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28 June 2017
The poverty rate among Japanese children slightly improved in 2015 thanks in part to the country's better job market but one in every seven children remains poor, a survey by the welfare ministry showed Tuesday. (Japan Today)
Hokkaido Prefectural Police are investigating what is believed to have been a suicide after the body of a boy was found at an apartment building in Sapporo on Monday, report TV Asahi. (tokyoreporter.com)
Sota Fujii, the youngest professional shogi player, set an unprecedented record on Monday, marking the 29th official straight win since his debut in December last year. (Jiji)
The Japanese science and technology ministry said Monday it will have to wait at least until the fiscal year starting in April 2019 to launch work to complete a seamless earthquake and tsunami observation system for the Nankai Trough in the Pacific Ocean off central to southwestern Japan. (Jiji)
A 70-year-old woman dubbed the "black widow" for allegedly murdering her husband and common-law partners with cyanide, pleaded innocent Monday at the first hearing of her trial at the Kyoto District Court. (Japan Times)

Jun 27
Smoke from a battery for charging a mobile phone has caused visitors to temporarily evacuate at a major theme park in Osaka, western Japan. (NHK)
Jun 26
Fukuoka Prefectural Police have arrested a 44-year-old man for allegedly stalking a member of a popular idol group in Fukuoka City, reports TBS News (tokyoreporter.com)
Jun 26
Saga Prefectural Police have launched an investigation following the discovery on Sunday of a male government official with burns near a burned-out vehicle with a corpse inside, reports the Yomiuri Shimbun (tokyoreporter.com)
Jun 26
Despite all the talk of Japan being a homogeneous society, there is certainly a lot of distinct personalities from the secluded hikkikomori to the obsessive otaku to the punchy yet occasionally glamorous yankee. (rocketnews24.com)
Jun 25
A man set off a smoke bomb at a fan event of Japanese all-girl idol group Keyakizaka46 in the city of Chiba, the capital of the namesake prefecture in eastern Japan, on Saturday evening (Jiji)

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Jun 27
Japan's home-sharing market is poised for a shift away from couch-surfing toward professional services after the passage of a law regulating short-term rentals. (bloomberg.com)
Jun 26
Japanese production of disposable diapers declined for the first time in 15 years in 2016, mainly due to weaker purchases from visiting Chinese tourists. (Nikkei)
Jun 26
Struggling Japanese airbag maker Takata has filed for bankruptcy protection in a Tokyo court, following massive recalls of its products around the world. (NHK)
Jun 26
The head of Japanese airbag maker Takata says he will step down to take responsibility for the company's failure. (NHK)
Jun 26
Reward programs and discounts are an attraction for consumers, but they are not exactly a motivator to do better. In a twist on such services, some Japanese companies are introducing point systems that encourage users to be more diligent in various personal tasks and then compensate them for their efforts. (Nikkei)

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Jun 26
Foreign direct investment to Japan for fiscal 2016 topped 3 trillion yen ($26.9 billion) for the first time ever, thanks mainly to an increasing number of takeovers of domestic businesses by overseas investment funds. Japanese operations of foreign establishments have also become keen to reinvest what they earn into Japan. (Nikkei)
Jun 26
A private research institute estimates that about 30 percent of Japanese houses will be vacant in 16 years unless they are reoccupied or demolished. (NHK)
Jun 24
The European Union and Japan are close to sealing one of the largest trade agreements ever, a deal that could further isolate the United States as President Trump forges a protectionist path. (nytimes.com)
Jun 22
The Japanese government on Thursday upgraded its assessment of the economy in its monthly report for the first time since December. (marketwatch.com)
Jun 22
China's bond market will double in size from the current $9 trillion over the next five years, overtaking Japan's to become the world's second largest behind the United States', UBS Asset Management said in a report. (cnbc.com)

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Jun 27
North Korea now appears able to hit Japan with a nuclear missile, a Tokyo-based newspaper has reported. (independent.co.uk)
Jun 27
The government is considering equipping cutting-edge F-35 stealth fighters with air-to-surface missiles, which are capable of striking remote targets on land, and plans to deploy these fighters to the Air Self-Defense Force, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned. (the-japan-news.com)
Jun 26
Chiba Prefectural Police have arrested the prefecture’s youngest city councilor in its history for allegedly allegedly engaging in illicit acts with an underage girl last year, reports the Asahi Shimbun (tokyoreporter.com)
Jun 26
Gaffe-prone Finance Minister Taro Aso made a comment Saturday about a junior lawmaker from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party who indicated her intent to leave the party due to allegations that she abused one of her secretaries, stressing her gender. (Japan Times)
Jun 24
The government began broadcasting a public service announcement Friday suggesting how civilians should protect themselves in the event of a missile attack. (Japan Times)

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Jun 27
The poverty rate among Japanese children slightly improved in 2015 thanks in part to the country's better job market but one in every seven children remains poor, a survey by the welfare ministry showed Tuesday. (Japan Today)
Jun 27
Hokkaido Prefectural Police are investigating what is believed to have been a suicide after the body of a boy was found at an apartment building in Sapporo on Monday, report TV Asahi. (tokyoreporter.com)
Jun 25
Japanese newscaster Mao Kobayashi's blog on her battle against breast cancer was "groundbreaking," British broadcaster BBC reported Friday. (Jiji)
Jun 25
Confusion is spreading after teaching materials on the Japanese language brought in by four lecturers sent from Japan to one of four Russian-controlled islands as part of visa-free exchange activities were seized by Russian customs authorities. (the-japan-news.com)
Jun 24
Hanawa Hokiichi, Japan's revered blind scholar and Buddhist monk of the Edo-era, was born on this date a full 271 years ago. A Google Doodle appearing in the country Friday shows the savant seated next to a kneeling student, with dreams of books floating above his head - alluding to his reputation as a font of wisdom. (Time)

