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26 June 2019
The US State Department has denied a media report that President Donald Trump privately mentioned pulling his country out of a security pact with Japan. (NHK)
Japan's space agency says it will try to have the Hayabusa2 space probe make a second landing on the asteroid Ryugu next month. (NHK)
Graffiti was found Tuesday morning on a stone wall that surrounds the Akasaka Estate in Tokyo, where Emperor Naruhito and his family reside, police said. (Japan Times)
Pope Francis is set to make a four-day trip to Japan this November. It will be the first papal visit to the country since John Paul II came in 1981. (NHK)
Police in Japan are implementing the highest-level security measures for the G20 Osaka Summit, which starts on Friday. (NHK)




Jun 26
Talent agency Yoshimoto Kogyo Co. on Monday announced the suspension of 11 comedians for participating in a party held by so-called “anti-social forces” group without prior clearance from the agency, reports TV Asahi (June 24). (tokyoreporter.com)
Jun 26
Graffiti was found Tuesday morning on a stone wall that surrounds the Akasaka Estate in Tokyo, where Emperor Naruhito and his family reside, police said. (Japan Times)
Jun 26
Little over 150 years ago, on May 11, 1869, the first year of the Meiji Era, Hijikata Toshizo, charismatic vice commander of the storied Shinsengumi -- Japan's last samurai -- met his end in battle defending the group's final stronghold on Japan's northernmost main island of Hokkaido. (Kyodo)
Jun 24
A Japanese man convicted of assault and theft was arrested Sunday in Yokosuka, near Tokyo, four days after he escaped attempts to take him into custody. (Japan Today)
Jun 23
A 23-year-old man accused of exposing himself to several high school girls in Kita Ward last month has admitted to committing the same crime dozens of times in the past, police revealed on Saturday, reports TV Asahi (June 22). (tokyoreporter.com)

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Jun 21
Bank of Japan Governor Haruko Kuroda said extra stimulus would be an option if prices refuse to keep rising toward the central bank's 2% inflation target. (Nikkei)
Jun 20
Japan has posted a trade deficit for the first time in four months. The shortfall comes as shipments to China and other Asian economies plunged. (NHK)
Jun 18
Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten and supermarket chain Seiyu are starting a drone delivery service for summer visitors to an island off Yokosuka, near Tokyo. (NHK)
Jun 17
The number of private lodgings in Japan has increased eightfold since the law legalizing them took effect a year ago to relieve a shortage of hotel rooms in the wake of the inbound tourism boom, according to data released by the government. (Japan Today)
Jun 17
Japanese manga needs a new superhero. Battered by a shrinking population and changing consumer tastes, the once undisputed champion of the country's pop culture is on the ropes as readership plummets. (Nikkei)

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Jun 26
The US State Department has denied a media report that President Donald Trump privately mentioned pulling his country out of a security pact with Japan. (NHK)
Jun 26
A no-confidence motion against the cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was voted down Tuesday in the lower house, with the ruling bloc fending off opposition camp criticism about the government's handling of a pension report before an upper house election. (Japan Today)
Jun 26
Ibaraki Prefecture said Monday it would start issuing partnership certificates for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender couples from July 1. (Japan Today)
Jun 26
Pope Francis is set to make a four-day trip to Japan this November. It will be the first papal visit to the country since John Paul II came in 1981. (NHK)
Jun 25
Police in Japan are implementing the highest-level security measures for the G20 Osaka Summit, which starts on Friday. (NHK)

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Jun 26
Japan aims to make a computer terminal available to every school student by around fiscal 2025, the education ministry said Tuesday. (Japan Times)
Jun 23
Junior high school students have become slightly more open to the use of marijuana, in part due to the influence of the internet, an official survey suggests. (Japan Times)
Jun 23
A coed public high school in western Japan's Shiga Prefecture admitted on Friday to having required female students to verbally report to teachers how many days they were into their menstruation when needing to skip swimming class. (Kyodo)
Jun 22
The Diet on Friday passed a bill stipulating for the first time the responsibility of the central and municipal governments for promoting Japanese-language education for foreign residents after Japan opened up to more overseas workers this April. (Japan Today)
Jun 22
The British science journal Nature has ranked a university in Japan's southern prefecture of Okinawa in the top ten of institutions with the highest output of top-quality research in the natural sciences. (NHK)

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Jun 26
Japan's space agency says it will try to have the Hayabusa2 space probe make a second landing on the asteroid Ryugu next month. (NHK)
Jun 17
Mitsubishi Electric and Yaskawa Electric are among 100 major Japanese manufacturers set to share production data with each other to improve efficiency, using blockchain technology to ensure their information remains secure, Nikkei has learned. (Nikkei)
Jun 13
The Diet on Wednesday passed a bill requiring dog and cat breeders to microchip animals, and owners to voluntarily do the same to their pets, in a bid to reduce the number of strays. (Japan Times)
Jun 12
Japan's westernmost point has moved further west by about 110 meters, after it was decided to include an ocean rock on official maps. (NHK)
Jun 12
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government is set to launch a subsidy to help prevent accidents involving elderly drivers. (NHK)

