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Japanese local council elects a female representative for first time

Japan's southern city of Tarumizu elected a woman to the local assembly, in a first in its history. Misuzu Ikeda, a former tax office employee,...

Fukushima: fuel being removed from one of reactors

In a major step in the decommissioning of the Fukushima nuclear reactor in Japan, the operator has started removing the fuel from a cooling...

Celebrities urge Japan to reverse decision to resume whaling

In an open letter to the Japanese Prime Minister, a group of celebrities have urged him to reverse the country's decision to resume whaling. Calling...

Japan sees biggest natural fall in population in 2018

Japan saw the biggest natural population decline on record in 2018, a year when there were only 921,000 births but 1.37m deaths. The population...

Japan may leave IWC: report

Japan may leave from the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and resume commercial whaling next year, according to a report that quoted an unnamed official...

EU parliament passes world’s largest free trade deal, with Japan

The European Parliament has approved the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement, dubbed as the world's largest free trade agreement, which covers 635 million people and almost...

Japan passes law to allow foreign workers

Japan has passed a new landmark, yet controversial, a new law to allow more foreign workers to address the labour shortage. Under the law --...

Japan bids for top climate finance job, citing $1.5bn contribution

By Megan Darby, Climate Home News Japan is making a play for one of the most politically critical jobs in international climate finance. The executive director...

World’s largest fishmarket gets a new place

The world's largest fish market, one of the Japanese capital’s top tourist attractions, has been moved to a new place. The $5-billion Toyosu market is...

Japan wants ban on whaling lifted

Japan has proposed the lifting of the ban on commercial whaling at the ongoing International Whaling Commission meeting in Florianópolis, Brazil, saying that ban...

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