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10 August 2020
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government says 331 new cases of the coronavirus had been confirmed as of 3 p.m. on Sunday. (NHK)
Japan was blanketed by sweltering heat on Sunday. Temperatures in many areas rose above 35 degrees Celsius, putting people's health at risk. (NHK)
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines says it believes more than 1,000 tons of oil have leaked from a bulk carrier that ran aground off Mauritius in the Indian Ocean on July 25. (NHK)
Japan's male smoking rate fell below 30 percent for the first time in 2019, slipping to 28.8 percent, down 2.3 percentage points from the previous study in 2016, according to a health ministry survey. (Japan Today)
People in Japan are remembering the victims of a catastrophic event during World War Two. Exactly 75 years ago, an American warplane dropped an atomic bomb on the southwestern city of Nagasaki ... just three days after one leveled Hiroshima. (NHK)
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Aug 10
A search for a misplaced bag by a 37-year-old male teacher led to his arrest over the alleged rape of an intoxicated college student at a karaoke parlor in Sagamihara City, police said, reports the Asahi Shimbun (Aug. 9). (tokyoreporter.com)
Aug 09
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested popular manga author Tatsuya Matsuki over the alleged molestation of a middle school girl in Nakano Ward earlier this year, reports Sankei Sports (Aug. 8). (tokyoreporter.com)
Aug 09
Toyama Prefectural Police have arrested a 22-year-old man for allegedly setting fire to the corpse of his girlfriend at their residence in Takaoka City, reports Jiji Press (Aug. 9). (tokyoreporter.com)
Aug 09
Japan famously has one of the highest life expectancies in the world but its birth rate is also at an all time low, leaving the future of the country uncertain. (CNA)
Aug 09
A high school girl from Saitama Prefecture who used a game console to alert police after a 44-year-old man confined her inside his residence had been there for one month, police have revealed, reports TV Asahi (Aug. 7). (tokyoreporter.com)

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Aug 10
Despite uncertainties from COVID-19, top Japanese corporations plan to invest 15.8% more in information technology in fiscal 2020 to keep up the wave of digitization across industries. (Nikkei)
Aug 07
Official figures indicate that Japanese households may be recovering from the economic impact of COVID-19. Spending was down in June, but by a much smaller margin than the month before. (NHK)
Aug 07
Japan's powerful business lobby, the Keidanren, is dominated by energy-intensive sectors that represent less than 10 percent of the economy, resulting in national policies that favour coal and hindering attempts to combat climate change, a new study said. (aljazeera.com)
Aug 07
Toyota’s profit plunged 74% in the last quarter as the coronavirus pandemic sank vehicle sales to about half of what the top Japanese automaker sold the previous year. (krmg.com)
Aug 06
The average summer bonus at major Japanese companies this year dropped 2.17 percent from a year earlier to ¥901,147, a Japan Business Federation survey showed Wednesday. (Japan Times)

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Aug 10
Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo says he will work to prevent the elderly and other vulnerable people from contracting the coronavirus to avoid declaring another state of emergency. (NHK)
Aug 07
The governor of Tokyo has called on residents to refrain from traveling to other prefectures during the summer holiday season, amid the continued rise in numbers of coronavirus infections in the capital. (NHK)
Aug 07
The Cabinet on Friday earmarked ¥1.13 trillion in reserve funds to continue measures to cushion the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. (Japan Times)
Aug 07
Kanagawa Prefectural Police arrested an assemblyman for Tokyo’s Minato Ward on suspicion of indecent exposure in Kawasaki City on Thursday, reports NHK (Aug. 6). (tokyoreporter.com)
Aug 06
Japanese holidaymakers should refrain from domestic travel and regional governments should act independently to contain a resurgence of coronavirus infections, the country's top doctors' association said on Wednesday. (Japan Today)

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Aug 10
Unreported World is in Japan to meet some of the country’s ‘Junior Idols’. (Unreported World)
Aug 09
Japan is Asia's first industrialised economy, yet it ranks 121, below Angola on the Gender Gap Index. (CNA)
Aug 08
Teachers and education officials are calling for students to pay special heed to the risk of heat exhaustion this summer as schools across Japan shorten their summer holidays and hold more classes than usual to make up for closures caused by the coronavirus pandemic. (Japan Times)
Aug 06
The population of Japan has fallen for the 11th straight year. The amount of the decline has set a record for six years in a row. (NHK)
Aug 05
NHK will reduce the number of its satellite television channels from the current four to two. The public broadcaster announced Tuesday it also plans to consolidate its two AM radio channels into one. (Japan Times)

