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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 )


Feb 18
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a 26-year-old man for allegedly molesting a teenage girl on a street in Chuo Ward last year, reports Nikkan Sports (tokyoreporter.com)
Feb 16
A woman in her 20s has sued a public-private investment fund designed to promote Japanese pop culture overseas for sexual harassment and unfair labor practices, her lawyer said Thursday. (Japan Today)
Feb 15
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Wednesday announced the arrest of two men who are suspected of participating in a brawl in Taito Ward three years ago that involved nearly a dozen members of two rival street touting groups, reports Nippon News Network. (tokyoreporter.com)
Feb 15
Officials with East Japan Railway Company say a metal part that went missing from a Shinkansen bullet train has been found. They say the problem did not disrupt services or cause any injuries. (NHK)
Feb 13
Hyogo Prefectural Police have arrested a 69-year-old man after he fatally beat his son with a hammer at their residence in Ueda City, reports the Sankei Shimbun. (tokyoreporter.com)
Feb 18
A Tokyo-based operator of women-only share houses may have been involved in dubious rent business dealings under its former president amid the rapid expansion of the operation. (Japan Today)
Feb 15
The Japanese government will urge companies to adopt a more transparent decision-making process through measures such as allocating at least one-third of board seats to outsiders. (Nikkei)
Feb 14
Major Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Coincheck Inc. submitted to the Financial Services Agency on Tuesday a business improvement report following the recent theft of 58 billion yen worth of digital money. (Jiji)
Feb 13
U.S.-based Airbnb will start a comprehensive support service for hosts in Japan in an effort to ensure a sufficient number of local listings amid an upcoming regulatory change and growing competition. (Nikkei)
Feb 12
Labor shortages are prompting Japanese moving companies to raise prices ahead of the peak house-moving season in spring. (NHK)
Feb 17
The Japanese government decided at a meeting of related ministers on Friday to raise the retirement age for national public servants from the current 60 to 65 in stages. (Jiji)
Feb 16
After two years of the Bank of Japan guiding key interest rates into negative territory, lenders here have seen loan rates slide toward zero, pushing financial institutions to reassess their business models. (Nikkei)
Feb 15
Japan's Cabinet Office says the country's Gross Domestic Product from October to December 2017 grew 0.1 percent compared to the previous quarter based on preliminary data. (NHK)
Feb 14
U.S. President Donald Trump expressed willingness Monday to impose "a reciprocal tax" against countries having trade surplus with the United States, including allies such as Japan. (Jiji)
Feb 10
Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda is expected to continue his massive monetary easing campaign in his second term as prices remain stagnant, though calls for an exit strategy could grow louder as his global peers roll back stimulus. (Nikkei)
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)
Feb 17
Demonstrators took to the streets in a dozen cities in Japan on Friday demanding the dismissal of National Tax Agency Commissioner Nobuhisa Sagawa, who is accused of giving false parliamentary testimony over a controversial sale of state land. (Jiji)
Feb 17
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party made progress Friday in its discussions to seek the first-ever amendments to Japan's postwar Constitution, agreeing on the wording of a draft for rewriting an existing article on electoral systems. (Japan Today)
Feb 15
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump agreed during a phone call Wednesday night to continue exerting maximum pressure on North Korea, while reaffirming that the reclusive state must agree to denuclearize before any dialogue can happen. (Nikkei)
Feb 13
The number of people who applied for refugee status in Japan last year reached a record high of 19,628, up 80 percent from the previous year, the Justice Ministry announced Tuesday. (Japan Times)
Feb 13
The Japanese government is poised to put its new guidelines on the management of administrative documents into force in April, in the wake of scandals related to two private school operators. (Jiji)
Feb 15
The education ministry released a draft Wednesday of revised curriculum guidelines for high schools, including the introduction of comprehensive history and public affairs as new compulsory subjects. (Japan Times)
Feb 14
Girls in the fifth year of elementary school and the second year of junior high school in Japan posted record highs in overall physical performance in fiscal 2017, a government survey showed Tuesday. (Jiji)
Feb 13
While the average height of Japanese adults had grown some 15 cm (nearly 6 inches) over the past century with improved nutrition and public health conditions, it has started to decline for those born in 1980 or later, recent research has shown. (Japan Times)
Feb 10
Teachers at a public high school in Toyama Prefecture have cut the hair of 44 students since April last year to make it short enough to meet school rules, the school and local education board said Friday. (Japan Today)
Feb 09
A public elementary school in the posh Ginza district in Tokyo has decided to adopt new uniforms designed by Italian high-end brand Armani, triggering protests from parents who say they are expensive, local education board said Thursday. (Japan Today)
Feb 15
Officials with East Japan Railway Company say a metal part that went missing from a Shinkansen bullet train has been found. They say the problem did not disrupt services or cause any injuries. (NHK)
Feb 10
A green turtle died as oil reached the southern Amami-Oshima Island coast, the local government said Thursday, but it was not clear whether the oil came from an Iranian tanker that sank in nearby waters last month. (Japan Times)
Feb 04
Japan's space agency has successfully test-launched a mini-rocket carrying a microsatellite. (NHK)
Feb 04
Cranial bones of three primitive horned dinosaurs have been found in a Lower Cretaceous stratum in Sasayama, Hyogo Prefecture, western Japan, the Museum of Nature and Human Activities said Saturday. (Jiji)
Feb 01
People across Japan enjoyed the first total lunar eclipse in nearly 3 years on Wednesday night. (NHK)
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)
Feb 18
Teen shogi star Sota Fujii has clinched his first title in an official tournament. (NHK)
Feb 18
Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu has won gold in the men's figure skating in the PyeongChang Winter Olympics in South Korea. (NHK)
Feb 16
Having been sired by the wonder-horse Frankel, Soul Stirring was always likely to be an above average performer on the turf. (newsonjapan.com)
Feb 16
Japanese football legend Kazuyoshi Miura has been certified as the oldest professional soccer player to score a goal in a competitive league. His fans in Japan call him 'Kazu'. (NHK)
Feb 14
Two Japanese professional players of the traditional board games shogi and go have received the country's People's Honor Award. (NHK)