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Line messaging app adding unsend function to save us from our embarrassing selves
  • Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:29

After beginning service in Japan in 2011, Naver Corporation’s Line messaging app quickly become one of the most popular ways to stay connected to pe...

Chiba cops nab man in sale of currency via Mercari app
  • Sun, 19 Nov 2017 22:39

Chiba Prefectural Police have arrested a 33-year-old man for allegedly selling cash above face value using marketplace app Mercari and collecting inte...

World's first artificial shooting stars gearing up for debut over Hiroshima
  • Sun, 19 Nov 2017 18:46

Despite their magical reputation, shooting stars are just pieces of space debris from millimeters to a few centimeters thick that fly into Earth’s a...

Byodoin temple all aglow
  • Sun, 19 Nov 2017 16:41

The Phoenix Hall of Byodoin temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Uji, Kyoto Prefecture, glows at night during a trial illumination on Friday. (the-...

Zimbabwe’s ruling party set to sack Mugabe, sources say
  • Sun, 19 Nov 2017 14:42

The leaders of Zimbabwe’s ruling ZANU-PF party will meet Sunday to approve the dismissal of President Robert Mugabe, the only leader the souther...

Japan to expand SDF base in tiny but strategically important Djibouti
  • Sun, 19 Nov 2017 12:54

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 Forc...

Trail runner dies after 100-meter plunge off cliff during Saitama race
  • Sun, 19 Nov 2017 10:54

A man died Saturday after falling off a cliff while competing in a trail running race in Saitama Prefecture, police said. (Japan Times) News On Japan

Man arrested over death of homeless man on Tokyo riverbank
  • Sun, 19 Nov 2017 08:46

Police in Tokyo on Saturday arrested an unemployed 42-year-old man of no fixed address on suspicion of killing a 61-year-old homeless man on a riverba...

Donald Trump’s visit dominates Japan’s conversation online — until he leaves
  • Sun, 19 Nov 2017 04:42

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 look...

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...

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