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28 September 2016
A man charged with abducting a teenage girl and holding her captive for two years from 2014 denied part of the charges during the first court hearing Tuesday, saying he had not kept watch over her for the entire two years. (Japan Today)
Eighteen mistranslated parts have been found in the official Japanese translation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership documents, it was learned on Monday. (Japan Times)
The number of foreign residents of Japan has reached a record high of more than 2 million. (NHK)
Another patient who died at a hospital in Yokohama, near Tokyo, is now suspected to have been poisoned. (NHK)
A rogue ratsnake brought a Shinkansen bullet train to a halt on Monday after a passenger spotted it wrapped around a window-side armrest. (Tokyo Reporter)

Sep 28
Disneyland is the Happiest Place on Earth. And this place could easily be the saddest. Welcome to Nara Dreamland, an abandoned theme park in Japan's Nara Prefecture. (huffingtonpost.com.au)
Sep 27
An online ad featuring a swimsuit-clad teenage girl who turns into an eel was pulled Monday after Japanese internet users complained it was sexist. (Japan Today)
Sep 26
A 17-year-old boy died after he was hit by a train in Hidaka, Saitama Prefecture, on Sunday afternoon. (Japan Today)
Sep 26
An antiseptic solution was believed the substance that fatally poisoned an 88-year-old man while he was receiving an intravenous drip at a Yokohama hospital last week, investigative sources said Monday. (Japan Times)
Sep 26
Unless sushi train restaurants add a new dish to their menus, the wasteful trend looks set to continue. (rocketnews24.com)

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Sep 28
Yahoo Japan Corp. is considering introducing a four-day workweek for all its 5,800 employees, sources have revealed. (Japan Times)
Sep 27
Japan's agriculture ministry is planning to import another 4,000 tons of butter, as raw milk production may fall in some areas of the country. (NHK)
Sep 27
The government adopted at a cabinet meeting Monday a bill to enable a government-affiliated institution to provide loans to finance part of the construction of Central Japan Railway Co.'s magnetic levitation Shinkansen high-speed train line.

(the-japan-news.com)

Sep 26
The first passenger plane developed in Japan in 50 years has finally left for the United States after twice having to turn back due to a technical glitch. (NHK)
Sep 26
The first blowfish auction of the season has been held in the city of Shimonoseki, western Japan. (NHK)

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Sep 27
Long-term Japanese government bond yields are sinking gradually following the Bank of Japan's recent announcement of a new policy framework. (Jiji Press)
Sep 21
Japan's exports tumbled and the country logged a surprise trade deficit in August, data showed on Wednesday, reviving concerns about the economy just before the Bank of Japan wraps up a closely watched meeting. (Japan Today)
Sep 21
Pharmaceutical terms are often used when talking about monetary policy. In that sense, Japan has been a country on monetary steroids -- quantitative and qualitative easing and, more recently, a negative interest rate. (Nikkei)
Sep 21
Policymakers at the Bank of Japan have decided to adopt a target for long-term interest rates in an effort to meet their inflation goal as soon as possible. (NHK)
Sep 21
Japanese government data released Tuesday showed a stark contrast in the effects that new Shinkansen bullet train routes have had on land prices in areas along the lines. (Jiji Press)

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Sep 28
Opposition party Nippon Ishin no Kai on Tuesday submitted to the Diet revisions to an election law, seeking to ban lawmakers with dual nationality from taking office, in the wake of the furor caused by the new leader of Japan's main opposition party. (Kyodo)
Sep 26
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed Monday at the start of a 66-day extraordinary Diet session to swiftly ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact and find new avenues for economic growth. (Kyodo)
Sep 26
Japanese defense officials say 8 Chinese military planes flew off Okinawa, southern Japan, on Sunday, going back and forth between the East China Sea and the Pacific. (NHK)
Sep 24
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Friday that his visit to Communist-ruled Cuba, the first ever by a Japanese leader, had turned a new page in bilateral relations and the two countries would now deepen their economic relationship. (Reuters)
Sep 24
Lockheed Martin rolled out the first 42 F-35As ordered by the Japan Air Self Defence Forces to replace a nearly 80-strong fleet of McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantoms. (flightglobal.com)

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Sep 28
Local government chiefs in Japan asked Health, Labor and Welfare Minister Yasuhisa Shiozaki on Tuesday to reform people's work styles as a way to shorten the long waiting lists of applicants for nursery facilities across the nation. (Jiji Press)
Sep 27
Eighteen mistranslated parts have been found in the official Japanese translation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership documents, it was learned on Monday. (Japan Times)
Sep 27
Bronze coins that were dug up at the Katsuren Castle Remains in the city of Uruma in Okinawa Prefecture have been identified as those of the Roman Empire, the city's education board said Monday. (Jiji Press)
Sep 26
Police are hunting for a suspect who flooded a middle school here on Sunday by leaving faucets running in a classroom. (Tokyo Reporter)
Sep 26
The Internal Affairs Ministry says it will study ways to effectively deliver evacuation information to foreigners visiting Japan. (NHK)

