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Ex-White House chief strategist Bannon hails Japan’s ‘natural evolution’ toward rearming

1 hour 48 min ago
Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon has hailed as a “natural evolution” Japan’s push to play a more active role in global defense and ...
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U.S. serviceman arrested in connection with fatal Okinawa vehicle crash

2 hours 29 sec ago
A U.S. serviceman found with a blood alcohol content three times the legal limit after a fatal traffic accident in Okinawa Prefecture was arrested Sunday, ...
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Sumo scandal deepens as conflicting accounts of alleged assault emerge

2 hours 50 min ago
The assault scandal involving yokozuna Harumafuji continues to deepen as conflicting accounts emerge of his alleged attack on compatriot and fellow wrestler Takanoiwa during a ...
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Refugee applicants face preliminary screenings to weed out those using asylum loophole to work

Sun, 11/19/2017 - 06:55
The Justice Ministry plans to conduct preliminary screenings of refugee applicants to weed out those who have simply come to Japan to work, sources said.The ...
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USS Benfold scratched up by tugboat off Kanagawa as naval mishaps continue

Sun, 11/19/2017 - 05:49
The USS Benfold sustained slight damage when a Japanese tug drifted into the guided-missile destroyer during a towing exercise off central Japan on Saturday, the ...
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Fukushima city has tourism plans for treasured Akaiyachi wetland

Sun, 11/19/2017 - 05:42
The city of Aizuwakamatsu, Fukushima Prefecture, is making plans to lure tourists to its Akaiyachi wetland, a 70-hectare marsh designated as a national natural treasure.The ...
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Japan to expand SDF base in tiny but strategically important Djibouti

Sun, 11/19/2017 - 05:09
Japan has agreed to lease 3 hectares (7.4 acres) of empty land in the strategically important African country of Djibouti for use by Self-Defense Forces ...
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Yokota’s mom to Abe: Hold abduction talks with North’s Kim now

Sun, 11/19/2017 - 04:19
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un should hold talks on resolving the abduction issue while the U.S. is still actively ...
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Unlicensed taxi services flourishing as Chinese flood Japan

Sun, 11/19/2017 - 03:44
Unlicensed taxi services run by Chinese residents are popping up at airports and tourist spots as more of their compatriots visit Japan.Police have started cracking ...
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Donald Trump’s visit dominates Japan’s conversation online — until he leaves

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 14:02
Japanese netizens spent the days following U.S. President Donald Trump’s first visit to Japan trying to figure out who came out of the trip looking ...
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Zama murders prompt awareness of youth issues

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 13:46
Readers who may be contemplating homicide should be aware that concealing evidence of your crime — referred to in the language of jurisprudence as corpus ...
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The changing face of the shichi-go-san rite of passage

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 13:42
Children nationwide on Wednesday celebrated shichi-go-san, an annual traditional rite of passage for children reaching the ages of 7, 5 and 3.Traditionally, children in Japan ...
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Ad money makes the news world go round

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 13:40
In a Nov. 8 press release, the Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center announced that Katsuya Takasu, the most famous plastic surgeon in Japan, was no ...
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Japan’s shifting attitudes toward prostitution

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 13:32
Sex is a necessity and a pleasure; it’s also a problem. It exalts some, degrades others. It generates offspring. It’s dynamite. Taboos concerning it are ...
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Trail runner dies after 100-meter plunge off cliff during Saitama race

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 12:18
A man died Saturday after falling off a cliff while competing in a trail running race in Saitama Prefecture, police said.The 54-year-old man from Tokyo ...
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Labor ministry to extend job program to social recluses and NEETs in early 40s

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 12:02
The government has decided to expand the scope of its job support program for socially withdrawn people, which is limited to those 39 or younger, ...
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Osaka may be facing political headwinds in its quest to host World Expo 2025

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 11:20
“Look and see which way the wind blows before you commit yourself.” — “The Bat and the Weasels,” Aesop’s FablesOne year from now, representatives from ...
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Elderly Japanese ex-cons reoffending faster than young criminals

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 10:33
Elderly criminals in Japan are more likely to be sent back to jail than younger ex-cons, with aging crooks increasingly likely to repeat, a government ...
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Disaster agency to deploy gas detectors for Rugby World Cup and Olympics

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 10:32
The disaster agency plans to deploy infrared devices that can spot poison gas as part of counterterrorism measures for the Rugby World Cup and Olympics.
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Adventurer Yasunaga Ogita begins solo trek to South Pole without resupplies

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 09:08
A veteran Japanese explorer starts a solo quest to get to the South Pole without resupplying.
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