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Japanese Lawyer Operating Sashimi Shop in India (News)

New Delhi, May 28 (Jiji Press)—A Japanese lawyer opened a sashimi shop near New Delhi about two months ago to promote the habit of eating raw fish in northern India. "I'II sell (sashimi) steadily and prepare for the future" where the delicacy and other Japanese food will be popular in the region, said the 36-year-old founder of the Sashimi Fresh! shop, Nishino Yoshikazu. Nishino, a native of…

Abe Becomes Third-Longest-Serving Leader in Postwar Japan (News)

Tokyo, May 28 (Jiji Press)—Abe Shinzō became the third-longest-serving Japanese prime minister in post-World War II history on Sunday with 1,981 days in office including his first tenure between September 2006 and September 2007. His stint as Japanese leader surpassed that of Koizumi Jun'ichirō, who was in office between April 2001 and September 2006. Koizumi utilized internal opposition wit…

Western Japan Town Working to Revive D51 Steam Locomotive (News)

Wakayama (Jiji Press)—The town of Aridagawa in Wakayama Prefecture is working to revive a Class D51 steam locomotive for display at a local railway park. The D51 827 locomotive, made in 1943, was used mainly for freight trains linking Gifu and Aichi Prefectures from 1946 until it was decommissioned in 1973. Achiha Co., a transport company based in Osaka offering rolling stock transportation …

Japan Enacts Deregulation Bill to Increase Tour Guides (News)

Tokyo, May 26 (Jiji Press)—Japan enacted Friday a bill aimed at coping with a sharp increase in the number of visitors to the country by scrapping an interpreter license requirement for paid tour guides for foreigners. With another bill to revise the travel agency law, the amendment bill to the licensed guide-interpreter law was approved by a majority vote chiefly by the ruling coalition and th…

Summer Eyed for Announcing Princess Mako’s Informal Engagement (News)

Tokyo, May 25 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Imperial Household Agency is considering moving up the announcement of the informal engagement of Princess Mako, a granddaughter of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, to a former university classmate by several months from the initially envisioned autumn this year, Yamamoto Shin'ichirō, head of the agency, said Thursday. The announcement is expected to be m…

Ōita Backs Overseas Students to Revitalize Local Economy (News)

Ōita, May 25 (Jiji Press)—With its population shrinking, Ōita Prefecture has since fiscal 2016 ramped up efforts to help students from overseas who want to start businesses or work locally. The southwestern prefecture has the largest number of international students per 100,000 population and hopes they will help revitalize the region's economy, officials said. One such initiative is to offe…

Hitachi Develops New Tech for Detecting Breast Cancer (News)

Tokyo, May 24 (Jiji Press)—Japanese electronics giant Hitachi Ltd. said Wednesday it has developed a new technology that detects breast cancer by beaming ultrasonic waves at the breasts from 360º. The new technology can identify breast cancer in young women with high accuracy compared with one-way ultrasonography or mammography, company officials said.

System Eyed to Commission Official Duties to Ex-Female Members of Imperial Family (News)

Tokyo, May 22 (Jiji Press)—The Japanese government is considering a system to grant official status to former female members of the Imperial Family and commission some of the family's official duties to them, in response to its falling membership, informed sources said Monday. The move apparently reflects the government's eagerness to prevent the main opposition Democratic Party, which strongly…

LDP Lawmaker Ōnishi Apologizes for Cancer Patient Comment (News)

Tokyo, May 22 (Jiji Press)—Ōnishi Hideo, a House of Representatives member of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, apologized Monday for a remark he made about cancer patients. Ōnishi admitted that he said cancer patients facing work environments with passive smoke "don't have to work there" at a May 15 meeting of the LDP's health, welfare, and labor division, when measures to regulate passive …

Visitors to Japan Top 10 Million This Year at Fastest Pace (News)

Tokyo, May 19 (Jiji Press)—The estimated number of foreign visitors to Japan this year exceeded 10 million on Saturday, crossing the threshold at the fastest pace on an annual cumulative basis, Japan Tourism Agency Commissioner Tamura Akihiko said Friday. In January–April, the number of visitors to the country grew 16.4% from a year before to 9,116,000, the Japan National Tourism Organization s…

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