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Sep 28
A Japanese team taking part in an international race to operate a rover on the Moon has begun testing its machine in sand dunes. (NHK)
Sep 28
Six months since the work began, the "ice wall" has failed to produce its intended results as groundwater continues to flow in and out of damaged facilities at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. (Nikkei)
Sep 23
Two scientists from Japan won the spoof Ig Nobel perception prize Thursday for determining that objects look smaller when viewing them bent over and between one's legs. (Japan Times)
Sep 23
A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.4 has struck southeast of Tokyo, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said. (news.com.au)
Sep 23
A handful of photos making the rounds on Japanese blogs purport to show a species of jellyfish only found in Japanese aquariums. (rocketnews24.com)

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Sep 28
A panel tasked by the Tokyo metropolitan government with reviewing the costs for hosting the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics plans to propose that the construction of three venues should be reconsidered, and existing facilities possibly used, a senior Tokyo government official said Tuesday. (Kyodo)
Sep 28
One challenge facing the organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games will be keeping athletes cool in the blazing summer heat. Government officials plan to apply a special coating to roads in Tokyo to reduce surface temperatures. (NHK)
Sep 26
Aichi Prefecture and its capital Nagoya have been named as co-hosts of the 2026 Asian Summer Games. (NHK)
Sep 26
Having clinched his first Emperor's Cup a day earlier, Goeido had one challenge remaining on the 15th and final day of the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament: going undefeated. (the-japan-news.com)
Sep 23
Chinese pingpong champion Wang Nan says her husband was right to leave the faucet running in a Japanese hotel to waste water as revenge over Japan for invading China 85 years ago. (Asahi)

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Sep 27
The "Yuzushio Ramen" noodle soup of Tochigi Prefecture, eastern Japan, has won the top prize in the country's first popularity contest of local foods sold at "michi no eki" roadside stations serving as rest areas and commercial facilities. (Jiji Press)
Sep 26
A thin layer of snow was observed on the peak of Mt Fuji on Sunday morning, 16 days earlier than last year, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. (Japan Today)
Sep 26
The Tokyo metropolitan government has set up a multilingual call center to help duty-free shops serve foreign shoppers. (NHK)
Sep 24
Japan will see mostly average to warmer weather from October to December, the official forecaster said on Friday. (Japan Today)
Sep 24
Sony Corp. will on Saturday open the doors to its new store in Tokyo's bustling Ginza district. (Japan Times)

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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Sep 28
Surviving the Inaka: Learning Japanese

Moving to the inaka with a low Japanese ability might seem a scary prospect at first, especially if, like me, your vocabulary consists of nothing more than “where”, “toilet” and “water”. However, as I came to realize, living in the ina...

Sep 28
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In Edo-era Japan, several lettering styles known as Edomoji were invented for advertising purposes. One of these was Kakuji, a highly graphic style of lettering that was characterized by rectangular-shaped letters made of of only vertical and hor...

Sep 28
In last 5 years, have you had 3+ nights of travel? graph of japanese statistics

This survey conducted by DIMSDRIVE Research for From Planet looked at long holidays, where “long” was defined as three or more nights away from home, excluding returning to one's parents.

It's pretty sad that anything more than a long weeke...

Sep 27
Imperial Palace Park

Kyoto (京都) was once the capital of Japan for an entire millennium. In fact, the name can actually be translated as “capital city,” although that distinction now belongs to Tokyo. During its long reign as the center of Japan, the city acqui...

Sep 27

Service in Japan is the stuff of legend for many. The first time visitor to the country is often bowled over by the attention to detail, the immaculate systems to facilitate customer spending, and the lack of anyone behind that counter letting us...
Sep 27
tsunami-stone

Japan is a most beguiling land of ancient wisdom and modern technology. The two beliefs often mingle and sometimes conflict. One place where ancient culture and a present grounded in science have rubbed against each other is the tsunami stones th...

Sep 27
Ono no Komachi poem at Zuishinin, Kyoto.大野小町

Ono no Komachi, known for her beauty, poetry and madness, lived in the middle of the ninth century and served as a lady-in-waiting in the Heian court.

Ono no Komachi poem at ZuishininDespite her legendary beauty and obvious passions, sh...
Sep 27
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One of the best value options for entertainment while you're in Osaka is in the center of the city at Kyocera (Osaka) Dome, home of Nippon Professional Baseball's Orix Buffaloes. Even if you're not a keen fan of the national sport of Japan, a visi...

Sep 27
Demonstrators hold anti-Japan placards during a protest outside the Japanese consulate in Hong Kong in August 2015. (Photo: Tyrone Siu/Reuters).

Author: Amy King, ANU

The Japanese business community is increasingly pessimistic about the Japan–China relationship. For the past three years the US-based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and the Japan-based Nihon Keizai Sh...

Sep 26
Useful Japanese for Talking to the Police

Using police stations in Japan can be a challenging experience as there are a lot of tricky words and phrases that are only used in a police station context. For a start, simply distinguishing the two types of police stations can be tricky as lear...

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