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17 September 2014
Masayoshi Son surpassed Fast Retailing Co. Chairman Tadashi Yanai as Japan's richest person yesterday after SoftBank Corp. surged 16 percent since the start of last week. (Bloomberg)
Japan possessed about 47.1 tons of plutonium in and outside the country as of the end of 2013, up some 2.9 tons from the year before, the Cabinet Office said Tuesday. (Japan Times)
A month has passed since a Japanese man was captured in northern Syria by the extremist Islamic State militant group, but no progress is in sight for his release. (Japan Times)
Police in Kumagaya, Saitama Prefecture, on Tuesday arrested a 19-year-old youth after he stabbed his parents at their home. The suspect's mother later died of her wounds. (Japan Today)
Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi has been elected the first Asian president of the Association of Space Explorers at an annual meeting in Beijing. (The Japan News)

Sep 17
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Wednesday arrested an organized crime member in the bust of a business in Shinjuku Ward that sold illegal pornographic DVDs, reports AV Asahi (Sept. 17). (Tokyo Reporter)
Sep 17
Following the bust of a shopping site selling shoes containing a miniature camera used to take illicit photographs, Kyoto Prefectural Police are now seeking the return of the merchandise from customers, it was revealed on Tuesday, reports the Mainichi Shimbun (Sept. 17). (Tokyo Reporter)
Sep 17
Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko may visit Palau next year, the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, to pay their respects to Japan's war dead, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Tuesday. (Jiji Press)
Sep 16
A car was partially buried due to small mudslide and three people sustained injuries after a magnitude-5.6 quake hit a wide area of Kanto region in Japan around noon on Tuesday, according to local report. (shanghaidaily.com)
Sep 16
Two women died and a third woman was injured after the car they were in went off a mountain road and plunged into a river in Hyuga, Miyazaki Prefecture, on Monday. (Japan Today)
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Sep 17
The listing of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding on the New York Stock Exchange could be worth as much as 5 trillion yen ($46.2 billion) to its biggest shareholder, SoftBank. (Nikkei)
Sep 17
The number of new condominiums put on sale in the Tokyo metropolitan area dropped in August year-on-year for the 7th straight month. (NHK)
Sep 16
Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. boss Carlos Ghosn is preparing to cut battery manufacturing, people familiar with the matter said, in a new reversal on electric cars that has re-opened deep divisions with alliance partner Renault. (businessinsider.com.au)
Sep 15
The Asahi Shimbun, under fire for erroneous reports on Japan's wartime military brothels and the testimony of the late chief of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, revealed Sunday yet another scandal, saying it fabricated an interview with the president of Nintendo Co. (Kyodo)
Sep 13
Rakuten Inc, Japan's largest e-commerce company, has been actively considering launching a service like website Airbnb that would provide a hub to rent apartments and homes in Japan to short-term guests, two people with knowledge of the developing plans told Reuters. (Japan Today)
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Sep 17
Japanese shares fell for a second day, after the Topix (TPX) index posted five days of gains, as investors await a policy decision by the Federal Reserve. (businessweek.com)
Sep 17
Foreign direct investment into China is continuing to shrink on the back of rising labor costs. (NHK)
Sep 17
The percentage of women at ages associated with child-rearing who are actively participating in the workforce has been increasing and recently hit a record high, according to a monthly survey by the Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry. (The Japan News)
Sep 16
Tokyo shares ended the morning session lower on Tuesday as traders here intended to take profits after recent rally. (globalpost.com)
Sep 16
The South Korean government announced Monday it will examine whether it needs to keep in place its ban on imports of marine foods from eight Japanese prefectures including Fukushima, which was hit hard by the 2011 nuclear accident. (Jiji Press)
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Sep 17
The major opposition Democratic Party of Japan on Tuesday named key officials of its new leadership team headed by its president, Banri Kaieda, in a bid to shore up the party's decreasing presence ahead of an upcoming extraordinary session of the Diet, or parliament, and a series of local elections next spring. (Jiji Press)
Sep 16
Five Japanese citizens arrived at Pyongyang Monday to visit graves of their family members who have died in what is now North Korea around the end of World War II. (Jiji Press)
