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25 February 2017
" target="_blank">Many employees across Japan will be leaving work at around 3 pm on the last Friday of each month, starting this week. (NHK)
" target="_blank">Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Friday that his wife Akie has resigned as honorary principal of a soon-to-open elementary school whose nationalist operator bought state-owned land at far below appraised value. (Kyodo)
" target="_blank">Smoke emerged at a service building of the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant in Niigata Prefecture on Thursday but it quickly dissipated after a firefighting effort by workers, its operator said. (Japan Times)
" target="_blank">A 12-year-old boy caused a deadly auto accident in Okinawa earlier this month while driving a motorcycle under the influence of alcohol, leaving one teenage passenger dead and another injured, police said Thursday. (Japan Today)
" target="_blank">A new much-awaited long novel by Haruki Murakami has gone on sale. "Killing Commendatore" went up on shelves late Thursday. (NHK)

Feb 25
" target="_blank">A 39-year-old woman stabbed her 11-year-old son in the back and then stabbed herself in the neck at their home in Tokyo's Adachi Ward on Thursday night. (Japan Today)
Feb 24
" target="_blank">Prosecutors on Thursday sought a 17-year prison sentence for a 28-year-old man charged with repeatedly stabbing a pop idol after she rejected his gifts. (Japan Times)
Feb 23
" target="_blank">After teasing us with a behind-the-scenes trailer showing Piko Taro with Canadian singer Justin Bieber on the set of their new SoftBank commercial, the telecommunications provider finally made the big reveal last week, by releasing several of the ads on their official YouTube channel. (rocketnews24.com)
Feb 23
" target="_blank">Crown Prince Naruhito has used the occasion of his 57th birthday to express his readiness to ascend the throne as Emperor Akihito is expected to abdicate as soon as next year. (Japan Times)
Feb 23
" target="_blank">Two Japanese cities are playing up their ninja roots to attract more domestic tourists and international travelers. (NHK)

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Feb 25
" target="_blank">Corporate workers in Japan were divided in their responses to the start on Friday of the public-private "Premium Friday" campaign encouraging people to leave work early on the last Friday of each month. (Jiji)
Feb 24
" target="_blank">Nissan Motor Co. said Carlos Ghosn will step aside as CEO after leading the firm for 16 years, allowing him to concentrate on deploying his cost-cutting expertise across its alliance with Renault SA and newly added Mitsubishi Motors Corp. (the-japan-news.com)
Feb 24
" target="_blank">ANA Holdings plans to spend roughly 100 billion yen ($890 million) to raise its interest in budget carrier Peach Aviation to 67%. (Nikkei)
Feb 23
" target="_blank">Rakuten shares received a boost Wednesday following news of a stock buyback plan, but the rally's staying power is in question, as the Japanese company's key operations sputter including the mainstay e-commerce business in its home country. (Nikkei)
Feb 22
" target="_blank">Businesses leaders and government officials gathered in Tokyo on Tuesday to promote a labor initiative known as "Premium Friday." (NHK)

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Feb 23
" target="_blank">Japanese women's wages hit an all-time high last year, but they continued to earn far less than men. (Nikkei)
Feb 22
" target="_blank">The Japanese government compiled a plan Tuesday to ease visa restrictions for foreign workers in designated special economic zones to address the growing need for services amid a rise in the number of visitors to the country. (Kyodo)
Feb 21
" target="_blank">The price of new condominiums in Japan hit the second highest level on record last year, fuelled by rising costs in personnel and materials. (NHK)
Feb 20
" target="_blank">The introduction of negative interest rates a year ago by the Bank of Japan is prompting listed companies here to funnel the money they save on borrowing costs toward takeovers and capital investment. (Nikkei)
Feb 20
" target="_blank">Japan posted its first trade balance deficit in 5 months in January. Higher oil prices pushed up the costs of imports. (NHK)

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Feb 24
" target="_blank">Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Friday that his wife Akie has resigned as honorary principal of a soon-to-open elementary school whose nationalist operator bought state-owned land at far below appraised value. (Kyodo)
Feb 24
" target="_blank">The head of Japan's Board of Audit says the agency will review the sale of state-owned land to a school operator for just 14 percent of the appraised value. (NHK)
Feb 24
" target="_blank">Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, at a parliamentary meeting on Wednesday, revealed a plan to deploy a new military division to the Kuril Islands, including four islands at the center of a dispute with Japan, this year, according to Russia's Interfax news agency and other sources. (Jiji)
Feb 24
" target="_blank">South Korea's Foreign Minister, Yun Byung-se, has urged the local government of Busan to work to relocate a statue symbolizing those referred to as comfort women. (NHK)
Feb 23
" target="_blank">Japanese government officials have marked Takeshima Day in a ceremony held in western Japan's Shimane Prefecture. (NHK)

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Feb 25
" target="_blank">Third-year students in junior high schools in Japan achieved a state-set goal for writing in English while failing to meet targets for listening, speaking and reading skills, an education ministry survey showed Friday. (Jiji)
Feb 22
" target="_blank">A man who taught English at a well-known chain of foreign language schools in Japan pleaded guilty Tuesday to defrauding his students out of more than $230,000. (Japan Today)
Feb 22
" target="_blank">A kindergarten known for its nationalist curriculum has apologized after coming under fire for hostile comments about Korean and Chinese parents. (Japan Times)
Feb 20
" target="_blank">Education officials in Tachikawa City revealed on Sunday that over 940 students and teachers suffered food-poisoning symptoms last week, with the outbreak likely being due to the eating of tainted school lunches. (tokyoreporter.com)
Feb 20
" target="_blank">A university hospital chief accused of falsifying a diagnosis report for a yakuza boss to keep him out of prison admitted they dined together several times, TV Asahi reported on Saturday (tokyoreporter.com)

