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22 November 2014
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe defended his reflationary policy, dubbed Abenomics, on Friday while opposition leaders argued it is failing, after the House of Representatives was dissolved on the day for a snap election. (Jiji Press)
The Japan Meteorological Agency urged caution to late-season climbers on Nov. 20 after Mount Zaosan in northeastern Japan showed the strongest signs of volcanic activity this year. (Asahi)
Japan's Lower House speaker has issued a very unusual order. He told lawmakers to redo their "banzai" cheers because some chimed in before he finished reading the official declaration to dissolve the chamber. (NHK)
Murder suspect Chisako Kakehi invested most of the about Y1 billion she inherited from her spouses and lovers in futures trading and other financial products over the past few years, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned from investigative sources. (The Japan News)
A highly pathogenic avian influenza virus has been detected in duck droppings collected Tuesday in the town of Nagara in Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo, the Environment Ministry said Friday. (Jiji Press)

Nov 22
Police in Tsubame, Niigata Prefecture, said Friday they have arrested a 24-year-old woman on a murder charge after she dropped her 3-year-old daughter off a bridge into the river. (Japan Today)
Nov 22
Workers have for the first time gone inside a no-entry zone in Fukushima Prefecture to dismantle a fishing boat washed ashore by the tsunami three years and eight months ago. (NHK)
Nov 22
Japanese public prosecutors on Friday demanded a prison sentence of 10 years for Yusuke Katayama, who is accused of hijacking other people's personal computers and using them to send online threats. (Jiji Press)
Nov 22
A couple in Ibaraki, Osaka Prefecture, have been arrested on suspicion of starving their 3-year-old daughter to death. (Japan Times)
Nov 21
According to various Japanese news sources, 83-year-old retiree Yasuji Shibata was arrested for selling obscene material via an Internet auction in April for 3,400 yen (about US$28) after police found explicit photos in his home on November 16. (rocketnews24.com)
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Nov 22
-Japan's Takata Corp., at a U.S. Senate hearing Thursday, denied the allegation that the company had tried to conceal a fatal defect in its air bag system, while stressing its efforts to ensure the safety of air bags. (Jiji Press)
Nov 22
A Japanese real estate company has taken official ownership of the land and building used as a pro-North Korea group's headquarters in Tokyo. (NHK)
Nov 21
Convenience store operator Seven-Eleven Japan Co. will start selling doughnuts at store counters next year, informed sources said Thursday. (The Japan News)
Nov 20
Airbus's newest jetliner has arrived at Tokyo's Haneda Airport and will run demonstration flights. (NHK)
Nov 19
Torao Tokuda, former head of the Tokushukai hospital group, has been accused by the Kumamoto Regional Taxation Bureau of keeping a secret fund of about Y100 million, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned from sources. (The Japan News)
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Nov 21
Stocks closed moderately higher on the Tokyo Stock Exchange on Friday after recouping losses in late trading thanks to purchases on dips. (The Japan News)
Nov 21
Money saved in secret by Japanese wives exceeds that by husbands by 3.4 times, a survey by Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Co. showed Thursday. (Jiji Press)
Nov 21
Japan's ruling bloc agreed at a tax panel meeting Thursday that it will aim to implement a reduced consumption tax rate for certain items in April 2017 when the tax is to be raised to 10 pct. (Jiji Press)
Nov 21
Sales at department stores in October fell 2.2 percent from a year before on a same-store basis, down for the seventh consecutive month since April, when the consumption tax was raised, an industry group said Wednesday. (The Japan News)
Nov 20
Tokyo stocks closed flat on Thursday as losses on Wall Street and data showing weak Chinese manufacturing activity offset gains from the yen sinking to multi-year lows. (brecorder.com)
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Nov 22
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe defended his reflationary policy, dubbed Abenomics, on Friday while opposition leaders argued it is failing, after the House of Representatives was dissolved on the day for a snap election. (Jiji Press)
Nov 22
Japan's Lower House speaker has issued a very unusual order. He told lawmakers to redo their "banzai" cheers because some chimed in before he finished reading the official declaration to dissolve the chamber. (NHK)
Nov 22
The Japan Coast Guard has arrested the captain of a Chinese boat for illegal operation near Japan's Ogasawara Islands in the Pacific. (NHK)
Nov 21
The Lower House of the Japanese Diet has been dissolved for a snap election next month. (NHK)
Nov 21
A US congressional panel has warned that China's missile and nuclear force development could affect the United States' military superiority and Japan's defense. (NHK)
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Nov 21
Japan's education minister Hakubun Shimomura suggested Thursday that school curriculum guidelines be revised so as to allow elementary school English-language education to start in the third grade. (Jiji Press)
