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28 April 2017
A joint drill of Japanese and US fighter jets scheduled for Wednesday over the Pacific has been cancelled due to bad weather. (NHK)
The Higashi-Honganji Temple, a prestigious Japanese institution in Kyoto, withheld its 2 monks' overtime wages, totaling about 59,000 dollars. (NHK)
A Japanese railway operator has invited news reporters to ride on a new luxury sleeper train that links Tokyo and northern Japan. (NHK)
Legions of Japanese crisps addicts are suffering and it doesn't look like they'll be getting their full fix anytime soon. (Japan Today)
The Tokyo High Court on Wednesday rejected an appeal by three former school teachers who claimed it was unreasonable they were banned from working part time after retirement because they had in the past refused to stand and sing the national anthem. (Japan Times)

Apr 26
As a part of a crackdown on illegal services being provided by massage parlors in Hachioji City, police have busted one establishment for illegal street solicitation, reports TBS News (tokyoreporter.com)
Apr 26
A man was caught on security camera stomping and killing two cats to vent his frustration after suffering gambling losses in Nagoya, reports TV Asahi (tokyoreporter.com)
Apr 26
A bear was shot and killed in Takayama City after an attack resulted in injuries to three persons, reports TBS News. (tokyoreporter.com)
Apr 26
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a 41-year-old man who fled a train station in Itabashi Ward by jumping on railway tracks after being accused of groping a woman, reports the Asahi Shimbun (tokyoreporter.com)
Apr 26
A furnace exploded Tuesday morning at an iron factory in Asahikawa, Hokkaido, killing the manager and leaving five people injured, police and firefighters said. (Japan Today)

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Apr 27
Apparently nobody goes to Tokyo Disney Resort anymore -- because it's too crowded. (Nikkei)
Apr 27
Legions of Japanese crisps addicts are suffering and it doesn't look like they'll be getting their full fix anytime soon. (Japan Today)
Apr 26
Lingerie make Triumph on Wednesday announced the creation a special bra in honor of an initiative designed to encourage company employees to leave the office early prior to the weekend, reports TV Asahi (tokyoreporter.com)
Apr 26
Japan Post Holdings says it expects to book a net loss of about 360 million dollars for the business year that ended in March. (NHK)
Apr 26
Japan's growing labor shortage threatens the nation's ubiquitous convenience stores, whose business model relies on an army of part-timers packing bento lunch boxes, manning cash registers and delivering goods 24/7. (Japan Today)

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Apr 26
Despite the initial excitement among major financial institutions, the Bank of Japan's push for exchange-traded funds tracking companies that actively raise employee pay or invest in new equipment has run aground. (Nikkei)
Apr 25
The Bank of Japan wants financial institutions to lend more money under its large-scale monetary-easing policy. But it's worried that some regional banks are too eager to offer real estate loans, especially for building rental housing. (NHK)
Apr 20
Japan's financial institutions are paying less to borrow dollars as foreign-bond investment tapers off and banks lock down their own sources of the currency, correcting market distortions brought on by a severe shortage of greenbacks late last year. (Nikkei)
Apr 20
Japan's National Personnel Authority asked the government on Wednesday to reduce retirement allowances for national civil servants to levels roughly in line with those of private-sector workers. (Jiji)
Apr 19
The International Monetary Fund said Tuesday that it projects 1.2 pct growth in the Japanese economy in 2017, up 0.4 percentage point from its previous projection in January. (Jiji)

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Apr 27
A joint drill of Japanese and US fighter jets scheduled for Wednesday over the Pacific has been cancelled due to bad weather. (NHK)
Apr 27
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe mentioned the "looseness" of his cabinet on Wednesday as he effectively sacked Masahiro Imamura from the post of postdisaster reconstruction minister the same day over his latest gaffe. (Jiji)
Apr 27
A special Imperial abdication bill planned by the Japanese government will mention Emperor Akihito's "thoughts" on stepping down from the throne, as a product of compromise with opposition parties, a draft outline of the bill showed on Tuesday. (Jiji)
Apr 26
The United States, Japan and other countries surrounding North Korea are on high alert over the nation's provocative actions, including the possibility it would conduct its sixth nuclear test, as Tuesday marked the 85th anniversary of the foundation of its Korean People's Army. (the-japan-news.com)
Apr 26
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has decided to appoint Masayoshi Yoshino, a former State Minister of the Environment, as the new minister in charge of rebuilding areas hit by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. (NHK)

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Apr 26
Schoolyard bullying has long bedeviled Japan where some students have taken their own lives after being harassed in person or online through emails, text messages and blogs. (Japan Today)
Apr 26
The Tokyo High Court on Wednesday rejected an appeal by three former school teachers who claimed it was unreasonable they were banned from working part time after retirement because they had in the past refused to stand and sing the national anthem. (Japan Times)
Apr 25
Princess Kako, a granddaughter of Emperor Akihito, will study at the University of Leeds in Britain from September this year to June next year as an exchange student, the Imperial Household Agency said Monday. (Japan Today)
Apr 24
In Aichi Prefecture, the nation's top producing region of jump ropes, efforts are being made to promote the sport at home and abroad. (Japan Times)
Apr 21
Japan again saw a record number of minors falling victim to crimes such as molestation through the use of social media last year, with many of those affected having had unrestricted Internet access, police data released Thursday showed. (Japan Today)

