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Kishida says Fukushima wastewater release can't be delayed


Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Sunday said the planned mass disposal of wastewater stored at the tsunami-wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant cannot be delayed, despite concerns from local residents. Speaking at his first visit to the facility since taking office, Fumio Kishida said his government would work to reassure residents nearby… Read


Princess Mako visits palace for her last imperial rite


Princess Mako on Sunday visited the Imperial Palace to attend an annual ritual ceremony, her last as an imperial family member as she is scheduled to marry her fiance later this month. Princess Mako, 29, whose fiance Kei Komuro returned from the United States last month, entered the palace by… Read


Plastic additives found in 52% of seabirds around the globe: study


More than half the world's seabirds have accumulated plastic chemical components in their bodies, a recent study by an international team of researchers showed, highlighting a worrying trend regarding the impact of plastic pollution on marine fauna. The joint study, conducted by 18 universities and research institutes in Japan and… Read


NFT Exhibit CrypTOKYO, featuring King Hiro by Tadaomi Shibuya, to be held at Trunk Hotel in Tokyo


Blockchain Art Exchange (BAE), produced by Bailey Labs, will present the next edition of CrypTOKYO at Trunk Hotel Room 101 in Shibuya Ward from Oct 28-Nov 3. CrypTOKYO exhibitions are curated by the experts at Blockchain Art Exchange (BAE), a leading NFT marketplace. This show will feature works of those… Read


Woman’s body found floating in river in Osaka Pref


The body of a woman was found floating in the Yamato River in Kashiwara, Osaka Prefecture, on Saturday, police said. According to police, the woman appeared to be in her 60s or 70s and had been in the water for several days, Sankei Shimbun reported. A passerby spotted the body… Read


Variety of frozen food vending machines proving a hit amid pandemic


Unique vending machines selling frozen food ranging from slices of fish to Swiss rolls have been gaining popularity in northern Japan, providing a new source of income for pandemic-hit businesses while allowing customers to purchase goods without the risk of contracting COVID-19. One vending machine, installed by fish wholesaler Chibasuisan… Read


Tokyo reports 66 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 484


The Tokyo metropolitan government on Saturday reported 66 new coronavirus cases, up nine from Friday and 16 down from last Saturday. The average for Tokyo over the past seven days stands at 63.3. The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo was 35, four down from Friday,… Read


Japan calls for developing world natural gas projects to be funded


Japan on Friday called on international financial institutions to continue supporting natural gas projects in developing countries if they are deemed in each case to be the most effective means to reduce greenhouse emissions. The proposal was made during a virtual meeting of the Development Committee, a joint panel of… Read


Gov't to boost hospital capacity to treat more COVID patients


Japan's government said Friday it will boost the country's medical system to allow 20 percent more COVID-19 patients to be admitted to hospitals compared with this summer's fifth wave of infections when many people were forced to recuperate at home. In an outline of countermeasures presented at a panel meeting,… Read


Princess Mako's boyfriend to meet her parents ahead of marriage


Princess Mako's boyfriend Kei Komuro will meet her parents on Monday ahead of their marriage scheduled for later this month, the Imperial Household Agency said Friday, with an unresolved financial dispute involving his mother clouding the celebratory mood. The announcement came as Komuro, 30, arrived in Japan last month from… Read

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