Pair of Hokkaido melons fetch record ¥5 mil at season's 1st auction


A pair of melons grown in Yubari, Hokkaido, on Friday fetched a record 5 million yen in the season's first auction. The price bid at a Sapporo wholesale market beat the all-time high of 3.2 million yen paid in the first auction of Yubari melons last year. The premium cantaloupe… Read


Indonesian man sues after being sent home for lack of Japanese skills


An Indonesian man who was contracted to work in Japan under a government-sponsored internship program on Thursday filed a suit seeking compensation from a fisheries company and a cooperative after he was sent home for lacking Japanese language skills. Ricky Amrullah, 26, filed the suit with the Hiroshima District Court,… Read


Japan to stop labeling people unmarried at 50 as 'lifelong singles'


The government will no longer use the term "lifelong singles" as a label for people who have not married by age 50, deeming the term inaccurate as Japanese are increasingly tying the knot later in life, officials said Thursday. The label has been used in annual white papers and statistics… Read


Hawaii tsunami center says fake Japan quake alert circulated


Officials at a tsunami monitoring center in Hawaii said Wednesday that a fake threat was circulated about an earthquake in Japan and subsequent tidal wave. News outlets reported that the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center on Oahu said there is no tsunami threat in the Pacific after a "fabricated message was… Read


Gov't decides on route of October parade for imperial couple


The Japanese government has decided on the October parade route to be taken by Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako to celebrate his enthronement earlier this month. The open motorcade is expected to take 30 minutes to drive 4.6 kilometers through the capital on Oct 22 from the Imperial Palace to… Read


Empress Masako conducts 1st official duty in new capacity


Empress Masako conducted on Wednesday her first official duty in her own capacity since the enthronement of her husband Emperor Naruhito at the beginning of the month. The 55-year-old empress, who has been steadily recovering from an adjustment disorder, appeared at the Japanese Red Cross Society's annual gathering in Tokyo.… Read


310 finish 1st phase of Japanese language program in Philippines


More than 300 Filipino nurse and care worker candidates have finished a preparatory language program sponsored by the Japanese and Philippine governments. A total of 310 students -- 41 nursing and 269 care worker candidates -- made it through the annual six-month course which finished Tuesday in the Philippine capital.… Read


TEPCO urged to be cautious about using foreign workers in Fukushima


The Japanese government on Tuesday urged the operator of the disaster-stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant to carefully examine its plan to have foreigners work at the complex under a new visa program, citing difficulties in managing the long-term health risk. "It is necessary to give very deliberate consideration" to whether… Read


Abe orders measures to secure road safety for preschool children


Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday instructed ministers to ensure road safety for preschoolers following a recent spate of accidents in which children have been killed. Abe also called for measures featuring advanced technology such as automatic braking systems to enhance the safety of vehicles driven by the elderly amid… Read


No gender bias in pass rate for Tokyo Medical University exam after scandal


Tokyo Medical University, which previously manipulated exam results to curb female enrollment, said Tuesday it had accepted almost equal percentages of candidates from both genders for the academic year starting April. The acceptance rate for male applicants in the university's School of Medicine stood at 19.8 percent, or 153 out… Read

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