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Rugby star George Smith arrested for punching taxi driver in Tokyo
  • Thu, 18 Jan 2018 08:37

Australian rugby legend George Smith was arrested by the Tokyo police on New Year’s Eve for allegedly assaulting a taxi driver after refusing to pay...

Victims of 1995 quake remembered
  • Thu, 18 Jan 2018 08:25

Japan is marking the 23rd anniversary of the Great Hanshin Earthquake that hit the western port city of Kobe and the surrounding areas. (NHK) News On...

Japan’s government aims for an “ageless society” with a plan to keep healthy seniors working
  • Thu, 18 Jan 2018 04:38

Japan should aim to become an “ageless society” where people aged 65 or older are encouraged to stay healthy and work, a government policy draft ....

Meiji to increase health-oriented chocolate output
  • Thu, 18 Jan 2018 04:24

Japanese confectionery maker Meiji will ramp up its production capacity of health-oriented chocolate. (NHK) News On Japan

JAXA postpones launch of satellite due to lightning
  • Thu, 18 Jan 2018 00:35

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) said Monday it will postpone the Wednesday launch of its third Epsilon solid-fuel rocket due to expected...

Victims mourned 2 years after Karuizawa bus crash
  • Wed, 17 Jan 2018 22:35

On the second anniversary Monday of a fatal ski tour bus crash in the town of Karuizawa, Nagano Prefecture, central Japan, mourners visited the accide...

Alliance negotiations between two Japanese opposition parties break down
  • Wed, 17 Jan 2018 20:35

Talks between the Democratic Party and Kibo no To on forming an alliance in the Diet end Wednesday amid strong opposition from rank-and-file lawmakers...

Japan’s Recruit Holdings announces entry into vacation rental market
  • Wed, 17 Jan 2018 20:24

Recruit Holdings Co. announces its entry into the vacation rental market ahead of a new law giving the green light to private short-term minpaku lodgi...

Don Quijote takes wraps off Ferris wheel in Osaka tourist spot
  • Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:27

Discount retailer Don Quijote Co. unveiled a renovated Ferris wheel Monday in Osaka’s Dotonbori shopping district. (Japan Times) News On Japan

Foreign trainee work deaths highlight safety, exploitation issues
  • Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:37

Twenty-two foreign trainees died in work-related incidents in the three years from fiscal 2014, government data showed Sunday, indicating people broug...

NHK apologizes for false missile alert
  • Wed, 17 Jan 2018 10:37

NHK is apologizing after issuing a false alert that said North Korea had probably launched a missile and warned people in Japan to take cover. (NHK) ...

Japan OKs online action plan to streamline process for changing addresses
  • Wed, 17 Jan 2018 08:33

The government announced Tuesday an action plan focused on streamlining the process for residents to change their addresses with one-stop online acces...

U.S.-led meeting urges more pressure on North Korea despite North-South detente
  • Wed, 17 Jan 2018 08:24

The United States urged allies to escalate pressure on North Korea over its nuclear missile program Tuesday, despite a cautious tone from key U.S. par...

Vision of Mikuriya (WCO election)
  • Wed, 17 Jan 2018 06:24

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Hideki Matsui elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Wed, 17 Jan 2018 02:34

Former Japanese baseball star Hideki Matsui has become the youngest inductee into the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame. (NHK) News On Japan

City ordered to pay damages for info leak that led to murder
  • Wed, 17 Jan 2018 02:24

A branch of Yokohama District Court on Monday ordered the city of Zushi, Kanagawa Prefecture, eastern Japan, to pay 1.1 million yen in damages for lea...

Nuclear-capable B-52 bombers join B-2s, B-1Bs on Guam amid tensions with North Korea
  • Wed, 17 Jan 2018 00:24

The U.S. Air Force announced Tuesday that it has deployed six of its powerful B-52 strategic bombers to Guam amid tensions with nuclear-armed North Ko...

First serious reaction to iPS-derived retinal cell transplant reported in Kobe
  • Tue, 16 Jan 2018 22:38

A patient who received a transplant of retinal cells derived from so-called iPS cells from another person has suffered a swollen retina, the team impl...

NHK issues false missile alert on heels of Hawaii error
  • Tue, 16 Jan 2018 22:23

The message also implied that the government’s J-Alert emergency warning system was activated and urged people to take cover in buildings. Japan Ti...

Man held after random stabbings leave one dead in Hiroshima
  • Tue, 16 Jan 2018 20:35

A man was arrested Monday on suspicion of stabbing two men the previous night, one fatally, in what appeared to be random attacks, the police said. (J...

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