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20 November 2019
All construction works for the main stadium of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games have finished. (NHK)
Shinzo Abe has become Japan's longest-serving prime minister after breaking a record set more than a century ago. (NHK)
East Japan Railway says it will tear down Harajuku Station, the oldest wooden station building in Tokyo, after the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics in the metropolis. (NHK)
The number of homeless people in central Tokyo has dropped 7% from a year ago, the metropolitan government says, with the robust job market receiving much of the credit. (Nikkei)
The Lower House signed off Tuesday on a trade deal with the United States that cuts tariffs on farm and industrial products, taking a step toward its entry into force next year. (Japan Times)




Nov 20
East Japan Railway says it will tear down Harajuku Station, the oldest wooden station building in Tokyo, after the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics in the metropolis. (NHK)
Nov 20
The number of homeless people in central Tokyo has dropped 7% from a year ago, the metropolitan government says, with the robust job market receiving much of the credit. (Nikkei)
Nov 20
In Japan, there’s a common understanding that public places are spaces are to be respected, which is the reason why people talk quietly on public transport, hold back on eating while walking, and stand patiently in orderly queues. (Japan Today)
Nov 19
Police arrested a man wanted over the slaying of a 20-year-old woman in the city of Niigata. (Japan Times)
Nov 19
A 71-year-old woman in central Japan suspected of murdering her husband has told investigators she strangled her in-laws as well, local police said Monday, pointing to the stress of being the sole caregiver in the family as a possible motive. (Japan Times)

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Nov 20
Japanese retailers are gearing up for Black Friday sales this week, including an initial foray by Amazon Japan, hoping the event will give consumer spending a much-needed shot in the arm after last month's consumption tax increase. (Nikkei)
Nov 20
Japan and South Korea have failed to hammer out their differences over Japan's export controls in the second round of bilateral talks at the World Trade Organization. (NHK)
Nov 17
Japan is one of the few countries where a weaker currency is good for the stock market, but a closer look reveals the long-term consequences of this reliance at a time when companies need to invest abroad for growth. (Nikkei)
Nov 15
Japan's economic professors frequently draw on a common saying as a metaphor to teach students about diminishing returns: The first beer of the night is incredibly satisfying, the second one not as much. (Nikkei)
Nov 15
Convenience store operator FamilyMart Co said Thursday it will allow its franchise owners across Japan to shorten operating hours from March in a bid to address a severe labor shortage during late-night hours. (Japan Today)

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Nov 20
Shinzo Abe has become Japan's longest-serving prime minister after breaking a record set more than a century ago. (NHK)
Nov 20
The Lower House signed off Tuesday on a trade deal with the United States that cuts tariffs on farm and industrial products, taking a step toward its entry into force next year. (Japan Times)
Nov 16
South Korean President Moon Jae-in told visiting U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Friday it is difficult for Seoul to share military intelligence with Japan, while vowing to make continued efforts toward security cooperation among the three countries, according to the presidential Blue House. (Japan Times)
Nov 14
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga says the government will not hold a cherry blossom-viewing party next year, which is hosted every April by the prime minister. (NHK)
Nov 12
An annual cherry blossom viewing party organized by the Japanese prime minister has come under scrutiny. (NHK)

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Nov 20
Police have questioned, on a voluntary basis, four teachers involved in the alleged bullying of a male colleague in Kobe, western Japan, according to sources close to the matter. (NHK)
Nov 16
Japan's standardized university entrance exam will test only reading and listening skills for English in the 2020 academic year while placing more emphasis on listening than current exams, the government-backed exam setter said Friday. (Japan Today)
Nov 16
As this year marks the fifth anniversary of the education ministry designating Hiroshima University as a “Type A Super Global University,” the university has taken major steps to achieve globalization. (Japan Times)
Nov 14
Japanese immigration authorities say 219 foreigners were staying in Japan as of the end of September after acquiring a new type of work visa for people with vocational skills. (NHK)
Nov 09
The Japanese Prime Minister has apologized for the postponement of the planned introduction of private-sector English tests for university admission. (NHK)

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Nov 19
The industry ministry said Monday it would be safe to release water contaminated by the Fukushima nuclear disaster into the ocean, stressing that on an annual basis the amount of radiation measured near the release point would be very small compared to levels to which humans are naturally exposed. (Japan Times)
Nov 14
Japan's space agency says its probe is on its way back to Earth after leaving the asteroid, Ryugu. (NHK)
Nov 09
Mt Sakurajima volcano shot smoke and ash miles into the sky on Friday in its biggest eruption in more than three years, Kyodo News reported. (Japan Today)
Nov 07
As Japan’s construction firms are squeezed by the tightest labor market since the 1970s and a rapidly aging population, they are pouring investment into technology — and providing unexpected support to an economy reeling from the bitter U.S.-China trade war. (Japan Times)
Nov 04
Toyota Motor Corp. and weather information provider Weathernews Inc. have started tests to improve the accuracy of rain forecasts by using real-time data from networked cars’ windshield wipers. (Japan Times)