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Aug 10
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines says it believes more than 1,000 tons of oil have leaked from a bulk carrier that ran aground off Mauritius in the Indian Ocean on July 25. (NHK)
Aug 10
Japan's male smoking rate fell below 30 percent for the first time in 2019, slipping to 28.8 percent, down 2.3 percentage points from the previous study in 2016, according to a health ministry survey. (Japan Today)
Aug 08
NHK has learned that Japan's first supply of an experimental coronavirus vaccine being developed by British pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca may be provided between next January and March. (NHK)
Aug 08
In recent years, coral in the seas around Okinawa Prefecture has been turning black and dying off due to a particular variety of coral-killing sponge called Terpios hoshinota. (Japan Times)
Aug 07
Researchers in Japan say the death rate of hospitalized coronavirus patients was 7.5 percent in the country. This is about one third of the COVID-19 death rates reported in Britain. (NHK)

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Aug 10
People in the US will be able to watch Japanese pro baseball games live on cable TV and the internet soon. (NHK)
Aug 07
Yokohama FC’s Kazuyoshi Miura, playing in his first game of the season, became the oldest player to take to the pitch in Japan’s league cup competition, the YBC Levain Cup, on Wednesday at the age of 53 years, 5 months and 10 days. (Japan Times)
Aug 07
A huge Olympic rings monument in Tokyo Bay has been temporarily removed for safety checks. (NHK)
Aug 04
Five-time Olympian Ken Terauchi, who is set to dive for Japan at the Tokyo Games next summer, is being treated in hospital after testing positive for the novel coronavirus, his sponsor announced Monday. (Kyodo)
Aug 04
Although it’s been an awful disease that has damaged our world in many ways, the coronavirus pandemic also has a way of exposing certain weaknesses in societies and giving us an opportunity to rectify them. (soranews24.com)

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Aug 10
In a town with a dying population, we find hundreds of scarecrows, zero children, and a voice that I hope I never forget. (Tokyo Lens)
Aug 09
Many Japanese will be taking their summer holiday over the weekend amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (CNA)
Aug 08
Temperatures rose above 35 degrees Celsius in central Tokyo for the first time this summer as a sweltering heat wave continues in Japan. (NHK)
Aug 08
Mid-August is a traditional time for many Japanese to leave the densely populated cities and travel to meet family in rural areas. Many fear that in the absence of firmer government advice, those travelers may be bringing an unseen passenger -- the coronavirus. (Bloomberg)
Aug 04
An old train car that has served as a tourist information center outside Tokyo’s busy Shibuya Station was removed Monday to be relocated to the birthplace of Hachiko, the famously loyal dog immortalized in a nearby statue. (Japan Times)

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Aug 9
Shibe doge memes

Like the recent survey on Japan's cutest cat breed, this survey from goo Ranking into Japan's cutest dog breed finds a definite national bias, but in this case it is justified.

Shibe doge memes are as close as I'll get to liking mutts, and all ...

Aug 8
“Whether your head is shaved doesn't matter” says team captain. In American youth athletics, baseball is often seen as a comparatively laid-back sport to play, but that's not the case at all in Japan. As the first team sport to gain popularity...
Aug 7
Workers are busy at assembling a vehicle along the production line at a workshop of Shandong branch of Chinese state-owned automobile and commercial vehicle manufacturer JAC Motors, Qingzhou county-level city, Weifang city, east China's Shandong province, 31 May 2020 (Reuters).

Author: Satoshi Inomata, IDE-JETRO

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Aug 6
On the 75th anniversary of the atomic bomb being dropped on Hiroshima, a new photobook is being released by a university student and professor. What's unique about the photographs is that they have been colorized and brought to life as if just tak...
Aug 6
Beautiful salutes to nearly two dozen anime/manga franchises light the way to the newest otaku destination. Japan is filled with sightseeing options. On the traditional side of things are its shrines and temples, and urban landmarks such as the Sh...
Aug 5
The kind and caring Pokémon delivers the prefecture's first Pokéfuta. Japan's biggest cities are where you'll find its Pokémon Center megastores, but it's places further off the beaten tourist path that are most often graced by awesome Pokémon...
Aug 4
Yes, I know “ghost lifespan” is an oxymoron. Let's move on. On 29 July, 1825, Tsuruya Nanboku IV wrote a kabuki play titled Tokaido Yotsuya Kaidan which has gone on to become one of the most famous ghost stories in Japan. That, combined with t...
Aug 4
Top 5 Anime from Kyoto Animation

Kyoto Animation is one of the most critically-acclaimed animation studios in Japan. It has an extensive list of fantastic anime films and television series.

Following a tragic arson attack in 2019, 36 Kyoto Animation staff members lost their liv...

Aug 4
Easy Japanese for Taxis Decoded

Catching a taxi in a city like Tokyo can be intimidating… But fear no more! We gathered some easy Japanese for taxis, keep reading to become a pro, and drive through the city without breaking a sweat.

Getting in your taxi

Let's start with th...

Aug 3
Sayonara, Sega Building 2. As the biggest mecca in the world for anime and video game fans, Tokyo's Akihabara neighborhood has an unabashed affection for new technology and fresh content. And yet, perhaps because of the wonderland-like atmosphere ...

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