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18 June 2018
An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.9 hit western Japan on Monday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. (Japan Today)
A basketball referee was punched in the face by a high school player during a game in the western Japanese prefecture of Nagasaki on Sunday. (NHK)
Japanese car maker Toyota won the 24 Hours of Le Mans for the first time on Sunday. (NHK)
More than 2,000 venomous fire ants have been discovered in a shipping container from China that arrived at a port in Osaka Prefecture earlier this month, leaving two people hurt, government officials said. (Japan Today)
An estimated 1.3 million Japanese people aged 15 to 64 have used marijuana, surpassing for the first time the number of those who have abused inhalants such as paint thinner, a survey by a national institute showed Sunday. (Japan Today)

CHAPTER 7

Amsterdam 1605

As Dougal piloted the ship through a maize of vessels, Kintaro and Hiina looked out the cabin window astounded by the size and beauty of Amsterdam which had become Netherlands’ busiest port since the sacking of Antwerp by mutinous Spanish troops some 30 years before…… continue reading


Jun 18
Jurina Matsui of SKE48, one of the AKB48 family of all-female idol groups, has taken the No. 1 spot in the franchise’s annual popularity contest, which was the first to let its Thai and Taiwanese members join the 10-year-old event. (Japan Times)
Jun 16
The government has instructed West Japan Railway Co. to investigate why a driver of one of its bullet trains that hit and killed a man did not report any abnormal sound at the time, the transport minister said Friday. (Kyodo)
Jun 16
The father of a 9-year-old Vietnamese girl allegedly killed by a male neighbor near Tokyo in 2017 demanded capital punishment at a court hearing on Friday. (Kyodo)
Jun 16
A 78-year-old man died after he was shot by a hunter who thought he was shooting at a wild monkey on a mountain slope in Kamogawa, Chiba Prefecture, police said Friday. (Japan Today)
Jun 16
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have accused three male university students of unlawfully obtaining a large quantity of tickets for concerts featuring all-girl idol group AKB48 for the purpose of resale, reports the Sankei Shimbun (tokyoreporter.com)

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Jun 15
A day before a new law on minpaku (private lodging services) takes effect, Airbnb Inc. on Thursday welcomed the change and reinforced its commitment to the Japanese market with fresh initiatives. (Japan Times)
Jun 14
To help prevent home accidents, Amazon Japan K.K. and a public entity that evaluates product safety signed an agreement Wednesday under which the online retail giant will share complaint information on consumer goods and home electronics. (Japan Times)
Jun 14
Japan's Toyota Motor is stepping up its alliance with Southeast Asia's leading ride-hailing firm amid growing interest in such services worldwide. (NHK)
Jun 14
The Nara prefectural government said Wednesday that it will make the use of Sento-kun, the official mascot of the western Japan prefecture, free of charge from August. (Jiji)
Jun 13
Opiria is gaining more and more exposure as of late, which is unsurprising given their creative and original idea. (newsonjapan.com)

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Jun 17
With Japan now planning to open its doors to more foreign workers, academics and other observers are beginning to wonder exactly what kind of turn the country is in for -- one that lifts the economy or one that delivers discord. (Nikkei)
Jun 16
Japan's Cabinet has approved basic economic and fiscal policies that include measures to reconstruct state finances and address labor shortages. (NHK)
Jun 15
The Bank of Japan decided to leave its ultraeasy monetary policy unchanged at its two-day Policy Board meeting that ended on Friday, further lagging behind its U.S. and European counterparts in policy normalization. (Jiji)
Jun 12
Japan's producer price index for May rose 2.7 pct from a year before, up for the 17th straight month, the Bank of Japan said Tuesday. (Jiji)
Jun 07
Workers in Japan are continuing to take home bigger paychecks. A government survey says monthly wages rose year-on-year for the 9th-straight month in April. (NHK)

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Jun 17
Police arrested Hiromi Tsukuda, former mayor of Ito in the central Japan prefecture of Shizuoka, Saturday on suspicion of bribery over the city's land purchase. (Jiji)
Jun 16
Japan's ruling coalition is set to extend the ongoing ordinary session of the Diet, the country's parliament, to ensure the enactments of important bills, including those to introduce casino-featuring integrated resorts and increase the number of seats in the House of Councillors, the upper chamber of the Diet, by six, informed sources said Friday. (Jiji)
Jun 15
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reportedly said he was open to dialogue with Japan during Tuesday's summit in Singapore with US President Donald Trump. (NHK)
Jun 14
A sense of alarm spread within the Japanese government after U.S. President Donald Trump Tuesday mentioned his wish to pull U.S. soldiers out of South Korea. (Jiji)
Jun 13
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday pledged zero tolerance on sexual harassment, ordering senior officials to undergo training to prevent abuse after a scandal involving a top government bureaucrat. (Japan Today)

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Jun 18
A basketball referee was punched in the face by a high school player during a game in the western Japanese prefecture of Nagasaki on Sunday. (NHK)
Jun 18
An estimated 1.3 million Japanese people aged 15 to 64 have used marijuana, surpassing for the first time the number of those who have abused inhalants such as paint thinner, a survey by a national institute showed Sunday. (Japan Today)
Jun 17
The life and times of Japan's first golfer: Amsterdam 1605 (thesamuraigolfer.com)
Jun 16
Princess Kako, a granddaughter of Emperor Akihito, has returned to Japan after studying in Britain for about 9 months. (NHK)
Jun 14
The Japanese government said Wednesday it will provide financial assistance to households with children attending universities or other higher educational institutes if their annual income is less than 3.8 million yen. (Jiji)

