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Jul 21
As people in Japan treated themselves to grilled eels on eel-eating day Friday, many were faced with a larger bill amid soaring prices for the endangered fish. (Japan Today)
Jul 21
Police in Kyotanabe, Kyoto Prefecture, have arrested an unemployed 38-year-old man on suspicion of attempted murder after he stabbed a 19-year-old girl who lives in the same apartment building, because she was making too much noise. (Japan Today)
Jul 21
Japan's Council for Cultural Affairs on Friday recommended that three people including "Edo komon" kimono fabric dyer Yasumasa Komiya, 62, be designated as living national treasures. (Jiji)
Jul 21
Kochi District Court on Friday rejected a claim filed by former Japanese fishermen and bereaved family members for state compensation over records of radiation exposure from 1954 U.S. hydrogen bomb tests at Bikini Atoll in the Pacific. (Jiji)
Jul 20
The number of crimes in Japan in January-June fell 11.6 pct from a year before to 398,615, the National Police Agency said Thursday. (Jiji)
Jul 22
Imagine wrapping up a tough work week and jumping into a three-day weekend and find out the whole ATM system is down until the following Tuesday. (Japan Times)
Jul 22
Some of the major foreign supermarket chains that entered Japan around 2000 offering low prices made possible through bulk purchases have exited the country. (Japan Times)
Jul 21
The government is set to begin in earnest preparations for the launch of Japan's first legal casino as early as the mid-2020s, after a casino introduction bill was enacted Friday. (Jiji)
Jul 20
Public prosecutors indicted Kobe Steel Ltd. <5406> on Thursday for violating the unfair competition prevention law, over the falsification of quality data on aluminum, copper and other products at its factories. (Jiji)
Jul 20
China's biggest ride-hailing service, DiDi Chuxing announced that it has set up a joint venture with Japanese mobile carrier Softbank. DiDi Mobility Japan will provide taxi companies with a system that uses artificial intelligence to manage their fleets. (NHK)
Jul 21
The proportion of women with children who said they were employed stood at a record high of 70.8 pct in 2017, exceeding 70 pct for the first time, a survey by the labor ministry showed Friday. (Jiji)
Jul 20
Negotiators for the 11 signatories to the Trans-Pacific Partnership have agreed to work toward launching the free trade pact early next year. They also assented to preparing for future membership expansion. (NHK)
Jul 19
The head of the International Monetary Fund says economic growth has started slowing in Japan and the euro zone. (NHK)
Jul 18
Many retailers and consumers in Japan are welcoming the free trade pact with the European Union. They are expecting it to lower prices for a range of gourmet products and provide a boost to the economy. (NHK)
Jul 14
More than three-quarters of Japanese women of prime age to start families are now in the workforce, signaling a break from the long-running trend of mothers quitting jobs to care for newborn babies. (Nikkei)
Jul 21
Japan's Diet enacted a bill into law on integrated resorts, which include casinos, despite persistent objections from opposition parties. (NHK)
Jul 20
Japan's ruling coalition passed a casino resort bill through the Cabinet Committee of the House of Councillors on Thursday afternoon. (Jiji)
Jul 19
The Diet, Japan's parliament, on Wednesday passed into law a bill to strengthen restrictions on smoking in public places in the fight against secondhand smoke. (Jiji)
Jul 19
Japan's Diet has enacted legislation to reform the electoral system, including the addition of six seats to the 242-seat Upper House. (NHK)
Jul 18
Japan and the European Union have signed a free trade deal in Tokyo after years of negotiations. The economic partnership agreement covers about 40 percent of the world's trade and 30 percent of its gross domestic product. The EPA calls for Japan and the EU to remove tariffs on most of each other's goods in phases. (NHK)
Jul 21
Japan's health ministry says the average life expectancies for men and women hit record highs in 2017. (NHK)
Jul 21
The life and times of Japan's first golfer: Amsterdam 1605 (thesamuraigolfer.com)
Jul 21
When 8-year-old Eiki Shimabukuro left Japan in 1959 with his parents and five siblings for the two-month sea voyage to Brazil, passengers were given ribbons linking them to those who stayed behind. (Japan Times)
Jul 15
All six high school students representing Japan at the 59th International Mathematical Olympiad have won medals including a gold, the education ministry said Friday. (Jiji)
Jul 14
Japan's university entrance examination system is scheduled for an overhaul in 2020. The planned changes in English-language testing are a particular target of attention. (nippon.com)
Jul 21
The Japan Coast Guard says the latest volcanic eruption on a remote island in the Pacific Ocean is continuing. (NHK)
Jul 20
Japan's space agency says its Hayabusa2 probe is shedding more light on the features of the asteroid Ryugu. It says the celestial body's surface temperatures range from 30 to 100 degrees Celsius. (NHK)
Jul 19
Japan's nuclear watchdog on Wednesday granted its first approval for a plan to reuse nuclear fuel taken out of decommissioned reactors in operational ones. (Japan Today)
Jul 15
On Rishiri Island in the northern Japan prefecture of Hokkaido, people are on alert after a brown bear has recently been spotted for the first time in 106 years, ahead of the summer tourism season. (Jiji)
Jul 13
NHK has learned that scientists now believe the asteroid Ryugu was likely formed from a collection of asteroid fragments. (NHK)
Jul 22
In sumo, Mitakeumi beat Tochiozan on the 14th day of the Nagoya tournament on Saturday to win his first title with 13 wins and one loss, ahead of the final day. (NHK)
Jul 21
Tokyo Olympic organizers on Friday unveiled ticket prices for the 2020 Games ranging from 2,020 yen up to 300,000 yen, largely in line with prices at the London Olympics in 2012. (Japan Today)
Jul 20
The Japan Swimming Federation conceded defeat on Thursday in its effort to have the Tokyo 2020 Olympics swimming finals aired domestically in the evening. (Japan Today)
Jul 19
The schedule for the Tokyo Olympics has been broadly determined. Starting times of the marathon and other races along roads were moved forward in view of the hot summer weather. (NHK)
Jul 19
The main stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, now under construction, has been shown to media 2 years ahead of the games' opening. (NHK)