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20 August 2019
Police in Japan have arrested a man on a national wanted list who is suspected of forcibly stopping a car and beating the driver on a highway. (NHK)
Anime fans from around the world continue to visit Kyoto to mourn the victims of the arson attack on a famous animation studio one month ago. (NHK)
More than 2,000 people tested their skills at scooping up goldfish at an annual event in Nara Prefecture, western Japan, on Sunday. (NHK)
Japan's government is promoting private lodgings for tourists who will visit during the Olympic and Paralympic games next summer. (NHK)
A powerful typhoon ripped through western Japan on Thursday, leaving one man dead and about 50 people injured, while greatly disrupting summer holiday traffic. (Kyodo)




Aug 19
Police in Japan have arrested a man on a national wanted list who is suspected of forcibly stopping a car and beating the driver on a highway. (NHK)
Aug 19
Anime fans from around the world continue to visit Kyoto to mourn the victims of the arson attack on a famous animation studio one month ago. (NHK)
Aug 19
More than 2,000 people tested their skills at scooping up goldfish at an annual event in Nara Prefecture, western Japan, on Sunday. (NHK)
Aug 16
An estimated 12,751 people were rushed to hospitals due to heat-related conditions across Japan over the week from Aug 5, of whom 23 died, the Fire and Disaster Management Agency said Wednesday. (Japan Today)
Aug 10
A male patient attacked nurses with a knife at a hospital in Ehime Prefecture, western Japan, on Friday, police said. (Kyodo)

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Aug 18
Japan will tighten control over foreign investments in domestic companies involved in semiconductors and other high-tech industries by focusing on the purchase of shares that carry voting rights, Nikkei learned Saturday. (Nikkei)
Aug 10
LCD maker Japan Display has escaped immediate bankruptcy by lining up 80 billion yen ($758 million) in aid from Chinese investors, but the company remains dogged by uncertainty over the long-delayed rescue. (Nikkei)
Aug 10
Japan's economy grew at a faster-than-expected clip in the second quarter, official data showed on Friday, helped by celebrations to usher in a new imperial era. (Japan Today)
Aug 10
Earnings season in Japan is highlighting a recent plunge in inbound spending and its impact on drugstore chains, cosmetics makers and department stores previously favored by big-spending Chinese tourists. (Nikkei)
Aug 09
To much of the world Japan is the home of video games. (newsonjapan.com)

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Aug 16
Japan's new emperor spoke Thursday (Aug 15) of "deep remorse" over the country's wartime past, in his first speech to commemorate the end of World War II since his enthronement in May. (channelnewsasia.com)
Aug 16
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has skipped a visit to the controversial Yasukuni shrine for war dead, but sent a ritual offering on the 74th anniversary of Japan's World War II surrender, a gesture likely to be criticised by Asian neighbours. (aljazeera.com)
Aug 12
South Korea says it plans to remove Japan from its top-tier list of countries subject to preferential export procedures. (NHK)
Aug 10
Japan's Air Self-Defense Force concludes that a fighter pilot who crashed off northern Japan in April failed to detect the jet's rapid descent because he was disoriented. (NHK)
Aug 09
Japan has approved the shipment of a hi-tech material to South Korea for the first time since enforcing stricter export controls. (NHK)

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Aug 08
With a rising number of sexual violence cases on and off campus in recent times, some university students have begun signature-collection campaigns to petition their schools to deliver safer learning environments. (Japan Times)
Aug 03
The overwhelming majority of middle and high school students in Japan are required to wear uniforms, and so it’s no surprise that Japanese schools tend to have lots of other rules governing students’ personal appearance. One that’s been attracting controversy in recent years, though, is a requirement at some schools that all students must have black hair. (Japan Today)
Aug 02
Third-year students in Japan’s junior high schools struggle with speaking and writing in English, according to the results of this year’s nationwide achievement test conducted by the education ministry. (Japan Times)
Aug 02
Japan’s Immigration Services Agency said Thursday it will toughen eligibility standards for Japanese-language schools that can accept foreign students, effective Sept. 1. (Japan Times)
Jul 31
The average life expectancy reached a record high for both male and female Japanese people last year. It was more than five years longer than in 1989, the year the three-decade Japanese era of Heisei started. (NHK)

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Aug 16
People in Japan hoping to predict the next big earthquake should ignore mysterious deep-sea fish after experts said rare sightings of the creatures on the country's beaches did not, as some had believed, foretell a seismic calamity. (theguardian.com)
Aug 08
Takehiko Fujita wouldn’t be able to do his job selling eye drops and pain relievers without his pocket translator. (Japan Times)
Aug 07
Well, there's no denying it any more: the size of Japanese mammaries have become larger. We know this thanks to a survey by lingerie manufacture Triumph International Japan, which recently made public the results of its research. (Japan Today)
Aug 05
A strong earthquake has rocked Japan's northeastern prefectures of Fukushima and Miyagi. There is no threat of tsunami. (NHK)
Jul 28
A small experimental rocket launched by a Japanese aerospace startup failed shortly after takeoff Saturday as its onboard computer detected an abnormality and shut off the engine. It then crashed into the sea. (Japan Times)

