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15 November 2018
A Japanese high court on Wednesday overturned a lower court decision and acquitted a tattooist for operating without a medical license, ruling the process is not a medical practice. (Kyodo)
Between 260,000 and 340,000 foreign workers are estimated to flow into Japan in the five years from next April through an envisioned immigration control law revision aimed at dealing with the country's serious labor crunch, government sources said Tuesday. (Japan Today)
Public broadcaster NHK announced Wednesday the lineup for its annual New Year’s Eve music extravaganza, but K-pop group BTS — under fire recently for a controversial T-shirt worn by one of its members — was not included. (Japan Times)
Japan's economy contracted for the first time in 2 quarters. Government officials say a string of natural disasters in the period dented exports and consumer spending. (NHK)
Health officials in Japan say nearly 2,000 people have contracted rubella, or German measles, this year. (NHK)




Nov 14
The dark side lurking within the Kabukicho red-light district of Shinjuku Ward — today, something like a mix of a theme park and a strip club — can easily get lost amid its blinking lights and the roar of Godzilla. (tokyoreporter.com)
Nov 13
A 71-year-old man has been arrested in connection with an assault on a woman in Yokohama, after he was apparently filmed walking right behind her with a stick. (NHK)
Nov 11
Police in Tokyo said Saturday they have arrested a 27-year-old woman on suspicion of killing an American airman in his 30s who was stationed at the U.S. military’s Yokota Air Base. (Japan Today)
Nov 10
TV Asahi Corp. said Thursday it had canceled a live performance by K-pop group BTS amid a furor over a member having worn a controversial T-shirt, said by some to celebrate the use of atomic weapons against Japan during WWII. (Japan Times)
Nov 08
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a male employee of Japan Post for allegedly paying a teenage girl for an illicit encounter earlier this year, reports the Sankei Shimbun (tokyoreporter.com)

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Nov 15
SoftBank Group Corp. is continuing to push money into one of its biggest investments: WeWork Cos. (Japan Times)
Nov 14
With Japan having suffered extensive damage from a number of natural disasters this year, the country's three top damage insurers are expected to pay out a record 1 trillion yen ($8.7 billion) in combined insurance claims in fiscal 2018 through March 2019. (Nikkei)
Nov 14
Oriental Land Co. ltd., the operator of Tokyo Disneyland, asked a court Tuesday to reject a suit filed by two female workers seeking damages for overwork and harassment while they were working as costumed performers at the theme park. (Japan Times)
Nov 14
SoftBank Group has set the stage for what is likely to be one of the largest initial public offerings ever, with its move to float mobile phone unit SoftBank Corp. But as Chairman and CEO Masayoshi Son completes the conglomerate's divergence into an investing holding company and a wireless provider, market watchers see significant risks on both fronts. (Nikkei)
Nov 13
SoftBank Group Corp. is seeking to raise ¥2.4 trillion in the initial public offering of its domestic telecommunications operations scheduled for Dec. 19. (Japan Times)

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Nov 15
Between 260,000 and 340,000 foreign workers are estimated to flow into Japan in the five years from next April through an envisioned immigration control law revision aimed at dealing with the country's serious labor crunch, government sources said Tuesday. (Japan Today)
Nov 15
Japan's economy contracted for the first time in 2 quarters. Government officials say a string of natural disasters in the period dented exports and consumer spending. (NHK)
Nov 14
For the first time in almost three decades the Salt Industry Center of Japan has announced it will raise the price on many of its products by around 15 percent, indicating inflation has finally arrived in at least some industries. (Japan Times)
Nov 10
On Oct. 15, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe confirmed during an extraordinary Cabinet meeting that the government would raise the consumption tax from 8 to 10 percent next Oct. 1. (Japan Times)
Nov 05
Japan's government-affiliated financial institution says the 4 major natural disasters that hit the country this year are expected to have a negative impact on the country's economy of more than 10 billion dollars. (NHK)

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Nov 14
Japan's government has projected up to 47,000 foreign workers could come to the country in fiscal 2019 under proposed revisions to the immigration law. (NHK)
Nov 14
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has pledged greater cooperation with the United States on denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula. Abe met US Vice President Mike Pence in Tokyo on Tuesday. (NHK)
Nov 10
Japan's justice minister says foreign workers who don't pay their social insurance premiums may be kicked out of the country. (NHK)
Nov 09
U.S. President Donald Trump’s combative relationship with the media was on full display Wednesday as he shouted and ranted at reporters in a news conference that led to the suspension of a CNN reporter. (Japan Times)
Nov 04
Japanese government sources have told NHK the United States will allow Japan to temporarily continue importing crude oil from Iran, after the reinstatement of US sanctions. (NHK)

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Nov 15
Japan will help countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations groom 80,000 manufacturing and digital industry specialists over five years, part of a broader effort by Tokyo toward cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region. (Nikkei)
Nov 08
Tokyo Medical University will admit applicants who were rejected in 2017 and 2018 due to a rigged admission process, if they still wish to attend the school, sources familiar with the matter said Tuesday. (Japan Today)
Nov 07
Suicides by Japanese youth have reached a 30-year-high, the education ministry said on Monday, even as overall suicide numbers have steadily declined over the past 15 years. (Japan Today)
Oct 31
Teachers and officials at elementary, junior high and high schools across Japan are working more than 11 hours per day on average, raising concern about serious health repercussions or even deaths, a government survey showed Tuesday. (Kyodo)
Oct 30
A group of women is demanding that Tokyo Medical University refund their entrance exam fees and pay damages for their unfair treatment. (NHK)

