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30 June 2016
A Tokyo court has recognized 6 people who survived the 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima or Nagasaki as sufferers of radiation-induced illnesses. (NHK)
More than one in four people in Japan were aged 65 or older as of Oct. 1, accounting for 33.42 million or a record 26.7% of the overall population, a government study showed Wednesday, highlighting the nation's challenge in dealing with rising social security costs from the rapid graying of society. (Japan Today)
Former Defense Minister Yuriko Koike said Wednesday she has decided to run in the upcoming Tokyo gubernatorial race after Yoichi Masuzoe stepped down amid a political funds scandal. (Kyodo)
In connection with the international credit card fraud case in which more than ¥1.8 billion was illegally withdrawn from automated teller machines at convenience stores in Tokyo and 16 prefectures across the country, police have found that there was an unauthorized access of a computer system of the Standard Bank in South Africa that caused a malfunction of the system shortly before the cash was withdrawn, according to sources close to the investigation. (the-japan-news.com)
A man turned himself in to the police Tuesday evening in Gifu Prefecture, saying he drove climbing accessories into a rock designated as a national treasure. (Japan Times)

Jun 29
Mohamed Fujita used to host religious study groups at his home that were open to all Muslims. But today he's afraid to invite strangers, in case they're police informants. (aljazeera.com)
Jun 29
Heavy rain in Kyushu Tuesday caused landslides in Kagoshima and Nagasaki prefectures, leaving a woman in a coma. (Japan Times)
Jun 28
A Japan Airlines copilot has been arrested in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, after he allegedly assaulted a police officer during a night out. (Japan Times)
Jun 28
A Tokyo High Court judge has been reprimanded after posting a photo of a man's naked upper body on his Twitter account, it was learned Monday. (Japan Times)
Jun 28
A black suitcase containing a woman's body was found floating in a canal leading to Tokyo Bay, police said Monday. (Japan Times)

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Jun 30
Shares in Japanese start-ups have always been bouncy, but their volatility has become so pronounced recently that some market watchers worry about where it all will end. (Nikkei)
Jun 30
Toyota Motor has announced the recall of more than 3.3 million vehicles worldwide over possible defects involving fuel tanks and airbags. (NHK)
Jun 29
An incorporated association promoting the globalization of Japanese medical services said Tuesday it will publicly solicit medical institutions seeking to be registered on a list of hospitals ready to treat foreign patients. (Japan Today)
Jun 29
The founding family of Idemitsu Kosan Co. opposes the company's planned merger next April with Showa Shell Sekiyu K.K., the family's representative said Tuesday, clouding the outlook for the creation of one of the largest oil distributors in Japan. (Kyodo)
Jun 29
Takata Corp. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Shigehisa Takada at a general shareholders meeting on Tuesday signaled his readiness to step down after paving the way for the embattled auto parts maker's business reconstruction. (the-japan-news.com)

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Jun 29
Britain's exit from the European Union, or Brexit, is estimated to push down Japan's gross domestic product by up to around one pct due to the yen's rising in line with falling stock prices, according to recent reports by private think tanks. (Jiji Press)
Jun 27
Asia's equity markets were the first to suffer through a Brexit-fueled rout. Old Mutual PLC and Citi Private Bank are betting they may be the first to recover. (Japan Times)
Jun 27
Former Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama will sit on an international advisory committee of the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, it was learned Saturday. (Japan Times)
Jun 26
The Japanese government and the Bank of Japan agreed Saturday to closely cooperate to prepare for any further financial market volatility following Britain's decision to leave the European Union. (Kyodo)
Jun 25
Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso on Friday expressed concerns about possible risks to the global economy and financial markets as Britain reportedly voted to leave the European Union. (Jiji Press)

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Jun 29
Former Defense Minister Yuriko Koike said Wednesday she has decided to run in the upcoming Tokyo gubernatorial race after Yoichi Masuzoe stepped down amid a political funds scandal. (Kyodo)
Jun 28
The U.S. Navy ended Tuesday an off-base alcohol ban it had placed on all its personnel in Japan in response to a sailor's arrest on suspicion of drunk driving in Okinawa earlier in the month. (Japan Today)
Jun 28
Agriculture minister Hiroshi Moriyama admitted Tuesday receiving ¥200,000 in cash last year from the head of an industry body while holding a key position in the Liberal Democratic Party on negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership but before he joined the Cabinet. (Japan Times)
Jun 28
In response to the issue of Britain's decision to leave the European Union, the Japanese government and the Bank of Japan held an urgent meeting on Monday morning at the Prime Minister's Office to discuss how to stabilize Japan's financial markets. (the-japan-news.com)
Jun 27
The campaign for Japan's Upper House election on July 10 is shaping up to be one of the dullest in recent memory. (wsj.com)

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Jun 30
Officials at Japan's Consumer Affairs Agency say from 2010 to 2014 three young children died after getting caught in cords from the window blinds. (NHK)
Jun 29
The digitization of textbooks in primary, middle and high schools will be allowed from the 2020 school year, according to an interim report released on June 2 by a panel of education ministry experts. (the-japan-news.com)
Jun 28
The labor ministry has decided to name discrimination against sexual minorities as a form of harassment in guidelines for employers. (Japan Times)
Jun 27
A 17-year-old boy arrested for uploading illegal software is suspected of hacking into the computer system of Saga Prefecture's board of education. (NHK)
Jun 26
For most image-conscious high school students forced to wear old-fashioned school uniforms, opinions about the outfits ranged from disdain to horror, but now some schools in Japan are introducing modern, fashionable uniform designs which are actually proving an attraction to new students. (Japan Today)