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Aug 08
The organizing committee for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games said Wednesday it will sell premium ticket packages including upscale food service and admission to the opening and closing ceremonies, with a top price tag of 6.35 million yen ($60,000). (Kyodo)
Aug 08
Naomi Osaka almost topped the Forbes’ highest-earning female athlete list, slotting in at No. 2 behind fellow tennis star Serena Williams in the annual ranking of the top 10 paid sportswomen. (Japan Times)
Aug 05
Hinako Shibuno, a rookie on Japan's LPGA tour, captured the Women's British Open on Sunday, becoming the second Japanese golfer to win an overseas major event. (Kyodo)
Aug 01
Former world No. 1 Rory McIlroy will join 15-time major-winner Tiger Woods at Japan’s first PGA Tour tournament later this year, organizers announced Wednesday. (Japan Times)
Jul 31
Organizers of next year's Tokyo Olympics say they will hold an additional online ticket lottery for more than four million people who came up empty-handed in the first one. (NHK)

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Aug 19
Japan's government is promoting private lodgings for tourists who will visit during the Olympic and Paralympic games next summer. (NHK)
Aug 16
A powerful typhoon ripped through western Japan on Thursday, leaving one man dead and about 50 people injured, while greatly disrupting summer holiday traffic. (Kyodo)
Aug 15
Air carriers in Japan have canceled 549 domestic flights for Thursday due to a severe tropical storm approaching western Japan. (NHK)
Aug 14
Japan's Meteorological Agency is warning of torrential rains of more than 1,000 millimeters in some areas as severe tropical storm Krosa approaches the western part of the country. (NHK)
Aug 14
The Meteorological Agency is warning of heavy rain as severe tropical storm Krosa approaches western Japan. Agency officials say it could make landfall by Thursday. (NHK)

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Aug 10
A tropical garden in Tokyo, Yoyogi Village is filled with exotic plants, repurposed storage containers and a pick-and-mix selection of eco-friendly shops and cafes. |credit| Just a few minutes' walk from Yoyogi Station, this corner of the city ...
Aug 10
Full Sail Nippon Maru Yokohama Nippon Maru: A Must Add to your Yokohama Itinerary

Yokohama, Tokyo's bayside sibling city, is technically the second biggest city in Japan and is filled with countless attractions. From the Cup Noodles Museum, Minato Mirai, and Chinatown, there's so much to see and do in Yokohama. The Nippon Maru ...

Aug 9

Gozan no Okuribi (五山送り火), more commonly known as Daimonji (大文字), is a festival in Kyoto, Japan. It is the culmination of the O-Bon festival on August 16, in which five giant bonfires are lit on mountains surrounding the city. It si...

Aug 9
Unexpected Fees to Expect Living in Japan

Japan is a country full of interesting culture, great food, cool people—and lots and lots of fees. Some expenses, such as apartment “key” or “gift” money (礼金, reikin), are well-known, but there are many others that will creep up on u...

Aug 9
kobe Maya ten million dollar night view

While there are places all around Japan that are incredibly popular date spot and night view lookouts, only 3 are considered to be worthy of the title “major night views”. These 3 spots are so incredible that they are called Japan's 3 ten mill...

Aug 7

by Kaori Shoji

It's 35 degrees Celsius in Nagoya City and the mercury is expected to rise even further. Maybe the recent incident at the Aichi Triennale has something to do with it – the heat feels merciless and suffocating, much like the prot...

Aug 6
Boy Who Loves Reading

Whether children are adjusting to their new cultural home, diving deep into their third culture or simply interested in learning more about their surroundings, books are ideal tools to help them on their journey.

For children transitioning to lif...

Aug 3
Tweet of the Week

The first Pokémon Center opened in Osaka in 1998 and today Japan counts 11 official retail spaces for Poké-maniacs to catch 'em all. With Pikachu as their adorable leader, those poké-wonderlands are just perfect to satisfy the p-otaku in you (w...

Aug 2

“A comfort zone is a beautiful place but nothing ever grows there.” – Unknown

Photo from Pixabay

The other day, I came across this quote above, and thought I would share with you all. This applies to all sorts of things we deal with ev...

Aug 2

One of the challenges of searching for property in Japan is the unique terminology used to define the size, space, and conditions of a place. Look on GaijinPot's apartment listings for example and you'll notice that most places are listed as “nu...

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