The new sport of pillow throwing, which burst into the spotlight 12 years ago inspired by high school students' school trips, is about to uncovered a new hero, with the launch of the 12th annual "All Japan Pillow Throwing Competition" held in Ito Onsen, Shizuoka Prefecture. (News On Japan, TBS, 2024-02-25)
In this year's Shunto (spring wage negotiations), Honda and Mazda provided full responses to their labor unions on the 21st, marking the earliest responses among major automakers. Both companies plan to implement wage increases at a high level, and the focus is on whether this trend will spread further. (News On Japan, NHK, 2024-02-21)
Temperatures across Japan on Sunday, February 18, soared to levels typical of March or April. In Ishikawa Prefecture, which suffered damage from the Noto Peninsula earthquake, the mercury rose, forcing evacuees in plastic greenhouses to take measures against the heat. (News On Japan, ANN, 2024-02-19)
In a lawsuit filed by Kyoto University seeking the eviction of students residing in part of the Yoshida Dormitory, considered the oldest student dormitory in Japan, the students have achieved a partial victory.
(News On Japan, ANN, 2024-02-18)
In Takashima City, Shiga Prefecture, the early spring flower, Zazen grass, is currently at its peak blooming season.
Zazen grass, a perennial in the Araceae family, gets its name from its flower's resemblance to a meditating monk in a seated position. (News On Japan, YOMIURI, 2024-02-16)
Starting in April, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism has compiled a draft operational policy for the introduction of "ridesharing," where private drivers use their own vehicles to transport passengers for a fee. (News On Japan, NHK, 2024-02-08)
The popular wild dolphin-watching tours on the Noto Peninsula were suspended due to the impact of an earthquake, but tour guides are tirelessly working towards their resumption. Satomi Sakashita started the dolphin-watching tours in 2005, attracting nearly 4,000 participants annually before the pandemic. However, the earthquake has left the future of these tours uncertain.
(News On Japan, ANNnewsCH, 2024-02-06)
In an unusual move, the Japanese Embassy in the United States has issued a statement confirming that popular singer Taylor Swift will be able to attend the Super Bowl in Las Vegas the day after her concert in Tokyo. (News On Japan, TBS, 2024-02-04)
Last year's average job availability ratio stood at 1.31 times, surpassing the previous year for the second consecutive year, against the backdrop of economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the situation remains lower than the pre-pandemic year of Reiwa 1 (2019), and the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare has noted that "there appears to be a trend of reducing job openings in the manufacturing and construction industries due to the surge in raw material costs, and careful monitoring is required." (News On Japan, ANN, 2024-01-30)
Policymakers at the Bank of Japan have wrapped up their two-day meeting on Tuesday.
They say they are leaving the central bank's easing program unchanged. They decided to stick with the current policy to achieve sustainable and stable price gains led by stronger wage growth. (NHK, TBS, 2024-01-23)
A temporary counseling center has been established near the area commonly referred to as 'Toyoko' in Kabukicho, Tokyo, but the key challenge is whether the youth will seek out this facility for advice. (News On Japan, ANNnewsCH, 2024-01-20)
The Tokyo District Prosecutor's Office has decided not to prosecute the man known as 'Rengoku Koroaki,' a YouTuber specializing in citizen's arrests, who was arrested last year for unlawfully detaining another man. (News On Japan, 日テレNEWS, 2024-01-17)
A 25-year-old man suspected of fatally stabbing a 20-year-old woman last month at a karaoke parlor in Nagoya has been rearrested for the murder of a woman with whom he was cohabiting in a condominium in Nagoya. (News On Japan, TBS, 2024-01-16)
A gang of 4 teenagers robbed a man of 25 million yen in a karaoke box on Sunday by spraying him with tear gas, with one 18-year-old suspect arrested and 3 others still on the loose. (News On Japan, ANNnewsCH, 2024-01-16)
Japan's Financial Services Agency (FSA) is getting ready to tighten the screws on Sompo Japan by issuing a business improvement order within this month following the insurance fraud scandal involving false claims by used car dealer Big Motor. (News On Japan, TBS NEWS, 2024-01-16)
Monday marks two weeks since a devastating earthquake and tsunami struck central Japan. The disaster has claimed at least 221 lives, with crews searching for 22 people still unaccounted for. As relief efforts continue, officials fear harsh conditions in evacuation centers are posing a major health risk.
Since 2008, about a third of department stores in Japan have closed down, with Ichibata in Shimane the latest to shut its doors, leaving four prefectures in Japan without any department stores at all. (News On Japan, ANNnewsCH, 2024-01-15)
Weather officials in Japan say a strong winter pressure pattern will intensify beginning Sunday night and continuing through Tuesday in the areas stricken by the deadly earthquake that hit central regions of the country on New Year's Day.
(NHK, ANNnewsCH, 2024-01-14)