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25 September 2018
Japan's Defense Ministry is developing supersonic glide bombs to strengthen the defense of remote islands, including the Senkaku Islands in Okinawa Prefecture, southern Japan. (Jiji)
After years of attracting visitors from all over Japan, this quirky display has finally moved on. (soranews24.com)
Six people were injured, three seriously, when their motorboat slammed into a quay Sunday morning on an island in Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture. (Japan Times)
A Japanese cargo spacecraft, the Kounotori 7, is on its way to deliver supplies to the International Space Station. (NHK)
Japan's space agency JAXA says 2 rovers released from its Hayabusa2 probe have landed on the asteroid Ryugu. (NHK)




Sep 25
A nine-year-old boy drowned and two of his friends were rescued after they got into difficulties in the Yamato River in Osaka on Sunday. (Japan Today)
Sep 24
Six people were injured, three of them seriously, when a motor boat carrying them slammed into a quay Sunday morning on an island in Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture. (Japan Times)
Sep 22
Police in Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, have arrested three men on suspicion of trying to rob a vacant house where an elderly couple were murdered. (Japan Today)
Sep 22
Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko have visited 2 prefectures in western Japan that were hit hard by record rainfall in July. (NHK)
Sep 21
Four women in their 20s were found dead Thursday in an apartment room in Fukuoka Prefecture, police said. (Japan Today)

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Sep 22
Japan's major mobile phone carrier SoftBank says more than 10 million e-mails have been lost due to a faulty mail system. (NHK)
Sep 21
Pricier and bigger new iPhone models made their market debut in Japan on Friday, with the country's three leading mobile carriers starting sales of the XS Max and the XS that have faster processors and feature better battery life and improved camera functions. (Kyodo)
Sep 21
Japanese virtual currency exchange Zaif has suffered a cyberattack, bleeding 6.7 billion yen's worth of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, of which 4.5 billion yen belonged to its customers, the exchange's operator announced Thursday. (Jiji)
Sep 19
Nitori Holdings is expected to report a record interim profit thanks to brisk sales of household items and furniture, including cool-feel bedding that proved popular during a sweltering summer in Japan. (Nikkei)
Sep 19
ジャパンタイムズによると、日本人は人間がテクノロジーに取って代わり、それが日本中に広がるのではと危惧していることが、木曜日に発表されたPew Research Centerの調査によって分かりました。 (newsonjapan.com)

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Sep 21
The Bank of Japan has for years bought Japanese stocks as part of its huge massive monetary easing program to lift the country out of deflation and hit a 2 percent price-stability target. (Nikkei)
Sep 21
A new report shows that people in Japan are sitting on a record pile of financial assets. It credits a surge in stock prices as the main factor. (NHK)
Sep 20
Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said Wednesday that no change has been made to the central bank's resolve to attain its 2 pct inflation target at an early date. (Jiji)
Sep 19
The average land price in Japan as of July 1 increased 0.1 pct from a year before, the first rise since 1991, when the country's asset bubble era was ending, the land ministry said Tuesday. (Jiji)
Sep 17
The number of one-yen coins in circulation has fallen sharply in Japan, as consumers increasingly choose cashless payments with electronic money or credit cards. (Jiji)

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Sep 25
Japan's Defense Ministry is developing supersonic glide bombs to strengthen the defense of remote islands, including the Senkaku Islands in Okinawa Prefecture, southern Japan. (Jiji)
Sep 21
US President Donald Trump has congratulated Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on his re-election as the leader of the main governing party. (NHK)
Sep 21
Many challenges are awaiting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as he won a third consecutive term as president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party in an election on Thursday. (Jiji)
Sep 20
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was reelected president of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Thursday, securing the continuation of his government for up to three more years. (Jiji)
Sep 19
Shinzo Abe is poised to win a third term as head of his political party on Thursday, putting him on track to become Japan's longest-serving prime minister and realize his dream of reforming the constitution. (Japan Today)

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Sep 21
A Japanese medical university mired in a bribery scandal and under fire for discriminating against female applicants is set to have its first woman president. (NHK)
Sep 18
Overseas hackers are thought to have made off with information on Japan's maritime strategy in a March attack on specific people at national universities, which a Nikkei survey has found to be growing targets for their relatively lax security and sensitive knowledge. (Nikkei)
Sep 15
The Japanese government set on Friday the new goal of cutting to zero the number of elementary school children waiting for receiving after-school care services by the end of fiscal 2021. (Jiji)
Sep 12
Elderly men who go out less than once a week are more likely to suffer poor nutrition than those who leave their house more often, a health ministry survey for 2017 showed Tuesday. (Jiji)
Sep 12
A survey by Japan's health ministry has found that the percent of people in the country who smoke has fallen to new lows. (NHK)