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Feb 24
" target="_blank">Smoke emerged at a service building of the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant in Niigata Prefecture on Thursday but it quickly dissipated after a firefighting effort by workers, its operator said. (Japan Times)
Feb 23
" target="_blank">Five Japanese companies have teamed up to re-create legendary comic book robot Astro Boy in toy form. The product marks the 90th anniversary of the birth of comic and animation master Osamu Tezuka. (NHK)
Feb 23
" target="_blank">The government's Headquarters for Earthquake Research Promotion newly added 16 faults to a list of major active fault zones in which a magnitude-7 or larger earthquake could occur. (the-japan-news.com)
Feb 22
" target="_blank">Ueno Zoo halted public viewing of two giant pandas on Wednesday because female panda Shin Shin appears to be in heat. (Japan Times)
Feb 22
" target="_blank">Tired of waiting in a long line to use the bathroom? The internet may offer a solution. (Japan Times)

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Feb 24
" target="_blank">Japan cruised past Kazakhstan 17-0 in the women's curling bronze-medal match on Thursday at the Asian Winter Games. (Japan Times)
Feb 21
" target="_blank">Well, there is now a new Internet sensation breaking down those stereotypes and he comes from the comparatively not-so-popular sport of professional pool. His name is Naoyuki Oi, and you may want to remember the name because it may be popping up a bit more often in the future. (rocketnews24.com)
Feb 16
" target="_blank">In Tinseltown this week there is the potential for a golfing script of which even Hollywood itself would be proud. (telegraph.co.uk)
Feb 14
" target="_blank">Japan's transport ministry said Monday it has started accepting applications for special license plates featuring the 2019 Rugby World Cup logo, aiming to build momentum for the country's hosting of the quadrennial sporting event. (Jiji)
Feb 11
" target="_blank">Unbeaten WBC bantamweight champion Shinsuke Yamanaka was named the 2016 Boxer of the Year on Friday by the Japan Boxing Commission. (Japan Times)

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Feb 24
" target="_blank">A Japanese railway operator has unveiled a luxury sleeper train. Operation of Twilight Express Mizukaze will begin in June. (NHK)
Feb 24
" target="_blank">Japanese officials are testing a smart card system that would allow shops and other tourism-related companies to tailor their services to individual foreign travelers. (NHK)
Feb 23
" target="_blank">Municipalities that have been protecting deer populations as a tourism resource or natural asset are now increasingly struggling with how to manage overpopulation of the animals. (the-japan-news.com)
Feb 23
" target="_blank">The tracks of the now-defunct Takachiho Railway in Miyazaki Prefecture - discontinued due to damage caused by Typhoon No. 14 in 2005 - have been revived as a popular tourist attraction that carried 26,000 passengers in fiscal 2015. (the-japan-news.com)
Feb 21
" target="_blank">Twenty-eight hospitals in Japan have been registered on a government list of medical institutions recommended for non-Japanese as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's administration seeks to promote the nation's advanced medical services. (Japan Times)

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Feb 24
What would I have like to have known before I arrived in Japan? Well...There's this crazy idea floating around – kind of like when you step in dog poop and the smell lingers with you all day… It's that nasty. The idea is that living in Japan m...
Feb 24

When the bell rings after 4th period, it's time for lunch.

I need to bring my brimming tray from the staffroom to the class I'm eating with today. A whirlwind of activity threatens my careful ascent up the stairs: kids chase each other to the sink...

Feb 24
Infographic by Chavarom Chongulia The Japan archipelago runs on a roughly southwest to northeast axis, therefore the spring warmth—and the cherry blossoms—travel up the country from bottom to top. According to the people at weather research co...
Feb 23
I used to run. I used to run two hours nearly everyday along the river by my old apartment. Before I met my husband,I ran anywhere I needed to go and could get to on foot. This was not something I would have ever done in my home town. For one, eve...
Feb 23
Dear Japan,

We have to talk about your weather.

Let's start with the rainy season (coming soon to a sky near you).

I come from the UK. Everybody knows that it rains a lot in England and that's why we all wear bowler hats and say things like “Sp...

Feb 23
In the depression of the 1930s Kamishibai took center stage, pun intended, in cheering up the crowds. At that time Kamishibai was a street performing act, where the story teller would use a mobile mini "stage" to display illustrations that s/he wo...
Feb 23
Kiji-tora family and infant b&W 2

Today is Japan's Day of the Cat, as one (rather tortured, it must be admitted) way of reading 22/2 is nya-nya-nya, the Japanese equivalent of meow-meow-meow, so this is a perect excuse for goo Ranking to publish, and for me to translate, Japan's f...

Feb 22

Oni, often translated as ogre or demon, are present in a variety of areas in Japanese culture. You might have heard that during setsubun, a festival associated with the Lunar New Year, people throw beans at oni to drive away evil-spirits. Oni app...

Feb 22
A foreign lecturer at Kwansei Gakuin University (Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture) received a three-month pay cut after making a remark to a student from Fukushima Prefecture to the effect that they thought she might glow in the dark due to supposed ...
Feb 22
News media have been reporting over the last 24 hours about a list of hospitals in Japan that are recommended for foreigners. 28 in fact. This, we are told, is a government-backed list compiled by the organization, Medical Excellence Japan. The...

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