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25 August 2016
The first fatal traffic accident caused by a person playing the "Pokemon Go" smartphone game while driving took place in Japan Tuesday, police said. (Jiji Press)
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has condemned North Korea's latest missile launch, calling it an unforgivable act. (NHK)
Gunma Prefectural Police have arrested actor Yuta Takahata for allegedly raping a female employee at a hotel in Maebashi City, reports TBS News. (Tokyo Reporter)
The body of a 16-year-old boy was found Tuesday partially buried in gravel in a riverbed in Saitama Prefecture, police said. (Japan Times)
The antiwhaling group Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has agreed to stop physical attacks on whaling vessels and their crew permanently, in a settlement with Japanese research whalers, it was announced Tuesday. (Jiji Press)

Aug 25
A man in the Ground Self-Defense Forces was arrested for burning a hole in the skirt of a woman who was standing in front of him on an escalator, the Asahi Shimbun reported on Wednesday. (Tokyo Reporter)
Aug 24
Shizuoka Prefectural Police have arrested a cop-turned-fireman suspected in a series of arson attacks dating back to last year that targeted agricultural properties in Hamamatsu City, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Aug. 23). (Tokyo Reporter)
Aug 24
A 14-year-old girl was seriously injured Tuesday after being stabbed by a man on a bicycle while walking on a road in the city of Chiba, east of Tokyo, while a 19-year-old female university student was stabbed elsewhere, police said. (Japan Today)
Aug 23
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a male employee at a commercial sex parlor for molesting a woman at a hospital in Akishima City, reports Nippon News Network (Aug. 23). (Tokyo Reporter)
Aug 23
A mother in Sue, Fukuoka Prefecture, was arrested Monday for allegedly killing her four children, who were found dead in their home, police said. (Japan Times)

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Aug 24
Nobuyuki Suzuki, the 60-year-old executive vice president of low-cost carrier Solaseed Air, has died after he jumped from his apartment building in Miyazaki City, reports the Yomiuri Shimbun (Aug. 24). (Tokyo Reporter)
Aug 24
A British media firm has started live streaming of international sports events for smartphone users in Japan. (NHK)
Aug 23
Nearly two decades after Sony introduced corporate officers to Japan in 1997, a growing number of companies are opting out of what had become a well-established system as closer attention to governance exposes its flaws. (Nikkei)
Aug 22
The first columbarium in the Chubu region to use an automated cinerary box conveyor system opened last month in Nagoya as the popularity of tombs that do not require much maintenance grows. (Japan Times)
Aug 21
The number of gas stations in Japan has fallen to around half of the total 21 years ago. (NHK)

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Aug 25
Japan would inject 4.52 trillion yen ($45 billion) into the economy this fiscal year, mainly through public construction projects, under a supplementary budget proposal approved Wednesday by the cabinet as part of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's stimulus package. (Nikkei)
Aug 25
Japan's minimum wage will rise ¥25 on year to ¥823 on average in fiscal 2016, according to the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry. (Japan Times)
Aug 24
Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda on Tuesday stressed the importance of taking measures against cyberattacks to promote fintech, or innovative financial services using information technology. (Jiji Press)
Aug 23
Shinzo Abe doesn't wear a wizard's hat. Nor is the prime minister known to be skilled in sorcery, voodoo or hypnosis. And yet somehow Abenomics entranced millions for nearly three years, none more so than the MBA set in New York and London that should have known better. (Japan Times)
Aug 23
Growing market speculation that the Japanese government will not intervene in the currency market any time soon is threatening to remove what little downward pressure still remains on the yen. (Nikkei)

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Aug 25
Japan's Coast Guard has requested a budget that covers the partial cost of 3 new patrol vessels to boost security around the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea. Chinese government ships have repeatedly entered Japanese waters there. (NHK)
Aug 24
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has condemned North Korea's latest missile launch, calling it an unforgivable act. (NHK)
Aug 24
Major Japanese opposition party Osaka Ishin no Kai decided Tuesday to rename itself "Nippon Ishin no Kai" in a bid to gain wider voter support nationwide. (Jiji Press)
Aug 23
Japan's first lady Akie Abe made an unofficial visit to Pearl Harbor on Sunday where she paid tribute to Americans killed in Japan's surprise attack on the U.S. naval base in Hawaii on Dec. 7, 1941. (Reuters)
Aug 22
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stunned the world at the Rio Olympics closing ceremony with a cosplay performance dressed as Mario. (rocketnews24.com)

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Aug 25
A woman in her 30s has sued a former vice principal of a public elementary school in Toyama Prefecture for alleged sexual abuse and indecent acts she says were perpetrated against her nearly a quarter century ago when she was around 10 years old, her lawyer said Wednesday. (Japan Times)
Aug 25
A labor panel ordered a Tokyo university Wednesday to not refuse to use English in negotiations with a foreign teachers' labor union at its affiliated school. (Japan Today)
Aug 23
The government is set to promote the wider use of maiden names as it attempts to create a more female-friendly work environment at a time when the nation's labor force is expected to shrink. (Japan Times)
Aug 21
Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko have arrived in Nagano Prefecture, central Japan for rest and recuperation. (NHK)
Aug 20
Japanese Princess Mako has passed an entrance exam for a doctoral course at International Christian University in Tokyo, the Imperial Household Agency said Saturday. (Japan Times)

