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6 July 2020
Tokyo Governor Koike Yuriko has won a second term after Sunday's voting. Koike laid out what she wants to accomplish over the coming years. She said her most urgent priority is fighting the coronavirus. (NHK)
About 34 people are either confirmed or feared dead -- including 14 at a nursing home -- after torrential rain in Japan triggered massive floods and mudslides, authorities said Sunday. (Japan Today)
Local governments fretted over the coronavirus spread as they opened shelters for evacuees from the torrential rain in southwestern Japan on Saturday, aiming to ensure social distancing and take proper sanitary measures. (Japan Today)
Tokyo Disney Resort reopened on Wednesday after a four-month suspension due to the coronavirus, but the number of attractions was limited, and visitors were kept at less than 20% of pre-pandemic levels. (Nikkei)
Sources at the Tokyo metropolitan government say 111 coronavirus cases were confirmed in the capital on Sunday. (NHK)

Jul 06
Police in Yokohama have arrested a 21-year-old man on suspicion of attempted murder after he stabbed a 28-year-old colleague at the barber shop where they both worked. (Japan Today)
Jul 06
Suspect simply can’t stop attempting to meet women in the worst possible way. (soranews24.com)
Jul 06
Photos and videos of submerged houses and cars in torrential rain in southwestern Japan inundated social media on Saturday, with trapped people calling for help and others assuring families and friends of their safety. (Japan Today)
Jul 06
Police in Shizuoka Prefecture, central Japan, say they have found the bodies of four people at the site of a warehouse fire. (NHK)
Jul 05
In Japan, it’s sometimes said that the eyes speak as much as the mouth. (Japan Times)

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Jul 05
Panasonic is leaving the cash register business within the fiscal year ending March 2021, Nikkei has learned. (Nikkei)
Jul 05
A long-time plan to develop Tokyo as a major international financial center is getting a new twist -- prompting skeptics to reassess their views. (Nikkei)
Jul 04
Business sentiment improved for the first time in nine months in June, thanks to the resumption of economic activity nationwide, credit research company Teikoku Databank Ltd. said Friday. (Japan Times)
Jul 04
A Turkish judge on Friday released pending trial the four pilots and an aviation company manager accused of aiding former Nissan Motor Chairman Carlos Ghosn's escape from criminal custody in Japan. (Nikkei)
Jul 04
Many countries would welcome an unemployment rate of “only” 4 percent, with the luxury of having more jobs than jobseekers. (Japan Times)

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Jul 04
Japan is considering a package of law revisions to step up its fight against the coronavirus by strengthening the authorities of central and prefectural governments, such as introducing punishment for those refusing to follow business suspension or quarantine orders, government sources said Thursday. (Japan Times)
Jul 04
The Japanese government on Friday unveiled a draft growth strategy that promotes cashless payments and diverse workstyles, responding to the needs of the post-coronavirus era. (Kyodo)
Jul 04
Japan's industry minister says his ministry plans to study drawing up a roadmap to reduce coal-fired power generation, while aiming to accelerate a shift toward renewable energy. (NHK)
Jul 03
Tokyo Governor Koike Yuriko has called on people to refrain from visiting nightlife districts where coronavirus infections are on the rise. (NHK)
Jul 02
A new expert panel of Japan's government has met for the first time to assess the effectiveness of anti-coronavirus measures. (NHK)

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Jul 05
Major Japanese wireless carriers recently launched a service to provide foreign tourists with disaster relief information via mobile phone short message service in the event of an earthquake or typhoon. (Kyodo)
Jul 04
Single mothers and women with less secure jobs in Japan have seen their employment opportunities upended as the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage. (Japan Today)
Jul 03
More than 3,400 elementary and junior high school students and teachers have contracted food poisoning at 15 schools near Tokyo due to school lunches, local authorities said Thursday. (Kyodo)
Jul 02
The Japanese government compiled Wednesday a package of policy measures to promote women's empowerment, including a possible law revision to address cases of unpaid child support payments after divorce. (Japan Times)
Jul 02
A day after China passed and enacted a new national security law to govern Hong Kong, Japanese lawmakers kicked off official discussions over ways to welcome financial talent that may be contemplating leaving the international financial hub. (Nikkei)

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Jul 05
Japanese researchers say recent volcanic activity on Nishinoshima has caused the remote island in the Pacific to increase in size. (NHK)
Jul 05
Alpine plants have come under threat of extinction from the sudden expansion of a species of dwarf bamboo in mountainous regions of Japan. (Kyodo)
Jul 03
The Japanese government will urge the closure or suspension of about 100 low-efficiency coal-fired power plants in the country by fiscal year 2030 in the face of international pressure for a transition to greener alternatives. (Nikkei)
Jul 03
Night sky watchers say what appeared to be a fireball was seen streaking over wide areas of Japan. (NHK)
Jul 02
As Japan emerges from a state of emergency, the Yokohama City Seibu Hospital, once the site of one of the worst hit hospitals of the coronavirus outbreaks, is grappling to operate alongside a virus with no treatment or cure. (Reuters)

