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Sep 29, 2016

Abe offers condolences to Israel for Peres' death

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe offered his condolences on the death of former Israeli Prime Minister and President Shimon Peres, calling the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize winner a “great leader.” Abe expressed his respect for the Israeli leader’s efforts to forge peace in the Middle ...

Sep 29, 2016

Paris climate pact could take effect before Japan ratification

The Paris climate agreement may take effect before Japan can ratify it and as early as November, sources familiar with the situation have said. The government plans to submit a proposal to ratify the pact during the current Diet session, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary ...

Sep 29, 2016

Japan's medical costs hit record ¥40.8 trillion in fiscal 2014

Japan’s medical costs in fiscal 2014 grew 1.9 percent from the previous year to ¥40.81 trillion, hitting a record high for the eighth straight year, the health ministry said. Per capita expenses rose 2 percent to ¥321,100, extending a record-breaking advance also to an ...

Sep 29, 2016

Gunma man admits to lying about France video game contest win

A 23-year-old employee of the city of Ota, Gunma Prefecture, lied that he had won an international video game contest, leading to false reports about his victory in two Japanese newspapers, it has been learned. On Wednesday, the major daily Asahi Shimbun and Jomo ...

Sep 29, 2016

Pay-by-fingerprint system to be tested at tourism hot spots

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry is set to test a system allowing travelers to make payments at popular tourist spots using only their fingerprints. The trial, to start in popular destinations such as Hakone and Yugawara in Kanagawa Prefecture, will be part ...