At least six researchers suffered internal radiation exposure when an experiment involving elementary particles went awry and up to 24 more are feared to have been similarly exposed, the Japan Atomic Energy Agency said Saturday. Radioactive substances leaked following the accident Thursday in the ...
By tightening procedures to receive livelihood assistance, a bill just submitted to the Diet could end up raising the suicide rate and the number of deaths by hunger.
Having conquered Mount Everest for the third time, Yuichiro Miura, 80, demonstrates the physical possibilities of human endurance while inspiring Japan's elderly.
The realization hits a recent visitor to the U.K. that Britain might actually leave the EU. Attitudes are hardening well ahead of a promised referendum on membership.
There may be fertile ground for reducing the number of sexual assaults in the U.S. military: Why not round up those in charge of handling sexual-assault cases?
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent an aide, Mr. Isao Iijima — a former secretary to Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi — to North Korea last week in an effort to make progress on unresolved bilateral issues, including the past abduction of Japanese nationals by North ...
Mr. Haruki Murakami’s latest novel, “Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage,” his first since the publication of “1Q84″ about three years ago, sold a million copies in seven days after it hit the stands. The publisher, Bungei Shunju, printed 500,000 copies in ...
Chances have increased that Mount Fuji will become a World Heritage site in June following an April 30 recommendation by a UNESCO panel. The International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) noted that the volcano is a national symbol of Japan and blends religious ...
The Cabinet Office on May 16 announced that Japan’s real gross domestic product (GDP) in the January-March period increased 0.9 percent, or an annualized 3.5 percent, from the previous quarter. But ordinary households have yet to feel tangible benefits from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ...
China's critics are usually disappointed by its annual white paper on national defense. Beijing's eighth white paper since 1998 is notable for its view of U.S. policy.
The identification of a geological fracture zone beneath a Tsuruga nuclear plant reactor as an active fault may force the decommissioning of the reactor in Fukui Prefecture.
The death of an 11-year-old female Chofu (Tokyo) student in December 2012 prompts the education ministry to set up a panel to consider how to prevent such accidents.
Once the Mother's Day advertising displays came down, it was back to the grim reality of being a mother in Japan rather than in other developed countries.
The first group of students at the University of Tokyo have submitted their plans and embarked on a new "gap year program" to learn from the world.
The Abe government should give up on the trouble-plagued Monju fast-breeder reactor project after the Nuclear Regulation Authority cited safety management problems.
Whoever provided the initial leak to the Associated Press in April 2012 not only broke the law but caused the abrupt end to a secret, joint U.S./Saudi/British operation in Yemen that offered valuable intelligence against al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula. One goal was to ...
Hardly a day goes by without a news story on some violation of women’s rights. In recent months, appalling incidents of violence against women and girls — from Delhi to Johannesburg to Cleveland — have sparked public outrage and demands to tackle these horrific ...
The prospect of a clash over defense policy between South Korea's new president and the U.S. has been diminished by North Korea's own ham-fisted behavior.
The flood of cash the Bank of Japan has made available to Japan Inc. has not opened executives to new ways of thinking or ushered more women into the workforce.
It is now almost impossible to imagine how Conservative British Prime Minister David Cameron will find a compromise on Europe that will satisfy members of his party.
The best hope for unraveling China's nuclear secrets may be to make future U.S.-Russia nuclear arms cuts contingent on participation by China, India and Pakistan.
Three current controversies about the Obama administration won't help Republican politicians if they cannot devise a popular agenda on health care and other issues.