News On Japan


22 March 2018
A female zookeeper at Ueno Zoological Gardens in Tokyo sustained injuries Tuesday after a gorilla bit her right arm, police said. (Japan Today)
People aged 75 or older, called "late-stage seniors" in Japan, now constitute a majority of those aged 65 or older in the country for the first time, according to demographic estimates released by the internal affairs ministry on Tuesday. (Jiji)
Japan saw an estimated 2,509,300 visitors from overseas in February, up 23.3 pct from a year earlier, the Japan National Tourism Organization said Tuesday. (Jiji)
Japan's main governing Liberal Democratic Party plans to propose introducing F-35B fighter jets and a multi-purpose aircraft carrier to be operated under the country's defense-only stance. (NHK)
A Somei-Yoshino cherry tree being monitored in Kochi reached full bloom on Monday, the Metrological Agency said. (Japan Times)

Mar 20
A 23-year-old female police officer has been sent to prosecutors on Monday after it was learned that she leaked information related to investigations to her boyfriend, who is a member of a criminal syndicate, reports the Sankei Shimbun. (
Mar 20
Police said Monday they have arrested three Taiwanese women for allegedly attempting to smuggle gold worth around 50 million yen ($470,000) into Japan in their bras. (Japan Today)
Mar 20
Three young sisters suffered injuries Sunday after being attacked by two boar-hunting dogs which had escaped from their breeder in Tokushima City. (Japan Today)
Mar 20
A 44-year-old man was sentenced on Monday to life in prison for the murders of two women at his apartment in Kitakyushu. (Japan Times)
Mar 19
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a 29-year-old man over the fatal stabbing of his girlfriend in Tama City on Friday, reports Nippon News Network. (

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Mar 20
The world's largest Muji store, slated to open in Osaka on Tuesday, will prominently feature pricey seafood, such as freshly caught sea bream and Japanese spiny lobster, part of a strategy aimed at promoting a high-quality image. (Nikkei)
Mar 19
The Fisheries Agency plans to reduce next season's quota for small Pacific bluefin tuna that can be caught off Hokkaido and Kagoshima Prefecture effectively to zero, and greatly reduce the quotas for Iwate and Kochi prefectures, as these prefectures have significantly exceeded their quotas for this season. (
Mar 16
The Fair Trade Commission has raided the headquarters of Amazon Japan in Tokyo on suspicion of possible anti-trust violation. (NHK)
Mar 14
It's always fascinating to compare the little everyday differences between cultures, isn't it? Japanese style, particularly when it comes to architecture and interiors has certain very distinctive features that set it apart from Western design. (
Mar 14
Unions of three Toyota Motor's group firms have decided to accept a 14-dollar monthly base wage increase proposed by management. (NHK)

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Mar 20
Japan Exchange Group Inc. said Monday it has introduced artificial intelligence systems for market surveillance operations to detect price manipulations and other misconduct. (Jiji)
Mar 20
Singapore remains the world's most expensive city for the fifth consecutive year, with Paris, Zurich and Hong Kong following closely behind, according to the Worldwide Cost of Living Survey published on Thursday. (Japan Times)
Mar 16
Overseas investors were net sellers of Japanese equities for the ninth straight week through March 9 as a strong yen and U.S. President Donald Trump's protectionist policies rattled markets. (Nikkei)
Mar 09
Eleven Pacific Rim countries signed the revised Trans-Pacific Partnership here Thursday afternoon, finalizing the trade and investment agreement just over a year after the American withdrawal left its fate in question. (Nikkei)
Mar 07
Japan’s cabinet approved on Tuesday a plan to improve the accuracy of the government’s initial estimate of gross domestic product by collecting more data from the private sector on capital expenditure. (Japan Today)

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Mar 21
Japan's main governing Liberal Democratic Party plans to propose introducing F-35B fighter jets and a multi-purpose aircraft carrier to be operated under the country's defense-only stance. (NHK)
Mar 20
The leaders of Japan and Russia have reaffirmed cooperation on planned joint economic projects on Russian-controlled islands claimed by Japan. (NHK)
Mar 18
Barack Obama's office says the former US President will arrive in Japan on March 25. It will be Obama's first trip to the country since his presidency ended. (NHK)
Mar 17
A blackmail letter has been sent to a restaurant owned by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's wife, Akie. (NHK)
Mar 14
The cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe adopted on Tuesday bills to amend the Civil Code and other laws to lower Japan's adult age from 20 to 18. (Jiji)

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Mar 21
Japan's Fire and Disaster Management Agency started on Tuesday a multiple-language service to provide tourists from overseas with emergency messages, including on missile launches, that are available in the J-Alert nationwide early warning system. (Jiji)
Mar 20
International students that are learning English have several techniques available to them to increase their efficiency. For instance, when it comes to listening, teachers frequently let students listen to songs or watch movies. (
Mar 17
Prices of school uniforms are on the rise in Japan, due to sharply climbing wool prices and changing fashion trends in neighboring China. (Nikkei)
Mar 15
A Japanese company used a Vietnamese trainee in work to decontaminate areas tainted with radioactive materials released by the March 2011 nuclear disaster without explanations about possible health hazards, it was learned Wednesday. (Jiji)
Mar 14
Students may no longer need blackboards and notebooks. Starting in April, a junior high school in Tokyo will feature a digital classroom. (NHK)

