The Japan News (Japan)

CHIBA, Japan (The Japan News/ANN) - Long lines at cash registers may no longer be the norm in the near future, as supermarkets and convenience stores are trying to reduce the amount of time and effort spent on payments, introducing such features as self-checkout.

TOYOKAWA, Japan (The Japan News/ANN) -  A new mass-produced car was unveiled by the Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai) for its Tokaido Shinkansen bullet train.

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - Shop staff are astonishingly polite in their interactions with customers, and if you go to someone’s home you’re given the royal treatment. 

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - This is the first time for a Self-Defence Forces unit to be dispatched overseas for a long mission on the basis of “survey and research,” as stipulated in the law concerning the establishment of the Defence Ministry. 

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - The government has decided to call for all elementary, junior high and high schools in the nation, as well as special-needs schools, to close from Monday to spring break.

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - The last shipment restriction on fish species caught off Fukushima Prefecture, was lifted last Tuesday resulting in all 44 species becoming available for consumers for the first time since the accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in March 2011. 

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - A basic policy has been decided by the government for addressing the new coronavirus, and has launched efforts to slow the increase in infections and suppress the size of the epidemic.

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe revealed a plan to call for the cancellation, postponement or downsizing of national-level sporting and cultural events where many people would gather for the next two weeks. 

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - The origin of sumo is said to have a history of 1,400 years. There is a myth referred to in “Chronicles of Japan,” a history book compiled during the Nara period (8th century).

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - The problem is how to protect an important means of transportation for people’s everyday life, as the business environment of regional bus companies is deteriorating.