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31 October 2014
The operator of the disaster-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant on Friday tentatively removed part of the cover shrouding the No.1 reactor building installed in the wake of the 2011 disaster to keep radioactive materials from dispersing. (Kyodo)
Police in Tokyo have arrested a 39-year-old member of the Air Self-Defense Force on a charge of attempted murder after he pushed a man onto the train tracks at JR Okubo Station in Shinjuku Ward. (Japan Today)
The Tokyo metropolitan government on Friday reopened all of Yoyogi Park, 57 days after dengue-carrying mosquitoes were found there. (Japan Today)
The Japanese government has drafted a new space development policy that will enhance its ability to provide security. The plan includes increasing the number of intelligence-gathering satellites. (NHK)
A 63-year-old man who died in Waikiki Saturday has been identified as a deputy mayor from Japan. (khon2.com)

Oct 31
Until only recently, Japan never celebrated Halloween. And why would it? The nation honors the spirits of its ancestors in August, during the ancient Buddhist festival of O-bon, when ancestral spirits are said to revisit the family altars -and when reported encounters with ghosts and spirits reach a fevered peak. (marketwatch.com)
Oct 31
A 41-year-old man, who was arrested in August for abusing his 14-year-old stepson, has also been charged with coercing the boy to commit suicide. (Japan Today)
Oct 30
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Thursday announced the bust of a risque bar in Machida City for licensing violations, reports Jiji Press (Oct. 30). (Tokyo Reporter)
Oct 30
Police in Komae City, Tokyo, on Thursday questioned the owner of a beauty salon over the murder of the salon manager whose body was found on the premises. (Japan Today)
Oct 30
A 25-year-old man who works as a host at a club in Tokyo's Kabukicho district has been arrested for trying to extort 3 million yen from his girlfriend by threatening her. (Japan Today)
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Oct 31
The Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry plans to prohibit electricity retailers from excessively advertising that their electricity is generated from renewable energy sources, beginning April 2016, if they use the so-called feed-in tariff system for renewable energy, according to sources. (The Japan News)
Oct 31
Food giant Nestle said Wednesday that its Japan unit plans to hire 1,000 robots as sales clerks at stores across the country. (Japan Times)
Oct 31
Japanese eel farmers established a farming control organization on Thursday to strengthen the management of stocks of the endangered Japanese eel. (Jiji Press)
Oct 30
Online shopping mall operator Rakuten Inc. said Wednesday that its telecommunications unit Fusion Communications Corp. will launch a low-cost smartphone service. (The Japan News)
Oct 30
Skymark Airlines is expected to post a parent-only net loss of more than 10 billion yen ($91 million) for the year ending March 2015, battered by stiff competition with low-cost carriers and higher fuel costs. (Nikkei)
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Oct 31
Japan's inflation rate fell to its lowest in nearly a year and a measure of job creation worsened for the first time in more than three years, highlighting the divergence between developments in the economy and policy makers' optimistic projections. (Wall Street Journal)
Oct 31
Tokyo shares soared 4.83 per cent to a seven-year high on Friday after the Bank of Japan ramped up its vast monetary easing programme, sending the yen into freefall. (straitstimes.com)
Oct 30
Tokyo stocks rose 0.67 percent on Thursday after the dollar hit a three-week high against the yen in response to the US Federal Reserve's decision to bring an end to its stimulus programme. (brecorder.com)
Oct 29
Stocks in Tokyo gained on Wednesday, leading Asian markets higher as investors awaited a decision by the U.S. Federal Reserve on quantitative easing. (investing.com)
Oct 29
Japan came in 104th in the World Economic Forum's gender equality rankings for 2014, up from 105th the previous year but still far behind other major industrialized nations, the Geneva-based group said Tuesday. (The Japan News)
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Oct 31
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says North Korea pledged to investigate the abduction of Japanese nationals without regard to the outcome of previous probes. But Pyongyang failed to provide detailed information on abductees. (NHK)
Oct 30
Four candidates have launched their campaigns to become the next governor of Okinawa. They're expected to focus on the debate over a US base relocation plan in Japan's southernmost prefecture. (NHK)
Oct 30
Tokyo prosecutors are searching the house of a former aide to Lower House member Yuko Obuchi over the recent political funds scandal. The scandal drove Obuchi from her post as Economy, Trade and Industry Minister. (NHK)
Oct 30
Former Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda said Wednesday he had a "nice meeting" with Chinese President Xi Jinping, less than two weeks ahead of a gathering of Asia-Pacific leaders in Beijing where there is a window of opportunity for the two countries to thaw icy relations. (Kyodo)
Oct 30
Prosecutors have questioned a former secretary to House of Representatives lawmaker Yuko Obuchi over a political funds scandal involving Obuchi, informed sources said Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
