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Ruling LDP embraces even weaker anti-smoking bill ahead of Tokyo 2020
  • Thu, 22 Feb 2018 16:47

A heavily watered-down anti-smoking plan won preliminary approval from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Thursday, with newly added exceptions pa...

Yanagawa serves up simple Japanese to engage overseas visitors
  • Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:44

Yanagawa, a tourist city in southwestern Japan, is working to offer omotenashi (hospitality) to visitors from abroad with yasashii (easy) Japanese tha...

Fukushima plant reactor gets new roof cover
  • Thu, 22 Feb 2018 11:02

Workers at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant have finished installing a new roof covering for the No.3 reactor building. (NHK) News ...

Government task force proposes ¥2,000 fee for Japanese and foreign nationals entering casinos at planned ‘integrated resorts’
  • Thu, 22 Feb 2018 06:26

While the proposed admission fee is aimed at preventing gambling addiction among residents in Japan, tourists from overseas will be admitted to casino...

What Japanese prison food is like
  • Thu, 22 Feb 2018 04:39

Japan has some amazing prison food, which should be no surprise. Inmates are served healthy, nutritious meals of grilled fish, salads, rice and soup -...

Japan wins gold in women's team pursuit skating
  • Thu, 22 Feb 2018 04:28

Japanese speed skaters have won gold in the women's team pursuit event at the PyeongChang Olympics. (NHK) News On Japan

Employees of Jimbocho antiquarian bookstore accused of possessing child porn
  • Thu, 22 Feb 2018 02:42

Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested employees at an antiquarian bookstore in Chiyoda Ward over the alleged possession child pornography, a case th...

Utility poles to be removed from 1,400 km of roads
  • Thu, 22 Feb 2018 02:30

Japan's land ministry plans to remove utility poles and bury overhead cables along 1,400 kilometers of roads over the next 3 years. (NHKん) News On ...

Number of foreign visitors to Japan rises 9% to 2.5 million in January
  • Thu, 22 Feb 2018 00:39

The estimated number of foreign visitors for January rose 9 percent from a year earlier to 2,501,500, a record for the month, the Japan Tourism ... J...

Tokyo Disney finally taps tech as visitors tire of waiting
  • Wed, 21 Feb 2018 22:48

Tokyo Disney Resort operator Oriental Land will roll out a smartphone app in fiscal 2018 to relieve crowding issues that have frustrated guests at the...

Town mayor asks U.S. military to ground F-16s after tank-drop incident
  • Wed, 21 Feb 2018 22:25

The mayor of a town in northeastern Japan said Wednesday that he has called on the U.S. military to suspend operations by F-16 fighter jets ... Japan...

TPP remains largely unchanged in attempt to lure back U.S., Japanese official says
  • Wed, 21 Feb 2018 20:37

Details released Wednesday reveal that the 11 remaining Trans-Pacific Partnership countries have managed to agree on terms close to the agreement’s ...

Fewer Japanese institutions mistreated foreign trainees in 2017, Justice Ministry says
  • Wed, 21 Feb 2018 20:28

A total of 213 firms and organizations in Japan were found to have mistreated technical trainees from abroad in 2017, down 10.9 percent from the previ...

Fukuoka to offer financial help for gangsters trying to leave crime syndicates
  • Wed, 21 Feb 2018 18:27

Gangsters seeking to leave organized crime groups --- but who are in dire financial straits --- could soon get free accommodation and help with transp...

Abe calls for foreign employment review to bring in skilled workers from overseas
  • Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:33

In a bid to address the nation’s acute labor shortages, the government aims to draw up a plan by summer to reform the immigration system ... Ja...

Video of gun owner’s assault on an AR-15 goes viral after Florida mass shooting
  • Wed, 21 Feb 2018 14:36

A video of a man cutting his semi-automatic weapon in half has gone viral following last week’s mass shooting at a Florida high school, promptin...

TEPCO ordered to pay $142,000 in damages
  • Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:38

A Japanese court has ordered Tokyo Electric Power Company to pay about 142,000 dollars in damages to the family of an elderly man who killed himself a...

Osaka to host G20 summit in 2019
  • Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:35

The Japanese government has decided to hold next year's Group of 20 Summit meeting in the western prefecture of Osaka. It will be the first time Japan...

North Koreans backed out of chance to have meeting with Pence at Olympics
  • Wed, 21 Feb 2018 10:27

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence was prepared to meet with a top North Korean delegation during his visit to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South .....

Thai court gives Japanese man custody of 13 surrogate children
  • Wed, 21 Feb 2018 06:57

In a ruling handed down Tuesday on a high-profile surrogacy case involving a 28-year-old Japanese man, a Thai juvenile and family court accepted his c...

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