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Aug 25
Alcohol abstinence will halve the risk of esophagus cancer recurrence, a team of Japanese researchers has found. (Jiji Press)
Aug 24
The antiwhaling group Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has agreed to stop physical attacks on whaling vessels and their crew permanently, in a settlement with Japanese research whalers, it was announced Tuesday. (Jiji Press)
Aug 21
A strong earthquake struck off the coast of northern Japan for a third consecutive day early Sunday. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. (Japan Times)
Aug 20
A reported epidemic of thyroid cancer in rich countries is in fact mainly due to overdiagnosis driven by new technologies, the U.N.'s cancer research agency says. (Japan Today)
Aug 17
A resident in his 40s in Hokkaido has died of tick-borne encephalitis, the prefectural government said Tuesday. (Japan Times)

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Aug 23
Organizers for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo are taking a close look at Rio's successes and shortcomings this year, hoping to glean solutions to the Japanese capital's own cost and space challenges. (Nikkei)
Aug 21
With each step he took - not withstanding his little bump with a competitor - Hirooki Arai walked closer and closer into Japanese Olympic history. (the-japan-news.com)
Aug 20
Japanese athletes won more medals at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics on Friday, bringing Japan's total medal count to 40, the highest-ever at an Olympics. (NHK)
Aug 19
Risako Kawai bagged a wrestling gold medal in her Olympic debut, winning the women's 63-kilogram title on Thursday at the Rio de Janeiro Games. (the-japan-news.com)
Aug 19
The top-seeded duo of Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi won Japan's first-ever gold medal in badminton on Thursday, taking the top prize in women's doubles at the Rio Games. (the-japan-news.com)

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Aug 25
Mt Fuji is increasingly becoming a popular destination for foreign tourists amid a record-breaking number of people visiting Japan from abroad. (Japan Today)
Aug 25
The transport ministry will likely extend support for efforts to increase the number of foreign visitors arriving at regional airports, including cuts in landing fees or exemption from such payments, sources said. (the-japan-news.com)
Aug 23
Japanese weather officials are warning of floods, landslides and high waves as a powerful storm has made landfall on the country's northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido. (NHK)
Aug 23
Visitors planning an overseas trip to Japan yesterday were hit with unwelcome news. Many of their flights had been canceled, thanks to multiple typhoons wreaking havoc over Japan. (Japan Times)
Aug 23
Railways and air carriers say more people have been on the move in Japan during the mid-August summer holidays, called Obon. (NHK)

Step Inside Japan: introducing an amazing interactive map
This isn’t just any old boring map. Scattered throughout the country are a handful of our favourite destinations, marked by animated icons that move when you hover over them. (insidejapantours.com)

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Aug 25

Taking the ferry from Shiogama's Marine Gate to Matsushima Kaigan is a great, scenic way to enjoy the natural beauty of Matsushima Bay. Tickets are 1500yen one way and boats run every hour on the hour until 3PM. Buy tickets at the desk, where the ...
Aug 23
unnamed Explore Local Tastes
Gurunavi

Looking for a restaurant in your area? Feeling like budget sashimi at a place that offers your favorite drink and is still open at 2 a.m.? And has a private, non-smoking room and staff who can assist you in English? ...

Aug 23
Back to School: Getting Your Students Back into English Mode

Having just returned from a few days off, I am now working on getting back into the swing of things and putting together some basic lesson outlines for the upcoming autumn/winter term. It is about 10 days before my students are due to report back ...

Aug 23
|credit| So now you know what to drink and where to go, but there is more to drinking in Japan than that. If you want to avoid being the stereotypical gaijin (foreigner) and drink like the locals instead, we have the tips on the rules, the remedi...
Aug 23

Rejection hurts, which is one of the reasons people in Japan are turning to, um, plastic alternatives when regarding the realm of love. Meet Hiroyuki, the Japanese man who lives with 17 dolls. *Skip to 6:20 in video* Japanese Man Living with Dolls...

Aug 22

Summer is a very lively season in Japan as there are festivals everywhere practically every week. It's a great way to see how much the Japanese people value and keep their culture alive.




You'll hear it through music and cheerful laughter, taste and...

Aug 22
Ikebana

Being relocated to a new country can be an amazing experience, though one not without its difficulties. One of the greatest of problems, particularly for the spouses or partners of those being relocated, is making friends in a new place where perh...

Aug 22
Long queues, truffle oil, soba made in-house and a handy Twitter account. Add it all together and what have you got? Tokyo's Michelin-star ramen joint Tsuta—the best addition to your Japan bucket list. |credit| After receiving the coveted French...
Aug 22
Comiket Cosplay - 016

Comiket is Japan's semiannual or so COMIc marKET, a huge gathering of comic book otaku and cosplayers, self-described as:

Comic Market is a “space” that functions to expand the possibilities of self expression, where the aim is to accept crea...

Aug 21
tori

Useful Japanese expressions when it comes to asking someone a favor~

Photo from samuri-kun on flickr.com

When you need some help from someone maybe because you are new to the area or have just started working, what would you say? Yes, the magi...

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