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03 March 2021
A woman who received Pfizer Inc.'s coronavirus vaccine has died, but so far there has been no link found between her death and the inoculation, the health ministry said Tuesday. (Kyodo)
The Tokyo Olympics organizing committee on Tuesday said it would appoint 12 new female members to increase women's representation on the board to 40%. (Nikkei)
Japanese police have arrested a man for fatally wounding a wild deer at a park in Nara City, western Japan. (NHK)
The Japanese government has asked China not to conduct coronavirus tests using anal swabs on Japanese people visiting the country. (NHK)
Yahoo Japan and messaging app provider Line have officially merged, creating a new tech giant. (NHK)
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Mar 03
A middle school teacher in custody for allegedly abducting a girl last year has been further accused of paying another minor for sex, police have revealed, reports the Asahi Shimbun (tokyoreporter.com)
Mar 03
Shizuoka Prefectural Police have arrested four persons, including a Brazilian national, who are suspected members of a marijuana trafficking ring, reports Fuji News Network. (tokyoreporter.com)
Mar 02
More wayward souls caught up in the glitz and glamour of the illegal sea cucumber trade. (soranews24.com)
Mar 02
A group of Buddhist devotees in Japan subjected themselves to a freezing tradition known as waterfall meditation or Takigyo on February 28, 2021. (South China Morning Post)
Mar 02
Japanese police have arrested a man for fatally wounding a wild deer at a park in Nara City, western Japan. (NHK)

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Mar 02
Two Americans accused of helping former Nissan Motor chairman Carlos Ghosn flee Japan have arrived at Narita Airport near Tokyo, after being extradited by US authorities. Michael Taylor, a former Green Beret, and his adult son Peter face charges, including enabling a suspect to escape. (NHK)
Mar 02
Yahoo Japan and messaging app provider Line have officially merged, creating a new tech giant. (NHK)
Mar 02
Japanese flea market app Mercari will sell products in China through Alibaba Group Holding's e-commerce platforms, accelerating its expansion overseas. (Nikkei)
Feb 28
Japan’s Mizuho Bank stopped service at some of its automated teller machines (ATMs) on Sunday after the machines devoured customers’ cash cards and bank books. (Japan Times)
Feb 28
Fans show up for sold out U.S. premiere of anime film "Demon Slayer,” which broke records as highest grossing film in Japanese history. (Associated Press)

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Mar 03
The Lower House of Japan's Diet has approved a record budget worth more than 106 trillion yen, or about 1 trillion dollars, for next fiscal year starting in April. (NHK)
Mar 02
The Japanese government has asked China not to conduct coronavirus tests using anal swabs on Japanese people visiting the country. (NHK)
Feb 28
Japan is likely to receive an increased supply of coronavirus vaccines in April when the government starts administering shots to older people, Taro Kono, minister in charge of vaccinations, said Sunday. (Japan Times)
Feb 28
In Japan, a state of emergency in some areas is ending on Sunday. The government imposed the measure in January to fight the coronavirus. (NHK)
Feb 27
The government on Friday adopted a bill designed to prevent through law the abuse of GPS monitoring devices for stalking. (Japan Times)

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Mar 02
A University of Tokyo graduate school has criticized Hong Kong authorities for charging one of its students for violating the territory's national security law. (NHK)
Mar 01
As job losses surge due to the pandemic, demand for food handouts has skyrocketed in Japan, prompting the government to release stockpiled rice to charities for the first time last May. Another expanded program started this month. (Japan Times)
Mar 01
More than 1,300 students have dropped out of universities and other higher education facilities in Japan since April last year due to the impact of the novel coronavirus epidemic, according to the education ministry. (Japan Times)
Mar 01
Not long after Japan ramped up its fight against coronavirus last spring, Nazuna Hashimoto started suffering panic attacks. The gym in Osaka where she worked as a personal trainer had suspended operations, and her friends were staying home at the recommendation of the government. (irishtimes.com)
Feb 28
Possibly the earliest motion picture footage of Japanese Maiko entertainers. (glamourdaze)

