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26 May 2018
The president of Nihon University has apologized over a violent incident in an American football match earlier this month. (NHK)
Tokyo Metropolitan Police are searching for a man who bludgeoned an officer with a hammer in Shibuya Ward early Thursday, reports the Yomiuri Shimbun (tokyoreporter.com)
A quake with a magnitude of 5.2 struck Nagano Prefecture on Friday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said, adding that no tsunami warnings were issued. (Japan Today)
The former head of a school operator at the center of a scandal involving its discounted purchase of state land was granted bail Friday along with his wife, about 10 months after being arrested on suspicion of fraudulently receiving public subsidies. (Japan Today)
At least 331 cryptocurrency traders in Japan reported over 100 million yen in miscellaneous incomes in their tax returns for 2017, when digital currency prices spiked, National Tax Agency data showed Friday. (Jiji)

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Ito 1603

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May 25
At least 10 components apparently fell from a Japan Airlines plane and hit a window of a clinic and a car in Kumamoto Prefecture on Thursday, local police said, adding no one is believed to have been injured. (Japan Times)
May 25
Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai) said Thursday it fired a male employee who is alleged to have embezzled about ¥100,000 after overcharging foreign passengers for shinkansen tickets at Shin-Osaka Station on seven occasions this year. (Japan Times)
May 25
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a 57-year-old man who admits to having posed as a talent scout in molesting women, reports TBS News (tokyoreporter.com)
May 25
A district court has ordered the government to pay 400,000 yen in damages to an inmate who was unjustifiably held for months in a cell for solitary confinement equipped with a surveillance camera. (Japan Today)
May 25
Last week, Tokyo police announced the bust of a so-called “delivery health” out-call business in the Uguisudani area of Taito Ward. (tokyoreporter.com)

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May 26
At least 331 cryptocurrency traders in Japan reported over 100 million yen in miscellaneous incomes in their tax returns for 2017, when digital currency prices spiked, National Tax Agency data showed Friday. (Jiji)
May 25
Tokyu Corp. announced Thursday that a new complex comprising a hotel, office and commercial space near Shibuya Station is scheduled to open in September, with the top half occupied by Google. (Japan Times)
May 24
As a nation, Japan is more connected to the internet than almost any other country in the world. According to statistics from Statista, 91% of the country's 104 million internet users are going online every day. (newsonjapan.com)
May 24
The Taiwanese government has fined a local unit of Japanese 100-yen shop operator Daiso Industries Co. 41.64 million new Taiwan dollars, or about 150 million yen, for illegal imports, it was learned Wednesday. (Jiji)
May 23
Uber Technologies Inc. said Tuesday it will start its first taxi-hailing service in Japan this summer on a western island, targeting foreign tourists and residents, in a step toward a full-fledged entry into the country's huge taxi market. (Kyodo)

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May 26
The balance of foreign assets held by Japan as of the end of 2017 surpassed 1,000 trillion yen for the first time ever, a government report showed Friday. (Jiji)
May 25
Chinese money is pouring into Hokkaido at a much greater scale than imagined. In his recent visit to the island prefecture, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang attended a forum of Japanese prefectural and Chinese provincial governors in Sapporo on May 11, but a Chinese diplomatic source said he was just using the meeting as an excuse for touring the island. (Japan Times)
May 22
Social security costs in Japan are estimated to reach up to 190 trillion yen in fiscal 2040, when the number of people aged 65 or over is projected to peak, the government said Monday. (Jiji)
May 19
Japan's lower house on Friday passed a bill to ratify the 11-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact, paving the way for its enactment before the current Diet session ends in June. (Japan Today)
May 19
The Japanese government has notified the World Trade Organization that it is prepared to take countermeasures against US tariffs on steel and aluminum. (NHK)

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May 26
The former head of a school operator at the center of a scandal involving its discounted purchase of state land was granted bail Friday along with his wife, about 10 months after being arrested on suspicion of fraudulently receiving public subsidies. (Japan Today)
May 26
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called on Russia to help resolve the 2 countries' territorial issue, for the sake of regional peace, stability, and economic development. (NHK)
May 26
Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Friday set proposals that the government introduce a multipurpose "mother ship" enabling takeoffs and landings by fighter jets. (Jiji)
May 23
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday denied he had knowledge of a veterinary school project at the center of favoritism allegations much earlier than he has previously admitted, as shown in a newly disclosed document. (Japan Today)
May 23
The mayor of Komae in western Tokyo expressed his intention to resign on Tuesday after four female employees of the municipal government submitted a protest letter saying they have been sexually harassed by him. (Japan Times)

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May 24
Two graduate students have been arrested for sitting around a traditional Japanese heated table they set up at the center of a busy intersection in western Japan, police said Wednesday. (Japan Today)
May 23
Restroom signs for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, or LGBT, people have drawn an unexpected backlash from members of sexual minorities in Japan. (Jiji)
May 22
Easy access by children to financial settlements by smartphone has left an increasing number of parents in Japan facing unexpected high bills. (Jiji)
May 21
Search of suspect's home revealed 12 whistles, suggesting repeat offenses. (soranews24.com)
May 20
A new weekly series tracing the life and times of Japan's first golfer.

