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A room with a life jacket: Japan probes using cruise ships for Olympic accommodation
Thu, 29 Jun 2017 11:03:57 +0200
Anticipating a serious accommodation shortage in the 2020 Olympics, the government is exploring using luxury cruise ships as floating hotels, government officials said Thursday. Ministries ...
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Sony to crank out vinyl records for first time in 28 years
Thu, 29 Jun 2017 10:59:09 +0200
Sony Corp. said Thursday it will resume production of vinyl records for the first time in three decades this fiscal year as the format sees ...
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Women in Japan cite being judged at work as top concern for taking maternity leave, survey shows
Thu, 29 Jun 2017 10:56:19 +0200
More than 30 percent of women in Japan are worried about how they will be viewed by their bosses as well as by colleagues at ...
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Japan Tobacco caught dozing in promising ‘heat-not-burn’ market
Thu, 29 Jun 2017 10:50:51 +0200
Smoker Takumi Itou is an example of how much Japan Tobacco Inc. needs to catch up, as international rivals gain ground in the battle to ...
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Small plane makes belly landing at Nagasaki airport
Thu, 29 Jun 2017 10:40:01 +0200
A twin-propeller plane made a belly landing Thursday at Nagasaki airport due to mechanical trouble, causing a brief runway closure and the cancellation of over ...
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Apple’s iPhone remains Japan’s smartphone king but innovation seen on the wane
Thu, 29 Jun 2017 10:36:52 +0200
Apple Inc.’s iPhone is enjoying enduring popularity in Japan, 10 years since the U.S. technology giant revolutionized the global smartphone market by launching the product. ...
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Opposition parties renew demand that Abe open Diet to answer for scandals
Thu, 29 Jun 2017 10:36:49 +0200
Dismayed at Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s inaction, the opposition camp on Thursday repeated its petition to his Cabinet to call an extraordinary Diet session and ...
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Nissan, Honda see May domestic output rise, Toyota records fall
Thu, 29 Jun 2017 10:31:16 +0200
Nissan Motor Co. and Honda Motor Co. raised domestic output in May while Toyota Motor Corp., the nation’s largest automaker by volume, reduced output, year-on-year ...
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Japan, China start talks to prevent accidental clashes in East China Sea, disputed isles
Thu, 29 Jun 2017 10:27:56 +0200
Japan and China on Thursday started a two-day senior official consultation in Fukuoka on maritime affairs, where they are expected to discuss ways to avoid ...
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Ex-education minister Shimomura denies media report claiming undeclared Kake donations
Thu, 29 Jun 2017 10:15:45 +0200
Former education minister Hakubun Shimomura denied a report Thursday alleging that he received ¥2 million in undeclared donations from scandal-tainted school operator Kake Gakuen, claiming ...
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Japan delays summit with China, South Korea amid Seoul-Beijing THAAD row
Thu, 29 Jun 2017 10:03:08 +0200
Japan will postpone a trilateral summit with China and South Korea due to Beijing’s reluctance to take part, diplomatic sources said Thursday. The summit had ...
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U.S. panel backs bill to revive Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump
Thu, 29 Jun 2017 09:58:34 +0200
A House panel approved a bill Wednesday to revive the mothballed nuclear waste dump at Nevada’s Yucca Mountain, while also moving forward with a separate ...
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Fiscal 2016 saw Japan’s first drop in tax revenue in seven years
Thu, 29 Jun 2017 09:57:45 +0200
The government collected around ¥55.5 trillion ($495 billion) in tax revenue in fiscal 2016, down from ¥56.29 trillion in fiscal 2015, posting the first year-on-year ...
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How artificial intelligence is taking on ransomware
Thu, 29 Jun 2017 09:43:16 +0200
Twice in the space of six weeks, the world has suffered major attacks of ransomware — malicious software that locks up photos and other files ...
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Africa gets its first generic version of the most effective HIV drug
Thu, 29 Jun 2017 09:12:53 +0200
The generic version of the most advanced drug against HIV has been introduced in Kenya, a first in Africa, where more than 25 million have ...
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Australian police charge top Vatican cardinal with sex offenses
Thu, 29 Jun 2017 09:09:43 +0200
Australian police charged a top Vatican cardinal on Thursday with multiple counts of “historical” sexual assault offenses, a stunning decision certain to rock the highest ...
