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There have been cases of simultaneous lung and liver transplants from brain-dead donors overseas, but no such cases in Japan due to a lack of such donors, according to Kyoto University Hospital.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Mar 4, 2024
World's first live lung and liver transplant performed in Kyoto
A boy with a genetic disorder received part of his parents' lungs and part of his grandfather's liver in the operation at Kyoto University Hospital.
Hikers on Mount Fuji's Yoshida trail in Yamanashi Prefecture on Sept. 1, 2023
JAPAN
Mar 4, 2024
Yamanashi to collect ¥2,000 from Mount Fuji climbers
A gate will be installed at the entrance to the Yoshida Trail on the Yamanashi side of Mount Fuji, where fees will be collected from the July 1.
Nikolai Nozdrev, who arrived in Tokyo on Sunday, succeeds Mikhail Galuzin as Russia's ambassador to Japan.
JAPAN / Politics
Mar 4, 2024
Russia’s new ambassador arrives in Japan after more than yearlong absence
Moscow had left the post unfilled for over a year amid strained ties with Tokyo.
Seoul says that North Korean hackers have broken into South Korea manufacturers of chipmaking equipment.
ASIA PACIFIC
Mar 4, 2024
North Korea broke into South Korean chip firms, Seoul's spy agency says
The hackers reportedly employed techniques that minimize malicious codes and use existing tools within the servers, making them difficult to detect.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida speaks during an Upper House Budget Committee session on Monday.
JAPAN / Politics
Mar 4, 2024
Kishida denies intent to dissolve Lower House in April
The prime minister was grilled on his reason for rushing the passage of the government's fiscal 2024 draft budget last week.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi attends a meeting at Moncloa Palace in Madrid on Feb. 19.
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Mar 4, 2024
China signals legislature will avoid naming foreign minister
Speculation on a replacement for the ousted Qin Gang has focused on career diplomat Liu Jianchao, who heads the Communist Party’s diplomatic arm.
Chinese Premier Li Qiang speaks during the 54th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in January.
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Mar 4, 2024
China scraps premier's briefing, breaking years of convention
The decision removes a rare platform for investors to learn more about the nation’s policy direction under President Xi Jinping.
The fishing vessel had engine trouble on Sunday off the Kozushima island in the Izu the archipelago.
JAPAN
Mar 4, 2024
One dead, 24 rescued off Japanese fishing boat
Dramatic television footage showed the 56-meter vessel on its side being pounded by waves as the crew huddled on deck and a helicopter hovered overhead.
A woman writes a message during an event held by relatives of the passengers and supporters to mark the 10th year since the Malaysia Airlines flight 370 disappeared on March 8, 2014.
ASIA PACIFIC
Mar 4, 2024
Malaysia may renew search for MH370 a decade after plane vanished
A U.S. marine exploration company has submitted a "no-cure, no-fee” proposal to the government for a fresh search.
The Fair Trade Commission will demand Nissan take measures to prevent a recurrence of unfair reductions in payments to subcontracting auto parts makers.
BUSINESS / Companies
Mar 4, 2024
Japan FTC to warn Nissan over payments to parts suppliers
The reductions are estimated to total about ¥3 billion for more than 30 suppliers over the past several years.
A U.S Army CH-47 Chinook helicopter lands as U.S. soldiers wait during the Freedom Shield joint military exercises between South Korea and the United States, at a training field near the Demilitarized Zone separating the two Koreas in Pocheon, South Korea, on March 19, 2023.
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Mar 4, 2024
South Korea and U.S. kick off annual drills focused on North's nuclear threats
The Freedom Shield joint exercise, which features twice as many field training drills as last year, will run through March 14.
Bangladeshi Nobel peace laureate Muhammad Yunus addresses the media as he prepares to leave after filing an appeal for the extension of his bail at the Labor Appellate Tribunal in Dhaka on Sunday.
WORLD / Society
Mar 4, 2024
Bangladesh Nobel winner fears for future as woes mount
Several of Muhammad Yunus' firms have been "forcefully" taken over, weeks after his conviction in a case his supporters say was politically motivated.
