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Moon enters talks with Trump with diplomatic driver’s seat at stake
  • Tue, 22 May 2018 08:40

For a few months, everything seemed to be clicking for South Korean President Moon Jae-in as he pieced together crucial nuclear negotiations between t...

Kilauea spews toxic, acidic cloud containing glass shards out over Pacific
  • Tue, 22 May 2018 08:29

White plumes of acid and extremely fine shards of glass billowed into the sky over Hawaii as molten rock from Kilauea volcano poured into the ... Jap...

Radiation monitors in Fukushima to be scrapped after malfunctioning to the tune of ¥500 million a year
  • Mon, 21 May 2018 22:50

The thousands of radiation-monitoring posts targeted for removal in Fukushima have malfunctioned nearly 4,000 times since 2011, sources say. Japan Ti...

Japan’s refugee-screening system sets high bar
  • Mon, 21 May 2018 14:46

Last year, Japan granted refugee status to just 20 out of a record-high 19,629 applicants. After the figure was released in February, global and domes...

As Trump pressures DOJ, Giuliani says probe may end by September
  • Mon, 21 May 2018 13:08

President Donald Trump said Sunday that he will “demand” that the Justice Department open an investigation into whether the FBI infiltrate...

Drone deliveries ready to soar in Japan but lingering issues likely to keep post office in business
  • Mon, 21 May 2018 08:39

A drone carrying a package sails through the air, touching down to make a delivery right on a customer’s doorstep.Amazon.com Inc. wowed the worl...

Scandal-hit Toshiba’s giant Times Square TV coming down in cost-cutting measure
  • Mon, 21 May 2018 08:34

Confirming tough times for the scandal-hit electronics giant, Toshiba Corp.’s giant TV screen is being removed from a building overlooking New Y...

Japan’s Finance Ministry mulls punishments for Sagawa, other civil servants in Moritomo document-tampering scandal
  • Mon, 21 May 2018 02:36

The Finance Ministry is preparing to punish several former and current civil servants over the document falsification in the Moritomo Gakuen scandal. ...

Parties face test on law aimed at boosting number of female candidates running in public elections
  • Mon, 21 May 2018 00:56

Political parties welcome the enactment of a law urging the balancing of male and female candidate numbers in public elections. Japan Times latest ar...

Over 70% of Japan’s most hazardous railroad crossings left untouched in past five years
  • Mon, 21 May 2018 00:52

Over 70 percent of the underequipped railroad crossings where accidents resulted in death or injury over a five-year period had not been eliminated or...

From office watcher to farm protector and crop duster, unmanned aircraft playing unusual roles
  • Sun, 20 May 2018 16:29

At exactly 5 p.m. one recent Friday at Taisei Co., a flying drone alerted workers at the building maintenance firm that the day’s work was ... ...

Kilauea lava flow grows hotter; residents airlifted to safety
  • Sun, 20 May 2018 12:28

Lava oozing out of cracks for two weeks in rural Hawaii neighborhoods took on new characteristics as fresher magma mixed with decades-old magma, sendi...

Disgraced scientist Haruko Obokata back in public eye with photo spread in weekly magazine
  • Sun, 20 May 2018 08:35

‘Hello, Bunshun-san. Yesterday I wrote in my diary that, ‘Well, it’s come to this, that I am working with you.'”So begins a sh...

Japan’s courts are being asked to define the role of the SDF
  • Sun, 20 May 2018 06:29

As discussed in Media Mix last week, news organizations are on the lookout for signs of whether the country’s Self-Defense Forces are becoming polit...

Shogi chess player Fujii becomes youngest 7th-dan
  • Sun, 20 May 2018 04:38

Japanese teenage shogi chess sensation Sota Fujii has set a new record. The 15-year-old high school freshman has become the youngest player to achieve...

Royal wedding seen as impetus for change in Japan’s rigid Imperial system
  • Sun, 20 May 2018 00:34

Saturday’s wedding of Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle represents a sign of shifting royal traditions, given the bride’s unp...

Pacific isle nations call out North Korea for first time, demanding concrete denuclearization steps
  • Sat, 19 May 2018 22:37

The two-day summit in Fukushima Prefecture wraps up with a joint declaration of the leaders' commitment to pressure tactics and a call for concrete ac...

Cops nab man, 22, over fatal stabbing at internet cafe in Nagoya
  • Sat, 19 May 2018 22:26

Aichi Prefectural Police have arrested a 22-year-old man over the fatal stabbing of another customer at an internet cafe in Nagoya on Thursday, report...

Japan's lower house passes Trans-Pacific trade deal
  • Sat, 19 May 2018 18:45

Japan's lower house on Friday passed a bill to ratify the 11-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact, paving the way for its enactment before...

Japan to introduce information as subject in university entrance exams
  • Sat, 19 May 2018 16:32

The Japanese government has presented a plan to add the subject of information to university entrance examinations, in order to test skills such as pr...

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