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Voters set to deliver verdict on Abe in Lower House election

3 hours 7 min ago
Voters prepare to go to the polls Sunday as a typhoon threatens to tip the odds in favor of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s conservative ruling ...
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7-km part of Joban Line reopens in Fukushima

4 hours 19 min ago
Part of the Joban Line reopens in Fukushima Prefecture as the region continues to recover from the 3/11 mega-quake, tsunami and nuclear disasters.
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Experts call on Japan to promote inclusivity with 2020 Paralympics, bring Asia up to speed

4 hours 55 min ago
The 2020 Tokyo Paralympics will provide a key opportunity for Japan to promote a more inclusive society, sports experts said at a symposium in Tokyo ...
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Transport ministry developing self-driving snowplows to offset driver shortage

5 hours 41 min ago
The transport ministry will speed up work to develop snow removal vehicles with self-driving technology so trials can be carried out on expressways starting this ...
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Shibuya preps for Halloween throng with multilingual cops and automated speakers

6 hours 3 min ago
Polyglot police officers and automated multilingual speakers will be deployed in Shibuya this year to control the growing mob of Halloween revelers converging on Tokyo.
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Japan waters down text of annual anti-nuclear resolution to imply acceptable use of nukes

6 hours 8 min ago
Under pressure from the U.S., Japan tweaks its annual U.N. resolution against nuclear weapons to imply their use might be acceptable in some cases.
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Shoplifting suspect grabs police officer’s gun at Fukuoka mall and fires two shots

6 hours 30 min ago
A 44-year-old man held for alleged shoplifting at a shopping mall snatched a gun from a police officer during questioning and fired two shots, the ...
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Powerful typhoon threatens to drown election turnout

Sat, 10/21/2017 - 03:45
A powerful typhoon is approaching the Japanese archipelago and the stormy conditions it is projected to generate over much of the Pacific coast could lower ...
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Abdication planners mull March 31, 2019, as potential date for Chrysanthemum Throne handover

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 10:42
The timeline for Emperor Akihito’s abdication becomes clearer as government planners propose the end of fiscal 2018 as one possible date.
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Typhoon Lan on course to hinder voting as it approaches Okinawa

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 09:47
Turnout for Sunday’s Lower House election looks likely to dip as the 21st typhoon of the season threatens Okinawa.
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80% of students plan to vote when they turn 18: survey

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 09:42
Some 80 percent of students polled say they plan to vote after turning 18, the minimum voting age, according to a private think tank.The survey, ...
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Japan protests Seoul’s plan to beef up disputed islets with new military unit

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 09:21
Japan has lodged a protest with South Korea over its reported plan to create a new military unit to defend the Seoul-controlled, Tokyo-claimed islets of ...
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Despite growing presence, foreign residents’ needs treated as accidental election issue

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 09:09
Despite the growing influx of foreign workers and residents in Japan, their perspectives have been largely ignored ahead of Sunday’s Lower House election, according to ...
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Scandal-hit Aichi candidate Shiori Yamao still in the race on the strength of popular support

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 09:05
Before allegations of an extramarital affair surfaced less than two months ago, Shiori Yamao had been a rising star expected by many of her colleagues ...
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Empress Michiko praises ICAN’s Nobel Peace Prize on 83rd birthday

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 08:57
On the occasion of her 83rd birthday Friday, Empress Michiko welcomed the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize this year to the International Campaign to ...
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Anchored by Edano’s underdog charm, CDP turning into formidable force ahead of election

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 08:56
Yukio Edano was the face of Japan during the unprecedented nuclear crisis that hit Fukushima Prefecture in 2011, leading numerous news conferences as the government’s ...
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Seven injured in Kichijoji after elderly driver rams pedestrians near department store

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 08:48
A car rammed a group of pedestrians while exiting a parking lot in the trendy Kichijoji area of western Tokyo on Friday, injuring a 2-year-old ...
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Trump may inspect MSDF helicopter carrier Izumo on Japan trip: sources

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 08:07
U.S. President Donald Trump has been invited to inspect the Maritime Self-Defense Force’s largest vessel during his visit to Japan early next month, Japanese government ...
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Saitama candidate Mayuko Toyota’s negative publicity might work in favor of her re-election to Diet

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 06:59
After suffering an embarrassing scandal, the silver lining for Mayuko Toyota — who is seeking re-election as an independent candidate in Sunday’s poll — is ...
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Campaigns focus on economy and Constitution, but nuclear disaster-hit Fukushima sees other priorities

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 06:33
For Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the two biggest election-defining issues of Sunday’s Lower House poll are how to spend the additional revenue from the planned ...
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