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“Premium Friday” Kickoff Event Held in Tokyo (News)

Tokyo, Feb. 21 (Jiji Press)--A kickoff event was held in Tokyo on Tuesday, ahead of the start on Friday of Japan's "Premium Friday" public-private nationwide campaign aimed at stimulating consumer spending. A poster announcing the start of the "Premium Friday" campaign at Tokyo Station on February 21, 2017. (© Jiji) "We hope to revive the Japanese economy by encouraging the public to spend …

Haneda Terminal 2 to Go International Ahead of 2020 Olympics (News)

Tokyo, Feb. 20 (Jiji Press)—Tokyo International Airport's Terminal 2, currently for domestic flights, is slated to host international flights as well, from March 2020 ahead of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics that year, informed sources have said. The transport ministry has decided to allow All Nippon Airways, which operates domestic flights at Terminal 2 of the airport at Haneda, to run inte…

Japan to Promote Universal Design for Paralympics (News)

Tokyo, Feb. 19 (Jiji Press)—The Japanese government will redouble efforts to promote universal design for an inclusive society that is comfortable to everyone regardless of age, nationality and whether one has disability, in the run-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. The government plans to hold a meeting of cabinet ministers related to the project on Monday and announce an acti…

Japanese Climber Hiraide Wins Uemura Naomi Adventure Prize (News)

Tokyo, Feb. 16 (Jiji Press)—Japanese alpinist and mountain photographer Hiraide Kazuya, 37, won this year's Uemura Naomi Adventure Prize, awarded to adventurers who make significant achievements in exploring nature, the prize organizer said Thursday. Winner of the Piolets d'Or prize, Japanese alpinist and mountain photographer Hiraide Kazuya, 37, was awarded this year’s Uemura Naomi Adventure …

Abductee Families Express Concerns over Death of Kim Jong Nam (News)

Tokyo, Feb. 15 (Jiji Press)—Families of Japanese nationals abducted by North Korea voiced concerns over media reports that Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, has been assassinated in Malaysia. "It would be terrifying if Kim Jong Un ordered the assassination," said Ichikawa Ken'ichi, whose brother, Shūichi, was kidnapped to North Korea at age 23. "But we will not …

English to Become Regular Elementary School Subject in Japan (News)

Tokyo, Feb. 14 (Jiji Press)—Japan's education ministry released draft revisions of the country's curriculum guidelines for elementary and junior high schools on Tuesday, including adoption of English as a regular subject for elementary school fifth- and sixth-graders. Under the curriculum revision plans, a teaching method designed to encourage students to independently find problems and soluti…

Toshiba Reports Larger April–December Loss (News)

Tokyo, Feb. 14 (Jiji Press)—Toshiba Corp. reported Tuesday a group net loss of ¥499.9 billion for April–December 2016, even larger than the year-before loss of ¥479.4 billion, due to its US nuclear power plant business debacle. The company’s auditors have not yet approved earnings for the nine-month period. The unapproved results indicate that the struggling Japanese electronics and machinery m…

Abe Seeks Trump’s Leadership Role in World (News)

Tokyo, Feb. 14 (Jiji Press)—Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō said Tuesday that he urged US President Donald Trump to play a leadership role in the international community during their latest summit. "The world will be in confusion and uncertainty will grow further unless the US president fulfills a role as a leader of the free world," Abe told a House of Representatives Budget Committee meeti…

Panasonic Unveils Autonomous Wheelchair (News)

Tokyo, Feb. 13 (Jiji Press)—Panasonic unveiled on Monday an electric wheelchair that can move autonomously after users give it a destination via a smartphone application. The wheelchair, designed for use by elderly and disabled people at airports and other facilities, will avoid colliding with obstacles and pedestrians by utilizing sensors. It can come to pick up users when called and move with…

Drone Use in Disaster Response Tested in Tokyo High-Rise District (News)

Tokyo, Feb. 11 (Jiji Press)—An experiment was conducted in central Tokyo Saturday to see if drones can efficiently gather information and provide evacuation instructions for people faced with difficulties in going home in times of major disaster. A drone in flight in Shinjuku Central Park, near the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, on February 11, 2017. (© Jiji) Shinjuku municipality o…

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