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21 August 2018
2 tropical storms are bearing down on Japan. Weather officials are calling on people to keep up on developments as they approach. (NHK)
20 million foreigners have visited Japan so far this year. It's the earliest in any year this milestone has been reached. (NHK)
The Japanese Olympic Committee said Monday that it has disqualified four basketball players from the ongoing 18th Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang, for allegedly violating the code of behavior at international multisport event. (Jiji)
A 14-year-old boy was arrested Sunday for allegedly stabbing a newspaper delivery woman in Osaka Prefecture in July, in what he claimed to be a random attack, police said. (Japan Today)
Japan's education ministry is planning to place English-speaking artificial intelligence robots in schools to help children improve their English oral communication skills. (NHK)



CHAPTER 12

Amsterdam 1605

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Aug 21
Japanese police arrested a 19-year-old university freshman on Monday for allegedly making and possessing triacetate triperoxide, a lethal explosive known as TATP. (Jiji)
Aug 20
Police in Osaka Prefecture, western Japan, are deploying 3,000 officers to find a suspect who has been on the run for a week. (NHK)
Aug 20
About 2,000 people including children are testing their skills at scooping up goldfish in an annual event in Nara prefecture, western Japan. (NHK)
Aug 19
A former nurse at a hospital in Yokohama, the capital of Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo, was served a third arrest warrant on Saturday in a serial poisoning murder case about two years ago. (Jiji)
Aug 18
Investigators in Osaka Prefecture say a suspect who fled a police station 5 days ago chased women on a motorcycle as he apparently hunted for bag-snatching targets. (NHK)

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Aug 18
A bottle of rare Japanese whisky sold at a world-record price on Friday, the third record shattered this year for a single malt from the country. (Nikkei)
Aug 14
Japanese discount retailer Don Quijote Holdings Co Ltd said it would be interested in buying Seiyu if Walmart Inc puts the Japanese supermarket chain up for sale, as it expands its presence in the domestic market. (Japan Today)
Aug 14
SoftBank Group Corp. is in talks to invest from $500 million to $750 million in Zume Inc., a startup that makes and delivers fresh pizzas with the help of robots, according to people familiar with the conversations. (Japan Times)
Aug 11
Japan's SoftBank Group has agreed to invest an additional $1 billion in shared-office company WeWork, where SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son sees the potential for a repeat of his lucrative bet on Alibaba Group Holding. (Nikkei)
Aug 09
Sometimes it can be hard to differentiate between companies that offer business finance. Many of these companies offer very similar packages and plans with slightly altered rates. (newsonjapan.com)

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Aug 18
The national health insurance program underwent a major reform at the start of fiscal 2018 that saw prefectures, rather than municipalities, begin managing the deficit-ridden system to improve its financial base. (Japan Times)
Aug 08
Overall pay for workers in Japan in June posted the steepest growth in over 21 years in real terms, as bonuses increased on upbeat corporate earnings, the labor ministry said Tuesday. (Jiji)
Aug 07
The Bank of Japan last week decided to allow the yield on the 10-year government bond to move in a wider range. (NHK)
Aug 04
Vegetable prices are soaring in Japan due to effects of record-breaking scorching heat. (Jiji)
Aug 04
The Japanese economy's ongoing expansion phase is becoming the longest since the end of World War II, a white paper said Friday. (Jiji)

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Aug 18
The first of 2 new government planes has been delivered to Japan ahead of their debut next year. (NHK)
Aug 16
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe skipped a visit to Yasukuni Shrine on Wednesday, the 73rd anniversary of Japan's surrender in World War II. (Jiji)
Aug 16
In his last official appearance at the annual ceremony commemorating the end of World War II, Emperor Akihito on Wednesday repeated his “deep remorse” over the conflict that led to the deaths of tens of millions of people in Asia and elsewhere. (Japan Times)
Aug 16
China is expected to surpass Japan as the second-largest contributor to the general United Nations budget starting in 2019, according to the latest U.N. report on contributions. (Japan Today)
Aug 13
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has indicated his intention to run in next month's leadership race of the main governing Liberal Democratic Party and seek a third term. (NHK)

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Aug 20
Japan's education ministry is planning to place English-speaking artificial intelligence robots in schools to help children improve their English oral communication skills. (NHK)
Aug 19
The life and times of Japan's first golfer: Amsterdam 1605 (thesamuraigolfer.com)
Aug 18
Education in Japan is specific and works on the principle of "quality study is a guarantee of a successful career." Every Japanese usually deserves only one attempt to take a worthy place in society. However, this system has its dark side as well. (newsonjapan.com)
Aug 15
In a bid to save teachers from heavy workloads, the education ministry will compile by the end of next March guidelines on how to reduce their burden of collecting and managing school lunch fees, informed sources have said. (Jiji)
Aug 10
The government plans to upgrade the Justice Ministry’s Immigration Bureau to an affiliated agency in April next year in preparation for accepting more foreign workers, sources said Wednesday. (Japan Times)

