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More women, disabled members make debut in Japanese parliament

Aug 01 2019

TOKYO Japan's parliament opened a special session on Thursday with its most diverse upper house yet, including more women, two severely disabled members and the first openly gay male lawmaker, all of whom were elected last month.

Japan actor-turned politician aims for real-life starring role

Jul 31 2019

TOKYO Japanese actor-turned-politician Taro Yamamoto is angling for a new real-life role in which he leads his novice party and allies to victory, ousts long-ruling conservatives and takes over as premier within the next few years.

Japan's pro-constitution reform forces fall short of two-thirds upper house majority: NHK

Jul 24 2019

TOKYO Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling bloc won a solid majority in an upper house election on Sunday but his coalition and allies fell short of a two-thirds majority needed to begin revising the pacifist constitution, public broadcaster NHK said.

Two severely-disabled candidates win seats in Japan upper house vote

Jul 21 2019

TOKYO Two wheelchair-bound candidates won seats in Japan's upper house vote on Sunday, media projections showed, a sign of changing attitudes towards disabled people in a country where they have long been encouraged to stay in the shadow.

Two severely-disabled candidates win seats in Japan upper house vote

Jul 21 2019

TOKYO Two wheelchair-bound candidates won seats in Japan's upper house vote on Sunday, media projections showed, a sign of changing attitudes towards disabled people in a country where they have long been encouraged to stay in the shadow.

Japanese minister admonishes South Korea's envoy as dispute escalates

Jul 19 2019

TOKYO/SEOUL Japan's foreign minister publicly admonished South Korea's ambassador on Friday in a worsening dispute over compensation for Korean forced laborers that has spilled over into their trade in high-tech materials used to make memory chips and screens.

Spiral stairs, no sprinklers may have contributed to deadly Japan fire

Jul 19 2019

TOKYO The fire that tore through a building in Japan killing 33 people may have spread so fast not only because it was fueled by petrol but because it was funneled up a spiral staircase and there were no sprinklers to douse it, experts said on Friday.

Spiral stairs, no sprinklers may have contributed to deadly Japan fire

Jul 19 2019

TOKYO The fire that tore through a building in Japan killing 33 people may have spread so fast not only because it was fuelled by petrol but because it was funnelled up a spiral staircase and there were no sprinklers to douse it, experts said on Friday.

Spiral stairs, no sprinklers may have contributed to deadly Japan fire

Jul 19 2019

TOKYO The fire that tore through a building in Japan killing 33 people may have spread so fast not only because it was fuelled by petrol but because it was funnelled up a spiral staircase and there were no sprinklers to douse it, experts said on Friday.

UPDATE 1-Spiral stairs, no sprinklers may have contributed to deadly Japan fire

Jul 19 2019

TOKYO, July 19 The fire that tore through a building in Japan killing 33 people may have spread so fast not only because it was fuelled by petrol but because it was funnelled up a spiral staircase and there were no sprinklers to douse it, experts said on Friday.

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