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Nature: scientific research in Japan waning
The British science publication Nature has found that the number of papers written by Japanese researchers accounted for a shrinking percentage of the   Read More..
Robotic phone to be rented to visitors to Japan
Railway operator Keikyu Corp., electronics maker Sharp Corp. and two other companies said Wednesday they will join hands in a rental service for a rob   Read More..
Tokyo cops seek man who swindled elderly woman out of Y1.5 million
Tokyo Metropolitan Police are seeking the help of the public in locating a man suspected of swindling an elderly woman by posing as an employee from d   Read More..
Fuji TV reporter on yakuza beat suspended over purchase of car for, loans to mobster
A Fuji Television Network Inc. reporter who allegedly purchased a luxury car on behalf of a man connected to the underworld, is also suspected of lend   Read More..
Japan's 2nd big helicopter carrier enters service
Japan's second big helicopter carrier, the Kaga, entered service on Wednesday, giving the nation's military greater ability to deploy beyond its shore   Read More..
Tokyo cops nab 'bathhouse bandit' suspected in theft of Y800,000 in entry tickets
A man known to police as "the bathhouse bandit" is suspected in the theft of thousands of entry tickets for bathing facilities in Arakawa Ward and nea   Read More..
Japanese woman gives birth with egg from 3rd-party donor
A Japanese woman has given birth to a girl after receiving in-vitro fertilization treatment with an egg from an anonymous third-party donor, a nonprof   Read More..
Killer of 5 in 2015 Awajishima case sentenced to death
Kobe District Court on Wednesday sentenced a man to death, as sought by public prosecutors, for fatally stabbing a total of five men and women in Awaj   Read More..
Gov't considers using 'joko' as emperor's post-abdication title
The government is leaning toward using the historical title of "joko" for Emperor Akihito after his abdication as it was proposed Wednesday by scholar   Read More..
Suicides drop to 21,897 but remain high
Fewer Japanese are taking their own lives, a positive sign in a country with one of the world's highest suicide rates. (Japan Times)   Read More..
Kagoike: Abe wife donated 1-million yen
The head of a scandal-hit school operator has told the Diet that he received a donation of one million yen, or about 9,000 dollars, from the wife of P   Read More..
Tokyo outlines plans for English Village
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has unveiled an outline of a facility designed to boost young people's communication skills in the English language.   Read More..
Tokyo cops: Man attempted to strip woman, 32, of underwear in park
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a male temporary worker for allegedly attempting to strip a woman of her underwear in a park in Edogawa Ward l   Read More..
'Chainsaw Man' gets suspended sentence for threat posted on YouTube
A 27-year-old man who threatened an employee of a parcel delivery company with a chainsaw and uploaded the video of it on YouTube last December was fo   Read More..
North Korea accuses Japan of espionage
North Korea accused Japan of espionage on Thursday, nearly a week after Tokyo placed a reconnaissance satellite into orbit. (UPI)   Read More..
Rising yen bucks fundamentals, gives Japan a diplomatic breather
The Japanese yen's recent rise against the dollar has defied conventional market wisdom, but a stronger currency may actually support Japan as it conf   Read More..
Walking across ancient Japan: Remote Kumano pilgrimage trail littered with treasures
The 1,000-year-old pilgrimage to the Kumano Sanzen - the three great Shinto shrines on Japan's Kii Peninsula south of Osaka - was once so popular that   Read More..
Nintendo chases more than profit with 'Super Mario Run'
Though "Super Mario Run" has lifted Nintendo's profits less than many had hoped, Mario remains the protagonist of the company's mobile strategy, with    Read More..
Japan PM Shinzo Abe embroiled in land-sale scandal
An educator accused of using his clout to curry favor with Japanese politicians, including the first family, told lawmakers under oath Thursday that h   Read More..
Osaka chef released dozens of cockroaches during concert
Saitama Prefectural Police have arrested a chef from Osaka for allegedly releasing dozens of live cockroaches during an anime song concert at an arena   Read More..
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