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17 September 2014
A car was partially buried due to small mudslide and three people sustained injuries after a magnitude-5.6 quake hit a wide area of Kanto region in Japan around noon on Tuesday, according to local report. (shanghaidaily.com)
Five Japanese citizens arrived at Pyongyang Monday to visit graves of their family members who have died in what is now North Korea around the end of World War II. (Jiji Press)
The government had lifted a vehicle ban on National Route 6 through the area where residency is restricted due to the crippled Fukushima No. 1 plant, the first time that stretch of highway has been open to automobiles since the nuclear crisis began in March 2011. (Japan Times)
The number of people aged 65 or older in Japan comes to a record 32.96 million as of Monday, accounting for an all-time high of 25.9 pct of the nation's total population, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications estimated Sunday. (Jiji Press)
The Asahi Shimbun, under fire for erroneous reports on Japan's wartime military brothels and the testimony of the late chief of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, revealed Sunday yet another scandal, saying it fabricated an interview with the president of Nintendo Co. (Kyodo)

Sep 16
Two women died and a third woman was injured after the car they were in went off a mountain road and plunged into a river in Hyuga, Miyazaki Prefecture, on Monday. (Japan Today)
Sep 15
Police said Monday they arrested a man by mistake after incorrectly measuring the size of a folding knife he had with him during a fight with his father. (Japan Times)
Sep 15
Police in Tsuchiura City, Ibaraki Prefecture, have arrested a 47-year-old ryokan manager for killing her husband. (Japan Today)
Sep 15
About 180 police officers on Monday continued their search for a fifth day for a 6-year-old girl who went missing while on her way home from school in Kobe. (Japan Today)
Sep 15
US Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy has participated in a cycling event in an area that was severely hit by the massive earthquake and tsunami in 2011. (NHK)
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Sep 16
Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. boss Carlos Ghosn is preparing to cut battery manufacturing, people familiar with the matter said, in a new reversal on electric cars that has re-opened deep divisions with alliance partner Renault. (businessinsider.com.au)
Sep 13
Rakuten Inc, Japan's largest e-commerce company, has been actively considering launching a service like website Airbnb that would provide a hub to rent apartments and homes in Japan to short-term guests, two people with knowledge of the developing plans told Reuters. (Japan Today)
Sep 13
For the first time in seven years, Mazda Motor has revamped its Demio compact, which now comes with eco-friendly diesel engine technology. (Nikkei)
Sep 12
Starbucks Coffee Japan plans to open a store in Tottori Prefecture, the sole remaining Japanese prefecture where the coffee shop operator still lacks a presence. (Nikkei)
Sep 11
Benesse Holdings Inc. said Wednesday that it will give 500-yen cash vouchers to customers affected by the recent information leak scandal at its core education service unit. (Jiji Press)
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Sep 16
Tokyo shares ended the morning session lower on Tuesday as traders here intended to take profits after recent rally. (globalpost.com)
Sep 16
The South Korean government announced Monday it will examine whether it needs to keep in place its ban on imports of marine foods from eight Japanese prefectures including Fukushima, which was hit hard by the 2011 nuclear accident. (Jiji Press)
Sep 16
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development on Monday cut its economic outlook for the Group of Seven nations in 2014, including Japan, while expecting a moderate expansion to continue in most of the major economies. (Kyodo)
Sep 15
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Sunday he remained "neutral" on whether to proceed with a hike in Japan's sales tax to 10 per cent, adding that decision would hinge on the strength of economic indicators for the current quarter. (straitstimes.com)
Sep 13
Finance ministers from Asian and European nations on Friday expressed concerns over weak growth of the world economy. (Jiji Press)
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Sep 15
South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung Se and Japanese Ambassador to Seoul Koro Bessho held talks Sunday at a cultural exchange event in Seoul as the two countries struggle to mend strained relations. (Kyodo)
Sep 12
Japan's government has released transcripts of interviews about the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. (NHK)
Sep 11
Former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori held talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin and handed him a letter from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday. (Kyodo)
