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20 October 2018
Japanese police are questioning staff from the Bulgarian national opera after being notified by the opera company that they are suspected of scrawling graffiti in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. (NHK)
Tokyo's Shibuya Ward is asking people not to disturb others when celebrating Halloween. (NHK)
The Supreme Court said Wednesday it will reprimand a 52-year-old judge for his controversial social media post earlier this year, marking a first in Japan. (Japan Times)
Around 70 Japanese lawmakers from both ruling and opposition parties visited the war-linked Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo during its annual autumn festival Thursday, a day after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a ritual offering to the shrine. (Japan Times)
An international team of researchers has given the name Godzilla to one of what it calls the modern constellations. The monster is among the most popular film characters created in Japan. (NHK)




Oct 18
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a teenage boy who seriously injured a male acquaintance by striking him with a metal baseball bat in Kita Ward earlier this year, reports TV Asahi (tokyoreporter.com)
Oct 18
A raccoon spotted in a busy entertainment district has drawn huge attention from passing pedestrians in central Tokyo. (NHK)
Oct 18
Kanagawa Prefectural Police have arrested a popular male Keio University student over the alleged rape of an intoxicated woman in Yokohama last month, reports the Sankei Shimbun (tokyoreporter.com)
Oct 17
Gunma Prefecture says its helicopter that crashed in August is suspected to have been flying in violation of civil aviation laws. (NHK)
Oct 15
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a male doctor who has been accused of using a so-called “JK business” for an illicit encounter with a teenage girl earlier this year, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Oct. 11). (tokyoreporter.com)

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Oct 18
The landmark Tokyo Skytree tower, facilities for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games and more government offices are among the nearly 1,000 buildings using earthquake shock absorbers produced by KYB Corp, which admitted cheating quality inspection data for more than a decade, officials said Wednesday. (Japan Today)
Oct 17
An unmanned store using artificial intelligence instead of cashiers is set to open on a trial basis at a station in Tokyo. (NHK)
Oct 13
The head of NHK said Friday the Japanese public broadcaster aims to lower its subscription fees, possibly from fiscal 2019, after a government panel made it a condition for the company to start simultaneous online streaming of its television programs. (Japan Today)
Oct 12
Major Japanese retailer FamilyMart Uny Holdings Co. said Thursday it will make discount store operator Don Quijote Holdings Co. its affiliate in a deeper capital tie-up amid intensifying competition in the shrinking domestic retail market. (Kyodo)
Oct 11
Accommodation service provider Airbnb says it will review its contract terms with private lodging operators in Japan. (NHK)

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Oct 19
Investors who collectively placed approximately 100,000 failed share trades may seek compensation after a systems glitch at the Tokyo Stock Exchange last week left some 40 brokerages temporarily unable to place orders, sources said Thursday. (Japan Times)
Oct 16
The Japanese government is looking at how to minimize the impact of the tax hike. (NHK)
Oct 10
The operator of the Tokyo Stock Exchange says trading was partially disrupted due to system trouble on Tuesday but was expected to return to normal on Wednesday. (NHK)
Sep 29
The percentage of working-age women with jobs in Japan reached a record-high 70.0 percent in August, government data showed Friday, underscoring an increase in female workers amid changing attitudes and a deepening labor shortage. (Japan Today)
Sep 26
The world’s third-largest economy has suffered from a caricature. Yes, Japan fell from its pinnacle in the 1990s because of a property crash, enfeebled banks and a dwindling population. But that was then. It’s not falling anymore. (Japan Times)

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Oct 19
Just two weeks into her appointment, the only female minister in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s new Cabinet found herself in hot water Thursday after a weekly magazine alleged that she was paid to use her bureaucratic influence to get a tax break for a business owner in 2015. (Japan Times)
Oct 19
Around 70 Japanese lawmakers from both ruling and opposition parties visited the war-linked Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo during its annual autumn festival Thursday, a day after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a ritual offering to the shrine. (Japan Times)
Oct 18
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and French President Emmanuel Macron agreed Wednesday to step up their countries' cooperation in promoting stability in the Indo-Pacific region where China has been increasing its influence. (Kyodo)
Oct 12
In one of the most shocking scandals to hit Tokyo’s 149-year-old war-linked Yasukuni Shrine, the shrine’s top priest has been forced to resign after admitting his reported remarks harshly criticizing Emperor Akihito were genuine. (Japan Times)
Oct 08
The number of foreign nationals who were deported in the January-June period for immigration violations rose 16.5 percent from a year before to 7,892, the Justice Ministry has announced. (Japan Times)

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Oct 17
Keisuke Fukuchi, the 2018 world champion of the Othello board game and the youngest ever at 11, was congratulated and surprised while on his return flight to Japan after the competition in Prague as the pilot revealed via intercom that he was the previous record holder. (Kyodo)
Oct 16
The Imperial Household Agency said Monday it will jointly excavate Japan’s largest ancient mounded tomb with a local government for the first time. (Japan Times)
Sep 27
A record 103 Japanese universities made it onto this year’s Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings list, with the nation’s two top universities — the University of Tokyo and Kyoto University — moving up in the standings. (Japan Times)
Sep 26
A medical school in Tokyo that recently admitted to rigging entrance exams to discriminate against women has approved its first female president. (NHK)
Sep 21
A Japanese medical university mired in a bribery scandal and under fire for discriminating against female applicants is set to have its first woman president. (NHK)

