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22 September 2017
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe addressed the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday, calling for strict implementation of U.N. Security Council resolutions against North Korea, which has conducted a series of nuclear tests and missile launches. (the-japan-news.com)
Japanese police reported a record-high 30,262 children as suspected abuse victims to welfare authorities in the first half of 2017, on the back of increased public awareness of the issue, the National Police Agency said Thursday. (Japan Today)
More than 40 countries have signed a global treaty at UN Headquarters to legally ban nuclear weapons. (NHK)
The 100-day-old baby giant panda at Tokyo's Ueno Zoo can now wobble a few steps by itself, according to pictures and a video released by the zoo on Wednesday. (Jiji)
Fukuoka Prefectural Police have arrested a 36-year-old woman in Yukahashi City after she admitted to stabbing her husband, who himself told police his intestines were "coming out" in an emergency call. (tokyoreporter.com)

Sep 22
A 31-year-old Filipino on an international wanted list for suspected involvement in a 2004 rape and murder in baraki Prefecture on Thursday admitted his guilt to Kyodo News. (Japan Today)
Sep 21
Emperor Akihito on Wednesday visited a shrine dedicated to ancient Korean settlers in Hidaka, Saitama Prefecture. (Japan Today)
Sep 21
Popular Japanese singer Namie Amuro has announced that she will retire next September. (NHK)
Sep 20
The estranged wife of a former violin maker broke into his house and destroyed 54 violins and 70 bows after they fought over payments for child support, prosecutors said Tuesday. (Japan Times)
Sep 20
Okinawa police say most of a group of teenagers arrested for vandalizing a site of mass suicide during World War Two say they were playing a prank without knowing the site's historic significance. (NHK)

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Sep 20
Toshiba Corp has decided to sell its chip unit to a Japan-U.S.-South Korean consortium for around 2.4 trillion yen ($21 billion) following months of talks involving other bidders, sources close to the matter said Wednesday. (Japan Today)
Sep 20
A spokesperson for Toys"R"Us Japan says the company is operating as usual. (NHK)
Sep 18
The missiles may not be physically crashing into Japan, but their effect is hitting television stations square in the wallet. (rocketnews24.com)
Sep 15
Mazda Motor Corp. said Thursday it will launch a high-end large sport-utility vehicle in Japan on Dec. 14. (the-japan-news.com)
Sep 14
Japanese cosmetics giant Shiseido is recalling about 400,000 eyeliner sticks. Officials at the firm say plastic splinters have been found in some items. (NHK)

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Sep 22
Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda defended the BOJ's yield curve control on Thursday, the first anniversary of the key item in the bank's ultraeasy monetary policy regime. (Jiji)
Sep 20
Japan logged a customs-cleared trade surplus of 113.6 billion yen in August, compared with 34.6 billion yen in deficit a year before, the Finance Ministry said in a preliminary report Wednesday. (Jiji)
Sep 20
The average land price in commercial districts in Japan as of July 1 inched up 0.5 pct from a year earlier, mainly reflecting higher demand for hotel and store sites on the back of an increasing number of inbound visitors, a land ministry survey report showed Tuesday. (Jiji)
Sep 17
Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike criticized Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Abenomics economic policy mix on Saturday for failing to allow people to feel the benefits of economic growth. (Jiji)
Sep 16
The total amount of money paid to medical institutions in Japan to cover treatment of injuries and diseases fell 0.4 pct from the previous year to 41,286.5 billion yen in fiscal 2016, the health ministry said in a preliminary report Friday. (Jiji)

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Sep 22
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe addressed the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday, calling for strict implementation of U.N. Security Council resolutions against North Korea, which has conducted a series of nuclear tests and missile launches. (the-japan-news.com)
Sep 21
More than 40 countries have signed a global treaty at UN Headquarters to legally ban nuclear weapons. (NHK)
Sep 20
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is in New York to attend the UN General Assembly and to hold talks with other world leaders. (NHK)
Sep 20
The Defense Ministry deployed Patriot Advanced Capability-3, or PAC-3, missile interceptors in the city of Hakodate, Hokkaido, on Tuesday after North Korea recently fired two missiles over the southern part of the northernmost prefecture. (the-japan-news.com)
Sep 19
The U.S. government is sounding out Japan about a visit by President Donald Trump on Nov 5-7, including a plan to play golf with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on arrival day ahead of formal talks the next day, a diplomatic source said Monday. (Japan Today)

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Sep 22
Japanese police reported a record-high 30,262 children as suspected abuse victims to welfare authorities in the first half of 2017, on the back of increased public awareness of the issue, the National Police Agency said Thursday. (Japan Today)
Sep 22
Japan's prime minister wants to use revenue from the increased consumption tax to provide tuition-free preschool and higher education. Shinzo Abe says the move would be part of his drive to invest more in human resource development. (NHK)
Sep 22
Japan's education ministry unveiled on Thursday new English textbooks to be used for elementary school fifth- and sixth-graders' foreign-language classes for fiscal 2018 and 2019. (Jiji)
Sep 20
It was at the end of 2015 when an all-girl junior high school affiliated with Japan Women's University received an inquiry from a mother of an elementary school student, asking if her daughter would be eligible to apply for enrollment. (Japan Times)
Sep 15
Japan is working itself to death. The frequently recurring term karoshi (death from overwork) suggests as much. It's an indirect rather than a direct cause of death, which makes statistical precision difficult, but, as a rough standard, 80 hours a month of overtime work in the months leading up to a victim's death from a heart attack or stroke or suicide will back a claim for karoshi compensation. (Japan Today)

