The Japan News (Japan)

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - Large companies hired 20 percent more foreign workers in fiscal 2018 compared to the previous year, a survey by news source and Nippon TV network has found. 

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - In mid-March, strong voices of men bidding on dried nori seaweed echoed in the Omori Nori Kaikan hall, the building of the nori seaweed wholesalers’ cooperative association in Omori in Tokyo’s Ota Ward.

TENDO, Japan (The Japan News/ANN) - A “human shogi” event in which high school students acted as shogi pieces was held Saturday in Tendo, Yamagata Prefecture, known as the nation’s top producer of shogi pieces.

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - Ahead of this year’s extended Golden Week holiday, which starts Saturday and will last 10 days to commemorate the Imperial succession, tourist destinations and resorts are seeking to attract customers by planning new events and making other special arrangements.

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - The Japanese and Russian governments will likely start full-fledged discussions about a visa waiver program for short-term travel between Hokkaido and Russia’s Sakhalin, hoping to reach an agreement during a June bilateral summit meeting.

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - About 40 per cent of junior high and high school students across the nation had reached recommended levels for their English proficiency in the 2018 academic year, well below the government target of 50 per cent, according to the education ministry.

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - Prefectural police headquarters began this month introducing new reagents to conduct DNA profiling for criminal investigations.

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - Expectations are high that host Japan will be a smash in table tennis at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and come away with multiple medals. 

ASAHI, Toyama (The Japan News/ANN) - Spring flowers like cherry blossoms, tulips and canola blossoms recently reached full bloom in Asahi, Toyama Prefecture, allowing visitors to enjoy a landscape of vivid colors spread all over. 

WASHINGTON (The Japan News/ANN) - Japan and the United States on Friday confirmed for the first time that large-scale cyber-attacks are within the scope of Article 5 of the Japan-U.S. Security Treaty, which obliges the United States to defend Japan, at bilateral security talks held in Washington.