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25 November 2020
Japan will exclude Sapporo and Osaka from its domestic travel subsidy campaign for three weeks due to a recent resurgence in coronavirus cases in the two popular tourist destinations, senior government officials said Tuesday. (Kyodo)
The Japanese government is considering giving a new honorific title to female imperial family members who lose their royal status after marriage to enable them to engage in public duties, government sources said Monday. (Kyodo)
Tokyo Metropolitan Government officials say 314 new cases of the coronavirus were confirmed in the Japanese capital on Monday. (NHK)
Health ministry data has shown the occupancy rate for hospital beds for seriously ill patients as of Wednesday last week rose in 17 of Japan’s 47 prefectures from a week before. (Japan Times)
On this a three-day holiday weekend here in Japan, plenty of people have been venturing out and traveling, despite the risks of coronavirus infection. (NHK)
Japan Weather

Nov 23
Police in Tokyo said Sunday they have arrested a 20-year-old unemployed man on suspicion of killing a 24-year-old woman who was found stabbed to death in her Kyoto apartment last month. (Japan Today)
Nov 23
Holding a large festival may not be a wise idea during the coronavirus pandemic. But organizers of one of Japan's traditional festivals are test-staging the event, with ample social distancing. (NHK)
Nov 22
Japan's health ministry says 705 working-age men in their 20's to 50's committed suicide in September. (NHK)
Nov 22
A man being sought over the murder of a 64-year-old homeless woman in Tokyo’s Shibuya Ward last week turned himself in at a koban (police box) on Saturday morning. (Japan Today)
Nov 21
A Japanese court sentenced a 22-year-old woman to nine years in prison on Friday for starving her 2-year-old daughter to death last year in the northern prefecture of Hokkaido. (Kyodo)

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Nov 24
Carlos Ghosn's detention for almost 130 days in a Japanese jail was neither necessary nor reasonable and violated the former Nissan Motor Co. chairman's human rights, a U.N. panel concluded in a harsh critique of Tokyo prosecutors who led the case against him. (Japan Times)
Nov 22
The overseas outlets of U.S. retail giant Walmart have been burdened by a jinx, the severity of which seems inversely proportional to their distance from the American mainland. In other words, the further away, the weaker their earnings. (Nikkei)
Nov 21
Japan's major travel agency, JTB, plans to eliminate 6,500 jobs, as it expects to post the largest ever net loss this fiscal year, due to the coronavirus pandemic. (NHK)
Nov 20
The surge in coronavirus cases across Japan is putting a damper on plans for the festive season, with many bosses say they won't throw parties for their employees this year. (NHK)
Nov 19
Japan's exports in October bounced back to just below the levels seen before the novel coronavirus pandemic, as global demand for products such as cars has risen in line with a gradual recovery in business activities, government data showed Wednesday. (Japan Today)

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Nov 25
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has reasserted his country's sovereignty over the Senkaku Islands. He stressed the necessity of avoiding any action that could complicate matters in the waters around the islands. (NHK)
Nov 24
The Japanese government is considering giving a new honorific title to female imperial family members who lose their royal status after marriage to enable them to engage in public duties, government sources said Monday. (Kyodo)
Nov 23
Governors across Japan have called on the government to let them know as soon as possible about any changes to its programs designed to promote travel and dining. (NHK)
Nov 23
Chinese state media lashed out against Japan and Australia last week over their “confrontational” new defense pact and said the two countries would “pay a corresponding price” if it threatens China’s security. (TomoNews US)
Nov 23
Infectious disease experts have weighed in on Saturday's decision by the government to review its Go To Travel tourism promotion campaign, criticizing the move as too late and likely to have little effect in preventing the further spread of COVID-19. (Japan Times)

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Nov 23
Yasutoshi Nishimura — the nation’s COVID-19 point man — paused momentarily at one point during a recent news conference, seemingly debating internally how best to broach discussion of virus clusters among foreign residents, a subject that could be a lightning rod for criticism and claims of xenophobia if handled poorly. (Japan Times)
Nov 22
Previously... My name is Sutan. I'm 19-month-old baby living in Tokyo. My mom suddenly said to go buy a bike. I've never ridden a bike before, so I wasn't too happy about it. Anyway, watch the video to see what happens. (Kimono Mom)
Nov 20
A small vessel carrying 62 people, mostly sixth-grade students on a school trip, sank Thursday in the sea off western Japan shortly after all aboard were rescued by Japan Coast Guard ships and nearby fishery boats, the coast guard said. (Japan Today)
Nov 20
Japan is expecting to see a record low number of newborns in 2020, government sources said. (South China Morning Post)
Nov 20
A Japanese welding firm has opened it’s first “welding theme park” in Fukui city in Ishikawa prefecture in Japan. (South China Morning Post)

