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Japan’s once youngest mayor to resign in Gifu after Supreme Court upholds his graft conviction

via The Japan Times    Dec 14, 2017

The Supreme Court has upheld a high court ruling that found a city mayor in Gifu Prefecture, who in 2013 became the youngest mayor in ...

Over 80 percent fail to evacuate or take protection measures after receiving North Korean missile alerts

via The Japan Times    Dec 14, 2017

A photo of what North Korea claims to be a Hwasong-12 missile test launch. | AP

A majority did not or were unable to evacuate or take other protection measures after being informed of both the Aug. 29 and Sept. 15 ...

Rex Tillerson’s offer of talks hinges on support from North Korea and Trump

By Matthew Pennington
- via The Japan Times    Dec 14, 2017

A celebration for the 8th Conference of Munitions Industry in Pyongyang is seen in this photo released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency on Thursday. | REUTERS

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s surprising diplomatic offer of unconditional talks with North Korea hinges on two big X factors: Does the North even ...

On thin ice: Japan’s paralympic hockey team weighed down by budget, aging woes

via The Japan Times    Dec 14, 2017

With little luck attracting funding and new players to the sport, Japan’s Paralympic ice hockey team has been busy dealing with challenges outside the arena ...

Japan’s para Alpine skiing trio aim for gold rush at Pyeongchang Games

By Ayano Shimizu,Ryotaro Nakamaru
- via The Japan Times    Dec 14, 2017

Three medalists are aiming to sweep the podium in the men’s Alpine skiing sitting category when the Paralympic Games kick off in Pyeongchang, South Korea, ...

China marks Nanking Massacre anniversary but Xi remains low key

via The Japan Times    Dec 14, 2017

Chinese President Xi Jinping attends a memorial ceremony at the Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall on the second annual national day of remembrance to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the massacre in the city on Wednesday. | AFP-JIJI

China marked the 80th anniversary of the Nanking Massacre on Wednesday with a call to work with Japan for peace, but President Xi Jinping kept ...

Malaysia’s second-home program losing its allure with Japanese after 3/11

By Teo Boon Kiat
- via The Japan Times    Dec 14, 2017

Masami Fujimoto and his wife, Kaoru, pose in Malaysia on Sept. 25. The couple are urging their friends in Japan to join them by applying for the migration program offered by the Malaysian government. | NNA / VIA KYODO

Fewer Japanese are migrating to Malaysia under the Southeast Asian nation’s second-home scheme now that Japan has made progress recovering from the 2011 mega-quake, tsunami ...

Edano’s David goes after Abe’s ‘arrogant’ Goliath in Diet

By Linda Sieg,Ami Miyazaki
- via The Japan Times    Dec 14, 2017

Yukio Edano | REUTERS

The leader of the small Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, which exceeded expectations in October’s snap poll, now hopes that by offering clear policy alternatives ...

The world of sword accessories

via The Japan Times    Dec 14, 2017

Japanese sword fittings are only attachments associated with Japanese swords, but they are attractive to many fans thanks to their exquisite decorative techniques. A multi-city ...

Anime didn’t see any massive hits in 2017, but there was a lot to watch

By Matt Schley
- via The Japan Times    Dec 14, 2017


It takes only two words to sum up why 2016 was always going to be a hard act to follow: “Your Name.”To call Makoto Shinkai’s ...

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