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Sep 22
The number of adults strongly suspected of having diabetes in Japan has been estimated at 10 million, a 2016 survey by the health ministry showed Thursday. (Jiji)
Sep 21
The 100-day-old baby giant panda at Tokyo's Ueno Zoo can now wobble a few steps by itself, according to pictures and a video released by the zoo on Wednesday. (Jiji)
Sep 19
Salmon have a lousy problem, and the race to solve it is spanning the globe. (Japan Today)
Sep 15
A team of Japanese and other researchers won this year's Ig Nobel Biology Prize on Thursday for discovering an insect with sex-reversed genitals. (Jiji)
Sep 15
Japan's space agency has unveiled a new observation satellite designed to allow more accurate predictions of global climate change. (NHK)

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Sep 21
Japan celebrated two years to the start of Rugby World Cup 2019 on Wednesday with the Webb Ellis Cup on display in Tokyo's Shibuya district ahead of a 46-day tour that will see it visit all 12 host cities from Sapporo in the north to Kumamoto in the south. (Japan Today)
Sep 20
The surf breaks of Okuragahama Beach in Miyazaki, Kyushu are set to welcome the world's top junior surfers Saturday at the 2017 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championships. (Kyodo)
Sep 12
Japan's hosting of the 2019 Rugby World Cup has created "nervousness" about whether big crowds will turn up but national pride will carry the day for the Japanese, World Rugby's chief executive said Monday. (Japan Today)
Sep 10
Yoshihide Kiryu has become the first Japanese to break the 10-second barrier in the men's 100 meter sprint. (NHK)
Sep 09
Hakuho on Friday pulled out of the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament getting underway Sunday due to pain in his left knee, becoming the third yokozuna to withdraw from the meet after Kisenosato and Kakuryu. (Japan Times)

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Sep 22
Maharaja, a popular disco during Japan's bubble economy era in the 1980s, reopened in Kyoto's Gion district this month. (Jiji)
Sep 22
The number of foreign visitors to Japan continues to grow. The total so far this year has already topped 20 million. (NHK)
Sep 20
Jurassic Park may be the first thing that comes to mind when you see Aogashima Island from the air - but yes, THIS IS TOKYO! (ONLY in JAPAN)
Sep 20
Japan has no shortage of festivals for every season, from the weird and wacky, to the absolutely magical. One such festival that would fall into the latter category is the Tengu no Hi-watari (天狗の火渡り), which takes place annually in Japan’s northern-most prefecture of Hokkaido. (rocketnews24.com)
Sep 20
Delta Air Lines has announced it will end flights between Japan and Guam because of low demand just days after another airline delayed Japan-Guam flights because of North Korea's threat to attack the U.S. island territory. (Japan Today)

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Sep 22
The mega-city awaits. Getting from Kyoto to Tokyo is quick and easy, as it's one of the most popular travel routes in Japan. The old capital is separated from its contemporary counterpart by roughly 450km, which can be traversed by bullet train, ...
Sep 22

Before department stores and convenient stores became one-stop shopping destinations, a highly fragmented industry of local, family run shops thrived throughout Japan. And to advertise their business, merchants would frequently spend significant...

Sep 22
Seniors, have you felt recently that your hearing is fading? graph of japanese statistics

The company Rion recently published the results of a survey into hearing aids for older people.

Interestingly, the company Rion was also responsible for designing the neutrino detecters that recently earnt a Japanese physicist a Nobel Prize; ...

Sep 21
Jyoshi Ryoku, or Girl Power, in Japan

When I think of “girl power,” I think of independent badass women, who have control over their lives and finances, are physically strong and healthy, and have their own unique style and way of thinking. T...

Sep 20
Maiko Vs. Geisha

Most people do not really know Geishas beyond their elaborate kimonos. Many can recognize one from a mile away, but past the white make-up and the intricate hairstyle, there is very little that is known about them. They have always lived their liv...

Sep 20
画像に含まれている可能性があるもの:空、屋外Hi, this is shiori from J-hoppers Hiroshima.

I went to Okayama and Onomichi end of this summer with shu-chan.



We choose this hotel because it is nearby seaside!!
So we went to the beach on arriving hotel.


Setouchi Marine Hotel
http://www.marine-hotel.c...
Sep 20
JOSTOKYO2016

The Joy of Sake festival, one of the largest events outside Japan for celebrating world finest sakes, is coming back again in Tokyo! The event serves as the public tasting that follows the U.S National Sake Appraisal, which is held annually in Hon...

Sep 20

It's been about four months since moving to Tokyo and so much has happened. And so much hasn't. I have a job, kind of. It's a dream job, kind of. As of today, I have about ¥10,000 to my name. I don't know how exactly I'm going to pay my rent, hea...

Sep 20
Spartan Race Japan 3

At most races, there are three kinds of participants in separate heats:

Elite: participants who start first and compete for money Competitive: participants who follow the same rules as the elite racers, but without the prize money Open: par...
Sep 20

For all their charm and nostalgia, black and white photos do create a certain disconnect between the past and present. Looking at them, it's easy to forget that we're connected to that time by what is merely a blink of an eye in the grand scale ...

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