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Ready to Shine in the United States, a Star Waits in Japan

Seiya Suzuki is the only player in Nippon Professional Baseball history to homer the first time he stepped to the…

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A New Source of Fuel in an Aging Japan: Adult Incontinence

HOUKI, Japan — The restorative waters that flow into the public baths in this town near the coast of western…

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Japan’s Economy Shrinks, but Outlook Is Warm as Virus Ebbs

Japan’s economy continued to wobble in the third quarter of 2021, tipping back into contraction, as the country struggled to…

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Japan will shorten quarantine for business travelers to 3 days.

Japanese officials said on Friday that they would reduce the length of quarantine for vaccinated business travelers from 10 days…

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Japan’s Election Looks Closer Than Usual, but Party in Power Has Hit Snooze

TOKYO — Japan has had no shortage of faceless prime ministers over the decades, a revolving door of leaders forgotten…

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In Japan, Rural Voters Count More Than Those in Big Cities. It Shows.

By Motoko Rich, Makiko Inoue and Hikari Hida CHIZU, Japan — The mountain village of Chizu explains a lot about how…

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Daily coronavirus cases in Japan fall to the hundreds after a summer peak.

In mid-August, Japan was recording over 20,000 daily coronavirus cases, its highest levels during the pandemic. On Wednesday, it reported…

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Japan Stays Tough on Cannabis as Other Nations Loosen Up

KOBE, Japan — From an early age, Japanese society had conditioned Takayuki Miyabe to fear marijuana. But that was before…

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Japan’s Communists Are Hardly Radical, but Make a Handy Election Target

TOKYO — The Japan Communist Party is the oldest political party in the country. It’s the largest nonruling Communist party…

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At Last, a Royal Wedding. But No Trumpets, Just a News Conference.

TOKYO — The last time the sister of a future emperor of Japan got married, thousands of well-wishers lined the…

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