Jul 24, 2014

UNDP hails Abe's drive for women

Efforts to raise Japan's dismal female presence in the workforce should generate significant economic gains, the head of the U.N. Development Program says.

Jul 24, 2014

Nixon blamed Prime Minister Sato for textile talks breakdown in '71

U.S. President Richard Nixon sent a strongly worded letter to Prime Minister Eisaku Sato in spring 1971 expressing frustration over bilateral textile talks, according to a Japanese diplomatic document declassified Thursday. In the letter dated March 12, 1971, Nixon said when the leaders met ...

Jul 24, 2014

Foreign tourists shatter first-half record

A record 6.26 million people visited Japan in the first half thanks to the yen’s weakness and a jump in international flights to Tokyo’s Haneda airport, a government estimate says. “If this pace continues for the remaining months of the year, we can expect ...

Truck driver admits to fatal hit-and-run

Jul 24, 2014

Truck driver admits to fatal hit-and-run

A truck driver was arrested Thursday over a hit-and-run in Komaki, Aichi Prefecture, that left a woman dead after being dragged about 300 meters, police said. Toshimitsu Kawamoto, 65, of Seto, Aichi Prefecture, admitted to negligent homicide and violating the Road Traffic Law, according ...

Jul 24, 2014

Tainted Vietnam fish packages emerge in Yamaguchi

Packages of frozen dried fish imported from Vietnam were found tainted with what is suspected to be pesticide and human feces, the Yamaguchi Prefectural Government said Thursday. The substances were found inside cardboard boxes each containing 5 kg of the frozen fish in plastic ...

Japan agreed to hide Okinawa's role in U.S. bombing of Vietnam

Jul 24, 2014

Japan agreed to hide Okinawa's role in U.S. bombing of Vietnam

Japan gave tacit approval to a U.S. decision in 1969 to withhold from local residents the fact that the U.S. military sent B-52 bombers on missions during the Vietnam War from a base in Okinawa Prefecture, declassified Japanese diplomatic records showed Thursday. At the ...