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Govt. to bolster efforts to tackle hate speech

Japan's Justice Ministry is planning to organize a meeting of central and local government officials to discuss ways to stamp out hate speech that targets ethnic minorities. (NHK)

Kuroda: BOJ can further cut minus interest rate

Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda says the bank can further cut its already negative interest rate. The minus rate is being applied to some of the funds held by financial institutions at the BOJ....

MRJ aborts flight to US again

A new passenger plane developed by Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation has been forced to abort a flight for a second consecutive day. (NHK)

Japan scientists detect rare, deep-Earth tremor

Scientists who study earthquakes in Japan said Thursday they have detected a rare deep-Earth tremor for the first time and traced its location to a distant and powerful storm. (

Osaka cops arrest man after mother's body found in home

Osaka Prefectural Police have arrested a 44-year-old man following the discovery of the body of his mother inside the residence they share in Sakai City, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Aug. 27). (Tokyo R...

Many municipalities in Japan say foreign students need language aid

Many municipalities in Japan are struggling to deal with foreign students who are learning at local public schools but cannot understand the Japanese language fully or at all, a Kyodo News survey show...

Niigata cops: Corpse found in burned-out vehicle

Niigata Prefectural Police have launched an investigation following the discovery of a corpse inside a burned-out vehicle in Nagaoka City, reports Nippon News Network. (Tokyo Reporter)

Japanese seek bargains as economy limps, Abenomics loses shine

Three years of so-called Abenomics, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's bold stimulus program, has failed to dislodge a deflationary mindset among businesses and consumers. (Japan Today)

Mitsubishi Regional Jet leaves for test flights in U.S. but soon returns due to defect

A new passenger jet being developed by Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. that left for the United States on Saturday for flight tests was forced to return due to problems with the air-conditioning system, the...

Tokyo cops: Man plunges to death at Omotesando Hills

Tokyo Metropolitan Police are investigating what is believed to have been a suicide after a man plunged to his death at a popular shopping mall in Shibuya Ward on Saturday, reports Nippon News Network...

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