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Gov’t honors war dead at Chidorigafuchi cemetery


The government on Monday held a ceremony to honor the nation's war dead at Chidorigafuchi National Cemetery in Tokyo, where the unidentified remains of Japanese soldiers are interred. Health, Labor and Welfare Minister Keizo Takemi attended the formal service of remembrance. The imperial family was represented by Crown Prince Akishino… Read


North Korea informs Japan of satellite launch plan


North Korea has revealed plans to launch a satellite by early next week, Japan said Monday, an apparent effort to put the North's second military spy satellite into orbit in yet another violation of U.N. bans. The launch notification came as leaders of South Korea, Japan and China gathered in… Read


Ground Self Defense Force conducts annual live fire drill


Japan's Ground Self Defense Force on Sunday held a live-fire drill at its Higashifuji training range near Gotemba, Shizuoka Prefecture. The annual exercise, held since 1961, comes as the government moves to expand the role of the Self-Defense Forces and boost the defense budget. About 2,100 GSDF personnel participated, using 53 tanks,… Read


15-year-old girl dies after falling from walkway at mall in Aichi Prefecture


A 15-year-old girl died after she fell from a walkway connecting two buildings at a shopping complex in Nagakute City, Aichi Prefecture, on Saturday. The incident occurred at around 10:50 a.m. at Aeon Mall Nagakute, Kyodo News reported. Police said an employee at the mall called 110 to report that… Read


Shrine honors cats at Japan island where they outnumber humans


On a small island off Japan’s northeastern coast, visitors make offerings at a shrine for unlikely local guardians: cats. The “Neko Jinja,” or Cat Shrine, mythologizes cats as guardian angels of Tashirojima, where cats outnumber humans. Legend says the island used to be famous for sericulture and farmers would keep… Read


Japan on alert for unseasonal swarm of stink bugs that feed on fruit


Japan is bracing for a swarm of stink bugs that can attack tree fruits, with an unusually large number of prefectures already issuing alerts. Of Japan's 47 prefectures, 30 from west to east, including Tokyo, had issued stink bug alerts as of Friday, according to Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and… Read


Japan is changing its yen bills soon, so beware of scam artists, government warns


There’s a big release date coming up in Japan on July 3. It’s not a new video game, anime series, or Japanese Frappuccino, though. It’s the day Japan’s new yen bills go into circulation. The first redesign of Japan’s paper currency in 20 years is something the government announced back in… Read


Transport ministry reviews safety at JAL after spate of incidents


Japan's transport ministry carried out an inspection at a Japan Airlines Co office at Haneda airport in Tokyo on Friday following a series of incidents involving the company's aircraft, including one on Thursday in which two jets touched wings while taxiing, officials said. Four officials of the Ministry of Land,… Read


Japanese dog of 'Doge' meme fame dies


The Japanese dog whose photo inspired a generation of oddball online jokes and the $23-billion Dogecoin cryptocurrency beloved by Elon Musk died on Friday, her owner said. "She quietly passed away as if asleep while I caressed her," Atsuko Sato wrote on her blog, thanking the fans of her shiba… Read


Japan to require firms to expand support for employees with kids


Japan enacted revised laws on Friday mandating companies to enhance support measures for employees raising children, including facilitating more flexible use of teleworking and shorter working hours, as part of efforts to combat the country's declining birthrate. For employees with children aged 3 and above who are yet to be… Read

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