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24 October 2020
Tokyo and London have agreed the UK's first big post-Brexit trade deal as Britain pushes to keep its economy on track after leaving the European Union. (NHK)
Japan's minister in charge of the coronavirus response says he will ask businesses to extend their year-end and New Year holiday period so people can stagger their travel. (NHK)
Japan Airlines Co. began offering discounted coronavirus tests to travelers Friday after teaming up with a medical institution in Tokyo, in a bid to ease concerns about infections and encourage customers to travel amid the pandemic. (Kyodo)
A Japanese research team says some survivors of COVID-19 have suffered from shortness of breath, smell disturbance and loss of hair months after leaving hospital. (NHK)
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government launched its own travel subsidy program Friday, offering Tokyoites discounts of ¥5,000 per person for a one-night stay costing ¥6,000 or more at hotels and inns in the capital. ()
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Oct 24
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a 29-year-old male elementary school teacher for allegedly requesting that a boy send him indecent pictures, reports NHK (Oct. 23). (tokyoreporter.com)
Oct 23
A 36-year-old man who is suspected of murdering his girlfriend in Takasaki City has said told his wife that he committed the crime before he died in an apparent suicide, police have revealed, reports TBS News (Oct. 21). (tokyoreporter.com)
Oct 23
Halloween in Japan is expected to be celebrated in new ways this year, at socially distanced events or online with revelers upping their facial decorations, as attempts are being made to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. (Japan Times)
Oct 22
A man who fled from Saitama Prefectural Police during a search of his residence in Saitama City on Tuesday morning remains on the run, police have revealed, reports Nippon News Network (Oct. 20). (tokyoreporter.com)
Oct 21
A former top bureaucrat accused of murdering his socially reclusive son last year entered a plea of not guilty on the grounds of self-defense at the first hearing of his appeal trial Tuesday. (Japan Times)

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Oct 24
Tokyo and London have agreed the UK's first big post-Brexit trade deal as Britain pushes to keep its economy on track after leaving the European Union. (NHK)
Oct 24
Japan's minister in charge of the coronavirus response says he will ask businesses to extend their year-end and New Year holiday period so people can stagger their travel. (NHK)
Oct 24
Wine connoisseurs in Japan are gearing up for an annual ritual. (NHK)
Oct 23
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. is considering sharply scaling back its staff and budget for developing the first domestically manufactured passenger jet, effectively freezing the operation amid a slump in demand caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic, sources close to the matter said Thursday. (Kyodo)
Oct 22
Japan is considering creating a hub where financial firms can file regulatory paperwork in English as Tokyo aims to recruit banks and brokerages away from Hong Kong and other parts of the world, according to people familiar with the matter. (Japan Times)

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Oct 24
Six Japanese scholars have accused the government of breaking a law by rejecting them as members of the country's top academic body. (NHK)
Oct 22
Japanese Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide says he has agreed with the leaders of Vietnam and Indonesia to work together to build a peaceful and prosperous future in the Indo-Pacific region. (NHK)
Oct 21
Japanese Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide and President Joko Widodo have called for continued cooperation on matters including health, security and the economy. (NHK)
Oct 20
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc on Monday affirmed defense and economic cooperation between their countries, as China's growing influence continues to make its neighbors jittery. (Kyodo)
Oct 19
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga arrived on Sunday in Vietnam for the first stop in his Southeast Asian tour, which also marks a diplomatic restart of sorts for Hanoi as it courts international investors. (Nikkei)

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Oct 23
Bullying cases recognized by elementary, junior high, high and special-needs schools in Japan in fiscal 2019 grew by some 60,000 from the previous year to a record 612,496, the education ministry said Thursday. (Japan Times)
Oct 23
When the COVID-19 pandemic decimated her family’s cattle farming business in Vietnam earlier this year, one 23-year-old foreign student who had spent around 18 months in Japan was soon left without the funds her family usually sent to cover her university tuition fees. (Japan Times)
Oct 22
Japan's health ministry has suggested that many women in the country may have opted out of pregnancy due to the coronavirus epidemic. (NHK)
Oct 19
Boys and girls in Japan in 2019 had lower athletic ability than their counterparts in 1964, when the previous Tokyo Olympics were held, an annual government survey showed Sunday. (Japan Times)
Oct 19
A collection of newspaper comic strips by the late Japanese manga creator Osamu Tezuka featuring handwritten dialogue as well as previously unreleased works will be published as a set of books in November. (Kyodok)

