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Court rejects call to revoke approval for nuclear reactor restarts

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A district court said Monday it had found no illegality in safety clearance granted for two nuclear reactors in southwestern Japan that restarted after the 2011 Fukushima crisis, dismissing a demand by local residents and others seeking retraction of the permission. A total of 33 plaintiffs filed the lawsuit over… Read

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Palau changes ocean sanctuary plan for Japanese trawlers

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The Pacific nation of Palau has amended plans to create a huge marine reserve so Japanese trawlers still have partial access to its waters. Fish stocks are overexploited around the world, the U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned this year, and Palau has long been regarded as a pioneer… Read

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Getting to zero: Tokushima town tries to recycle all its waste

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Plastic, paper, metal? In Kamikatsu, Tokushima Prefecture, sorting rubbish isn't that simple. Residents face a mind-boggling 45 separate categories for their garbage as the town aims to be "zero-waste" by 2020. And that's not all: there isn't even trash collection. The 1,500 residents of the town in western Japan have… Read

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New bus automatically stops upon detecting if driver is ill

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Japanese truck and bus maker Hino Motors Ltd will roll out a bus with technology capable of automatically stopping the vehicle if it senses something is wrong with the driver, the first introduction of such a system for a commercial vehicle in the world. A camera will monitor the driver's… Read

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Photojournalist reveals unheard voices of 'Japanese wives' in N Korea

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An award-winning photojournalist has shed light on forgotten Japanese women, who married Korean men and moved to North Korea in a 1959-1984 repatriation project. "They have been in different settings since arriving in North Korea. Some of them have lost contact with their relatives in Japan, while some still wrestle… Read

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Japan demands more proof from U.S. that Iran attacked tankers

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The Japanese government has been requesting the United States for concrete evidence to back its assertion that Iran is to blame for the attacks on two tankers near the Strait of Hormuz on Thursday, government sources said Sunday. The request came after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gave a… Read

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Reverence for tradition threatens same-sex marriage in Japan

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As Japanese lawmakers grapple with a landmark same-sex marriage bill, campaigners fear it may die at the first legislative hurdle as lawmakers pander to aging voters and old traditions. For while surveys show overwhelming support for gay rights, most LGBT+ Japanese say they keep their sexuality a secret in a… Read

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Male managers in Japan have higher mortality rate, study finds

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Men in managerial positions or professional occupations in Japan have a higher mortality rate than their counterparts in Europe, according to a scientific study published in late May. The study was conducted on men aged between 35 to 64 from 1990 to 2015 in Japan, South Korea and eight European… Read

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Parenting book author says school system, overprotective parents killing kids' creativity

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The bizarre and unreasonable rules schools in Japan enforce upon children are not preparing them for the modern world where technology is changing what it means to be human, says Agnes Chan, a bestselling author of parenting books. Rather, she says, the oppressive school system is killing creativity at the… Read

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Japan to expand language assistance, free Wi-Fi for foreigners

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The government said Friday it plans to provide multilingual information and free Wi-Fi access on 300 public transport routes as it steps up efforts to boost inbound tourism. As a first step, foreign language support and free Wi-Fi will be made available on 100 local bus and train routes running… Read

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