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21 October 2014
The man arrested on suspicion of killing a 6-year-old girl in Kobe has confessed to the crime, his lawyer said Tuesday. (Japan Times)
On his first day in his new job, industry minister Yoichi Miyazawa said Tuesday he will soon be ready to visit communities near nuclear power plants, apparently pledging to maintain the momentum for reactor restarts. (Japan Times)
Google Inc. has started a service that allows users to get an offshore look at the latest recovery efforts in the Tohoku region devastated by the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami. (Asahi)
Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto met with the head of an anti-Korean group on Monday as he considers cracking down on hate speech rallies in the western Japan city, but they ended up having a shouting match in which they more or less just insulted each other. (Kyodo)
Japan's Fujifilm Holdings Corp <4901.T> said on Monday it was expanding the production of its Avigan anti-influenza drug to reach an additional number of Ebola patients. (Reuters)

Oct 20
Osaka Prefectural Police on Friday arrested two male suspects for allegedly dumping a large quantity of adult video (AV) material inside a park in Nishinari Ward, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Oct. 17). (Tokyo Reporter)
Oct 20
A Japanese court has sentenced a former college employee to 2 years in prison for using a 3D printer to make handguns. (NHK)
Oct 20
The bodies of a Japanese man and woman have been found on a popular Nepal hiking route that was engulfed by a blizzard last Wednesday. The death toll is now 39. (Japan Today)
Oct 20
Empress Michiko celebrated her 80th birthday on Monday. In a statement distributed to media by the Imperial Household Agency, the empress said she hoped the world could find peace ahead of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II next year. (Japan Today)
Oct 20
Tsutomu Shirosaki, a member of the now-defunct Japanese Red Army, will be deported to Japan once he is released from a U.S. prison early next year, informed sources said Thursday. (The Japan News)
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Oct 21
Japan's convenience store operators are jostling for eminence in a famously cut-throat industry, and one product has come up trumps for the market's top players - coffee. (Reuters)
Oct 21
Japan's plan to legalise casino gambling has likely been delayed again, a senior official said on Monday, dealing a further political blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. (straitstimes.com)
Oct 21
This year's sake brewing season has begun, and newly harvested rice is being shipped across the nation. (The Japan News)
Oct 20
Imports of bluefin tuna caught in the Atlantic Ocean off the North American coast are rising in Japan, although many other fishery products from overseas have been hit by the yen's recent sharp depreciation. (Jiji Press)
Oct 18
The government on Friday approved Central Japan Railway Co.'s plan to construct the Linear Chuo Shinkansen line, paving the way for the 2027 start of magnetic levitation train service connecting Tokyo and Nagoya in 40 minutes. (The Japan News)
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Oct 21
Japanese stocks fell on Tuesday, with the market latching on to comments from the welfare minister on the country's public pension fund as an excuse to take profits from outsized gains the previous day. (brecorder.com)
Oct 21
The Bank of Japan has downgraded its economic assessment for one of nine regions in Japan, but has kept the assessment for the others unchanged. (NHK)
Oct 20
Tokyo stocks jumped 3.98 per cent on Monday, notching up their biggest one-day points gain in over a year following a sharp rise on Wall Street and as a weaker yen boosted exporters. (businesstimes)
Oct 20
Japan's planned consumption tax hike would be "meaningless" should it give too much damage on the country's economy, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said in an interview with the major British daily Financial Times. (Jiji Press)
Oct 17
Tokyo stocks fell 1.40 percent to close at a five-month low on Friday, hit by a stronger yen and growing concerns about the global economy. (thepeninsulaqatar.com)
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Oct 21
The resignation Monday of Yuko Obuchi, Japan's industry minister, was a heavy blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the cabinet he named last month. And there are concerns in the government and ruling parties that Obuchi is only the first in a string of coming cabinet resignations. (Nikkei)
Oct 21
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe decided Monday to name Yoichi Miyazawa and Yoko Kamikawa, both lawmakers of his ruling Liberal Democratic Party, to replace two cabinet members who resigned the same day over scandals, aiming to quickly revive his government after the double setback. (Jiji Press)
Oct 21
Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto met with the head of an anti-Korean group on Monday as he considers cracking down on hate speech rallies in the western Japan city, but they ended up having a shouting match in which they more or less just insulted each other. (Kyodo)
Oct 21
The resignation of two scandal-scarred ministers could rapidly erode public support for a cabinet that faces a host of tough decisions, including a consumption tax hike, the restart of nuclear reactors and diplomatic bargaining with distrustful neighbors. (Nikkei)
Oct 21
The Japanese and U.S. governments said Monday that they have agreed to conclude a pact that allow environmental surveys in U.S. base sites in Japan before they are returned to Japan. (Jiji Press)