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Oct 31
The University of Tokyo came in 24th in the top 500 global university rankings compiled recently by U.S. News and World Report magazine. (The Japan News)
Oct 27
Japan's efforts to increase the number of international students coming to its shores are being dwarfed by similar initiatives in neighboring China. Lofty goals such as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's plan to attract 300,000 foreign students by 2020 appear to be struggling to gain traction. (Japan Times)
Oct 23
The Finance Ministry will ask the education ministry to increase the maximum number of students per class for first-graders at public elementary schools to 40, from the current 35, in a bid to cut the education budget for next year, it has been learned. (Japan Times)
Oct 21
Students' performances at International Science Olympiads (ISO), a series of worldwide science competitions for students not yet in higher education, are now being considered as important information for university entrance decisions. (The Japan News)
Oct 17
Bullying at elementary schools in Japan increased to a record high of 118,805 cases in fiscal 2013, exceeding 100,000 for the second consecutive year, the education ministry said Thursday. (Jiji Press)
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Oct 31
The operator of the disaster-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant on Friday tentatively removed part of the cover shrouding the No.1 reactor building installed in the wake of the 2011 disaster to keep radioactive materials from dispersing. (Kyodo)
Oct 31
The Japanese government has drafted a new space development policy that will enhance its ability to provide security. The plan includes increasing the number of intelligence-gathering satellites. (NHK)
Oct 31
A "magic" wearable device was showcased at Omotesando Hills in Tokyo on Wednesday to celebrate its arrival in Japan. (Japan Times)
Oct 31
A Japanese team says it plans to sell heart muscle cells made from induced pluripotent stem, or iPS, cells, to test new medicines. (NHK)
Oct 31
Countries have agreed on a sharp cut in the catch of bluefin tuna in the Eastern Pacific starting in 2015. A similar agreement on the fish was reached earlier for other parts of the Pacific Ocean. (NHK)
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Oct 31
The family of injured Formula One driver Jules Bianchi said Thursday he is still in critical condition but stable one month after his crash at the Japanese Grand Prix. (Japan Today)
Oct 30
The Fukuoka Softbank Hawks celebrated like they'd won a championship after Akira Nakamura's home run cleared the fence and ended Game 4 of the Japan Series. (Japan Times)
Oct 28
Mongolian sumo wrestler Ichinojo has reached the sport's third-highest rank of Sekiwake in the shortest period of time in about 90 years. (NHK)
Oct 27
A Japanese university baseball team extended its own record of futility on Sunday, losing its 86th straight game while finishing a fourth consecutive year winless. (nzherald)
Oct 25
Japan will take the 18th spot in an expanded Super Rugby competition from 2016. (tvnz.co.nz)
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Oct 31
The Tokyo metropolitan government on Friday reopened all of Yoyogi Park, 57 days after dengue-carrying mosquitoes were found there. (Japan Today)
Oct 31
Visitors took in the beautiful scenery of a former official residence of emperors in Kyoto on Thursday. (NHK)
Oct 31
Oriental Land will double the size of a popular section at Tokyo Disneyland and add a new section at Tokyo DisneySea as part of major investments through fiscal 2023, aiming to lure more guests. (Nikkei)
Oct 28
Parts of Hokkaido experienced the first snowfall of the season on Tuesday morning. (Japan Today)
Oct 27
Hyogo prefecture is the only prefecture on the main island of Honshu that has a coastline both to the Pacific Ocean and to the Sea of Japan. With some 8,400 square kilometres, it ranks 12th and its 5.6 million inhabitants make it the seventh largest prefecture. (mydigitalfc.com)
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Oct 31
The 5 Japanese Horror Movies You Must Watch

Halloween is here again and for me this means only one thing; watching horror movies! I like to watch one scary movie after another and usually this might mean watching something like Paranormal Activity or The Conjuring. This year though, I've de...

Oct 31
kusuri

I was just at the pharmacy the other day, looking for things, and thought about this topic. There are some unique vocabulary that are helpful to know when you go to pharmacy or drug store. I would like to start new series based on different type o...

Oct 30
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Its been a while since we last took a look at Akihabara in the Akihabara Shops category. These photos were taken back in August but I didn't have the time to stick it up until now ><

This is however the first Akihabara Shops post that uses the ...

Oct 30
zangyo

One of the biggest food enterprises, Kagome announced a few days ago that they introduced "No More Zangyo" rule in this May and no employees are allowed to work extra hours after eight. They are aiming to cut the long working hours and increas...

Oct 30

Author: Liu Jiangyong, Tsinghua University

The year 2014 marks 120 years since the First Sino–Japanese War. While the two nations have enjoyed several decades of peace, there is an uneasy feeling in China that recent developments and revisions ...

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