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23 June 2017
Japanese virtual mall operator Rakuten said on Thursday it will open an online room-sharing marketplace now that the country is poised to lift a ban on room-sharing for travelers. (Nikkei)
Sayako Kuroda, the daughter of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, assumed the post of supreme priestess at Ise Jingu this week, the ancient Shinto shrine in central Japan said. (Japan Today)
Japanese authorities have created a new map of a remote island whose area has expanded through volcanic activity. (NHK)
A total of 249 music school operators in Japan have launched a group lawsuit against music copyright management body JASRAC's plan to collect royalties on music played in lesson time. (Jiji)
The nation's youngest professional shogi player, 14-year-old Sota Fujii, won his 28th straight match on Wednesday to equal the all-time winning streak in official matches of the traditional chess-like game. (Japan Times)

Jun 22
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested two men in the alleged sexual assault of a female employee of a maid cafe in Akihabara earlier this year, reports Nikkan Sports (tokyoreporter.com)
Jun 22
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a male executive at Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS) for allegedly pouring an illegal sex enhancement drug on the face of the woman earlier this month, reports TV Asahi (tokyoreporter.com)
Jun 22
On 19 June it was announced that three teens were arrested for the robbery and assault of a 20-year-old man. The victim was on his moped when a cigarette was put out on his face and his bike and helmet were stolen from him. (rocketnews24.com)
Jun 22
Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito returned home on Wednesday morning from a week-long official visit to Denmark, arriving at Tokyo International Airport at Haneda on a Japanese government jet. (Jiji)
Jun 21
Heavy rain hit a wide area on the Pacific side of the Japanese archipelago Wednesday, disrupting traffic and prompting local authorities to issue evacuation advisories for around 250,000 people in central regions due to possible flooding. (Japan Times)

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Jun 22
Chinese bicycle-sharing startup Mobike has set up a subsidiary in Fukuoka city in southern Japan and plans to begin service later this year, it said on Thursday. (Reuters)
Jun 22
Japanese virtual mall operator Rakuten said on Thursday it will open an online room-sharing marketplace now that the country is poised to lift a ban on room-sharing for travelers. (Nikkei)
Jun 22
Amazon Japan aims to build a team of 10,000 independent couriers in the Tokyo region by 2020 to continue offering same-day delivery service without relying on major parcel delivery companies. (Nikkei)
Jun 21
Struggling Japanese electronics maker Toshiba says that it picked a government-led multinational consortium as the preferred bidder for the sale of its memory chip unit. (NHK)
Jun 21
Major Japanese tour agency JTB aims to introduce Alibaba Group Holding's Alipay mobile payment service at around 2,000 partner businesses across Japan within three years to help grease the wheels of spending by foreign tourists. (Nikkei)

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Jun 22
The Japanese government on Thursday upgraded its assessment of the economy in its monthly report for the first time since December. (marketwatch.com)
Jun 22
China's bond market will double in size from the current $9 trillion over the next five years, overtaking Japan's to become the world's second largest behind the United States', UBS Asset Management said in a report. (cnbc.com)
Jun 21
As the Nikkei 225 Stock Average rises toward its highest level in more than two decades, one group of investors has surprisingly missed out. (Bloomberg)
Jun 19
Japan logged a customs-cleared trade deficit of 203.4 billion yen in May, against the year-before deficit of 47.3 billion yen, the Ministry of Finance said Monday. (Jiji)
Jun 17
Officials at the Bank of Japan have wrapped up a 2-day policy meeting. They have decided to press on with their easing program as they pursue their 2-percent inflation target. (NHK)

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Jun 21
Japan's Air Self-Defense Force invited the public to view a drill for deploying ground-based PAC3 interceptor missiles. (NHK)
Jun 21
The government plans to limit the number of times Japanese visitors and others can enter casinos by requiring them to show their My Number identification cards at entrances to the gambling halls, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned. (the-japan-news.com)
Jun 20
Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike announced Tuesday that the metropolitan government will relocate the famous Tsukiji fish market as planned but redevelop the original site in the future. (Japan Times)
Jun 20
Prosecutors in western Japan have begun raiding the premises of school operator Moritomo Gakuen on suspicion it unlawfully claimed subsidies from the state and the Osaka prefectural government. (NHK)
Jun 19
Support for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government has dropped below 50% for the first time in more than a year as respondents expressed dissatisfaction with his response to allegations of preferential treatment toward a conservative educator. (Nikkei)

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Jun 22
A total of 249 music school operators in Japan have launched a group lawsuit against music copyright management body JASRAC's plan to collect royalties on music played in lesson time. (Jiji)
Jun 21
Around half of junior high school students have called the English skills they acquired in elementary schools "useless," according to recent findings by education services provider Benesse Holdings Inc. (Japan Times)
Jun 18
Osaka Prefectural Police have arrested a 31-year-old teacher in an alleged attempted arson case at a kindergarten in Miyakojima Ward last month, reports TBS News (tokyoreporter.com)
Jun 17
A government survey showed Friday that 55.9 pct of Japanese men took child care leave within two months after their wives gave birth. (Jiji)
Jun 15
Two children who attended the same preschool in Kawasaki died within a week earlier this month, possibly due to an infectious disease, city officials said. (Japan Times)