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Jun 21
Attention: Spectators at the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics next year will be allowed to post their photos on social media but not video and audio. (Japan Times)
Jun 18
Toyota drivers Kazuki Nakajima, Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Buemi claimed their second consecutive 24 Hours of Le Mans victory Sunday, but only after some bad luck scuttled their sister car's hopes of a win. (Kyodo)
Jun 15
A law to prohibit ticket scalping for concerts and sports events came into force Friday ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. (Japan Today)
Jun 13
Organizers have marked 100 days to go before the opening of the Rugby World Cup by saying the challenges of staging the sport's showpiece event in a non-traditional rugby nation have largely been overcome, most particularly with ticket sales. (Japan Today)
Jun 12
Cannabis has been legalized in some parts of the world. But the chief executive of next year's Tokyo Olympics has reminded potential visitors to the games that the substance is against the law in Japan. (Japan Today)

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Jun 25
While Japan's popular cherry blossom season delights many with its gorgeous once-a-year scenery and bounty of sakura-flavored goods, Hydrangea (ajisai in Japanese) can be every bit as beautiful. (Japan Today)
Jun 25
A slug has been blamed for a power outage that halted dozens of trains and delayed 12,000 passengers in the Kyushu region, operator Kyushu Railway Co. (JR Kyushu) has said. (Japan Times)
Jun 23
Foreign tourist spending in rural parts of Japan is surging faster than it is nationwide. (Nikkei)
Jun 20
Tokyo's Shibuya Ward has passed a bill to ban drinking alcohol in streets, parks and open spaces near Shibuya station during Halloween and other major events. The ordinance will go into effect on Thursday. (NHK)
Jun 20
The Geospatial Information Authority of Japan has created a new map symbol that indicates monuments put up in memory of Japan's past natural disasters. (NHK)

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Jun 25
Women Dating Women in Japan

Back when I taught English in Japan, I once led a discussion on coming out. No, this wasn't some sneaky initiative to promote the gay agenda—the topic was actually in the book! As I went around the room eliciting stories, every single one of my ...

Jun 25
5 Tips for Passing the JLPT 2019

The first time I took JLPT2, I was amazed at how quickly my time ran out. It seemed like I had barely started the reading section of the test before the one-minute warning came up. After flunking spectacularly, I asked my teacher what had gone wro...

Jun 25

Fireworks, called hanabi (花火) in Japanese, have a long history in Japan and are a fundamental part of Japanese summers. Japanese fireworks displays are quite unique comparing to other countries'.

Although fireworks are closely associated wi...

Jun 24

Japanese large companies have been stealing SMEs' intellectual property. This issue was brought up in a working group discussing the improvement of business conditions for SMEs or subcontracting companies, as reported in our previous article. Then...
Jun 24
Headquarters of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Geneva, Switzerland (Photo: Reuters/Denis Balibouse).

Author: Editorial Board, ANU

Japan will host the G20 summit over 28–29 June at the most challenging time in the G20's history. This may seem like a bold statement. After all, the G20 faced the prospect of another great depression back in 2008 an...

Jun 23
In November of 1969, Japanese stationery company Tombow released what would go on to become one of the country's most iconic stationery items: the MONO eraser. Designed by the company's in-house designers, the simple striped design, reminiscent of...
Jun 21

Did you know that Japan has more Michelin-starred restaurants than any other country in the world? Japan is home to a variety of incredibly luxurious foods for both locals and tourists to try. Here's a look at ten of the most luxurious foods in Ja...

Jun 21
Petty breakup stories go viral on Twitter

Last week, Twitter was flooded with Japanese users sharing breakup stories with a common theme—they all had a trivial reason at the center of the breakup. Some of them were so out there, they sound like they're taken straight out of a sketch on ...

Jun 21

In a busy city like Tokyo we can easily become used to rushing by the minute: Have a quick bite while you're running for your 7:33 a.m. train; be at the office on time; pick up the kids from school by 5 p.m.; don't forget the shirts from the dry c...

Jun 19
An elderly woman walks on a street in Tokyo's Sugamo district, 14 January 2015 (Photo: Reuters/Toru Hanai).

Author: Yuri Okina, Japan Research Institute

Since April 2019, the Japanese government has started to expand its immigration program to increase the number of blue-collar foreign workers arriving in the country. But much more needs to be done to s...

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