News On Japan


23 August 2017
A 5-year-old girl is in critical condition and two others are severely ill after eating a supermarket potato salad product infected with O-157 E. coli, Saitama Prefecture said Monday. (Japan Times)
The operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant will begin the final phase of creating an underground ice wall on Tuesday. (NHK)
Prosecutors in Osaka have indicted the former head of a school operator and his wife on fraud charges. The couple is at the center of a controversial deal to acquire state land. (NHK)
The Miyagi Prefectural Government said Monday it will remove an online tourism promotional video that has been criticized as sexually suggestive. (Japan Times)
Police and firefighters in Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture, on Sunday morning resumed their search for a 41-year-old man who went missing on Saturday night after he jumped into a river to search for his two-year–old son whom he accidentally dropped into the river from a bridge. (Japan Today)

Aug 22
Japanese folk singer Chiharu Matsuyama sang his hit song on a plane that remained grounded over an hour past its departure time at a Hokkaido airport Sunday, in a bid to ease passengers' irritation, according to All Nippon Airways Co. (Japan Times)
Aug 22
Hyogo Prefectural Police are searching for a man suspected in the robbery of an outlet of discount department store chain Don Quijote in Kobe early Monday, reports TV Asahi. (
Aug 21
A 74-year-old man was rescued in the Northern Japan alps on Sunday, a week after going missing, police said. (Japan Today)
Aug 21
Smelly handshake event prompts frank discussion and suggested solutions for common problem at idol appearances. (
Aug 21
A temporary police box opened Monday in the Japanese whaling town that was the focus of the Academy Award-winning documentary "The Cove," to monitor activities by antiwhalers ahead of the start in September of the dolphin hunting season. (Kyodo)

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Aug 21
The government has started holding public hearings nationwide about the establishment of so-called integrated resorts, or IRs, that would include casinos, gatherings that have highlighted again how divided public opinion is over legalizing casinos. (
Aug 17
From beer gardens on the rooftops of department stores to fireworks extravaganzas to quiet, wood-paneled craft breweries, Japanese seem to quaff an awful lot of beer in the summer. (
Aug 15
Japanese seafood distributor Kyokuyo will begin shipping fully farmed Pacific bluefin tuna to stores and restaurants in November, aiming to offer a sustainable alternative to a fish whose natural stock is threatened by rising consumption. (Nikkei)
Aug 15
Japanese supermarket chains are trying to lure elderly shoppers, by offering mahjong parlors, health counseling, and other services specifically for these customers. (NHK)
Aug 11
While Toshiba appears to have averted the risk of immediate delisting from the Tokyo Stock Exchange by submitting its annual financial results with sign-off by an auditor ahead of the deadline, the Japanese conglomerate's prospects of maintaining its listing remain far from certain. (Japan Times)

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Aug 20
Japan has served its time as a symbol of economic failure. Its latest growth surge puts it in a welcome new role. (Japan Times)
Aug 19
Japan's core consumer prices were expected to show their seventh straight month of annual increases in July, a Reuters poll found, offering the central bank some hope a strengthening economic recovery will gradually lift inflation toward its 2 percent target. (Reuters)
Aug 17
Lack of sunshine caused by prolonged cloudy conditions and lingering rain in Pacific coastal areas of northeastern Japan may cause problems for the rice harvest. (NHK)
Aug 16
Japan's cautious consumers are starting to loosen up, spending more on cars and home appliances and offering hope that domestic demand - and not just exports - will be strong enough to reflate an economy that has been sluggish for many years. (Japan Today)
Aug 12
Japan posted surpluses in its public pension accounts in fiscal 2016, which ended in March, thanks to large investment returns, the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry said Thursday. (

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Aug 22
Japan's Defense Ministry plans to request a record budget for the next fiscal year as North Korea continues its nuclear and missile programs. (NHK)
Aug 22
The U.S. Marine Corps' MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft made its first night flights in the northernmost Japan prefecture of Hokkaido on Monday as part of an ongoing joint military exercise. (Jiji)
Aug 21
Prosecutors in Osaka have indicted the former head of a school operator and his wife on fraud charges. The couple is at the center of a controversial deal to acquire state land. (NHK)
Aug 21
A team led by Paul Allen, cofounder of Microsoft Corp., said Saturday it has found part of a U.S. World War II ship that was sunk by a Japanese submarine after delivering components of an atomic bomb. (Jiji)
Aug 19
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and new US Ambassador to Japan William Hagerty have agreed to strengthen ties amid rising tensions with North Korea. (NHK)

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Aug 22
A first batch of 20 Syrian refugees will be admitted to graduate schools in Japan this autumn under a Japanese government initiative announced last year. (Jiji)
Aug 17
Japan saw the number of child abuse cases exceed 120,000 in fiscal 2016 to hit a new record for the 26th straight year, the welfare ministry said Thursday. (Jiji)
Aug 16
Incidents of "outing" of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students by teachers in Japan have been on the rise, discouraging other LGBT students from coming forward due to concerns about discrimination and confidentiality. (Japan Today)
Aug 15
Japan's education ministry on Monday announced a rule that will not allow in principle an increase in the enrollment limits at private universities in Tokyo's densely populated 23 wards, beginning in fiscal 2018 from next April. (Jiji)
Aug 11
A Japanese research group said Thursday it has found that chimpanzees have the ability to learn the rules of the rock-paper-scissors game. (Jiji)

