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24 May 2017
Countries favored by young Japanese as destinations to study abroad are changing, partly because of frequent terrorist attacks in Europe and the U.S. government's shift in immigration policies. (the-japan-news.com)
A 15-year-old high school student in Tokyo has been arrested on suspicion of forcing a classmate to eat a grasshopper and dog feces, police said Tuesday. (Japan Today)
Officials in Japan have released the preliminary results of a nationwide survey on wages. Labor ministry officials say the figure rose for the first time in 6 years in fiscal 2016 after being adjusted for inflation. (NHK)
A heated war of words has broken out between Tokyo and a United Nations expert over a contentious bill that would criminalize conspiracies. That legislation was rammed through the Lower House on Tuesday despite raucous protests. (Japan Times)
The Japanese government is considering splitting up schools' long summer holidays, the government's top spokesman said Monday, in a move hoped to lessen crowds and shorten queues in peak times at family tourism destinations. (Japan Today)

May 24
Police in Tokyo's Katsushika Ward have arrested an unemployed 26-year-old man on suspicion of attempted robbery after he tried to rob two convenience stores on Sunday. (Japan Today)
May 23
A man arrested last week in Osaka for alleged obstruction of public duty is likely an ultra-leftist terrorist who has been on a wanted list for 45 years, investigative sources said Tuesday. (Japan Times)
May 23
Police arrested Monday six men over the suspected theft of gold bars worth 750 million yen ($6.7 million) last July by men disguised as police officers on a street in the city of Fukuoka. (Japan Today)
May 23
Japanese Princess Mako, granddaughter of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, made her first official appearance on Monday since news last week that she is set to get engaged to a former university classmate. (Jiji)
May 23
The Japanese government is considering a system to grant official status to former female members of the Imperial Family and commission some of the family's official duties to them, in response to its falling membership, informed sources said Monday. (Jiji)

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May 24
Japanese electronics maker Sony has set a target for the current business year of logging its highest operating profit in 2 decades. (NHK)
May 24
The Big Three U.S. automakers will skip the Tokyo Motor Show again, raising doubts about their interest in the Japanese market, which U.S. President Donald Trump has promised to liberalize further, it was learned Monday. (the-japan-news.com)
May 23
Japan is a very modern, forward-thinking country in many aspects, but its modernity doesn't extend to the nation's gambling laws, which remain considerably tight by 21st century standards. A large percentage of gambling games are still illegal under the nation's Penal Code, including live poker, although online poker is now permitted. (newsonjapan.com)
May 23
The Metropolitan Police Department on Monday asked go-kart companies to improve safety as the popularity of their driving tours grows. (Japan Times)
May 22
The Japanese government is moving to cut taxes on operators of high-tech indoor farms to encourage more businesses to enter the sector and turn "smart agriculture" into a growth industry. (Nikkei)

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May 24
Officials in Japan have released the preliminary results of a nationwide survey on wages. Labor ministry officials say the figure rose for the first time in 6 years in fiscal 2016 after being adjusted for inflation. (NHK)
May 24
Apartment construction is booming as the wealthy rush to invest in rental housing as a way to reduce inheritance tax and banks hand out easy mortgages, but concerns are mounting that excessive supply paired with a shrinking population could soon lead to the bursting of the bubble. (Japan Times)
May 21
Ministers from Japan and 10 other signatories to the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal, excluding the United States, which has pulled out of the pact, adopted at their meeting in Hanoi on Sunday a joint statement showing their intention to aim for the TPP's early entry into force. (Jiji)
May 19
Japan's gross domestic product in January-March grew 0.5 pct from the previous quarter in price-adjusted real terms, the Cabinet Office said in a preliminary report Thursday. (Jiji)
May 17
While Japan's failure to spur inflation continues to generate angst about the nation's future, gross domestic product data this week is likely to show that the economy has still managed to eke out five straight quarters of expansion. (bloomberg.com)

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May 23
A heated war of words has broken out between Tokyo and a United Nations expert over a contentious bill that would criminalize conspiracies. That legislation was rammed through the Lower House on Tuesday despite raucous protests. (Japan Times)
May 23
Six Japanese citizens were detained in late March by Chinese authorities on national security issues, three each in Shandong and Hainan provinces, possibly on spying charges, informed sources said Monday. (Jiji)
May 23
Hideo Onishi, a House of Representatives member of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, apologized Monday for a remark he made about cancer patients. (Jiji)
May 21
North Korea launched an apparent medium-range ballistic missile Sunday in what Prime Minister Shinzo Abe termed a "challenge to the world." (Japan Times)
May 20
A US Department of Defense official says that a second aircraft carrier will be sent to the waters near the Korean Peninsula. (NHK)

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May 24
Countries favored by young Japanese as destinations to study abroad are changing, partly because of frequent terrorist attacks in Europe and the U.S. government's shift in immigration policies. (the-japan-news.com)
May 24
A 15-year-old high school student in Tokyo has been arrested on suspicion of forcing a classmate to eat a grasshopper and dog feces, police said Tuesday. (Japan Today)
May 23
Learning more than 1,000 kanji during six years of grade school isn't an easy task. But it can be fun if all the characters are associated with a word they love - poop. (Japan Times)
May 23
The Japanese government is considering splitting up schools' long summer holidays, the government's top spokesman said Monday, in a move hoped to lessen crowds and shorten queues in peak times at family tourism destinations. (Japan Today)
May 22
Osaka Prefectural Police on Saturday arrested a school teacher for allegedly abducting and raping a student he met online at a hotel, reports Jiji Press (tokyoreporter.com)

