'One Team', '#KuToo' buzzwords for 2019 in Japan


Japan rugby team's slogan "One Team", the "#KuToo" campaign against a requirement to wear heels at work, and the new imperial era name "Reiwa" were chosen Monday as the most memorable 2019 buzzwords. "One Team" was declared the top buzzword of the year live on national TV, after the Brave… Read


Activists push to halt sexual harassment of job-seeking students


Japanese activists on Monday called for drastic steps by the government, companies and universities to stamp out sexual harassment of job-hunting students, a problem they said lurks in the shadows because victims fear speaking out. Although the labor ministry drafted guidelines in October to prevent power harassment in workplaces, it… Read


2-year-old girl falls to her death from 6th floor of condo


A two-year-old girl died after she apparently fell to her death from the sixth floor of the apartment building where she lived in Hiratsuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, on Monday. According to police, a passerby saw the girl, Yoshino Tomozoe, lying on the ground in front of the seven-story building at around… Read


Woman takes helm of Japanese Aegis destroyer for 1st time


Capt Miho Otani became the first woman to take the helm of a Japanese Aegis destroyer on Monday, pledging to set an example for other female sailors to follow. "I expect you to pursue our missions without hesitation," Otani, 48, told the 300-member crew of the Myoko, the Aegis defense… Read


Fukushima melted fuel removal to begin in 2021


Japan’s economy and industry ministry proposed a revision Monday to its decades-long road map to clean up the radioactive mess at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, which was wrecked by a massive earthquake and tsunami in 2011. Nearly nine years after the accident, the decommissioning of the plant, where three… Read


80-year-old man, driving wrong way on expressway, killed in head-on collision


An 80-year-old man was killed Sunday when the light car he was driving the wrong way along the Kanetsu Expressway in Gunma Prefecture collided with an oncoming car. According to police, the accident occurred at around 2:30 p.m. Police said Yutaka Tsukui was driving the wrong way at about 100 kilometers… Read


Relatives of victims mark 7th anniversary of Sasago tunnel disaster


Relatives of nine victims who died in the collapse of the Sasago tunnel ceiling in Yamanashi Prefecture on Dec 2, 2012, gathered at the site on Monday to attend a memorial ceremony. Central Nippon Expressway Co (NEXCO) executives and transport ministry representatives also attended the ceremony at 8 a.m. in… Read


Rin (凛) and Ren (蓮) most popular baby names of 2019: survey


Rin (凛) was the most popular name for baby girls and Ren (蓮) for baby boys born in the first nine months of 2019, according to an annual survey of its customers by Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Co. This year marked the start of the new Reiwa Era but the… Read


Japanese men developing more interest in anti-aging skin-care products


With men becoming increasingly conscious about the effects of aging, skin-care brands in Japan traditionally aimed at women have expanded their catalogue to include products to help men regain their youth. In its first foray into men's skin care, Fujifilm Corp released in November a jelly-based moisturizing cream, facial cleanser,… Read


Local gov'ts adopting ordinances for bicycle liability insurance over accidents


A growing number of local governments are introducing ordinances to obligate bicycle riders and rental companies to take out liability insurance. Behind the move is an increase in bicycle use amid a fitness boom, resulting in more collisions and a series of court rulings ordering substantial payouts when pedestrians have… Read

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