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08 March 2021
Japan's health ministry says a third case of a severe allergic reaction, anaphylaxis, following a coronavirus vaccination has been reported in the country. (NHK)
The nation’s health minister said Sunday that his ministry could approve a second COVID-19 vaccine as early as May, as the government sees inoculations as crucial to curbing infections. (Japan Times)
The UN crime congress has kicked off in the Japanese city of Kyoto with thorough anti-coronavirus measures in place. (NHK)
The number of people moving through some major train stations and other locations in Tokyo and adjacent areas rose Saturday from a week earlier, mobile communication carrier NTT Docomo In. said, citing its subscriber data. (Japan Today)
Japan will maintain tight controls on the entry of foreign nationals following the extension of a state of emergency covering Tokyo and its surrounding prefectures to curb COVID-19, just weeks before preparations for the Olympics begin in earnest. (Nikkei)
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Mar 08
Tokyo Metropoltan Police have arrested a 46-year-old man who is alleged to have attempted to kill a teenage girl after she requested that he do so online, reports the Mainichi Shimbun (tokyoreporter.com)
Mar 08
Police in Chigasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, have arrested a 76-year-old woman on suspicion of killing her 83-year-old husband with a saw. (Japan Today)
Mar 08
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested the president of an adult video (AV) production company over the alleged upload of illegal content to a sales site last year, reports the Asahi Shimbun. (tokyoreporter.com)
Mar 06
Two members of a criminal syndicate were shot during a fight in Isesaki City on Thursday, police said, reports Jiji Press (tokyoreporter.com)
Mar 06
Memorial services held online. Zen meditation apps. Buddhist temple-led match-making services. (Bloomberg)

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Mar 06
Fast Retailing said Thursday that beginning March 12, all prices of its Uniqlo and GU brand apparel will be cut by around 9%. (Japan Today)
Mar 06
The drop in passenger numbers on shinkansen trains and aircraft amid the COVID-19 pandemic is putting commercial facilities at stations and airports in a difficult situation, forcing many of them to close temporarily or for good, but some are offering new services appropriate for a post-pandemic era in order to survive. (Japan Times)
Mar 06
The Bank of Japan’s head-scratching surge this week came to a halt Friday, as the stock erased earlier gains to fall by its limit. ()
Mar 04
The COVID-19 pandemic has driven a shamisen business to the edge of a precipice. What does the future hold for Japan's traditional performing arts industry? (NHK)
Mar 04
The future of growing sprouts is totally artificially lit and doesn't require any sunlight. (Mashable)

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Mar 08
The UN crime congress has kicked off in the Japanese city of Kyoto with thorough anti-coronavirus measures in place. (NHK)
Mar 07
Japanese shipbuilder Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) in Nagasaki launched on 3 March 2021 "Mogami", the first-in-class 30FFM, a next generation frigate for the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF). (Naval News)
Mar 06
The Japanese government has extended a state of emergency imposed to contain the coronavirus for two more weeks in Tokyo and the three neighboring prefectures of Chiba, Saitama and Kanagawa. (NHK)
Mar 05
Japan's communications ministry, now at the center of wining-and-dining scandals, says another senior official was treated to expensive meals by telecom giant NTT. (NHK)
Mar 04
Osaka Prefectural Police have arrested a secretary for the Liberal Democratic Party over the alleged illicit filming of a woman in Osaka City last year, reports NHK (tokyoreporter.com)

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Mar 08
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a male student at Waseda University over the alleged pimping of a high school girl last year, reports Fuji News Network (tokyoreporter.com)
Mar 08
A study by a private research institute estimates that over 1.4 million part-time or temporary workers in Japan worked less during the coronavirus pandemic, but have not been compensated. (NHK)
Mar 07
Japan has something of a contradictory reputation. While the media of the country can sometimes have a rather, er, salacious approach to sex and sexuality, public displays of affection are very rare when out and about in real life. (soranews24.com)
Mar 07
Before the pandemic, the idea of ‘blended learning’ was fringe to the entire world. (newsonjapan.com)
Mar 06
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Mar 08
Japan's health ministry says a third case of a severe allergic reaction, anaphylaxis, following a coronavirus vaccination has been reported in the country. (NHK)
Mar 08
The nation’s health minister said Sunday that his ministry could approve a second COVID-19 vaccine as early as May, as the government sees inoculations as crucial to curbing infections. (Japan Times)
Mar 08
Japanese astronaut Noguchi Soichi has completed a fourth spacewalk outside the International Space Station. (NHK)
Mar 07
Tokyo's Ueno Zoo has announced that a pair of giant pandas have mated for the first time in four years. (NHK)
Mar 07
Japan's health ministry says a second case of anaphylaxis, a severe allergic reaction, following coronavirus vaccination has been reported in the country. (NHK)