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Jul 05
The top J1 division of Japan's professional soccer league, J.League, which postponed all official matches in February in response to the coronavirus outbreak, has resumed play without spectators. (NHK)
Jun 29
Second-favorite Chrono Genesis blitzed the field Sunday to claim the Takarazuka Kinen at Hanshin Racecourse. (Japan Times)
Jun 23
Japanese high school baseball players, heartbroken because their annual tournament was canceled due to the pandemic, are getting a consolation prize: a spoonful of dirt. (Japan Today)
Jun 23
There was a great sense of sadness when it was announced by F1 officials that the Japanese Grand Prix in 2020 would be cancelled. (newsonjapan.com)
Jun 23
Over the years, it's fair to say that Japanese professional wrestlers haven't had a fair opportunity to shine in WWE. (newsonjapan.com)

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Jul 06
Tokyo Disney Resort reopened on Wednesday after a four-month suspension due to the coronavirus, but the number of attractions was limited, and visitors were kept at less than 20% of pre-pandemic levels. (Nikkei)
Jul 05
France, Italy and a number of European countries have relaxed entry restrictions from Japan, Nikkei has learned. (Nikkei)
Jul 03
It’s clear that with tourism everywhere having been brought to a standstill from COVID-19, Beppu is wasting no time and sparing no effort to get people back as soon as possible. (soranews24.com)
Jul 02
Japan Airlines Co said Wednesday it is planning to fully restart its domestic flights as early as October amid signs of a recovery in travel demand, hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. (Japan Today)
Jul 02
A hot spring resort in Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan, that's known for its hula shows has reopened after being closed for about three months due to the coronavirus. (NHK)

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Jul 4

Tokyoites were in for quite a scare early Thursday when a shooting star lit up the sky across the Kanto region before crashing with a very loud bank around 2:32 a.m.

We have to thank famous digital artist Kagaya Yutaka for catching this beautiful ...

Jul 1

Image courtesy of Pexels.com, CCO

Did you meet a Japanese girl or guy but have no idea what to say to them in Japanese? I have come to rescue you. Here are a few basic Japanese dating phrases that you can use for that special someone.

Good afterno...

Jul 1
Practice Zazen Meditation in Japan

My mind is agitated and I am hypersensitive. One tiny thing can drag me into an ocean of intertwined thoughts and emotions until I am unable to think clearly. Being stuck at home for the last month left me with more time alone with my thoughts tha...

Jun 29
A Starter Guide To International Schools In Tokyo - Nishimachi International School Campus

Tokyo is well known for being remarkably convenient; however, navigating around schools, programs, or education style is not. For internationally-oriented families—often temporarily living in Japan—International Schools (IS) can be a better op...

Jun 29
calling a waiter in Japanese restaurants

Ohayō gozaimasu! Kyo wa iitenki desu!
Good morning!

Today's YouTube Live lesson topic was Customer Service Japanese ~Restaurants.
Have you been to a restaurant in Japan?
If so, I bet you were treated very well. Because in Japan, we have a culture...

Jun 29
Learn how to make nikujaga Recipe with a kick

In this new GaijinPot series, GP contributors test out Japanese recipes they found online with varying degrees of success.

“If you want to get a Japanese guy, you must know how to make nikujaga better than his mother.” This was what my Japanes...

Jun 27

Do you consider yourself a chopstick ninja, picking grains of rice with your o-hashi like a pro? Well, you might need to reevaluate your skills, especially if you've been told by a Japanese person you how jouzu you are. Turns out, they may not act...

Jun 26

Minasan Ohayō gozaimasu!
Good morning, everyone!

Today's YouTube Live lesson was Learn Japanese with Anime.
Have you watched Japanese anime before? Do you think the ordinary Japanese people talk like anime characters?
Do you think just watching A...

Jun 26
Japanese To Prepare for a Job Interview

A few years back, when I was interviewing for what I thought was a typical English job, all of a sudden, the interviewer switched to Japanese. “I'm sorry,” I managed to spit out, surprised by the change of pace, “I wasn't aware that this int...

Jun 26
Japan's Love Hotels: 10 Hotels To Suit Every Taste - Champagne bottle, candles, flowers on a bed in a hotel room

What do you do if you've found somebody special, but aren't really digging the thought of bringing them back to your tiny apartment, in need of a spicy adventure in your love life, or on the look of a really special Staycation? Go to a love hotel ...

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