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Jun 27
Right on the tail of the SNES Mini Classic’s announcement in the US and Europe, Nintendo has followed up with an equivalent product for Japan. The Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Famicom is based on the system’s original design, shared by the European version, and comes with a slightly different selection of games. (theverge.com)
Jun 27
The Japanese science and technology ministry said Monday it will have to wait at least until the fiscal year starting in April 2019 to launch work to complete a seamless earthquake and tsunami observation system for the Nankai Trough in the Pacific Ocean off central to southwestern Japan. (Jiji)
Jun 25
A powerful earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 5.6 on the open-ended Richter scale jolted the central Japan prefecture of Nagano on Sunday morning, injuring several people. (Jiji)
Jun 24
Officials at Tokyo's Ueno Zoo said Friday that the giant panda born there last week is a female. (Japan Times)
Jun 22
Japanese authorities have created a new map of a remote island whose area has expanded through volcanic activity. (NHK)

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Jun 27
Sota Fujii, the youngest professional shogi player, set an unprecedented record on Monday, marking the 29th official straight win since his debut in December last year. (Jiji)
Jun 27
Manager Don Mattingly made out the Miami Marlins' lineup unaware he was making Ichiro Suzuki the oldest player to start a game in center field since at least 1900. (the-japan-news.com)
Jun 26
Playing at the main softball venue for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, world No. 1 Japan beat the United States 5-3 on Sunday to clinch their three-game series. (Japan Times)
Jun 26
Athletes from around the world took part in a triathlon with a difference on Sunday. They began with a 750 meter swim along the moat of Osaka Castle. (NHK)
Jun 19
On the last day of the U.S. Open, Hideki Matsuyama was better than everyone else. Better than Brian Harman, Rickie Fowler, Justin Thomas and the rest of the congested leaderboard. (washingtonpost.com)

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Jun 26
Sightseers are flocking to Japan's highest dam to watch the spectacle of water gushing from it. (NHK)
Jun 23
Close to 95 percent of tourists from Asia who have visited western Japan would like to travel to areas off the beaten track, a survey showed Thursday. (Japan Times)
Jun 22
The number of foreign tourists visiting Japan is continuing to increase. It hit a new record for the month of May. (NHK)
Jun 21
Japan Airlines (JAL) is now providing free inflight connectivity throughout the entire flight to customers flying on domestic routes. (getconnected.aero)
Jun 21
Hydrangea flowers are in full bloom in Tokyo and the surrounding area. They are a welcome sight for people who don't like the rainy season. (NHK)

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Jun 27
bbq

Summer is always one of the happiest times of year for me, and I'm sure many of you can relate. As a child, I recall playing football in the garden, before enjoying one of my dad's legendary patio barbecues, with his famous barbecued bananas for d...

Jun 27
Making holidays in Tokyo can be a very expensive business. But not everything around the Japan's capital has to cost you a lot of money. One highlight of every city is seeing the area from above. Everyone knows Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Skytree. You c...
Jun 26
Famed for pandas and whale sharks, these Tokyo zoos and aquariums have some high-profile guests and are perfect for a rainy day in the city. |credit| Tokyo Zoos Zoos in Japan may not reach the animal welfare standards you are used to back home, so...
Jun 26
Eat Japan: Cover

We recently partnered with the team at Qantas along with Gourmet Traveller & International Traveller magazines to produce this must-have 16-page guide on the incredible culinary experiences that await any hungry (and thirsty!) explorer to the land...

Jun 25
IF IT IS A TRAVEL, IT IS THIS SUNGLASSES!

With summer coming up, goo Ranking took a look at what ultraviolet blocking techniques turn people right off. As is usual for these questionnaires, people selected the worst from a list of options.

I think the long black sleeve-like arm covers ar...

Jun 25
My family and I are currently in the process of moving from the city to the country in Japan. We've been in Tokyo the last four years (the first year in the very inner city, the next three in the outer suburbs of Tokyo Prefecture), and now we're m...
Jun 25
It's a rainy kind of day today - which is to be expected, I guess, given the time of year. I find that rainy season is one of those times when it's hard to get motivated - a bit like the depths of winter, when you say "the weather is too dreary to...
Jun 24

Komorebi (木漏れ日) is one of those uniquely untranslatable Japanese words. It means “sunlight filtering through the tree leaves” and embodies a poetic appreciation for nature and its changing seasons. Capturing that aesthetic, and embedd...

Jun 23
Have you used a launderette within the last year? graph of japanese statistics

With the rainy season starting, and given that drying clothes on one's balcony is common, but washing machines with drier functions are relatively rare, this seems an ideal time to ask about usage of launderettes, in a survey conducted by Orange P...

Jun 22

a noren curtain hangs outside the new Kyoto Starbucks location

Starbucks first international market outside of North America began in Tokyo in 1996 and now with 1,100 stores across the country, Japan is Starbucks 4th largest market globally. Now, ...

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