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30 August 2014
The Japanese government adopted at a cabinet meeting Friday a set of guidelines for comprehensively promoting measures to reduce child poverty in Japan, which has grown into a serious problem in the advanced economy. (Jiji Press)
The Hiroshima prefectural police department said Friday that it has identified all 72 people who have been confirmed dead so far in the massive landslides that hit the city of Hiroshima last week. (The Japan News)
A yakuza boss convicted of three murders was executed by Japanese authorities Friday, a rare case of a member of the Japanese mafia receiving the death penalty. (Wall Street Journal)
A 400-kilogram machine part fell into a nuclear fuel pool at Japan's crippled Fukushima plant Friday, the operator said. (Japan Today)
Members of a United Nations committee examining ethnic discrimination have urged Japan's government to impose legal restrictions on hate speech against Korean residents in Japan. (NHK)

Aug 30
The Chinese trial of a Japanese city politician for drug trafficking has ended with prosecutors asking for a sentence ranging from 15 years to death, reports said. (asiaone.com)
Aug 30
Japan's bureaucrats don't want the nation to be caught with its pants down the next time toilet paper supplies run short after a natural disaster. (therakyatpost.com)
Aug 29
The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Thursday it has picked anime director Hayao Miyazaki as one of three recipients of its Honorary Award this year. (Japan Times)
Aug 29
Tokyo police are likely to effectively conclude their investigation into Ghana's ambassador to Japan, who is suspected of being involved in illegal gambling operations. (NHK)
Aug 28
Police are investigating the stabbing of a guide dog in Saitama Prefecture near Tokyo in July during its owner's commute to work, investigators said Thursday. (Kyodo)
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Aug 30
Major banks in Japan are set to cut fixed interest rates on home loans to their lowest levels ever in September. (NHK)
Aug 30
Sekisui House has begun constructing residential buildings in what marks the start of the second stage of the huge Central Park redevelopment project in downtown Sydney. (Nikkei)
Aug 30
Japanese wireless operator SoftBank Corp will offer a Sony smartphone for the first time, selling a soon-to-be-launched Xperia in Japan, and in the United States via its unit Sprint, sources with knowledge of the matter said. (Japan Today)
Aug 30
The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism and several Japanese airlines have established a special committee to discuss countermeasures to resolve the serious shortage of pilots. (Japan Today)
Aug 30
The import price of Chinese-grown onions is surging in Japan on reduced supplies after excessive amounts of an agrochemical were detected in them last month. (Nikkei)
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Aug 29
Tokyo stocks lost 0.23 percent Friday following a weak slate of Japanese data while investors were also spooked by renewed Ukraine-Russia tensions. (thepeninsulaqatar.com)
Aug 29
Japan's vital signs remained weak in July, as wages fell further and household spending dropped, signaling continued weakness in the world's third-largest economy. (washingtonpost.com)
Aug 29
The minimum hourly wage in Japan for fiscal 2014 will increase by 16 yen from the previous year to 780 yen on average, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said Thursday. (Jiji Press)
Aug 29
More Japanese companies are taking advantage of ultralow long-term interest rates to issue bonds carrying rock-bottom costs. (Nikkei)
Aug 28
Japanese shares fell, with the Topix (TPX) index extending its weekly loss, as the yen headed for a second day of gains and steel companies slid. (businessweek.com)
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Aug 30
Liberal Democratic Party Secretary General Shigeru Ishiba expressed his willingness Friday to join the Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe if he is invited to do so, sources said. (The Japan News)
Aug 29
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe "was never a real reformer," a Financial Times commentary said Thursday, criticizing him as a backward-looking leader with interest in military revival. (Jiji Press)
Aug 29
Japan hanged two death row inmates Friday in the 10th and 11th executions since the December 2012 launch of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's current government, a source close to the matter said. (Kyodo)
Aug 29
Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and new South Korean Ambassador to Japan Yoo Heung-soo agreed Thursday to work together to build a stable and future-oriented relationship between their countries. (Jiji Press)