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Nov 25
Japan and China are racing to build a new type of ultrafast, levitating train, seeking to demonstrate their mastery over a technology with big export potential. (Japan Times)
Nov 25
Japanese astronaut Noguchi Soichi says he is calling home every day from the International Space Station, just like fathers who have to live apart from their families because of job transfers. (NHK)
Nov 23
Health ministry data has shown the occupancy rate for hospital beds for seriously ill patients as of Wednesday last week rose in 17 of Japan’s 47 prefectures from a week before. (Japan Times)
Nov 23
An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.8 hit off the coast of Japan's eastern prefecture of Ibaraki on Sunday night, but no tsunami warning was issued, according to the weather agency. (Kyodo)
Nov 23
The Japanese economy has failed to improve its reduction of carbon emissions over the last quarter-century, Nikkei has learned. (Nikkei)

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Nov 25
2020 has been a difficult year, a pandemic, lockdowns, and the tragedy attached to a virus that seemingly couldn't be stopped. (newsonjapan.com)
Nov 23
In sumo, Ozeki champion Takakeisho has won the November grand tournament. It is his second victory and the first in the current rank. (NHK)
Nov 23
The SoftBank Hawks built up a big early lead before easing their way to a second straight win in the Japan Series on Sunday, trouncing the Yomiuri Giants 13-2 with three home runs including a seventh-inning grand slam from Alfredo Despaigne. (Kyodo)
Nov 21
Teenage shogi sensation Fujii Sota has become the youngest professional shogi player to mark 200 victories. (NHK)
Nov 21
Professional japaneese talented heavyweight MMA fighter and olympic judo champion Satoshi Ishii against czech light heavyweight athlete and RIZIN champion Jiri Prochazka with nickname "Denisa". Fight took place in Saitama, Japan on December 29, 2015. MMA fight video in HD. (That's why MMA!)

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Nov 25
Pull back the curtain on Kamiyama, a mountain village in Tokushima Prefecture undergoing a quiet transformation as a hub for technology companies, sanctuary for traditional performing arts, living workspace for international artists and checkpoint for religious pilgrims. (NHK WORLD-JAPAN)
Nov 25
Data from mobile phones show that during a three-day holiday through Monday, bigger crowds were seen at some tourist destinations near Tokyo than before the coronavirus outbreak. (NHK)
Nov 24
Japan will exclude Sapporo and Osaka from its domestic travel subsidy campaign for three weeks due to a recent resurgence in coronavirus cases in the two popular tourist destinations, senior government officials said Tuesday. (Kyodo)
Nov 24
Hokkaido and its capital are making preparations to suspend new bookings for Sapporo under the state-run Go To Travel subsidy program given the high number of coronavirus cases there, local government sources said Monday. (Japan Today)
Nov 23
On this a three-day holiday weekend here in Japan, plenty of people have been venturing out and traveling, despite the risks of coronavirus infection. (NHK)

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Nov 24

This Shiojiri Station Merlot has a terroir as unique as its taste.

Let's face it — Japanese wine is yet to steal the spotlight from local stalwarts like sake and shochu on the international stage. That's not to say it shouldn't, though, as...

Nov 23

Menbaka Ichidai serves up its fiery ramen abroad for the first time ever.

Any guidebook to Kyoto will suggest you visit the city's historic temples and beautiful shrines, but when it comes to eating food you can't have anywhere else, a trip t...

Nov 23

Get snug and cozy with Kirby and company this winter.

Ever since its first pop-up in 2016, Kirby Café has delighted fans and lovers of all things cute. Now the cafe will be hosting not one but two new menus filled with adorable dishes and a ...

Nov 23

Restoration fails remind us to keep our own mistakes in perspective.

We always like our gacha capsule toys to be weird and wonderful, so when we found this new collection from Japanese company Rainbow, we knew it was right up our alley. Calle...

Nov 23

From wasabi Kit Kats to jellyfish ice cream, Japan is not shy when it comes to experimenting with flavor. It's not surprising then when they transform rice into a burger bun.

The rice burger was created in 1987 by the Japanese fast-food chain MOS...

Nov 23

But who's the real demon here?

As the Demon Slayer juggernaut continues full steam like the infinity train its smash hit film is named after, fans are having a hard time keeping up with the flood of merchandise based on it. Playing your Demon...

Nov 23
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison greets Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga prior to the official welcome ceremony at Suga's official residence in Tokyo, Japan, 17 November 2020 (Photo: Eugene Hoshiko/Pool via Reuters).

Author: Editorial Board, ANU

Last week, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison became the first foreign leader to be hosted in person by Japan's new prime minister Yoshihide Suga after his predecessor Shinzo Abe stepped down last September.

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Nov 22

Two largely rural prefectures gain ground against Japan's biggest metropolis.

Japan is a great place to live, but not every prefecture is created equal, apparently. Japanese people have perceptions of the best prefectures to live in, and as i...

Nov 21

The monks know us better than we do.

Sometimes temples can be more than just pretty places to visit and pray. They can be a place to have delicious breakfast or the best spot to grab good bubble tea too!

And sometimes they can be a source of...

Nov 21

And yes, there's a tiny Totoro working the ticket booth!

Earlier this month, we were enchanted by a gorgeous 3-D puzzle of the Aburaya bathhouse from Hayao Miyazaki's anime masterpiece Spirited Away. But to Ghibli fans, there's a real-world l...

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