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26 April 2018
Japanese animated film company Studio Ghibli has unveiled the basic design of its theme park set to open in Aichi Prefecture, central Japan, in 2022. (NHK)
The Japanese government lodged a protest against South Korea on Wednesday over the use of a flag showing disputed Sea of Japan islands on a dessert planned for the inter-Korean summit on Friday. (Jiji)
Police have sent papers on Tatsuya Yamaguchi, a member of Japanese pop group Tokio, to public prosecutors on charges of an indecent assault against a high school girl, it was learned Wednesday. (Jiji)
Police in Nagoya have arrested a 60-year-old man on suspicion of attempted murder after he hit a 10-year-old boy on the head with a hammer. The boy lives in an apartment on the second floor above the suspect. (Japan Today)
Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko hosted their annual spring garden party at the Akasaka Imperial Gardens in Tokyo on Wednesday. (NHK)

Apr 26
A court sentenced on Wednesday a 29-year-old former reporter for public broadcaster NHK to 21 years in prison for raping three women. (Japan Times)
Apr 26
Gunma Prefectural Police are hunting for a man who assaulted a male Peruvian national in the town of Oizumi on Tuesday, reports TV Asahi (tokyoreporter.com)
Apr 26
Police in Hakodate, Hokkaido, have arrested an unemployed 44-year-old man on suspicion of killing a woman in his apartment on Tuesday night. (Japan Today)
Apr 26
After a dozen years waiting, fans have a chance to see the Kingdom Hearts/Evangelion singer live, plus a way to boost their odds of getting tickets. (soranews24.com)
Apr 26
A memorial service was held on Wednesday in Amagasaki, Hyogo Prefecture, to mark the 13th anniversary of a commuter train crash on the Fukuchiyama Line of West Japan Railway Co. <9021>, or JR West, that killed 106 passengers and the train driver, and injured 562 others. (Jiji)

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Apr 26
Uniqlo operator Fast Retailing is launching a counteroffensive against Amazon.com and other rivals in the online fashion market, using its vast network of real-world stores to differentiate itself. (Nikkei)
Apr 26
NHK has learned that Kobe Steel submitted to the Tokyo District Prosecutors Office documents related to the firm's falsified product inspection data. (NHK)
Apr 25
Tsuburaya Productions Co.., the producer of the television series featuring Japanese superhero Ultraman, said Tuesday a California court has ruled that an alleged contract on the use rights of Ultraman outside Japan is not authentic. (Jiji)
Apr 21
The Tokyo metropolitan government aims to ban indoor smoking at all restaurants with employees in the Japanese capital, Governor Yuriko Koike said Friday. (Jiji)
Apr 21
A company that developed a smartphone application for the Japanese board game shogi has been listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. But the initial public offering ended without an opening price as there were too many orders to buy its shares. (NHK)

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Apr 26
Major Japanese companies have agreed to raise monthly employee pay by 8,621 yen, or 2.54 pct, on average so far during this year's "shunto" spring labor-management negotiations, the Japan Business Federation, or Keidanren, said Wednesday. (Jiji)
Apr 25
Orders for Japanese machine tools hit a record high for the first time in a decade in fiscal 2017, backed by strong demand from smartphone makers and others in China, industry data showed Tuesday. (Jiji)
Apr 21
Japanese government officials have released their leading gauge of inflation. The Consumer Price Index rose for the 15th straight month in March. (NHK)
Apr 19
Japan logged a customs-cleared trade surplus of 797.3 billion yen in March, compared with 603.5 billion yen in surplus a year before, the Ministry of Finance said Wednesday. (Jiji)
Apr 17
Japanese workers appear headed for their biggest wage increase in two decades as companies led by the logistics and retail sectors compete for a slice of the country's ever-shrinking workforce. (Nikkei)

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Apr 26
The Japanese government lodged a protest against South Korea on Wednesday over the use of a flag showing disputed Sea of Japan islands on a dessert planned for the inter-Korean summit on Friday. (Jiji)
Apr 25
Japan's cabinet on Tuesday approved the resignation of Vice Minister of Finance Junichi Fukuda, 58, who last week offered to quit over his alleged sexually harassing remarks. (Jiji)
Apr 25
Education minister Yoshimasa Hayashi has used an official ministry car to visit a "sexy yoga" studio in Tokyo, a weekly magazine said Tuesday, in another apparent scandal to hit the government. (Japan Today)
Apr 25
South Korean President Moon Jae-in told Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday that he plans to take up the issue of Pyongyang's abductions of Japanese nationals decades ago at his upcoming meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. (Jiji)
Apr 24
NHK has learned that prosecutors have questioned a former senior Finance Ministry official about a document-tampering scandal in connection with the discounted sale of state-owned land. (NHK)

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Apr 26
Police have sent prosecutors papers on a 14-year-old boy for allegedly threatening a public elementary school in Tokyo’s upscale Ginza district that introduced uniforms designed by high-end Italian brand Armani. (Japan Times)
Apr 26
Japanese education minister Yoshimasa Hayashi apologized Wednesday for "causing confusion" over a magazine article that said he used an official vehicle during daytime on a weekday to go to a yoga class. (Jiji)
Apr 22
Osaka has been considered something of a pioneer in LGBT rights in Japan. Back in 2013, Yodogawa Ward was the first government body in the country to officially declare support for LGBT communities. While merely a symbolic gesture at first, it has spread into a larger movement of sensitivity that now includes all wards in Osaka. (soranews24.com)
Apr 20
Some cafes in Japan are offering college students simulated experiences, using virtual reality technology, of everyday life at work in a company. (Jiji)
Apr 18
The average life expectancy in 2015 for women was highest in Kitanakagusuku, a village in the southernmost Japan prefecture of Okinawa, at 89.0 years, a health ministry survey showed Tuesday. (Jiji)

