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24 January 2017
" target="_blank">People in western Japan are facing heavy snow as a strong cold air mass hits the region. (NHK)
" target="_blank">Kisenosato, who has the second-highest rank of ozeki in the Makuuchi top division of professional sumo, is set to become the first Japanese yokozuna top-ranked wrestler in almost two decades on Wednesday. (Jiji)
" target="_blank">A Japanese government panel discussing Emperor Akihito's apparent wish to abdicate has released an interim report summarizing its deliberations. (NHK)
" target="_blank">The government has decided to launch an online service to allow foreign nationals to apply and update their residency status in Japan from fiscal 2018, one of a series of measures aimed at improving business efficiency to attract more foreign investment. (Japan Times)
" target="_blank">A lion attacked and seriously injured two caretakers Monday at a facility housing animals used for filming and photo shoots in Chiba Prefecture, local emergency services said. (Japan Times)

Jan 24
" target="_blank">Police in Katori, Chiba Prefecture, have arrested an unemployed 28-year-old man for attempting to film women in a toilet at a shrine. (Japan Today)
Jan 24
" target="_blank">Former actress Saya Takagi denied marijuana possession Monday at the first hearing of her trial at the Naha District Court in Okinawa Prefecture. (Japan Today)
Jan 23
" target="_blank">Shizuoka Prefectural Police have arrested a 22-year-old man in the beating death of his father at the residence they shared in Hamamatsu City, reports TV Asahi (Jan. 23). (tokyoreporter.com)
Jan 23
" target="_blank">Police on Sunday night arrested an unemployed 31-year-old man for taking a 16-year-old girl hostage at knifepoint in a shopping mall in Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima Prefecture. (Japan Today)
Jan 23
" target="_blank">A Japanese man in his 20s died in Friday's car rampage in one of Melbourne's busiest shopping areas, Japanese Foreign Ministry sources said Sunday. (Japan Today)

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Jan 24
" target="_blank">Japanese merchants accepting bitcoin payments could quintuple to 20,000 this year, looking to cater to foreign visitors' digital wallets as the virtual currency spreads. (Nikkei)
Jan 23
" target="_blank">The Japanese government wants city governments and cruise ship operators to join hands in building large harbors exclusively for cruise ships, eyeing an economic boost through increased tourism. (Nikkei)
Jan 21
" target="_blank">The manufacturer of the Mitsubishi Regional Jet plans to postpone its first delivery until mid-2020. (NHK)
Jan 20
" target="_blank">Mori Building, a leading urban landscape developer, will start constructing two new skyscrapers at Toranomon Hills, one for business beginning in February and the other for residences beginning in March. (Japan Today)
Jan 19
" target="_blank">Toshiba Corp. has sought financial assistance from the state-owned Development Bank of Japan as it expects an asset impairment loss of up to 700 billion yen ($6.17 billion) from its U.S. nuclear business, sources close to the matter said Thursday. (Kyodo)

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Jan 24
" target="_blank">U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday withdrew his country from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, an expansive free trade agreement also involving Japan and 10 other nations aimed at countering China's increasing economic clout. (Kyodo)
Jan 21
" target="_blank">The administration of new US President Donald Trump has announced through the White House website its intention to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement. (NHK)
Jan 19
" target="_blank">Stocks gained further ground on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Thursday thanks to the yen's easing, lifting the benchmark Nikkei average to its first finish above 19,000 in three days. (Japan Times)
Jan 19
" target="_blank">Japan has maintained its hold for a second month on the No. 1 spot atop China among foreign owners of U.S. Treasury securities. (Japan Today)
Jan 14
" target="_blank">Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says Japan and Australia should advance free trade and boost collaboration on regenerative medicine, artificial intelligence and other fields. (NHK)

