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More women, disabled members make debut in Japanese parliament

01 Aug 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

01 Jul 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

26 Jun 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 focussed 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

14 Jun 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

13 Jun 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'

06 Jun 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.

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

06 Jun 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

27 May 2019

TOKYO U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday a deal with Iran on its nuclear programme 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

30 Apr 2019

TOKYO Japanese expressed warmth and gratitude towards 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

23 Apr 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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Iran says it will destroy any aggressor

Iran will pursue any aggressor, even if it carries out a limited attack, and seek to destroy it, the head of the elite Revolutionary Guards said on Saturday, after attacks on Saudi oil sites which Riyadh and U.S officials blamed on Tehran.