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Japan’s shelters provide little comfort to abused children

4 hours 6 min ago
Every year, more than 20,000 abused, delinquent, developmentally challenged or otherwise troubled Japanese children needing emergency housing pass through a system of shelters. But the ...
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Japan begins running public service announcements on missile attacks

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 13:46
The government began broadcasting a public service announcement Friday suggesting how civilians should protect themselves in the event of a missile attack. The 30-second broadcast, ...
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Iwakuni mayor accepts transfer of U.S. carrier jets based in Atsugi

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 13:44
Iwakuni Mayor Yoshihiko Fukuda on Friday said he would support a plan to bring dozens of U.S. carrier-based aircraft to U.S. Marine Corps Air Station ...
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Probe Abe’s ties with the media, Maekawa urges

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 11:08
The former education ministry official vouching for the documents behind the Kake Gakuen scandal urges closer scrutiny of Prime Minister Abe’s media ties.
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Abe’s LDP faces stiff challenge in Tokyo assembly election

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 11:04
With favoritism allegations piling up and his Cabinet’s credibility crumbling, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party faces its toughest challenge in years in the ...
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Okinawa honors war dead on 72nd anniversary of fierce WWII ground battle

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 10:30
Okinawa on Friday marked 72 years since the end of a fierce World War II ground battle that killed a quarter of its civilian population, ...
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TV presenter Mao Kobayashi, 34, dies after battle with breast cancer

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 09:44
Popular television presenter Mao Kobayashi, 34, died Thursday night after a more than two-year battle with breast cancer, her husband and kabuki star Ebizo said ...
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Fukushima poet Ryoichi Wago wins French award for tweets issued on 2011 disasters

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 08:23
A poet in the city of Fukushima has won a French award for a collection based on Twitter feeds he started shortly after the March ...
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Smoke in Delta cabin prompts Incheon-Atlanta flight to make emergency landing at Haneda

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 08:04
A Delta flight that had left Incheon, South Korea, bound for Atlanta was forced to make an emergency landing at Haneda airport in Tokyo Thursday ...
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‘It’s a girl!’ — Ueno Zoo identifies sex of newly born giant panda

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 07:44
Officials at Tokyo’s Ueno Zoo said Friday that the giant panda born there last week is a female. The cub, the first born at the ...
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Nanzan law professor first Japanese to serve on U.N. anti-discrimination panel

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 07:23
Keiko Ko was elected Thursday to serve as one of nine incoming independent experts on a U.N. committee fighting discrimination, becoming the first Japanese to ...
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Japanese investigators obtain data recorder of freighter that collided with U.S. destroyer

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 07:13
Japanese authorities have obtained a data recording device from a containership to help determine why it collided with a U.S. destroyer, killing seven American sailors. ...
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Japan-U.S. test of missile interceptor fails off Hawaii as North Korea ICBM fears grow

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 06:40
A joint attempt to shoot down a ballistic missile off Hawaii fails as Japan and the United States race against North Korea’s bid to build ...
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Christian-style weddings remain popular in Japan, but allure is more about optics than religion

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 05:44
To people who might question Adam Altar’s credentials as an ordained Christian minister licensed to perform weddings in Japan, Altar would respond by turning the ...
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9th Circuit Court: Navy sailors can sue in U.S. over Fukushima disaster radiation exposure

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 22:38
A federal appeals court says members of the U.S. Navy can pursue their lawsuit in a U.S. court alleging radiation exposure from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear ...
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Thousands still to go but 46,000 abandoned Japanese chemical arms destroyed in China to date

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 22:27
Some 56,000 chemical weapons abandoned by Imperial Japanese forces during and after World War II have been found at more than 90 places in China, ...
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NRA urging background checks on students using Japan’s research reactors

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 20:51
Japan’s nuclear regulator has urged universities to conduct background checks on students and researchers working at research reactors, as a step to ensure the proper ...
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95% of tourists to western Japan hope to return to explore less-trodden paths

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 13:34
Close to 95 percent of tourists from Asia who have visited western Japan would like to travel to areas off the beaten track, a survey ...
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Opposition parties compel Abe to reopen Diet for Kake probe, invoking Article 53

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 11:02
Invoked Article 53 obliges Abe convene an extraordinary Diet session to deliberate on the brewing scandal, but still leaves room for the Cabinet to delay.
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LDP lawmaker to quit party after exposed alleged abuse of secretary

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 08:36
A junior lawmaker from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Thursday indicated her intent to resign following allegations that she physically and verbally attacked one ...
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