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14 November 2019
One month has passed since record rain brought by a strong typhoon caused extensive damage in much of Japan. (NHK)
Two days after he fled in Osaka Prefecture, prosecutors on Monday caught a man indicted on drug charges who escaped while being transferred to police custody after his bail was revoked. (Japan Times)
On Thursday evening, Emperor Naruhito will dress in pure white robes and be ushered into a dark wooden hall for his last major enthronement rite: spending the night with a "goddess." (Japan Today)
Japan's new Emperor and Empress enthralled people in Tokyo and around the nation with a lavish procession through the streets of the capital. (NHK)
The suspect in a deadly arson attack in July on a Kyoto Animation Co studio has been questioned by police for the first time as he recovers from severe burns, investigative sources said Saturday. (Japan Today)




Nov 12
Six people, including four nursery school children, were injured Monday after a vehicle plowed into them at a pedestrian crossing in Hachioji, in western Tokyo, police said. (Japan Times)
Nov 12
One month has passed since record rain brought by a strong typhoon caused extensive damage in much of Japan. (NHK)
Nov 12
Two days after he fled in Osaka Prefecture, prosecutors on Monday caught a man indicted on drug charges who escaped while being transferred to police custody after his bail was revoked. (Japan Times)
Nov 10
The suspect in a deadly arson attack in July on a Kyoto Animation Co studio has been questioned by police for the first time as he recovers from severe burns, investigative sources said Saturday. (Japan Today)
Nov 09
A 55-year-old man was found dead in his home in western Tokyo on Friday with more than 30 stab wounds while the property appeared to have been ransacked, police said. (Japan Today)

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Nov 08
The season's first haul of snow crabs, a winter delicacy, has fetched record prices at a port in western Japan. (NHK)
Nov 07
SoftBank Group CEO Masayoshi Son said Wednesday he made a "poor" decision investing in U.S. office sharing company WeWork at a $47 billion valuation, which led to the worst financial performance in the company's history. (Nikkei)
Nov 06
The number of visitors to the 46th Tokyo Motor Show totaled 1.3 million, topping 1 million for the first time in 12 years, the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, the main organizer of the event, said Tuesday. (Japan Times)
Nov 05
Tokyo stocks staged a sharp rebound on Tuesday, allowing the benchmark Nikkei average to finish above 23,000 for the first time in nearly 13 months. (Japan Times)
Nov 05
The government is set to tighten rules on disclosure by Japan’s wealthier residents about their overseas assets in a bid to prevent tax avoidance, sources close to the matter said Sunday. (Japan Times)

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Nov 12
An annual cherry blossom viewing party organized by the Japanese prime minister has come under scrutiny. (NHK)
Nov 09
The Japanese Prime Minister has apologized for the postponement of the planned introduction of private-sector English tests for university admission. (NHK)
Nov 08
A US military fighter jet accidentally dropped an inert bomb on private land outside training grounds in Aomori Prefecture, northern Japan, on Wednesday evening. (NHK)
Nov 08
Former education minister Hakubun Shimomura has flatly denied a media report that he is in a "cozy relationship" with a company that administers English tests. (NHK)
Nov 05
NHK has learned that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has reiterated Japan's position on the wartime labor issue in a brief dialogue he had with his South Korean counterpart at an ASEAN summit in Thailand. (NHK)

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Nov 09
The Japanese Prime Minister has apologized for the postponement of the planned introduction of private-sector English tests for university admission. (NHK)
Nov 04
An Ainu indigenous rights association in Hokkaido has filed a lawsuit against the University of Tokyo, seeking the return of remains of their ancestors stored at the university. (Japan Times)
Nov 02
The government decided Friday to put off the planned introduction of private-sector English proficiency tests as part of Japan's standardized university entrance exams due to start next April, the education minister said, following his gaffe over the matter. (Japan Today)
Oct 26
The government will write family names first when using the Roman alphabet for Japanese names on official documents from Jan. 1, the education minister said Friday. (Japan Times)
Oct 26
A record 2,829,416 foreign people were registered as residents at the end of June as more and more technical interns and workers enter Japan amid a severe labor shortage, government data showed Friday. (Japan Times)

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Nov 09
Mt Sakurajima volcano shot smoke and ash miles into the sky on Friday in its biggest eruption in more than three years, Kyodo News reported. (Japan Today)
Nov 07
As Japan’s construction firms are squeezed by the tightest labor market since the 1970s and a rapidly aging population, they are pouring investment into technology — and providing unexpected support to an economy reeling from the bitter U.S.-China trade war. (Japan Times)
Nov 04
Toyota Motor Corp. and weather information provider Weathernews Inc. have started tests to improve the accuracy of rain forecasts by using real-time data from networked cars’ windshield wipers. (Japan Times)
Nov 03
Japan's Meteorological Agency has issued an eruption notice for Satsuma-Iojima Island in the southwestern prefecture of Kagoshima. (NHK)
Nov 02
Quantum computing will reach the practical stage by 2035, and human outposts will be established on the moon and Mars by 2040, an institute under Japan's science ministry predicts. (Nikkei)

