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Kiyoshi Takenaka
A family prepares to plant eelgrass seedlings during a project to restore the natural ecosystem in Yokohama on April 13.
ENVIRONMENT / Sustainability
Apr 25, 2024
Battling climate change, Japan looks to seagrass for carbon capture
Japan, the world's fifth-largest emitter of greenhouse gases, has some of the longest coastlines in the world.
A man makes his way along Asaichi-dori street, which witnessed a fire following an earthquake, in Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture, on Thursday.
BUSINESS
Jan 4, 2024
As Wajima digs out from quake, hopes fade for tourism recovery
The city, renowned for its fisheries, lacquerware and markets — faces a long road to recovery after the Jan. 1 quake.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida meets Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Bangkok in November last year.
BUSINESS / ANALYSIS
Nov 14, 2023
How an executive's arrest struck a blow to Japan-China business
The arrest of a Japanese company executive in China has had what some Tokyo officials described as a considerable chilling effect on business.
Supermarket owner Takashi Nakajima, 67, prepares raw fish to sell at his store, near the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in Soma, Fukushima Prefecture.
BUSINESS / Economy
Aug 22, 2023
For Fukushima shop owner, water release spells battle for survival
Japan said on Tuesday it would start discharging more than 1 million metric tons of the treated water on Thursday
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Apr 10, 2023
Apple supplier Japan Display teams up with China's HKC as it seeks turnaround
The two companies will jointly plan and build fabs using Japan Display's eLEAP OLED technology, targeting mass production in 2025, the firm said.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Feb 17, 2023
Sony chip unit sees limited impact from recent export curbs to China
Sony is the world's largest maker of image sensors widely used in smartphones and autos.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Dec 7, 2022
Sony says it has technology for humanoid robots, needs to find usage
Honda and Hyundai have been developing humanoid robots for decades, while Tesla showed off its prototype in September.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 4, 2022
'Quad' leaders agree Ukraine scenario must never happen in Indo-Pacific region
'This development makes it even more important to work toward realizing a free and open Indo-Pacific,' Prime Minister Fumio Kishida told reporters after the virtual meeting.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Dec 18, 2021
Patients praise 'kind-hearted' doctor after fatal Osaka medical clinic blaze
The fate of Dr. Kotaro Nishizawa has not been publicly disclosed following a suspected arson attack on Friday.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Sep 26, 2021
Renewable energy firms pin hopes on Taro Kono winning race for Japan PM
Kono has long championed renewables for Japan and has promised an economic stimulus package focused on them if he wins.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jul 30, 2021
A tale of two cities: In the 'bubble' and the Tokyo outside
While the athletes village and Olympic press center represent a huge, strict COVID-19 control zone, the residents of the capital are living life largely as normal.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jun 10, 2021
Suga regrets having to take the flak for hosting Olympics during pandemic
The prime minister was responding to comments from an opposition lawmaker, who said Suga had been coming under attack when the host city's governor, Yuriko Koike, should be weighing in.
Japan Times
JAPAN
May 24, 2021
No one's safe anymore: Osaka crumples under COVID-19 onslaught
Drugs, ventilators and beds are running out as doctors warn of a 'system collapse' and urge an end to the Olympics.
Japan Times
OLYMPICS
May 1, 2021
Judo judge draws strength from heading historic Japanese fireworks firm
Although the required skills are quite different from those of a judo judge, Akiko Amano says her work experience helps her when judging the martial art.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Dec 25, 2020
Domestic sponsors agree to extend contracts for delayed Tokyo Games
Tokyo 2020 organizers expect more than u00a522 billion in additional contributions from them.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Sep 14, 2020
Aging and empty: Suga's hometown highlights Japan's challenges
Yuzawa in Akita Prefecture has seen a decline in its fortunes in recent years, with a low birth rate and high death rate.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Tech
Aug 20, 2020
Changing TikTok Japan ownership could address security concerns, ruling party lawmaker says
Norihiro Nakayama said his LDP group was unlikely to seek a ban on TikTok and other apps but would push for measures to ensure protection of user data.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
May 28, 2020
As Japan reopens, coronavirus testing slowed by red tape and staff shortages
Health ministry technocrats wanted to maintain a tight grip on information rather than cooperate with private institutions, critics say.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Apr 14, 2020
Paris accord under threat if virus trumps climate change, Koizumi says
Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi warned Monday that the Paris climate accord could face "death" if steps to fight global warming are put on the back burner to facilitate the economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 9, 2020
Olympic torch relay faces cool welcome from nuclear evacuees in Fukushima No. 1 town
Dressed in protective plastic coveralls and white boots, Yuji Onuma stood in front of the row of derelict buildings that included his house, and sighed as he surveyed his old neighborhood.

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The Japanese government updated its English education guidelines in 2017 to emphasize communication over grammar and memorization. Public school teachers are incredibly busy, however, which means schools haven’t been able to implement changes uniformly. Private and alternative schools are attempting to remedy this.  
The language of opportunity: Bilingual education is on the rise in Japan