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25 July 2014
The Japan Meteorological Agency on Friday issued heat warnings for most prefectures across Japan, and forecasters say there are probably more days like it coming up. (Wall Street Journal)
Chinese authorities executed on Friday a Japanese man who had been sentenced to death in connection with stimulant drug smuggling, Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said. (Nikkei)
Wild monkeys in the Fukushima region of Japan have blood abnormalities linked to the radioactive fall-out from the 2011 nuclear power plant disaster, according to a new scientific study that may help increase the understanding of radiation on human health. (The Guardian)
Embattled researcher Haruko Obokata was injured Wednesday while being hounded by NHK reporters on her way home from the state-affiliated Riken institute, her lawyer said Thursday. (Japan Times)
A seafood importer in western Japan is recalling frozen fish from Vietnam after finding that packages of the product contained rat poison. (NHK)

Jul 25
Police in Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture, are looking for a man who reportedly tried to get a 9-year-old girl into his car on Friday morning. (Japan Today)
Jul 25
A male health care worker working at a nursing home for elderly people in Tokyo's Edogawa Ward has been arrested for repeatedly beating an elderly woman resident. (Japan Today)
Jul 25
A local office of the health ministry has identified a warehouse in Nanao, Ishikawa Prefecture, where so-called dangerous drugs were processed. (The Japan News)
Jul 24
The Supreme Court overturned on Thursday an earlier lower court ruling by lay judges in Japan that sentenced parents accused of abusing and killing their daughter in 2010 to a harsher punishment than demanded by prosecutors. (Kyodo)
Jul 24
Police in Komaki, Aichi Prefecture, have arrested a 65-year-old truck driver over the hit-and-run death of an 83-year-old woman who was dragged for nearly 400 meters. (Japan Today)
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Jul 25
Japan has been importing from China large quantities of European eel, an endangered species whose export from Europe is forbidden, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned. (The Japan News)
Jul 25
The number of companies that went public on Japanese stock exchanges in the January-July period of this year totaled 30, topping the 25 in the same period of 2008 shortly before the collapse of U.S. investment bank Lehman Brothers. (The Japan News)
Jul 25
Itochu has agreed to an unprecedented capital and business tie-up with Charoen Pokphand Group, one of Thailand's largest conglomerates, as the Japanese company seeks a stronger foothold in Asian markets. (Nikkei)
Jul 23
The spreading meat scandal in China prompted Japan Wednesday to tighten inspections of food imports as Chinese authorities detained five employees of a Shanghai supplier accused of selling expired beef and chicken. (Japan Times)
Jul 23
The bankruptcy administrator for Tokyo-based bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox Co. on Wednesday declined to say how much of its debts the firm expects to repay to creditors. (Jiji Press)
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Jul 25
Tokyo stocks surged 1.13 percent Friday, with its benchmark the Nikkei stock index ending at a six- month high following yen's depreciation. (globalpost.com)
Jul 25
Members of the Japan Business Federation, or Keidanren, agreed on Thursday to enhance its cooperation with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government. (Jiji Press)
Jul 24
Tokyo stocks lost modest early gains to finish down 0.29 percent on Thursday, but a slightly stronger yen helped prop up the Japanese market. (The Standard)
Jul 24
Japan registered a 7,598.4 billion yen deficit in goods trade for the six months through June, the biggest on record for any six-month period, due partly to slow growth in exports and a surge in imports amid the prolonged halt of nuclear power plants, the government said Thursday. (Kyodo)
Jul 23
Tokyo stocks closed down 0.10 percent on Wednesday as early buying following a positive lead from Wall Street ran out of steam. (thepeninsulaqatar.com)
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Jul 25
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has left for a five-nation tour of Latin America. (NHK)
Jul 24
Diplomatic records declassified on Thursday indicate that the Foreign Ministry concluded in 1971 that no passport would be needed for the Emperor should he decide to go abroad. (Japan Times)
Jul 23
The Japanese government assured South Korea on Wednesday that it will uphold an official apology over frontline brothels for Japanese soldiers during World War II that mainly recruited Asian women as prostitutes. (Kyodo)
Jul 23
"Abe colour" is an expression occasionally used in Japan's domestic media. It means those government policies that reflect Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's personal views, and the term relates to his hawkish security policies. (aljazeera.com)
