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Four MSDF servicemen treated after helicopter flips over at Iwakuni Air Base

6 hours 34 min ago
A Maritime Self-Defense Force helicopter flipped over near the ground Thursday at an air base in Iwakuni, Yamaguchi Prefecture, injuring three servicemen and leaving another ...
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Famed Japanese engineer’s effects sell for $100,000 at auction to Taiwanese businessman

6 hours 51 min ago
A Taiwanese businessman has won an auction for the personal effects of late Japanese civil engineer Yoichi Hatta and plans to donate them to a ...
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Wild otter filmed alive in first Japan sighting since 1979

8 hours 8 min ago
A wild otter was caught on film on Nagasaki Prefecture’s Tsushima Island in February, marking the first sighting of the mammal in Japan in 38 ...
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New U.S. ambassador William Hagerty arrives in Japan, vows strong economic and security ties

8 hours 37 min ago
William Hagerty, new U.S. envoy, arrives in Tokyo emphasizing U.S. commitment to “ironclad” bilateral security ties in the face of North Korea’s escalating nuclear threats.
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Little-known ferry tragedy recalled 72 years after war

8 hours 37 min ago
Even though 72 years have passed since the end of World War II, for Minoru Kawaida, 85, a little known event that happened on the ...
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Japan plans installation of land-based Aegis missile defense system amid North Korea threats

9 hours 27 min ago
The Defense Ministry will deploy new land-based Aegis Ashore system in response to North Korean missile threats.
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South Korea’s Moon speaks out on wartime forced laborers’ right to seek redress from Japanese firms

9 hours 59 min ago
President Moon Jae-in says South Koreans forced into labor during WWII have the right to seek compensation from Japanese firms despite 1965 treaty.
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Reported child abuse in Japan rises to a record in fiscal 2016, adding stress to overstretched welfare workers

9 hours 59 min ago
Juvenile consultation centers struggle to keep up as child abuse cases have spiked fivefold over the past 15 years.
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Working cancer patients face pay cuts, mounting medical bills, lack of awareness, study shows

10 hours 40 min ago
Medical advances are enabling more cancer patients to return to work after treatment, but not without difficulties. Many face pay cuts and struggle to cover ...
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First 57 temporary homes built for displaced residents of disaster-hit Fukuoka

10 hours 46 min ago
Construction of 57 temporary homes for northern Kyushu residents displaced by massive downpours last month has been completed, local authorities said Thursday.The new homes built ...
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Central Tokyo sees longest period of August rainfall in 40 years

11 hours 7 min ago
Central Tokyo has seen 16 straight days of rainfall in August for the first time in 40 years, as days alternate between rainy and cloudy ...
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NPO looks to set up LGBT hospitality venue during 2020 Tokyo Olympics

11 hours 29 min ago
A Japanese nonprofit group is preparing to set up a hospitality venue for LGBT athletes and fans during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics to ...
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Olympics minister Shunichi Suzuki hopes 2020 Games will spur disaster reconstruction progress

11 hours 36 min ago
Shunichi Suzuki, the new minister in charge of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, is optimistic that the quadrennial sporting events may help promote ...
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Princess Mako and Kei Komuro set to announce their engagement to the public on Sept. 3

12 hours 18 min ago
Princess Mako, the eldest granddaughter of Emperor Akihito, and her longtime boyfriend, Kei Komuro, will speak to the press together on Sept. 3 to officially ...
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Emperor, Empress to visit remote isles, Kyushu disaster sites in October

12 hours 44 min ago
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko are planning to visit in late October the Kyushu region, which had recently been battered by torrential rain, to offer ...
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Students outed by teachers, however well-intentioned, feel at risk in Japan

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 05:12
The outing of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students by teachers is on the rise in Japan, which still lacks a framework for understanding the ...
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Giant tortoise on the run no more

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 10:28
Two weeks after going on the lam, a giant tortoise that went missing from a zoo in Okayama Prefecture has been found safe and sound ...
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Japan may be able to shoot down North Korean missiles but has no legal basis: experts

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 10:23
While some experts differ regarding the technical capability to shoot down a North Korean missile flying toward Guam, all agree the SDF is not legally ...
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Overseas travel to Japan rises to a new record in July

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 09:46
The number of foreign visitors to Japan hit a monthly record of 2.68 million in July, due to the summer vacation season and an increase ...
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Single-engine plane in Nara crash likely broke apart midair

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 08:57
The wreckage of small plane that crashed Monday killing two people was found scattered over a wide area, indicating the aircraft likely broke into pieces ...
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