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Oct 21
Students' performances at International Science Olympiads (ISO), a series of worldwide science competitions for students not yet in higher education, are now being considered as important information for university entrance decisions. (The Japan News)
Oct 17
Bullying at elementary schools in Japan increased to a record high of 118,805 cases in fiscal 2013, exceeding 100,000 for the second consecutive year, the education ministry said Thursday. (Jiji Press)
Oct 16
A panel of experts in Japan says more than 4.2 million people in the country are addicted to the internet. (NHK)
Oct 15
There are thousands of people in Japan who are not listed on a family register. Such people face various difficulties, given that the family register is an official document that certifies individuals' basic legal status, including Japanese nationality, and also lists their birth date, marital status and date of death. (Japan Times)
Oct 15
Ten-year-old boys 50 years ago could throw a softball six meters farther than boys of that age today, the sports ministry's annual survey on physical strength and athletic ability revealed. (The Japan News)
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Oct 21
Experts warn Japan's medical system is not ready for an invasion of potentially deadly redback spiders, with limited supplies of the anti-venom available to authorities. (abc.net.au)
Oct 15
Japan Robot Week kicked off Wednesday with a major Tokyo exhibition showcasing new technologies for everything from communications and remote video monitoring to disaster response. (Japan Times)
Oct 15
Tokyo Electric Power Co. on Tuesday reported a sharp rise in cesium levels in water collected from an observation well near the sea at its disaster-crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power station. (Jiji Press)
Oct 14
About one-third of security cameras at the troubled Monju fast breeder reactor facility in Tsuruga, Fukui Prefecture, are not working properly. (Japan Today)
Oct 14
TESHIKAGA, Hokkaido--Lake Mashuko had long been a source of pride in this industrialized nation as the clearest and cleanest lake in the world. But the effects of global warming and an alien species have clouded that distinction, researchers said. (Asahi)
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Oct 20
Check the locks on all the Colonel Sanders statues in Osaka, because the Hanshin Tigers are headed back to the Japan Series and it was a big home run from a bearded foreign star that helped get them there. (Japan Times)
Oct 16
The Hanshin Tigers were behind the Yomiuri Giants before even stepping on the field, but the Kansai club didn't waste any time getting even. (Japan Times)
Oct 15
The Yomiuri Giants worked out in a mostly empty Tokyo Dome, with neither fans nor the Hanshin Tigers anywhere in sight. The Big Egg will be rocking the next time they're in it, as they square off with their oldest rivals for the right to participate in the Japan Series. (Japan Times)
Oct 15
Japanese Olympic medalist Daisuke Takahashi is retiring from competitive figure skating. (NHK)
Oct 13
Big-serving Australian Samantha Stosur retained a title for the first time in her career Sunday with a resounding 7-6, 6-3 victory over Zarina Diyas in the Japan Women's Open final. (Japan Times)
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Oct 21
A Yamagata Prefecture aquarium recognized in the Guinness Book of World Records for its outstanding jellyfish exhibit plans to set up a partnership with the Berlin Zoological Garden, one of the world's largest zoos, by the end of this year. (The Japan News)
Oct 18
Japan will designate Tomioka Silk Mill, a UNESCO World Heritage site, as a national treasure, following a recommendation from a government panel on Friday. (Jiji Press)
Oct 16
A snowcap was observed on the peak of Mt Fuji on Thursday morning for the first time this autumn. The snowfall came three days earlier than last year, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. (Japan Today)
Oct 15
Hakone Tozan Railway's first new train in 25 years made a trial run ahead of its debut and amid hopes for a surge in tourists to scenic areas along the line southwest of Tokyo. (Asahi)
Oct 15
More foreign tourists are coming to Japan, and going shopping. And this surge in foreign cash is changing the face of the nation's retail industry. (Nikkei)
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Oct 21
Entranced by the Autumn Colors of Kyoto

Mid to late November is a great time to make a trip to Kyoto. The temples are amazing, but the backdrop of brilliant fall colors, or Koyou, is STUNNING. An autumn trip to Kyoto is candy for the eyes and soul.

Two popular ways to arrive to Kyoto S...

Oct 21
So... you the foreigner have just moved in to an apartment or house in Japan... did you notice all of the For Sale signs pop up all around you?

Probably not - because it would be in Japanese, but basically, if you happened to see signage sudden;y p...
Oct 20

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On 1 July 2014, the Abe government made a cabinet decision to reinterpret the Article 9 peace clause of Japan's constitution to recognise the exercise of collective self-defence under limited circumstances. While the scop...

Oct 20
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Oct 19
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Blepharoplasty, also known as the double eyelid surgery is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries in Japan. The surgery is performed to transform the Asian “monolid” into a Western-style “double lid,” thereby making the patient's eyes ...

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