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May 22
Four stork chicks whose mother was shot dead by a hunter in Shimane Prefecture will be raised at a specialist breeding facility, a local education board said Sunday. (Japan Today)
May 19
Officials at Tokyo's Ueno Zoo say their giant panda Shin Shin has been showing what may be signs of pregnancy. (NHK)
May 19
The city government of Nagoya, central Japan, has caught one of the two alligator gars that have been spotted inhabiting the expansive moat of Nagoya Castle. (Jiji)
May 18
One of the reactors at Takahama nuclear plant in the central Japanese prefecture of Fukui has been restarted for the first time in 15 months. (NHK)
May 16
Japanese companies, municipalities and citizens have fallen prey to cyberattacks that began hitting targets worldwide late last week, it was learned Monday. (Jiji)

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May 23
Yusaku Miyazato made an 18-foot birdie putt on the eighth playoff hole to grab the fourth and final spot in the U.S. Open from the sectional qualifier in Japan. (Japan Today)
May 22
Justin Gatlin clocked 10.28 seconds to win the 100 meters at a Golden Grand Prix event on Sunday. (Japan Today)
May 18
Japan's Junn Mitsuhashi has cast a shadow over Japanese tennis after getting banned for life for match-fixing offenses, a senior official said Wednesday. (Japan Today)
May 18
One of the perks of holding the highest rank in professional sumo -- yokozuna or grand champion -- is that the title is so exalted, demotion to a lower rank due to poor performance is almost unthinkable. (Japan Today)
May 18
The world champion All Blacks will face Japan in a test match next year before heading to Europe for their end-of-season tour in an effort to boost interest ahead of the 2019 Rugby World Cup in the country. (the-japan-news.com)

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May 24
Budget carrier Peach Aviation is set to become Japan's first airline to accept bitcoin as payment for tickets. (NHK)
May 24
Tokyo's Ueno Zoo said Tuesday it will suspend the public viewing of giant panda Shin Shin from Thursday as chances of her pregnancy have increased. (Jiji)
May 22
An annual event to taste the regional fish specialty of katsuo, or bonito, was held in Kochi Prefecture, western Japan, on Sunday. (NHK)
May 21
Air temperatures surged across Japan on Sunday, hitting 35.3 degrees Celsius in Tatebayashi in the eastern prefecture of Gunma. (Jiji)
May 21
Tourists were given a rare treat Sunday when Kyoto's Nishi Honganji Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site, opened its centuries-old Karamon gate for the first time in 34 years. (Japan Times)

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May 24
For a medium-to-long-term stay in Tokyo, you've got two main options: a homestay or a share house. Each offer very different experiences, which one you choose depending on what you're looking to get out of your time in the city, as well as what ki...
May 23
Beating the Bullies: Tackling ijime in Japan

I'm a big fan of the way Japanese people conduct themselves and deal with others. Their kindness, perseverance, dedication, sense of community and self-discipline are all traits that the rest of the world would do well to observe and follow.

Howev...

May 23
While you're stuck inside this rainy reason, looking for something to watch, there are two main online streaming options outside of the ever-costly Amazon Prime: Netflix or Hulu. What do the two have in common? Both offer monthly streaming of inte...
May 23
Kyoto to Introduce Accommodation Tax.京都市、宿泊税導入へ

The city of Kyoto announced on May 10 that it will introduce an accommodation tax beginning in 2018. All

The only exemption is for hotels and inns that cater to junior high school and high school tour groups. One rit...
May 23

coin lockers at Fuchu Station along the Keio Line in Tokyo

Watch out Amazon! Japanese bookstore Keibundo will begin offering a new service starting May 23, 2017. The “Same-Day Pickup Service” works like this: simply place your order online bef...

May 22
higashi ikebukuro 52 saison credit card idol group

How can a credit card company find a new way to advertise its services? In Japan, it would seem to mean by forming an idol group.

Higashi-Ikebukuro 52 is not the latest “sister group” spin-off of AKB48. It's actually a music group formed by Cr...

May 22
Hi All,

Sometimes I share links to some great articles on Japan travel.

Here they are:

How to stay at a Kyoko Ryokan

http://tg.tripadvisor.jp/news/graphic/kyototourism3/

Tokyo Cheapo

A three day itinerary in Tokyo for those who don't like itinerari...
May 21

The Tale of Genji, written just over 1,000 years ago by Murasaki Shikibu — the 11th century noblewoman who profoundly changed Japan's literary world, is considered by many to be the first modern novel, one of the greatest books in the world, a c...

May 20

Goya “Saturn Devouring His Son”

Amidst the political turmoil and economic recession Japan has found itself in the recent years, how poor parenting takes the toll on the lives of the most vulnerable is often the last thing on people's minds.

Th...

May 20
This could be you, if you follow our cheapo guidelines for Fuji Rock. And timewarp back to the 70s. There are so, so many awesome music festivals that happen in the hot months in Japan. But with entry tickets alone costing upwards of 20,000 yen, a...

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