News On Japan

Yuuji Hara, CEO of Extrabold, is revolutionizing Japan's manufacturing industry with a groundbreaking 3D printer. His goal is to make 3D printing technology accessible to small factories, and development is progressing rapidly.

Osaka's iconic Colonel Sanders statue has been given a final farewell at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine following his epic journey to the bottom of Dotonbori River and back.

Osaka's Nipponbashi Tool District boasts a history even longer than Tokyo's Kappabashi, renowned for its unique shop owners and innovative gadgets, attracting foreign visitors who rave about their finds.

Across Japan, specialty hamburger stores are gaining traction, as witnessed by a list of 100 prestigious stores based on user ratings from Tabelog.

On March 10, 13 years ago, no one knew a disaster would strike the next day. Yet, an elementary school held an assembly warning that an earthquake might occur, saving the lives of 90 children.

During the chilly winter months, a group of brave souls gathers at Kanagawa Prefecture's "Sunset Waterfall" to partake in waterfall training. This ritual, which involves standing beneath a 23-meter-high waterfall, is surprisingly popular in winter, with a diverse set of participants.

Regular services for riverboat tourism on the Kumano River and its tributary, the Kitayama River, commenced Saturday, with tourists exploring the "Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range," a World Heritage site known for the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage routes, and is also referred to as the "river pilgrimage route."

The world's largest gold nugget, certified by Guinness World Records, is currently on display in Izu, weighing in at 250 kilograms.

Isn't it beautiful? In a flask containing a substance with a deep purple hue, Professor Akira Kitagishi from Doshisha University is conducting an experiment that may create a groundbreaking therapeutic drug.

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.

As the Nikkei reaches historic highs, investors are reminiscent of the last time the market reached such dizzy heights in 1989, the end of an era as Heisei began, marked by the emergence of the Recruit scandal, considered the largest corruption scandal in the post-war era, leading to the formation of a new government led by Prime Minister Takeshita.

The first-ever discussion between the executives of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and Komeito has been held on whether to allow the export of defense equipment, including the "next-generation fighter jet" being developed by Japan, the United Kingdom, and Italy, to third countries.

Due to the effects of an unusually warm winter, the national dog sledding race, often referred to as "Koshien of Dogs," scheduled to be held in Hokkaido, has been canceled.

As the new NISA and the current stock market boom fuel the investment fever among the younger generation, there's a growing voice suggesting that experience may be more valuable than financial investment at a young age.

The main store of Niku no Mansei, an iconic Western-style barbecue restaurant in Akihabara, has announced it will close next month.

A massive Taiwanese semiconductor company has made its way into a town in Kumamoto Prefecture with a population of 43,000.

In tropical Thailand, a culinary phenomenon is taking place: the Japanese "yakiimo" or roasted sweet potato. This humble snack has undergone a remarkable evolution in Thailand, captivating the nation with its sweetness and texture.

To address the driver shortage crisis, long-standing rivals Yamato Transport and Japan Post have teamed up to tackle Japan's challenging logistical environment known as the "2024 Problem."

The cultural tapestry of Japan is rich and diverse, with the Kanto and Kansai regions offering a fascinating study in contrasts, from convenience store rice balls to public bath customs. What are the differences?

As travel demand rebounds, ANA Holdings has unveiled the first aircraft of its new international brand "AirJapan," set to begin operations on Friday, February 9. ANA Holdings, parent company of All Nippon Airways and low-cost carrier Peach, introduces AirJapan as the third brand in its international flight segment.

A heavy snow warning has been issued in Tokyo as snow began to fall across the 23 wards of Tokyo in the afternoon, leading to multiple accidents. Japan's Meteorological Agency says, "The peak of the heavy snow is expected to end late tonight, but caution is advised across a wide area tomorrow morning due to expected low temperatures, snow accumulation, and road icing, which could cause transportation disruptions."

This spring's labor negotiations will see labor unions of three major steel companies, members of the Basic Industry Workers' Federation, compile a policy proposal demanding wage increases of about 30,000 yen per month, which amounts to a base pay raise equivalent and marks the highest level in nearly 50 years.

Annually, Osaka attracts around 10 million foreign tourists, boasting popular destinations like Osaka Castle and Universal Studios Japan. A follow-up at the tourist information centers in Osaka reveals these hotspots are just the beginning for travelers.

The synopsis and preview cuts for Episode 17 of the TV anime "The Apothecary Diaries," which will air on February 3rd (on Nippon Television Network, every Saturday from 24:55), have been unveiled. Set in the imperial harem full of rumors and conspiracies, the series follows the story of Maomao, a former apothecary girl (voiced by Aoi YĆ«ki), and the stunning nobleman Jinshi (voiced by Takao Otsuka), who takes a liking to her, as they unravel a superb mystery.

The Japan Nature Conservation Association revealed the results of its nationwide turtle survey on Thursday, February 1, with more than half the collected samples being the 'Red-Eared Slider,' as this invasive species continues to expand its habitat, while there are concerns over the declining population of the native Japanese Pond Turtle.

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