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30 July 2016
NHK has learned that Japan's Emperor Akihito will address the public as early as next month. (NHK)
A probe using an X-ray-like detector has found that a large amount of melted nuclear fuel apparently remains at the bottom of one of the damaged reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. (NHK)
A foundation was launched in South Korea with its first executive meeting on Thursday to support so-called former comfort women under the Japan-South Korea accord reached last year. (Jiji Press)
The Japan Meteorological Agency announced the end of the rainy season in the Kanto region. (the-japan-news.com)
The knifeman who slit the throats of dozens of residents at a care home for people with disabilities on Tuesday cited a belief in the ideology of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler during a brief period of hospitalization in February. He was so persistent in his threats that the facility installed extra security and kept in close contact with police. (Japan Times)

Jul 29
Osaka Prefectural Police have arrested a 32-year-old man and his wife for over the alleged confinement of their son, 3, that led to his death in Sakai City, reports the Asahi Shimbun (Tokyo Reporter)
Jul 29
The smoking rate for Japanese men stood at 29.7 percent as of May this year, slipping below 30 percent for the first time since the survey began in 1965, Japan Tobacco Inc. said Thursday. (Japan Times)
Jul 29
Police in Takasaki, Gunma Prefecture, have arrested a teenage couple on charges of burying the dead body of their newborn baby girl. (Japan Today)
Jul 28
Police in Sapporo have arrested a 24-year-old man for causing damage to a taxi after he got into the vehicle naked and caused a ruckus when the driver asked him to get out. (Japan Today)
Jul 27
The day after a stabbing rampage inside a facility for the handicapped in Sagamihara City, the 26-year-old suspect in the case was sent to prosecutors, reports TBS News. (Tokyo Reporter)

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Jul 29
Oriental Land on Thursday reported a net profit of 16.2 billion yen ($155 million) for the April-June quarter, a 5% increase from a year earlier, as visitors flocked to its Tokyo Disney theme parks even as ticket prices kept climbing. (Nikkei)
Jul 29
Toyota Motor Corp. lagged behind Volkswagen AG by global deliveries in the first half of the year, as demand for the newly redesigned Prius hybrid slumped in a U.S. market dominated by trucks and sport utility vehicles. (the-japan-news.com)
Jul 28
Nintendo affiliate Pokemon Co. has announced that the Pokemon Go Plus wearable game accessory will not hit the market until September. (Nikkei)
Jul 28
Oedo-Onsen Holdings, a leading operator of Japanese hot-spring hotels, is about to make a splash by offering the world's first real estate investment trust specializing in those resorts. (Nikkei)
Jul 27
The head of Japanese telecom operator Softbank Group says he has briefed British Prime Minister Theresa May on the process of his firm's acquisition of UK-based chip developer ARM Holdings. (NHK)

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Jul 29
Policymakers at the Bank of Japan have decided to implement additional monetary easing. (NHK)
Jul 29
The Bangladeshi government has postponed the closing bid for a large-scale project funded by Japan's official development assistance in the wake of the terrorist attack on a restaurant in Dhaka earlier this month that left 20 hostages, including seven Japanese, dead, sources said Thursday. (Japan Times)
Jul 28
Japan's prime minister has responded to the shock of Brexit on the country's already struggling economy by announcing that his government will deliver an economic stimulus package worth more than ¥28tn. (theguardian.com)
Jul 27
A government advisory panel on Tuesday agreed to recommend raising the country's average minimum hourly wage by ¥24, or 3 percent, for fiscal 2016. (Japan Times)
Jul 26
The stronger yen is reducing the value of Japanese exports amid signs of a rebound in volume terms. (Nikkei)

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Jul 29
A foundation was launched in South Korea with its first executive meeting on Thursday to support so-called former comfort women under the Japan-South Korea accord reached last year. (Jiji Press)
Jul 29
A Japanese man linked to a bilateral exchange group has been taken into the custody of Chinese authorities, following a series of arrests of Japanese citizens in China, it was learned on Thursday. (the-japan-news.com)
Jul 29
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has ordered a review of the current state system for compulsory hospitalization of people considered at risk of harming themselves or others. The request comes after the recent knife attack at a facility for people with intellectual disabilities. (NHK)
Jul 26
Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida urged China on Monday to abide by a recent international tribunal ruling that rejected its claims in the South China Sea over its territorial dispute with the Philippines. (Jiji Press)
Jul 25
The government is stepping up efforts with the United States and South Korea to urge countries that accept workers from North Korea to stop in order to cut off financing to Pyongyang's nuclear and missile development programs, sources close to the matter said. (Japan Times)

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Jul 28
Japanese women relinquished the world's top spot in average life expectancy at 87.05 years in 2015, overtaken by women from Hong Kong at 87.32 years, according to the welfare ministry's data released Wednesday. (Japan Today)
Jul 21
The government will introduce new rules on running Japanese language schools to eliminate poorly managed ones and keep the educational quality at an adequate level, sources said Wednesday. (Japan Times)
Jul 20
A bilingual guideline designed for sexual minorities during times of natural disasters has been published in a bid to raise public awareness about problems they may face at emergency shelters. (Japan Times)
Jul 20
A 36-year-old part-time convenience store employee has won the 155th Akutagawa Prize, a prestigious literary award, for a book that explores life in and around convenience stores, the selection committee announced. (Japan Times)
Jul 18
Japanese high school students won three gold medals in the International Physics Olympiad, or IphO, the education ministry has said. (Jiji Press)