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Aug 21
A team of Kyoto University said Monday it has applied for approval by the health ministry of a plan to infuse platelets made from induced pluripotent stem cells into a sufferer of a serious blood disease. (Jiji)
Aug 20
The Japan Atomic Energy Agency suspended a final exercise in preparation for the removal of nuclear fuel assemblies from its Monju prototype fast-breeder reactor, which is in the process of being decommissioned, only hours after it was started on Sunday morning. (Jiji)
Aug 16
The Japan Meteorological Agency upgraded on Wednesday its volcanic alert for the island of Kuchinoerabu in the town of Yakushima, Kagoshima Prefecture, southwestern Japan, calling on local residents to prepare for evacuation. (Jiji)
Aug 16
A group of researchers conducted a test to develop technology for a space elevator that would link the Earth and outer space using cables. (NHK)
Aug 11
Tokyo topped a list of the world's most innovative cities on Friday, leapfrogging London and New York after embracing the"globe-shaking trends of robotics and 3D manufacturing". (Japan Today)

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Aug 21
The Japanese Olympic Committee said Monday that it has disqualified four basketball players from the ongoing 18th Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang, for allegedly violating the code of behavior at international multisport event. (Jiji)
Aug 20
Japan's newest rugby stadium has been officially opened, as the country prepares to host next year's Rugby World Cup. (NHK)
Aug 18
Corruption has been revealed in the Japanese sport of kendo, as the All Japan Kendo Federation said Friday that people taking promotional exams had often been paying money to their examiners in order to win their approval. (Japan Today)
Aug 16
The Japan Amateur Boxing Federation says its former chief Akira Yamane has quit the other amateur boxing bodies he belonged to and resigned from senior posts. (NHK)
Aug 14
A sprinkling of water helped to lower road surface temperatures by up to 5.3 degrees Celsius compared with air temperatures in an experiment using a sidewalk in central Tokyo on Monday, the metropolitan government said. (Jiji)

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Aug 21
20 million foreigners have visited Japan so far this year. It's the earliest in any year this milestone has been reached. (NHK)
Aug 20
Officials at Narita Airport outside Tokyo are dealing with the arrival of tens of thousands of people returning from the Obon holidays. (NHK)
Aug 16
The number of foreign visitors to Japan in July hit a record for the month, supported by growing ranks of individual travelers from China. (NHK)
Aug 12
Japanese police carried out a climbing safety campaign on Mount Fuji on Mountain Day on Saturday. (NHK)
Aug 11
Izakaya Japanese-style pubs are bringing in a new kind of customer, foreign tourists. (Nikkei)

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Aug 20

The news shook the world of Tokyo's French cuisine, but the iconic Chateau Restaurant Joel Robuchon in Ebisu, was open for business. Diners clinked their glasses in honor of the late Joel Robuchon, the world famous chef who took “nihonno furench...

Aug 19

Ah, dare I say it: this is a grape idea for leftover roast chicken!

If I'm ever invited to a potluck or similar in the late summer season, I make this salad. This is because, time and time again, it has proven itself as a definite crowd pleaser ...

Aug 18

In my new job, I have many responsibilities, but the most important one is at once both simple and complex: I am mean to be a cultural ambassador from America. What this entails, I do not yet fully comprehend, and I doubt that I will ever be abl...

Aug 18

Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, your settling into your new teaching job. The honeymoon excitement of learning the ropes and consolidating the schedule details is drawing to a close. You are just starting to feel comfortable with the pace. A class i...

Aug 17
Recently, alternative lending has been attracting attention in Japan. Alternative lending is a business loan option that falls outside of a traditional bank loan. For example, a Japanese electronic commerce and Internet company Rakuten gives a loa...
Aug 17

“The Limits of Your Language are the Limits of Your World.”~Ludwig Wittgenstein~

Picture from Pixabay

Hi everyone! Hope you are all enjoying learning Japanese on a daily basis. 🙂

When it comes to learning Kanji's, I believe the best way i...

Aug 17
5 of the Coolest Studio Ghibli Movie Locations You Can Visit in Japan

Though it does have its own theme park scheduled to come to life in Aichi Prefecture in four years time, Studio Ghibli is more than just the Japanese equivalent of Disney. With anime being one of the country's biggest pop cultural exports, many ex...

Aug 15

It may seem too good to be true, but natural wine is very much the magical “Jesus juice” we all hope to find when it comes to fun drinking without the concern of a hangover the next morning. Not sure why? Read on, but be warned — you'll get ...

Aug 15
After leaving Saba Daishi I headed off down the coast on my 11th day of walking along the Shikoku Pilgrimage. By the afternoon I will have crossed over into Kochi Prefecture. I stopped in at every shrine I passed, as is my habit. Shrines ...
Aug 15
Beyond Air Conditioners: A Pro's Guide to Keeping Cool this Summer

With the latest hot and sweaty summer in Japan at its tarmac-melting peak, it's important to seriously consider how to stay cool while at home. Sure, blasting the air conditioner is a valid and simple option, but it shouldn't be the only one as th...

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