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Bucking a Global Trend, Japan Seeks More Immigrants. Ambivalently.

KASHIWA, Japan — When it comes to immigration to Japan, Koichiro Goto is blunt. He’s against it. “To accept a lot of immigrants would break down the borders of our singular nation,” said Mr. Goto, director of a nursing home [...]

Shrinking Japan OKs divisive bill to get more foreign labor

TOKYO (AP) – Japan is set to approve legislation that would officially open the door to foreign workers to do unskilled jobs and possibly eventually become citizens. Lawmakers were due to vote late Friday on a government proposal to allow [...]

Shinzo Abe Says Japan Is China’s ‘Partner,’ and No Longer Its Aid Donor

“Japan played a large part in that, but Japan has been given very little credit for it,” she said. Japan never officially declared that the aid, most of which came in the form of loans that were discontinued 10 years ago, represented [...]

Japan and China, Asian Rivals, Are Trying to Get Along

BEIJING — Six years ago, angry demonstrators filled the streets in dozens of Chinese cities to protest Japan’s claim to islands in the East China Sea, surrounding Tokyo’s embassy, overturning Japanese cars and in some cases even [...]

Japan Caved to Trump on Trade Talks. Now the Real Haggling Begins.

TOKYO — When Shinzo Abe sat down for a three-hour dinner with President Trump at Trump Tower in New York in September, the pair celebrated the Japanese prime minister’s 64th birthday. By the end of that week, it looked like Mr. [...]

Pompeo in Japan to discuss North Korea en route to Pyongyang

TOKYO (AP) – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Tokyo on Saturday for talks with Japanese officials ahead of his trip to North Korea, where he’ll be under pressure to push Pyongyang toward giving up its nuclear weapons. Pompeo’s [...]

Japan Has Enough Nuclear Material to Build an Arsenal. Its Plan: Recycle.

ROKKASHO, Japan — More than 30 years ago, when its economy seemed invincible and the Sony Walkman was ubiquitous, Japan decided to build a recycling plant to turn nuclear waste into nuclear fuel. It was supposed to open in 1997, a [...]

Japan Hit by Deadly Earthquake, Adding to Summer of Environmental Misery

TOKYO — A powerful earthquake struck Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido on Thursday, causing millions of homes to lose power, killing at least nine people and leaving 33 others missing after a landslide crushed multiple houses. The [...]

Japan Hit by Jebi, Strongest Typhoon in 25 Years; 2 Million Urged to Flee

TOKYO — Close to 3,000 people were trapped at a major airport in southern Japan after a powerful storm made landfall on Tuesday, bringing widespread flooding and winds of up to 130 miles an hour. Nine people were dead, according to [...]

Japan Dispatch: Mt. Fuji’s Got Mail. A Bone-Rattling Bulldozer Ride Brings It Down.

[unable to retrieve full-text content] Social media dominates communication in Japan, except atop the country’s best-know volcano. But hauling all those postcards off the summit isn’t easy. Source: NYT > World