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Japanese government adopts revised policy for disaster reconstruction

Fri, 03/08/2019 - 02:22
The government adopted Friday a revised basic policy for the reconstruction of areas affected by the March 2011 disasters, which features the establishment of a ...

Osaka’s governor and mayor quit to run for each other’s jobs in risky snap polls over merger plan

Fri, 03/08/2019 - 02:18
In a highly unusual, controversial and politically risky move with local and national implications, Osaka Gov. Ichiro Matsui and Osaka Mayor Hirofumi Yoshimura resigned their ...

Through gene editing, Japan team develops iPS cells with lower rejection risk

Fri, 03/08/2019 - 01:15
A research team in Japan has tapped genome editing to successfully produce induced pluripotent stem cells, known as iPS cells, that have a reduced risk ...

Three teachers in Tochigi referred to prosecutors over 8 students killed in avalanche in 2017

Fri, 03/08/2019 - 00:59
Three high school teachers were referred to prosecutors Friday over an ill-fated mountaineering lesson at a ski resort in Tochigi Prefecture that resulted in eight ...

For award-winning author, 3/11 drama is one that Fukushima students need to tell and Tokyo needs to see

Thu, 03/07/2019 - 23:27
Writer Miri Yu is one of many people whose lives have been deeply affected by the March 2011 disaster that hit the Tohoku region.Four years ...

Eight years after Great East Japan Earthquake, many disaster victims are struggling to repay relief loans

Thu, 03/07/2019 - 22:52
Many residents in the hardest-hit prefectures of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima are struggling to repay emergency relief loans that they received in the wake of ...

Japan to use facial recognition to restrict admission of gambling addicts

Thu, 03/07/2019 - 07:01
The government said Thursday it plans to ask horse race and pachinko parlor operators to consider using facial recognition systems to restrict admission of gambling ...

Ex-adviser Steve Bannon confident of Donald Trump win in 2020 despite probes

Thu, 03/07/2019 - 06:34
If U.S. President Donald Trump survives multiplying investigations into his campaign and business dealings, he will achieve a “bigger win” in the 2020 presidential election ...

Eight years after triple meltdown, Fukushima No. 1’s water woes slow to recede

Thu, 03/07/2019 - 04:13
This is the first in a series examining how the northeast and the nation are progressing with efforts to deal with the March 2011 earthquake, ...

No Japan-wide minimum wage planned to tackle urban-rural gap ahead of foreign influx, says Suga

Thu, 03/07/2019 - 03:36
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga denied a media report Thursday that the government is considering introducing a minimum wage for specific industrial sectors that would ...

Even Mount Fuji climbers who don’t plan to push for the summit will be asked to pay up

Thu, 03/07/2019 - 02:41
Even hikers who have no intention of reaching the summit of Mount Fuji will be asked to make a donation of ¥1,000 for stepping foot ...

78% of older teenagers in Japan anxious about natural disasters, survey says

Thu, 03/07/2019 - 02:28
Some 77.6 percent of people in Japan aged 17 to 19 feel “anxious” about natural hazards and major disasters, according to findings in a recent ...

Hong Kong protesters plead not guilty to Yasukuni trespassing

Thu, 03/07/2019 - 00:57
A man and woman from Hong Kong charged with trespassing on the grounds of the war-linked Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo in December pleaded not guilty ...

Japan drafts guidelines for alerting public about Ebola patients’ travel routes in case of outbreak

Wed, 03/06/2019 - 22:18
The health ministry has compiled draft guidelines on the release of information about Ebola patients, including the routes they took in or outside the country, ...

Namahage demon festival of northern Japan grapples with blessing and curse of UNESCO listing

Wed, 03/06/2019 - 21:57
As a child, Tatsuo Sato was terrified when the Namahage demons roared into his house every year, but in adulthood he mourned as the centuries-old ...

12.5% of Japanese city-dwellers still hesitant about buying food from nuclear disaster-hit Fukushima

Wed, 03/06/2019 - 21:54
The proportion of people in metropolitan areas in Japan who hesitate to buy food products from Fukushima Prefecture due to concerns over radiation contamination has ...

Japan provides ¥500 million for water and farm projects in Philippines’ conflict-hit Mindanao

Wed, 03/06/2019 - 21:36
Japan provided ¥500 million (around $4.4 million) in grants on Wednesday for water and agriculture projects in conflict-affected areas on the southern Philippine island of ...

Cybercrimes in Japan edge up to record high, with over 2,000 child porn and prostitution cases

Wed, 03/06/2019 - 21:28
The number of cybercrimes confirmed by police nationwide in 2018, including many cases of child pornography and fraud, stood at 9,040, rising slightly to reach ...

Abe says he is willing to meet Kim Jong Un to settle issue of Japanese abducted to North Korea

Wed, 03/06/2019 - 21:10
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Wednesday he is willing to hold direct talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to break a deadlock over ...

LDP secretary-general may visit China to pave the way for Xi’s trip to Japan

Wed, 03/06/2019 - 20:41
Liberal Democratic Party Secretary-General Toshihiro Nikai may visit China as early as next month to lay the groundwork for Chinese President Xi Jinping’s anticipated visit ...

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