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Mar 03
A woman who received Pfizer Inc.'s coronavirus vaccine has died, but so far there has been no link found between her death and the inoculation, the health ministry said Tuesday. (Kyodo)
Mar 03
A 24-year-old female koala kept at a zoo in Hyogo Prefecture has been recognized by Guinness World Records as the world’s oldest ever koala to be held in captivity, the facility said Tuesday. (Japan Times)
Mar 02
When a massive tsunami engulfed the north-eastern coastline of Japan a decade ago, it wiped out everything in its path, flattening villages, killing nearly 20,000 people and triggering a nuclear meltdown. (ABC News In-depth)
Mar 02
Japan's health ministry has allowed the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine to be transported and stored at temperatures commonly found in pharmaceutical freezers. (NHK)
Mar 02
Japan's health ministry says equipment storing coronavirus vaccines broke down at a medical institution, rendering about 1,000 doses unusable. (NHK)

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Mar 03
The Tokyo Olympics organizing committee on Tuesday said it would appoint 12 new female members to increase women's representation on the board to 40%. (Nikkei)
Mar 01
Japan's Kengo Suzuki became the first runner from East Asia to run a men's marathon in under two hours and five minutes, as he claimed the 76th and final Lake Biwa Mainichi Marathon on Sunday. (Japan Times)
Mar 01
Tamayo Marukawa, Japan’s new minister for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, has come under fire for joining a campaign against a selective dual surname system for married couples. (Japan Times)
Mar 01
Cesario, who won Grade 1 races on two continents and has the distinction of producing three stallion sons at stud in Japan, died at Northern Farm on Saturday aged 19. (racingpost.com)
Feb 28
Athletes participating in this year's Olympic Games in Tokyo can begin entering Japan after it lifts its emergency declaration order next month, the Nikkei newspaper reported on Friday. (Japan Today)

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Mar 02
Ride along Iwate Prefecture's rugged coastline on the Sanriku Railway Rias Line to discover breathtaking natural scenery and meet the indomitable residents rebuilding better and stronger after the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. (NHK)
Mar 02
Discover the rich history, vibrant cultures and adventures of Kyushu. Dive into the natural wonders of this geothermal wonderland. ()
Feb 28
All Nippon Airways Co. has said it will offer digital in-flight magazines and newspapers from April to help reduce carbon dioxide emissions. (Kyodo)
Feb 27
TOREIYU TSUBASA runs between Fukushima and Shinjo. (Kuga's Travel)
Feb 26
Kyoto's traditional townhouses (Machiya) are stunning to behold and amazing to stay in overnight. (Abroad in Japan)

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Mar 2

Unique serving style attracts attention online.

From sushi burritos to kebab sushi rolls, we've tried a lot of unusual sushi in Japan. However, there's one sushi restaurant now tempting us with an extra-special way of serving sushi that's surpr...

Mar 2

Nothing to shed tears over, really.

From shuttering factory doors to endangering cultural traditions, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have been widespread throughout Japan, and naturally criminal yakuza groups have also been impacted op...

Mar 2

The school staff even chased after him, but to no avail.

Three schools across Nara City received a surprise visitor on the afternoon of February 24th. A man, believed to be in his 70s, briefly spoke to staff, saying, “Please use this for th...

Mar 2

Even frogs sometimes have frogs in their throats.

Around midday on 24 February, a woman in her 20s was visiting Senju Kannondo, a temple dedicated to the goddess of mercy that's nestled between the Sai River and foot of Mt. Kubote in Buzen, F...

Mar 2

Is this real life or a scene from an eerie video game?

Mount Fuji is one of the most photographed landmarks in all of Japan, so it really takes a skilled photographer to make everyone sit up and view the iconic mountain in a whole new light.

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Mar 2

These Shinkansen-exclusive ice creams are so famous they even have their own hashtag.

When you take a trip on a Japanese bullet train, there are a lot of things to look forward to on the journey, including the onboard trolley service, where you ...

Mar 2

It turns out there's a division of labor between who comes up with the words and who writes them on the papers.

The bar for strangeness is set pretty high in the world of Japan's capsule toys. After all, right now you can find machines selling s...

Feb 28

Recent ruling overturns win in landmark case.

Nothing is more annoying for those residing in Japan than opening up the door only to reveal a licensing fee collector for NHK, Japan's public broadcaster. Famous for their persistence and sometim...

Feb 26

One year after Kagawa capped kids' playtime, will Tokyo follow suit?

Last spring, politicians in Japan's Kagawa Prefecture enacted the Ordinance for Measures Against Internet and Game Addiction, which prohibits anyone under the age of 18 from...

Feb 25

Kids in Hikari are raised under Boob Childrearing concepts.

Just about every city and region in Japan has some sort of local mascot character, and the town of Hikari, in Yamaguchi Prefecture, is no exception. So without further ado, allow us to ...

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