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Jun 28
The Fukuoka High Court upheld Monday a lower court decision rejecting a citizens group's demand that fuel containing plutonium is not to be used for power generation at an idled reactor in southwestern Japan due to safety concerns. (Japan Today)
Jun 26
The Kure municipal government has released images taken from high-definition video footage of the sunken battleship Yamato, including a chrysanthemum seal at its bow. The Yamato was attacked by U.S. forces and capsized off Kagoshima Prefecture in April 1945. (the-japan-news.com)
Jun 26
A fossil skeleton that forms almost the whole body of a herbivorous mammal has been discovered from a Lower Cretaceous layer of earth of about 120 million years ago in Katsuyama, Fukui Prefecture, central Japan, it was announced Saturday. (Jiji Press)
Jun 25
Central Japan Railway will in about four years introduce a new bullet train that will be lighter and consume 7% less electricity than the latest varieties in operation, the company announced Friday. (Nikkei)
Jun 21
We're getting deep into cockroach season here in Japan, where those nauseating little balls of disgust wake up and greet us in our homes with surprise visits. (rocketnews24.com)

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Jun 25
The Tokyo metropolitan assembly said Friday it will refrain from sending teams of its members to the upcoming Rio de Janeiro Olympics and Paralympics. (Jiji Press)
Jun 25
Japanese baseball legend Ichiro Suzuki was recognized on Friday by Guinness World Records for having the most base hits in professional baseball. (NHK)
Jun 20
For Scotland, this was mission accomplished. Yet they rarely got out of second gear against an under-strength Japan side who defended ferociously and looked to raise the tempo at every opportunity. (telegraph.co.uk)
Jun 19
The Miami Marlins held a ceremony on Friday before a home game against the Colorado Rockies to honor Ichiro Suzuki, whose recent hit gave him a combined 4,257 in Nippon Professional Baseball and Major League Baseball and pushed him past Pete Rose's all-time big league hit record. (the-japan-news.com)
Jun 18
A model of the main stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics has been completed. (NHK)

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Jun 30
Wednesday marks 50 years since the Beatles visited Japan. Photo exhibits in Tokyo are helping fans remember the excitement that the British rock band brought to the country. (NHK)
Jun 29
A museum where visitors can learn about kanji, or Chinese characters, has opened in Kyoto City, western Japan. (NHK)
Jun 29
Tokyo is loaded with museums, hundreds of them from art to science. If normal museums are a bore to you or you want to try something new, let me tell you about this place! The TOKYO MUSEUM OF SEWAGE! (ONLY in JAPAN)
Jun 29
A dining car of the blue sleeper express, Hokutosei, which retired in August 2015 as the last Blue Train, has been revived as an Italian restaurant in Kawaguchi, Saitama Prefecture. (the-japan-news.com)
Jun 28
The number of visitors to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum has risen some 40 pct from a year earlier since May 27, when U.S. President Barack Obama visited the facility. (Jiji Press)

Step Inside Japan: introducing an amazing interactive map
This isn’t just any old boring map. Scattered throughout the country are a handful of our favourite destinations, marked by animated icons that move when you hover over them. (insidejapantours.com)

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Jun 29
teamlab Floating in the Falling Universe of Flowers installation immersive

After previous successes such as Infinity of Flowers with Gucci and Night Wonder Aquarium, teamLab has now teamed up with online retailer DMM and Fuji TV to create a new major summer attraction in Tokyo Bay.

“DMM.Planets art by teamLab” has a...

Jun 29
ryu itadani hope_u_like_it

from the collection of “Things” Ryu Itadani likes

“I only draw things that I like,” says painter Ryu Itadani. It's a simple statement but also one that cuts through to the essence of the painter's work. Sometimes it's the shape, sometimes ...

Jun 28
Top 5 tips: The Seto Islands

Traditional culture, eye-popping art and national treasures: the Seto Inland Sea stretches over 400 km and boasts nearly 3,000 unforgettable, off-the-beaten-track islands perfect for exploration. Barely known outside of Japan, here are ou...

Jun 28
The cooking at Old Thailand is a few levels up from your typical Tokyo Thai joint, and everything smells really good, even in the elevator on the way up from the street. In addition to the festively decorated dining room, there's a nice wrap-ar...
Jun 28
tanabata-9269

Also known as the Star Festival, Tanabata is a festival with roots in Chinese mythology and celebrated in various forms across Asia. Two lovers, representing the stars Vega and Altair, are separated by the celestial river of the Milky Way and only...

Jun 28
shinji-tsuchimochi-97

View 97 – Omoide Yokocho

Three years ago the illustrator Shinji Tsuchimochi (previously) embarked on an ambitious project. Following in the footsteps of ukiyo-e artist Hiroshige who, 160 years ago, created One Hundred Famous Views of Edo, Tsuch...

Jun 28

Author: Shiro Armstrong, ANU

Prime Minister Abe is attempting to revitalise the Japanese economy after two decades of stagnant growth. In December 2012 he launched the reform program that became known as Abenomics, consisting of monetary policy ai...

Jun 28
election upper house councillors young voters japan democratic party

The upcoming election on July 10th for the House of Councillors will be the first time that 18- and 19-year-olds will be able to vote in Japan.

This means there are 2.4 million new youth votes up for grabs, but do the teenagers even know about th...

Jun 28
tomoyuki tanaka rendering shinjuku

a detailed cross-section of Shinjuku Station. At 748,000 daily users, it's the world's busiest train station

In addition to being an architect, Tomoyuki Tanaka is also a master draftsman. Every project he's done – from renovations and residenti...

Jun 27

I ate motsu nabe (もつ鍋) for dinner tonight. There isn't really much of a custom to eat ホルモン overseas, as I understand it. It's pretty common in Asia though. Hormone (short term for internal organs) is very popular in Japan. Why? Be...

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