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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.

G20 plastic trash reduction goal doesn't address 'excessive' production: activists

Jul 01 2019

TOKYO Activists welcomed a goal set by the Group of 20 major economies' to reduce additional plastic trash leaking into the ocean to zero by 2050, but said it avoided getting at the heart of the problem - slashing the output of wasteful, single-use plastics in the first place.

Trump-Xi meet, Iran tension to overshadow G20 summit in Japan

Jun 25 2019

TOKYO Concerns over trade, conflict and oil will dominate a summit of the Group of 20 major economies in Japan this weekend, with attention focused on a meeting between the leaders of the United States and China, embroiled in a lengthy trade war.

RPT-G20 to tackle ocean plastic waste as petrochemical producers expand in Asia

Jun 13 2019

TOKYO, June 13 Japan wants to make reducing the glut of plastic waste in the oceans a priority at the Group of 20 summit it is hosting this month as governments around the world crack down on such pollution.

G20 to tackle ocean plastic waste as petrochemical producers expand in Asia

Jun 13 2019

TOKYO Japan wants to make reducing the glut of plastic waste in the oceans a priority at the Group of 20 summit it is hosting this month as governments around the world crack down on such pollution.

Japanese minister responds to #KuToo campaign by saying high heels 'appropriate'

Jun 06 2019

TOKYO Japan's health minister said in response to a petition seeking a ban on requiring women to wear high heels at work that such dress code expectations are "necessary and appropriate" in the workplace. | Video

#KuToo no more! Japanese women take stand against high heels

Jun 05 2019

TOKYO A social media campaign against dress codes and expectations that women wear high heels at work has gone viral in Japan, with thousands joining the #KuToo movement. | Video

Trump says Iran nuclear deal achievable as sanctions sting

May 27 2019

TOKYO U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday a deal with Iran on its nuclear program was possible, crediting economic sanctions for curbing activities Washington has said are behind a spate of attacks in the Middle East.

Japanese thank departing emperor whose era marked shift from 1980s boom

Apr 30 2019

TOKYO Japanese expressed warmth and gratitude toward Emperor Akihito ahead of his abdication on Tuesday, but judged his three-decade Heisei era as a period of difficulty and transition for Japan after the economic boom and confidence of the 1980s.

Japan's 10-day break to fete new emperor may breathe life into economy

Apr 23 2019

TOKYO Japan's unprecedented 10-day holiday to celebrate Crown Prince Naruhito's enthronement is expected to give the sluggish economy at least a short-term boost.

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