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Apr 26
Japan's catches of smaller Pacific bluefin tuna this season are very close to topping the annual limit set under an international accord for resources conservation. (the-japan-news.com)
Apr 18
The number of rockets Japan will launch for its key space projects will total a record figure of eight in fiscal 2017. (Nikkei)
Apr 15
Police in Chiba Prefecture, near Tokyo, say car dealers caused injuries to two people by putting too much trust in self-driving technology. (NHK)
Apr 15
A Nagoya University team said Friday it has become the first in the world to synthesize a carbon nanobelt, coming close to the development of a technique to produce homogeneous carbon nanotubes. (Jiji)
Apr 08
Viewers of a television program that introduces mysteries of the world did a double take after an episode broadcast earlier this week claimed the moon doesn't rotate, reports ITMedia (tokyoreporter.com)

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Apr 24
The 14-year-old shogi player who became the youngest-ever professional in Japan has defeated one of the game's top masters. (NHK)
Apr 20
The Japan Rugby Football Union on Wednesday targeted at least a berth in the last eight of the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan and medals in both men's and women's sevens at the 2020 Tokyo Games. (Japan Times)
Apr 18
Just over a year ago, the Japanese press was agog with stories of their "national treasure," Seibu Lions pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka, going overseas to play baseball in the U.S. While bemoaning the loss of a homegrown star, there was also a hint of pride in Matsuzaka's ability to compete in the MLB. (Japan Today)
Apr 16
Japan's Taro Kurachi and Takumi Miyake have won the top places in the men's senior and junior age divisions, respectively, in the Youth America Grand Prix ballet competition in New York. (Jiji)
Apr 11
Japanese figure skating star Mao Asada is retiring from competition. (NHK)

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Apr 27
A Japanese railway operator has invited news reporters to ride on a new luxury sleeper train that links Tokyo and northern Japan. (NHK)
Apr 24
Six aircraft from the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force's aerobatic flight team, Blue Impulse, flew over Kumamoto Castle on Sunday. (NHK )
Apr 22
Cherry blossoms are now in full bloom in Aomori City in the northernmost prefecture of Japan's main island of Honshu. (NHK)
Apr 22
On a day in early February that saw a dusting of snow, about 70 people from 11 countries visited Aizuwakamatsu in Fukushima Prefecture. The visitors - from countries including France, Spain and Italy - were participating in a tour organized by Tokyo-based travel agency Miki Tourist Co. (the-japan-news.com)
Apr 21
Japan will ease visa requirements for Chinese travelers on May 8, the Foreign Ministry announced Friday. (Nikkei)

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Apr 27

Gate at Yoshikien, Nara, Japan

Marc Peter Keane in an American landscape architect who spent almost 20 years in Kyoto practicing landscape design. In fact, he was the first foreigner to receive a working visa as a landscape architect. Now back st...

Apr 26
ginzasix sheena ringo music video

Tokyo's latest retail complex is Ginza Six, which opened in the eponymous district of central Tokyo on the location of the old Matsuzakaya Ginza department store.

The shopping complex, which officially opened on April 20th to a line of 2,500 visit...

Apr 26
Post-March 2011 residents of Japan have become used to a life of preemptive bleeps, emergency apps, and speaker systems issuing warnings about the imminency of an earthquake and possible tsunami. Quite often, after a nervous few seconds, very lit...
Apr 26
How to Speak in Japanese Number Code

The first time I noticed that Japanese people are a fan of number codes was on a rainy Saturday evening. I got a text message from my girlfriend asking me if I was going out with her. Being really tired, I wrote back that honestly I was going to s...

Apr 26
Japanese Umbrellas.One of the most colorful and appealing images of traditional Japan is the graceful paper umbrella. Forty years ago there were almost 10,000 artisans in Japan making umbrellas of oiled paper and bamboo; now very few remain.



A few years ago Jacquelin...
Apr 26
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Apr 26
Which kind of Buddhist matters do you most worry about? graph of japanese statistics

A bit of a curious topic here, a look at worries about Buddhist services, conducted by the graveyard intermediary service, Ohaka no Hikkoshi or Graveyard Moving Service, as one of their services includes moving interred ashes from one location to ...

Apr 26
Golden Week refers to a cluster of holidays from late April to early May: Showa Day (April 29), referring to the previous emperor's birthday; Constitution Memorial Day (May 3); Greenery Day (May 4); and Children's Day (May 5). The gaps in betwee...
Apr 25
Army and Shinto

Like many foreigners observing the Moritomo Gakuken scandal play out, I am fascinated by the interplay between Shinto, nationalism, and government. There are questions that come with the scandal: Why is it a problem? Why shouldn't the school use ...

Apr 25
Hi.This is Ena from Hiroshima Hana Hostel.
Are you a Cat🐱 person or a Dog🐶 person?I prefer dogs especially Shiba dogs:one of Japan's six native breeds and one of the most popular dogs all over the world. I am a big fan of them.
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