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16 September 2019
A Japanese government survey shows the number of people aged 65 or older, and their proportion to the overall population, have both marked record highs. (NHK)
Life for many people in Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo, has been worsening since a typhoon caused massive power outages there a week ago. (NHK)
A survey shows that Japan's public spending on education as a percentage of GDP was the lowest among OECD countries. (NHK)
Two octopuses predicted Friday that Japan will not advance to the knockout stage of the Rugby World Cup, which opens next week. (Japan Times)
Police in Japan have arrested a 40-year-old man suspected of firing an air gun in an apparent road rage incident earlier this month. (NHK)




Sep 15
Police in Japan have arrested a 40-year-old man suspected of firing an air gun in an apparent road rage incident earlier this month. (NHK)
Sep 13
Since its launch on Aug. 8, the Netflix series “The Naked Director” has become a certifiable hit. Its audience score on the Rotten Tomatoes ratings site is 97 percent, and on the series’ IMDB page, positive user reviews (“Truly amazing, realistic and captivating,” “You will find tears, laughter, passion”) far outnumber the negative. (Japan Times)
Sep 11
Crown Princess Kiko, who celebrated her 53rd birthday on Wednesday, said she does not wish to comment on the postponement of her eldest daughter's marriage to fiance Kei Komuro. (Kyodo)
Sep 11
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested an executive of an automobile services company for allegedly fabricating paperwork for vehicles used in drift racing, reports NHK (Sept. 10). (tokyoreporter.com)
Sep 10
People in and around Tokyo are struggling with the aftermath of a powerful typhoon that brought heavy rain and record-breaking winds to the area. Two people are dead, at least 61 injured, and hundreds of thousands of households remain without power. (NHK)

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Sep 13
Yahoo Japan's acquisition of online fashion retailer Zozo presents an opportunity for the venerable internet services company to bring fresh blood into its e-commerce audience as the business looks to step outside the shadow of Amazon.com and Rakuten. (Nikkei)
Sep 11
In Japan, is there one standard of justice for Japanese executives and another for non-Japanese executives? The forced resignation on Monday of Nissan Motor Co.’s chief executive officer, Hiroto Saikawa, certainly seems to suggest as much. (Bloomberg)
Sep 11
Japan's real gross domestic product retreated 0.5% in July compared with the previous month as rising imports led to negative external demand, the Japan Center for Economic Research reported Wednesday. (Nikkei)
Sep 10
The month between World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10 and World Mental Health Day on October 10 is a good time to start considering the under-discussed topics of anxiety, depression and suicide in our society, especially as they relate to the workplace. (Nikkei)
Sep 10
Nissan Chief Executive Hiroto Saikawa tendered his resignation Monday after acknowledging that he had received dubious income and vowed to pass the leadership of the Japanese automaker to a new generation. (Japan Today)

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Sep 12
Nearly seven years in office, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is betting that his handpicked ministers and ruling party lawmakers will give him a firmer -- and possibly longer -- grip on power. (Japan Today)
Sep 12
New Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi, a rising political star in Japan, said Wednesday he will encourage increased innovation in the country in the fight against human-driven climate change. (Kyodo)
Sep 11
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will give Shinjiro Koizumi, a rising political star touted as a future Japanese leader, his first ministerial post in a Cabinet reshuffle on Wednesday, sources familiar with the matter said Tuesday. (Kyodo)
Sep 11
The World Trade Organization upheld on Tuesday an earlier decision urging South Korea to take corrective action over its antidumping duties on pneumatic valves imported from Japan. (Kyodo)
Sep 08
An undeclared North Korean ballistic missile base in the country's southwest hosts medium-range missiles capable of striking half of Japan and anywhere in South Korea, a U.S. think tank says. (Japan Today)

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Sep 16
A Japanese government survey shows the number of people aged 65 or older, and their proportion to the overall population, have both marked record highs. (NHK)
Sep 15
A survey shows that Japan's public spending on education as a percentage of GDP was the lowest among OECD countries. (NHK)
Sep 15
Almost 70 percent of married women in Japan believe that same-sex marriage should be legalized in the country, a government survey of around 6,000 married women showed Friday. (Kyodo)
Sep 12
Japan remains the second most-represented country behind the United States in a list of the world's top 1,400 universities, but trails other countries in hosting elite institutions with only two listed in the top 200, a global survey showed Wednesday. (Kyodo)
Sep 11
A private-sector survey showed Tuesday that 61.6 percent of freelancers in Japan have experienced work-related power harassment. (Japan Times)

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Sep 12
Even if you don’t work in software development, you’ll have to become familiar with file-sharing technology sooner or later. Web servers, applications, email attachments, and social media files – all data is governed by this technology, also known as Peer-to-Peer or P2P sharing. (newsonjapan.com)
Sep 07
Japanese scientists have identified a new species of dinosaur from a nearly complete skeleton that was the largest ever discovered in the country, measuring eight meters long. (Japan Times)
Sep 05
Large numbers of pearl oysters have been found dead in Ago Bay in central Japan. (NHK)
Sep 03
Tenga, makers of Japan’s most popular line of masturbatory aids, has a surprisingly lighthearted approach to its marketing…but then again, maybe it shouldn’t be so surprising that a company that’s all about self-pleasuring is also into having fun. (soranews24.com)
Aug 30
A research team from a Japanese university said Thursday it conducted the world's first transplant of corneal tissues using induced pluripotent stem cells, or iPS cells, in July. (Japan Today)