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Nov 20
All construction works for the main stadium of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games have finished. (NHK)
Nov 16
The organizers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics on Friday said they are confident next year’s swimming races won’t be cancelled like the test run in August was, thanks to measures to keep E. coli bacteria at acceptable levels. (Japan Times)
Nov 15
Japan maintained its perfect record in Asia World Cup qualifying by beating Kyrgyzstan 2-0 while Iran lost a second straight match on Thursday. (Japan Today)
Nov 12
Sumo has been around in various forms for over 2,000 years. (Japan Times)
Nov 03
South Africa galloped by England to win the Rugby World Cup in Japan. The Springboks claimed the Cup for the first time since 2007. (NHK)

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Nov 20
A private Japanese think tank has ranked Tokyo third in its annual assessment of major cities around the world. (NHK)
Nov 19
For most city residents, trains and subways are an integral part of daily life, and few countries have embraced rail travel like Japan. With that in mind, it should come as no surprise that one of the best train museums in the world is found here: the Kyoto Railway Museum — and it’s a great place to visit with kids. (Japan Times)
Nov 17
November is usually peak travel season in Hakone, one of the most popular resorts within easy reach of Tokyo. Visitors flock to the area in autumn to watch the leaves turn and enjoy a dip in the hot springs. (Nikkei)
Nov 16
A popular tourist site on Mount Hakone was reopened Friday, ending a six-month closure caused by an increase in the volcanic alert level in the hot spring resort area, local authorities said. (Japan Times)
Nov 10
Operations at Kansai International Airport were suspended for about one hour on Saturday after a drone was seen flying over the airport. It was the second such incident in three days after a drone sighting caused arrival and departures to be delayed twice on Thursday. (Japan Today)

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Nov 20

“You don't need to go to Japan to enjoy Japan's incredible drinking culture”.

For everyone interested in alcoholic beverages or Japanese culture and cuisine generally we recently spoke to Stephen Lyman, the co-author of The Complete Guide to J...

Nov 19
Japanese baby names study Japanese

While some parents are content to see which name sticks, others spend literal months fretting over the perfect moniker for their newborn. For many parents, especially those in intercultural relationships, the ideal name will be one that isn't too ...

Nov 19
|credit| Along with geisha, Mount Fuji, bullet trains and tentacle porn, nothing epitomizes the outside image of Japan quite like the ancient sport of sumo. Despite its honored position as the national sport, in recent times it has suffered from ...
Nov 19
Ise-Shima National Park is the resting place of Japan's most sacred Shinto shrines. While that is the main reason tourists flock to the area year-round, there's plenty more to see. Even if the Ise Jingu, also known as Ise Grand Shrine, Shinto's ...
Nov 18

Shibuya Blue Cave 2019 will be held this winter in Shibuya area, Tokyo. Approx 600,000 blue LED lights will lighten up the avenue of Shibuya, and it stretches for about 800 m from Shibuya Koen Dori Street to Yoyogi Park Keyaki Namiki. Visitors can...

Nov 18
Mikan cake

The only downside to this recipe (if you're in Japan) is that almond flour is expensive and not always easy to find. Aside from that, using mikans (みかん, also called tangerines, clementines, or satsumas in other countries) makes for a dessert...

Nov 15
Japan's blockchain enabled next-generation financial transactions are planned to start in 2020. On November 7 2019, Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation (MUTB), the second largest in trust business in Japan, announced the establishment of ...
Nov 15
If parks just don't do it for you, here are some great autumn leaves day trips from Tokyo to give you those fall feelings. |credit| Autumn leaves give cherry blossoms a run for their money in our opinion—and what better way to escape the busy...
Nov 15
6 Things to Look for When Choosing a Japanese Language School Study in Japan

So, you want to study Japanese at a language school in Japan? We know it can be overwhelming; there are so many schools and courses to choose from, and many of them kinda seem like they offer the same deal!

As student placement coordinators for G...

Nov 15
Brrrr. From the top of Japan's northernmost island, Hokkaido, right down to Kyushu, the Japanese winter can be both freezing and beautiful in equal measure. But while some people have hibernation on their minds (yes, I'm talking about you, hiding ...

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