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Apr 24
Robots that can weld, lift and bolt are being developed to help bridge labor shortages at domestic construction sites, though their use will be limited to night shifts when no human workers will be nearby due to safety and regulatory concerns. (Japan Times)
Apr 21
Another volcano erupted in the Kirishima mountain range in the Kyushu region, southwestern Japan, on Thursday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. (Jiji)
Apr 20
The Meteorological Agency says an eruption has occurred at Mount Ioyama in southwestern Japan, spewing volcanic rocks around the crater. (NHK)
Apr 17
Researchers at Japanese electronics maker Hitachi are studying a new method to help people detect cancer at an early stage. The idea is to screen urine samples mailed from home. (NHK)
Apr 13
A Japanese government panel started talks Thursday on action to be taken if the Japan Meteorological Agency announces a significant rise in the possibility of a major earthquake occurring at the Nankai Trough off the country's Pacific coast. (Jiji)

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Apr 25
Former Japanese professional baseball slugger Sachio Kinugasa of the Hiroshima Carp has died. He was 71. (NHK)
Apr 24
The organizer of the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan has started recruiting about 10,000 volunteers. (NHK)
Apr 23
About 108,000 people cerebrated figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu during a parade in his hometown of Sendai, the capital of Miyagi Prefecture, on Sunday for winning the second consecutive Olympic gold medal, in the Pyeongchang Winter Games in February. (Jiji)
Apr 18
Yuki Kawauchi won the 2018 Boston Marathon on Monday, becoming the first Japanese runner to win the prestigious race in 31 years. (Jiji)
Apr 17
Tennis player Naomi Osaka, now living in the United States, has expressed her willingness to play in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as a member of the Japanese team. (NHK)

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Apr 26
Japanese animated film company Studio Ghibli has unveiled the basic design of its theme park set to open in Aichi Prefecture, central Japan, in 2022. (NHK)
Apr 25
Convenience store and retail chain Seven-Eleven Japan Co in a joint project with travel agency JTB Corp will launch an automated service for minpaku (private temporary rented lodging) that allows guests to check in, collect and leave room keys 24 hours a day at 7-Eleven convenience stores. (Japan Today)
Apr 24
With sakura season done in the Tokyo area, it’s time to switch from pink to blue and the 4.5 million Nemophila flowers of this amazing park. (soranews24.com)
Apr 23
The volcanic alert level for Mount Kusatsu-Shirane in central Japan have been raised due to increased activity. (NHK)
Apr 23
Visitors to a park in the city of Hirosaki in northern Japan's Aomori Prefecture have been enjoying the breathtaking sight of about 2,600 blossoming cherry trees. (NHK)

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Apr 25
Purikura Machine

The best way to learn about any culture is to immerse yourself in it. For one thing, this involves participating in the same activities as the locals. To live the Japanese experience, all of the following activities need to be on your list.

Use...
Apr 24

This beautiful artwork by Yoshida Hiroshi 吉田 博 (1876-1950) is called Drum bridge at the Kameido shrine in Tôkyô and was painted in 1927. This bridge and the garden of the Kameido shrine 亀戸天神社 are very popular in Japan and were pa...

Apr 24

If you were told that there was an annual, family-oriented festival celebrating some of the most feared mercenary assassins and terrorists that the world has ever seen, you'd probably think it was an idea in quite poor taste. However, the Iga-Ue...

Apr 23

Nine months ago my family relocated from Tokyo to Kyoto in line with my husband's shift to a new job. My two daughters and I didn't want to go — we had a great network of friends in Tokyo that we didn't want to leave. But how can one say ‘no' ...

Apr 23

While in some areas such as AI, robotics and technology Japan is considered very much an advanced nation, there are some areas in which the country remains in the dark ages.

A prime example of this is its attitude towards smoking. While in much...

Apr 21
Do you have old video tapes at home? graph of japanese statistics

Here is a short survey from VoiceNote Magazine looking at video and photo memories.

One reason for the survey was to promote a service that will back up your physical photos and videos to the cloud.

My wife used to have a huge amount of vi...

Apr 20

Okinawa has become famous worldwide as one of the areas with the most centenarians, and much attention is focused on the Okinawan diet. When the prefecture spends a day in May honoring a vegetable, it clearly suggests that this is one staple to wh...

Apr 20
Level Up: The Top 5 Mobile Games in Japan

An English student of mine once told me that 20 years ago when you looked around on the crowded Tokyo Chuo line you would see people with their noses buried into the latest issue of Shonen Jump (boys manga magazine). These days, you'll instead see...

Apr 19
Overthinking Nuclear Explosion GIF by franciscab - Find & Share on GIPHY

If you're like me, looking for a job after being an assistant language teacher (ALT) without a technical degree or much other working experience, then you're probably wondering the same thing about the future: What transferable skills have I gaine...

Apr 19
If you're not into gaudy key rings or personalized chopsticks, there's a rather unusual way to trace your travels through Japan, and it's called a goshuincho. |credit| Translated to mean “The Honourable Red Stamp Notebook”, you may have seen...

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