Japan's health ministry is planning to introduce international food safety standards to boost food exports. A group of food safety experts on Monday began studying the feasibility of requiring food processing companies to adhere to the international Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points system.
Japan posted a current account surplus for the 19th consecutive month in January, the government said Tuesday, with declining crude oil prices driving down imports and a growing number of foreign tourists helping to push travel further into the black.
Japan rejected on Tuesday a U.N. panel's view that Tokyo should take into consideration the opinions of so-called comfort women in implementing a bilateral agreement reached with South Korea last year.
Hundreds of people have gathered in New York to remember the victims of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan. More than 400 people, mainly Japanese living in the city, attended an annual event at a church in Manhattan.
A company that operates “onsen” hot spring facilities has been selected to operate a commercial and tourism complex in the new fish market in Tokyo that will replace the current Tsukiji market in November.
A U.S. civic group said Friday two ships have arrived in Kobe to transport the plutonium which Japan agreed in 2014 to return to the United States. The British-flagged ships will pick up the cargo in Tokaimura and transport it over a 52-day voyage to South Carolina, where the U.S. government-run Savannah River Site nuclear facility is located, according to Savannah River Site Watch.
Programs to stabilize and increase earnings for "crowdsourcing" workers and improve their skills are starting in Japan. Combining "crowd" and "outsourcing," crowdsourcing is a way of obtaining services from a crowd of people, usually online. It is attracting people wishing to work at home when it suits them, such as housewives raising children.
Japanese students will use "digital textbooks" in class in four years' time. An Education Ministry panel has decided on a basic policy for introducing tablet computers and other digital devices into classrooms at elementary schools as well as junior and senior high schools, starting with the 2020 school year.