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Jun 22
Japanese authorities have created a new map of a remote island whose area has expanded through volcanic activity. (NHK)
Jun 21
A strong earthquake hit southwestern Japan late Monday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. (Japan Times)
Jun 20
Trace amounts of plutonium have been detected in the urine of all five workers exposed to radioactive materials at a nuclear research facility in eastern Japan earlier this month, a radiological research center treating them said Monday. (Jiji)
Jun 20
The population of once extinct storks living in the wild in Japan has reached 100, an official at a specialist conservation facility said Monday. (Japan Today)
Jun 19
Officials in the western Japanese port city of Kobe say about 100 more fire ants have been found in a container storage space. (NHK)

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Jun 21
The nation's youngest professional shogi player, 14-year-old Sota Fujii, won his 28th straight match on Wednesday to equal the all-time winning streak in official matches of the traditional chess-like game. (Japan Times)
Jun 19
On the last day of the U.S. Open, Hideki Matsuyama was better than everyone else. Better than Brian Harman, Rickie Fowler, Justin Thomas and the rest of the congested leaderboard. (washingtonpost.com)
Jun 17
Ireland scored seven tries on the way to a convincing 50-22 victory over 2019 World Cup hosts Japan at the Ecopa Stadium in Fukuroi, Shizuoka Prefecture, in the first match of a two-test series on Saturday. (the-japan-news.com)
Jun 16
The head of the Japanese Olympic Committee says he hopes the northern city of Sapporo will bid to host the 2026 Winter Games if procedures are revised in its favor. (NHK)
Jun 14
Japan is one win away from qualifying for its sixth consecutive World Cup after grinding out a 1-1 draw away to Iraq on Tuesday. (Japan Times)

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Jun 22
The number of foreign tourists visiting Japan is continuing to increase. It hit a new record for the month of May. (NHK)
Jun 21
Japan Airlines (JAL) is now providing free inflight connectivity throughout the entire flight to customers flying on domestic routes. (getconnected.aero)
Jun 21
Hydrangea flowers are in full bloom in Tokyo and the surrounding area. They are a welcome sight for people who don't like the rainy season. (NHK)
Jun 20
Japan has become world-famous for its incredibly polished customer service, which isn’t something you’ll find only at premium-priced hotels and leisure resorts. Just about any shop or restaurant you go to in Japan, right down to convenience stores and fast food joints, will be staffed by courteous clerks and servers. (rocketnews24.com)
Jun 18
Train buffs and railway officials have attended the launch of a luxury sleeper train journey from Osaka Station. (NHK)

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Jun 22

The ultra popular lifestyle megastore Don Quijote — or Donki — is Japan's home of everything wonderfully ridiculous and undeniably useful. As well as being the one-stop go for just about everything, one of the greatest pleasures of being a Don...

Jun 22
Summer Music Festival Frenzy 2017

People in Japan have the luxury of living in the world's second-largest music market. This means artists cater to customers in the form of a surfeit of concerts and festivals that run the gamut of musical tastes from rock to electronic to jazz to ...

Jun 22
nintendo mario video game check-in play kansai airport

Nintendo has created a surefire way to keep the kids content while waiting for a flight.

Japan's biggest name in gaming has produced a free gameplay area, Nintendo Check In, at Kansai International Airport, which serves the region including Osaka,...

Jun 22

Located in the middle of rice fields and situated at the foot of Mt. Sefuri in the Itoshima area of Fukuoka is the Shiraito Sake Brewery. Founded in 1855, the company is known for their ancient technique of haneki-shibori, which applies much les...

Jun 21
JR rail pass

It's a question that comes up for most people the first time they visit Japan, to buy or not buy a Japan rail pass? I bought one when I visited Japan for two weeks back in 2014, and it ended up saving me heaps of cash. However, it's not always t...

Jun 21
Introducing You: 6 Tips to Make Your First ALT Lesson Pop

The first day in the classroom as an assistant language teacher (ALT) can be nerve-racking — especially if you don't know how to conduct a suitable lesson plan. Usually, in your initial class, you will be introducing yourself to the students. Th...

Jun 21
Japan is a bit of a shoppers paradise. From high end shopping in Ginza and Omotesando, to the fun of treasure hunting at shrine sales and everything in between, there's something to be found for everyone. When it comes to the most iconic shopping ...
Jun 21
Hiking provides a much needed escape from Tokyo, and although plenty of mountains have great views, not many are quite as death-defying as Nokogiriyama. |credit| Located in the Boso Peninsula in Chiba, Nokogiriyama (aka Sawtooth Mountain) is a rel...
Jun 20

If you're a water baby like myself, then watersports are far more appealing than snow adventures. Now that it's mid-June and summer has once again made an appearance, I still have memories of Japan's August humidity, so I decided to head to the be...

Jun 20

Hasegawa Sadanobu I (1809–1879) painted this interesting ukiyo-e named The Temporary Shrine of the Tenman-gû 天満宮御旅所 as part of his series One Hundred Views of Ôsaka in 1869/70. It is a beautiful scene from the perspective of the ...

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