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Highly pathogenic avian influenza detected in dead goshawk found in Tokyo

8 hours 17 min ago
The Ministry of Environment said Wednesday that highly pathogenic H5N6 type of avian influenza virus was detected in a dead northern goshawk that had been ...
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Japan’s government aims for an “ageless society” with a plan to keep healthy seniors working

8 hours 26 min ago
Japan should aim to become an “ageless society” where people aged 65 or older are encouraged to stay healthy and work, a government policy draft ...
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Alliance negotiations between two Japanese opposition parties break down

11 hours 33 min ago
Talks between the Democratic Party and Kibo no To on forming an alliance in the Diet end Wednesday amid strong opposition from rank-and-file lawmakers on ...
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Mori Building Co. holds disaster drill with local Roppongi Hills international community in mind

12 hours 45 sec ago
In a bid to improve emergency readiness with the local foreign community, Mori Building Co., a Tokyo real estate developer, held a disaster drill in ...
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Kobe marks 23 years since Great Hanshin Earthquake that killed more than 6,400

13 hours 12 min ago
The city of Kobe and neighboring areas in western Japan on Wednesday marked the 23rd anniversary of a magnitude 7.3 earthquake that claimed the lives ...
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Kojien dictionary definition for ‘LGBT’ criticized for inaccuracy by advocates

13 hours 28 min ago
The publisher of Kojien, the nation’s most authoritative dictionary, has drawn complaints from advocates for sexual minorities for incorrectly defining the term, “LGBT,” in its ...
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Saga Prefecture employs Sagat, of ‘Street Fighter’ game fame, as its tourism ambassador

14 hours 2 min ago
At first glance, Saga Prefecture’s decision to employ a well-known figure in order to boost tourism and souvenir sales appears to be line with many ...
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Contractors claim no illegality in their maglev train bidding and will not seek leniency deal

15 hours 2 min ago
Three major construction companies being investigated for suspected bid rigging on a magnetically levitated train line project claim they did not engage in any illegal ...
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Japan-U.S. nuclear fuel reprocessing pact automatically renews after 30-year deadline passes

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 06:41
The nuclear pact between Japan and the United States that allows Japan to reprocess spent nuclear fuel and enrich uranium, automatically renewed Wednesday, after Tokyo ...
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Taro Kono’s clean energy critique in UAE speech fuels Abe succession talk

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 06:00
A Cabinet minister’s criticism of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s energy policies may say more about his own political prospects than it does about the country’s ...
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NHK issues false missile alert on heels of Hawaii error

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 05:31
The public broadcaster erroneously issues an online bulletin warning of a North Korean missile launch, a mistake that comes days after Hawaii’s Emergency Management Agency ...
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Home-taught cooking lessons by Japan’s foreign residents offer a taste of cuisine and culture

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 05:21
Cooking classes run by foreign residents at their homes are spreading across Japan and growing more popular, offering students an authentic taste of a variety ...
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First serious adverse reaction to iPS-derived retinal cell transplant reported

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 05:04
A patient who underwent transplant surgery using retinal cells derived from so-called iPS cells from another person has suffered a swollen retina, the team that ...
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Tokyo to light up historical structures during 2020 Games

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 04:33
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government plans to decorate historical buildings and other structures with lights ahead of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in the capital, ...
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Tokyo rejects Seoul’s demand for additional measures on ‘comfort women’

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 01:31
Foreign Minister Taro Kono rejects South Korea’s request that Japan take additional measures over the issue of Korean women who were forced to work in ...
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Chisako Wakatake and Yuka Ishii win Akutagawa literary award; Yoshinobu Kadoi bags Naoki Prize

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 01:30
Novelists Chisako Wakatake and Yuka Ishii have won the prestigious Akutagawa Prize for up-and-coming authors, while Yoshinobu Kadoi won the Naoki Prize for popular fiction, ...
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Japan to send two ministers — but not Abe — to opening ceremony of Pyeongchang Games: sources

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 13:47
The Japanese government plans to send two ministers to the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, next month, instead of Prime ...
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Mother arrested on suspicion of abandoning 1-year-old son at Tokyo restaurant

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 13:38
Police arrested a 43-year-old mother on Saturday for allegedly leaving her 1-year-old son at a restaurant in Tokyo, investigators said Tuesday.Fukure Miyoshi is suspected of ...
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Japan sees little chance of oil slick from stricken tanker reaching its coast

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 12:57
Japan sees little chance of the oil spill from a stricken Iranian tanker that sank on Sunday in the East China Sea reaching its shores, ...
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U.S. could use Aegis Ashore missile-defense system in Japan to attack others, Russian foreign minister says

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 10:55
Russia “seriously doubts” that a U.S.-made missile defense system to be deployed by Japan will be controlled by Tokyo and suspects the system could be ...
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