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Nov 14
Health officials in Japan say nearly 2,000 people have contracted rubella, or German measles, this year. (NHK)
Nov 13
Canned mackerel developed by high school students in central Japan has been officially certified as space food by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA. (NHK)
Nov 12
A capsule ejected from a space cargo vessel returned to Earth on Sunday, bringing back experiment samples from the International Space Station (ISS) in the first such mission for Japan. (Japan Times)
Nov 12
A whale shark believed to have strayed into a river in Tottori Prefecture, western Japan, has been found dead. (NHK)
Nov 10
Kyoto University said Friday it has conducted the world's first transplant of induced pluripotent stem cells to treat Parkinson's disease. (Kyodo)

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Nov 09
The Japanese government is set to ban flights of drones over and near the venues of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics to prevent accidents and acts of terrorism. (NHK)
Nov 09
Yokozuna Hakuho will not take part in the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament that begins on Sunday as he is still recuperating from an operation on his right knee. (NHK)
Oct 31
Sumo wrestler Takanoiwa has withdrawn a damages suit against former yokozuna Harumafuji, claiming he can no longer tolerate harassment of his family by his fellow Mongolians. (NHK)
Oct 28
The winner of Game 1 of the 2018 Japan Series was, well, nobody. (Japan Times)
Oct 24
The award-winning Japanese director Naomi Kawase will produce the official film of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. (NHK)

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Nov 13
The Imperial Palace grounds in Tokyo will be partially opened to the public early next month for autumn foliage viewing. (NHK)
Nov 10
Kyoto on Saturday will unveil a trial system that monitors, predicts and manages the flow of visitors to high-demand tourist spots, with the popular fall foliage viewing area in Arashiyama as the system’s initial focus. (Japan Times)
Nov 09
Kyoto, Japan. Think food. Lots of food! That's dining out in the city and Gion is the place to be at night. Tempura, Tofu, Ramen, Wagyu Steaks, Sushi, Sashimi, Sukiyaki, Grilled Fish ... it's endless! (ONLY in JAPAN)
Nov 09
Kyoto, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Japan, is aiming to attract travelers to lesser-known spots to ease "overtourism" that has increased complaints among visitors and local people. (Japan Today)
Nov 08
The transport ministry will prohibit passengers of all trains in Japan from carrying unpacked knives onto trains from next April under new security measures following a fatal stabbing on a shinkansen bullet train in June, officials said Tuesday. (Japan Today)

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Nov 14
Tokyo and Kyoto, along with neighboring Osaka, are usually at the top of the itinerary when you visit Japan. Tokyo is commonly regarded as a city of modernity, whereas Kyoto is seen as a city of tradition. The distance between the two is roughly 4...
Nov 13

Autumn is a truly magical time to be in Japan. From late September through late November, the fall leaves in Japan reach their peak colors, which is called koyo (紅葉) in Japanese. People all over the country love to visit places where the koyo ...

Nov 13

The path is designed like a timeline as you make your way from past to present with the exhibits getting increasingly more impressive as you go. Starting from educational reform where western science was prioritized and new units of measurement we...

Nov 11
ShirakawagoShirakawago has a special place in my heart with its beautiful scenery and traditional old farmhouses. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of Gifu Prefecture's must-see travel destinations and is famous for its collection of thatched roof houses...
Nov 11

“I know your name.”

photo by ©Jake Adelstein

I shuttered while reading the first line of this email on my mobile, I remember dropping it on my bed in disbelief. This wasn't the usual time-waster, this wasn't the usual sex pest abusive messa...

Nov 11
Japan bullet journal Tokyo Metro Train Games – Why do it?

I find these days exploring new cities has become a little predictable. You can research everything about a place before you arrive, from which are the most popular tourist attractions, to which restaura...

Nov 9
starbucks kengo kuma nakameguro tokyo reserve roastery

Starbucks is opening its first Starbucks Reserve Roastery branch in Japan in 2019 at a location in the trendy Tokyo district of Nakameguro. Designed by the architect Kengo Kuma, the branch will open on February 28th, 2019, overlooking the Meguro R...

Nov 9
The DAWN Café is an upcoming trial project that will test an inclusive working environment. The café will seemingly be staffed with robots that will wait on you by bringing you your coffee and asking if you need anything. But if you think this i...
Nov 8
On September 27 2018, Tokyo District Court ruled in favor of the claim by Nintendo against a company which had lent costumes of Nintendo's game characters such as Mario to make its customers ride a go-kart on public road under the name of “MariC...
Nov 8

This month our friend, Edward J. Taylor, continues his exploration of Kyoto's streets with a thoughtful stroll along Kiyamachi. To view previous installments of this ongoing series see the links at the end of this article.

The Bank of Yanagihara ...

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