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The Japan News is published by The Yomiuri Shimbun, which boasts the largest circulation in the world.

Diplomacy, Headline-2

Japan mulls possible role in US-Iran coalition

US coalition plan puts Japan in hot seat amid rising tensions over Iran.

Curiosity

Satellites making stars harder to study

The announcement was made by Japan’s national observatory.

Diplomacy, Economics

Japan, S. Korea to discuss export curbs this week

Both sides have ramped up rhetoric in recent weeks.

Diplomacy, Headline-2

Top Chinese leadership absent at war incident event

Absence may signal better relations between Japan and China.

Culture and society

Japan set to resume commercial whaling

Certain sectors inside Japan have protested the move.

Diplomacy

Abe tells Xi he wants new era for Japan-China relations

The relationship between the two countries have been strained since the second world war.

Diplomacy, Economics

Building post-Brexit ties with Japan

Ahead of the Group of 20 summit, The Yomiuri Shimbun interviewed British Prime Minister Theresa May.

Diplomacy, Economics

G20 draft calls for digital economy rules within the year

Digital laws have been proposed before in the past but is gaining traction ahead of the G20s.

Diplomacy

Japan, Russia to not discuss sensitive territorial issue at G20

Japan, Russia likely to skip agreement on travel to northern territories at G20.

Current affairs

Battle of Okinawa memorial ceremony attended by 5,100

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe offers a flower during a memorial ceremony to commemorate those who died in the Battle of Okinawa.

Culture and society

Universities address demand for AI in Japan

AI said to be the next big topic of study.

Diplomacy

Abe to visit Iran to mediate with U.S.

The Japanese Prime Minister is due in Tehran today.

Culture and society, Curiosity

Wakayama temple introduces cashless payment option

It is believed to be a first among temples in Japan.

Current affairs

Japan plans 1 computer for every school student

The aim is pass and implement this program in the next few years.

Diplomacy

Japan, U.S. agree on defense cooperation in ‘new domains’

The meeting of the defense chief comes after President Trump’s state visit.

Current affairs

Two dead, 18 injured in Japan stabbing spree

The perpetrator was thought to be suffering from mental illness.

Business, Diplomacy, Headline-1

Trump meets Japan business leaders

Trump earlier said that the US suffered from a ‘tremendous’ trade deficit with Japan.

Business, Culture and society, Headline-2

Foreign worker influx presents business opportunity in Japan

Service industry businesses catering to foreign workers are popping up all over Japan.

Culture and society

Growing number of companies not hiring smokers in Japan

Domestic firms are taking stronger action against tobacco use, going so far as to avoid hiring smokers in some cases.

Business, Headline-2

Japan automakers take profit hit

Analysts blame the hit on global R&D competition.

Analysis, Opinion

Nations have long way to go on normalization

By Shin Kawashima, University of Tokyo Professor.

Diplomacy

With China, Japan straddles friendship, containment

Abe’s diplomacy for Osaka G20 must balance several factors.

Culture and society, Headline-2

Emperor vows to stand with the people

Naruhito made his first address to the people of Japan as emperor on Wednesday.

Culture and society

Emperor of Japan abdicates, new era begins

Heisei era ends as crown prince Naruhito accedes and Reiwa era begins.

Culture and society

Looking back on Akihito’s reign

The emperor is due to abdicate today, the first time in two centuries.

Culture and society, Headline-1

Police to be on full alert ahead of coronation

Coronation is due to take place on April 30th.

Diplomacy

China showcases carrier strike group capabilities at fleet review

China has flexed its muscles before in the South China Sea.

Politics

Japan’s ruling party loses by-elections

LDP loses 2 lower house by-elections.

Current affairs

Tokyo Olympic committee announces detailed schedule for 2020 Games

Tokyo will welcome positive news after earlier scandals surrounding the Olympic committee.

Business

Ghosn ousted from last Nissan position

Ghosn is facing charges of misuse of company funds and tax evasion.

Business

Prosecutors focus on Ghosn’s ‘Oman route’

Ghosn is on trial for evasion of taxes and using company funds for personal use.

Business, Economics

Japan-U.S. trade talks likely in D.C. in mid-April

The two sides are still at an impasse over what Trump deems an “unfair” trade deficit.

Culture and society

‘Reiwa’ chosen as new era name

The name will come into effect when Akihito abdicates his throne in May.

Culture and society, Current affairs

Japanese Olympic Committee was step behind when dealing with Takeda charges

The head of Japan’s Olympic Committee said he would step down, as French authorities probe his involvement in payments made before Tokyo was awarded the 2020 Summer Games.

Analysis

Japan to develop long-range standoff missile

Japan is planning on developing long range anti-ship missiles for self defense purposes.