Sep 15
South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung Se and Japanese Ambassador to Seoul Koro Bessho held talks Sunday at a cultural exchange event in Seoul as the two countries struggle to mend strained relations. (Kyodo)
Sep 12
Japan's government has released transcripts of interviews about the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. (NHK)
Sep 11
Former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori held talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin and handed him a letter from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday. (Kyodo)
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Sep 17
Princess Mako, 22, the oldest daughter of Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko, left Haneda airport on Wednesday morning for London to begin one year of study in England. (Japan Today)
Sep 16
Tensions between North Korea and Japan are threatening the survival of this and dozens of other Korean schools. (theguardian.com)
Sep 12
Police in Chiba are investigating a series of thefts at two high schools in which 80 students were robbed of a total of Y360,000. (Japan Today)
Sep 12
Princess Kako dropped out of Gakushuin University in Tokyo at the end of August in the hope of entering another university, it was learned Thursday. (The Japan News)
Sep 11
Japan placed 40th among 48 nations and regions in the Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) in 2013, another year of bottom-scraping rankings for the country, according to test organizers. (Asahi)
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Sep 17
Representatives of Japan, China, South Korea and Taiwan agreed Wednesday at a multilateral forum on the conservation of the endangered Japanese eel to limit the volume of young eels put into aquaculture ponds. (Kyodo)
Sep 17
Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi has been elected the first Asian president of the Association of Space Explorers at an annual meeting in Beijing. (The Japan News)
Sep 17
The first dolphins of the season were slaughtered Tuesday in the small town of Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture, campaigners and a local fishermen's union said, commencing an annual cull repeatedly condemned by animal rights groups. (Japan Times)
Sep 17
Charles Vacanti, a Harvard University professor and key coauthor of retracted STAP cell articles, and his fellow Japanese researcher have published a revised protocol to produce the pluripotent stem cells, admitting creating the cells is not easy. (Jiji Press)
Sep 16
Sitting on several fault lines, Japan is no stranger to natural disasters and the havoc that ensues afterward. While these tragedies can't be prevented, their effects can be lessened by making a disaster preparedness kit to handle several days without power or access to food and water. (rocketnews24.com)
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Sep 15
Yokozuna Hakuho kick-started his bid for a third consecutive Emperor's Cup by smashing Chiyotairyu, but Goeido's debut at ozeki was marked with a defeat on the opening day of the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament in Tokyo on Sunday. (Japan Times)
Sep 12
Defending Asian Cup champion Japan will host 2011 runner-up Australia in an international friendly ahead of the 2015 event. (Japan Today)
Sep 11
Japanese tennis sensation Kei Nishikori may have lost the U.S. Open final, but he has won a 100 million yen special bonus from a sponsor delighted about seeing its brand splashed across screens worldwide. (Japan Today)
Sep 09
Marin Cilic overwhelmed Kei Nishikori to end a tournament of shocks as one of the US Open's most unlikely champions. (theguardian.com)
Sep 07
After dispatching world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in four sets Saturday, Kei Nishikori put a buzz into the U.S. Open crowd in New York and put himself into the history books, becoming the first Asian man to reach a Grand Slam tennis final. Saturday's match was also the first elite semifinal he'd reached. (npr.org)
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Sep 14
Rail officials in Japan are conducting final tests on a new Shinkansen bullet train route before it opens in March. (NHK)
Sep 13
Japan will open its doors wider to wealthy travelers from all over the world starting next April, allowing them to stay for up to one year on a special long-term visa. (Nikkei)
Sep 13
A busy walkway leading to Kamakura's famed Tsurugaoka Hachimangu shrine is set to receive its first full-scale renovation in more than 800 years. (Asahi)
Sep 10
When coming to Japan, there's a wealth of things to do and see-even just staying within the Tokyo city limits, you'd be hard pressed to enjoy everything available in a week. One of the things apparently gaining popularity is sento, or public bathhouses. (rocketnews24.com)
Sep 10
Asia Atlantic Airlines began a direct flight between Narita and Phnom Penh on Monday. (bangkokpost.com)
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