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24 July 2019
Police on Monday detained six South Koreans for allegedly illegally entering a Japanese diplomatic facility in South Korea and staging an anti-Tokyo demonstration there. (Japan Today)
Bowing and at times teary, the president of Japanese entertainment powerhouse Yoshimoto Kogyo Co said Monday he wants to withdraw punishment of two popular comedians over their paid appearance at a party for a group of swindlers and apologized to them for mishandling the aftermath. (Japan Today)
Japan's ruling coalition is set to maintain control of the Upper House following Sunday's election. But it fell short of maintaining a key threshold. The coalition and lawmakers in favor of amending the Constitution will not hold a two-thirds majority of the chamber. (NHK)
Two wheelchair-bound candidates won seats in Japan’s upper house vote on Sunday, media projections showed, a sign of changing attitudes towards disabled people in a country where they have long been encouraged to stay in the shadow. (Reuters)
After Sunday’s election, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party — along with its coalition partner Komeito — remains firmly in the saddle with a strong majority in both the Upper and Lower Houses of the Diet. (Japan Times)




Jul 23
One male customer at a restaurant in Tochigi Prefecture was seriously injured in a shooting early Sunday. The gunman remains at large, police said, reports NHK (July 21). (tokyoreporter.com)
Jul 20
A top Japanese comedian, suspended by his talent agency for conducting an “underground business” operation, has decided to retire from the entertainment industry, sources close to the matter said Friday. (Japan Times)
Jul 18
Japan is struggling to cope with hundreds of thousands of middle-aged social recluses across the country, with municipalities reporting they are critically short of social workers and other personnel needed to help them return to society. (Japan Times)
Jul 18
Johnny and Associates Inc., one of the most powerful talent agencies in Japan, is suspected of having pressured commercial broadcasting television stations to stop inviting three former members of popular boy band SMAP on their shows after they left the office in 2017, sources familiar with the matter said Wednesday. (Kyodo)
Jul 18
A Japanese policeman stabbed another officer by mistake during training when he used a real knife instead of a replica. (NHK)

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Jul 23
Coca-Cola in October will take an alcoholic drink nationwide in Japan as the global soft drink giant attempts to diversify its way out of the mature and crowded soda pop market with an "alcopop" offering. (Nikkei)
Jul 23
Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its junior partner Komeito won a majority of seats in the country's upper house election on Sunday, paving the way for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's planned consumption tax hike in October. (Nikkei)
Jul 20
Asahi Group Holdings, Japan's biggest brewer, has struck a deal to acquire leading Australian player Carlton and United Breweries. (Nikkei)
Jul 20
Japan, China and six other economies of the North Pacific Fisheries Commission agreed for the first time Thursday to set annual catch quotas for saury, aimed at addressing fishery resource depletion. (Japan Times)
Jul 17
Over two weeks of cloudy and rainy days in Tokyo and nearby areas has resulted in higher vegetable prices and sluggish sales of summer clothing. (Japan Times)

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Jul 23
Police on Monday detained six South Koreans for allegedly illegally entering a Japanese diplomatic facility in South Korea and staging an anti-Tokyo demonstration there. (Japan Today)
Jul 23
Despite a record number of women winning seats in Sunday's House of Councillors election, some female voters have cast doubt over the government's pledge to help empower women. (Japan Today)
Jul 23
Muneo Suzuki, a veteran politician with close ties to Russia, won a seat in Sunday’s House of Councilors election, returning to the Diet for the first time since being forced out by a conviction in 2010. (Japan Times)
Jul 22
Japan's ruling coalition is set to maintain control of the Upper House following Sunday's election. But it fell short of maintaining a key threshold. The coalition and lawmakers in favor of amending the Constitution will not hold a two-thirds majority of the chamber. (NHK)
Jul 22
Two wheelchair-bound candidates won seats in Japan’s upper house vote on Sunday, media projections showed, a sign of changing attitudes towards disabled people in a country where they have long been encouraged to stay in the shadow. (Reuters)

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Jul 17
School-related matters led to more suicides last year among youth aged between 10 and 19 than any other issue, the government said Tuesday in its annual paper on the topic. (Japan Times)
Jul 15
Japan's Princess Mako has visited the ancient Inca city of Machu Picchu in Peru and a village that once had a Japanese immigrant as its chief. (NHK)
Jul 11
The population of Japanese nationals has fallen for the 10th straight year, while the ratio of foreign residents topped 2 percent for the first time. (NHK)
Jul 10
Princess Mako left Japan on Tuesday for Peru and Bolivia, where she will attend ceremonies marking the 120th anniversary of the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants. It is the first time for the princess to visit the two South American countries. (NHK)
Jul 09
Miyagi Prefectural Police have arrested a 30-year-old male middle school teacher over the alleged possession of marijuana in Sendai City, reports the Sankei Shimbun (July 7). (tokyoreporter.com)

