoko land reclamation

Wed, 01/09/2019 - 23:38
Amid long-standing political wrangling over construction of a new U.S. base in Okinawa, the mayor of the city of Ginowan in the prefecture has said ...

Japan’s young adults prefer celebrating coming of age at 20 despite lowered legal age of 18, survey shows

Wed, 01/09/2019 - 23:26
More than 70 percent of youths and young adults prefer to celebrate their coming of age at 20, even though the age of legal adulthood ...

Police to investigate how human skulls ended up as teaching aids at three Fukui high schools

Wed, 01/09/2019 - 22:51
Three public high schools in Fukui Prefecture are believed to have kept human skulls for use as teaching aids, with one having been put on ...

Municipalities in quake-hit Kumamoto vie to host one of eight planned ‘One Piece’ statues

Wed, 01/09/2019 - 22:45
The Kumamoto Prefectural Government plans to set up more statues related to “One Piece,” a hugely popular manga series, to cheer up local residents in ...

Can she stay? Tokyo seeks talks with China to allow panda cub Xiang Xiang to remain in Japan

Wed, 01/09/2019 - 21:32
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government hopes to negotiate with China to allow Xiang Xiang, a popular female giant panda cub at Ueno Zoo, to stay in ...

Footage of snow monkey ‘acrobats’ in Japan’s far north goes viral

Wed, 01/09/2019 - 21:21
Twitter video footage of monkeys walking across electric wires in snow-covered Aomori Prefecture has gone viral. 実家に猿の大群現れたって 母からLINEきたけど こんなん笑ってまうわw pic.twitter.com/kWOESzac1n — ヨコヤマ (@baritone_666) January 6, ...

Tying the knot 26 times: Japanese lesbian couple to ‘wed’ in all countries where same-sex marriages legal

Wed, 01/09/2019 - 21:04
A Japanese lesbian couple plan to stage wedding photos in every country around the world where same-sex marriage is legal in a push to increase ...

Japan and EU working to stop no-deal Brexit: Dutch prime minister

Wed, 01/09/2019 - 15:17
Japan and EU powers are working “very hard” to prevent Britain leaving the bloc without a deal, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said Wednesday with ...

Number of flu patients tops warning level in Japan, suggesting outbreak imminent

Wed, 01/09/2019 - 05:34
The health ministry said Wednesday that the number of influenza patients per medical institution reached 11.17 in the week through Dec. 30, exceeding the warning ...

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