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3 September 2015
South Korean President Park Geun-hye and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed Wednesday to hold a three-way summit also including Japan some two months later. (Jiji Press)
A Liberal Democratic Party panel on Wednesday delayed formally adopting proposed changes to the age at which youngsters can smoke and drink a day after unveiling the radical plan. (Japan Times)
After a week of speculation, law enforcement said on Tuesday that Japan's largest crime syndicate has chosen to expel 13 affiliate groups, a move that essentially results in the dissolution of the gang, reports the Kobe Shimbun (Sep. 1). (Tokyo Reporter)
Clearly eager to penetrate a new market, U.S. video streaming giant Netflix Inc. kicked off its online service in Japan on Sept. 1, hours ahead of schedule. (Asahi)
Kenjiro Sano, whose logo for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics was scrapped Tuesday, stood by his design but said he decided to retract the logo because he felt his design did not have the support of the public and was marring the image of the Tokyo Olympics. (Japan Times)

Sep 03
Police in Saga City have arrested a 66-year-old man on suspicion of abandoning the bodies of a man and woman at a construction surplus soil disposal yard in July. (Japan Today)
Sep 02
Chiba Prefectural Police on Wednesday busted a hostess club in Chiba City for licensing violations, with the business being a source of revenue for organized crime, reports TBS News (Sep. 2). (Tokyo Reporter)
Sep 02
Chiba police have arrested a 24-year-old man from Inzai, Chiba Prefecture, on suspicion of selling clothing with fake autographs from members of a pop group on an online auction site. (Japan Times)
Sep 02
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Monday announced the arrest of 21-year-old male on multiple charges related to illicit images of a former girlfriend, reports the Asahi Shimbun (Aug. 31). (Tokyo Reporter)
Sep 02
A Japanese salmon fishing boat and its 11 crew members arrived back in Hokkaido on Tuesday morning after being released by Russian authorities. (The Japan News)
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Sep 03
Shake Shack will open the first Tokyo Shack in Meiji-Jingu Gaien park. This Shack, inspired by the first-ever Shake Shack in New York City's Madison Square Park, is slated to open this winter where it will sit among the ginkgo trees on Icho Namiki Avenue in Aoyama. (Japan Today)
Sep 02
Struggling electronics firm Sharp is in negotiations to sell its head office building to Japan's leading furniture retailer Nitori Holdings. (NHK)
Sep 02
A special edition swipe card for Taiwan's mass transit featuring the clothed image of a Japanese porn star sold out within hours overnight via a telephone hotline, despite a storm of opposition. (Japan Today)
Sep 02
Japanese tax authorities have found that AKS Co., which manages all-girl Japanese pop groups such as AKB 48, failed to report more than 400 million yen in taxable income over the three years to November 2014, it was learned Tuesday. (Jiji Press)
Sep 02
Belgium graphic designer Olivier Debie filed a lawsuit last month against the International Olympic Committee, seeking to halt its use of the logo created by Japanese designer Kenjiro Sano for the 2020 Tokyo Games. (NHK)
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Sep 02
Japan's monetary base in August rose to a record high for the 13th straight month. (NHK)
Sep 02
The finance ministers and central bank chiefs of the group of 20 major and emerging economies will chiefly discuss the Chinese economy about which there is much concern, at their upcoming meeting in Ankara, informed sources said Tuesday. (Jiji Press)
Aug 28
The Diet passed a bill Friday aiming to promote the role of women in the workplace, along with greater female participation in the economy at a time when the country's population is expected to shrink further. (Japan Times)
Aug 28
The Nikkei 225 Friday rose 3.03% in a continuing rebound, in concert with a rally in mainland China stocks, and overnight gains on Wall Street. The official unemployment rate in Japan fell to 3.3% from 3.4% it was reported Friday, against a season of good earnings reports. (nasdaq.com)
Aug 28
The number of jobless people decreased by 260,000 from a year before to 2.22 million, the ministry also said. (Jiji Press)
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Sep 03
China will hold Thursday a massive military parade commemorating the 70th anniversary of Japan's defeat in World War II. (Kyodo)
Sep 03
A Liberal Democratic Party panel on Wednesday delayed formally adopting proposed changes to the age at which youngsters can smoke and drink a day after unveiling the radical plan. (Japan Times)
Sep 03
The government and ruling bloc have started arrangements to get national security bills passed as early as Sept. 14, sources said Wednesday. (Japan Times)
Sep 02
Japan's minister in charge of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics said Wednesday the games' organizing committee, the Olympic logo selection committee and its designer are all responsible for the withdrawal of the games logo amid a commotion over plagiarism allegations. (Kyodo)
Sep 02
South Korea on Tuesday demanded that the Japanese daily Sankei Shimbun delete an online column that likens President Park Geun-hye to the Joseon dynasty's Queen Min, who was assassinated by Japanese. (Japan Times)
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Sep 02
A school in Indonesia is in hot water for utilizing an image of a popular adult video (AV) star from Japan in teaching materials, reports weekly tabloid Shukan Jitsuwa (Sep. 3). (Tokyo Reporter)
Sep 02
Japan's Foreign Ministry on Tuesday launched an online system to help parents communicate with their children who are now with their estranged spouses under the framework of an international treaty to help settle cross-border child custody disputes. (Japan Today)
Sep 01
Child suicides tend to occur more often around the time summer vacation ends and school is about to start, according to a government survey, despite nationwide efforts to take preventive measures. (The Japan News)
Sep 01
The government plans to promote the export of Japanese-style education systems to emerging nations starting in fiscal 2016 in order to provide them with the know-how to teach discipline, develop high scholastic ability and foster practical human resources for immediate use. (The Japan News)
Aug 29
The Japanese have the reputation of longevity. Now, the latest studies show that they also enjoy the longest periods of healthy lives. (NHK)
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Sep 02
Japan's National Museum of Nature and Science has added the world's first robot dog with artificial intelligence to a list of Japanese technologies that have greatly changed people's lives. (NHK)
Sep 02
An investigation into health problems triggered by the 2011 nuclear disaster here turned up a new case of thyroid cancer in a young person who lived near the stricken plant. (Asahi)
Sep 02
Seismologists have downgraded an eruption alert level for Mount Sakurajima in Kagoshima Prefecture, southwestern Japan. (NHK)
Aug 30
H2A rocket No. 29 was shown to the press on Friday at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd.'s Tobishima plant in Tobishima, Aichi Prefecture. (The Japan News)
Aug 28
Central Japan Railway Company says it will start building a high-speed train line using magnetic levitation, or maglev, technology. (NHK)
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Sep 03
Tokyo police on Wednesday arrested sumo stablemaster Kumagatani, 45, on suspicion of assaulting a male assistant. (Jiji Press)
Sep 02
The organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics have decided to withdraw the controversial emblems designed by Japanese art director Kenjiro Sano. (NHK)
Aug 29
The organizing committee of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Friday showed the original design of Kenjiro Sano's Olympic and Paralympic Games logo embroiled in a plagiarism dispute, backing the Japanese designer's claim that he did not copy a Belgian theater logo. (Kyodo)
Aug 28
The Japanese government has decided on a new plan for a national stadium to be used in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. (NHK)
Aug 26
Super Rugby's 2016 expansion is under threat because of Japan's slow progress in recruiting players and a coach for a competitive team. (smh.com.au)
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Sep 01
Tokyo police introduced the Segway two-wheel electric vehicle Tuesday to strengthen security at Haneda airport ahead of key international events in Japan. (Japan Times)
Aug 30
On an unseasonably cool day, thousands of scantily clad samba dancers marched through Tokyo's Asakusa district in a festival on Aug. 29, warming the crowds packing the roadside there. (Asahi)
Aug 29
Visitors to Tokyo Sea Life Park can now enjoy a clear view of the bluefin tuna in its large tank, following the complete removal Friday of the crash prevention tape attached to the glass. (The Japan News)
Aug 28
Readying for a large influx of foreign visitors for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, luxurious hotels are opening one after another in the heart of the metropolis in what can be likened to a "war of hotels." (The Japan News)
Aug 28
Flames of giant torches have lighted up a shrine and its vicinity at the foot of Mount Fuji in an annual festival to bid farewell to the summer climbing season. (NHK)
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Sep 2
Improve Your Classes with Better Communication

