Japan has launched a departure tax for Japanese and foreigners leaving Japan, from January 7th.
The Japanese government will charge the new tax of 1,000 yen or about 9 dollars, to people leaving the country by air or sea. This is the first new national tax to be launched by Japan since a land value tax was introduced 27 years ago.
Japan's Defense Ministry has said in a statement that the content of a video clip released by South Korea presents claims that are different from Japan's stance over a radar incident.
Japanese officials say a South Korean destroyer directed its fire-control radar at Japan's P-1 patrol plane in the Sea of Japan on December 20th.
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says his government will announce the name of the country's new era on April 1st. He said the name will take effect on May 1st when Crown Prince Naruhito ascends the throne.
Abe held a New Year's press conference on Friday after visiting Ise Shrine in Mie Prefecture.
Japan's government approved its largest-ever draft budget on Friday. However, one-third of the total revenue eyed for the next fiscal year comes from issuing government bonds.
The budget plan for the year beginning April amounts to more than 101 trillion yen, or about 910 billion dollars. That's up 33 billion dollars from fiscal 2018.
Researchers say up to 60 percent of sandy beaches in Japan could disappear by the end of this century because of rising sea levels brought by global warming.
The group of scientists from Japan's National Institute for Environmental Studies and 27 other entities analyzed data from the 2014 report of the UN climate change panel and other sources.
Japan's ruling coalition has pushed a controversial bill through the Diet... with just a few days left before the current session ends. It will allow more foreign workers into the country.
The bill to change the immigration control law was enacted after fierce resistance from the opposition camp.
It has dominated the current Diet session.
Japanese space agency JAXA says it has successfully sent cargo back from space for the first time.
A capsule containing crystalized proteins returned to Earth from the International Space Station on Sunday morning Japan Time as scheduled. It splashed down in the Pacific Ocean and JAXA sent a ship to recover it.
Before the results of the US midterm elections came in, Japan's top government spokesperson said that the elections would not have an impact on bilateral ties.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said, "The Japan-US alliance is unshakable. I believe Republicans and Democrats both understand the importance of the relationship."
Japan's National Tax Agency has obtained information on more than half a million accounts at financial institutions overseas held by Japanese citizens and companies.
This comes amid heightened public interest in how the wealthy use offshore havens to evade paying taxes at home. The Japanese agency will analyze the data to crack down on tax evasion.