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The Japan Times is Japan's largest and oldest English-language daily newspaper. It is published by The Japan Times, Ltd. (株式会社ジャパンタイムズ, Kabushiki gaisha Japan Taimuzu), a subsidiary of News2u Holdings, Inc.. It is headquartered in the Kioicho Building (紀尾井町ビル, Kioicho Biru) in Kioicho, Chiyoda, Tokyo.Source
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Japan eager to settle territorial row with Russia, Suga tells Putin

Japan eager to settle territorial row with Russia, Suga tells Putin

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga told Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday that he is eager to resolve a territorial dispute that has kept their countries from signing a postwar peace treaty, in their first phone talks since Suga took office earlier this month.Speaking to reporters after the conversation, Suga said he told Putin that he wants to develop Japan-Russia relations and that the row over the sovereignty of Russian-held islands off Hokkaido “should not be left for later generations to deal with.”Putin said he was ready to continue dialogue on all bilateral issues and the two...

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China’s top climate scientists unveil road map to 2060 goal

China’s top climate scientists unveil road map to 2060 goal

The most ambitious climate goal the world’s ever seen now has a road map for how to arrive at it.One of China’s top climate research institutes on Sunday laid out a plan of increasing renewable and nuclear energy and completely phasing out coal power. It’s the first blueprint from a group that works closely with the government showing how the country might become carbon neutral by 2060, a goal laid out by President Xi Jinping last week in a speech to the United Nations.The plan, from Tsinghua University’s Institute of Energy, Environment and Economy, entails a more gradual transition over...

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White House orders assessment on how quickly nukes could be pulled out of storage: report

White House orders assessment on how quickly nukes could be pulled out of storage: report

As talks over extending the last remaining strategic arms control agreement between the U.S. and Russia remain deadlocked, the Trump administration has reportedly asked the military to assess how quickly it could pull nukes out of storage and load them onto bombers and submarines if the treaty expires in February.The request was part of a strategy to heap pressure on Russia in renegotiating the New START agreement ahead of the Nov. 3 U.S. presidential election, , citing three people familiar with discussions on the issue.The Trump White House, which sees Moscow as dragging out the talks,...

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Government sued over failure to fully and promptly disclose 'Abenomask' costs

Government sued over failure to fully and promptly disclose 'Abenomask' costs

A law professor sued the government Monday, demanding it reveal the unit price of washable cloth masks, dubbed “Abenomasks,” that were distributed for free to all households in Japan amid the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as how many were ordered from each contractor.In the suit filed with the Osaka District Court, Hiroshi Kamiwaki of Kobe Gakuin University claimed it was unreasonable for the government to withhold the information as it prevents discussion of the appropriateness of the policy to distribute the masks, which proved unpopular among the public with some questioning their cost...

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Azeris and Armenians plunge into war as Russia and Turkey look on

Azeris and Armenians plunge into war as Russia and Turkey look on

Intense fighting between Azeri and Armenian forces continued Monday after a simmering decadeslong conflict over disputed land erupted into war in the strategically significant region."We’re looking at it very strongly,” U.S. President Donald Trump told reporters at the White House on Sunday, hours after clashes began over the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. "We’ll see if we can stop it.”Russia and international organizations including NATO, the European Union and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) also called on both sides to halt fighting. Turkey backed its ally...

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Japan's JAXA shoots for moon-hopping spacecraft fueled by lunar water

Japan's JAXA shoots for moon-hopping spacecraft fueled by lunar water

Japan’s space agency said Monday it aims to engage from around the mid-2030s in lunar exploration using water extracted from the moon’s ice deposits as fuel.Using the water-derived fuel is expected to cut costs compared with transporting fuel from Earth. While liquid water does not exist on the moon’s surface, past research suggests there may be ice in a crater near the lunar south pole, which has never been exposed to sunlight.Japan plans to work with the United States in building a lunar orbit space station, called Gateway, in the 2020s and constructing by around 2035 a fuel factory at...

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Japan's Taro Kono declares war on the fax machine and hanko

Japan's Taro Kono declares war on the fax machine and hanko

After being tapped as administrative reform minister, Taro Kono has wasted little time in waging war on emblems of Japan’s bureaucratic red tape — first hanko personal seals and now the fax machine.Streamlining administrative work, eliminating vested interests and pushing for a shift toward digitization are among the much-hyped pledges underpinning the identity of Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s fledgling administration.On Friday, Kono said his ongoing crusade against hanko — which is often cited as a factor behind the rigmarole of municipal paperwork in Japan — will go a long way toward...

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Japan's red-tape 'hotline' open again for gripes, Taro Kono says

Japan's red-tape 'hotline' open again for gripes, Taro Kono says

Administrative reform minister Taro Kono said Friday the government will resume accepting complaints and opinions regarding red tape in government, following the recent suspension of a “hotline” set up by the minister due to a flood of messages.A new form for submitting comments regarding bureaucratic sectionalism and excessive regulations was set up on the website of the Cabinet Office on Friday.Earlier this month, Kono established a similar online form on his personal website to invite comments from the public to check himself.But the form was closed only a day after it was opened, after...

