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22 October 2017
Typhoon Lan is expected to reach waters near Okinawa Prefecture's Daitojima region at dawn on Sunday. (NHK)
An elderly driver has run over pedestrians in Tokyo's busy district of Kichijoji, reportedly injuring 7 people. (NHK)
On the occasion of her 83rd birthday Friday, Empress Michiko welcomed the award this year of the Nobel Peace Prize to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons as a meaningful development in efforts to eliminate nuclear weapons. (Japan Times)
Japanese police say more than 900 people under the age of 18 were victimized through social media in the first 6 months of this year. (NHK)
Japan's volcanic eruption prediction committee offered the view Thursday that a major eruption may occur at Mount Shinmoe in the southwestern region of Kyushu. (Jiji)

Oct 21
Miyazaki Prefectural Police have arrested a 62-year-old man in the murder of the manager of a diner in Miyazaki City last month, reports Jiji Press (tokyoreporter.com)
Oct 21
Dressed entirely in black and quick on his feet, he eluded Osaka's finest for nearly a decade. And then, to their surprise, they discovered upon his arrest that he is an elderly man. (tokyoreporter.com)
Oct 21
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested six street touts over the alleged aggressive solicitation of pedestrians in the Ueno area of Taito Ward, reports the Sankei Shimbun. (tokyoreporter.com)
Oct 19
Miyazaki Prefectural Police plan to arrest a 62-year-old man in the murder of the manager of a diner in Miyazaki City last month, reports Nippon News Network (tokyoreporter.com)
Oct 19
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested an organized crime member suspected in the trafficking in stimulant drugs who used a special delivery service to send the contraband to customers, reports TBS News (tokyoreporter.com)

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Oct 20
Nissan Motor has just announced it will suspend domestic shipments of vehicles from all 6 factories in Japan. (NHK)
Oct 19
Toyota Motor Corp. is set to unveil a fuel cell concept car that aims to offer 50 percent more driving range than its current hydrogen-powered sedan in a technology push that defies a rising wave of battery-powered vehicles. (Japan Times)
Oct 18
The Japan Tourism Agency will tighten regulations for travel agencies to protect tourists in the wake of Tellmeclub's bankruptcy in March. (Japan Times)
Oct 18
The government will try to minimize restrictions placed on the private lodging business by municipalities concerned about noise and traffic jams in residential areas, officials said Tuesday. (Japan Times)
Oct 17
Corporate enfant terrible, Takafumi Horie, built one of Japan's most successful internet businesses, stood for the Diet, went to prison and started a space company that aims to put the country's first privately funded rocket into orbit. Now he has a new frontier: cattle. (Japan Times)

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Oct 21
The Tokyo metropolitan government said Friday it will issue 10 billion yen in "green bonds" for institutional investors on Oct. 31. (Jiji)
Oct 19
A possible slowdown in purchases of 30- and 40-year Japanese government bonds by life insurers could influence the Finance Ministry's debt issuance plans for the next fiscal year. (Nikkei)
Oct 16
Japanese officials are expressing growing frustration with the Trump administration's economic policies, vowing to continue striking trade deals with other countries that undercut U.S. agricultural exports rather than seek a new trade agreement with the United States. (politico.eu)
Oct 12
Gasoline prices in Japan have hit a 2-year high after oil producers cut their output. (NHK)
Oct 12
The International Monetary Fund, in a report released on Wednesday, warned of the risk of problems at only one major bank in Japan causing "stress" in the entire banking system in the country. (Jiji)

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Oct 19
Senior officials from Japan, the United States, and South Korea have agreed that the 3 countries will put maximum pressure on North Korea for its repeated ballistic missile and nuclear tests. (NHK)
Oct 19
A Japanese Air Self-Defense Force F-4 fighter jet caught fire as it approached a runway for takeoff for a training flight at an air base in Ibaraki Prefecture, northeast of Tokyo, on Wednesday, the ASDF said. (Jiji)
Oct 17
Japan's Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso and US Vice President Mike Pence on Monday confirmed that the 2 countries will coordinate to increase pressure on North Korea. (NHK)
Oct 17
U.S. President Donald Trump will make from Nov. 5 his first visit to Japan since taking office in January on the first leg of his five-nation Asian tour, the White House announced on Monday. (Jiji)
Oct 16
The prefectural government of Hiroshima is asking the US military to clarify if some of its fighter jets conducted aerial training maneuvers that released flares above part of the prefecture, alarming local residents. (NHK)

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Oct 20
Japanese police say more than 900 people under the age of 18 were victimized through social media in the first 6 months of this year. (NHK)
Oct 19
A male high school teacher in the capital was warned by the capital's board of education on Tuesday for paying a female student in cash to teach his class instead. (tokyoreporter.com)
Oct 18
Mothers with young children in Japan are now spending more time on child care than household chores, thanks in part to their increasing use of time-saving appliances. (Nikkei)
Oct 16
The number of Vietnamese people in Japan's technical intern training program for foreigners stood at 26,437 in January-June this year, becoming the largest group, according to a recent survey by the Immigration Bureau of Japan. (Jiji)
Oct 13
Thirteen children were taken to hospital Friday after hydrochloric acid spilled over during a science experiment class at an elementary school in Fukuoka, southwestern Japan, the local education board said. (Japan Today)

