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Last Japanese peacekeepers exit South Sudan

2 hours 22 min ago
The last Japanese peacekeepers with a United Nations mission have left South Sudan. The team was Japan’s first with an expanded mandate to use force ...
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Deceased donor gives ¥40 million, land to Iwate, Miyagi, Fukushima prefectures for orphaned kids

2 hours 35 min ago
An anonymous person who passed away left a will to donate savings totaling roughly ¥40 million and property worth about ¥17 million to Iwate, Miyagi ...
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Vehicle burns up at steel plant in Oita

3 hours 51 min ago
An unmanned work vehicle burned up early Friday at a steel plant of Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp. in Oita, firefighters and police said. ...
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Police storm Tokyo condo, free woman being held hostage by 21-year-old man

4 hours 4 min ago
Tokyo police Thursday night stormed a condominium where a 21-year-old man had been holding a 55-year-old woman hostage in the Asakusa district of Taito Ward, ...
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Trump plans first visit to Japan in November: key transition team member

5 hours 56 sec ago
U.S. President Donald Trump is considering visiting Japan around November for the first time since taking office as he travels to Southeast Asian countries for ...
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Princess Mako likely to announce engagement this summer: Imperial Household Agency

11 hours 30 min ago
Imperial Household Agency: Since the cat is already out of the bag, Princess Mako will likely move up the timing of her official engagement to ...
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LDP proposes expanding range of free education by amending Article 26

11 hours 33 min ago
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party said Thursday that free education could be an issue deserving of consideration for a constitutional revision, in addition to the ...
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Toxins found in soil under Tsukiji but asphalt floor protecting market: metropolitan government

14 hours 19 min ago
Unlike the Toyosu site, the asphalt foundation of the Tsukiji fish market is protecting it from lingering toxins in the soil underneath, the Tokyo Metropolitan ...
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Ex-education official vouches for Kake papers, says he has copies

14 hours 30 min ago
The education ministry’s former top bureaucrat says the documents behind Prime Minister Abe’s latest scandal are real and that he’s willing to testify about it ...
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Backers of immigration detainees blast prolonged stays as violation of human rights

14 hours 32 min ago
After a nearly two-week hunger strike at two immigration centers, supporters of the detainees blast Japan’s practice of consecutive detentions as a violation of human ...
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Conspiracy bill will set Japan up for replay of Yokohama Incident, journalists warn

15 hours 44 min ago
With the Diet poised to outlaw the planning of crimes, a former TV director and a film journalist are speaking out against the contentious conspiracy ...
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Police getting better about providing fully recorded interrogations for serious crimes

16 hours 54 min ago
More lay judge trials are making use of fully recorded interrogations ever since police adopted new guidelines to avoid coerced confessions, the National Police Agency ...
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To reduce work stress, Japan firms turn to office cats, dogs and goats

17 hours 22 min ago
Workaholic Japan is known for long office hours and stressed-out employees, but one company claims to have a cure: cats. A total of nine fluffy ...
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U.S. Marine transfer plan might be reviewed, commandant says

17 hours 50 min ago
The head of the U.S. Marine Corps says the plan to move Okinawa-based troops to Guam and Hawaii might have to change in light of ...
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Beloved doll Licca-chan keeps spirits up in disaster-hit Fukushima

18 hours 1 min ago
Long-popular doll Licca-chan has been a perennial favorite among tourists, drawing crowds of young fans, helping support the reconstruction of Fukushima Prefecture from the 2011 ...
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Ex-member of boy band Kat-tun held over marijuana possession

18 hours 39 min ago
Koki Tanaka, a former member of boy band Kat-tun, has been arrested on suspicion of possessing marijuana, the Metropolitan Police Department said Thursday. Tanaka, 31, ...
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DP unveils resolution to study female Imperial family branch concept

18 hours 50 min ago
The Democratic Party has released its draft of a Diet resolution to attach to the bill for Emperor Akihito’s abdication. The draft resolution, released Wednesday ...
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Abe departs for G-7 summit in Italy, trip to Malta

18 hours 57 min ago
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe left for Italy on Thursday to participate in the summit of the Group of Seven industrialized nations and hold talks with ...
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Revival-seeking rural Japan feels left out as casino plans favor major cities

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 03:42
Tokyo, Osaka and Yokohama are emerging as likely candidates for casino resorts under the government’s new bidding framework, triggering criticism from smaller cities that say ...
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First Japanese female civilian honored among fallen U.N. peacekeepers

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 00:43
Miho Hirose, a Japanese civilian, was among the 117 fallen peacekeepers honored in memoriam Wednesday at an annual ceremony at the United Nations headquarters in ...
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