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30 March 2017
A government panel unveiled an action plan Tuesday to reduce long working hours and ensure equal treatment for regular and nonregular employees as Japan seeks to promote broad labor reform. (Japan Today)
Toshiba's US nuclear subsidiary Westinghouse has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. (NHK)
Groups of Japanese researchers say they have successfully transplanted iPS cells derived from a donor into a patient suffering from a serious eye disease. (NHK)
Authorities say high school students and teachers who were hit by an avalanche in Tochigi Prefecture, north of Tokyo, on Monday were not carrying beacons. (NHK)
Japan has decided not to take part in talks aimed at drawing up a legally binding ban on nuclear weapons. (NHK)

Mar 29
Hyogo Prefectural Police have arrested a sergeant stationed in Himeji City for allegedly molesting a teenage girl inside a JR West train, reports the Sankei Shimbun. (tokyoreporter.com)
Mar 28
A court sentenced a former ballet school student to four years and six months in prison on Monday for cutting off a female ballet instructor's thumb at a ballet studio in Tokyo last year. (Japan Times)
Mar 27
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested 41-year-old man suspected in about 100 thefts of bags on the Chuo Line, reports TV Asahi. (tokyoreporter.com)
Mar 27
The body of a girl was found near a drainage ditch in Abiko, Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo, on Sunday and she was identified as a nine-year-old Vietnamese girl who went missing in the Chiba city of Matsudo two days ago. (Jiji)
Mar 27
The government is considering exchanging the residences of the Emperor and the crown prince if the Emperor abdicates, it has been learned. (the-japan-news.com)

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Mar 29
Macau casino operator Galaxy Entertainment Group will join forces with its associate in Monaco, Societe des Bains de Mer, to pursue casino resort development opportunities in Japan and other new Asia-Pacific markets. (Nikkei)
Mar 29
A Japanese discount travel agency's bankruptcy has left many customers demanding refunds from an industry organization. (NHK)
Mar 29
Toshiba's US nuclear subsidiary Westinghouse has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. (NHK)
Mar 29
FamilyMart employees caring for relatives will be able to work a four-day week starting as early as September, as the Japanese convenience store operator looks to boost efficiency by embracing different styles of working. (Nikkei)
Mar 29
After three decades building an airplane from scratch, Michimasa Fujino, 56, chief engineer of the HondaJet, might have to reach a ripe old age to see Honda Motor Co.'s pet aviation project recoup its development costs. (the-japan-news.com)

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Mar 29
A government panel unveiled an action plan Tuesday to reduce long working hours and ensure equal treatment for regular and nonregular employees as Japan seeks to promote broad labor reform. (Japan Today)
Mar 29
The Japanese government has drawn up a plan to overhaul working conditions and practices at firms and factories around the country. (NHK)
Mar 24
The Japanese yen's recent rise against the dollar has defied conventional market wisdom, but a stronger currency may actually support Japan as it confronts the Trump administration on matters of trade and foreign exchange. (Reuters)
Mar 23
Japan's 14 major electricity and gas companies are expected to raise rates in May for the fourth straight month, as the utilities pass on rising costs of imported fuels to consumers. (Nikkei)

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Mar 28
Japan has decided not to take part in talks aimed at drawing up a legally binding ban on nuclear weapons. (NHK)
Mar 28
The Diet enacted the government's fiscal 2017 general account budget worth a record ¥97,454.7 billion on Monday. (the-japan-news.com)
Mar 26
Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga said Saturday he will certainly withdraw his predecessor's approval for the landfill work for relocating a U.S. military base within the southernmost prefecture. (Jiji)
Mar 25
Japan's Liberal Democratic Party on Friday submitted a record of email exchanges in which Akie Abe, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's wife, denies her alleged payment of one million yen to an embattled school operator. (Jiji)
Mar 25
Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada ordered the Ground Self-Defense Force on Friday to withdraw its engineering troops taking part in a U.N. peacekeeping mission in South Sudan by the end of May. (Jiji)

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Mar 29
As details emerged of Monday's devastating avalanche at a ski resort in Tochigi Prefecture, which killed seven high school students and a teacher, an instruction given by a teacher has come under scrutiny. (Japan Times)
Mar 28
Seven high school students and a teacher were confirmed dead after being engulfed by an avalanche at a ski resort in the town of Nasu, Tochigi Prefecture, eastern Japan, on Monday. (Jiji)
Mar 26
For most of his twenties, Naohiro Kimura was a recluse who often spent days shut inside his apartment. Since emerging from his reclusive state last spring, though, he has become the editor of a monthly newspaper serving Japan's community of social recluses, and hopes that through it he can draw some of them out-and change the Japanese public's perception of them. (qz.com)
Mar 25
New textbooks authorized for use in Japan's senior high schools from April next year contain more descriptions on foreign and defense policies undertaken by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government, such as the ability to engage in collective self-defense, according to the results of the education ministry's latest textbook screening disclosed Friday. (Japan Today)
Mar 23
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has unveiled an outline of a facility designed to boost young people's communication skills in the English language. (NHK)