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Jul 29
A probe using an X-ray-like detector has found that a large amount of melted nuclear fuel apparently remains at the bottom of one of the damaged reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. (NHK)
Jul 28
An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.4 struck 20 kms off the east coast of Japan on Wednesday night, the United States Geological Survey reported. (Japan Today)
Jul 27
Japan is working on its newest launch vehicle, known as the H-3, which will be more powerful and cost-efficient than the H-2A booster currently in service. On July 20, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) announced it has completed the basic design of the rocket, scheduled to be ready for its maiden flight in 2020. (spaceflightinsider.com)
Jul 26
The Sakurajima volcano in Kyushu Japan had an explosive eruption early Tuesday, spewing volcanic ash 5,000 meters into the sky, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. (Japan Today)
Jul 25
The clunky videocassette recorder is going the way of floppy disks, eight-track tapes and camera film as the world's last manufacturer ends production of the once booming home-video technology. (Japan Today)

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Jul 29
The organizing committee of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games will open official shops selling products designed for the Games on Friday. (NHK)
Jul 24
Harumafuji defeated fellow Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho on Sunday to win the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament and seize his eighth career championship. (Japan Times)
Jul 21
The J.League said Wednesday it has concluded a huge 10-year broadcast rights deal, set to start in 2017, worth about ¥210 billion with major British online sports content distributor Perform Group. (the-japan-news.com)
Jul 16
With less than a month until the track and field competition begins at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, the Japanese delegation for the sport assembled at Tokyo's National Training Center for a send-off event hosted by the Japan Association of Athletics Federations on Friday. (Japan Times)
Jul 14
Ozeki Kisenosato's bid for yokozuna promotion hit a speed bump and yokozuna Hakuho suffered his first loss in four months on Thursday, the fifth day of the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament. (Japan Times)

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Jul 29
The Japan Meteorological Agency announced the end of the rainy season in the Kanto region. (the-japan-news.com)
Jul 29
Municipalities in Tokyo have agreed to the government's plan to set a new approach route for Haneda Airport over downtown districts. (NHK)
Jul 29
Narita Airport near Tokyo will install a new exchange machine Friday to change coins into electronic money for the first time at a Japanese airport, its operator said Wednesday. (the-japan-news.com)
Jul 28
Hiroshima and Nagasaki have asked the developer of Pokemon Go to exclude key places for prayer in the western Japan cities from the sites featured in the blockbuster smartphone game, it was learned Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
Jul 28
The tachineputa parade - an annual procession of towering neputa statues of warriors and other historical figures - offers a spectacular summer-night pageant for visitors to Goshogawara, Aomori Prefecture. (the-japan-news.com)

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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Jul 29

Ah, the trends of Japan, they never grow old for me. This month it seems that Japan is enjoying a photo app that turns cats, dogs, and other pets into large, Mickey Mouse-like creatures. Normally I avoid keeping up with trends entirely, simply bec...

Jul 28
Azabu

As one of the most fashionable and exclusive neighborhoods in central Tokyo, Azabu Juban is a fantastic place in which to live or simply enjoy. You can find amazing shopping boutiques, cool little cafes and small independent stores in which you ca...

Jul 28
Groovy Osaka: Beach? What Beach?

There's nothing like celebrating summer with a day at the beach. Whether you decide to take in some rays, go swimming or do some Japanese activities like smashing watermelons, the beach is certainly a great place to be. However, if you visit Osaka...

Jul 28
Daigo Ishii worldwide tokyo-lization project (NY)

the “Tokyo-lization” of New York

Eiji, the protagonist in David Mitchell's novel number9dream described Tokyo as “too close up to see.” His experience of the metropolis goes on: “There are no distances and everything is above your head ...

Jul 27
Ochuugen (御中元) time has arrived.








For those of you wondering what's going on, the department stores all have seasonal gift boxes right now, as July & August are a traditional time to give gifts of appreciation to family, bosses, and important ...
Jul 27







We couldn't resist this one; a ranking of the best English conversation schools Japan has to offer. With a reputation for cutting corners and rinsing out every drop of a tight budget (usually by way of not paying staff their dues), these places a...
Jul 27
kumamoto castle iida gokai yagura (1)

the steel arm built to support the guard tower at risk of imminent collapse

Kumamoto Castle sustained heavy damage during a series of powerful earthquakes that struck Southern Japan in April. Work to repair stone walls and other damaged propertie...

Jul 27
Exploring on foot is without a doubt the cheapest way to go sightseeing. But some cities are better for wandering around than others. Here are the top five cities in Japan for wearing out your sneakers. Torii gates at Fushimi Inari Taisha. 1. Ky...
Jul 27
10 cheap & free things to do in Tokyo

A month after the Brexit referendum, these are tight times for the UK. But I'm not here to make political chit-chat (there's been enough of that in the past few weeks, I think) – my point is that in these times of uncertainty, a holiday...

Jul 26

‘Tis the season of fireworks festivals (花火大会/hanabi taikai) in Japan. These well documented summer soirees are a highlight of the season for many. We love them, too, and would definitely advise you to give them a go, at least once, whe...

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