Canada becomes first G20 country to ban trade in shark fins

Canada passed a new law banning the import and export of shark fins, which also includes a requirement to rebuild depleted fish populations. The new Fisher | Continue reading | 6 hours ago

Apple considers providing aid to struggling Japan Display

Apple Inc. has shown a willingness to help its cash-strapped supplier Japan Display Inc., The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday. While Apple has agreed | Continue reading | 6 hours ago

World Refugee Day: How well is Japan fulfilling its obligations in 2019?

Ahead of World Refugee Day on Thursday, attention has been turning to just how well Japan — the world's third-biggest economy — has been fulfil | Continue reading | 6 hours ago

In praise of the perfect Japanese compliment

If you've been in Japan a couple of months (or even weeks), perhaps you've caught on to the fact that we're not very good at 褒め言葉 (homekotoba, words of pra | Continue reading | 2 days ago

Canada backs startup to boost big data on space debris

The Canadian government's contracting arm is backing a proposed new satellite system that will use big data analytics to provide commercially available dat | Continue reading | 3 days ago

Japan wants to prevent high-end fruit seeds, saplings being taken out of country

The Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry is set to launch full-fledged efforts to prevent "outflows" of domestically developed high-end fruit varie | Continue reading | 3 days ago

Drug devised to replace chemotherapy may reshape cancer care

A class of drugs is emerging that can attack cancer cells in the body without damaging surrounding healthy ones. They have the potential to replace chemoth | Continue reading | 3 days ago

Bus that automatically stops vehicle after detecting health problems with driver

Japanese truck and bus maker Hino Motors Ltd. said Friday it will roll out a bus with technology capable of automatically stopping the vehicle if it senses | Continue reading | 4 days ago

Japan to install 5G network relay devices on traffic signals

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Japanese taxis have second-highest fares worldwide, research finds

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Japanese companies claim a purpose for far-flung transfers, workers skeptical

The viral story of how a Japanese chemical company, Kaneka, reassigned an employee to the Western part of Japan immediately after he returned from paternit | Continue reading | 7 days ago

Unicef: Japan offers most paid leave for fathers worldwide but few take it

Japan leads the world in offering paid leave for fathers, but few take advantage of it, according to a new report by UNICEF based on legal entitlements fro | Continue reading | 7 days ago

Japan plans new driver's license system for elderly as accidents surge

In the wake of a slew of fatal accidents involving elderly drivers, the government plans to create a new driver's license system that limits senior citizen | Continue reading | 7 days ago

Bottled water giants back new global plan to cut plastic waste

The world's biggest yoghurt maker, Danone, and food packaging giant, Tetra Pak, are among companies leading a global scheme to reduce plastic waste, launch | Continue reading | 8 days ago

Japan aims to reduce greenhouse emissions to zero in second half of 21st century

The Cabinet approved a plan Tuesday to reduce greenhouse emissions to zero in the second half of the 21st century as part of its strategy to fight climate | Continue reading | 8 days ago

In Discussion with Anna Fifield, Author of 'The Great Successor'

The Washington Post Beijing bureau chief Anna Fifield's new book, "The Great Successor," details the life of North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un. | Continue reading | 11 days ago

Michael Bloomberg pledges $500M to fight climate change

U.S. billionaire Michael Bloomberg pledged half a billion dollars on Friday to fight climate change, saying "our lives and our children's lives depend on i | Continue reading | 11 days ago

Japanese author Haruki Murakami looks back over 40 years of literary endeavors

Warning: The following interview contains spoilers for Haruki Murakami's latest novel, "Killing Commendatore." Best-selling Japanese author Haruki Murakami | Continue reading | 14 days ago

Warmer Japan-China ties; Abe and Xi expected to sign panda research pact at G20

Japan and China plan to cooperate on breeding research for giant pandas by signing a memorandum later this month when their leaders meet on the sidelines o | Continue reading | 14 days ago

Young, pregnant urged to take blood tests for lead after Notre-Dame fire

Paris health authorities have urged children and pregnant women living around Notre-Dame cathedral to have the levels of lead in their blood checked amid c | Continue reading | 15 days ago

Japan considers facial recognition for use of My Number cards at hospitals

The government is considering having hospitals introduce a facial recognition system to identify patients using My Number tax and social security identific | Continue reading | 17 days ago

New drug therapy slows spread of pancreatic cancer: study

For people diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer, the outlook is about as grim as it gets: the average patient won't live longer than a year. But a new | Continue reading | 17 days ago

The prison inside: Japan's hikikomori lack relationships, not physical spaces

Fifty-three-year-old Kenji Yamase doesn't fit the traditional image of a hikikomori, but then perceptions of Japan's social recluses are changing. "People | Continue reading | 18 days ago

Nippon Steel's reinvention of namesake metal could make car bodies 30% lighter

Imagine the weight of 24 elephants bearing down on a tiny spot the size of a postage stamp. That's how much pressure Nippon Steel Corp.'s strongest metal c | Continue reading | 19 days ago