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Mar 29
Groups of Japanese researchers say they have successfully transplanted iPS cells derived from a donor into a patient suffering from a serious eye disease. (NHK)
Mar 27
A team of researchers in Japan has succeeded in filming the moment when an Amami rabbit, a rare species, was preyed on by a feral cat. (NHK)
Mar 26
After several months of quiet, a vulcanian-type explosion occurred this afternoon (25 Mar) shortly after 18h local time(18:03). (volcanodiscovery.com)
Mar 26
A Japanese Internet of Things solution for monitoring children while at kindergarten has won a global competition for start-up companies. (NHK)
Mar 25
The Meteorological Agency on Friday warned that an underwater volcano about 400 km south of Tokyo could erupt soon, spurring the Japan Coast Guard to issue an alert to ships in the area. (Japan Times)

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Mar 29
A stable master of Japan's sumo says Yokozuna, or grand champion, Kisenosato has been diagnosed with an injury that requires one month to heal. (NHK)
Mar 29
Leicester City striker Shinji Okazaki celebrated his 50th international goal Tuesday as Japan brushed aside Thailand 4-0 to edge closer to a sixth successive World Cup. (Japan Today)
Mar 26
In sumo, newly-promoted Yokozuna or grand champion Kisenosato came from behind to win his 2nd Emperor's Cup in a row. (NHK)
Mar 21
A golf club designated as the venue for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics has decided to allow women to become full members. Kasumigaseki Country Club has been a male-only golf course since its opening in 1929. (NHK)
Mar 17
The village of Hakuba in Nagano Prefecture is expected to host a World Cup Nordic combined competition next winter for the first time in 15 seasons, an informed source said Thursday. (Kyodo)

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Mar 29
Narita International Airport in Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo, unveiled Tuesday self-service baggage drop machines for international flights. (Jiji)
Mar 28
A ceremony was held on Sunday to celebrate the completion of work to reconstruct the old residence of former Japanese Prime Minister Shigeru Yoshida in the town of Oiso, Kanagawa Prefecture, southwest of Tokyo. (Jiji)
Mar 26
People in the City of Kumamoto are welcoming spring after a particularly trying year. Many are still recovering from a series of earthquakes that struck southwestern Japan last April. (NHK)
Mar 26
In the year after the opening of the Hokkaido Shinkansen high-speed railway service, the number of visitors increased mainly in Hakodate, southern Hokkaido, the gateway to Japan's northernmost main island. (Jiji)
Mar 26
Those seeking to escape the hustle and bustle of Japan's big cities will find what they are looking for in a hot-spring paradise hidden deep in a forest. (Japan Times)

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Mar 29

While popular touristy spots like Harajuku and Asakusa are undoubtedly noteworthy destinations, perusing new places and spaces to see Tokyo's less travelled parts is an incomparable adventure. One of those regions that both travelers and residents...

Mar 29
Moving in

I moved to Japan from Scotland in 2005. Sometime in 2013 my Japanese wife and I decided to decamp from our Aichi commuter town. We both grew up in the countryside and the idea of space, of green-ness, of silence and solitude resonated l...

Mar 29
Assessing the BOJ's yield curve control policy

The Bank of Japan (BOJ) announced in September last year that it would be switching the focus of its quantitative easing program from monetary base targeting to controlling the shape of the yield curve (Bank of Japan, 2016). A brief comparison o...

Mar 29
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A word that came into fashion about five or six years ago is 終活, shuukatsu, an abbreviation of the phrase “Activities for one's end of life”, basically getting one's finances, will, paperwork, funeral plan, etc all in order while one is st...

Mar 29

Last year Seibu Railways launched a new poster campaign to educate their straphangers on proper train etiquette and manners. Given the surge in tourism in Japan recently, the train company decided to create their posters in an ukiyo-e inspired s...

Mar 28

There are many Hot-springs and sightseeing spots in Hokkaido.
Noboribetsu (登別) is one of the best Hot-springs area in Hokkaido.
There are several walking trails and you can feel the volcanic nature.

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Ask Japanese friends what their family crest is and most likely they will be able to tell you. Crests (kamon or mon in Japanese) are still in use today. But while many Japanese know their family's crest, not many own an item with their crest on i...

Mar 26
Cat cafes, cat islands, cat day, and even a quasi cat / Halloween parade, in recent years Japan has really gotten on board with the simple pleasures that can be garnered from staring at cats. And not before time, too. Cats are endlessly amusing,...
Mar 25

When Bono was writing “Where the Streets Have No Names” for U2 he was speaking metaphorically about social injustice on the streets of Northern Ireland. But there is a place where most of the streets do not have names and there is nothing me...

Mar 24
I found out that Paris is one of the Kyoto's sister cities, and I've met a lot of French working professionals/students here - seems like they have special connection in between the two beautiful cities.

I met my Parisian Ben through Couchsurfing w...

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