Yokota couple: Meeting a 'miracle'

Mar 17, 2014

Yokota couple: Meeting a 'miracle'

The parents of Megumi Yokota, who was abducted by North Korean agents in 1977, say their dramatic meeting in Mongolia last week with her 26-year-old daughter was "like a miracle" and they were also very happy to see her 10-month-old baby, both for the ...

Mar 14, 2014

Japan may boost immigrant numbers

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga refuses to deny a media report that the Abe administration is considering increasing the number of immigrants to boost Japan's potential for long-term economic growth.

Mar 7, 2014

Cabinet: Bitcoin is not a currency

Under Japanese law, bitcoins are not recognized as currency and transactions using it should be taxed based on the income, corporate and consumption tax laws, the Cabinet announces.

Mar 7, 2014

Suga mum on Ukraine sanctions for Russia

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga declined comment if Tokyo will impose economic sanctions against Russia over its deployment of troops on Ukraine’s Crimea Peninsula, only saying Tokyo will “properly deal with the situation by closely consulting with relevant countries.” The United States, Japan’s sole ...

Radiation checks clear most food items

Mar 7, 2014

Radiation checks clear most food items

Three years after the meltdowns at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, fears and rumors still circulate among people both inside and outside of Fukushima Prefecture over radiation contamination of food.

Mar 3, 2014

Abe between rock and hard place after Putin nabs Crimea

Russia’s deployment of troops on the Crimean Peninsula in Ukraine put Japan in a difficult position Monday, as Tokyo, which has tried to build closer ties with Moscow, joined its Group of Seven counterparts to issue a statement strongly condemning Russia. Prime Minister Shinzo ...

Independent NHK chained to Diet leash

| Mar 3, 2014

Independent NHK chained to Diet leash

NHK, which is often compared with the BBC in the U.K., has been a focus of public attention and intense criticism in recent weeks. Many people are taking a closer look at the public broadcaster, including its history and whether it has been politically ...