Japan's 1st Private-sector Rocket Launch Site

Japan's 1st private-sector rocket launch site

A groundbreaking ceremony has been held for what will be Japan's first ever rocket launch site to be operated by a private sector company.

Space One is building the launch site in Kushimoto town, Wakayama Prefecture.

Japan's Pacific Saury Catch Could Hit Record Low

Japan's pacific saury catch could hit record low

Japan's catch of Pacific saury, a popular fish in the autumn months, is on track to hit a record low this season.

The Japan Fisheries Information Service Center says the nationwide haul up until the end of October was 19,790 tons.

Police Inform Foreigners About Japan's Laws

Police inform foreigners about Japan's laws

Japanese police are trying to encourage foreign visitors not to break the law ahead of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games next year.

About 120 people, including foreign students, attended a seminar in Tokyo's Koto Ward on Saturday.

Japan's First Unhcr Sadako Ogata Dies

Japan's first UNHCR Sadako Ogata dies

Japan's first UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Sadako Ogata, has died at the age of 92.

Ogata was born in Tokyo in 1927. She was the great granddaughter of former Japanese prime minister Tsuyoshi Inukai. Her father was a diplomat and she spent her childhood living overseas.

What Is Japan's Society 5.0?

What Is Japan's Society 5.0?

As early as 2017, the Japanese government introduced the notion of Society 5.0, a term to designate Japan’s next societal inflection point. In this next step, technological developments would be utilized to improve life and society, while business success remains a driving factor, “quality of life” is the primary objective.

At CEATEC 2019, several companies are showing products or concepts designed around Society 5.0.

Japan's Defense Minister Directs Rescuers

Japan's Defense Minister directs rescuers

Japanese Defense Minister Taro Kono has instructed department officials to do their utmost in rescue operations that are underway in the aftermath of Typhoon Hagibis.

He says the first 72 hours that follow a disaster are crucial when it comes to saving lives.

Japan's Transport Systems Return To Normal

Japan's transport systems return to normal

Transport systems in Japan are returning to normal after Typhoon Hagibis caused widespread cancellations and disruptions over the weekend.

Most bullet trains have resumed. The Yamagata line is expected to be back to its regular timetable from around noon on Monday. The Hokuriku line is operating on a restricted schedule between Tokyo and Nagano.

Japan's Government Sets Up Special Task Force

Japan's government sets up special task force

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says the government is setting up an emergency taskforce to get the full picture of damage from Typhoon Hagibis and to take every possible measure to save people's lives.

Relevant ministers met at the Prime Minister's office on Sunday morning.

Diversifying Japan's Workforce

Diversifying Japan's workforce

The issue of workplace diversity was front and center at an event marking Coming Out Day in Japan on Friday.

October 11 is celebrated around the world as a day to honor people who publicly identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.

Japan's Patrol Ship And N.korean Vessel Collide

Japan's patrol ship and N.Korean vessel collide

A rescue operation is underway after a North Korean boat collided with a Japanese Fisheries Agency patrol ship and sank.

An official says the Japanese vessel was calling on the North Korean fishing boat to leave Japan's exclusive economic zone.

Japan's Patrol Boat And N.korean Vessel Collide

Japan's patrol boat and N.Korean vessel collide

A rescue operation is underway after a patrol boat belonging to Japan's Fisheries Agency collided with a North Korean fishing vessel.

An official says Japan's vessel was calling on the North Korean fishing boat to leave Japan's exclusive economic zone.

Japan's Preschool And Childcare Become Free

Japan's preschool and childcare become free

Japanese preschool education and childcare became free of charge on Tuesday, a move that will be funded by a consumption tax hike.

The tax was raised from 8 to 10 percent on October 1, with its revenue allotted to social security upgrades. During this fiscal year, about 3.5 billion dollars will be directed toward making preschool education and daycare services free.