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Japan plans to release long-term detainees seeking asylum after outcry

Japan plans to release long-term detainees seeking asylum after outcry

Japan is finalizing new supervisory measures that will allow foreign nationals applying for refugee status and expected to be in detention for more than six months to be released and have a social life, according to immigration officials.The plan by the Immigration Services Agency comes in response to criticism of the country’s long-term detention of foreign nationals who refuse to accept deportation.The agency, which has been studying a set of proposals compiled in June by a panel of immigration experts, is expected to submit necessary revisions to the immigration law to the Diet as early...

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Japan newlyweds can receive up to ¥600,000 to start new life

Japan newlyweds can receive up to ¥600,000 to start new life

Couples who get married from next April can receive up to ¥600,000 to cover their rent and other costs as they start a new life, provided they live in a municipality adopting Japan’s newlywed support program, government sources said Sunday.As the nation’s ultralow birth rate is attributed mainly to the tendency that people marry late or stay unmarried, the government will try to boost the number of marriages in the nation by enhancing the program to provide a larger sum and cover more couples, said the sources at the Cabinet Office.To be eligible, both husband and wife will have to be under...

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Japan calls for expanded Security Council at U.N. 75th anniversary meeting

Japan calls for expanded Security Council at U.N. 75th anniversary meeting

Japan has reiterated its willingness to become a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council in a message delivered to a high-level meeting to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the United Nations.In the video message, published Tuesday by the Foreign Ministry, Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi called for reform of the U.N. Security Council. The high-level meeting was held Monday at the U.N. headquarters in New York.“I regret to say that, today, the system designed seventy-five years ago does not fully deliver on the purposes of the Charter,” Motegi said.Member states having the...

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Tokyo Olympics consulting firm paid ¥37 million to IOC member's son

Tokyo Olympics consulting firm paid ¥37 million to IOC member's son

A consulting firm for the Tokyo Olympic bid committee transferred some $370,000 to the son of one-time influential IOC member Lamine Diack and his company before and after the Japanese capital was picked in September 2013 as the host city, documents showed Sunday.The findings, based on a review of financial documents and further reporting, may help resolve the question of what happened to the money from the consulting firm and shed further light on the allegation that the Tokyo bid committee engaged in vote-buying.Black Tidings Co., the now-defunct consulting firm based in Singapore,...

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China launches sanctions regime after U.S. moves on TikTok and WeChat

China launches sanctions regime after U.S. moves on TikTok and WeChat

China on Saturday launched a mechanism that would allow it to sanction foreign companies, upping the ante in a tech war with the United States a day after Washington moved to curb popular Chinese apps TikTok and WeChat.China’s long-expected “unreliable entities list” is seen as a weapon for Beijing to retaliate against the United States, which has used its own “entity list” to shut Chinese telecom giant Huawei out of the U.S. market, while also moving against TikTok and WeChat.Its implementation comes just a day after the U.S. Commerce Department stepped up the pressure by ordering a ban on...

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Japan's top court rules tattoo artists don't need medical license

Japan's top court rules tattoo artists don't need medical license

The Supreme Court has ruled for the first time that tattooing people without a medical license does not constitute a violation of the medical practitioners law.In the decision, handed down on Wednesday, the top court’s Second Petty Bench turned down an appeal by public prosecutors over a suit against Taiki Masuda, a 32-year-old man who tattooed three people. It finalizes a high court ruling that overturned a district court verdict fining the man ¥150,000.Prosecutors had argued that tattooing people can be considered a medical act, and that tattooists must therefore have medical licenses....

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Japan's new health minister wants to beef up COVID-19 testing

Japan's new health minister wants to beef up COVID-19 testing

To prepare for a possible influenza outbreak in autumn or winter alongside the coronavirus pandemic, the Japanese government will beef up its testing system for COVID-19 in close cooperation with prefectural governments, new Health, Labor and Welfare Minister Norihisa Tamura has said.The government is asking private companies to redouble efforts so that about 200,000 coronavirus tests can be conducted daily, including using antigen test kits, Tamura said in an interview on Friday.His ministry will “communicate with prefectural governments to ensure” that measures are taken to prepare the...

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Biden leads Trump nationally by 9 points, with suburbs focused on coronavirus, not crime

Biden leads Trump nationally by 9 points, with suburbs focused on coronavirus, not crime

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden leads Republican President Donald Trump nationally among likely U.S. voters by 9 percentage points, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll that showed Trump’s “law and order” message falling short with its target audience of suburban voters.The Sept. 11-15 opinion poll, released on Wednesday, found that 50 percent of likely voters said they were casting their ballots for Biden while 41 percent were doing the same for Trump. Another 3 percent said they would support a third-party candidate and the rest were undecided.The poll also showed that most...

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Suga takes the reins as Japan’s new prime minister, replacing Abe

Suga takes the reins as Japan’s new prime minister, replacing Abe

Yoshihide Suga became the country’s 99th Prime Minister on Wednesday, putting an end to the administration led by his predecessor Shinzo Abe — the longest in modern Japanese history — and marking the beginning of a new era shaped by a host of daunting political, economic and societal challenges.Bathed in camera flashes and surrounded by fellow lawmakers giving him a thundering ovation, Suga — appearing as if he were stifling a smile — stood up from his seat and bowed five times after he secured enough votes in a ballot to nominate the prime minister in the Lower House. After he earned the...

