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Abe, Macron vow to advance trade, forge ahead on defense

/ May 27, 2017

Abe, Macron vow to advance trade, forge ahead on defense

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron agreed Friday in their first bilateral summit to push ahead with cooperation in trade and defense. Meeting on the sidelines of the Group of Seven gathering in Taormina, Italy, Abe and Macron affirmed ...

Pikotaro joins Koike to promote LED exchange program in Tokyo

May 27, 2017

Pikotaro joins Koike to promote LED exchange program in Tokyo

Pikotaro pitches free LED upgrades Jiji — Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike — with a little help from comedian Pikotaro — is promoting energy savings by offering free upgrades to LED lights. Koike said the metropolitan government will allow citizens to exchange two or more ...

Grenade replicas prompt evacuation of Saitama train station

May 26, 2017

Grenade replicas prompt evacuation of Saitama train station

Grenade-like objects found near a train station in Hanno, Saitama Prefecture, on Thursday morning forced the evacuation of about 200 people before being declared harmless by the Self-Defense Forces. At around 7:25 a.m., police received an emergency call from an East Japan Railway Co. ...

May 26, 2017

Third-graders can get head start on English classes from fiscal 2018

Elementary schools will be allowed to start English classes from third grade instead of fifth grade when fiscal 2018 begins next April, the education ministry said Friday. The measure is aimed at achieving a smooth transition to the ministry’s new fiscal 2020 curriculum guidelines, ...