Jul 22
Visitors flocked to the Ground Self-Defense Force's Okadama camp Sunday to view two U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey military transport aircraft, which were on display for the first time in Hokkaido. (The Japan News)
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Jul 25
Former J-pop star, erotic novelist and television sex guru Aya Sugimoto is already well-known in the Japanese animal welfare community for her strong anti-fur stance, but this year she has taken aim at the abominable state of Japan's pet industry by founding her own animal welfare organization, Eva. (rocketnews24.com)
Jul 25
Early commuters exiting JR Tokyo Station on July 25 noticed a mass of people doing the downward-facing dog and other body-stretching positions under the heat of the early morning sun. (Asahi)
Jul 24
The body of a second-year high school girl was discovered in the sea off Hachinohe, Aomori Prefecture, on July 8, in what police believe may have been a suicide caused by bullying. (Japan Today)
Jul 24
Amid a series of research misconduct cases involving universities and research institutions in the nation, such as the recent controversy over articles on stimulus-triggered acquisition of pluripotency (STAP) cells, there is increasing criticism over insufficient investigations into suspected research misconduct. (The Japan News)
Jul 23
On 16 July Sapporo Attorney Ayako Ito made a visit to Sapporo Kotoni Technical High School to assist the social studies teacher Shiego Kawahara in an important lesson regarding the right of collective self-defense. It's a thorny issue that can be difficult enough to explain to adults let alone teenagers. (rocketnews24.com)
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Jul 25
Eight historic machines were given Mechanical Engineering Heritage status for fiscal 2014, including snow vehicles used in 1968 by the first Japanese team to reach the South Pole. (The Japan News)
Jul 25
A bolt of lightning strikes over Tokyo skyscrapers in Tokyo on Thursday night. (Japan Today)
Jul 23
Rises in consumer electricity prices, caused in part by a backlog of unbuilt PV projects, could put Japan's solar industry in serious danger of losing support, a Tokyo-based analyst has warned. (pv-tech.org)
Jul 23
The Environment Ministry is considering using groundwater welling up from subway tunnels to improve the water quality in moats surrounding the Imperial Palace, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned. (The Japan News)
Jul 23
An agricultural research center in western Japan has developed and commercialized a ladybug as a biopesticide. (Jiji Press)
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Jul 24
The Japan Football Association on Thursday officially named Mexican Javier Aguirre as Japan's new national team manager. (Japan Times)
Jul 23
Sekiwake Goeido upset grand champion Hakuho to hand the Mongolian his first loss and throw the title chase at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament wide open on July 23. (Asahi)
Jul 20
Mongolia's Hakuho proved he is still the wrestler to beat by upending yokozuna-killer Osunaarashi before a standing-room-only crowd at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament on July 20. (Asahi)
Jul 19
Sumo's first Egyptian wrestler, maegashira Osunaarashi, continued to astound on Friday, when he defeated a yokozuna opponent for the second straight day at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament. (Japan Times)
Jul 18
Chihiro Kaneko says he doesn't watch many MLB games and doesn't really know much about the players. He might be in store for an MLB crash course this winter. (Japan Times)
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Jul 24
Colorfully decorated floats have paraded through the streets of Japan's ancient capital Kyoto in the climax of the monthlong Gion Festival. (NHK)
Jul 24
The end of the rainy season is typically marked by the staging of summer festivals around the nation. Though such festivities were once suspended in areas hit by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, local people are again putting on their festivals, with some festivities similar to pre-disaster days. (The Japan News)
Jul 23
The estimated number of foreign visitors to Japan in the first half of 2014 hit a record high of 6.26 million thanks to the yen's weakness and increased international flights at Tokyo's Haneda airport, a government body said Wednesday. (Nikkei)
Jul 22
Excitement is building as the month-long Gion Festival, one of the nation's most celebrated festivals, prepares over the next few days to revive a tradition for the first time in 49 years. (Asahi)
Jul 22
As geisha numbers continue to dwindle, performers in western Tokyo's Hachioji are stepping out of the shadows of their private "floating world" and into the public domain. (Asahi)
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