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Japan 5-year cancer survival rate at 65.2 pct
The five-year survival rate of cancer patients in Japan stands at 65.2 pct, the National Cancer Center said in a survey report on Wednesday. (Japan Times )
Tainted cars left Fukushima compound unchecked
The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant says hundreds of vehicles contaminated with radioactive substances left the compound unchecked in the immediate aftermath of the 2011 accident. (NHK )
Red tide kills 270,000 puffer fish in Nagasaki
About 270,000 puffer fish farmed in a bay off Nagasaki Prefecture have died due to the outbreak of red tide, resulting in damage of around 400 million yen, a local fisheries cooperative said Tuesday. (Japan Today )
Mazda announces breakthrough in long-coveted engine technology
Mazda Motor Corp said Tuesday it would become the world's first automaker to commercialise a much more efficient petrol engine using technology that deep-pocketed rivals have been trying to engineer for decades, a twist in an industry increasingly going electric. (Japan Today )
English-fluent new Foreign Minister Kono makes international debut at ASEAN gathering
New Foreign Minister Taro Kono made his debut on the world stage with his fluent English, showing his presence during a series of Association of Southeast Asian Nations-related meetings in Manila lasting through Monday. (Japan Times )


Oct 21
Miyazaki Prefectural Police have arrested a 62-year-old man in the murder of the manager of a diner in Miyazaki City last month, reports Jiji Press (tokyoreporter.com)
Oct 21
Dressed entirely in black and quick on his feet, he eluded Osaka's finest for nearly a decade. And then, to their surprise, they discovered upon his arrest that he is an elderly man. (tokyoreporter.com)
Oct 21
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested six street touts over the alleged aggressive solicitation of pedestrians in the Ueno area of Taito Ward, reports the Sankei Shimbun. (tokyoreporter.com)
Oct 19
Miyazaki Prefectural Police plan to arrest a 62-year-old man in the murder of the manager of a diner in Miyazaki City last month, reports Nippon News Network (tokyoreporter.com)
Oct 19
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested an organized crime member suspected in the trafficking in stimulant drugs who used a special delivery service to send the contraband to customers, reports TBS News (tokyoreporter.com)
Oct 20
Nissan Motor has just announced it will suspend domestic shipments of vehicles from all 6 factories in Japan. (NHK)
Oct 19
Toyota Motor Corp. is set to unveil a fuel cell concept car that aims to offer 50 percent more driving range than its current hydrogen-powered sedan in a technology push that defies a rising wave of battery-powered vehicles. (Japan Times)
Oct 18
The Japan Tourism Agency will tighten regulations for travel agencies to protect tourists in the wake of Tellmeclub's bankruptcy in March. (Japan Times)
Oct 18
The government will try to minimize restrictions placed on the private lodging business by municipalities concerned about noise and traffic jams in residential areas, officials said Tuesday. (Japan Times)
Oct 17
Corporate enfant terrible, Takafumi Horie, built one of Japan's most successful internet businesses, stood for the Diet, went to prison and started a space company that aims to put the country's first privately funded rocket into orbit. Now he has a new frontier: cattle. (Japan Times)
Oct 19
A possible slowdown in purchases of 30- and 40-year Japanese government bonds by life insurers could influence the Finance Ministry's debt issuance plans for the next fiscal year. (Nikkei)
Oct 16
Japanese officials are expressing growing frustration with the Trump administration's economic policies, vowing to continue striking trade deals with other countries that undercut U.S. agricultural exports rather than seek a new trade agreement with the United States. (politico.eu)
Oct 12
Gasoline prices in Japan have hit a 2-year high after oil producers cut their output. (NHK)
Oct 12
The International Monetary Fund, in a report released on Wednesday, warned of the risk of problems at only one major bank in Japan causing "stress" in the entire banking system in the country. (Jiji)
Oct 11
The Nikkei's rally comes despite a big scandal enveloping Japan's third-biggest steel maker, Kobe Steel. (theguardian.com)
Jun 27
Foreign investors are buying more Japanese stocks and pushing prices higher. (NHK)
Jun 27
Japan's Nikkei share average fell to its lowest in 1-1/2 weeks on Friday as investors took profits, while overall sentiment suffered from brewing concerns over a weak U.S. economy and the yen's strength. (Reuters)
Jun 26
Tokyo stocks have closed 0.27 per cent higher, tracking gains on Wall Street, with investors moving in for bargains following the previous day's sell-off. (tradingroom.com.au)
Jun 25
Japan's Nikkei share average fell to a one-week low on Wednesday as investors took profits from recent rallies, while the government's widely-anticipated growth strategy met a muted market reaction. (Reuters)
Jun 24
Japan's Nikkei share average eked out small gains to hit a 5-month closing high on Tuesday, as the focus in domestic markets turned to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's release later in the day of his much-anticipated policy initiatives to boost growth. (Reuters)
