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Law enacted to create 10-day holiday around 2019 imperial succession

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Japan on Saturday enacted a law to assign one-off holidays to celebrate the imperial succession next year, creating a 10-day Golden Week vacation period from late April. May 1, 2019, when Crown Prince Naruhito, 58, ascends the imperial throne, will be designated as a holiday. The rare 10-day vacation period… Read

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Hope, anxiety in Japan over opening up to more foreign workers

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Business leaders on Saturday welcomed Japan's move to accept more foreign workers as a way to ease the aging nation's acute labor crunch, but some local governments appeared unsure how they should brace for a possible influx of foreigners. "We welcome the enactment that is to earnestly deal with the… Read

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U.S. Marines ID dead crew member in Japan warplanes crash

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The U.S. Marines have identified a fighter pilot who died after his jet collided with a refueling aircraft during training off Japan's coast, leaving five other Marines missing and one rescued. Two pilots were flying an F/A-18 Hornet that collided with a KC-130 Hercules about 2 a.m. Thursday. The other… Read

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Japanese boy drowns during school trip to Australia

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A 16-year-old Japanese senior high school student on a school trip to Australia has died after drowning while snorkeling, the Japanese consular office in Cairns said Saturday. The male student, a second grader at Hokuetsu High School in Niigata Prefecture, was pulled unconscious from the water on Wednesday when he… Read

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Survivors gather at Pearl Harbor for attack remembrance

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About 20 survivors gathered at Pearl Harbor on Friday to pay tribute to the thousands of men lost in the Japanese attack 77 years ago. They joined dignitaries, active duty troops and members of the public in observing a moment of silence at 7:55 a.m., the time the bombing began… Read

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6 regional areas newly added to gov't tourism promotion spots

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The government on Friday added a popular Nagano ski resort, a scenic Hiroshima coastal city and four other locations to its designated areas as it tries to attract foreigners to rural regions. The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries said it had added the ski resort village of Hakuba in… Read

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City hires a hawk to chase occupying army of crows away from city hall

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The Japanese language doesn’t really differentiate between crows and ravens, commonly calling both karasu, and if you’ve spent much time in Japan, it’s easy to see why. Japanese crows are much larger than their American counterparts, with gigantic beaks and sharp talons. They’re also incredibly intelligent and social creatures, and once they find a place… Read

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Pearl Harbor attack survivor remembers the day from afar

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Retired U.S. Navy Cmdr Don Long was alone on an anchored military seaplane in the middle of a bay across the island from Pearl Harbor when Japanese warplanes started striking Hawaii on December 7, 1941, watching from afar as the bombs and bullets killed and wounded thousands. The waves of… Read

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High school teacher disciplined over sexual harassment after serving alcohol to girl

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The Shizuoka Prefecture Board of Education says it has taken disciplinary action against a 49-year-old male teacher accused of sexually harassing a female high school student during a field trip for extracurricular activities. The teacher, who was suspended for six months, voluntarily resigned from his job Wednesday after receiving his… Read

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69 foreign technical interns died in Japan between 2015 and 2017: Justice Ministry

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A total of 69 foreigners, mainly in their 20s, working as part of Japan's technical intern program died between 2015 and 2017, according to a Justice Ministry tally made available by a main opposition lawmaker on Thursday. While the ministry has not confirmed the contents, the document states the deaths… Read

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