OSAKA – About 30 people were temporarily stranded on a roller coaster at Universal Studios Japan in Osaka on Saturday afternoon after the ride came to a sudden halt after sensors detected an abnormality, but nobody was injured, the park’s operator said. (Japan Times)
A powerful earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 6.6 hit western Japan early on Saturday. Strong jolts were felt in Oita, Miyazaki, Kumamoto and Kochi prefectures. There was no tsunami. (NHK)
Japan's Meteorological Agency says a La Nina weather pattern could have contributed to the recent heavy snowfall across wide areas of the country. (NHK)
Japan on Friday acted to contain a record surge in COVID-19 cases with a return to curbs that have however shown diminishing results, while a laggard vaccine booster programme leaves many people vulnerable to breakthrough infections. (Reuters)
22 January 2022
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JAPANESE COMMERCIALS #2 (January 2022)
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Jan 22

Last weekend, third-year high school students took their stressful two-day standardized university entrance exams. These exams will decide whether they can enter their university of choice next spring.

However, some weren't too pleased with the t...

Jan 21

Cool hack will save you time and keep you in everyone's good books.

Our Japanese-language reporter Saya Togashi has been travelling in elevators since, well?ever since she can remember. However, she was today years old when she learnt about a...

Jan 20

Finding an apartment in Tokyo that is affordable and accessible can be a challenge. With so many train lines and neighborhoods out there, it is easy to find yourself overwhelmed. Thankfully, we've got you covered with our series on the Best Train ...

Jan 20

Japan is a country especially proud of its four distinct seasons. So much so that seasonality of food is especially important. If you are lucky enough to be in Japan during the colder months, be sure to treat yourself to these winter delights.

Na...
Jan 17

I like pan-da butts and I cannot lie.

There's an expression in Japanese ?kyakuyose panda? that loosely translates to ?customer magnet panda.?

It refers to a particular attraction or item that is a huge draw for a shop or other business, such as ...