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17 October 2019
Authorities in Japan are still trying to get a handle on the extent of the damage after Typhoon Hagibis tore through the country. At least 74 people have been confirmed dead. (NHK)
NHK has learned that more than 13,000 homes were flooded due to Typhon Hagibis which swept across Japan. (NHK)
As a fuller picture of the damage from Typhoon Hagibis emerges, Japan faces weeks of delays in restoring some train service, but supply chains weathered the storm relatively well, attesting to the rise of disaster planning. (Nikkei)
Japan manages a rare feat for a developed country when it comes to feeding its children -- high scores for nutrition but very low obesity rates. One major key? School lunches. (Japan Today)
Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka rank among the world's best 10 large cities -- with the Japanese capital topping the list for a fourth successive year -- according to U.S. luxury and lifestyle travel magazine Conde Nast Traveler. (Japan Today)




Oct 16
A Tokyo court has handed down a 13-year prison sentence for a father charged with abuse that led to the death of his 5-year-old stepdaughter. (NHK)
Oct 16
Warehouse Kawasaki is like nowhere else in the video game industry, and if you want to see it for yourself, you’ll have to move fast. (soranews24.com)
Oct 16
Japanese idol Tomohisa Yamashita is to star in a chilling new thriller set in the Antarctic called "The Head". (Japan Times)
Oct 14
A Tokyo Fire Department helicopter rescuing a 77-year-old woman in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, who had been isolated because of flooding caused by Typhoon Hagibis, accidentally dropped her about 40 meters to the ground because her rescuers did not properly attach her to the rope when they were attempting to winch her to safety during the botched operation. (Japan Times)
Oct 11
The Fab Five are heading to Japan for another special mini-season outside of their home country. (outinperth.com)

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Oct 16
As a fuller picture of the damage from Typhoon Hagibis emerges, Japan faces weeks of delays in restoring some train service, but supply chains weathered the storm relatively well, attesting to the rise of disaster planning. (Nikkei)
Oct 14
Digging for buried treasure has never been so fun, it isn’t often said that all you need is the push of a button and riches could fill your pockets. (newsonjapan.com)
Oct 12
A Toyota Motor group finance unit will issue Japan's first zero-rate corporate bond Oct. 25 as subzero yields spill over from government bonds to private-sector debt, which carries the risk of default. (Nikkei)
Oct 11
Japanese retailer Seven and i Holdings announced on Thursday a major restructuring plan. (NHK)
Oct 11
Japanese investors celebrated Akira Yoshino's Nobel Prize win by purchasing stocks associated with the lithium-ion battery the researcher helped develop. (Nikkei)

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Oct 16
The government's response to Typhoon Hagibis dominated Tuesday's debate in the Diet. (NHK)
Oct 14
Japan has canceled its first fleet review of the new Reiwa era as the Self-Defense Forces support areas of the country battered by Typhoon Hagibis. (Nikkei)
Oct 09
An art exhibition that sparked controversy for featuring a statue symbolizing “comfort women” reopened Tuesday in Nagoya, with organizers placing tighter security and limiting the number of visitors after it was abruptly closed two months ago following threats. (Japan Times)
Oct 06
The European Union has informed the Japanese government that it will likely ease import restrictions on Japanese food products before the end of the year. (NHK)
Oct 04
Japan is ready to share, as requested by South Korea, information related to the launch a day earlier of what North Korea claims to have been a submarine-launched ballistic missile, government sources said Thursday. (Kyodo)

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Oct 16
Japan manages a rare feat for a developed country when it comes to feeding its children -- high scores for nutrition but very low obesity rates. One major key? School lunches. (Japan Today)
Oct 12
In the month of October Japan celebrates “Sports Day” which is the anniversary of the 1964 Tokyo Olympics and a holiday to inspire exercise for all. Around this time, schools all over the country hold Sports Festivals where they take part in a variety of physical activities from dancing to relay races. (soranews24.com)
Oct 11
About 3.85 million people studied Japanese at a record 18,604 institutions overseas in fiscal 2018, with the number of institutions soaring in Asia, according to a survey released this week. (Kyodo)
Oct 11
The oldest written copy of part of the 11th-century Japanese epic The Tale of Genji, has been found in the home of a Tokyo family with ancestral ties to a feudal lord. (theguardian.com)
Oct 07
The number of babies born in Japan is declining even faster than expected, highlighting the need to support families in order to avert even greater strain on the nation's social safety net and economy. (Nikkei)

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Oct 12
As others automakers plan battery-powered SUVs and trucks, Toyota Motor Corp.’s vision for the future of driving remains a hydrogen-sipping sedan. (Japan Times)
Oct 11
The world's first cloned cow has died of old age at a research center in central Japan at the age of 21 years and three months, local officials said Thursday. (Kyodo)
Oct 05
Japan’s space agency says its Hayabusa2 spacecraft has released a small rover that will land on the surface of an asteroid as part its final mission before heading back to Earth. (Japan Today)
Oct 04
人工知能(AI)という言葉を聞いた時に、何を思い浮かべますか?人間と似たロボットを思い浮かべる方もいるかと思われます。 (newsonjapan.com)
Oct 02
A baby sea lion that was missing since last week has been found safe at a zoo in Osaka City, western Japan. (NHK)

