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Stubbed out: Japanese university stops hiring smoking professors

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A Japanese university has stopped hiring professors and teachers who light up, officials said Tuesday, as the nation steps up an anti-smoking campaign ahead of the 2020 Olympics. Nagasaki University spokesman Yusuke Takakura told AFP they have "stopped hiring any teaching staff who smoke", although applicants who promise to kick… Read

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Australian WWII ship sunk by Japanese submarine found

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An Australian freighter sunk by a Japanese submarine during World War II has been located "relatively intact" in waters off the country's southeast coast, archeologists said Tuesday. The SS Iron Crown was hit by a torpedo on June 4, 1942 while carting ore in waters off Australia's southern coastline near… Read

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Emperor visits father's tomb to report upcoming abdication

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Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visited the tomb of his father, Emperor Hirohito, on the outskirts of Tokyo on Tuesday for an official ceremony to report his upcoming abdication on April 30. The visit to his father's mausoleum in the Musashino Imperial Graveyard in Hachioji is among the 11 ceremonies… Read

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Pile-up involving kindergarten bus, truck, cars, moped leaves 2 dead in Kumamoto

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An accident involving a kindergarten bus, a two-ton truck, two cars and a moped left two men dead and injured seven others, including four children, in Kumamoto City on Monday. According to police, the accident occurred around 2:35 p.m. on Monday on National Route 266 through Chuo Ward, Sankei Shimbun… Read

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Incoming emperor's life filled with breaks from tradition

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Crown Prince Naruhito, set to become Japan's emperor on May 1, is known as an earnest, studious man who wooed and won his ex-diplomat wife, Crown Princess Masako, with a pledge to protect her. Naruhito, 59, will not only be the first Japanese emperor born after World War Two and… Read

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U.S. may allow commercial use of Yokota base during 2020 Olympics

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A top commander of U.S. Forces Japan backed the idea Monday of allowing commercial aircraft to use the U.S. military's Yokota Air Base in the suburbs of Tokyo during the period of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. "We will support it a hundred percent" if the State Department… Read

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3-year-old girl dies after baby stroller catches fire

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A three-girl died Sunday from burns she received after the baby stroller she was in caught fire during a cooking class her mother was attending on Saturday in Tokyo. The baby stroller caught fire during the cooking class conducted on the first floor of a building in Bunkyo Ward at… Read

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Celebration of Japan's new era big opportunity for businesses

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Japan is getting ready for its biggest celebration in years with the advent of the Reiwa era of soon-to-be emperor Naruhito. That means big opportunities for businesses hoping consumers will splash out on long holidays and memorabilia. Many Japanese will get their longest ever Golden Week holidays, 10 days to… Read

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Japanese warship visits China for 1st time in more than 7 years

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A Japanese destroyer arrived in the eastern Chinese port city of Qingdao on Sunday to attend a naval review, marking the first visit to China by a Japanese warship in more than seven years and reflecting a thaw in bilateral relations. The Maritime Self-Defense Force's destroyer Suzutsuki sailed into port… Read

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Japan ramps up efforts to help expats land U.N. jobs

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Japan's mission to the United Nations hosted a job information and networking session recently to help boost the number of Japanese nationals employed within the U.N. system, a massive globe-spanning workforce in which the country remains statistically underrepresented. About 50 Japanese expatriates ranging from university students to mid-career professionals gathered… Read

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