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Abe says question time has outlived its usefulness

National / Politics Jun 27, 2018

Abe says question time has outlived its usefulness

by Reiji Yoshida

The one-on-one question time of the prime minister by opposition party leaders — introduced in 2000 to reinvigorate parliamentary debates — has outlived its usefulness and no longer functions in the Diet, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe argued Wednesday. Abe made that remarks after Yukio Edano, ...

How ready are you for Japan's next big earthquake?

National Jun 27, 2018

How ready are you for Japan's next big earthquake?

by Sarah Suk

Emergency kits are a must-have in earthquake prone Japan, but a survey by The Japan Times has found that a number of people did not use theirs when a deadly quake rocked Osaka Prefecture and its vicinity last week. The June 18 quake, which affected ...

Man convicted for confining mentally ill son in cage

National / Crime & Legal Jun 27, 2018

Man convicted for confining mentally ill son in cage

A 73-year-old man received a suspended sentence Wednesday for illegally confining his mentally ill son in a wooden cage for years at their home in the city of Sanda, Hyogo Prefecture. The Kobe District Court sentenced Yoshitane Yamasaki to 18 months in prison, suspended for ...

U.K. temperatures may hit record June highs as heat wave continues

World Jun 27, 2018

U.K. temperatures may hit record June highs as heat wave continues

Britons enjoyed sweltering heat for the third day running on Tuesday, with temperatures reaching 30 degrees Celsius (86 Fahrenheit) in Wales and possibly set to hit record June highs this week, the Meteorological Office said. Portmadog in North Wales was the hottest place at 30.6 ...

Put on probation, Uber wins London license to avoid ban

Business Jun 27, 2018

Put on probation, Uber wins London license to avoid ban

Uber Technologies Inc. won a probationary license to operate in London on Tuesday in a partial victory for its new chief executive after it made changes to ease strained relations with city authorities. The new license was subject to strict conditions, however, and came with ...

The mind games of choreographer Philippe Decoufle

Stage Jun 27, 2018

The mind games of choreographer Philippe Decoufle

by Kris Kosaka

Choreographer Philippe Decoufle describes his new circus-inspired show, "Nouvelles Pieces Courtes" ("New Short Pieces"), as a "sort of visual and physical mind game." That's not surprising as the 56-year-old Frenchman has fused dance with dizzying aerial choreography, sly acrobatics and the clever use of video ...

Sumo Jun 27, 2018

Zero applicants apply to join pro sumo before upcoming Nagoya Basho

The Japan Sumo Association said Wednesday that no one applied to join professional sumo ahead of the upcoming Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament, marking the second time this had happened under the current system. With no applicants, the JSA was forced to cancel its new recruit ...