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Published: Fri, 09 Dec 2016 03:12:40 +0900


Politics › China says it has places Japanese leaders should visit to pay tribute to war victims

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 17:35:25 +0900

China says it too has places that Japanese political leaders should visit to pay tribute to war victims, in response to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's plan to go to Pearl Harbor for that expressed purpose later this month. "If Japan wants to deeply reflect upon (its wartime actions) and genuinely…

Crime › Naked body of 18-year-old boy found in Tama River

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 15:45:36 +0900

Police in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, said Thursday that the naked body of a boy found floating in the Tama River earlier this month, is that of a boy who has been missing from his home in Yokohama. According to police, the boy's mother made the identification of the body which…

National › Ships, jets, giant crowd mark Pearl Harbor anniversary event

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 06:45:29 +0900

Thousands observed a moment of silence and watched jets streak across the clear blue sky at a ceremony Wednesday at Pearl Harbor marking the 75th anniversary of the attack that plunged the United States into World War II and left more than 2,300 service people dead. The crowd bowed their…

Politics › Japan's defense chief says alliance with U.S. will endure

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:45:13 +0900

Japan's defense chief said Wednesday she believes her country's alliance with the United States will endure in the Trump administration because it benefits both countries. Defense Minister Tomomi Inada was asked about President-elect Donald Trump's suggestion that Japan build its own nuclear deterrent force. She said Japan expects to remain…

Crime › Revised law increases police powers against online stalking

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:00:07 +0900

The Diet has enacted a revised law to tackle online stalking in response to an increase in harassment cases involving social media. The revised law will cover a wide range of stalking acts such as repeatedly sending messages on social networking services and persistent postings on an individual blog. It…

National › TEPCO may stay nationalized to deal with disaster bill: gov't

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 06:40:07 +0900

Faced with massive ongoing costs stemming from the 2011 nuclear crisis, Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc (TEPCO) may effectively remain under state control longer than initially planned, the government says. Under the current plan, the utility seeks to gradually reduce government involvement in its management from next April, but…

Politics › Japan's lower house passes long-awaited casino bill

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 16:35:45 +0900

The lower house of the Diet on Tuesday passed a long-awaited bill to legalise casinos, in a major step toward opening up a market seen as a potential global gaming powerhouse. Some opposition members walked out of the chamber before the vote to protest the bill, which comes after years…

Politics › Abe going to Pearl Harbor for remembrance, not for apology: gov't

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 16:35:19 +0900

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won't apologize for Japan's attack when he visits the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor later this month, the government spokesman said Tuesday. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said that "the purpose of the upcoming visit is to pay respects for the war dead and…

National › Sea Shepherd ships leave to battle Japanese whaling fleet

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 06:45:58 +0900

Two ships have left Australia bound for the freezing Southern Ocean to confront the Japanese whaling fleet in an annual high-seas battle, environmental activist group Sea Shepherd said Monday. The organisation's flagship Steve Irwin departed for Antarctic waters along with fast new patrol vessel Ocean Warrior, built with financial support…

Politics › Abe's Pearl Harbor visit plan draws mixed responses in Japan

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 06:35:38 +0900

Survivors of the U.S. atomic bombings on Japan and war veterans gave mixed reactions to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's announcement Monday that he will visit Pearl Harbor where the country attacked in World War II and opened war with the United States. "More than 70 years have passed (since…

Politics › Abe to visit Pearl Harbor with Obama later this month

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 20:45:12 +0900

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit Pearl Harbor this month with U.S. President Barack Obama, becoming his country's first leader to travel to the site of the Japanese attack 75 years ago that drew the United States into World War Two. "This will be a visit to console the…

Politics › Carter says U.S. satisfied with Japan's contribution to alliance

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 19:05:06 +0900

The United States is satisfied with Japan's contribution to the alliance between the two countries, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Monday, looking to ease concern in the region about the direction President-elect Donald Trump may take. The Obama administration made Asia and U.S. alliances there a priority. While…

Politics › On final trip, U.S. defense secretary looks to reassure Asia allies

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 06:45:59 +0900

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter makes his last scheduled trip to Asia this week, and he will try to sooth anxieties caused by Donald Trump's election, U.S. officials said. The Obama administration made Asia and U.S. alliances there a priority. While details of Trump's approach to the region remain scant,…

National › Niigata completes culling of 540,000 birds at flu-hit poultry farms

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 17:05:09 +0900

Culling of a total of around 540,000 birds was completed at poultry farms in the central Japan prefecture of Niigata on Sunday as the nation continued to battle the outbreak of a highly virulent H5 strain of bird flu virus. The prefectural government finished culling about 230,000 chickens at a…

Politics › Japan seeks to keep pressure on N Korea over abductions

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 16:00:41 +0900

The government minister responsible for the issue of Japanese citizens abducted by North Korea during the 1970s and 80s says he believes growing international pressure will eventually lead to a return of the abductees or their remains. Katsunobu Kato told The Associated Press that he hoped to obtain the understanding…

Crime › Police begin campaign against drunk driving ahead of party season

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 16:00:20 +0900

Police on Friday night began a campaign nationwide to prevent accidents caused by drunk drivers ahead of the "bonenkai" (end-of-year party) season. The National Police Agency said that between 8 p.m. Friday and 6 a.m. Saturday, 3,407 drivers were stopped for speeding or reckless driving and given breathalyzer tests at…

Politics › Duterte praises Japanese traits of sincerity and respectfulness

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 16:00:19 +0900

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has praised the Japanese people for their traits of sincerity and respectfulness, as well as Japan's aid to the Philippines over the years. He made the remarks Thursday night at an advance celebration of the birthday of Japanese Emperor Akihito in the southern Philippine city of…

National › Teacher calls Fukushima evacuee pupil 'germ'

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 16:45:37 +0900

An elementary school pupil who evacuated from Fukushima in the wake of the 2011 nuclear disaster has skipped school for more than a week since a male teacher added "germ" to his name when addressing him in late November, a local education board in Niigata Prefecture said Friday. The fourth-grade…

Politics › S Korea, Japan announce new sanctions against N Korea

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 16:00:32 +0900

South Korea and Japan on Friday announced their own fresh, unilateral sanctions on North Korea as their nuclear-armed neighbor warns of retaliation against toughened U.N. sanctions over the nuclear and missile tests it conducted this year. It's still unclear if and how much the South Korean and Japanese measures will…

National › Japan begins chicken cull on 3rd bird flu outbreak in less than a week

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 16:00:14 +0900

Japan on Thursday started culling another 230,000 chickens after the discovery of a highly contagious form of bird flu on a farm in the north of the country, the local government said. The latest bird flu outbreak in Joetsu City in Niigata prefecture marks the second instance in the prefecture…