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Nov 12
Sumo has been around in various forms for over 2,000 years. (Japan Times)
Nov 03
South Africa galloped by England to win the Rugby World Cup in Japan. The Springboks claimed the Cup for the first time since 2007. (NHK)
Nov 02
Next year's Olympic marathon and race walk events are being moved from Tokyo to the northern city of Sapporo. (NHK)
Oct 31
A Kumamoto city nightclub filed a criminal complaint Wednesday against players on the Uruguay Rugby World Cup team, alleging they damaged property at the establishment, the nightclub’s lawyer said. (Japan Times)
Oct 30
Nozomi Okuhara has become the second Japanese to be ranked No. 1 in women’s singles, according to the Badminton World Federation’s latest list released on Tuesday. (Japan Times)

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Nov 10
Operations at Kansai International Airport were suspended for about one hour on Saturday after a drone was seen flying over the airport. It was the second such incident in three days after a drone sighting caused arrival and departures to be delayed twice on Thursday. (Japan Today)
Nov 08
The people who run Tokyo Disney Resort are taking no chances with security in the lead-up to the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. (NHK)
Nov 07
All 10 Shinkansen bullet trains that were damaged last month by Typhoon Hagibis in Nagano, central Japan, will be scrapped. (NHK)
Nov 07
Water supplies at the domestic terminals of Haneda Airport in Tokyo were cut on Wednesday morning due to construction work, according to the operator of the terminal buildings. (Japan Times)
Nov 01
As companies across Japan raised prices to adjust to the 2 percentage-point hike in consumption tax on Oct.1, railroad operator Keikyu went against the grain by reducing fares on its cash cow Haneda Airport-to-central Tokyo route by about 30%. (Nikkei)

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Nov 12
night street in kyoto

When you think about “Japan”, what stereotypes come to mind? There are loads of myths surrounding Japan – about the people, the culture, the trains, and even the food! Many of them are far from accurate, but several common stereotypes are ac...

Nov 9
Workers from Thailand work at Green Leaf farm in Showa Village, Gunma Prefecture, Japan, 6 June 2018 (Photo: Reuters/Malcolm Foster).

Author: Nobuhiro Aizawa, Kyushu University

The Japanese government has revised the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Law that could expand the entry of non-skilled foreign workers into the Japanese workforce. The law introduces the Spec...

Nov 8
A worker of Japan Post Co, which has faced controversy for its different treatment of workers, collects postal items from a post box outside a post office in Tokyo, Japan, 2 November 2015 (Photo: Reuters/Toru Hanai).

Author: Naohiro Yashiro, Showa Women's University

Enacted in June 2018, Japan's Work Style Reform Bill is a legal package amends eight of Japan's labour laws. Some of the changes are welcome, such as a law that sets a legal limit on overtime work...

Nov 8
Land readjustment in Japan: Beyond the myth of Japanese consensus and harmony

The landscape of Misato City in Japan has changed drastically in the last 35 years. In the 1980s, Shin-Misato Station was the Mushashino marshalling yard for freight services. Most of the land near the station was used for agriculture, but once ...

Nov 8
Yamabushi Waterfall Meditation in Yamagata Japan

As soon as the water hit my head, I gasped for air in a panic. Closing my eyes tightly and taking deep breaths, my heartbeat slowed and everything else ceased to exist—there was only me and the water.

Jumping into a freezing cold waterfall isn'...

Nov 7
Choosing holiday accommodation in the capital can be daunting, so we've put together this guide to cheap hotels in Tokyo to help you find a good spot to rest, for less. Tokyo might be one of the most expensive cities in the world, but there's no s...
Nov 6
japan airbnb

If you're visiting Japan for the first time, there will certainly be some things that don't match your expectations. You may be surprised to see some well-known stereotypes turn out to be completely false! Here's a few common myths about Japan tha...

Nov 6
8 Types of Men You'll Meet on Dating Sites

So it may have been a while since your last date in Japan and you're looking for something new. The guy from Tsutaya isn't your cup of tea and you're now moving on—to the world of online dating. While this is a world on its own and yes, there ar...

Nov 6

Thrift shops, or recycle shops as they're called in Japan, are warehouses of throwaways with some gems hidden underneath all the undesirables. Grandma sweaters, ‘80s fashion blunders, and leather biker jackets sit on racks surrounded by dust bun...

Nov 5
Study Japanese Kanji for good and evil

The two characters for good and evil (or bad), 良(よ)い and 悪(わる) respectfully, are really useful characters.

Give us the bad news first

The 悪 kanji, for example, can also be added as an adjective to the front of many words to...

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