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30 March 2015
A Tokyo aquarium at which large numbers of tuna and bonito have mysteriously died has announced plans to reintroduce bluefin tuna around June. (The Japan News)
A talking robot has attended a meeting in Tokyo to report back about its activities on the International Space Station. (NHK)
Japanese research whaling vessels have returned to a port in Yamaguchi Prefecture, western Japan, after completing a survey expedition in the Antarctic Ocean. The expedition was unusual in that it did not involve catching any whales. (NHK)
With the arrival of the cherry blossom season, the Tokyo metropolitan government has taken steps to manage the influx of revelers expected at Ueno Park in Taito Ward, where a hanami festival is being held. (The Japan News)
One in 10 adult women in Japan has experience of becoming a stalking victim and 30 pct of such women felt that their lives were in danger, a Cabinet Office survey suggested Friday. (Jiji Press)

Mar 29
Police in Chofu, Tokyo, said Sunday they have arrested an unemployed 43-year-old man on suspicion of fatally stabbing a 63-year-old woman as she walked home on Saturday night. (Japan Today)
Mar 29
Crown Princess Mary and Crown Prince Frederik's three-day tour of Japan came to an end on Saturday and the couple were bid farewell by the Emperor and Empress of Japan. (hellomagazine.com)
Mar 29
One man died and another was rescued after a workboat capsized at sea off Hakodate, Hokkaido, on Friday. (The Japan News)
Mar 29
The first two volumes of the annals of the late Japanese Emperor Hirohito hit the shelves of bookstores across Japan Friday. (Jiji Press)
Mar 28
Police in Nishinomiya City, Hyogo Prefecture, said Friday that more body parts have been found in the Tsuto River near where two severed arms were found on Tuesday. (Japan Today)
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Mar 28
The proxy fight over Otsuka Kagu Ltd. ended Friday morning with the victory of the founder's oldest daughter, as stockholders agreed to retain Kumiko Otsuka as president of the furniture retailer and remove her father Katsuhisa from the board. (The Japan News)
Mar 27
Apple Inc. will establish a technology development facility at a former Panasonic Corp. plant site in Yokohama. (The Japan News)
Mar 26
Facing a damaged brand, an aging society and fierce competition from convenience stores, McDonald's Holdings (Japan) hopes to revive its fortunes with a new chief operating officer who started at the bottom. (Nikkei)
Mar 25
Mitsubishi Motors will build a new 500 million-dollar plant in Indonesia's West Java Province. (NHK)
Mar 25
Police arrested former senior Mizuho Bank employee Mikio Oikawa and two others on Tuesday on suspicion of defrauding a doctor out of 115 million yen in the name of the major Japanese bank. (Jiji Press)
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Mar 26
Asian Development Bank President Takehiko Nakao said Wednesday that jointly funding projects with a planned Chinese-led Asian development bank is one way to form a "complementary relationship." (Kyodo)
Mar 25
The Japanese government will not decide on whether to join the new China-led development bank before the March 31 deadline set by Beijing, citing such issues as transparency at the institution. (Nikkei)
Mar 25
Japan's future prosperity will depend on improving its lagging productivity, says a report by McKinsey Global Institute that urges companies to boost their competitiveness by better use of their workers. (Japan Today)
Mar 25
The Bank of Japan is emerging as the nation's second-largest stock investor, with its portfolio topping 10 trillion yen ($82.7 billion) in market value this month. (Nikkei)
Mar 24
Japan's Nikkei share average fell on Tuesday as a weak factory activity survey in China and a drop in U.S. markets weighed on investor confidence, but losses were limited by expectations of better returns for holders of Japanese shares. (Reuters)
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Mar 27
The Korean Cultural Center, a facility of the South Korean Embassy in Tokyo, was hit by a suspected arson attack Wednesday night, sources said Thursday. (Japan Times)
Mar 27
The assembly of Tokyo's Shibuya Ward is expected to pass an ordinance next week acknowledging same-sex partnerships as equivalent to marriage, after a bill for the ordinance was approved at a committee meeting Thursday. (Jiji Press)
Mar 26
Candidates in 10 gubernatorial elections across Japan have launched campaigns in a series of contests that are expected to hinge on measures to boost the economy and revive dwindling regional communities. (NHK)
Mar 26
The Fukuoka High Court ruled Wednesday that the December 2014 general election was unconstitutional due to a disparity in the weight of votes between districts, making it the first such judgment in a series of similar lawsuits filed with high courts nationwide. (Kyodo)
Mar 25
Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force commissioned its largest ever helicopter-carrying destroyer Izumo on Wednesday, as it strengthens its maritime defense around the nation's southwestern remote islands. (Kyodo)
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Mar 29
The education ministry reported last month that high school English-proficiency scores fell far short of its goals. (Japan Times)
Mar 28
Japan has repatriated eight children to or from other countries in the year since it joined the Hague Convention on child abductions, according to the Foreign Ministry. (Asahi)
Mar 27
The Foreign Ministry plans to introduce a system in which the arbitration entities of Japan and other countries will cooperate in meeting the demands of parents overseas, such as in the return of, and meeting with, their children in international child custody disputes. (The Japan News)
Mar 25
The principal of a school in Funabashi, Chiba Prefecture, has apologized after a teacher buried five newborn kittens, four of which were still alive, on school grounds. (Japan Today)
Mar 24
Police in Kofu, Yamanashi Prefecture, have arrested a 54-year-old high school teacher for driving under the influence of alcohol. (Japan Today)
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Mar 29
A Tokyo aquarium at which large numbers of tuna and bonito have mysteriously died has announced plans to reintroduce bluefin tuna around June. (The Japan News)
Mar 29
A talking robot has attended a meeting in Tokyo to report back about its activities on the International Space Station. (NHK)
Mar 28
Japanese research whaling vessels have returned to a port in Yamaguchi Prefecture, western Japan, after completing a survey expedition in the Antarctic Ocean. The expedition was unusual in that it did not involve catching any whales. (NHK)
Mar 26
Officials at Japan's space agency have launched a rocket carrying an imaging satellite to gather intelligence for national security purposes. (NHK)
Mar 26
Two Japanese biologists won the 2015 Canada Gairdner International Awards, a prestigious prize in the medical and life science fields, the Gairdner Foundation has announced. ()
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Mar 28
Imagine you're sitting in the Sapporo Dome, cheering for the Nippon Ham Fighters home team, when suddenly you hear the unmistakable crack of a bat. (rocketnews24.com)
Mar 28
Shinji Okazaki and Keisuke Honda came off the bench to score quickfire goals as Japan beat Tunisia 2-0 on Friday in their first outing under new coach Vahid Halilhodzic. (Japan Today)
Mar 22
Yokozuna Hakuho extended his Emperor's Cup record to 34 by defeating fellow yokozuna Harumafuji on the final day of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament at Bodymaker Colosseum on March 22. (Asahi)
Mar 20
Terunofuji sentenced Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho to a shock first defeat at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament on Friday to keep his title hopes alive with two days of the 15-day basho remaining. (Japan Times)
Mar 19
Japan needs to reduce the number of clubs competing in its top flight rugby competition and overhaul its entire structure if it is going to make inroads on the world stage, head coach Eddie Jones said on Wednesday. (Japan Today)
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Mar 29
People walk under the cherry blossoms on Saturday at Ueno Park in Taito Ward, Tokyo. (The Japan News)
Mar 28
With the arrival of the cherry blossom season, the Tokyo metropolitan government has taken steps to manage the influx of revelers expected at Ueno Park in Taito Ward, where a hanami festival is being held. (The Japan News)
Mar 28
The operator of Narita Airport is set to replace security inspections for passengers and visitors with an electronic surveillance system. (Asahi)
Mar 28
A canal that saw little traffic in the past six decades is headed for a makeover on March 28 when scenic boat tours start on a trial basis. (Asahi)
Mar 27
The Japan Tourism Agency (JTA) says the amount of money spent by foreign tourists in 2014 surpassed the preceding year by 43.1%, totaling 2.0278 trillion yen and exceeded two trillion yen for the first time ever. (Japan Today)
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Mar 30
Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew show worlders what it means to be a statesman, Japan wises up to North Korea, and China has a good idea about aviation safety.
Mar 30
sleep, PSP, DS, DS, sleep

