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Jul 30, 2015

Japanese women top in life expectancy for third year

Japanese women took the top spot in average life expectancy worldwide for the third consecutive year in 2014 at 86.83 years, while Japanese men climbed a notch to tie for third place at 80.50 years, both figures marking record highs, welfare ministry data showed ...

Jul 30, 2015

Japanese photographer sues government over travel ban to Syria

A Japanese photographer sued the government on Thursday, claiming that a Foreign Ministry ban against him traveling to Syria or Iraq is action is unconstitutional. On Feb. 7, the ministry ordered Yuichi Sugimoto, who was planning to travel to Syria later that month, to ...

Kyoto bids to host Cultural Affairs Agency

Jul 30, 2015

Kyoto bids to host Cultural Affairs Agency

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The city of Kyoto is stepping up efforts to become the new home of the Cultural Affairs Agency, which works to protect Japan’s officially designated cultural treasures. Mayor Daisaku Kadokawa, Kyoto Gov. Keiji Yamada and corporate executives in the Kansai region met Wednesday to ...

Another ward in Tokyo to recognize same-sex couples

Jul 30, 2015

Another ward in Tokyo to recognize same-sex couples

Tokyo’s Setagaya Ward said it will start issuing certificates recognizing same-sex partnerships as early as November to support the rights of sexual minorities, becoming the second municipal government in Japan to take such a step. The certificates will not be legally binding, but a ...

Jul 30, 2015

Japan to ban imports of red-eared slider turtles

The Environment Ministry plans to ban imports of non-native red-eared sliders, a type of turtle popular as pets in Japan, to protect the ecosystem. The ban probably won’t take effect until 2020 at the earliest, Shigeo Kitamura, the vice environment minister, said Wednesday in ...

Empress showing signs of possible heart disease

Jul 30, 2015

Empress showing signs of possible heart disease

Empress Michiko has shown possible symptoms of heart disease in an electrocardiogram examination and will undergo a more detailed exam next month, the Imperial Household Agency said. The 80-year-old Empress started complaining of chest pain around late June. Given her possible symptoms of coronary ...

Jul 30, 2015

Japan mulls lifting sanctions against Iran

The government is considering lifting its sanctions against Iran, depending on Tehran’s progress in fulfilling the terms of the nuclear agreement it reached recently with six world powers, according to informed sources. Iran is an important energy supplier for Japan and is exploring the ...