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Visitors to Japan Top 20 Million for Second Straight Year (News)

Tokyo, Sept. 20 (Jiji Press)—The estimated number of visitors to Japan this year exceeded 20 million on Friday, surpassing the threshold for the second straight year, Japan Tourism Agency Commissioner Tamura Akihiko said Wednesday. The 20-million mark, which was reached about six weeks earlier than last year, was achieved due chiefly to sharp growth in the number of tourists from mainland China…

LDP’s Election Pledges to Contain Proposed Constitutional Amendments (News)

Tokyo, Sept. 20 (Jiji Press)—The ruling Liberal Democratic Party is considering including four constitutional amendments proposed by Prime Minister Abe Shinzō in its policy pledges for the imminent election of the House of Representatives, the lower chamber of Japan's Diet, informed sources said Wednesday. But the LDP will refrain from showing draft amendments with specific wording because some…

Japanese Pop Icon Amuro Namie to Retire Next Year (News)

Tokyo, Sept. 20 (Jiji Press)—Japanese pop icon Amuro Namie said Wednesday that she will retire from the world of show business in September next year. "I would like to write about something that I have carried in my mind and decided on the twenty-fifth anniversary of my debut," the 40-year-old singer, who celebrated her milestone anniversary on Saturday, wrote in her blog and indicated her inte…

Toshiba Decides to Sell Chip Unit to Bain-Led Team (News)

Tokyo, Sept. 20 (Jiji Press)—Troubled Japanese electronics and machinery giant Toshiba Corp. said Wednesday that the company decided at a board meeting the same day to sell its prized flash memory unit to a Japanese–US–South Korean consortium led by US private equity fund Bain Capital. Toshiba said it aims to conclude a deal to sell the unit, Toshiba Memory Corp., for ¥2 trillion at an early da…

Toyota Launches New GR Sports Car Brand (News)

Tokyo, Sept. 19 (Jiji Press)—Toyota Motor Corp. on Tuesday launched the new GR sports car brand, under which the company will sell vehicles developed using know-how gained through its involvement in motor racing. For the next 100 years, Toyota will do things that demonstrate that "cars are fun," President Akio Toyoda told a GR brand launch event in Tokyo, apparently bearing in mind talk that th…

Abe Calls for Creating Environment Forcing North Korea to Seek Talks (News)

New York, Sept. 19 (Jiji Press)—Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō underscored the importance of creating an environment that forces North Korea to seek talks, during a meeting with United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at the UN Headquarters in New York on Tuesday. Abe said it is necessary to step up pressure on North Korea now, following the reclusive country's sixth nuclear test …

Japan’s Elderly Population Accounts for Record 27.7% (News)

Tokyo, Sept. 17 (Jiji Press)—The estimated number of people aged 65 or older in Japan stood at 35.14 million as of Friday, accounting for 27.7% of the nation's total population, with both figures hitting record highs, an internal affairs ministry survey showed Sunday. The elderly population increased 570,000 from a year earlier and its share rose 0.5 percentage point, with the total national po…

Abe Meets with Kōmeitō Leader to Discuss Election (News)

Tokyo, Sept. 18 (Jiji Press)—Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō met with Kōmeitō leader Yamaguchi Natsuo on Monday to discuss an expected imminent dissolution of the House of Representatives for a snap general election. During the 15-minute talks at Abe's private home in Tokyo, Abe, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party's president, conveyed his plan to dissolve the all-important lower chamber of…

Abe Cabinet Approval Rating Rises to 41.8%: Jiji Survey (News)

Tokyo, Sept. 15 (Jiji Press)—Public support for Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō's cabinet rose 5.2 percentage points from August to 41.8% this month, outpacing disapproval for the first time in three months, a Jiji Press poll showed on Friday. The disapproval rating plunged 7.4 points to 36.7%. The results are believed reflect strong support for the Abe government's response to North Kore…

Name Boards of Two Unmanned Stations in Hokkaidō Stolen (News)

Sapporo, Sept. 14 (Jiji Press)—The name boards of two unmanned stations in Hokkaidō, northernmost Japan, that are popular among railway enthusiasts as secluded stations, have been stolen. The host town of Horonobe in northern Hokkaidō has used the two stations—Onoppunai and Toikanbetsu on the Sōya Line of Hokkaidō Railway Co., or JR Hokkaidō—for regional revitalization. "It's a shame since t…

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