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Osaka may be facing political headwinds in its quest to host World Expo 2025
  • Sat, 18 Nov 2017 20:41

“Look and see which way the wind blows before you commit yourself.” — “The Bat and the Weasels,” Aesop’s FablesOne...

Reported crimes in Japan fell below 1 million mark last year
  • Sat, 18 Nov 2017 18:38

The overall number of crimes committed in Japan continued to drop in 2016, falling below the 1 million mark for the first time in the postwar era, acc...

Abe’s HR ‘revolution’ gets price tag of ¥2 trillion
  • Sat, 18 Nov 2017 18:33

Policymakers plan to sink ¥2 trillion into Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s free education pledge after raising taxes next October. Japan Times latest ...

As sex scandals multiply, what about Trump?
  • Sat, 18 Nov 2017 12:57

“You can do anything,” Donald Trump once boasted, speaking of groping and kissing unsuspecting women.Maybe he could, but not everyone can....

Condition of soldier who fled North Korea over DMZ to South stabilizing, hospital says
  • Sat, 18 Nov 2017 12:42

The condition of a North Korean soldier severely wounded by gunfire while escaping to South Korea is gradually improving after two surgeries but it is...

Rail firm sorry for train leaving 20 seconds early
  • Sat, 18 Nov 2017 11:19

An apology by a Japanese railroad operator for a train's early departure has attracted the attention of foreign media. (NHK) News On Japan

Harumafuji says assault was with bare hands
  • Sat, 18 Nov 2017 09:36

Yokozuna Grand Champion Harumafuji has reportedly told police that he hit a lower-ranked wrestler with his bare hands, not with a beer bottle as was r...

Amid global electric-car buzz, Toyota is bullish on hydrogen
  • Sat, 18 Nov 2017 09:19

At a car factory in this city named after Toyota, the usual robots with their swinging arms are missing. Instead, workers intently fit parts into ... ...

NHK unveils 'Kohaku Uta Gassen' lineup
  • Sat, 18 Nov 2017 07:41

Japan’s national broadcaster NHK has unveiled this year’s lineup for its annual New Year’s Eve music show "Kohaku Uta Gassen" (Red and White Son...

U.S. Ambassador William Hagerty touts Trump’s Japan visit as a success
  • Sat, 18 Nov 2017 05:02

U.S. Ambassador to Japan William Hagerty said Friday that President Donald Trump’s first visit to Tokyo earlier this month was a big success, es...

Nissan cites poor communication in safety check malpractice, acknowledged to have started as early as 1979
  • Sat, 18 Nov 2017 03:25

Nissan Motor chief Hiroto Saikawa blames a lack of communication between workers and managers as a root cause of its decades of improper vehicle check...

Tottori police question Harumafuji in Tokyo over alleged assault
  • Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:58

Police began questioning sumo grand champion Harumafuji on a voluntary basis Friday over allegations that he assaulted a lower-ranked wrestler in Octo...

Discovery of unused rope leads police to believe Zama man plotted killing of tenth person
  • Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:43

Following the discovery of nine corpses in a residence in Zama City last month, Tokyo Metropolitan Police have reason to believe that a man in custody...

Japan mulling hike in basic deductions
  • Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:35

Japan's government and ruling camp have started discussions on lowering salary deductions, mainly for high-paid employees, while raising basic deducti...

Japan likely to tolerate smoking at restaurants after LDP's resistance
  • Fri, 17 Nov 2017 07:19

Japan's health ministry has drastically relaxed its planned regulations on indoor smoking at restaurants after a plan to tolerate smoking only at smal...

Nine nuclear reactors in Japan use products manufactured by steelmaker that admitted faking quality data
  • Fri, 17 Nov 2017 05:34

Nine reactors at five nuclear power plants in Japan, including some currently in operation, have used products manufactured by the Kobe Steel Ltd. gro...

Abe and US commander reaffirm bilateral alliance
  • Fri, 17 Nov 2017 05:14

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has told the head of the US Pacific Command that Japan wants to closely work with the United States to enhance dete...

Japan seeks support for Osaka's bid to host 2025 World Expo
  • Fri, 17 Nov 2017 02:46

Osaka Governor Ichiro Matsui sought support for the western Japan prefecture's bid to host the 2025 World Exposition at a general meeting of the Burea...

Michelin guide set to boost Taipei’s foodie creds even further
  • Fri, 17 Nov 2017 00:30

From street-side stalls dishing out $1 bowls of braised pork rice to upscale eateries tucked away in quiet alleyways, Michelin inspectors are scou...

Japan struggles with social media’s connection to suicide in wake of Zama killings
  • Thu, 16 Nov 2017 20:42

The beheading of nine, lured by a suspected serial killer after tweeting suicidal thoughts, sparks debate about social media in a country with one of ...

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