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Niagara Falls daredevil riding inside inflatable ball with a boa constrictor dies; snake missing
Thu, 29 Jun 2017 09:03:12 +0200
A daredevil who died after plunging over Niagara Falls in an apparent stunt with an inflatable ball might have brought a boa constrictor along for ...
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More than half of hate crimes go unreported in U.S., report says
Thu, 29 Jun 2017 09:01:23 +0200
The majority of hate crimes experienced by U.S. residents over a 12-year period were not reported to police, according to a new federal report released ...
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Protein linked to spread of skin cancer; blocking it might be effective treatment
Thu, 29 Jun 2017 09:00:34 +0200
Scientists have pinpointed a cancer protein which controls the disease’s spread from the skin to other organs, and proposed Wednesday that blocking it may be ...
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Orcas off Washington state having trouble breeding due to low salmon supply
Thu, 29 Jun 2017 09:00:22 +0200
Endangered killer whales that frequent the inland waters of Washington state are having pregnancy problems because they cannot find enough fish to eat, according to ...
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Abe plans to visit India in September to promote shinkansen technology
Thu, 29 Jun 2017 08:38:14 +0200
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is arranging to visit India in late September to attend a ceremony for a high-speed rail link using Japanese bullet-train technology, ...
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Malaysia decides to stop importing North Korean labor
Thu, 29 Jun 2017 08:36:50 +0200
Malaysia has decided to stop issuing work permits for North Korean laborers in the wake of the apparent assassination of the estranged half-brother of North ...
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North Korea vows to kill former South leader Park ‘any time, at any place’
Thu, 29 Jun 2017 08:06:05 +0200
North Korea has issued standing orders for the execution of former South Korean President Park Geun-hye and her spy chief in response to what Pyongyang ...
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House subcommittees unanimously reject Trump’s budget cuts for Agriculture Department, food aid, water projects
Thu, 29 Jun 2017 07:46:37 +0200
Two Republican-controlled House subcommittees Wednesday soundly rejected President Donald Trump’s proposals to slash the Agriculture Department, overseas food aid and water projects. The unanimous votes ...
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U.S. sets new visa rules for six mainly Muslim nations, refugees
Thu, 29 Jun 2017 07:46:23 +0200
The Trump administration on Wednesday set new criteria for visa applicants from six mainly Muslim nations and all refugees that require a “close” family or ...
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Kawakatsu cruises to third term in Shizuoka gubernatorial election
Mon, 26 Jun 2017 08:13:01 +0200
Shizuoka Gov. Heita Kawakatsu won a third four-year term Sunday, beating Olympic judo silver medalist Noriko Mizoguchi, the local election board said. The 68-year-old independent ...
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Fiscal 2016 saw Japan’s first drop in tax revenue in seven years
Thu, 29 Jun 2017 09:57:45 +0200
The government collected around ¥55.5 trillion ($495 billion) in tax revenue in fiscal 2016, down from ¥56.29 trillion in fiscal 2015, posting the first year-on-year ...
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Lotte founder Shigemitsu exits board after eldest son’s bid to return fails
Sat, 24 Jun 2017 09:41:50 +0200
The founder of Lotte Holdings Co., embroiled in a family feud over its management, has left the board after a stint of around 70 years ...
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METI bureaucrats’ blunt, bold policy proposals set social media on fire
Mon, 26 Jun 2017 11:17:20 +0200
A bold set of policy recommendations compiled by vice industry minister Ikuro Sugawara and young colleagues in their 20s and 30s has set social media ...
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Al-Shabab claims suicide attack that kills seven at Mogadishu police station
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 04:25:50 +0200
At least seven people are dead and a dozen wounded after a suicide car bomb blast at a police station in Somalia’s capital, police and ...
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North Korea tested rocket engine possibly for ICBM: U.S. official
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 03:34:46 +0200
North Korea has tested a rocket engine that could potentially be fitted to an intercontinental ballistic missile, a U.S. official told AFP on Thursday, amid ...
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U.S. bans fresh Brazil beef imports amid ‘recurring’ safety concerns
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 03:41:32 +0200
The United States halted imports of fresh Brazilian beef on Thursday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said, after a high percentage of shipments failed to ...