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Mar 20
Japan aims to speed space startups toward the final frontier by offering monetary aid from a pool of 100 billion yen ($940 million), as well as creating a human resource hub and weighing a legal path for commercial development on the moon. (Nikkei)
Mar 20
Japanese Crown Prince Naruhito on Sunday visited an agricultural research center in the Cerrado, a savanna region in midwestern Brazil. (Jiji)
Mar 17
Smartphone users in Japan may soon start enjoying a faster and easier shopping experience. The country's 3 major banks say they're going to join hands to standardize a single payment system using QR code. (NHK)
Mar 16
Japan will begin allowing commercial drones to deliver packages in remote areas this summer with a view to urban operation in a few years as labor-strapped companies look to take advantage of the technology. (Nikkei)
Mar 15
Japan's Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute and the Wakayama prefectural government's forestry test station have given a new species of a wild cherry tree the Japanese name "Kumanozakura." (Jiji)

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Mar 20
A juryo-division wrestler on Monday pulled out of the ongoing Spring Grand Sumo Tournament a day after the revelation that he assaulted a lower-ranked wrestler, dragging the traditional Japanese sport into yet another scandal. (Kyodo)
Mar 20
Spain's surprise 18-10 defeat at the hands of Belgium in the Rugby Europe Championship on Sunday allowed Romania to qualify for the 2019 World Cup, setting up a tournament-opening match against host Japan. (Japan Times)
Mar 20
Women's tennis has a new star in 20-year-old Japanese sensation Naomi Osaka, who just landed her first top-level title at Indian Wells, California. (NHK)
Mar 13
With spring finally here, last weekend the Kanto Little League Senior Division, in which junior-high-aged athletes compete, held its opening ceremony. The festivities took place at Jingu Stadium, one of Tokyo's most prestigious baseball venues, and to make things even more special Ami Inamura was present to throw out the first pitch. (Japan Today)
Mar 10
Yokozuna Hakuho submitted a notice to the Japan Sumo Association on Friday that he would not participate in the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament set to begin on Sunday because of an injury to the big toe on his left foot. (

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Mar 21
Japan saw an estimated 2,509,300 visitors from overseas in February, up 23.3 pct from a year earlier, the Japan National Tourism Organization said Tuesday. (Jiji)
Mar 20
A Somei-Yoshino cherry tree being monitored in Kochi reached full bloom on Monday, the Metrological Agency said. (Japan Times)
Mar 20
The refurbished interior of the "Tower of the Sun" was opened to the public on Monday for the first time since the major artwork by the late Taro Okamoto became a symbol of the Expo '70 world's fair in Osaka. (Japan Times)
Mar 18
Japan's Meteorological Agency announced on Saturday the official start of Tokyo's annual cherry blossom season. (NHK)
Mar 18
Workers have replaced a lightning-damaged shachihoko roof ornament on a castle in Inuyama City, central Japan. (NHK)

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Mar 21

“Learning another language is like becoming another person.” – Haruki Murakami

Photo from Pixabay

Hello everyone. Hope you are all doing great! As I write this, I wish I was outside(soto, 外、そと) today. It's such a beautifu...

Mar 21
According to the forecast, it's a good weekend to see Tokyo's iconic cherry blossoms. So get your picnics and cameras ready, it's time for sakura! Cherry blossom festivals |credit| Ueno Cherry Blossom Festival (March 21-April 8): The rowdiest, ...
Mar 20
Morihei Ueshiba and Isamu Takeshita on the train

Morihei Ueshiba and Isamu Takeshita on the train

Isamu Takeshita (竹下勇) was an Admiral in the Imperial Japanese Imperial and a diplomat who helped negotiate the end of the Japanese war with Russia.

A patron of the Japanese martial arts, he ...

Mar 20
One of Tokyo's trendiest districts, Nakameguro is a maze of narrow streets that are brimming with all manner of cool cafes, quirky shops, street art and other things that necessitate more than one visit to fully explore. Other than taking a strol...
Mar 20
Does Article 9 protect Japan from invasion? graph of japanese statistics

Perhaps I'm being a bit too free with my interpretation of the figures, but this recent survey from @Nifty into constitutional amendment focusing in particular on Article 9, the clause that renounces war, showed narrow support for revision, wh...

Mar 20
If you don't manage to make it to Kyoto to see the geisha of Gion, fear not! There are opportunities to see geisha in Tokyo too—you just have to know where to look. |credit| Everyone knows about geisha, be it from that (in)famous book, the mov...
Mar 19
Drinking JapanDrinking Japan: A Guide to Japan's Best Drinks and Drinking Establishments

by Chris Bunting

Tuttle, 2011

ISBN: 978-4-8053-1054-0

Softback, full colour, 272 pp

Chris Bunting's paean to drinking in Japan can be used as a practical guide to some of t...

Mar 18

Ever since Kazuna AI appeared, more Virtual YouTubers appeared and became a trend. But, none of them can exactly speak English until recently.

A Virtual YouTuber named Siro is starting to speak actual English. Her full English is decently clear an...
Mar 18

There is a certain quaint and mysterious about the geishas of Japan. They are like the glistening moon in the heavens; they contain a flicker of enigma that is never really understood by all. Their mystifying presence invokes nostalgia from the ...

Mar 17

After the first half of the week tricked me and the rest of Tokyo into thinking we were comfortably entrenched in spring, at last, the weekend brought a total reversion, complete with icy rain. Always one to let the weather get the best of me, I d...

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