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Japan 5-year cancer survival rate at 65.2 pct
The five-year survival rate of cancer patients in Japan stands at 65.2 pct, the National Cancer Center said in a survey report on Wednesday. (Japan Times )
Tainted cars left Fukushima compound unchecked
The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant says hundreds of vehicles contaminated with radioactive substances left the compound unchecked in the immediate aftermath of the 2011 accident. (NHK )
Red tide kills 270,000 puffer fish in Nagasaki
About 270,000 puffer fish farmed in a bay off Nagasaki Prefecture have died due to the outbreak of red tide, resulting in damage of around 400 million yen, a local fisheries cooperative said Tuesday. (Japan Today )
Mazda announces breakthrough in long-coveted engine technology
Mazda Motor Corp said Tuesday it would become the world's first automaker to commercialise a much more efficient petrol engine using technology that deep-pocketed rivals have been trying to engineer for decades, a twist in an industry increasingly going electric. (Japan Today )
English-fluent new Foreign Minister Kono makes international debut at ASEAN gathering
New Foreign Minister Taro Kono made his debut on the world stage with his fluent English, showing his presence during a series of Association of Southeast Asian Nations-related meetings in Manila lasting through Monday. (Japan Times )


Nov 21
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a 31-year-old man for organizing an orgy event via the social-networking service Twitter, reports the Sankei Shimbun. (tokyoreporter.com)
Nov 21
A wild boar was killed after it injured an 11-year-old girl during a rampage in the town of Oizumi on Monday, reports NHK. (tokyoreporter.com)
Nov 21
As a part of a crackdown on illegal gambling, Tokyo Metropolitan Police have busted a pair of internet casinos operating in Shibuya Ward, reports TV Asahi (tokyoreporter.com)
Nov 20
A man on a motorbike came behind women and snatched their handbags on three occasions within 15 minutes on Saturday night in an area near JR Omiya Station in Saitama city, police said Sunday. The man got away with around 80,000 yen, police said. (Japan Today)
Nov 20
Hyogo Prefectural Police on Friday arrested a sex worker for allegedly stealing a wristwatch valued at 10 million yen from a male customer two years ago, reports the Sankei Shimbun (tokyoreporter.com)
Nov 18
After beginning service in Japan in 2011, Naver Corporation’s Line messaging app quickly become one of the most popular ways to stay connected to personal acquaintances. (Japan Today)
Nov 18
Nissan Motor Co Chief Executive Hiroto Saikawa and other executives of the Japanese automaker are returning a part of their salaries to show remorse over illegal vehicle inspections at the automaker's plants in Japan. (Japan Today)
Nov 17
Japan's Fair Trade Commission is investigating the local unit of the US vacation rental platform Airbnb on suspicion of violating the anti-monopoly law. (NHK)
Nov 17
Happy Meal goodies even adults will want to get their hands on -- Uno, Game of Life, Pop-up Pirate and other games get the McDonald's treatment. (rocketnews24.com)
Nov 16
The Beaujolais Nouveau 2017 vintage went on sale in Japan on Thursday, but with people's tastes maturing, the traditional celebration of the French wine's seasonal release is on the decline. (Kyodo)
Nov 20
Japan's exports grew 14 percent over a year earlier in October on strong demand for vehicles, electronics and machinery. However, customs data released Monday showed even faster growth in imports of oil, gas and coal that caused the trade surplus to fall more than 40 percent from the year before. (Japan Today)
Nov 17
Japan's government and ruling camp have started discussions on lowering salary deductions, mainly for high-paid employees, while raising basic deductions applied to all taxpayers, informed sources said Thursday. (Jiji)
Nov 16
Japan's economy marked a seven-quarter growth run through September --- the longest in 16 years --- but the outlook appears less rosy, as surprisingly strong private consumption before this summer may prove to have been just a blip. (Japan Times)
Nov 12
The European Union has decided to lift its restrictions on imports of some foods from 10 prefectures in Japan, such as rice grown in Fukushima, home to the country's worst nuclear accident. (Jiji)
Nov 12
Japan’s national debt hit a record ¥1,080,440.5 billion at the end of September, up ¥1,474.1 billion from three months before, the Finance Ministry said Friday. (the-japan-news.com)
Jun 27
Foreign investors are buying more Japanese stocks and pushing prices higher. (NHK)
Jun 27
Japan's Nikkei share average fell to its lowest in 1-1/2 weeks on Friday as investors took profits, while overall sentiment suffered from brewing concerns over a weak U.S. economy and the yen's strength. (Reuters)
Jun 26
Tokyo stocks have closed 0.27 per cent higher, tracking gains on Wall Street, with investors moving in for bargains following the previous day's sell-off. (tradingroom.com.au)
Jun 25
Japan's Nikkei share average fell to a one-week low on Wednesday as investors took profits from recent rallies, while the government's widely-anticipated growth strategy met a muted market reaction. (Reuters)
Jun 24
Japan's Nikkei share average eked out small gains to hit a 5-month closing high on Tuesday, as the focus in domestic markets turned to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's release later in the day of his much-anticipated policy initiatives to boost growth. (Reuters)
Nov 20
The US military in Japan has banned all its service members from drinking both on and off base following a fatal car accident in Okinawa Prefecture, southern Japan. (NHK)
