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World Mar 25LGBTQ groups want equality law in Japan before Tokyo Olympics
LGBTQ and other human rights activists say the momentum for the law is rising as Japan gets attention over its handling of gender equality, diversity and other human rights issues.
World Feb 15Japan approves its first COVID-19 vaccine
Japan formally approved its first COVID-19 vaccine and said it would start nationwide inoculations within days, but months behind the U.S. and many other countries.
World Dec 24Melted fuel removal at Fukushima delayed by COVID-19 pandemic
Removing the tons of melted fuel is by far the toughest challenge of the decommissioning process that's still expected to take 30 to 40 years.
Science Dec 14Japan space agency confirms asteroid soil inside landed capsule
The pan-shaped capsule was dropped by Hayabusa2 from space into the sparsely populated Australian desert. It arrived in Japan last week for research that will hopefully provide insights into the origins of the solar system and life on Earth.
World Dec 04Japan prime minister pledges $19 billion to promote ecological businesses
Suga, who took office in mid-September, set climate change as one of his main policy goals along with promoting a digital transformation of Japanese society — issues which were left behind by his predecessor.
Science Nov 27Japan spacecraft carrying asteroid soil samples nears home
A Japanese spacecraft is nearing Earth after a yearlong journey home from a distant asteroid with soil samples and data that could provide clues to the origins of the solar system.
World Sep 03Livestock ship carrying 42 crew members sinks off Japan’s coast
Japanese rescuers were searching Thursday for a livestock ship carrying 42 crew members that a survivor said sank during rough weather a day earlier off a southern Japanese island, the coast guard said.
World Aug 28Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he’s resigning for health reasons
Shinzo Abe, Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, says he will resign because a chronic illness has resurfaced. Concerns about Abe’s health began this summer and grew this month when he visited a Tokyo hospital two weeks in a row for unspecified…
World Jul 07Death toll from flooding in Japan rises to 55, dozen missing
Soldiers rescued residents on boats as floodwaters flowed down streets in southern Japanese towns hit by deadly rains that were expanding across the region Tuesday.
World Jul 05Japan floods leave up to 34 dead, many at nursing homes
Large areas along the Kuma River were swallowed by floodwaters, with many houses, buildings and vehicles submerged almost up to their roofs. Mudslides smashed into houses, sending people atop rooftops waving at rescuers.