Tokyo Starts Campaign To Ease Morning Congestion

Tokyo starts campaign to ease morning congestion

The Tokyo metropolitan government has started calling on commuters to avoid using trains during the morning rush hour to ease congestion.

Tokyo officials launched the campaign on Monday as part of the run-up to the next year's Olympics and Paralympics to be held in the city.

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Preparing For 'no Deal Brexit'

Preparing for 'no deal Brexit'

Japanese officials are ramping up efforts to prepare firms doing business in the UK for a possible no-deal Brexit.

The once unthinkable scenario now seems increasingly possible. Last week the British parliament overwhelmingly rejected Prime Minister Theresa May's plan for leaving the European Union.

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Abe To Leave For Russia To Meet Putin

Abe to leave for Russia to meet Putin

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to leave for Russia on Monday for talks with President Vladimir Putin.

Abe is determined to promote discussions on signing a peace treaty that would include a solution to the issue of four Russian-held islands.

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Miura Aborts Climb Of Mt. Aconcagua

Miura aborts climb of Mt. Aconcagua

An 86-year-old Japanese adventurer has aborted his climb of Argentina's Mount Aconcagua due to health concerns.

Yuichiro Miura began to scale South America's highest peak on Friday and reached a camp about 6,000 meters above sea level later in the day. He spent 2 days there waiting for the weather to improve before planning to scale the 6,960-meter peak.

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Japan Official To Be Briefed On Us - N.korea Talks

Japan official to be briefed on US-N.Korea talks

Japan's Foreign Ministry has sent a senior official to Sweden, where US and North Korean officials are expected to prepare for a second summit of their leaders. Tokyo wants to get a first-hand briefing from the US side.

The ministry said on Sunday that the Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau chief, Kenji Kanasugi, had left for Sweden.

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World's Oldest Man Dies At 113

World's oldest man dies at 113

A 113-year-old Japanese man died on Sunday. Masazo Nonaka was recognized by Guinness World Records as the world's oldest man in April last year.

Nonaka, a resident of Japan's northern island of Hokkaido, was born in July 1905.

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Giant Sand Sculptures On Display At Chiba Park

Giant sand sculptures on display at Chiba park

Two giant sand sculptures are on display at a park in Tateyama City, southeast of Tokyo.

Artist Toshihiko Hosaka created the artworks, named Pegasus and Dragon. He won an international competition for sand art in Taiwan in 2017.

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Snowy Tug - Of - War In Hokkaido

Snowy tug-of-war in Hokkaido

More than 900 people have competed in a tug-of-war in Japan's northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido.

The event is held every year in the town of Atsuma, which in September was hit by an earthquake that registered an intensity of seven, the highest level on the Japanese seismic scale. Many houses and buildings were damaged.

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Sources: Ghosn Mulls Stepping Down From Renault

Sources: Ghosn mulls stepping down from Renault

Sources say Carlos Ghosn is considering resigning from his position as Renault's chairman and CEO.

Ghosn was ousted from his post as Nissan chairman after his arrest in mid-November, but Renault has kept him in those posts.

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Abe, Putin: Acceptable Solution Needed

Abe, Putin: Acceptable solution needed

The leaders of Japan and Russia have agreed to further accelerate negotiations on concluding a peace treaty that would include resolving the issue of four Russian-held islands claimed by Japan. But their latest summit ended without concrete progress and revealed a difference in their positions.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin held talks in the Kremlin in Moscow on Tuesday.

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Two Japanese Films Nominated For Oscars

Two Japanese films nominated for Oscars

Two Japanese films have been nominated for this year's Academy Awards.

The Oscar nominees announced on Tuesday include "Shoplifters" by Hirokazu Koreeda for best foreign-language film.

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Panel Finds Ministry Discarded Labor Data

Panel finds ministry discarded labor data

An independent panel has found that Japan's labor ministry threw away statistical data that should be kept permanently, in the latest development in a scandal involving faulty surveys of wages and working hours.

The panel on Tuesday presented its report on the ministry's use of improper methods for its monthly surveys.

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Carlos Ghosn Denied Bail Again

Carlos Ghosn denied bail again

A Tokyo court has shot down another bail request by Nissan Motor's former Chairman. Carlos Ghosn has been in custody for over 2 months. That period is likely to stretch even longer with little prospects he will be released any time soon. His lawyers are expected to appeal the decision.

This is the second time his defense team had applied for bail, after Ghosn's most recent indictment earlier this month. He was charged with aggravated breach of trust and for underreporting his compensation.

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