Business

Court denies Ghosn’s request to attend Nissan board meeting

Former Nissan Motor Company Chairman Carlos Ghosn was released on bail last week.

Business

Nissan wary of Ghosn rekindling coup theory

Former CEO Carlos Ghosn was released this week on bail.

Business

Ghosn’s 3rd bail request approved

Bail was set at 9 million US dollars.

Business, Economics

Myth of China’s economic growth collapsing

The myth of growth in which auto and housing sales continue to support the economy has collapsed.

Business

Japan turns to smartphone payments

Businesses, consumers increasingly turn to smartphone payments as modus operandi.

Business, Current affairs

Japanese government to establish organization to keep eye on IT firms

The body will scrutinize financial dealings by tech giants.

Current affairs

Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force to be sent to Sinai Peninsula

The troops will be utilized in an observing capacity.

Diplomacy, Economics

Japan, Britain to jointly invest in science and technology research

Both governments will survey areas of potential overlapping interests.

Current affairs

Japan plans to strengthen cyber-attack defenses by certifying cloud storage services

The government is drawing up cyber-security plans to ensure safer protections for users.

Business, Economics

Japan, EU must protect free trade by establishing firmer relationship

The EU-Japan free trade deal is now in effect signaling a new era in trade relations between the two.

Culture and society, Curiosity

Japanese retailers embark on sales drive marking end of Heisei reign

The Japanese Emperor Akihito is due to abdicate later this year.

Culture and society, Current affairs

Baby-editing doctor ‘pursued own gain’

The Chinese doctor said he edited two children to make them immune to HIV.

Current affairs

Abe proposes data rules at World Economic Forum

Japan proposes creating global rules on data flow in Davos speech.

Business, Headline-1

Record ¥4.5 tril. spent in Japan by foreign visitors

Tourism is increasingly becoming an important part of the Japanese market.

Business

Nissan plans civil suit against Ghosn

Ghosn allegedly used company assets for personal use and gain.

Culture and society, Current affairs, Headline-2

Japan Olympic chief denies corruption allegations

The president of the Japanese IOC says there is nothing to worry about.

Current affairs, Diplomacy

Japan ‘close to deal’ to buy island for U.S. training site

The site will be used to practice carrier landings and air drills.

Business

Ghosn and prosecutors at odds over ‘losses inflicted on Nissan’

Former chairman to spend Christmas and New Years in jail.

Diplomacy

Top Chinese intelligence official visited Japan in secret

Counter-terrorism and intelligence sharing may have been the topic of discussion.

Culture and society

Japan eyes return to commercial whaling

Japan plans to withdraw from International Whaling Commission to resume commercial whaling.

Analysis

Japanese views of U.S. ties worsen in poll

Respondents were less likely to respond positively due to recent developments.

Culture and society, Current affairs, Headline-2

Feature: Ghosn’s fall from grace

Ghosn legacy torn apart as prosecutors struggle to build a solid case.

Culture and society

Japan’s year symbolized by ‘disaster’

The Kanji of the year in 2018 in Japan is the word for disaster.

Curiosity

Japan okays jamming hostile satellites

Japan approves a measure to research the capabilities to jam hostile communication satellites.

Analysis

Nissan’s misdeeds highlight delay in corporate governance reform

Changes are long overdue at one of the world’s largest auto manufacturers.

Economics, News

Ghosn charged with falsifying reports

Ghosn and an associated remain in jail on charges of tax avoidance and falsifying reports.

Economics

New Ghosn details reveal massive hidden pay

Ghosn suspected of understating pay by ¥9,5 billion over 9 years.

Diplomacy

S. Korea top court: Mitsubishi owes damages

Fallout continues over South Korean ruling that Mitsubishi owes war time reparations.

Diplomacy, Economics

Japan considers buying up to 100 more F-35 fighters

The government is considering acquiring 80 to 100 additional state-of-the-art F-35 stealth fighters for the Air Self-Defense Force, sources said.

Economics, Environment

Climate change plan approved by Japan cabinet

The government approved a climate change adaptation plan at a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday that is aimed at countering the dangers caused by global warming.

Analysis, Economics

Nissan to face challenges in setting up new leadership

The company will have to balance its desires with partners Renault.

Curiosity

Prosecutors: Nissan’s Ghosn understated pay by ¥5 bil.

Ghosn is currently under arrest for financial discrepancy and under-reporting pay.

Curiosity, Economics

Nissan’s Ghosn arrested over financial law violation

Nissan Motor chairman Carlos Ghosn was arrested by a Japanese special investigation team over financial irregularities.

Curiosity

Japan requires foreigners to have ID card to receive basic care

Foreign residents to be required to show residence cards to receive health care.

