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24 February 2019
Japan on Friday stepped up its claim to a pair of South Korea-controlled islets, amid escalating tensions with its neighbor resulting from disputes over wartime issues. (Japan Times)
Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito marks his 59th birthday on Saturday. He will ascend to the throne on May 1st, one day after his father, Emperor Akihito, abdicates. (NHK)
All Nippon Airways said Friday it was forced to delay a domestic flight earlier this week after a co-pilot failed an alcohol breath test despite new rules. (Japan Today)
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, says data from the Hayabusa2 space probe shows it had landed on the asteroid Ryugu. The spacecraft's task is to collect rock samples. (NHK)
Authorities in Hokkaido have opened shelters for people left stranded on trains or out in the bitter cold following the strong earthquake on Thursday. (NHK)




Feb 22
A mother and her boyfriend were arrested Thursday for allegedly injuring the woman's 8-year-old daughter by binding her wrists and forcing her into a cold bath at their home in Fukuoka Prefecture last month, police said. (Japan Times)
Feb 22
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Thursday arrested two former employees of a hostess club in Edogawa Ward for allegedly dumping the corpse of a man who died after excessive drinking, reports the Sankei Shimbun (tokyoreporter.com)
Feb 21
The Tokyo High Court on Wednesday sentenced a man to 12 years in prison for abducting a teenage girl and keeping her in captivity for two years from 2014, annulling the lower court ruling that gave him a nine-year jail term. (Japan Today)
Feb 20
A policeman was referred to prosecutors last week for allegedly driving at 145 kilometers per hour (approx. 90 miles per hour) near Tokyo in January while off duty in a rush to get to the dentist, police said Tuesday. (Kyodo)
Feb 20
Osaka Prefectural Police have arrested former professional boxer Tomoaki Hashizume over the alleged fatal assault of a male bar patron in Matsubara City over the weekend, reports the Sankei Shimbun (tokyoreporter.com)

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Feb 21
Carlos Ghosn's new lawyer took aim at Nissan, prosecutors and courts on Wednesday, dismissing the charges against the ousted chairman as an internal company matter and saying Japan was out of step with international norms by keeping his client in jail. (Japan Today)
Feb 20
Honda Motor says it plans to shut down its manufacturing plant in Swindon, southwest England, in 2021. (NHK)
Feb 20
Japan's government says it's building a computer database of registered private lodgings. It aims to stop people renting out properties illegally in the rush to cash in on the growing number of tourists visiting Japan. (NHK)
Feb 20
A Japanese real estate leasing company says it has found defects in more than 11,000 buildings nationwide. (NHK)
Feb 18
By changing his lead attorney from a former prosecutor known as "the breaker" to a hotshot trial lawyer nicknamed "the acquitter", Carlos Ghosn plans a defense in his own image -- combative and media-savvy, experts say. (Japan Today)

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Feb 21
Japan recorded its biggest trade deficit in almost five years in January, extending its run of red ink to a fourth month as exports to China tumbled. (NHK)
Feb 20
Rising resource costs, a worsening labor shortage and a flood of easy money are pushing property prices in Tokyo to near-historic levels. (Nikkei)
Feb 10
Japan's national debt has reached a new high, despite government efforts to restore fiscal health. (NHK)
Feb 01
A comprehensive free trade deal between Japan and the European Union has come into force. The pact will eventually remove tariffs on more than 90 percent of imports from both sides and liberalize rules in a broad spectrum of fields. (NHK)
Jan 31
Whatever your stance, Brexit has and will continue to raise questions than answers as we move closer to the March 29, 2019, deadline. With the future of Britain and Europe only slightly clearer now than it was two years ago, political leaders are scrambling for position ahead of the forthcoming split. (newsonjapan.com)

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Feb 23
Japan on Friday stepped up its claim to a pair of South Korea-controlled islets, amid escalating tensions with its neighbor resulting from disputes over wartime issues. (Japan Times)
Feb 21
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has spoken over the phone with US President Donald Trump ahead of next week's US-North Korea summit. (NHK)
Feb 20
Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono says the country clearly supports Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido, who declared himself interim president. (NHK)
Feb 19
Immigration Bureau's relaxed visa policy has boosted tourism from southeast Asia, but it seems to have come with an unwanted side-effect. (soranews24.com)
Feb 19
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is not saying whether or not he nominated Donald Trump for this year's Nobel Peace Prize, but the question may be moot: the U.S. president has been put forward by others for the prestigious award. (Japan Today)

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Feb 23
Elin McCready, a transgender woman, has been married for 19 years, but registering her female identity and name has thrown her union into jeopardy because Japan doesn't recognize gay marriage. (Japan Today)
Feb 21
A video of a first-year high school student in Niigata Prefecture being attacked by a group of schoolmates was posted online and went viral on social media, school officials said Tuesday. (Japan Times)
Feb 20
A Japanese court on Tuesday ordered two former classmates of a junior high school student -- who killed himself in 2011 -- to pay damages totaling about 37.5 million yen, acknowledging that their bullying led to his death. (Japan Today)
Feb 20
The cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday approved a bill to revise the enforcement of the civil law to enable the handover of a child to a parent who is awarded custody even if the other parent refuses to abide by a court order to transfer guardianship. (Japan Today)
Feb 17
Police in Koga, Ibaraki Prefecture, said Saturday they have arrested a 35-year-old woman on suspicion of abusing her six-year-old daughter by hitting her with a futon beater. (Japan Today)