Aug 29
Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party will discuss regulating noisy demonstrations and campaigns held on streets around the parliament building as well as those with racist rhetoric anywhere in the country, according to its project team which held its first meeting Thursday. (Kyodo)
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Aug 30
Members of a United Nations committee examining ethnic discrimination have urged Japan's government to impose legal restrictions on hate speech against Korean residents in Japan. (NHK)
Aug 28
In an effort to expand upon the "Cool Japan" initiative, a program intended to broaden foreign tourists' knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture and industries, a committee of specialists has submitted a proposal that includes establishing "special English zones" in large cities where English would be one of the officially spoken languages. (Japan Today)
Aug 27
The number of babies born in Japan in the January to June period dropped 2.7 percent from a year earlier to 496,391, pointing to the possibility of the annual figure slipping below the 1 million mark for the first time on record, government data showed Tuesday. (Japan Times)
Aug 26
One in six children live in poverty in Japan, supposedly one of the most prosperous countries in the world. (The Japan News)
Aug 26
A government survey has revealed that nearly half of third graders at junior high schools in Japan spend one hour or more per day using smartphones, with over 10 pct spending four hours or more. (Jiji Press)
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Aug 30
The space agency said Friday that it has requested the withdrawal of an article published in U.S. journal Science that was based on observation data from its Hayabusa asteroid probe. (The Japan News)
Aug 29
Two more people were said to have contracted dengue fever in Japan on Thursday, a day after the government said it had confirmed the first local infection of the disease in nearly 70 years. (Nikkei)
Aug 29
Japan's Coast Guard officials say a remote Pacific island has expanded to 7 times its original size, following a volcanic eruption about 9 months ago. (NHK)
Aug 28
A new islet created by volcanic activity in the Ogasawara chain south of Tokyo could be in danger of blowing up, the Japan Coast Guard says. (Asahi)
Aug 28
Women who eat instant noodles, like Ramen, at least two times a week face a greater risk of high blood pressure, elevated blood sugar and high cholesterol, U.S. researchers say. (Japan Today)
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Aug 29
Closing in on his 104th birthday, a twinkle-toed Japanese sprinter has thrown down the challenge to the world's fastest man Usain Bolt, telling him: "let's rumble!" (Japan Today)
Aug 29
It's restart time for the Japanese men's national soccer team after a dismal World Cup showing, and new coach Javier Aguirre has picked five new faces for the 23-man squad. (Wall Street Journal)
Aug 26
Yokohama Marinos president Akira Kaetsu apologized profusely on Monday after one of the club's fans waved a banana at Kawasaki Frontale's Brazilian striker Renato on Saturday, describing the act as 'unforgivable'. (Japan Today)
Aug 25
Former money winner Momoko Ueda captured the CAT Ladies by a single shot to end a three-year drought on Sunday. (Japan Times)
Aug 21
A sexual harassment scandal was gripping Japan's skating world Wednesday after pictures emerged of a young heartthrob Olympian in the clutches of the 49-year-old boss of his sport. (asiaone.com)
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Aug 30
A new kind of walking tour has been gaining popularity in Tokyo, Osaka and other big cities, with participants visiting entertainment districts and areas where day laborers live to see high school girls solicit men at night and observe homeless people's life on the streets. (The Japan News)
Aug 27
East Japan Railway and West Japan Railway have announced a new Shinkansen bullet train line will open on March 14th next year. It will link Tokyo with Kanazawa on the Japan Sea coast. The voyage will take about 2-and-a-half hours. (NHK)
Aug 27
Japan's infrastructure ministry decided Tuesday to boost the functions of "Michi no Eki" rest areas along major roads to make them centers for tourism, disaster prevention and social welfare. (Jiji Press)
Aug 25
Tours of the Diet Building have not lost any of their popularity, with visitors this year expected to exceed 900,000 for the third consecutive year. One reason for this popularity may be that the tours are free. (The Japan News)
Aug 24
Rare "monocoque" bus models manufactured during the Showa era (1926-1989) have been drawing attention around the nation. (The Japan News)
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