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Jul 26, 2014

NGOs pressure Japan to heed U.N. call against anti-Korean hate speech

Several nongovernmental organizations have urged the Japanese government to comply with the U.N. Human Rights Committee’s call on Thursday to ban activities that support hate speech directed against Korean residents of the country. At a new conference in Tokyo on Friday, Megumi Komori, deputy ...

Jul 26, 2014

Japan to cut, transfer 10% of government payroll

The government has adopted plans to reduce and transfer at least 10 percent of its payroll over a five-year period starting in April 2015. Based on an instruction from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the move, announced Friday, will affect 29,672 of the nation’s 296,544 ...

Jul 26, 2014

WWII 'pumpkin bomb' victims remembered in Osaka ceremony

A memorial ceremony was held Saturday in Osaka to honor victims of the “pumpkin bombs” that were dropped on cities in preparation for the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, which hastened the end of World War II. At least 400 people are thought to have ...

Jul 26, 2014

Outgoing JET teachers get pat on back from minister

The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications on Friday thanked this year’s outgoing participants of the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program and designated the 1,450 young adults as “honorary ambassadors,” asking them to continue fostering good relations between Japan and their home countries after ...

Jul 26, 2014

Narita Express launches direct runs to Mount Fuji

The Narita Express started direct runs Saturday from Narita International Airport to stations close to Mount Fuji, linking the nation’s main gateway with the World Heritage site in roughly 3½ hours. The daily roundtrip service, which will run on weekends and holidays on a ...

Jul 26, 2014

Japan to post intelligence officer at SDF base in Djibouti

The government plans to station an intelligence officer at the Self-Defense Forces base in Djibouti to deal with antipiracy operations and gather information on terrorist activities and other security matters, a source familiar with Japan-U.S. relations said Saturday. Arrangements are under way for the ...

Volcanic Nishinoshima still smoking, growing

Jul 25, 2014

Volcanic Nishinoshima still smoking, growing

Far-flung Nishinoshima Island is still smoldering and sending lava flowing from its craters into the Pacific Ocean, new aerial images showed Friday. The volcanic island some 1,000 km (620 miles) south of Tokyo has merged with a volcanic islet that formed in November and ...

Jul 25, 2014

Prosecutors seek 4½ years for Maruha food poisoner

Prosecutors sought on Friday a 4½-year prison term for the former contract worker who pleaded guilty to lacing frozen food with pesticide at a factory in Gunma Prefecture last year. Toshiki Abe, 49, was charged with obstructing the business of his former employer, Aqlifoods ...