Imperial abdication committee holds first meeting

Oct 17, 2016

Imperial abdication committee holds first meeting

A government advisory panel met Monday for the first time to discuss measures to reduce Emperor Akihito’s public duties, with the central issue expected to be whether and how an emperor should be allowed to abdicate due to advanced age. There is no provision ...

Japan and Mongolia agree to strengthen ties further

Oct 15, 2016

Japan and Mongolia agree to strengthen ties further

Mongolian Prime Minister Jargaltulga Erdenebat and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed Friday during talks in Tokyo to accelerate ongoing efforts to draw up a 2017-21 action plan to strengthen bilateral ties. Erdenebat chose Japan as the destination of his first diplomatic tour after he ...

Nobel winner Yoshinori Ohsumi urges investment in science

Oct 4, 2016

Nobel winner Yoshinori Ohsumi urges investment in science

When microbiologist Yoshinori Ohsumi told his wife, Mariko, that he was awarded this year’s Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine Monday evening, she didn’t believe him. Her mischievous, sake-loving 71-year-old husband often teases her by telling an innocent lie. “I thought he was trying ...