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Burned jaguars and fire tornadoes: Blazes in Brazil wetland deliver climate warning

Burned jaguars and fire tornadoes: Blazes in Brazil wetland deliver climate warning

A fire has been burning since mid-July in the remote wetlands of west-central Brazil, leaving in its wake a vast charred desolation bigger than New York City.A team of veterinarians, biologists and local guides arrived in late August to prowl the bumpy dirt road known as the Trans-Pantanal Highway in pickup trucks, looking to save what injured animals they could.Jaguars were wandering the blackened wasteland, they said, starving or going thirsty, with paws burnt to the bone, lungs blackened by smoke. They saw bodies of alligator-like caiman, jaws frozen in silent screams, the last act of...

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Sep 15
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Centenarians top 80,000 for first time in rapidly aging Japan

Centenarians top 80,000 for first time in rapidly aging Japan

The number of people aged 100 or older in Japan has surpassed 80,000 for the first time amid the rapid aging of the country’s population, government data showed Tuesday.The number of centenarians rose 9,176 from the previous year to 80,450 as of Tuesday for the 50th consecutive annual increase, with women accounting for 88.2 percent of the total, according to the data released by the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry.Centenarians marked the largest annual increase with the number of men rising 1,011 from last year to 9,475 and women up 8,165 to 70,975, the tally showed. The ministry...

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Japan's next leader: How Yoshihide Suga beat the odds to succeed Shinzo Abe

Japan's next leader: How Yoshihide Suga beat the odds to succeed Shinzo Abe

The faithful lieutenant has — against initial expectations — taken a major step toward the pinnacle of his political career.Yoshihide Suga, the chief Cabinet secretary, won by a landslide in the Liberal Democratic Party presidential election Monday, becoming the presumptive successor to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Suga is expected to take the helm at a critical moment when the country has been hit by a pandemic and economic slump and is grappling with national security issues.Of 534 votes — 393 LDP lawmakers and 141 party representatives from across the country — Suga won by a wide margin,...

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Philippines' Duterte tells China defense chief to follow the law in South China Sea dispute

Philippines' Duterte tells China defense chief to follow the law in South China Sea dispute

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte told Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe that South China Sea disputes must be resolved using international law, including a treaty used as the basis for a 2016 ruling that refuted China’s claims in the area.Duterte met with the Chinese official late Friday and emphasized that disputes “must be resolved peacefully in full accord with the United Nations Convention for the Law of the Sea and other international instruments,” the president’s office said in a statement.The Philippine leader, who has warmed ties with Beijing, also said that nations must play...

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Japan's police introduce facial recognition system in criminal probes

Japan's police introduce facial recognition system in criminal probes

Japanese police have been using a system that can match photos of people who have been previously arrested with images gathered by surveillance cameras and social media, police officials said Saturday, a move that could raise concerns about privacy violations.The facial analysis system has been operated by police across the nation since March to identify criminal suspects more quickly and accurately, the officials said. But critics warn that the system could turn the country into a surveillance society unless it is operated under strict rules.“We are using the system only for criminal...

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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence drops plan to go to fundraiser hosted by QAnon backers

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence drops plan to go to fundraiser hosted by QAnon backers

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has canceled plans to attend a Trump campaign fundraiser in Montana following revelations that the event’s hosts had expressed support for the QAnon conspiracy theory.President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign told The Associated Press on Saturday that Pence’s schedule had been changed, but the campaign did not provide a reason or say whether the fundraiser might be held at a later time. The change comes after the AP reported Wednesday that hosts Cayrn and Michael Borland in Bozeman, Montana, had shared QAnon memes and retweeted posts from QAnon...

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As Myanmar erases names of destroyed Rohingya villages, U.N. map-makers follow suit

As Myanmar erases names of destroyed Rohingya villages, U.N. map-makers follow suit

Three years ago, Myanmar’s military burned the Rohingya village of Kan Kya to the ground and bulldozed over its remains. Last year, the government erased its name from official maps, according to the United Nations.About 5 kilometers from the Naf River that marks the border between Myanmar’s Rakhine state and Bangladesh, Kan Kya was home to hundreds of people before the army chased 730,000 Rohingya out of the country in 2017 in what the United Nations described as “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing.”The , now facing charges of genocide, said it was conducting “clearance operations”...

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High crimes against journalism and decency

High crimes against journalism and decency

Jeffrey Goldberg wrote an article for The Atlantic that could harm U.S. President Donald Trump’s chance to win re-election. Setting aside the controversial content of the remarks attributed to the president, it is important to note that this is an atrocious example of journalism.You could almost call it “fake news.”And corporate media is taking it at face value.You may think Trump is a turd—I do. You may want him to lose the election—I do. (I also want Biden to lose, but that’s another column.) You may believe that Trump probably said what Goldberg reports—I think there’s a good chance. But...

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