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25 May 2018
Two graduate students have been arrested for sitting around a traditional Japanese heated table they set up at the center of a busy intersection in western Japan, police said Wednesday. (Japan Today)
Embattled former Nihon University American football top coach Masato Uchida and incumbent assistant coach Tsutomu Inoue on Wednesday denied having instructed a player of the university team to injure a rival team's quarterback. (Jiji)
Tomomasa Nakagawa, a former senior member of doomsday cult Aum Shinrikyo now on death row, has published a research paper on the deadly VX nerve agent, it was learned Wednesday. (Jiji)
A college American football player who injured an opposing team's quarterback during a game in Tokyo says he was ordered by his coaches to make a controversial late tackle. (NHK)
Health officials in Japan say as of Monday more than 170 people across the country have been infected with measles. The outbreak began in the southwestern prefecture of Okinawa in March. (NHK)

CHAPTER 3

Ito 1603

The two spies, disguised as sushi chefs, and Kintaro’s sister Hiina crossed the bridged into Ito where Admiral Mukai was building Japan’s first Western sailship together with William Adams, English pilot of the Dutch ship Liefde, and the skeletal remains of his Dutch crew… continue reading


May 24
The Okinawa prefectural government on Wednesday granted an honor award to Japanese pop diva Namie Amuro, 40, a native of the southernmost prefecture. (Jiji)
May 24
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a notorious pickpocket whose career dates back to the Showa Era, reports TBS News (tokyoreporter.com)
May 24
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a 45-year-old from Shizuoka Prefecture for allegedly sending death threats to political commentator and journalist Akira Ikegami earlier this year, reports the Sankei Shimbun (tokyoreporter.com)
May 22
Japan's Imperial Household Agency unveiled a portrait of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko on Monday. This is the first time the couple's portrait was created with their approval. (NHK)
May 22
Japanese Empress Michiko fed silkworms mulberry leaves at a sericulture facility in the Imperial Palace on Monday in her final act of Imperial sericulture before Emperor Akihito's abdication next April. (Jiji)

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May 24
As a nation, Japan is more connected to the internet than almost any other country in the world. According to statistics from Statista, 91% of the country's 104 million internet users are going online every day. (newsonjapan.com)
May 24
The Taiwanese government has fined a local unit of Japanese 100-yen shop operator Daiso Industries Co. 41.64 million new Taiwan dollars, or about 150 million yen, for illegal imports, it was learned Wednesday. (Jiji)
May 23
Uber Technologies Inc. said Tuesday it will start its first taxi-hailing service in Japan this summer on a western island, targeting foreign tourists and residents, in a step toward a full-fledged entry into the country's huge taxi market. (Kyodo)
May 22
Demand for vacation apartments is growing in Japan and companies are rolling out ways to make guests feel as welcome as possible. One recent entrant is convenience store chain FamilyMart. (NHK)
May 22
A new law that's set take effect in Japan next month in principle allows anyone to rent out their property as private lodging if they register with local authorities. It's seen as a way to accommodate a growing number of tourists, but so far only a small number of home owners have signed up. (NHK)

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May 22
Social security costs in Japan are estimated to reach up to 190 trillion yen in fiscal 2040, when the number of people aged 65 or over is projected to peak, the government said Monday. (Jiji)
May 19
Japan's lower house on Friday passed a bill to ratify the 11-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact, paving the way for its enactment before the current Diet session ends in June. (Japan Today)
May 19
The Japanese government has notified the World Trade Organization that it is prepared to take countermeasures against US tariffs on steel and aluminum. (NHK)
May 19
The Japanese government cannot set a numerical goal for curbing annual growth in its social security spending from fiscal 2019 to 2021, informed sources said Friday. (Jiji)
May 12
The Japanese government is considering setting a new target to reduce its fiscal deficit to 3 pct of nominal gross domestic product by fiscal 2021, informed sources said Friday. (Jiji)

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May 23
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday denied he had knowledge of a veterinary school project at the center of favoritism allegations much earlier than he has previously admitted, as shown in a newly disclosed document. (Japan Today)
May 23
The mayor of Komae in western Tokyo expressed his intention to resign on Tuesday after four female employees of the municipal government submitted a protest letter saying they have been sexually harassed by him. (Japan Times)
May 22
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was aware of a veterinary school plan by Kake Educational Institution in February 2015, nearly two years earlier than he claims, a newly disclosed document showed Monday. (Jiji)
May 21
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has pledged his commitment to ensuring the rule of law at sea. (NHK)
May 17
The Diet, Japan's parliament, enacted Wednesday a bill requesting political parties and organizations to even out the number of male and female candidates in public offices elections as much as possible. (Jiji)

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May 24
Two graduate students have been arrested for sitting around a traditional Japanese heated table they set up at the center of a busy intersection in western Japan, police said Wednesday. (Japan Today)
May 23
Restroom signs for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, or LGBT, people have drawn an unexpected backlash from members of sexual minorities in Japan. (Jiji)
May 22
Easy access by children to financial settlements by smartphone has left an increasing number of parents in Japan facing unexpected high bills. (Jiji)
May 21
Search of suspect's home revealed 12 whistles, suggesting repeat offenses. (soranews24.com)
May 20
A new weekly series tracing the life and times of Japan's first golfer.