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Aug 22
The National Cancer Center will establish a system for cooperating on the development of cancer drugs with four medical institutions in South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore and Hong Kong, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned. The scheme aims to expedite the approval of new drugs. (
Aug 22
The operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant will begin the final phase of creating an underground ice wall on Tuesday. (NHK)
Aug 20
Japan has successfully launched a rocket carrying the third satellite for its own version of a global positioning system. (NHK)
Aug 20
The Oita city government in southwestern Japan is working to scare off farm-raiding wild monkeys using a drone decorated to look like a hawk -- their natural enemy. (Japan Today)
Aug 18
Japanese and British researchers have found out that healthy sperm can be produced by making a kind of stem cell called iPS from sterile mice. (NHK)

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Aug 17
Organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics are discussing a plan to establish "festival squares" in three locations in Tokyo, where people without tickets can enjoy the vibrant atmosphere of the Games through public viewing events and other gatherings during the competition. (
Aug 16
The organizing committee for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics said Tuesday that it has received a total of 2,042 applications in a campaign to solicit ideas for official mascots for the quadrennial sporting events. (Jiji)
Aug 15
Hideki Matsuyama announced on Monday that he has been married since January and is now a father, news that caught Japanese media and fans by surprise. (Japan Times)
Aug 14
Shinnosuke Abe, a key member on seven pennant-winning Yomiuri Giants teams and the Central League's 2012 MVP, reached Japan's iconic 2,000-hit milestone on Sunday. (Japan Times)
Aug 09
Professional sumo wrestlers visited a university in Tokyo on Tuesday for a demonstration of their traditional sport, aiming to win more fans among the young generation and people from overseas. (NHK)

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Aug 21
The Miyagi Prefectural Government said Monday it will remove an online tourism promotional video that has been criticized as sexually suggestive. (Japan Times)
Aug 21
Consumption by inbound tourists in Japan has started picking up as retailers and the tourism industry encourage spending on unique experiences and personal items, rather than souvenirs. (Japan Times)
Aug 20
People are crowding into airports and train stations in Japan as they return from "bon" summer holiday travels. (NHK)
Aug 19
A Hokkaido-based "kaiten" or conveyor-belt sushi shop chain has received the highest rating in the Oricon Japanese Customer Satisfaction Ranking (Rotary Sushi Division), beating out larger and more famous chains, such as Sushiro and Hama Sushi. (
Aug 19
The Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry will address a surging number of accidents involving rental cars driven by foreign tourists, whose number is on the rise in Japan, by identifying locations where accidents are likely to occur and setting up foreigner-friendly road signs in the hope of preventing accidents. (

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Aug 22

Some owners, in an attempt to offload their apartments in aging ski resort towns, are paying companies to take the properties off their hands. For companies offering this relatively new service, charging fees to the seller is how they balance the...

Aug 22
Every 3 years the Fukagawa Summer Festival takes place directly in my neighborhood. It belongs to one of the three great Shinto festivals in Tokyo. The other two are the Kanda and Sanno Festival. The festival took place for the first time in 1642 ...
Aug 22
What kind of bicycle do you most often ride? graph of japanese statistics

Katte2Q took a short look at bicycle riding.

I used to ride a bike when I very first came to Japan, riding to work perhaps two or three times a week or so, and occasionally going further afield, but then I moved out too far from work, but too clo...

Aug 21

You know that Tokyo is not all about serene shrines, neon-lit streets, and bustling crossroads. In fact, it's exactly those places that don't live up to stereotypes that have the greatest local discoveries. Daikanyama, often referred to as “the ...

Aug 21
With five locations and counting - scattered across some of Tokyo's more fashionable neighborhoods - the Australia-themed Bondi cafes are famous for their sandwiches and their atmosphere more than for their coffee. This sandwich-focused branch i...
Aug 20
Teach in Japan kids photosWorking in Japan, especially at a school, can have a lot of complications. If you are teaching English to young learners, you need to be aware of what the expectations are in Japan.

Of course when you spend a lot of time with your students and for...

Aug 20

Matcha, the unbeatable boss of all Japanese teas, is also a tremendously popular ice cream flavor that has won the hearts of many in and out of Japan. From matcha-only ice cream stores to extra rich flavors from popular ice cream brands, the green...

Aug 19
一期一会, ichi-go-ichi-e, is a Japanese proverb that translates literally to “one-time-one-meeting”, but the depth of its true meaning is lost if you only use this simple, literal translation. Its true essence is the Japanese cultural prac...
Aug 19
Stalls, samples, skewers and specialities: Kyoto's Nishiki Market is a treasure trove of delicious treats, hearty produce, history—and even a Snoopy Cafe. |credit| In the down-town district of Kyoto you can step straight off the smart, spaciou...
Aug 18
Simply put, Okinawa is Japan's answer to paradise. If you want to stretch out on golden sands, swim with turtles and explore uninhabited islands, read on for budget-friendly ways of getting your cheapo self from Tokyo to Okinawa. Okinawa really m...

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