Nov 20
Seven children were injured by a mixed-breed dog while on their way to school Wednesday morning in Nakatsu, Oita Prefecture. (Japan Today)
Nov 20
Osaka Family Court ordered a Japanese woman on Wednesday to return her 4-year-old child to her Japanese husband living in Sri Lanka under the Hague treaty to settle cross-border child custody disputes. (The Japan News)
Nov 18
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko viewed a special exhibition featuring arts and artifacts related to eighth-century Kojiki (Records of Ancient Matters), the oldest chronicle in Japan, during a visit here on Nov. 17. (Asahi)
Nov 18
Last month the Ministry of Finance presented a policy recommendation based on studies made by an advisory group. Such recommendations are fairly common, but this one caught more than the usual amount of attention because of where it was directed. (Japan Times)
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Nov 22
The Japan Meteorological Agency urged caution to late-season climbers on Nov. 20 after Mount Zaosan in northeastern Japan showed the strongest signs of volcanic activity this year. (Asahi)
Nov 22
A highly pathogenic avian influenza virus has been detected in duck droppings collected Tuesday in the town of Nagara in Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo, the Environment Ministry said Friday. (Jiji Press)
Nov 22
A rare waxy white southern bluefin tuna arrived at Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market on Friday. (The Japan News)
Nov 21
A fault line running just below the No. 2 reactor of Japan Atomic Power Co.'s nuclear power plant in Tsuruga, Fukui Prefecture, is active, a panel of experts at the Nuclear Regulation Authority has concluded for the second time. (The Japan News)
Nov 20
An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.3 struck in the sea off Fukushima Prefecture at 10:51 a.m. Thursday, but no tsunami alert was issued by the Japan Meteorological Agency. (Japan Today)
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Nov 22
Japan's formal entry into an expanded Super Rugby competition in 2016 will provide a shot in the arm for the game across Asia, according to the country's top rugby official. (Japan Today)
Nov 22
Yokozuna Hakuho's hopes of a record-tying 32nd championship title got a big boost at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament on Nov. 21 as Harumafuji drove Kakuryu out of the ring--and out of the lead--in the first yokozuna showdown of the competition. (Asahi)
Nov 20
It appears some of the 2020 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games slated for Tokyo might actually be held in Osaka. (NHK)
Nov 19
Yasuyuki Konno and Shinji Okazaki scored second-half goals Tuesday to give Japan a 2-1 win over Australia in an Asian Cup warm-up match. (Japan Today)
Nov 18
Japanese ski jumper Sara Takanashi has set a Guinness World Record with her total of 24 wins in the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup. The figure is the highest for a female jumper. (NHK)
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Nov 20
The number of visitors to Japan in January-October grew 27.1 percent from a year before to 11,009,000, already topping the full-year record of 10,363,904 marked in 2013, an estimate by the Japan National Tourism Organization showed Wednesday. (The Japan News)
Nov 20
We've got some good news; steady snow has been falling in Niseko since last week, pretty intensely further up the mountain. (SkiJapan.com)
Nov 20
Airbus's newest jetliner has arrived at Tokyo's Haneda Airport and will run demonstration flights. (NHK)
Nov 19
Japan's Justice Ministry has decided to introduce a facial recognition system at airports as early as fiscal 2017 to speed up immigration control, ministry officials said Tuesday. (Jiji Press)
Nov 15
Airlines are increasingly offering overnight flights from Haneda Airport here as travelers seek to pack their weekend trips with more daylight hours for less money. (Nikkei)
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Nov 22
Japanese Raccoons

Ah, mother nature. Forests and hills, rivers and oceans, blossoms and bees. Truly, the beauties of the natural world are essential to a happy life.

Of course, mother nature has another, harsher side. Storms, droughts, and floods can be deadly. An...

Nov 22
Two icons of modern Japan: the bullet train and Mount Fuji

It's here: Japan's first magnetic levitating bullet train, and it has just whisked its first ever passengers on a 500 kph (311 mph) journey between the towns of Uenohara and Fuefuki – a distance of 27 miles. And that's not even as fast as it can...

Nov 22
What's wrong with this picture?

No... there is nothing showing anything 'upskirt'. I'm no dirty old man. Or so I claim.

Anyhow, the girls are all wisely keeping their legs crossed or pressed together.

Skirts all seem to be of a regulation length - I ...
Nov 20
japanesediet1

As I listen to Meghan Trainor sing about not worrying about her size I think, that's right, it's alright not to be a “stick figure silicone Barbie doll” and I look in the mirror and think I look good, but then I walk out the door and it all cr...

Nov 20
It can't be just me, but regardless of the fact that someone think the Japanese van pictured above is weird enough to be part of a 'Japan is weird' website - I think it's effing cool!

Obviously the person who thought it was weird has never seen a h...
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