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Jan 23
" target="_blank">Two men with the same name have filed as candidates in the Karatsu city assembly election in Saga Prefecture, prompting the election board to take the unusual step of asking voters to differentiate between the two by writing something beside their name when voting on Jan 29. (Japan Today)
Jan 23
" target="_blank">Close aides to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump agreed Sunday to work together to enhance bilateral relations, Japanese government officials said. (Kyodo)
Jan 21
" target="_blank">Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent Donald Trump a message celebrating his inauguration as new president of the United States in Washington on Friday. (Jiji)
Jan 20
" target="_blank">The position of the Japan-U.S. alliance as the linchpin of Japanese foreign policy and security is an "unchanging principle," Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said in a policy speech Friday hours before the inauguration of the next U.S. president. (Kyodo)
Jan 20
" target="_blank">The organizing committee of the 2017 Asian Winter Games to be held in Hokkaido, northern Japan, next month has asked a Japanese hotel chain to take appropriate measures amid criticism for its owner's denial of the 1937 Nanjing incident. (Jiji)

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Jan 24
" target="_blank">A female middle school student was punched in the head from behind while walking home alone in Yokosuka City, police said on Monday. (tokyoreporter.com)
Jan 23
" target="_blank">The principal of a middle school apologized on Sunday for failing to take action over the bullying of a female student over the Fukushima nuclear disaster for almost six months until her parents raised the issue. (tokyoreporter.com)
Jan 22
" target="_blank">The Japanese government will set the legal age for marriage at 18 for both men and women, informed sources said Saturday. (Jiji)
Jan 19
" target="_blank">Osaka police have referred the mother of a teenage pop performer to prosecutors on suspicion of allowing her daughter to skip school. (NHK)
Jan 17
" target="_blank">A smoking ban inside restaurants is one of the main pillars aimed at preventing damage from passive smoking in a draft revision to the Health Promotion Law, according to sources. (the-japan-news.com)

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Jan 24
" target="_blank">The operator of Narita International Airport launched a demonstration trial on Monday for a robot that takes away the used dishes of lounge users at the airport in Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo. (Jiji)
Jan 18
" target="_blank">The Nuclear Regulation Authority on Wednesday unanimously adopted a screening report concluding that the No. 3 and No. 4 reactors at Kyushu Electric Power Co.'s Genkai nuclear power station in southwestern Japan meet the country's new safety standards for their restart. (Jiji)
Jan 17
" target="_blank">Japanese health officials say a fake product labeled as a drug for hepatitis C was sold in western Japan. (NHK)
Jan 16
" target="_blank">A Japanese ship has been caught with a slaughtered whale in the Antarctic in defiance of an international court decision against Tokyo's hunts, activist group Sea Shepherd said Sunday. (Japan Times)
Jan 15
" target="_blank">A launch of a Japanese mini-rocket has ended in failure. The flight was aborted because of technical difficulties. (NHK)

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Jan 24
" target="_blank">Kisenosato, who has the second-highest rank of ozeki in the Makuuchi top division of professional sumo, is set to become the first Japanese yokozuna top-ranked wrestler in almost two decades on Wednesday. (Jiji)
Jan 23
" target="_blank">Japan's Kei Nishikori showed great resilience but eventually fell in five sets to 17-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 on Sunday, missing out on a third straight appearance in the Australian Open quarterfinals. (Kyodo)
Jan 22
" target="_blank">In sumo, Ozeki champion Kisenosato clinched his first Emperor's Cup on Saturday, the 14th day of the 15-day tournament, in Tokyo. (NHK)
Jan 19
" target="_blank">University rugby, the traditional center of the game in Japan, will no longer have a place in the national championships, the Japan Rugby Football Union decided on Wednesday. (Japan Times)
Jan 18
" target="_blank">A 10-year-old boy in Okawa City was killed by a falling soccer goal that wasn't properly secured to the ground, school board officials said on Friday. (tokyoreporter.com)

