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Japan prime minister vows to further accelerate Abenomics

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed Wednesday to make more efforts to promote his Abenomics economic measures, rejecting top opposition leader Renho's demand for a shift from the policy mix. (Jij...

Huge Kumamon image a thank-you for support

A huge image of a bowing bear has been created at a park in Kumamoto, western Japan, to show gratitude to those who supported the prefecture following the massive earthquakes in April. (NHK)

Koike vows to reform Tokyo govt.

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike has vowed increased transparency, less wasteful spending and other reforms in her first policy speech. (NHK)

Visa relaxation for Chinese visitors to Japan to take effect Oct 17

Japan's previously announced plan to relax visa rules for Chinese visitors, aimed partially at increasing the number of repeat arrivals, will take effect on Oct 17, the Foreign Ministry said. (Japan T...

Democratic Party leader Renho makes sparring debut with Abe

Democratic Party leader Renho slammed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's economic and social policies Wednesday in her first opportunity as leader to directly go up against the premier in a question-and-answ...

Gov't panel begins discussion on reforming work practices in Japan

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called Tuesday for "speed and action" in formulating recommendations for reforming Japan's working practices at the inaugural meeting of a panel on the matter. (Japan Today)

Panel to propose review of 3 venues for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

A panel tasked by the Tokyo metropolitan government with reviewing the costs for hosting the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics plans to propose that the construction of three venues should be recons...

Japanese lunar rover tested on sand dunes

A Japanese team taking part in an international race to operate a rover on the Moon has begun testing its machine in sand dunes. (NHK)

Special coating to be applied for Olympic roads

One challenge facing the organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games will be keeping athletes cool in the blazing summer heat. Government officials plan to apply a special coating to roads in Tokyo to ...

Japan's abandoned 'Dreamland' theme park is not for the faint of heart

Disneyland is the Happiest Place on Earth. And this place could easily be the saddest. Welcome to Nara Dreamland, an abandoned theme park in Japan's Nara Prefecture. (

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