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Jun 18
An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.9 hit western Japan on Monday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. (Japan Today)
Jun 18
More than 2,000 venomous fire ants have been discovered in a shipping container from China that arrived at a port in Osaka Prefecture earlier this month, leaving two people hurt, government officials said. (Japan Today)
Jun 17
An earthquake shook Gunma Prefecture, north of Tokyo, on Sunday afternoon. No major damage has been reported. (NHK)
Jun 17
A nuclear reactor at a trouble-hit complex in southwestern Japan restarted operations Saturday for the first time in more than six and a half years amid lingering safety concerns. (Japan Today)
Jun 17
The U.S. naval hospital ship Mercy arrived Saturday in Japan, which is considering building such floating hospitals to provide medical care after disasters like the 2011 catastrophe. (Kyodo)

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Jun 18
Japanese car maker Toyota won the 24 Hours of Le Mans for the first time on Sunday. (NHK)
Jun 13
The organizing committee of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games plans to cap ticket prices at 300,000 yen ($2,720) while setting a minimum ticket price of 2,000 yen, sources familiar with the matter said late Monday evening. (Japan Today)
Jun 04
Hundreds of runners have carried small bells to scare away bears during a marathon on a small island in northern Japan. (NHK)
Jun 01
Organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games have unveiled the course that will be used for both the men's and women's marathons. (NHK)
May 31
The organizing committee of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics plans to keep around 1 million tickets for school children. (NHK)

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Jun 18
For a Filipino man visiting Tokyo in May last year, the tour of the capital was supposed to be a fun sightseeing trip. (Japan Times)
Jun 16
Japan’s new law on minpaku (private lodging) businesses took effect Friday, but stringent rules may dampen the entry of homeowners into the market, despite hopes that it could help counter a shortage of accommodation amid a growing number of foreign tourists. (Japan Times)
Jun 15
The Japanese government said Thursday foreign travelers with unpaid medical bills will be denied entry to the country in the future, with the number of foreign visitors set to surge in the run-up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics. (Kyodo)
Jun 15
The number of applications to conduct "minpaku" lodging business under a new Japanese law totaled 2,707 as of a week before the minpaku law goes into effect on Friday, according to Japan Tourism Agency officials. (Jiji)
Jun 15
A day before a new law on minpaku (private lodging services) takes effect, Airbnb Inc. on Thursday welcomed the change and reinforced its commitment to the Japanese market with fresh initiatives. (Japan Times)

[more travel news…]           [travel blogs…]


Jun 15
If you're heading to Japan and want to prepare the old-fashioned way, there are plenty of books to pick up which will give you an insight into the food, culture, streets and history of the country. Here's our handpicked cheapo list of books to rea...
Jun 15
6 Spots to Get a Bird's Eye View of the Shibuya Scramble Crossing

One of the best-known symbols of Tokyo is the busy pedestrian scramble outside Shibuya station. Virtually anyone who's ever come to the capital has probably been drawn to it at some point. People refer to it variously as Hachiko Crossing, Shibuya ...

Jun 14
Amazing cultural exchange between Japan and Guatemala
Jun 14

Dad's Dream MicroBead Pillow

Make sure dad gets the best sleep at night with this three-layer microbead pillow made for men by men. Filled with three kinds of microbeads to comfortably support the head and neck, this dream pillow assures good rest ...

Jun 14
High-speed rail investment: A butterfly effect for urban chaos

In 1969, Professor Edward Norton Lorenz coined the term “butterfly effect” to state that subtle changes in conditions can influence or cause seemingly unrelated results elsewhere. The flutter of a butterfly's wings at place A can eventually ...

Jun 14

Teaching babies can be stressful, rewarding, terrifying and exciting all at the same time. It's also something that you are likely to encounter if you come to Japan and teach English.

Unless you come to Japan as a student, if you are planning to ...

Jun 13

Summer is almost upon us and we have now entered the rainy season. However, as I'm currently sitting in blazing sunshine and 30 degree Celsius heat (my boss still stubbornly refuses to turn on the air conditioners), one could be forgiven for think...

Jun 12
Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) is probably Japan's most instantly recognizable artist: pretty much everyone recognises Fine Wind Clear Morning. Fine Wind, Clear Morning And even if you don't know what The Great Wave off Kanagawa is called, you'v...
Jun 12
The mystical world of Miyazaki's Spirited Away is dreamlike, but if you venture to a traditional onsen resort in Shikoku, you can experience a taste of it for real. |credit| In the eastern corner of Matsuyama, Dogo Onsen has 3,000 years of histo...
Jun 12
The Samurai Spirit of Fukushima Prefecture (Video)

Situated on the northern half of Japan's largest island, Fukushima Prefecture covers 13,783 square kilometers (5,322 square miles) and is Japan's third-largest administrative region. It' renowned for its stunning natural vistas, clear lakes, sno...

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