Japan-us Trade Deal Set To Take Effect Jan. 1

Japan-US trade deal set to take effect Jan. 1

A new trade deal between Japan and the US is expected to take effect on January 1 after Japan's government announced it had completed all the necessary procedures.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Donald Trump agreed to the terms in September. Japanese lawmakers voted on Dec. 4 to approve the deal. Trump says it doesn't need congressional approval, as it is going through under a "fast track" process.

Take A Look At The Details Of Ohara Sakurako's New Single

Take a look at the details of Ohara Sakurako's new single

The details on Ohara Sakurako's new single that's scheduled for release on December 4 have been revealed. 

The title of Ohara's next single will be "Shine On Me." The title track was written by Ishiwatari Junji and Marutani Manabu and composed, arranged, and produced by Marutani. It's a dance tune, and Ohara dances in its PV, which will be revealed in the coming days. Additionally, it will include "Let Me Go" a collaboration song with Okajima Kanata and Ryosuke "Dr.R" Sakai. 

Imperial Couple To Take Part In A Number Of Events

Imperial couple to take part in a number of events

The Imperial couple will take part in a number of events related to the Emperor's enthronement in the coming weeks.

The ritual taking place from November 14 to 15 is the "Daijokyu-no-gi." This Imperial family event constitutes the main part of the "Daijosai," or the Great Thanksgiving Ceremony, which is held only once in the Emperor's reign, following his accession.

Imperial Procession To Take Place Soon

Imperial procession to take place soon

Tens of thousands of people are expected to line the streets of central Tokyo on Sunday afternoon to watch Emperor Naruhito's enthronement parade.

People have been gathering around the Imperial Palace since the morning so they can get a good look at the Imperial couple.

Shuri Castle Investigation Expected To Take Days

Shuri Castle investigation expected to take days

Police say it will take several days at the minimum to complete their investigation into the cause of the fire at Shuri Castle in Okinawa Prefecture, southern Japan.

The blaze engulfed the World Heritage-listed site in Naha City as it raged for 11 hours on Thursday. The main structures of the castle, including the wooden 3-story main hall, were destroyed.

Panasonic Plant May Take 2 Months To Resume Output

Panasonic plant may take 2 months to resume output

Panasonic says it may be two months before production can resume at a plant forced to halt operations due to Typhoon Hagibis.

Much of the equipment at the company's factory in the northern city of Koriyama was flooded. Water rose higher than a one-meter-high wall and flowed into the building.

Japan To Take Part In Lunar Space Station Project

Japan to take part in lunar space station project

Japan says it will participate in a US-led project to put a space station into orbit around the moon.

The government made the decision on Friday at a meeting of the Strategic Headquarters for National Space Policy, attended by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and cabinet ministers.

2020 Olympics: Marathon May Take Place In Sapporo

2020 Olympics: Marathon may take place in Sapporo

The International Olympic Committee says it is considering moving the marathon and race walking events for next year's Tokyo Olympics to the northern Japanese city of Sapporo.

The IOC announced this on Wednesday, citing cooler conditions expected in the city in Japan's northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido.

Hokuriku Shinkansen Recovery May Take 1 To 2 Weeks

Hokuriku Shinkansen recovery may take 1 to 2 weeks

The operator of the Hokuriku Shinkansen bullet train says it will be one or two weeks before operations along its entire route are restored due to disruptions caused by Typhoon Hagibis over the weekend.

The Hokuriku Shinkansen connects Tokyo with the central Japanese city of Kanazawa, via Nagano.

20% Of Male Govt. Officials Take Childcare Leave

20% of male govt. officials take childcare leave

A record high percentage of Japan's male government officials took childcare leave in the fiscal year that ended in March.

Japan's National Personnel Authority reported that 1,350 men engaged in clerical work took the leave last fiscal year, up about 160 from the previous fiscal year.