goo Ranking recently published a look at what makes people think someone might be an otaku, a geek/nerd too interested in games or anime.

Demographics

goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE's Research Plus to conduct this survey, where between the 10th and ...

Mar 30
drunk-track-accident-study

a rendering of how 90% of alcohol-induced train track falls occur

After analyzing 2 years worth of data pertaining to drunken people falling onto train tracks, a group of data scientists at the West Japan Railway Company have come to a startling ...

Mar 29
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Japanese workers may be the least likely to take time off work, but that doesn't mean everyone in Japan gives up their allocated vacation days. One government official in Sendai has found himself out of a job after it was disco...

Mar 29
What's going on?

Before arriving in Japan I was always bemused when I saw pictures or news reports of crowds of people walking around wearing surgical masks. What on earth was going on? Had there been an outbreak of a zombie-like virus that I wasn't aware of?

Wha...

Mar 29
Kirin has made changes to its Ichiban Shibori Beer packaging in Singapore is will give six packs to a few selected followers who spot the four differences. If you live in Singapore, you might want to check out their Facebook feed. There are alread...
Mar 29
As loofahs are often used for washing in a similar manner as a sponge, many people don't release that in fact it's a vegetable. They can be eaten, but after ripening the fruit can be boiled to remove the flesh, leaving the familiar wiry form. In J...
Mar 29
Eating Sushi the “Proper” Way

How do YOU eat sushi? Do you smear extra Wasabi on top? Pick up the sushi with chopsticks and dip the rice into soy sauce (and let it linger to absorb the salty juices)? I like to bite into the sushi to split it in half; then, I can feel the tende...

Mar 28
Image and text borrowed from Japan Society.
Announcement: Life of Cats: Selections from the Hiraki Ukiyo-e Collection

Friday, March 13 – Sunday, June 7, 2015

Since arriving in Japan aboard Japanese ships transporting sacred Buddhist scriptures fr...
Mar 28
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I had just swum my first lengths and was feeling at one with the water, becoming faster, crawling, emptying my head, with a full lane for myself, enjoying the emptiness of the pool…emptiness? Weren't there five people in the same lane as me ju...

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