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High court rejects appeal by teachers refused work for not standing and singing national anthem

Japan News - 2 hours 13 min ago
The Tokyo High Court on Wednesday rejected an appeal by three former school teachers who claimed it was unreasonable they were banned from working part time after retirement because they had in the past refused to stand and sing the national anthem. (Japan Times)

Triumph creates Premium Friday bra

Japan News - 2 hours 22 min ago
Lingerie make Triumph on Wednesday announced the creation a special bra in honor of an initiative designed to encourage company employees to leave the office early prior to the weekend, reports TV Asahi (tokyoreporter.com)

Army to move brigade’s worth of firepower into Poland

Pacific Stars and Stripes - 3 hours 39 min ago
The U.S. Army in Europe is moving ahead with a plan to place another brigade’s worth of combat-ready armor and artillery inside Poland in an effort to push firepower closer to potential hot spots along NATO’s eastern flank.

Tokyo cops crack down on massage parlors in Hachioji

Japan News - 6 hours 47 min ago
As a part of a crackdown on illegal services being provided by massage parlors in Hachioji City, police have busted one establishment for illegal street solicitation, reports TBS News (tokyoreporter.com)

Man stomps 2 cats to death after losing bets on horses

Japan News - 6 hours 52 min ago
A man was caught on security camera stomping and killing two cats to vent his frustration after suffering gambling losses in Nagoya, reports TV Asahi (tokyoreporter.com)

Bear shot and killed in Gifu after attack injures 3 persons

Japan News - 6 hours 53 min ago
A bear was shot and killed in Takayama City after an attack resulted in injuries to three persons, reports TBS News. (tokyoreporter.com)

Tokyo cops arrest man suspected of jumping on tracks to evade groping accusation

Japan News - 6 hours 56 min ago
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a 41-year-old man who fled a train station in Itabashi Ward by jumping on railway tracks after being accused of groping a woman, reports the Asahi Shimbun (tokyoreporter.com)

China launches first domestically built aircraft carrier

The Japan Times - 9 hours 17 min ago
China launched its first indigenously built aircraft carrier Wednesday in a move that showcases the country’s growing maritime clout amid simmering tensions over the disputed ...

U.S.-Japan drills shifting to new ‘normal’

The Japan Times - 9 hours 19 min ago
For Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump, crisis could breed opportunity. As the impasse with nuclear-armed North Korea reaches a critical juncture, ...

Japan minister resigns over remark about 2011 tsunami

Pacific Stars and Stripes - 9 hours 19 min ago
Japan's disaster reconstruction minister resigned over his remark that "it was good" that the March 2011 quake and tsunami had hit northern Japan instead of areas closer to Tokyo.

High court rejects appeal by teachers refused work for not standing and singing national anthem

The Japan Times - 9 hours 31 min ago
The Tokyo High Court on Wednesday rejected an appeal by three former school teachers who claimed it was unreasonable they were banned from working part ...

NASCAR star Earnhardt Jr. to retire after 2017 season

The Japan Times - 9 hours 32 min ago
Dale Earnhardt Jr. abruptly announced his retirement at the end of the season Tuesday, a decision that will cost NASCAR its most popular driver as ...

Berlin subway attack suspect charged, faces up to 10 years

Pacific Stars and Stripes - 9 hours 47 min ago
German authorities have charged a 27-year-old caught on camera kicking a woman down a flight of stairs in a Berlin subway station with assault causing serious bodily harm.

US Navy fires warning flare at Iran vessel in Persian Gulf

Pacific Stars and Stripes - 10 hours 14 min ago
A U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer fired a warning flare toward an Iranian Revolutionary Guard vessel coming near it in the Persian Gulf, an American official said on Wednesday, the latest tense naval encounter between the two countries.

Why South Korea is debating US anti-missile system

Pacific Stars and Stripes - 10 hours 21 min ago
Amid alarm over North Korea's expanding nuclear weapons and missile arsenal, Washington and Seoul are speeding ahead with the installment of an advanced U.S. anti-missile system in South Korea to cope with the growing threats.

Time to act on insights from landmark survey of Japan’s foreign residents

The Japan Times - 10 hours 28 min ago
Government's attempt to understand the foreign experience of Japan produces valuable data despite some blind spots.

Help for those seeking left-behind parents in Japan

The Japan Times - 10 hours 30 min ago
Two adult daughters contacted Lifelines hoping to get help with issues related to their fathers.

Abe-Putin summit in Russia to spotlight territorial dispute and North Korean threat

The Japan Times - 10 hours 34 min ago
From North Korean missiles to scallop and sea urchin farming, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin have a wide range of items ...

China launches first domestically made aircraft carrier

Pacific Stars and Stripes - 10 hours 47 min ago
China has launched its first aircraft carrier built entirely on its own, in a demonstration of the growing technical sophistication of its defense industries and determination to safeguard its maritime territorial claims and crucial trade routes.

Emergence of new generation bodes well for Summer Basho

The Japan Times - 10 hours 49 min ago
I was honored to be asked by The Japan Times to write a sumo column as part of the 120th anniversary revamp. This paper was ...