Oct 19
Senior officials from Japan, the United States, and South Korea have agreed that the 3 countries will put maximum pressure on North Korea for its repeated ballistic missile and nuclear tests. (NHK)
Oct 19
A Japanese Air Self-Defense Force F-4 fighter jet caught fire as it approached a runway for takeoff for a training flight at an air base in Ibaraki Prefecture, northeast of Tokyo, on Wednesday, the ASDF said. (Jiji)
Oct 17
Japan's Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso and US Vice President Mike Pence on Monday confirmed that the 2 countries will coordinate to increase pressure on North Korea. (NHK)
Oct 17
U.S. President Donald Trump will make from Nov. 5 his first visit to Japan since taking office in January on the first leg of his five-nation Asian tour, the White House announced on Monday. (Jiji)
Oct 16
The prefectural government of Hiroshima is asking the US military to clarify if some of its fighter jets conducted aerial training maneuvers that released flares above part of the prefecture, alarming local residents. (NHK)
Oct 20
Japanese police say more than 900 people under the age of 18 were victimized through social media in the first 6 months of this year. (NHK)
Oct 19
A male high school teacher in the capital was warned by the capital's board of education on Tuesday for paying a female student in cash to teach his class instead. (tokyoreporter.com)
Oct 18
Mothers with young children in Japan are now spending more time on child care than household chores, thanks in part to their increasing use of time-saving appliances. (Nikkei)
Oct 16
The number of Vietnamese people in Japan's technical intern training program for foreigners stood at 26,437 in January-June this year, becoming the largest group, according to a recent survey by the Immigration Bureau of Japan. (Jiji)
Oct 13
Thirteen children were taken to hospital Friday after hydrochloric acid spilled over during a science experiment class at an elementary school in Fukuoka, southwestern Japan, the local education board said. (Japan Today)
Oct 20
Japan's volcanic eruption prediction committee offered the view Thursday that a major eruption may occur at Mount Shinmoe in the southwestern region of Kyushu. (Jiji)
Oct 19
An international research team, including the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, said Wednesday that it has found a 50-kilometer-long cave under the surface of the moon through a study of observation data from JAXA's Kaguya (Selene) lunar orbiter launched in 2007. (Jiji)
Oct 16
Nearly 2,000 fire ants have been discovered in Kyoto in a shipping container that arrived from China, local authorities said Saturday. (Japan Times)
Oct 16
Japan may face a shortage of influenza vaccines this winter due to a production delay. (Jiji)
Oct 14
Japan's Meteorological Agency says a volcano in the country's southwest has erupted again, following an eruption on Wednesday. (NHK)
Aug 26
Its buses and trains arrive on the dot. Its engineers are famously precise. But when it comes to English, Japan is uncharacteristically sloppy. Signs are often misspelled. Taxi drivers point at phrasebooks to communicate with foreigners. Shops that take an English name to be trendy often get it horribly wrong: witness "Poopdick", a second-hand cosmetics outlet. (The Economist)
May 28
Google launched its Chromecast media streaming dongle in Japan on Tuesday. The announcement comes just two weeks after the device landed in South Korea, which was its first market in Asia. (thenextweb.com)
Apr 13
Sony Corp. said Friday that battery overheating has caused burns to three Vaio Fit 11A notebook personal computers. (The Japan News)
Apr 09
Faced with budget shortages, many local municipalities in Japan were unable to upgrade their personal computers running on Microsoft Corp.'s Windows XP to a new operating system before the U.S. firm ended support for the OS on Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
Mar 29
The Japanese Fire and Disaster Management Agency said Friday that it will introduce a system on Tuesday to automatically send alerts on any ballistic missile launches, major terror attacks and other contingencies by e-mail to mobile phones. (Jiji Press)
Oct 19
Yuta Iyama has become the first-ever professional player of the board game of go to hold all seven major go titles in Japan for the second time, by winning back the Meijin crown. (Jiji)
Oct 11
Japan started Tuesday the nationwide distribution of vehicle registration number plates featuring the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics to increase the country's momentum toward the quadrennial international sports events. (Jiji)
Oct 10
Fifty-year-old soccer legend Kazuyoshi Miura insists he has no plans to retire any time soon, even joking that the day he stops will be "the day I die." (Japan Times)
Oct 09
Championship leader Lewis Hamilton won the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday, taking a major step toward winning his third Formula One title. (Japan Today)
Oct 05
Tokyo 2020 Olympic organizers said on Wednesday that tests showed levels of E. Coli up to 20 times above the accepted limit and fecal coliform bacteria seven times higher than agreed at the planned venue for marathon swimming and triathlon. (Japan Today)