Uraga 1603

(thesamuraigolfer.com)

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May 26
A quake with a magnitude of 5.2 struck Nagano Prefecture on Friday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said, adding that no tsunami warnings were issued. (Japan Today)
May 25
Pigs raised at a farm in Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo, have tested negative for hog cholera after receiving a through antibody test at a national research institute, the agriculture ministry said Thursday. (Jiji)
May 25
Corrosion and holes have been found in ventilation ducts at 12 reactors at seven nuclear plants across Japan, the Nuclear Regulation Authority said Wednesday, raising concerns that workers could be exposed to radiation in the event of an accident. (Japan Today)
May 24
Tomomasa Nakagawa, a former senior member of doomsday cult Aum Shinrikyo now on death row, has published a research paper on the deadly VX nerve agent, it was learned Wednesday. (Jiji)
May 23
Health officials in Japan say as of Monday more than 170 people across the country have been infected with measles. The outbreak began in the southwestern prefecture of Okinawa in March. (NHK)

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May 26
The president of Nihon University has apologized over a violent incident in an American football match earlier this month. (NHK)
May 25
Nihon University officials were questioned by the Japan Sports Agency on Thursday about a controversial dangerous tackle by a player of the university's American football team that injured an opponent player. (Jiji)
May 25
Andrés Iniesta has signed for the Japanese side Vissel Kobe after bringing down the curtain on his brilliant Barcelona career. (theguardian.com)
May 24
Embattled former Nihon University American football top coach Masato Uchida and incumbent assistant coach Tsutomu Inoue on Wednesday denied having instructed a player of the university team to injure a rival team's quarterback. (Jiji)
May 23
A college American football player who injured an opposing team's quarterback during a game in Tokyo says he was ordered by his coaches to make a controversial late tackle. (NHK)

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May 25
The Japanese government plans to withdraw its proposal for the addition of Amami-Okinawa islands to the UNESCO World Heritage List for now, with a view to resubmitting the application to the international cultural body next year after revamping it, informed sources said Wednesday. (Jiji)
May 20
Hokkaido, the northernmost of Japan’s four main islands, is latitudinally different enough from the rest of the country that its seasons change later. So while the Tokyo area is getting ready for the early-summer rainy season to start, spring is finally getting into full swing in Hokkaido. (Japan Today)
May 19
Crowds of people have gathered in Tokyo's Asakusa district to watch a traditional Shinto festival that heralds the arrival of early summer. (NHK)
May 19
Narita International Airport is set to mark on Sunday the 40th anniversary of launching operations, at a time when airports in Asia are fiercely competing for the status of transport hub in the region. (Jiji)
May 19
It was a sad day when the Evangelion Shinkansen made its last journey on the rails on 13 May. But where one door closes, another one opens, and that’s exactly what happened this week, as West Japan Railway finally let us all peek inside their new Hello Kitty Shinkansen, which is set to make its debut next month. (soranews24.com)

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May 25
Whether you're climbing it or just admiring the iconic mountain from a distance, Fuji-san is well worth a trip from Tokyo. If you want to stay nearby, we have more than a few suggestions for accommodation near Mount Fuji. |credit| Unsurprisingly...
May 25
2018 GaijinPot Cherry Blossom Contest Winners

This year, GaijinPot had its first sakura (cherry blossom) photo contest — calling for images and videos from users that capture the spirit of the cherry blossom season in Japan.

With more than 3,300 photos and videos combined shared on Twitter...

May 24
Buying a re-loadable IC card for train and bus travel around Tokyo can save you time, money and most importantly, the embarrassment of lost tickets and flashing rejection from the ticket gates. Here's the lowdown on Pasmo and Suica cards, with pho...
May 24

The last of the cherry blossoms are now just a fleeting memory, trampled as they are deep into the dirt. This post-sakura life can feel like a bit of a seasonal hangover. With Golden Week behind us and long summer evenings ahead — cheer up! — ...

May 24
shuto expressway japan tokyo covers nihonbashi bridge eyesore architecture

It was announced on May 22nd that a task force will push ahead with finalizing concrete ways to relocate a 1.2-kilometer elevated portion of the Shuto Expressway in Tokyo that currently covers Nihonbashi Bridge.

shuto expressway japan tokyo covers nihonbashi bridge eyesore architecture

The plan will be decided by the ...

May 22
Trash Talk: A Guide to Garbage Disposal in Japan

It's fair to say that a lot has changed since I moved away from Osaka to my new home in Nagano. It's a lot quieter, it's a lot less stressful and I have more money in the bank at the end of the month. However, it's not without its challenges, eith...

May 22
castle Himeji

Thinking of visiting Japan, but not sure what to do while you're here? Check out our list of the top 5 activities for foreigners in Japan.

Castles

Japan boasts some of the most beautiful, well-preserved, historic castles in all of the world. S...

May 18
Otaku Time: 5 Anime to Binge on Netflix Japan Right Now

For Netflix binge-watchers like myself, finding a decent TV series to gobble up is an inherent skill. However, finding good anime to watch in Japan for those with little-to-no Japanese ability is another story altogether. Luckily, Netflix Japan is...

May 17

American Gretchen Miura lives in the picturesque Oga Peninsula in Akita Prefecture with her Japanese husband and four children. The family presides over Dairyuji, a beautiful temple with 800 years of history, which now Gretchen and her family mana...

May 16

How much do you know about Japanese manners and customs? Read up on the most important etiquette tips before traveling to Japan.

1. Handling Chopsticks

Make sure to use your chopsticks with respect! Use the chopsticks to carefully pick up food i...

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