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21 September 2019
A Japanese district court has found all three former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Company not guilty in the only criminal prosecution stemming from the 2011 nuclear disaster in Fukushima. (NHK)
A growing number of foreign tourists coming to Japan has helped push up commercial land prices throughout the country. (NHK)
E-commerce giant Amazon Japan has announced it will launch a locker delivery service called Amazon Hub at the major convenience store chain FamilyMart and train stations along the Odakyu line. (Japan Today)
The operator of a private-sector English proficiency test began accepting applications Wednesday for its tests that will serve as a component of Japan’s new standardized university entrance exam. (Japan Times)
Newly appointed Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said Wednesday that Tokyo urgently demands Seoul eliminate “violations of international law” regarding wartime Korean labor issues, adding that it is a top priority for Japan in handling the bilateral relationship. (Japan Times)




Sep 19
If you’ve studied the basics of computer programming, you’ll probably recognize the phrase “hello world.” It’s the textbook-recommended line of text learners type into their first program, then delight as it pops up on screen. (Japan Times)
Sep 18
The mother of Yua Funato was given an eight-year prison term by the Tokyo District Court on Tuesday for parental neglect that led to the death last year of her 5-year-old daughter. (Japan Times)
Sep 17
A 116-year-old Japanese woman has been celebrated on Respect for the Aged Day in Japan. (NHK)
Sep 17
Princess Kako, the second daughter of Japan's Crown Prince and Princess Akishino, has paid a courtesy call on Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen. (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)

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Sep 20
A Japanese district court has found all three former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Company not guilty in the only criminal prosecution stemming from the 2011 nuclear disaster in Fukushima. (NHK)
Sep 20
E-commerce giant Amazon Japan has announced it will launch a locker delivery service called Amazon Hub at the major convenience store chain FamilyMart and train stations along the Odakyu line. (Japan Today)
Sep 18
Toyota Motor Corp. rolled out a new model of the Corolla on Tuesday, making it the first fully redesigned sedan in about seven years. (Kyodo)
Sep 18
The Japanese government is considering tighter restrictions on foreign investment in industries it sees as key to national security, such as nuclear power and chipmaking. (Nikkei)
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)

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Sep 19
Newly appointed Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said Wednesday that Tokyo urgently demands Seoul eliminate “violations of international law” regarding wartime Korean labor issues, adding that it is a top priority for Japan in handling the bilateral relationship. (Japan Times)
Sep 18
Japan's government is expected to nominate former vice finance minister Masatsugu Asakawa to head the Asian Development Bank. (NHK)
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)

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Sep 19
The operator of a private-sector English proficiency test began accepting applications Wednesday for its tests that will serve as a component of Japan’s new standardized university entrance exam. (Japan Times)
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)

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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 20
An online streaming service designed for the more than 400,000 overseas visitors expected here over the next two months for the Rugby World Cup was launched this week by J SPORTS, one of the three broadcast rights holders in Japan. (Japan Times)
Sep 18
Japan may be ready to host a "spectacular Rugby World Cup," but serious questions remained Tuesday as to what impact it will have on the nation, particularly with the Tokyo Olympics just a year away. (Kyodo)
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)

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Sep 20
A growing number of foreign tourists coming to Japan has helped push up commercial land prices throughout the country. (NHK)
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)

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Sep 19
9 Side Jobs for Foreigners in Japan

Shinzo Abe's Work Style Reform policy has been causing a stir in the Japanese labor market for the last few months. In his effort to curb dangerously long work hours and remove unequal pay gaps, he is also promoting labor flexibility by encouragin...

Sep 19
7 Things You Can Learn About Gender Discrimination From Chizuko Ueno 1

Today, with more people consuming news on social media, it's hard not to be influenced by what's happening in the rest of the world. Japan is no exception. One example is the #MeToo movement that started in the US. In the last couple of years, the...

Sep 17
How to Apply to a Japanese University

There are hundreds of private, public and national universities in Japan, and Japan has one of the most competitive admissions processes in the world. But how competitive would it be for foreign students? Do they also need to take the same tests J...

Sep 16
On my first day walking the Kyushu Fudo Myo Pilgrimage I left Taizoji Temple and the Kumano Magabutsu and started north along the road. The first few days of the pilgrimage I was going to be roughly following the old shugendo pilgrimage route arou...
Sep 16
Blog Lead Things to Do in Aichi Prefecture A Guide to Traveling in Central Japan

Located in the heart of Japan is a prefecture that is at once forwardly futuristic and richly historic: Aichi.

An innovative hub of Japan's manufacturing industries, Aichi is famously the home of transport, electric and general machinery product...

Sep 16
Keiro No Hi - Celebrating The Health and Wisdom Of An Aging Society

It's no secret the Japanese have one of the longest life expectancies in the world—with an average lifespan of 85.77 years, Japan ranks second in the world. And that's all thanks to the elderly population which is generally held in high regard b...

Sep 16
South Korea deputy trade minister Kim Seung-ho (C) attends the General Council meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, 24 July 2019 (Photo: REUTERS/Denis Balibouse).

Japan–South Korea tensions are at their worst since the two countries normalised relations in 1965. Tensions over Japan's colonisation of the Korean peninsula (1910–1945) and the territorial dispute over the Dokdo/Takeshima islets have long si...

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
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 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...

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