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Symbols for toilet functions to be unified in Japan

Jan 17, 2017

Symbols for toilet functions to be unified in Japan

An association of Japanese toilet makers will unify pictograms on toilets with bidet functions to help foreign visitors use them. The nine companies in the Japan Sanitary Equipment Industry Association said Tuesday they will use the same eight guide signs for the function buttons ...

China says 2,500 wartime Japanese chemical weapons destroyed

Jan 17, 2017

China says 2,500 wartime Japanese chemical weapons destroyed

China’s military said Tuesday that more than 2,500 abandoned Japanese wartime chemical weapons collected from northern China, including Beijing and the port city of Tianjin, have been destroyed in a four-year disposal process. Japan and China have been working together on the biggest chemical ...

Japan saw record foreign visitors, tourist spending in 2016

Jan 17, 2017

Japan saw record foreign visitors, tourist spending in 2016

The number of visitors to Japan from overseas rose 21.8 percent to 24.04 million in 2016 and their spending grew 7.8 percent to ¥3.75 trillion ($33 billion), both all-time highs, the government said Tuesday. But the pace of increase for both was much slower ...

Families of Mount Ontake eruption victims to sue government

Jan 17, 2017

Families of Mount Ontake eruption victims to sue government

A group of relatives of victims who died or went missing in the 2014 eruption of Mount Ontake plans to sue the central and prefectural governments for failing to alert hikers properly, the families said Tuesday. The families of five victims will demand ¥150 ...

Jan 17, 2017

Tokyo doctor arrested over alleged fraud following false STD diagnosis

A Tokyo hospital director was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of defrauding a company executive after falsely diagnosing him with a sexually transmitted disease, police said. Michinari Hayashi, 69, head of Shinjuku Central Clinic, allegedly swindled about ¥26,000 in total from the executive in his ...

Kobe remembers Great Hanshin Earthquake 22 years on

Jan 17, 2017

Kobe remembers Great Hanshin Earthquake 22 years on

The city of Kobe and surrounding areas on Tuesday marked the anniversary of the magnitude-7.3 earthquake that killed more than 6,400 people 22 years ago. A moment of silence was observed at 5:46 a.m., the time when the temblor hit the city on Jan. ...