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Jul 22
After reporting more than 5,000 cases in 2017, the first time that happened in more than 4 decades and nearly 7,000 cases in 2018, the first time since 1970, Japan continues to see the sexually transmitted infection, syphilis at high levels in the first half of 2019. (outbreaknewstoday.com)
Jul 17
Toyota Motor Corp. and Japan's space exploration agency said Tuesday they have signed a three-year agreement to jointly research and develop a rover to be sent to the Moon in 2029. (Kyodo)
Jul 16
The Tokyo metropolitan region experienced another cloudy and rainy day on Monday, marking the 18th straight day in which the country’s capital has seen less than three hours of sunshine per day. (Japan Today)
Jul 13
The aroma of vanilla extract can help to ease muscle pain and tension and may eventually factor into a treatment for stress headaches, a team of Japanese researchers has concluded. (Japan Today)
Jul 12
Japan's Hayabusa2 probe made a "perfect" touchdown Thursday on a distant asteroid, collecting samples from beneath the surface in an unprecedented mission that could shed light on the origins of the solar system. (Japan Today)

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Jul 23
The Tokyo 2020 organizing committee and International Surfing Association got a hint of what to expect when surfing makes its Olympic debut next year following a successful test at the competition's venue on Tsurigasaki Beach. (Kyodo)
Jul 15
Shintaro Mochizuki became the first Japanese player to win a Grand Slam junior boys' title by beating Carlos Gimeno Valero of Spain 6-3, 6-2 in the Wimbledon final. (Japan Today)
Jul 14
With just about two months to go before the Rugby World Cup kicks off in Japan for the first time, excitement is in the air in Higashiosaka, where the holy land of Japanese rugby -- Hanazono Rugby Stadium -- is located. (Kyodo)
Jul 11
3D slot games are the future of online casino. It's come a long way from the old penny slot machines that were available over a century ago. (newsonjapan.com)
Jul 09
Elementary schoolgirl Sumire Nakamura, who in April became the youngest professional go player, has claimed her first career win. (Japan Times)

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Jul 21
Unstable atmospheric conditions caused by moist air flowing into a tropical storm are dumping heavy rain in some parts of western Japan, especially the northern Kyushu region. (NHK)
Jul 20
East Japan Railway Co. and 25 other railway operators in the Kanto area said Thursday they will sell a three-day train pass for foreign visitors during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. (Japan Times)
Jul 19
Parts of western Japan have been pummeled by heavy rain due to Tropical Storm Danas. (NHK)
Jul 18
Ornately decorated floats paraded through Japan's ancient capital Kyoto on Wednesday at the climax of the annual Gion Festival. (NHK)
Jul 18
Tokyo DisneySea will launch a new flight simulator attraction Tuesday that promises to make visitors feel as if they are soaring over famous landmarks such as the Great Wall of China and the Egyptian pyramids. (Japan Times)

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Jul 22
Russia's President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a news conference after the G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan. 29 June 2019 (Photo: Reuters/Yuri Kadobnov).

Author: Glen S Fukushima, Center for American Progress

The G20 leaders' summit in Osaka last month concluded with the announcement of several important multilateral achievements. But these were in many ways overshadowed by bilateral meetings, both...

Jul 22

Kakigori (shaved ice with syrup) is a definite must if you're in Japan during the summer. Having shaved ice, as simple as it sounds, is such a pleasurable experience, especially during the hot summer season. If you're someone that questions why ka...

Jul 20
Tokyo calling. Traveling from Osaka to Tokyo is quick and easy, as it's one of the busiest routes in Japan. The two cities are separated by a distance of approximately 500km, which can be covered by bullet train, highway bus or another type of tr...
Jul 19
How to Take Sick Leave as an ALT in Japan@2x

My girlfriend believes strongly in the idea of “if you can walk, you can work,” which seems to be quoted to me regularly by other Japanese friends and colleagues as well.

She took this to extremes when her refusal to take a day off—despite ...

Jul 18
5 Tokyo Summer Terraces to Have Your Next Girl's Night Out

Is anyone else getting tired of this never-ending rainy weather? We're putting up our テルテルボーズ (teru teru bozu; handmade white dolls that bring good weather) in every window and crossing our fingers for sunnier days ahead. Tokyo is al...

Jul 17
Totoro - Exploring the Studio Ghibli Museum

The Studio Ghibli Museum in Mitaka of west Tokyo was designed by none other than Hayao Miyazaki. Miyazaki is the famed director behind the films My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle, Princess Mononoke, and more. This isn't a typ...

Jul 17
LLGBT+ Japanese Vocabulary

LGBT+ issues have been a huge topic this past year. In October 2018, hit reality TV show Terrace House welcomed their first openly bisexual cast member Shunsuke Ikezoe. In February 2019, thirteen gay and lesbian couples sued the Japanese governmen...

Jul 17
View of a Kyoto temple in autumn

Kyoto is easily one of the most FOMO-inducing cities in the world. Packed with so much to see/do/taste/try/fall in love with, you might be unsure of what should be on your Kyoto-do list. That's why we've done it for you! Here are the 15 things you...

Jul 16
Japan ranks no.2 in asia for study abroad

Japan has been ranked second best in a list of top countries in Asia in which to study abroad, according to data released by higher education search portal educations.com. It's great news for anyone who's thinking of studying in Japan, with applic...

Jul 16

It's the winter of 2007, and I'm hiking along an isolated track called the Kogumotori-goe in southern Wakayama Prefecture with my newlywed wife Kanako. The faint, poorly-marked trail leads up to a viewpoint flanked by a large weather-beaten jizō ...

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