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Oct 14
Japan captain Michael Leitch said Sunday's historic win over Scotland at the Rugby World Cup was the Brave Blossoms' way of helping the nation in the aftermath of Typhoon Hagibis and thanking those that helped put the game on. (Kyodo)
Oct 13
In Rugby World Cup action, the final eight teams advancing to the knockout stage have been decided. (NHK)
Oct 12
World Rugby slammed Scotland over a “disappointing” threat of legal action on Friday as tempers flared over fears their pivotal game with World Cup hosts Japan will be cancelled because of a typhoon. (Japan Times)
Oct 11
Rugby World Cup organizers announced Thursday that two crucial pool games scheduled to take place on Saturday have been canceled to avoid the impact of a massive super typhoon set to hit the country. (Japan Times)
Oct 11
Tennis star Naomi Osaka says she aims to play for the host country of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics by choosing Japanese nationality. (NHK)

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Oct 15
Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka rank among the world's best 10 large cities -- with the Japanese capital topping the list for a fourth successive year -- according to U.S. luxury and lifestyle travel magazine Conde Nast Traveler. (Japan Today)
Oct 12
Record-breaking rainfall, strong winds and severe flooding befell areas from central to northern Japan on Saturday as one of the strongest typhoons to hit the country in years moved over Honshu. (Japan Times)
Oct 12
Airlines in Japan will cancel more than 1,600 domestic flights on Saturday due to a powerful typhoon. (NHK)
Oct 12
The approaching Typhoon Hagibis will make railway services almost completely unavailable in the greater Tokyo area on Saturday. (NHK)
Oct 11
All Nippon Airways has canceled all 406 domestic flights to and from Tokyo's Haneda Airport and Narita Airport on Saturday, due to approaching Typhoon Hagibis. (NHK)

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Oct 16
IMPORTANT: Anata no Warehouse will be closing its doors for good on November 17, 2019. Step off the streets of Kawasaki and into a dystopian amusement arcade: Anata no Warehouse. It's part sci-fi, part dedicated re-make of the original Walled C...
Oct 16
There's a certain allure to Tokyo's storefronts – the colors, the textures, the urban decay – that have inspired many artists and designers. For Stockholm-based designer Christopher Robin (yes, he was indeed named after the boy in Winnie the P...
Oct 15
An employee works at a beer production line at Japanese brewer Kirin Holdings' factory in Toride, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan. 14 July 2017. (Photo: Reuters/Kim Kyung-Hoon)

Author: John West, Sophia University

Japanese companies, especially those in the automobile and electronics sectors, played a strong role in the country's exceptional rise from the ashes of World War II.

Still today, Toyota is the biggest pass...

Oct 15
Common Phrases JLPT

Studying for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) N2 and N3 exams can be pretty exhausting. I lost track of the number of times that I drilled myself with the grammar books or free apps for studying Japanese to the point that the key sent...

Oct 15
Halloween in Shibuya Tokyo Japan

Up until only a few years ago, Halloween in Japan was just another excuse to eat a pumpkin pie. But things change quickly here and now, second to Christmas and Valentine's, Halloween is a hugely popular event and a legitimate reason to take your o...

Oct 14
A nation of craftsmen and perfectionists, it's no wonder that the quality of Japanese antiques is high. But there are plenty of small items you can get your hands on without spending your life savings. |credit| With simplicity at the core of Jap...
Oct 14
Cool prius - nobody

The pictured meme has perhaps not yet penetrated far the Japanese psyche, given the results of this survey into what famous Japanese cars the Japanese think the world praises.

I think the Prius is a good car, although in Japan it seems every seco...

Oct 13
US President Donald Trump shakes hands with Japan's Ambassador to the United States Shinsuke Sugiyama in front of US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer during a formal signing ceremony for the US-Japan Trade Agreement at the White House in Washington, 7 October 2019 (Photo: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque).

Author: Aurelia George Mulgan, UNSW Canberra

‘Win–win' is the phrase du jour for both Prime Minister Abe and chief trade negotiator Toshimitsu Motegi when describing the recent US–Japan trade agreement. Both have emphasised how the deal has ...

Oct 12
Japanese illustrator Makoto Wada passed away on October 7, 2019 due to pneumonia. He was 83 years old. The Osaka-born artist graduated from Tama Art University in 1959 and entered the advertising industry where we quickly made a name for himself. ...
Oct 11
Gyoza in Utsunomiya - Gyozakan Exterior

Eating gyoza in Utsunomiya, Tochigi is a must. North of Tokyo, it's the gyoza (fried dumpling) capital of Japan.
Restaurant Utsunomiya Gyozakan (宇都宮餃子館) serves more than 12 types of gyoza…and even gyoza ramen!

Cheese Gyoza, Su...

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