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Canceled flight leaves former residents of Russian-held isles stranded
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 08:22:58 +0200
With the cancellation last week of the first chartered flight between Hokkaido and the Russian-held islands off Japan’s northeast coast, former residents want politicians to ...
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Mental health support for nursery school staff falling short, new survey finds
Sun, 25 Jun 2017 13:33:08 +0200
At least 27 percent of nursery schools in Japan are in need of psychological support for their staff, a government survey showed Sunday, The report ...
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Watch what you do and say: Broader ramifications of the new conspiracy law cause concern
Sat, 24 Jun 2017 16:06:58 +0200
“Big Brother in the form of an increasingly powerful government and in an increasingly powerful private sector will pile the records high with reasons why ...
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U.S. fears Russia could increase support for North Korea to fill void left by China
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 08:38:37 +0200
As the United States pressures China to enforce United Nations sanctions on its ally North Korea, Washington is concerned that Russia could fill any vacuum ...
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Killer asteroids are coming. Can we stop them in time?
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 08:38:10 +0200
Throughout its 4.5-billion-year history, Earth has been repeatedly pummeled by space rocks that have caused anything from an innocuous splash in the ocean to the ...
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Toshiba sues Western Digital for ¥120 billion, as standoff imperils plans for chip unit sale
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 08:16:47 +0200
Toshiba Corp. sued Western Digital Corp. in a Japanese court, asking for ¥120 billion ($1 billion) in damages and seeking to end the U.S. company’s ...
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Grandparents get closer with far-off grandkids thanks to online services
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 08:59:15 +0200
Two online services using technology to allow grandparents to overcome the distance between them and their grandchildren are proving popular in Japan. One is provided ...
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Pakistan raises death toll to 157 from fuel truck fire
Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:11:17 +0200
Pakistan’s prime minister cut short a trip abroad to rush to the side of victims of a massive fuel tanker fire as authorities on Monday ...
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Two injured after upper 5 quake strikes in southern Nagano
Sun, 25 Jun 2017 10:24:38 +0200
A shallow earthquake with a magnitude of 5.6 injured two people in southern Nagano Prefecture early Sunday, the Meteorological Agency said. The temblor, which struck ...
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Reacting to Kake scandal, Abe now urges even more new animal medicine departments
Sat, 24 Jun 2017 16:10:41 +0200
Under fire for allegedly doing a favor for his friend, Prime Minister Abe suggests that his government allow even more new veterinary departments to open ...
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LDP close behind Koike’s party in Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly race: poll
Sun, 25 Jun 2017 14:03:04 +0200
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party is running close behind Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike’s fledging party in the race to be the leading party in the ...
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Christian-style weddings grow popular in Japan, but allure is more about optics than religion
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 07:44:08 +0200
To people who might question Adam Altar’s credentials as an ordained Christian minister licensed to perform weddings in Japan, Altar would respond by turning the ...
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Niigata governor lobbies to get Sado’s mines listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites
Mon, 26 Jun 2017 10:20:15 +0200
Niigata Gov. Ryuichi Yoneyama on Monday asked the central government to recommend that the legacies of gold and silver mining in the prefecture and their ...
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Tokyo Metropolitan Government helping to attract foreign tourists to less well traveled areas
Sun, 25 Jun 2017 16:37:16 +0200
In a bid to help revitalize local economies, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government is collaborating with disaster-hit regions to prompt more foreign tourists to visit such ...
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South Korea’s infrastructure boondoggle a boon for cyclists
Sun, 25 Jun 2017 08:08:41 +0200
In a country where bikes are either a poor man’s transportation or a weekend workout for spandex-clad racers, the longest and most highly engineered network ...
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Trump picks envoy to Britain: Johnson & Johnson heir and NFL team owner
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 07:22:13 +0200
U.S. President Donald Trump announced Thursday he will formally nominate Republican fundraiser and American football team owner Woody Johnson to be his ambassador to Britain. ...
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New Tepco chief reaffirms Fukushima commitment, but underscored need for plant restarts
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:32:49 +0200
Dealing with the aftermath of nuclear disaster at Fukushima No.1 power plant remains the most important mission for Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc., Tomoaki ...
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Goldman Sachs economist urges crackdown on unpaid overtime to boost Japan’s productivity
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 10:25:13 +0200
Japan should crack down on excessive unpaid overtime in order to boost productivity, as the nation’s irreversible labor shortage means companies must streamline to cope ...
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