SMBC Nikko Securities has set up an alumni organization for former employees to interact and share their experiences.
BUSINESS / Companies / FOCUS
Mar 4, 2024
As more move midcareer, Japan firms tap former hires with alumni networks
As well as seeking business opportunities, companies also recognize the value of rehiring individuals with expertise and skills gained elsewhere.
PFAS does not break down easily and remains in the body and the environment for a number of years, and is thus called “forever chemicals.”
JAPAN / Explainer
Mar 4, 2024
Japan’s food safety panel drafts intake limit for 'forever chemicals'
The report spells out the “tolerable daily intake” of PFAS through food for the first time. Here's what you need to know.
Koichi Kondo plays the harmonica. Playing harmonica was like life itself for members of the Bluebird Band, according to his words.
JAPAN / Society / Regional Voices: Hiroshima
Mar 4, 2024
Harmonica melodies of Hansen's disease patients live on
A band featuring the instrument was founded in 1953, at a time when prejudice against the disease was still strong
An anti-seismic reinforced building at the Keiju Medical Center in Nanao, Ishikawa Prefecture, suffered broken pipes and water leakage following a New Year's Day earthquake.
JAPAN / Society / Regional voices: Chubu
Mar 4, 2024
Hospitals in Japan slow to adopt seismic isolation in their buildings
Facilities severely hit by the New Year's Day quake have not been able to resume surgeries and other medical services.
Second-place Kokona Hiraki (left) and third-place Mizuho Hasegawa (right) of Japan stand on the podium alongside Spain's Naia Laso, winner of the women's final at the Paris Olympic park skateboarding qualifier in Dubai on Sunday.
MORE SPORTS / Skateboarding
Mar 4, 2024
Skateboarding world champion Hiraki runner-up at Olympic qualifier
In the men's event, Japan's Yuro Nagahara finished 10th in the semifinals and did not advance to the eight-man final.
Junior high school students from the inland town of Sumita, Iwate Prefecture, visit the Iwate Tsunami Memorial Museum in the city of Rikuzentakata in December.
JAPAN / Society
Mar 4, 2024
Educational tours aim to preserve memory of Tohoku quake
Efforts are being made to ensure lessons learned from the Great East Japan Earthquake are passed on to future generations.
Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits an RBI triple in the second inning of a spring training game against the Colorado Rockies in Glendale, Arizona, on Sunday.
BASEBALL / MLB
Mar 4, 2024
Ohtani shows surgery recovery on track with 3-for-3 outing
The Dodgers' record off-season signing has reached base in seven straight plate appearances in the preseason Cactus League.
Doctors on Sunday lead thousands of protesters in a rally in Seoul demanding the government to scrap its plan to increase medical school enrollment.
ASIA PACIFIC / Crime & Legal
Mar 4, 2024
South Korea to start legal steps to punish doctors in walkout
The health ministry said on its website that some of the doctors in the collective action have been ordered back to work — a procedural first step.
Japan's corporate spending on plants and equipment jumped 16.4% in the fourth quarter from a year earlier, government data shows.
BUSINESS / Economy
Mar 4, 2024
Japan corporate capex jumps, paving way for BOJ exit from stimulus
Capital expenditure rose 16.4% in the fourth quarter from a year earlier, and 10.4% on a seasonally adjusted quarterly basis.
J-Power is making a AU$380.9 million bid for Australian renewable energy firm Genex Power.
BUSINESS / Companies
Mar 4, 2024
J-Power makes bid for Australian renewables firm Genex
The move comes as part of the Japanese company's efforts to boost its renewable energy assets.
Shiseido is aiming to cut about 1,500 jobs in Japan through early retirement program.
BUSINESS / Companies
Mar 4, 2024
Outliers in Japanese stocks’ bull run under pressure to downsize
A rising number of blue-chip Japanese companies are cutting staff — a move that used to be seen as a last resort.

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