Uraga 1603

(thesamuraigolfer.com)

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May 24
Tomomasa Nakagawa, a former senior member of doomsday cult Aum Shinrikyo now on death row, has published a research paper on the deadly VX nerve agent, it was learned Wednesday. (Jiji)
May 23
Health officials in Japan say as of Monday more than 170 people across the country have been infected with measles. The outbreak began in the southwestern prefecture of Okinawa in March. (NHK)
May 23
The amount of Pacific bluefin tuna stocks rose 10 percent from 2014 to 21,000 tons in 2016, the Fisheries Agency said, citing an estimate by an international organization. (Japan Times)
May 19
An international organization has halted its screening to name a geological period 126,000 to 770,000 years ago after Japan's Chiba Prefecture due to a data falsification allegation, a Japanese study team said Friday. (Jiji)
May 17
The world’s first cloned cow died of old age Monday, according to the prefectural government of Ishikawa. (Japan Times)

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May 24
Embattled former Nihon University American football top coach Masato Uchida and incumbent assistant coach Tsutomu Inoue on Wednesday denied having instructed a player of the university team to injure a rival team's quarterback. (Jiji)
May 23
A college American football player who injured an opposing team's quarterback during a game in Tokyo says he was ordered by his coaches to make a controversial late tackle. (NHK)
May 23
Surfing at the 2020 Olympic Games will take place in the ocean and not in an artificial wave pool, according to the International Surfing Association (ISA). (Japan Today)
May 23
The number of male and female judoka at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will be equal for the first time since the sport was introduced at the Summer Games in 1964, the International Judo Federation said Monday. (Japan Times)
May 22
NHK has learned that police have received a complaint about a serious foul committed during an American football match between 2 Japanese university teams. (NHK)

[more sports news…]


May 20
Hokkaido, the northernmost of Japan’s four main islands, is latitudinally different enough from the rest of the country that its seasons change later. So while the Tokyo area is getting ready for the early-summer rainy season to start, spring is finally getting into full swing in Hokkaido. (Japan Today)
May 19
Crowds of people have gathered in Tokyo's Asakusa district to watch a traditional Shinto festival that heralds the arrival of early summer. (NHK)
May 19
Narita International Airport is set to mark on Sunday the 40th anniversary of launching operations, at a time when airports in Asia are fiercely competing for the status of transport hub in the region. (Jiji)
May 19
It was a sad day when the Evangelion Shinkansen made its last journey on the rails on 13 May. But where one door closes, another one opens, and that’s exactly what happened this week, as West Japan Railway finally let us all peek inside their new Hello Kitty Shinkansen, which is set to make its debut next month. (soranews24.com)
May 19
Torrential rain has hit northeastern Japan. The Meteorological Agency is warning of landslides, overflowing rivers and flooding in the region. (NHK)

[more travel news…]           [travel blogs…]


May 22
Trash Talk: A Guide to Garbage Disposal in Japan

It's fair to say that a lot has changed since I moved away from Osaka to my new home in Nagano. It's a lot quieter, it's a lot less stressful and I have more money in the bank at the end of the month. However, it's not without its challenges, eith...

May 22
castle Himeji

Thinking of visiting Japan, but not sure what to do while you're here? Check out our list of the top 5 activities for foreigners in Japan.

Castles

Japan boasts some of the most beautiful, well-preserved, historic castles in all of the world. S...

May 18
Otaku Time: 5 Anime to Binge on Netflix Japan Right Now

For Netflix binge-watchers like myself, finding a decent TV series to gobble up is an inherent skill. However, finding good anime to watch in Japan for those with little-to-no Japanese ability is another story altogether. Luckily, Netflix Japan is...

May 17

American Gretchen Miura lives in the picturesque Oga Peninsula in Akita Prefecture with her Japanese husband and four children. The family presides over Dairyuji, a beautiful temple with 800 years of history, which now Gretchen and her family mana...

May 16

How much do you know about Japanese manners and customs? Read up on the most important etiquette tips before traveling to Japan.

1. Handling Chopsticks

Make sure to use your chopsticks with respect! Use the chopsticks to carefully pick up food i...

May 16

As the shamisen sounds slowly guide you into the prelude, the white-faced, kimono-clad ladies of Tokyo's Shimbashi district enter the spacious room, each stepping forward in her tabi, carefully heading to the stage. Their expressions are focused, ...

May 16
Mochi Mochi Nippon! All You Need to Know about Japan's Ubiquitous Rice Cakes

If you visit Japan, you're sure to come across mochi (sticky rice cake) in some form or other. This soft, chewy snack can be found in pretty much every supermarket and convenience store in the country, as well as more upmarket versions in speciali...

May 16

For foreigners living in Japan, starting your own language school has to be the most common business considered, attempted and, in varying degrees, failed at. While the market for another English school seems to be saturated, there are many opport...

May 16

You live a new life for every new language you speak. If you know only one language, you live only once. ~Czech Proverb

Picture from Pixabay

For today's lesson, I thought I would go over this conversational lesson on getting to know someone ...

May 15
The Other Side Of Advertising Good Ideas for Good II

Advertising is something we encounter at a constant, overwhelming rate. Whether is a quirky, silent dance number on the screens of your regular train to work or the constant popups on social medi...

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