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Sep 16
In Major League Baseball, former Seattle Mariner player Ichiro Suzuki has made his first public farewell since his retirement at the team's home stadium. The Japanese baseball superstar expressed his gratitude to his fans in English. (NHK)
Sep 15
Two octopuses predicted Friday that Japan will not advance to the knockout stage of the Rugby World Cup, which opens next week. (Japan Times)
Sep 11
Shoya Nakajima’s and Takumi Minamino’s first-half goals lead Japan to a 2-0 win away over Myanmar as the Samurai Blue opened their 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign with a victory. (Japan Times)
Sep 10
Yokozuna Hakuho has withdrawn from the ongoing 15-day Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament with a broken finger, his stablemaster said Monday, following a shock opening-day loss to rank-and-filer Hokutofuji. (Japan Times)
Sep 08
Japan will enter the Rugby World Cup believing they have made the necessary preparations to achieve their goal of a berth in the quarterfinals, head coach Jamie Joseph said Saturday. (Kyodo)

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Sep 13
A luxury hotel in central Tokyo much loved by visitors for its classic Japanese ambience reopened Thursday after four years of renovations. (Japan Today)
Sep 11
Among Japan’s 72 major cities outside of Tokyo, Kyoto retained its top spot as the metropolis with the greatest strengths for the second consecutive year, thanks to its allure as a tourism destination, a Tokyo-based think tank said Tuesday. (Japan Times)
Sep 11
Sleepless travelers left Narita airport on Tuesday, a day after Typhoon Faxai disrupted flights and train services and forced some 13,000 people to stay overnight at the major international airport near Tokyo. (Kyodo)
Sep 10
Nearly 17,000 people have been stranded at Narita airport in Japan as Typhoon Faxai disrupted transport services linking it with the Tokyo metropolitan area. (NHK)
Sep 07
Renowned for melding East and West, old and new with its architecture and design, The Okura Tokyo opened its doors to the press for the first time Friday after three years of renovations, ahead of its public opening on Sept. 12. (Japan Times)

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Sep 15
South Korean women take a selfie with signs that read 'No Abe' during an anti-Japan rally near the Japanese embassy in Seoul, South Korea, 3 August 2019. (Photo: Reuters/Kim Hong-Ji).

Author: Lauren Richardson, ANU

Japan's relationship with South Korea is not amicable at the best of times. Yet in recent months it has entered a rapidly descending diplomatic spiral of unprecedented depth and scope. Mounting bilateral friction ove...

Sep 14
A police officer stands guard near Japanese and South Korean national flags during a reception to mark the 50th anniversary of normalisation of ties between the two countries, Tokyo, Japan, 22 June 2015 (Photo: Reuters/Toru Hanai).

Author: Jiun Bang, University of Southern California

The usual trope concerning the bilateral relationship between Japan and South Korea is that tensions go back over 100 years. In turn, ‘history' has become the unquestioning qualifier that prec...

Sep 14
Finally, Japan's courts are going to use information technologies for proceedings. Despite widespread use of IT in daily life, we have been required to conduct paper-based procedures and go to court for a brief preparatory proceeding. It would be ...
Sep 13
How Much Can an English Teacher Earn in Japan

Most full-time English-language teachers in Japan are earning about ¥270,000 before tax each month, which is roughly US$2,515. There are a number of teaching streams within the industry, some of which offer better pay and benefits than others.

In...

Sep 13
Things You Should Know When Going Out In Tokyo

There's the Rugby World Cup, Halloween, the fall sumo tournament season—plenty of great reasons to go out and have an awesome night in Tokyo. But whether it's your first time in the city or your fiftieth, there are some clear rules of etiquette ...

Sep 12
The word “whale” in conjunction with Japan doesn't always elicit the most pleasant mental image—sadly. But luckily there is another side to the relationship between humans and whales here. Many people appreciate how magnificent these marine...
Sep 12
Iphone Dead End

A new to me survey company, SmartBeat, recently conducted a survey into smartphone app crashes in the first half of 2019.

I don't have any regular crashes, and hardly even irregular crashes on my Android phone, so I find it very surprising that ...

Sep 11
The label reading ‘Made in China' on a sweatshirt is seen over another shirt with a US flag at a souvenir stand in Boston, Massachusetts, 18 January 2011 (Photo: Reuters/Brian Synder/File Photo).

Author: Nicola Nymalm, Swedish Institute of International Affairs

In April 2019, Kiron Skinner — former director of policy planning at the US State Department — described Washington's new China strategy as built on the understanding that the c...

Sep 11
How Will the Consumption Tax Affect You Japan 8% to 10%

Japan's incoming October 1 consumption tax hike from 8% to 10% has both consumers and retailers in a tizzy, as varying exceptions and a temporary point system make the increase far from straightforward.

As a Mainichi editorial pointed out, the tax...

Sep 11
Spider Lily 1 - Spider Lilies - Child Looking At Flower - The Magical Red Spider Lilies of Kinchakuda

Summer's grip has loosened, the days are shorter and soon the red spider lily will bloom, heralding the arrival of autumn. Chances are, you've never seen this peculiar flower. In Tokyo you might spot a few, but the best place in Japan to see them ...

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