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03 December 2020
Officials in Japan's western prefecture of Osaka plan to call on all residents to refrain from leaving their homes for any non-essential reason until mid-December. This follows a surge in the number of coronavirus cases with severe symptoms. (NHK)
Kiyomizu Temple in Japan's ancient capital of Kyoto has held a ceremony to mark the renovation of the wooden stage and the new roof of the main hall. (NHK)
Japan's government is considering extending its Go To Eat campaign, designed to help the restaurant industry amid the coronavirus outbreak. (NHK)
A bill to provide coronavirus vaccinations free of charge with the central government covering the cost was passed in the Diet, offering a key plan to stem the virus as Japan struggles with its worst-yet wave of infections. (Japan Times)
The unemployment rate in Japan hit a 3-year high in October. Officials say the coronavirus has driven the figure to 3.1 percent, the highest since May 2017. (NHK)
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Dec 03
Sakura Jingu Shrine provides foreigners the unique experience of having a traditional Japanese wedding ceremony. (NHK WORLD-JAPAN)
Dec 03
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have busted a casino operating illegally in the Kabukicho red-light district, reports TBS News (tokyoreporter.com)
Dec 03
Kanagawa Prefectural Police have arrested a 35-year-old woman who is suspected of killing her newborn boy at their residence in Kawasaki City, reports NHK. (tokyoreporter.com)
Dec 02
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a 57-year-old man who is suspected of injecting a teenage girl with stimulant drugs while having sex with her, reports Fuji News Network (tokyoreporter.com)
Dec 02
In Japan, more people have died of suicide in one month than from the Wuhan virus the entire year. (WION)

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Dec 03
NTT Docomo Inc. plans to cut mobile phone fees across the board, sources familiar with the matter said, becoming the first of Japan's major carriers to do so following a government call for the industry to lower charges. (Kyodo)
Dec 02
A political cacophony persists as lawmakers clash over who has the final say in peeling back countermeasures meant to blunt the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. (Japan Times)
Dec 02
The unemployment rate in Japan hit a 3-year high in October. Officials say the coronavirus has driven the figure to 3.1 percent, the highest since May 2017. (NHK)
Dec 02
The World Trade Organization says South Korea broke international trade rules when it renewed a series of tariffs on Japanese stainless steel bars in 2017. (Bloomberg)
Dec 02
Japan’s capsule hotels have long been a convenient shelter for commuters and even an intriguing option for budget tourists. (South China Morning Post)

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Dec 03
Officials in Japan's western prefecture of Osaka plan to call on all residents to refrain from leaving their homes for any non-essential reason until mid-December. This follows a surge in the number of coronavirus cases with severe symptoms. (NHK)
Dec 03
The Japanese government expressed regret Wednesday after a district assembly in Berlin adopted a resolution to allow a statue symbolizing Korean women who were procured for Japan's wartime military brothels to remain in place. (Kyodo)
Dec 02
A bill to provide coronavirus vaccinations free of charge with the central government covering the cost was passed in the Diet, offering a key plan to stem the virus as Japan struggles with its worst-yet wave of infections. (Japan Times)
Dec 02
Japanese Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide and the Tokyo governor agreed to ask seniors and people with underlying health issues to refrain from using the central government's "Go To Travel" domestic tourism campaign when traveling to and from the capital. (NHK)
Nov 28
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said Friday that shorter hours for bars and restasurants serving alcohol would be "crucial" in stemming the coronavirus spread, with other major cities Osaka, Nagoya and Sapporo having already taken or getting set to take similar steps. (Japan Today)

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Dec 02
Japanese astronaut Noguchi Soichi has enjoyed eating a canned mackerel dish in space. The product was developed by Japanese high school students. (NHK)
Dec 01
Japanese immigration authorities have temporarily enabled people who cannot return to their countries amid the coronavirus pandemic to work part-time in Japan. (NHK)
Dec 01
According to a data, in Japan suicide this October claimed more lives than the COVID-19 did in the year 2020. (WION)
Dec 01
A survey by an aid group shows that some young people in Japan are giving up on higher education due to financial uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic. (NHK)
Nov 30
Pandemic-induced school closures saw Japanese children discover the charm of the 50-year-old popular comic series Doraemon, which proved a smash hit this year, according to its publisher. (Japan Today)