Nov 17
Japan's health ministry has drastically relaxed its planned regulations on indoor smoking at restaurants after a plan to tolerate smoking only at small eateries and bars met with opposition from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, government sources said Thursday. (Kyodo)
Nov 17
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has told the head of the US Pacific Command that Japan wants to closely work with the United States to enhance deterrence and response capabilities of the bilateral alliance. (NHK)
Nov 16
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested the eldest son of Tokyo assemblyman Masatoshi Ibi, 54, over the alleged molestation of a woman in Chofu City last month, reports Nippon News Network (tokyoreporter.com)
Nov 15
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has urged Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi to work toward the return of Rohingya Muslims who have fled to Bangladesh. (NHK)
Nov 21
Japan may be known as the world leader when it comes to high-tech toilets, but only 35.8 percent of those in prefectural high schools are Western-style. (Japan Times)
Nov 20
Prison inmates who don't speak Japanese now have access to better interpretation services, thanks to a new system introduced earlier this month. (NHK)
Nov 16
The Tomio-Maruyama ancient tomb mound in the western Japan city of Nara has been found likely to be the largest of known round-shaped tombs in the country, the city's archaeological research center said Wednesday. (Jiji)
Nov 16
Tokyo-based Showa Women's University (SWU) and Temple University, Japan Campus (TUJ) have announced a unique campus-sharing agreement that could offer a model to other Japanese schools. (Japan Times)
Nov 15
Saitama Prefectural Police have sent a 29-year-old temporary teacher at an elementary school to prosecutors for the molestation of two female students, reports TBS News. (tokyoreporter.com)
Nov 21
A group of Japanese researchers has developed the country's first quantum computer and is offering others free trials as a way to spur further innovation. (NHK)
Nov 20
Japanese railway companies plan to use data from seabed seismometers to quickly stop Shinkansen bullet trains when a major earthquake hits. (NHK)
Nov 19
Despite their magical reputation, shooting stars are just pieces of space debris from millimeters to a few centimeters thick that fly into Earth’s atmosphere and brightly burn up into nothing. (rocketnews24.com)
Nov 13
Proof of Stake consensus mechanism has recently received a lot of air time in the context of blockchain scalability issues. Without going into details about its advantages over Proof of Work, Proof of Stake eliminates the need to spend a huge amount of electric power to validate the blocks. Instead, blockchain participants with the most stake in it are selected by algorithm for the right to validate the blocks. The assumption behind Proof of Stake is the following: those who hold a stake in a network are incentivized to act in its interests. All else equal, the more stake one has, the higher should be his or her interest in preserving the system. (newsonjapan.com)
Nov 13
The icebreaker Shirase, operated by the Maritime Self-Defense Force, left Tokyo’s Harumi pier for Antarctica on Sunday. (Japan Times)
Aug 26
Its buses and trains arrive on the dot. Its engineers are famously precise. But when it comes to English, Japan is uncharacteristically sloppy. Signs are often misspelled. Taxi drivers point at phrasebooks to communicate with foreigners. Shops that take an English name to be trendy often get it horribly wrong: witness "Poopdick", a second-hand cosmetics outlet. (The Economist)
May 28
Google launched its Chromecast media streaming dongle in Japan on Tuesday. The announcement comes just two weeks after the device landed in South Korea, which was its first market in Asia. (thenextweb.com)
Apr 13
Sony Corp. said Friday that battery overheating has caused burns to three Vaio Fit 11A notebook personal computers. (The Japan News)
Apr 09
Faced with budget shortages, many local municipalities in Japan were unable to upgrade their personal computers running on Microsoft Corp.'s Windows XP to a new operating system before the U.S. firm ended support for the OS on Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
Mar 29
The Japanese Fire and Disaster Management Agency said Friday that it will introduce a system on Tuesday to automatically send alerts on any ballistic missile launches, major terror attacks and other contingencies by e-mail to mobile phones. (Jiji Press)
Nov 21
Police are set to refer sumo grand champion Harumafuji to prosecutors by the end of the year on suspicion of assaulting lower-ranked wrestler Takanoiwa in a drunken brawl, investigative sources said Tuesday. (Japan Times)
Nov 18
Yokozuna Grand Champion Harumafuji has reportedly told police that he hit a lower-ranked wrestler with his bare hands, not with a beer bottle as was reported. (NHK)
Nov 17
A 3-meter-tall countdown clock for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics was unveiled Thursday in the Japanese capital's Ginza district. (Kyodo)
Nov 16
Sumo grand champion Harumafuji is likely to have lost his temper at the smartphone use by a junior wrestler he allegedly assaulted in late October, informed sources said Wednesday. (Jiji)
Nov 14
The Japanese government decided Tuesday to use the new National Stadium, the main venue of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralymics, only for ball games in principle after the quadrennial sporting events, in order to improve profitability. (Jiji)