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Sep 24
A Japanese cargo spacecraft, the Kounotori 7, is on its way to deliver supplies to the International Space Station. (NHK)
Sep 24
Japan's space agency JAXA says 2 rovers released from its Hayabusa2 probe have landed on the asteroid Ryugu. (NHK)
Sep 22
A Japanese space probe Friday released a pair of exploring rovers towards an egg-shaped asteroid to collect mineral samples that may shed light on the origin of the solar system. (Japan Today)
Sep 22
Japan's government has approved an application for a clinical test of treatment for an intractable blood disease using iPS cells, which can grow into any type of body tissue. (NHK)
Sep 19
US spaceflight venture SpaceX says Japanese entrepreneur Yusaku Maezawa will become the first private passenger to fly around the Moon on its next-generation rocket. (NHK)

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Sep 25
Japanese tennis sensation Naomi Osaka not only hit the cash jackpot with her historic U.S. Open victory -- she struck a blow for racial equality, according to a former Miss Japan. (Japan Today)
Sep 25
Mongolian grand champion Hakuho said Monday he wants to give himself a treat for the feats he accomplished at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament. (Kyodo)
Sep 24
The organizer of the Tokyo Marathon is considering raising the fees paid by participants by 50 pct, from 10,000 yen to 15,000 yen, starting with the race in March 2020, it was learned Saturday. (Jiji)
Sep 23
A day after securing his record-extending 41st championship, Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho closed the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament with a perfect 15-0 record on Sunday. (Japan Times)
Sep 22
In just one year, some of the toughest athletes are set to hit the pitch in Japan for the Rugby World Cup. As the players gear up to play, they're getting some advice about adhering to local customs, including covering up their tattoos. (NHK)

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Sep 21
Kansai International Airport in Osaka Prefecture fully reopened on Friday. Severe damage caused by a powerful typhoon earlier this month had forced the closure of most of its operations. (NHK)
Sep 21
It may be a spring chicken compared to its film festival siblings in Tokyo, Yamagata and elsewhere, but the Kyoto International Film and Art Festival has reached an important milestone: its fifth anniversary. (Japan Times)
Sep 20
The estimated number of visitors to Japan in August rose 4.1 pct from a year earlier to 2,577,800, marking single-digit growth for the second consecutive month due to recent disasters in the country, the Japan National Tourism Organization said Wednesday. (Jiji)
Sep 19
Flight operations at Kansai International Airport in Osaka have been restored to about half the normal level, two weeks after a massive typhoon hit the island facility. (NHK)
Sep 19
The government says the damaged access bridge for Kansai International Airport in Osaka, western Japan, will likely take around 8 months to fully repair. (NHK)

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Sep 24

“A comfort zone is a beautiful place but nothing ever grows there.” – Unknown

Photo from Pixabay

The other day, I came across this quote above, and thought I would share with you all. This applies to all sorts of things we deal with ev...

Sep 21
Japanese largest musical copyright administration society JASRAC reached an agreement with a movie theater group on September 6 2018 that, for foreign films which will be released from November 2018 to March 2021, JASRAC will collect 6-level of mu...
Sep 21
Meet Beni, the Dog Who Probably Speaks Better Japanese Than You

Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks? Beni is the Japanese dog that's taking the internet by storm and adorably proving you really can.

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Sep 21
Akira Kurosawa: 5 Essential Movies from Japan's Greatest Filmmaker

Anyone who's a cinephile or Japanophile is likely familiar with the name Akira Kurosawa.

Even if you're not well-versed in his work as a movie director, Kurosawa's reputation precedes him through his oft-cited influence on films like Star Wars. I...

Sep 20
Life is Just a Final Fantasy: 5 Japanese RPG Series Every Gamer Should Try

Japan — the birthplace of Mario, Donkey Kong, Pokémon and more — has a deep-rooted subculture of video games. Whether it be the loud, electric streets of Akihabara, the teens loitering around the local game center or the advertising in conven...

Sep 20
Japan bullet journal Tokyo Metro Train Games – Why do it?

I find these days exploring new cities has become a little predictable. You can research everything about a place before you arrive, from which are the most popular tourist attractions, to which restaura...

Sep 19
The whole cliché of being “big in Japan” is a bit of a worn-out old trope these days. In a time of music streaming and the fragmentation of the music industry, becoming a full-time professional rockstar is not really the most stable career op...
Sep 18
5 Netflix and Hulu Shows That are Good to Watch and Great for Learning Japanese

Since coming to Japan a few years ago, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime and various other streaming services have found plenty of eager Japanese subscribers ready to consume Western content.

These days, though, Netflix and Hulu offer far more than jus...

Sep 17

You may have heard of Golden Week in Japan, but how exactly is Silver Week different?

What is “Silver Week” in Japan?

Silver Week (シルバーウィーク) is a cluster of Japanese national holidays that take place on set days every ye...

Sep 17
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There's a handful of Japanese concepts such as ikigai and wabi sabi that have gained global popularity and widespread acceptance. The latest Japanese practice to be lovingly embraced by the Western world is shinrin yoku, or ‘forest bathing'. Onl...

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