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Dec 01
An 18-meter life-size moving statue of Gundam based on the giant robot featured in the science fiction animation series was unveiled to the media Monday in Yokohama, prior to the opening next month of the Gundam Factory Yokohama complex. (Japan Times)
Dec 01
A dazzling 'fireball' has been seen lighting up the skies across large areas of western Japan. (don honky)
Nov 30
A rare nine-legged octopus was discovered off the coast of northeastern Japan earlier this month, with those curious about the unusual creature now able to see it on display at the town's local nature center. (Kyodo)
Nov 30
A Japanese H-2A rocket launched Japan’s first Optical Data Relay Satellite with a laser communications payload in geosynchronous orbit. (Raw Space)
Nov 27
Medical experts have warned that the number of serious coronavirus cases is expected to rise further, likely overstretching Tokyo's general medical care system. (NHK)

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Dec 03
ベラジョン カジノは、ゲーム業界で豊富な経験を持つ人々のグループによって運営されています。彼らは楽しさと歓迎の方法でゲームで革新的な製品を提供したいと考えています。 (newsonjapan.com)
Dec 02
Japan aims to admit “large-scale” numbers of overseas visitors for the Tokyo Olympic Games without mandatory vaccinations or quarantines, provided tourists submit negative coronavirus test results and download smartphone tracking apps on arrival, the Nikkei business daily reported Wednesday. (Japan Times)
Dec 02
The five Olympic rings are back in Tokyo Bay. (Japan Today)
Nov 30
Japan's Daisuke Takahashi may already be royalty in the eyes of many Japanese figure skating fans, but on Sunday he declared himself the man who would be king in his bid to emulate Japan's ageless soccer icon, Kazuyoshi "King Kazu" Miura. (Kyodo)
Nov 30
Sources say the organizing committee of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics now estimates that the extra costs related to the Games' postponement will come to about 200 billion yen, or 1.9 billion dollars. (NHK)

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Dec 03
Kiyomizu Temple in Japan's ancient capital of Kyoto has held a ceremony to mark the renovation of the wooden stage and the new roof of the main hall. (NHK)
Dec 03
Japan's government is considering extending its Go To Eat campaign, designed to help the restaurant industry amid the coronavirus outbreak. (NHK)
Dec 03
Akihabara is overrated. Join me and my friend in this slice of life around West Tokyo's Otaku center. (Enlightize in Japan)
Dec 03
The grand opening for the Mario Cafe and store at Universal Studios Japan, plus a look inside. (Attractions Magazine)
Dec 02
Signboards with the names of Kabuki actors scheduled to star in year-end performances were put up outside Minamiza Theatre in the city of Kyoto on Tuesday. (NHK)

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Dec 2
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Dec 2

Looks like he's still got it.

There is no question that X Japan's Yoshiki is among the media elite in Japan. He's been in the presence of both rock royalty and actual royalty and is well-received around the world for both his musicianship and...

Dec 2
Japanese Anti-Sexual Violence Ad, #ActiveBystander, Becomes Online Hit

One of Japan's most striking public awareness commercials was released last month, but you won't see it on TV because it was not made by Advertising Council Japan. The #ActiveBystander campaign against sexual violence toward women was made by two ...

Dec 2

The grounds of an overgrown and abandoned temple in Shimane Prefecture will be acquired by the national government in what will be the first of its kind.

The extraordinary step of nationalizing the property is to prevent the religio...

Dec 1

Where commuters have less than 40 centimetres (16 inches) of foot-space between safety lines.

While there are no official records stating where the country's narrowest train station platform is, railway otaku, the unofficial experts on all th...

Dec 1

The beloved Japanese player is transitioning from pro to coach before the end of the year.

Ichiro Suzuki is one of the most famous names in modern baseball history. With a long successful career and numerous awards, he has been called one of ...

Dec 1

Video gets more dislikes than likes, proving just how much Japanese society needs to watch this right now.

Ever since their 1988 “Just Do It” ad, sports brand Nike has become known for producing commercials that spark a conversation and l...

Dec 1

If you're looking for inspiration for your little bundle of joy, maybe this will give you some ideas.

Choosing a name for your baby in Japan isn't easy. Not only do you have to think of the name itself, but also the kanji to accompany it. Wha...

Dec 1

Yoshiwara was once where men with money to burn came to entertain themselves, while this woman was eating rotten pickles, or sometimes nothing at all.

In Japanese entertainment media, the Edo period is an often romanticized part in the countr...

Dec 1

on November 26, the Japan Real Estate Institute (JREI) issued their most recent medium-term forecast for new apartment prices in Tokyo's 23 wards. In 2020, the average price is forecast to be 1,071,000 Yen per square meter (approx. US$956/sq.ft). ...

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