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Abe Cabinet’s approval rating dips below 50%

Forty-eight percent of respondents in a Yomiuri Shimbun survey said they could not trust Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the highest level since the second Abe Cabinet was inaugurated. Read More

Stationmaster, 95, livens village gateway

Kumagawa Rail Road in the southern part of Kumamoto prefecture is known for its sightseeing train running through the countryside. Read More

Cancer patients deserve more support at work

Updated on  May 31, 2017 at 6:48 pm
One in 3 people diagnosed with cancer in Japan either voluntarily resign or are dismissed from their jobs. Read More

Bathhouse tattoo taboo not easily overcome

Updated on  May 31, 2017 at 6:47 pm
While the government sees no problem with allowing tattooed customers in bathhouses, operators and users remain skittish. Read More

Retired pro joins national blind soccer team

Updated on  May 31, 2017 at 6:49 pm
As a goalie, Tatsuya Enomoto is the only sighted player allowed to play on the team. Read More

Trout once thought extinct poised for return

Officials of the Yamanashi prefectural government artificially hatched kunimasu fish eggs and loaned the fish to a learning facility to be opened in July. Read More

Overfishing spurs calls for new limits

Updated on  May 10, 2017 at 6:41 pm
Japan’s bluefin tuna catches topped an annual limit set by an international accord two months early. Read More

Children play vital role in shaping future policy

Updated on  May 10, 2017 at 6:43 pm
At the first Children’s Newspaper Summit last month, students got together to discuss what kind of world they want to live in and how to achieve it. Read More