Recently, I had the good fortune to be invited by my city board of education to give a seminar, along with some of my fellow native English teachers, to Japanese elementary school teachers. The theme of the three day event was: Improving your work...

Sep 2
Comic: A visit to the hospital [click here to finish reading this comic on LINE webtoons] I'm really hoping to get picked up by the LINE webtoons team and become a featured artist. If y'all read, comment, and favorite the comic on the webtoons site, I have a MUCH highe...
Sep 1

My neighborhood association sponsored morning calisthenics for a two week period on weekday mornings that coincided with children's school summer holiday. These simple and light exercises are known as rajio taisō (radio calisthenics) and were ori...
Sep 1
What's going on?

Before arriving in Japan I was always bemused when I saw pictures or news reports of crowds of people walking around wearing surgical masks. What on earth was going on? Had there been an outbreak of a zombie-like virus that I wasn't aware of?

Wha...

Sep 1
As loofahs are often used for washing in a similar manner as a sponge, many people don't release that in fact it's a vegetable. They can be eaten, but after ripening the fruit can be boiled to remove the flesh, leaving the familiar wiry form. In J...
Sep 1
Kirin has made changes to its Ichiban Shibori Beer packaging in Singapore is will give six packs to a few selected followers who spot the four differences. If you live in Singapore, you might want to check out their Facebook feed. There are alread...
Sep 1
An Introduction to Macrobiotic

Living in Japan, especially in Tokyo being under pressure is the norm as we move in and out of our daily activities on super-tight schedules. More than that, we have to do it with grace and poise knowing how much etiquette and mannerism play a cru...

Sep 1
Japan Sleeper Train

From prepaid cards to help you breeze through train stations, to reliably prompt baggage services and on-board luxury like nowhere else—Japan has transportation options to help you move about with ease, comfort and grace. Check out these helpf...

Sep 1
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“Mou ochanoko saisai desuyo (もうお茶の子さいさいですよ)” my Japanese neighbour said and we started talking about the origin of this saying. The meaning is “very easy” but I´d never thought about the deep meaning of it. ...
Sep 1
Comic: I'm working out my MIND Okay, so I've cut back on my workout routine. In my defense, the summer was awful, hot, and humid (so I would normally go running in the evening, unless I forgot). Which happened a lot. Ryosuke has this awesome, intense workout routine he...
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