E-visa system likely to be rolled out next week

The Government will roll out by next week the much-awaited electronic-visa system for tourists from select countries including US and Japan.

Japan group members urge shrine to ditch war-criminal names

Some members of an influential group that represents families of Japanese war dead are urging managers of a controversial Tokyo shrine to remove the names of 14 convicted war criminals, an official said Wednesday.

Radiation exposure ups aggressive thyroid cancer risk

Nuclear power plant accidents could be devastating and researchers have now found that exposure to radioactive iodine is associated with more aggressive forms of thyroid cancer.

Japan nuclear plant gets approval to restart, over three years after Fukushima

A town in southwest Japan became the first to approve the restart of a nuclear power station on Tuesday, a step forward in Japan`s fraught process of reviving an industry left idled by the Fukushima catastrophe in 2011.

Japan delegation heads to North Korea over kidnapping probe

 A Japanese delegation is to arrive in North Korea on Monday for talks centred on Pyongyang`s investigation into the Cold War kidnappings of Japanese citizens, which has marred relations for years.

Japan, China officials hold informal talks on preventing conflict

Chinese defence officials are meeting a Japanese delegation in Beijing this week for informal talks on preventing simmering territorial disputes from erupting into armed conflict, the talks` host said Monday.

Church blaze kills four in central Japan

Four members of one family, including two young children, died in a fire that broke out early on Sunday at a church in the central Ishikawa prefecture of Japan.

Former Japan PM Fukuda to meet China's Xi next week: Report

Former Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda will meet Chinese President Xi Jinping next Wednesday in Beijing, a source familiar with the matter said, setting the stage for a possible meeting between the leaders of Japan and China in November.

Parupalli Kashyap upsets world no. 4 to enter 2nd round of French Open
Parupalli Kashyap upsets world no. 4 to enter 2nd round of French Open

Commonwealth Games gold medallist Parupalli Kashyap on Wednesday stunned world No. 4 Kenichi Tago of Japan by posting a straight-game victory in the first round of the men's singles event at the French Open Super Series here.

Japan's power failure: Bid to forge national grid stumbles

After the Fukushima disaster crippled Japan`s nuclear energy sector three years ago, the government pledged the biggest shake up in the history of the fragmented electricity industry to boost competition and contain a surge in power prices.

Nepal vows new rules after worst trekking disaster

Nepal on Tuesday said it will introduce new rules, improve weather forecasts and better monitor the movement of trekkers after the Himalayan country's worst hiking disaster left dozens dead last week.

Fukushima film shows reality sinking in for ''nuclear refugees''

Before the Fukushima nuclear crisis forced them from their homes, residents of Futaba had praised the Daiichi power plant as a "godsend" that brought jobs and money to the Japanese coastal town.

Japan man arrested for dumping a quarter-tonne of porn

A pensioner who dumped almost a quarter of a tonne of pornography in a Japanese park is unlikely to be charged, police said Tuesday, because the stash belonged to an ill friend.

Japan man jailed for making guns with 3D printer

A Japanese court today jailed a man for two years for making guns with a 3D printer in what is believed to be a first in a nation with strict gun controls.

Japan man jailed for making guns with 3D printer

A Japanese court on Monday jailed a man for two years for making guns with a 3D printer in what is believed to be a first in a nation with strict gun controls.

Second Japanese female cabinet minister resigns: PM Abe

Two of the five women in Shinzo Abe`s Japanese cabinet resigned on Monday, beset by allegations of misusing political funds, dealing a blow to the Prime Minister Shino Abe`s efforts to boost the profile of women.

Blow to Japan PM as minister resigns over money scandal

Japan`s high-profile and telegenic industry minister on Monday resigned over claims she misused political funds, including to buy both votes and make-up, dealing a blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe`s proclaimed gender reform drive.

Japan industry minister resigns over make-up scandal: Reports

Japan's industry minister resigned Monday over claims she spent political donations on make-up and other items unconnected to politics, reports said, in a blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Japanese firm eyes algae-based shampoo

Japanese household goods maker Kao Corp. may soon be using algae to produce cleansing agents for its products, specifically shampoo, media reported Sunday.

US Osprey planes in Japan tsunami drill amid protests

Two US Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey planes took part in a tsunami disaster drill in Japan Sunday, despite protests from local people who question the safety of the tilt-rotor aircraft.