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Oct 24
Japan plans to seek next-generation astronauts to join an international program to explore the moon. (NHK)
Oct 24
A Japanese research team says some survivors of COVID-19 have suffered from shortness of breath, smell disturbance and loss of hair months after leaving hospital. (NHK)
Oct 22
Researchers in Japan say they have confirmed that face masks are effective in both retarding the spread of viruses and reducing the intake of them. (NHK)
Oct 22
The Japanese government will soon pledge to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions to net zero by 2050, Nikkei has learned. (Nikkei)
Oct 21
Under normal circumstances at this time of year, hundreds of companies would bring to life the Makuhari Messe venue in the city of Chiba with cutting-edge products from robots to cars and AI to internet-connected devices, for the annual event known as CEATEC (Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies). (Japan Times)

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Oct 24
Japan's Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide says the utmost effort is necessary to prevent coronavirus infections and fend off cyberattacks ahead of next year's rescheduled Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. (NHK)
Oct 22
Organizers of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, rescheduled for next year, have tested ways to carry out safety checks on spectators entering the venues of events. (NHK)
Oct 22
Japan has a rich sporting culture characterized by both traditional and modern games. (newsonjapan.com)
Oct 17
Yokohama Stadium will hold three baseball games at around 80% capacity later this month as Japan looks to test its COVID-19 countermeasures at big events ahead of the rearranged Tokyo Olympics next year. (Reuters)
Oct 17
Japan's first professional women's soccer league, the WE League, announced Thursday the 11 founding clubs selected to take part in its inaugural season starting next September. (Japan Today)

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Oct 24
Japan Airlines Co. began offering discounted coronavirus tests to travelers Friday after teaming up with a medical institution in Tokyo, in a bid to ease concerns about infections and encourage customers to travel amid the pandemic. (Kyodo)
Oct 24
The pass costs 12,000 Yen and is valid for 3 consecutive days. Children 6 to 12 are half price. (ONLY in JAPAN)
Oct 24
When a train crossing meets an 18 meter tall Buddha statue 150 meters away, the scene comes together to make a very unique image. (ONLY in JAPAN)
Oct 24
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government launched its own travel subsidy program Friday, offering Tokyoites discounts of ¥5,000 per person for a one-night stay costing ¥6,000 or more at hotels and inns in the capital. ()
Oct 23
The Japanese government is considering an exemption of coronavirus-related quarantine requirements for business travelers entering the country for short stays of up to 72 hours. (NHK)

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Oct 23
Best café in Tokyo, Bongen in Ginza

I've got a bad Instagram habit and a bad sweet tooth. The two of them together have turned into a never-ending cycle of finding cafes, spending too much, eating too much, and I'm not even sure if I love or regret it. With all the Tokyo cafes I've ...

Oct 22
This 11 November, you can take your “cheese” and shove it. As the leaves turn crimson red and the crisp scent of chilled air begins to emerge, it means only one thing in Japan. That's right, another Pocky Day is fast upon us. This holiday is c...
Oct 22
Creator Eiichiro Oda wanted to incorporate Japanese elements sooner, but held himself back. A lot of popular anime and manga draw from Japanese history and mythology. To name just a few, the ingredient lists for Demon Slayer, Inuyasha, and Rurouni...
Oct 22
Mr Sato heads out to “Grannies' Harajuku” to get his face in their underwear. In a country where residents have been wearing face masks for years, the pandemic has prompted people to think outside the box when it comes to new face coverings, ...
Oct 21
After losing its giant fugu blowfish, people are now worried about the health of the city's big crustacean. Just last month, the landscape of Osaka's Shinsekai entertainment district was forever changed when the iconic fugu pufferfish that swayed...
Oct 21
Spring 2021 heralds the Japanese theatrical release of a Thomas movie starring a Japanese bullet train! Few figures are so universally loved as Thomas the Tank Engine, the little blue engine with a perpetual smile and a host of speedy adventures s...
Oct 21
Reihokan Museum in Koyasan, Wakayama Japan

Moss covers weathered tombstones, monks stroll dutifully between temples, and visitors are welcomed to meditate to Buddhist mantras. This is Koyasan, a community in the mountainous peaks of Wakayama Prefecture where Buddhist monks dwell.

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Oct 21
5 Hikes Around Tokyo To Catch Stunning Views Of Autumn Leaves

In Japan, koyo is the incredible phenomenon of leaves changing colors from spring greens to warm autumn tones. It's a seasonal experience that rivals the beauty of exquisite sakura blossoms in the spring and brings locals and tourists alike outsid...

Oct 20
Comfort food care packages eliminate the need to go out for groceries or take-out during final stage of recovery. It's pretty safe to say that no one in the world enjoys having to quarantine at home as they recover from a coronavirus infection. Fo...
Oct 20
Putting together “Battleship Island” gave us a new perspective on what life was like for the families that lived there. A while back, we spent the day recreating Japan's most famous mountain, Mt. Fuji, in paper form. Today, we're turning our a...

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