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Oct 20
Japan's volcanic eruption prediction committee offered the view Thursday that a major eruption may occur at Mount Shinmoe in the southwestern region of Kyushu. (Jiji)
Oct 19
An international research team, including the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, said Wednesday that it has found a 50-kilometer-long cave under the surface of the moon through a study of observation data from JAXA's Kaguya (Selene) lunar orbiter launched in 2007. (Jiji)
Oct 16
Nearly 2,000 fire ants have been discovered in Kyoto in a shipping container that arrived from China, local authorities said Saturday. (Japan Times)
Oct 16
Japan may face a shortage of influenza vaccines this winter due to a production delay. (Jiji)
Oct 14
Japan's Meteorological Agency says a volcano in the country's southwest has erupted again, following an eruption on Wednesday. (NHK)

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Oct 19
Yuta Iyama has become the first-ever professional player of the board game of go to hold all seven major go titles in Japan for the second time, by winning back the Meijin crown. (Jiji)
Oct 11
Japan started Tuesday the nationwide distribution of vehicle registration number plates featuring the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics to increase the country's momentum toward the quadrennial international sports events. (Jiji)
Oct 10
Fifty-year-old soccer legend Kazuyoshi Miura insists he has no plans to retire any time soon, even joking that the day he stops will be "the day I die." (Japan Times)
Oct 09
Championship leader Lewis Hamilton won the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday, taking a major step toward winning his third Formula One title. (Japan Today)
Oct 05
Tokyo 2020 Olympic organizers said on Wednesday that tests showed levels of E. Coli up to 20 times above the accepted limit and fecal coliform bacteria seven times higher than agreed at the planned venue for marathon swimming and triathlon. (Japan Today)

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Oct 19
The estimated number of visitors to Japan in January-September rose 17.9 pct from a year earlier to 21,196,400, topping the 20-million mark at the fastest pace in any year, the Japan National Tourism Organization said Wednesday. (Jiji)
Oct 19
Ever wondered where the best place to enjoy a refreshing Mojito in Japan is? Well, 300Bar, with three locations in Tokyo's Ginza district, is a serious contender. It has just been awarded by the Cuban Embassy in Tokyo 'The most authentic Mojito in Japan' certificate. (Japan Today)
Oct 18
People dressed as samurai warriors have marched in a procession at a World Heritage site in Nikko, north of Tokyo. (NHK)
Oct 17
Amid the gloom and struggle that Osaka has gone through in recent years, a tourism boom has been an unexpected boon for Japan's gritty second city. (Japan Times)
Oct 17
Japanese travel company H.I.S. Co. said Monday it will open 10 more hotels staffed by robots in Tokyo, Fukuoka, Osaka and Kyoto by March 2019. (Kyodo)

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Oct 20

When you start teaching in Japan, depending on the environment you'll either be told to speak only English all the time, or you might mix the two in your own class or with a Japanese teacher. Everyone has a different opinion on whether this is goo...

Oct 20
What's for dinner tonight? graph of japanese statistics

Rather oddly, this quickie survey by Mynavi News into what people would want to know if the world were ending tomorrow, found almost half the sample were interested in merely what would be their last supper.

For me, I certainly wouldn't be wast...

Oct 20
Late summer and early autumn is typhoon season in Japan. If you're here between August and October, it's likely that you'll experience at least one “tropical cyclone”. Despite the dire warnings issued on TV, typhoons generally pass over withou...
Oct 19

So you've moved to Japan hopeful that the dating scene here will be ah-mazing and full of new excitement. You think you'll find the perfect Japanese man for you right away and things will lead to a happy ending. Or just have some fun for a while. ...

Oct 19
Entrance to the Tokyo Racecourse

The list of cool ways to experience Tokyo is pretty much endless and watching horse racing might not be high on your personal agenda — but it should be. In fact, keiba, or horse racing, is big business in Japan — the Japan Cup is one of the wo...

Oct 19
Japan Expressway Pass now on sale

The new Japan Expressway Pass allows unlimited use of Japan expressways through the Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) system at a flat rate with any car hire for either 7 or 14 consecutive days.

Benefits Fixed price for peace of mind, re...
Oct 19
An Akamonkai class

People always ask me, “Can you really just find a job where the only skill you can bring is speaking Japanese?” In a word: “Yes!” Let me tell you why I'm so confident about that for people who choose to study Japanese in Japan, but first a...

Oct 19
IMG_0313

I was pretty surprised with how English friendly Japan was. Almost all the signs have English under them and most people at least recognize some English. I've talked about not knowing Japanese when coming to Japan and how it is still manageable. H...

Oct 18
siriusbot parco robot retail japan

Japanese department store chain Parco has developed a new robot to assist in retail tasks. Co-developed by 08Works and Nihon Unisys, Siriusbot is reported to be the first robot of its kind to specialize in commercial facilities and retail.

Joinin...

Oct 18
Japan has several ‘cat islands', but if you're in Fukuoka there's one quite close to you: Ainoshima. You might have seen these cats without realizing: the photos of local photographer Fubirai went viral a few years ago (he's still visiting and ...

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