Analysis

Japan sets out plan to regulate IT giants more strictly

A panel set up to study the issue has recommended plans to regulate IT companies more strictly.

Curiosity

Japan panel to call for creating IT watchdog

An expert panel will call for the government to set up a team of specialists to monitor the business practices of tech giants in its interim report to be released early next month.

Curiosity

Japanese journalist Yasuda freed 3 yrs after being kidnapped in Syria

The Japanese foreign ministry has confirmed that Yasuda has been released.

Diplomacy

‘Stability’ aim of Abe’s China visit

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will pay an official visit to China from Thursday to Saturday — the first official visit to China by a Japanese prime minister in seven years.

Economics, Environment

Japanese partsmaker fabricated earthquake shock-absorber data

The government says buildings with parts will still withstand severe earthquakes.

Diplomacy

North Korea playing hardball with nuclear weapons list

Kim Jong-un says he won’t submit the weapons list and presented several demands.

Economics

Japan carmakers brace for new NAFTA

The revised NAFTA deal that the United States, Mexico and Canada agreed to on Sunday is expected to have a significant impact on Japanese automakers.

Diplomacy, Politics

Conflict over U.S. base to intensify in Japan

The debate over US bases in Okinawa is likely to intensify after the election of a new governor.

Curiosity, Environment

Trains stopped as strong typhoon nears

Japan braces itself as a powerful typhoon approaches the main islands.

Curiosity

Tokyo firm to send rovers to moon via SpaceX by ’21

A Japanese start-up will send rovers to the moon via Elon Musk’s Space X by 2021.

Economics

Bank of Japan split on monetary easing

The Bank of Japan could have increasing difficulty steering its monetary policy, as some believe Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is becoming less focused on achieving a 2 percent inflation target.

Analysis, Economics

Swift assistance needed to rehabilitate Hokkaido’s quake-stricken industries

To realize Hokkaido’s post-quake rehabilitation, it is indispensable to rebuild its industries.

Politics

Abe wins 3rd term as president of ruling LDP

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was reelected president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party for a third consecutive term on Thursday.

Diplomacy, Opinion

Japan should pursue future-oriented diplomacy with strategic approach – Editorial

It is necessary to advance future-oriented diplomacy and continue improving trust in the international community, an editorial in the Yomiuri Shimbun said.

Diplomacy, Politics

Akihito marks final war-end anniversary

Japan marked the 73rd anniversary of the end of World War II on Wednesday.

Economics

Intellectual property arbitral body to open

A permanent international arbitration body specializing in intellectual property is to be established in Japan as early as September.

Diplomacy

Abe hopes reciprocal visits improve Japan-China ties

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe intends to accelerate the improvement of Japan-China relations through the realization of reciprocal visits with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Economics

Toshiba planning to sell LNG business in US.

Toshiba Corporation is planning to sell its liquefied natural gas business in the United States.

Curiosity

Japan seeks to cut plutonium stockpile

Japan’s Atomic Energy Commission is seeking to cut the country’s plutonium stockpile for the first time in over a decade.

Curiosity

Fake news triggers flood of applications from ninja hopefuls

Fake internet news stories claiming “ninja” are in short supply trigger a flood of applications to Japan.

Curiosity

65 dead of heatstroke in Japan

A record 65 people died in a weeklong period due to heatstroke amid severely hot weather in Japan.

Opinion

Japan should ensure user safety on crypto-exchanges

Japanese regulators need to do more to ensure the safety and privacy of users dealing with crypto-currency exchanges.

Diplomacy

South Koreans, Japanese doubt N Korea denuclearization

Polls suggest the public in both countries do not believe true denuclearization will take place.

Economics

Japanese-affiliated convenience stores make headway into China

Japan-affiliated convenience store chains are making an aggressive push into the Chinese market, with three major chains now having about 5,500 stores in China.

Economics, Politics

Japanese firms solidify LGBT policy

Japanese companies are increasingly integrating gender diversity policies into their central business strategies.

Diplomacy

Japan wary of aid for North Korea

The Japanese government is wary of U.

Diplomacy, Opinion

Territorial clarity must emerge from Japan-Russia talks

Gains from Japan-Russia cooperation must lead to progress in territorial talks.

Curiosity, Economics

APEC nations divided over statement on protectionism

Representatives of the APEC members hold a press conference following the trade ministers’ meeting in Port Moresby on Saturday but did not address concerns over protectionism.

Opinion

Path to denuclearization of North Korea still not in sight

Trump’s negotiation tactics face test.

Opinion, Politics

North Korean move stops short of declaring abolition of N-weapons

It must be a tactic to weaken the pressure of the international community’s sanctions and make summit meetings with the United States and South Korea successful.