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Mar 06
Japan's COVID-19 cases are falling thanks to, or perhaps despite, loose restrictions on economic activity. But with zero hour approaching for a decision on the fate of the Tokyo Olympics, the government is taking no chances and extended the state of emergency in the capital Friday evening. (Nikkei)
Mar 06
A symbol of wealth and social standing in Japan 40 years ago, golf suffered a deep downswing in its popularity after the nation's economic bubble burst in the early 1990s. (dw.com)
Mar 03
The Tokyo Olympics organizing committee on Tuesday said it would appoint 12 new female members to increase women's representation on the board to 40%. (Nikkei)
Mar 01
Japan's Kengo Suzuki became the first runner from East Asia to run a men's marathon in under two hours and five minutes, as he claimed the 76th and final Lake Biwa Mainichi Marathon on Sunday. (Japan Times)
Mar 01
Tamayo Marukawa, Japan’s new minister for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, has come under fire for joining a campaign against a selective dual surname system for married couples. (Japan Times)

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Mar 07
Japan will maintain tight controls on the entry of foreign nationals following the extension of a state of emergency covering Tokyo and its surrounding prefectures to curb COVID-19, just weeks before preparations for the Olympics begin in earnest. (Nikkei)
Mar 07
Japanese dance company Moonlight Mobile Theater has come up with a novel way of bringing people back to their avant-garde performances. (Reuters)
Mar 06
Japan Rail East has some new passes, updates and travel plans for 2021. I’ll explain them and take some questions. (ONLY in JAPAN)
Mar 04
The mountainous area of Togakushi in northern Nagano Prefecture is with its five Shrines, a site heavily connected to Shinto, the Japanese religion. (japan-guide.com)
Mar 04
Out in the mountains of Zao, there is a special village where you can walk amongst the snow foxes. (VIRTUAL JAPAN)

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Mar 7

Cheap rent and great location comes with some very bad history.

Japanese companies have a reputation for working their employees hard, but some of them also offer some great perks. One of the nicer ones is a company apartment building, which som...

Mar 6

Why so serious, Chiba?

SoraNews24 strives to bring our readers all the important political information in the ever-changing landscape of Japanese government on all levels. Whether its a Member of Parliament caught watching crocodile videos or...

Mar 5

If Donald Trump called you on the phone asking for cash in broken Japanese, would you give him a single yen?

One of the most common scams in Japan involves a fraudster calling an elderly person on the phone and saying “It's me! I'm in troub...

Mar 5
A foodie's tour from Kobe to Kagawa.

“I'm so sick of my own cooking!” sighed a girlfriend of mine in the middle of last year.

Her outburst took me by surprise as she's quite the chef. I get it, though — sometimes you just want to be served something on a fancy plate, be deligh...

Mar 4

Teachers who violate rule will face disciplinary action.

Like pretty much all forms of communications technology, social media has progressed from being only for tech-savvy enthusiasts to something just about everyone makes use of. With that ...

Mar 4

“Buried voices” get the attention they deserve, and bring about positive change.

As March 11 approaches, people around Japan are now reflecting on the Great East Japan Earthquake that occurred on this day ten years ago, and remembering a...

Mar 4

Collected volume is sized to fit the hands of the Titans themselves.

The Attack on Titan manga began in 2009, and it's scheduled to come to an end next month when its final chapter is published in the April 9 issue of Bessatsu Shonen Magazine...

Mar 4

The town is called Fukuyama now, but once upon a time it was Kusado Sengencho.

The first mental image many people have when they hear the words “history museum” is of a collection of artifacts inside sealed, climate-controlled glass exhib...

Mar 2

Unique serving style attracts attention online.

From sushi burritos to kebab sushi rolls, we've tried a lot of unusual sushi in Japan. However, there's one sushi restaurant now tempting us with an extra-special way of serving sushi that's surpr...

Mar 2

Nothing to shed tears over, really.

From shuttering factory doors to endangering cultural traditions, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have been widespread throughout Japan, and naturally criminal yakuza groups have also been impacted op...

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