More restaurant chains go smoke-free ahead of 2020 Games, but izakaya reluctant to alienate customers who drink and smoke

More restaurant chains go smoke-free ahead of 2020 Games, but izakaya reluctant to alienate customers who drink and smoke

More and more major restaurant chains are making their outlets completely smoke-free ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. The central and Tokyo Metropolitan governments are slated to tighten measures against passive smoking to prepare for the 2020...
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Controversial tweet by Takafumi Horie puts nursery teachers’ low pay back in spotlight

Controversial tweet by Takafumi Horie puts nursery teachers’ low pay back in spotlight

“It’s a job anyone can do.” So tweeted entrepreneur Takafumi Horie in October about nursery teachers, immediately triggering a firestorm online that put the issue of their low wages back in the spotlight. Horie, once touted as a maverick business...
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North Korean Submarine Missile Threat Prompts U.S.-Led Military Drills

North Korean Submarine Missile Threat Prompts U.S.-Led Military Drills

Photo A photo released by North Korea’s state news agency in April 2016 purported to show a submarine-launched ballistic missile test. Credit Korean Central News Agency, via European Pressphoto Agency HONG KONG — Amid fears that North Korea is rapidly...
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Former U.S. Marine Gets Life in Prison for Okinawa Rape and Murder

Former U.S. Marine Gets Life in Prison for Okinawa Rape and Murder

Photo An American resident of the Japanese island of Okinawa prayed last year at the site where Rina Shimabukuro’s body was found. Credit Adam Dean for The New York Times TOKYO — A court on the Japanese island of Okinawa...
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Akihito to become first Japanese emperor to abdicate in 200 years

Akihito to become first Japanese emperor to abdicate in 200 years

Japan’s Emperor Akihito will abdicate in spring 2019, almost three years after he suggested his age and health were affecting his ability to carry out his official duties. The 83-year-old will officially retire on 30 April 2019 in the first...
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Japan’s Emperor, Akihito, Sets Date for Abdication

Japan’s Emperor, Akihito, Sets Date for Abdication

Photo Emperor Akihito of Japan, center, with Empress Michiko and Crown Prince Naruhito in 2016. Akihito said last year that he planned to step down before he died. Credit Kimimasa Mayama/European Pressphoto Agency HONG KONG — The emperor of Japan...
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Why a Generation in Japan Is Facing a Lonely Death

Why a Generation in Japan Is Facing a Lonely Death

Mr. Kinoshita lived in a ground-floor “2DK” apartment — two rooms and a dine-in kitchen. Piles of old clothes, boxes, books, newspapers, empty food containers and heaps of trash blanketed the floor. A single open trail led from the bed...
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Tokyo Journal: Tokyo, Once a Cigarette Haven, Could Finally Kick Out the Smokers

Tokyo Journal: Tokyo, Once a Cigarette Haven, Could Finally Kick Out the Smokers

But more recently, the rest of the world’s no-smoking culture has spread to Japan. As more people have grown aware of the health hazards, the number of smokers in Japan has dropped sharply, according to data from the cigarette maker...
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Seeing U.S. in Retreat Under Trump, Japan and China Move to Mend Ties

Seeing U.S. in Retreat Under Trump, Japan and China Move to Mend Ties

And as China seeks to consolidate its power, it realizes it may have more success exerting its authority in the region with Japan as a partner rather than a pure rival. At the same time, Mr. Trump’s visit showed China...
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Trump Tells Japan It Can Protect Itself by Buying U.S. Arms

Trump Tells Japan It Can Protect Itself by Buying U.S. Arms

Mr. Trump’s remarks came on a day of high pomp and plain-spoken politics, which showcased both the president’s fitful adjustment to the rituals of statecraft and his determination to keeping pounding at the hot-button issues that vaulted him into the...
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Suspect in Japan Serial-Killer Case Sought Out Suicidal People

Suspect in Japan Serial-Killer Case Sought Out Suicidal People

Television reporters spent a good part of Tuesday and Wednesday training their cameras on the building in the city of Zama where Mr. Shiraishi lived, or showing footage of the suspect covering his eyes with his hands as the police...
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