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Jan 23
" target="_blank">The Japanese government wants city governments and cruise ship operators to join hands in building large harbors exclusively for cruise ships, eyeing an economic boost through increased tourism. (Nikkei)
Jan 23
" target="_blank">The government has decided to launch an online service to allow foreign nationals to apply and update their residency status in Japan from fiscal 2018, one of a series of measures aimed at improving business efficiency to attract more foreign investment. (Japan Times)
Jan 23
" target="_blank">Foreign tourists should be able to access almost half of Japan's ATMs for cash using overseas-issued debit or credit cards by the end of 2018, though the country still will lag most Western nations in offering this convenience. (Nikkei)
Jan 22
" target="_blank">The Japan Tourism Agency plans to keep malicious tour operators from the business for five years to prevent foreign tourists in the country from being involved in trouble caused by them, informed sources said Saturday. (Jiji)
Jan 20
" target="_blank">Over 9.4 million foreign tourists visited Osaka last year, the largest number ever, Osaka tourism authorities announced earlier this week. (Japan Times)

" target="_blank">2017: What’s hot in Japan for the Year Of The Rooster
After 17 years in the Japan travel business, you might have thought we’d seen everything there is to see. And it’s true – we have explored every inch of Japan, toured every prefecture, eaten in thousands of restaurants and slept at countless hotels. Yet in a country as fast-paced as Japan, there’s always something new and exciting happening to make us see our favourite destinations in a different light. So in 2017, where will we be heading? (insidejapantours.com)

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Jan 24
Japan is great for many things, food, culture and believe it or not stationery. This doesn't come as a big surprise though, with the Land of the Rising Sun of course being the home of the artistic craft of origami. Stationery always seems to be on...
Jan 24

Text from Japan Today, 1/12/17.

Japan has always loved photography, even back when taking a picture meant fiddling with switches and dials. That sentiment has only intensified now that just about everyone over the age of 15 is walking around with ...

Jan 23

Been getting so many comments on today's #BlackEye article that I believe I'm going to have to do a follow-up. Perhaps even something investigative, either on my blog or on my column. haven't decided yet.

Because these comments are ALL over the pl...

Jan 23

Japan's vivid changing seasons are not only beautiful to witness, but they can also be very delicious to taste! Throughout the year across the country, various produce farms take their turn growing and harvesting fresh fruits and vegetables. Inst...

Jan 23
2010 Japan Trip 1 Day 10

Today let's have a ranking from Macromill Research for a change, a look at Japan's favourite characters.

My favourite is number 10, followed by number 8 then 5, I suppose. Number 3 would be much higher-ranked if it wasn't for the fact that in Japa...

Jan 23

Photo by leonardohwan on Flickr.com

When learning a new language the biggest challenge one could face is improving their listening skills. Especially when they are not living in that country.

I have seen students buy listening practice materials ...

Jan 22
A worker adjusts the US flag before Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe addresses media following a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump in Manhattan (Photo: Reuters/Andrew Kelly).

Author: Hitoshi Tanaka, JCIE

Donald Trump's election to the US presidency came as a major surprise to Japan and the rest of Asia. And Trump's controversial campaign rhetoric has brought into question the pillars of US foreign policy, including the...

Jan 22
nara-buddha.jpg

Did you know that one of Japan's greatest cultural and historical centers is only a short trian ride south of Kyoto? Nara - the ancient capital that was thriving before Kyoto was even a glimmer in the eye of its founder - is truly an untapped tour...

Jan 22
It´s winterseason in Japan! I love winter. I love snow. Living in Tokyo where snow is very rare, gives me a tough time during the cold month. That´s why I like to go to the north to enjoy snow in the mountains. For people who just want to walk i...
Jan 22
Are Casinos in Japan an Unnecessary Gamble?

A couple of years ago, I tackled the hot topic at the time which was: Should Japan allow casinos to operate within its borders? At the time, public opinion was divided, with the majority seemingly against the idea. In light of recent developments,...

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