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26 October 2014
The Thai man who admitted to killing Yoshinori Shimato, a 79-year-old Japanese teacher who had been missing since late September, has confessed to killing another Japanese man, a Thai police official said Friday. (Japan Times)
Trade chiefs from 12 countries involved in an ambitious Pacific free trade initiative started a three-day meeting Saturday in Sydney in a bid to make progress toward a U.S.-proposed goal of reaching a deal by year-end. (Kyodo)
Police on Friday night arrested a 38-year-old man who stabbed a passerby in front of Tokyo's Ueno Station. (Japan Today)
Japan will check the recent travel histories of all people arriving at international airports in the country to identify those who have visited Ebola-affected West African countries, the health ministry said Friday. (The Japan News)
Japan's Meteorological Agency is warning that a volcano may erupt in the Kirishima mountain range in Kyushu. Mount Ioyama straddles the southwestern prefectures of Kagoshima and Miyazaki. (NHK)

Oct 25
Police in Tokyo's Mizuhomachi area have arrested a 20-year-old man for pouring urine from a PET bottle on a 14-year-old girl earlier this month. (Japan Today)
Oct 24
The Cabinet approved a bill Friday to revise the adult entertainment business law to enable dance clubs to operate past midnight, provided they meet interior lighting regulations. (Japan Times)
Oct 24
Police have arrested a 64-year-old man from Tsubame, Niigata Prefecture, for threatening a former Asahi Shimbun reporter over stories he wrote about the comfort women issue. (Japan Today)
Oct 24
The government said Friday it has chosen Nobel physics prize laureates Shuji Nakamura and Hiroshi Amano and five others as this year's winners of Japan's top cultural award, the Order of Culture. (Kyodo)
Oct 24
Police have confirmed the 57th death in the eruption of Mount Ontake in central Japan. Another 6 people are still missing after Japan's worst volcanic disaster in decades. (NHK)
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Oct 24
A small-scale Japanese study last year, among others, suggested there was a connection between chomping and cognitive function, and the belief in a link between chewing and health is widely held in Japan. (manilastandardtoday.com)
Oct 24
Honda Motor is recalling several models, including the Fit hybrid, for defects. (NHK)
Oct 24
Japanese automakers are flying high on brisk North American sales and a weaker yen, with Toyota Motor expected to report a record operating profit for the six months through September. (Nikkei)
Oct 21
Japan's convenience store operators are jostling for eminence in a famously cut-throat industry, and one product has come up trumps for the market's top players - coffee. (Reuters)
Oct 21
Japan's plan to legalise casino gambling has likely been delayed again, a senior official said on Monday, dealing a further political blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. (straitstimes.com)
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Oct 25
Alarmed by gaping holes in oversight, the Board of Audit wants to tighten scrutiny on tax deductions for overseas dependents to prevent dubious individuals from cheating the government out of revenue. (Asahi)
Oct 24
Stocks gained ground on the Tokyo Stock Exchange on Friday, backed by overnight rises in U.S. and European stocks. (The Japan News)
Oct 23
The Nikkei stock index closed negative, losing 0.37 percent Thursday, following a roller coaster series of runs recently, with the market being dragged down eventually today by falling U.S. shares overnight. (globalpost.com)
Oct 23
Japan's Nikkei index has taken a rollercoaster ride so far this week, and some analysts believe traders should strap in for more turbulence. (cnbc.com)
Oct 23
Japan logged a customs-cleared trade deficit of 958.3 billion yen in September, compared with the 943.2-billion-yen deficit a year earlier, the Ministry of Finance said Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
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Oct 26
Japanese and South Korean lawmakers pledged their mutual efforts Saturday to resolve the issue of so-called "comfort women" at an early date. (Jiji Press)
Oct 25
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's decision to let Japan's military fight overseas could open the way for the country to deploy minesweepers in South Korean waters in the event of a war with North Korea, a senior U.S. admiral said on Friday. (Reuters)
Oct 23
Japanese Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Taro Aso told Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli on Wednesday of Japan's wish to have a bilateral summit on the sidelines of an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum summit in November in Beijing. (Jiji Press)
Oct 22
Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso on Wednesday had a chat with Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli as the two countries are trying to mend relations badly strained by territorial and wartime historical issues, sources familiar with the matter said. (Kyodo)
Oct 22
The Japanese government said Tuesday it will settle a damages lawsuit with former workers at factories using asbestos in Osaka Prefecture, western Japan, that was sent back by the Supreme Court after their defeat at a lower court. (Jiji Press)