Recording interrogations in serious cases becomes mandatory in Japan

Japanese police and prosecutors are now obliged to record interrogations of suspects in serious criminal cases as legal revisions fully came into force on | Continue reading | 19 days ago

After Kawasaki, support groups worry all recluses be painted with the same brush

Ryuichi Iwasaki, the 51-year-old suspect in a stabbing spree in Kawasaki on Tuesday that left two dead and 17 injured, is believed to have lived like a rec | Continue reading | 19 days ago

Ueno zoo's giant panda cub Xiang Xiang return to China postponed to 2020

Xiang Xiang, a giant panda cub that has been drawing huge crowds at a Tokyo's Ueno zoo, will return to China by the end of 2020, Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike sa | Continue reading | 19 days ago

Aging South Koreans deprived of opportunities in youth embrace written word

Hyper-wired South Korea is the world's 11th-largest economy, one of its most technologically advanced countries, and the first to launch a nationwide 5G ne | Continue reading | 19 days ago

Japan adopts policy package aimed at cutting plastic waste ahead of Osaka G20

Ahead of the Group of 20 summit in Osaka at the end of June, the government adopts a policy package aimed at reducing plastic waste. | Continue reading | 19 days ago

Fukuoka G20 may ink tax policy for internet giants based on users in each nation

The policy is likely to be signed by G20 finance ministers when they meet in the city of Fukuoka on June 8-9, the Nikkei said. | Continue reading | 20 days ago

Genetic tests for cancer treatments covered by Japan's public health insurance

Coverage for genomic testing starting Saturday will be applied to those who don’t respond to conventional treatments, with patients only paying 10 to 30 percent of the fees. | Continue reading | 21 days ago

Japanese scientist puts forward theory to solve 50-year moon rock mystery

The moon was formed when it was washed out of the right eye of the god of the land while he was bathing. Tsukuyomi-no-Mikoto, the moon god of Japanese folk | Continue reading | 22 days ago

24/7 service: The realities of 'owning' a Japanese convenience store

A familiar orange and green signboard glares in the pitch-dark, quiet street in a residential area. There, the owner of a 7-Eleven franchise store located | Continue reading | 23 days ago

Japan bill banning parents from physically punishing children set to pass Diet

A bill banning parents and guardians from physically punishing children is set to pass the Diet during the current session, after the ruling and opposition | Continue reading | 26 days ago

Japan to remodel Izumo-class carriers: Needed upgrade or mere show of force?

Rarely have Maritime Self-Defense Force ships garnered this much attention. On April 30, the Izumo helicopter carrier — one of Japan's two largest and argu | Continue reading | 27 days ago

Japan's new supercomputer Fugaku to begin operations around 2021

Japan's new supercomputer Fugaku is set to begin operations around 2021 with the country aiming to regain the title of building the world's fastest compute | Continue reading | 27 days ago

Japan shifts to digital storage of records after Moritomo, SDF other scandals

The government plans to shift toward digital management of most public records by the time the new National Archives of Japan building opens in fiscal 2026 | Continue reading | 29 days ago

The End of the International Criminal Court?

By remaining in the ICC, states parties will sanctify the weaponization of international justice mechanisms to be used by the powerful against the weak but never against any of their own. | Continue reading | 29 days ago

10-year-old Japanese go professional debuts on international stage

Japan's youngest professional go player, 10-year-old Sumire Nakamura, debuted in an international match in Beijing on Tuesday in a game that was closely wa | Continue reading | 29 days ago

New Real-Time flood projection system by Waseda and University of Tokyo

The system predicts floods based on detailed urban infrastructure data and the test comes amid growing risks of heavy rain on an unprecedented scale due to climate change. | Continue reading | 29 days ago

Foreign Minister Taro Kono to ask media to switch order of Japanese names

Foreign Minister Taro Kono said Tuesday he plans to ask overseas media outlets to write Japanese names with the family name first, as is customary in the c | Continue reading | 29 days ago

The Showa Era is growing distant

University students seem less concerned about war on the Korean Peninsula than their 1970s counterparts even though the chance of conflict is greater. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Japanese convenience stores tackle food waste issue

Major convenience store operators begin introducing measures to curb food waste as companies step up efforts to address the issue. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Japanese konbini tackle food waste; households, restaurants slow to get on board

Major convenience store operators begin introducing measures to curb food waste as companies step up efforts to address the issue. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Toyota rebukes Trump for sending message that carmaker 'not welcomed' in U.S.

Toyota Motor Corp. rebuked U.S. President Donald Trump's declaration that imported cars threaten national security, signaling contentious talks are ahead f | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Japan's 7-11, Lawson to discount foods close to expiration in bid to cut waste

The chains have until now been selling products at list price and had all but banned franchise owners from offering discounts. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Extreme low-carb diet may speed aging and dull cognition: Japanese mice study

Continuing an extreme low-carbohydrate diet stringently for a long time may accelerate aging and lead to a shorter life span, according to a recent study b | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Japan to ask municipalities dispose of industrial plastic waste due to China ban

Municipalities that accept the request will pass on the costs for incineration to companies generating industrial plastic. | Continue reading | 1 month ago