Latest Japan's government Stories

2011-07-18 09:05:00

Japan's government plans to suspend all cattle shipments from Fukushima after the country's second-biggest retailer reported Sunday it had sold beef from cattle that ate nuclear-contaminated feed, Reuters reports. The country, which is still suffering the after-effects of the March earthquake and tsunami that devastated the region, has already dealt with a huge amount of contamination from products such as tea, milk, seafood and water; and the latest issue only adds to an already fueled...

2006-03-12 21:33:11

By George Nishiyama TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's government faces a new headache in talks with the United States about relocating American forces throughout the country after voters in a local referendum overwhelmingly rejected a plan to increase the U.S. presence at a nearby base. Voters in the southwest city of Iwakuni, home to a U.S. Marine base, by a margin of 8-1 gave a thumbs-down on Sunday to bringing more planes and troops to the facility. The expansion is part of an agreement...

2006-02-10 02:45:00

TOKYO -- Japan's government is expected to announce this month measures to deal with a possible eruption for of its famed Mount Fuji, officials said, but they added there were no signs that the long-dormant volcano had become active. The 12,390-foot Mount Fuji has not erupted for nearly three centuries, but signs of increased seismic activity five years ago prompted the government to create a panel to begin work on an evacuation plan. The panel has already outlined ways to evacuate...

2006-02-01 00:53:52

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's government has adopted a statement saying it does not consider China to be a threat, the Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday, in an apparent move to ease friction between them. Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Aso caused a diplomatic flap in December when he said China's military buildup was a threat given its lack of transparency, triggering an angry retort from Beijing and straining already chilly bilateral ties. Asked by an opposition lawmaker to explain its...

2005-07-20 21:39:30

By Teruaki Ueno TOKYO (Reuters) - Nearly 30 years after her daughter disappeared, Sakie Yokota is hoping next week's six-party talks on North Korea's nuclear ambitions will help resolve a dispute over Japanese citizens abducted to the reclusive communist state. Japan wants to raise the abduction issue when diplomats from the United States, Japan, China, the two Koreas and Russia meet in Beijing from Tuesday for the first such talks in more than a year, but analysts say that doing so could...

2005-07-18 22:01:17

TOKYO (Reuters) - The Tokyo High Court was set to rule on Tuesday on a lawsuit by Chinese plaintiffs demanding that Japan's government pay compensation and apologize for the activities of the Imperial Japanese Army's biological warfare units including the infamous Unit 731. In a landmark ruling in 2002, the Tokyo District Court said Japan had conducted biological warfare in China before and during World War II, something that the Japanese government has never officially acknowledged. But...

Word of the Day
  • To stammer.
  • Present participle of maffle, to stammer.
  • A simpleton.
The word 'maffle' may come from a Dutch word meaning 'to move the jaws' or a French word meaning 'having large cheeks'.