Trump To Meet Abe, Abductees' Kin During Japan Trip From Nov. 5

Trump to meet Abe, abductees' kin during Japan trip from Nov. 5

U.S. President Donald Trump will visit Japan from Nov. 5 for talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and a meeting with the families of Japanese nationals abducted by North Korea in the 1970s and 1980s, the White House said Monday.

During a five-nation Asia tour plus a stop in Hawaii from Nov. 3 to 14, Trump will "call on the international community to join together in maximizing pressure on North Korea," it said in a statement.

Japan A-bomb Survivor, Activists Press Nations To Ratify Nuke Ban Pact

Japan A-bomb survivor, activists press nations to ratify nuke ban pact

A Japanese atomic-bomb survivor joined activists and diplomats Monday to press Japan and other countries to quickly ratify a landmark treaty banning nuclear weapons.

"None of them having (nuclear) weapons will contribute towards having peace," Tokuko Kimura, 82, said to an audience at a New York event. She was 10 when the United States dropped an atomic bomb over Nagasaki on Aug. 9, 1945, three days after detonating another device over Hiroshima.

Japan, U.s. Vow To Solve N. Korea Crisis Through Diplomatic Means

Japan, U.S. vow to solve N. Korea crisis through diplomatic means

Japanese and U.S. vice foreign ministers agreed in their meeting Tuesday to seek a diplomatic solution to North Korea's nuclear and missile threats, despite increasing fears about a military conflict with Pyongyang.

Amid growing tensions over a possible fresh provocation by North Korea, Japanese Vice Foreign Minister Shinsuke Sugiyama and U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan reiterated the importance of trilateral cooperation with South Korea to bolster pressure on Pyongyang.

Prosthetic Limbs For Rent In Tokyo, 1st Such Service In Japan

Prosthetic limbs for rent in Tokyo, 1st such service in Japan

Amputees who are aspiring athletes can now try out prosthetic limbs for a small fee at a shop that opened in Tokyo on Oct. 15 to offer the first such service of its kind in Japan.

Gisoku no Toshokan (Library of artificial limbs) in the Toyosu district of Koto Ward offers 24 types of prosthetic limbs.

Trump To Meet Families Of Abductees In Japan Visit

Trump to meet families of abductees in Japan visit

The White House says US President Donald Trump will meet with the families of Japanese citizens abducted by North Korea during his visit to Japan that starts on November 5th.

The White House has announced the schedule for Trump's upcoming Asian tour.

H.i.s. To Open 10 More Robot-staffed Hotels In Japan

H.I.S. to open 10 more robot-staffed hotels in Japan

Japanese travel company H.I.S. Co. said Monday it will open 10 more hotels staffed by robots in Tokyo, Fukuoka, Osaka and Kyoto by March 2019.

"Henn-na Hotel," or "strange hotel," featuring dinosaur or female humanoid robot receptionists and cleaning robots, will be opened in downtown areas of the cities, targeting the booming foreign tourist market in Japan, the company said.

Oldest Bengal Tiger In Japan Dies

Oldest Bengal tiger in Japan dies

The oldest Bengal tiger in Japan has died at age 24, or the human equivalent of around 100, at a zoo in the western Japanese city of Okayama, zoo officials said Saturday.

Hiro, a male of the endangered species, had been unable to stand up since Thursday morning. The tiger was found dead Friday night, with the cause seen as natural.

Japan Submits Anti-nuclear Draft Resolution To Un

Japan submits anti-nuclear draft resolution to UN

Japan has submitted a draft resolution to the United Nations calling for the abolition of nuclear arms. But the text does not mention the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons adopted by the world body in July.

Japan, the only country to have suffered from atomic-bombings, presented the draft to a UN disarmament committee on Thursday.

A-bomb Sufferers Urge Japan To Join Treaty

A-bomb sufferers urge Japan to join treaty

Survivors of the 1945 atomic-bombings in Japan have adopted a statement calling for the government to join the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons adopted by the United Nations in July.

Nihon Hidankyo, or the Japan Confederation of Atomic and Hydrogen Bomb Sufferers Organizations, ended a 2-day meeting in Tokyo on Thursday. About 80 people from 29 prefectures, including Hiroshima and Nagasaki, attended.

Candidate Numbers Show Gender Parity In Japan Politics Still A Long Way Off

Candidate numbers show gender parity in Japan politics still a long way off

Of the 1,180 people currently registered as candidates in the Oct. 22 general election, 209 are women, or 17.7 percent -- the highest ratio ever. And while the ratio may be up 1.1 points from the last House of Representatives poll in 2014, it also shows how distant true gender equality in Japanese politics is.

Before Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dissolved the lower house in September, women held 44 seats, accounting for 9.3 percent of its then 472 members -- the worst rate among the Group of Seven club of advanced nations. According to the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), an organization made up of parliamentarians from around the world, as of Sept. 1 Japan ranked 165th out of 193 countries in the ratio of national lawmakers who were female.

British Minister Keen To Pursue Fintech "opportunities" In Japan

British minister keen to pursue fintech

Britain's digital minister expressed his eagerness to pursue collaboration between his country and Japan in "fintech," an emerging industry combining financial services and information technology, to capitalize on the future's many opportunities.

Matt Hancock said in an interview with Kyodo News and other media outlets in late September that he has "no doubt that more collaboration" between Britain and Japan "will lead to better results for both" in the sector, worth 7 billion pounds ($9.3 billion) to the United Kingdom's economy.

New Species Of Clione Sea Slug Found In Japan Bay

New species of clione sea slug found in Japan bay

The discovery of a new species of clione sea slug, usually found in chilly polar waters, in central Japan's Toyama Bay may shed light on sea temperature changes, a local university said Thursday.

The discovery was made by a team of researchers led by Zhang Jing, a professor at the University of Toyama's graduate school. Researchers in Japan have confirmed through gene analysis that the species -- the fifth of its kind -- has previously not been identified.

Solid Election Victory Likely For Japan Pm Abe's Party: Poll

Solid election victory likely for Japan PM Abe's party: poll

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic Party is heading for a solid victory in the Oct. 22 general election while the party led by Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike is lagging behind even after grabbing the spotlight upon its launch, a Kyodo News survey showed Wednesday.

The LDP and its coalition ally Komeito party are expected to win over 300 seats in the 465-seat lower house, the survey suggests. Koike's Party of Hope may win around 60 seats, while another new face, the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, may take 30 seats or more.