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Feb 22
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, says data from the Hayabusa2 space probe shows it had landed on the asteroid Ryugu. The spacecraft's task is to collect rock samples. (NHK)
Feb 21
There have been several horned owl sightings in residential areas of Tokyo. Police are looking for the bird to protect it and prevent it from harming people. (NHK)
Feb 19
The health ministry on Monday approved the world's first clinical test in which artificially derived stem cells will be used to treat patients with spinal cord injuries. (Japan Times)
Feb 18
Two rare deep-sea oarfish caught in fixed nets off Toya port on the southwest side of Okinawa stunned the local fishing community last month for simply being alive. (Japan Times)
Feb 13
A new outbreak of swine fever has been confirmed on a pig farm in Aichi Prefecture, central Japan. It is the third farm in the prefecture to be hit by the highly contagious disease. (NHK)

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Feb 22
With seven months until the opening of the Rugby World Cup, organizing committee CEO Akira Shimazu said Thursday the number of foreign fans at the quadrennial tournament has far "exceeded his expectations." (Japan Today)
Feb 22
Osaka Mayor Hirofumi Yoshimura said Thursday he hopes the venue for the 2025 World Exposition in the city will be developed with public roads that could be used to subsequently host a Formula One motor race. (Japan Today)
Feb 18
Ichiro Suzuki fluidly went through a variety of stretches on the floor in the Seattle Mariners clubhouse even before going onto the field. Once outside, he smoothly went through fielding, hitting and baserunning drills. (Japan Times)
Feb 06
Police have decided not seek an indictment against former coaches of Nihon University’s American football team over accusations that they instructed a player to commit a dangerous tackle on an opponent, investigative sources said Tuesday. (Japan Times)
Jan 27
Japan's Naomi Osaka has become the new women's world number one after winning the Australian Open final against Petra Kvitova in three gripping sets at Melbourne Park. (abc.net.au)

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Feb 23
All Nippon Airways said Friday it was forced to delay a domestic flight earlier this week after a co-pilot failed an alcohol breath test despite new rules. (Japan Today)
Feb 21
Air travelers in Japan can expect some relief for their pocketbooks this spring. The country's biggest airlines say they are going to slash fuel surcharges for many of their international flights. (NHK)
Feb 19
Visitors to a village near Mount Fuji and its residents were rewarded with a dazzling spectacle on Monday. (NHK)
Feb 18
People are enjoying the first signs of spring at an annual plum flower festival at the Kairakuen garden in Mito City, north of Tokyo. (NHK)
Feb 17
The Royal Express is coming to Hokkaido, but if you can't wait, it's already running in the Tokyo area. (soranews24.com)

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Feb 23
Happy Year of the Boar! I hope all of you are ready for a new and wonderful year of fuzzy pigs with tusks. 🐗 After a dreadful December, we're back this month to give you a little insight into our top picks for the new Japanese learning ...
Feb 22

The start of spring in Japan is all about the sakura, or cherry blossoms. From hanami (cherry blossom viewing) parties to cherry blossom-flavored drinks and snacks to baked goods with cherry blossoms sprinkled on top to cherry blossom-themed makeu...

Feb 22

“I apologize for leaving the room,” he said after a long pause.

“I have learned to carry on with my daily life, but sights like this bring the flashbacks back. It's the voices, mostly, that I can not forget. Friends, neighbors, relatives s...

Feb 22
dydo vending machines japan tokyo free mobile phone charging up cellphone service

If you are caught short of power for your mobile phone while out and about, your options are often limited to buying an expensive portable battery unit or, in the case of certain, service providers, stopping in at a branch of your phone company to...

Feb 21

The Vagina Monologues, a live show that quickly turned into a social movement, is now a worldwide hit. Since its initial Off-Broadway run in 1996, it has been performed in over 140 countries in scores of languages. It's emboldened many who identif...

Feb 19
The only way to make one of the most beautiful places in Japan even more stunning? Here are all the best places to see the cherry blossom in Kyoto. |credit| Expected to start blooming at the end of March in Kyoto, the cherry blossom will continu...
Feb 18
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Hay fever season officially started in Tokyo last week, according to an NHK article posted on February 13. Not only has it started five days earlier than average, but they also discovered 20% more airborne allergens in the air than normal. This me...

Feb 18

Japan's onsen (温泉) or natural hot springs, have been a part of Japanese culture for thousands of years. Traditionally, people with tattoos were banned from entering onsen in Japan. However, in recent years, more and more onsen facilities are d...

Feb 18
J-FestGuide_Omatsuri finder app

Festivals (matsuri , 祭り in Japanese) are an integral part of Japanese culture. Every year in Japan, there are thousands of festivals held all across the country, and they come in many different varieties. Fire festivals in particular are incre...

Feb 17
Piracy is a serious problem. Piracy causes heavy damage to copyright holders and content business. The amount of damage for manga and animation in Japan is about JPY 200 billion (USD 1.8 billion), according to a government survey in 2014.

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