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Timing eyed for Cabinet reshuffle

Jul 26, 2014

Timing eyed for Cabinet reshuffle

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has decided to replace more than half of his 18 ministers in the first week of September in what would be his first Cabinet reshuffle since taking office in December 2012, senior government officials said. The focus will be on ...

Details of Kansai airport concession sale revealed

Jul 26, 2014

Details of Kansai airport concession sale revealed

The operator of the two principal airports serving the greater Osaka region has announced its plan to sell the management rights to the transport hubs — including heavily indebted Kansai International. New Kansai International Airport Co. President Keiichi Ando said at a press conference ...

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 ...