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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)
Oct 16
A panel of experts in Japan says more than 4.2 million people in the country are addicted to the internet. (NHK)
Oct 15
There are thousands of people in Japan who are not listed on a family register. Such people face various difficulties, given that the family register is an official document that certifies individuals' basic legal status, including Japanese nationality, and also lists their birth date, marital status and date of death. (Japan Times)
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Oct 25
An experts' panel of Japan's health ministry agreed Friday to allow an antiflu drug developed by a Fujifilm Corp. group company to be used for Ebola if any patient is found in the country. (Jiji Press)
Oct 24
Environment Ministry officials will launch a nationwide study to look into disturbing reports of animals such as wild boars and raccoon dogs eating the buried eggs of endangered sea turtles. (Asahi)
Oct 23
With the Ebola outbreak swiftly spreading in West Africa, Tokyo Metropolitan Bokutoh Hospital opened to the press on Wednesday a special isolation ward for highly dangerous infectious diseases. (The Japan News)
Oct 22
The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has begun dismantling the cover of a reactor building to remove debris as part of preparations for removing the nuclear fuel from a spent fuel storage pool. (NHK)
Oct 22
Tokyo Electric Power Co. has unveiled two new units of the advanced liquid processing system (ALPS) water treatment system to remove radioactive substances from contaminated water at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. (The Japan News)
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Oct 26
The Hanshin Tigers put runners on every base with two outs in the fifth inning in the opening game of the Japan Series as the zeal and frenzy of their fans in the stands shot to new levels. (Japan Times)
Oct 25
Japan will take the 18th spot in an expanded Super Rugby competition from 2016. (tvnz.co.nz)
Oct 20
Check the locks on all the Colonel Sanders statues in Osaka, because the Hanshin Tigers are headed back to the Japan Series and it was a big home run from a bearded foreign star that helped get them there. (Japan Times)
Oct 16
The Hanshin Tigers were behind the Yomiuri Giants before even stepping on the field, but the Kansai club didn't waste any time getting even. (Japan Times)
Oct 15
The Yomiuri Giants worked out in a mostly empty Tokyo Dome, with neither fans nor the Hanshin Tigers anywhere in sight. The Big Egg will be rocking the next time they're in it, as they square off with their oldest rivals for the right to participate in the Japan Series. (Japan Times)
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Oct 25
Two rarely shown painted "mandala" that depict the Buddhist universe will go on public display at Toji temple, a World Heritage site, on Oct. 31. (Asahi)
Oct 25
Japan's Meteorological Agency is warning that a volcano may erupt in the Kirishima mountain range in Kyushu. Mount Ioyama straddles the southwestern prefectures of Kagoshima and Miyazaki. (NHK)
Oct 24
Shizuoka Prefecture in central Japan will introduce a system to relay volcanic alerts issued by the Meteorological Agency to hikers' cell phones on Mount Fuji. (NHK)
Oct 24
Confectionery maker Ezaki Glico Co. on Thursday unveiled a new giant electronic billboard in downtown Osaka featuring its signature image of a runner with his hands in the air. (globalpost.com)
Oct 24
Crowds here cheered as rows of huge torches lit up the night skies during the millennium-old Kurama Fire Festival on Oct. 22. (Asahi)
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Oct 25
Sunset at Lake Hamana, ShizuokaIf you've been thinking of teaching English in Japan, this season is the best time to decide and apply. If you start applying now, you'll have time for the application process and get visas before school starts again...
Oct 25

Japan is old, ancient even… in its culture, and unfortunately, in age of its population, so much so that the concept of 'depopulation' is an actual fear and now part of the country's battle to stop the age-old fear of death by old age.

No one wan...
Oct 25
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Quite a while ago, I heard about a film night from a friend of mine and without knowing much about the contents, I went to see it. The documentary is called HAFU, ハーフ in Japanese, which means a half. A half of what? It´s a person who...

Oct 24
There are few creatures I am actually afraid of.

Snakes, I don't care for, but have touched and held and had draped over my shoulders. Spiders… I like the amazing and spectacular Spider-man, but hate the actual eight-legged arachnid. While I don...
Oct 24
How My Fear Of Long Distance Almost Ruined Everything



This week's guest post is from my good friend Jasmine (who runs the awesome blog Japan-aholic). She talks about how her fear of a long distance relationship almost prevented her from making one of the best decisions of her life. She wr...

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