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Oct 19
An international team of researchers has given the name Godzilla to one of what it calls the modern constellations. The monster is among the most popular film characters created in Japan. (NHK)
Oct 18
For years, electronics giants have been developing smartphones with increasingly larger screens. Bucking the trend for phones to be bigger and flashier is a handset set to debut next month from NTT Docomo Inc. that can fit in your business card case. (Japan Times)
Oct 18
More than 1,100 rubella cases have been reported this year in Japan, raising concern about serious health impacts on unborn babies who could be infected with the disease by their mothers during pregnancy, a national institute said Tuesday. (Japan Today)
Oct 18
Preferred Networks Inc., a Japanese venture specializing in artificial intelligence, unveiled on Tuesday a fully autonomous tidying-up robot for home use. (Kyodo)
Oct 16
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga says Facebook has informed the government that its recent massive data leak could involve Japanese users. (NHK)

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Oct 19
Yokozuna Hakuho underwent successful endoscopic surgery on his right knee at a hospital in Tokyo on Thursday, sources close to his Miyagino stable said. (Japan Times)
Oct 11
The organizing committee of the 2020 Tokyo Games announced the routes for the Olympic individual time trial and Paralympic road race on Wednesday, finalizing the courses for all cycling events taking place in two years’ time. (Japan Times)
Sep 27
The organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government have begun inviting volunteers for the events. (NHK)
Sep 26
Former yokozuna grand champion and stablemaster Takanohana has submitted a letter of resignation to the Japan Sumo Association. He says reasons for his written complaint filed to the government about one of his sumo wrestler pupils over an injury incident have been deemed groundless by the association. (NHK)
Sep 26
Japan rugby international Takuma Asahara was run over by a car early Sunday, but only sustained light injuries, police said Tuesday. (Japan Times)

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Oct 19
Tokyo's Shibuya Ward is asking people not to disturb others when celebrating Halloween. (NHK)
Oct 19
Thursday marks a week since Tokyo's new wholesale food market opened at Toyosu. The new market was initially beset by traffic jams, but wholesalers and buyers are gradually learning how to get around. (NHK)
Oct 19
Japan is known for its ever-growing list of unique KitKat flavors, but now Nestle Japan Ltd. is taking its premium version of the chocolate bar to the next level -- a new specialty shop in downtown Osaka offering customers made-to-order creations that are chilled at the spot by liquid nitrogen. (Kyodo)
Oct 19
A ski resort at Mount Rokko in western Japan has begun work to make artificial snow for a ski slope, one month before its opening for the season. (NHK)
Oct 17
The number of foreign visitors to Japan has dropped for the first time in more than 5 years as natural disasters prompted many tourists to cancel trips in September. (NHK)

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Oct 19
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Melissa from MY English School drops in this week to talk about her jump from a large chain Eikaiwa to a smaller school, making the move from teacher to HR, and a lot more. Enjooooy.

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Oct 18

Hana no Babaroa's Bavarian Halloween Decoration Cake

This limited time special Bavarian autumn cake comes with scary Halloween friends wandering a beautiful edible flower garden. Available at Paradis Tokyo Mitasu, Paradis Ikusupiari and Paradis Koi...

Oct 18

by James Collins

On a typical day in December 2016, while drinking beer and eating yakitori in a smoke-filled Izakaya somewhere outside of Tokyo, I confessed my idea of creating Japan's first all foreign male idol group to my girlfriend. Fashione...

Oct 18
tokyo tower in my room model replica landmark japan

Tourism is booming in Japan right now and looks set to continue that way, at least until the 2020 Olympic Games.

One of the prime sightseeing destinations in the capital is, of course, Tokyo Tower, the iconic red and white landmark made in the st...

Oct 18
Just in time for Halloween, a spooky pop-up restaurant has opened in Kabukicho, known historically as the red-light district of Shinjuku. The Ningen (“human”) Restaurant (人間レストラン) is a fully-functioning eatery that serves the las...
Oct 17

Running up until November 25th, The Tokyo Photographic Art Museum (TOP for short) in Ebisu is hosting I know something about love, asian contemporary photography, a powerful exhibition showcasing six of Asia's most groundbreaking contemporary fema...

Oct 16

When you speak casual English to friends, you don't use perfect grammar and full sentences like you would when writing a paper, correct? Japanese is the same way. When speaking conversational Japanese, people rarely use the exact words and long ph...

Oct 16
Japanese retailing giant UNIQLO opened their Ariake offices back in 2015 but the warehouse was plagued with problems and inefficiencies. So the company committed to overhaul the warehouse, which was unveiled last week. The result, in which 90% of ...
Oct 15
Pachinko Parlour

As gambling for money is illegal in Japan, you'll find none of the slot machines that are common in casinos in the West. To fill the gap, Japan has its own unique game: pachinko. The game resembles pinball (except vertical), and machines to play...

Oct 15

Think ‘Japanese food,' and your mind automatically goes to sushi, doesn't it? It is the food that typifies the nation, and it's the first thing most people want to eat when they come to Japan. Nagoya isn't known for sushi, but having the secon...

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