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Aug 28, 2016

Poll finds 48% of Japanese satisfied with current income

A Cabinet Office survey showed Saturday that 48.1 percent of respondents are satisfied or fairly satisfied with their incomes, up 2.4 percentage points from the previous year, marking the second straight year of improvement. In contrast, 49.6 percent said they were dissatisfied or rather ...

Aug 28, 2016

Ministry plans to guide Asian nations in better use of land

The land ministry plans to draft a multilateral framework that could help developing nations in Asia make better use of their land through careful planning, government sources said. The sources said the ministry will propose the framework at the U.N. Conference on Housing and ...

Aug 28, 2016

Alcohol abstinence reduces recurrence of esophagus cancer: study

Alcohol abstinence halves the risk of esophagus cancer from recurring, Japanese researchers have found. The team of researchers, led by Kyoto University professor Manabu Muto, conducted endoscopic examinations of esophaguses of 330 early-stage cancer patients once every six months over an 80 month period. ...

Japan, U.S. blast North Korea's submarine missile launch

Aug 28, 2016

Japan, U.S. blast North Korea's submarine missile launch

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday condemned North Korea for test-firing a submarine-launched ballistic missile in defiance of U.N. resolutions. In 30-minute telephone talks, Kishida and Kerry also reaffirmed that their countries will closely cooperate with ...

Nara city sets record for flowing noodles

Aug 28, 2016

Nara city sets record for flowing noodles

The city of Gose in Nara Prefecture on Saturday set a new world record for nagashi somen — noodles flowing in water through a line of bamboo flumes — over a 3,317-meter (10,883-foot) stretch. The previous record holder was the commerce and industry association ...

Aug 27, 2016

Powerful Typhoon Lionrock may hit Japan early next week

Powerful Typhoon Lionrock is forecast to hit areas of eastern and northern Honshu on Tuesday, bringing heavy rains and strong winds to a wide area of the country, the Meteorological Agency said Saturday. The storm gained strength while hovering in the Pacific Ocean for ...