Sep 11
Four Chinese Coast Guard ships temporarily intruded into Japan's territorial waters off the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea on Wednesday. (NHK)
Sep 11
Naha Mayor Takeshi Onaga said Wednesday he will run in the Okinawa gubernatorial election in November, on a platform of opposition to the planned relocation of a U.S. military base within the prefecture. (Japan Times)
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Sep 16
Tensions between North Korea and Japan are threatening the survival of this and dozens of other Korean schools. (theguardian.com)
Sep 12
Police in Chiba are investigating a series of thefts at two high schools in which 80 students were robbed of a total of Y360,000. (Japan Today)
Sep 12
Princess Kako dropped out of Gakushuin University in Tokyo at the end of August in the hope of entering another university, it was learned Thursday. (The Japan News)
Sep 11
Japan placed 40th among 48 nations and regions in the Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) in 2013, another year of bottom-scraping rankings for the country, according to test organizers. (Asahi)
Sep 09
Japan remained bottom among 32 comparable Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development member states in public spending on education in 2011, an OECD survey showed Tuesday. (Jiji Press)
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Sep 16
Sitting on several fault lines, Japan is no stranger to natural disasters and the havoc that ensues afterward. While these tragedies can't be prevented, their effects can be lessened by making a disaster preparedness kit to handle several days without power or access to food and water. (rocketnews24.com)
Sep 15
In 1994, member governments of the International Whaling Commission (IWC), the whaling regulatory body, agreed to create a vast sanctuary in the Southern Ocean. There, commercial whaling would be barred so whales hunted nearly to extinction could replenish their numbers in the cold, nutrient-rich waters and thrive again. The Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary was designed to serve as a safe haven for these marine mammals in their summer feeding grounds. (The Guardian)
Sep 15
A plenary session of the International Whaling Commission opened in Portoroz, Slovenia, on Monday for a four-day run, after the International Court of Justice ordered Japan to stop research whaling in the Antarctic Ocean earlier this year. (Jiji Press)
Sep 13
A Japanese research team on Friday successfully transplanted retinal cells grown from induced pluripotent stem cells to a woman in her 70s, marking the first time iPS-derived cells have been introduced into a human body through surgery. (Kyodo)
Sep 11
It may still be several days before they can even order a new iPhone and more than a week until they can pick it up (Sept 19), but dedicated fans in Japan have already begun queueing. (Japan Today)
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Sep 15
Yokozuna Hakuho kick-started his bid for a third consecutive Emperor's Cup by smashing Chiyotairyu, but Goeido's debut at ozeki was marked with a defeat on the opening day of the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament in Tokyo on Sunday. (Japan Times)
Sep 12
Defending Asian Cup champion Japan will host 2011 runner-up Australia in an international friendly ahead of the 2015 event. (Japan Today)
Sep 11
Japanese tennis sensation Kei Nishikori may have lost the U.S. Open final, but he has won a 100 million yen special bonus from a sponsor delighted about seeing its brand splashed across screens worldwide. (Japan Today)
Sep 09
Marin Cilic overwhelmed Kei Nishikori to end a tournament of shocks as one of the US Open's most unlikely champions. (theguardian.com)
Sep 07
After dispatching world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in four sets Saturday, Kei Nishikori put a buzz into the U.S. Open crowd in New York and put himself into the history books, becoming the first Asian man to reach a Grand Slam tennis final. Saturday's match was also the first elite semifinal he'd reached. (npr.org)
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Sep 14
Rail officials in Japan are conducting final tests on a new Shinkansen bullet train route before it opens in March. (NHK)
Sep 13
Japan will open its doors wider to wealthy travelers from all over the world starting next April, allowing them to stay for up to one year on a special long-term visa. (Nikkei)
Sep 13
A busy walkway leading to Kamakura's famed Tsurugaoka Hachimangu shrine is set to receive its first full-scale renovation in more than 800 years. (Asahi)
Sep 10
When coming to Japan, there's a wealth of things to do and see-even just staying within the Tokyo city limits, you'd be hard pressed to enjoy everything available in a week. One of the things apparently gaining popularity is sento, or public bathhouses. (rocketnews24.com)
Sep 10
Asia Atlantic Airlines began a direct flight between Narita and Phnom Penh on Monday. (bangkokpost.com)
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