Huge Kumamon image a thank-you for support

Japan Society News - 11 hours 15 min ago
A huge image of a bowing bear has been created at a park in Kumamoto, western Japan, to show gratitude to those who supported the prefecture following the massive earthquakes in April. (NHK)
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Koike vows to reform Tokyo govt.

Japan Politics News - 11 hours 19 min ago
Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike has vowed increased transparency, less wasteful spending and other reforms in her first policy speech. (NHK)
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Democratic Party leader Renho makes sparring debut with Abe

Japan Politics News - 11 hours 24 min ago
Democratic Party leader Renho slammed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's economic and social policies Wednesday in her first opportunity as leader to directly go up against the premier in a question-and-answer session in the House of Councillors. (Japan Today)
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Gov't panel begins discussion on reforming work practices in Japan

Japan Economy News - 11 hours 25 min ago
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called Tuesday for "speed and action" in formulating recommendations for reforming Japan's working practices at the inaugural meeting of a panel on the matter. (Japan Today)
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Panel to propose review of 3 venues for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Japan Sports News - September 27, 2016 - 22:43
A panel tasked by the Tokyo metropolitan government with reviewing the costs for hosting the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics plans to propose that the construction of three venues should be reconsidered, and existing facilities possibly used, a senior Tokyo government official said Tuesday. (Kyodo)
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Japanese lunar rover tested on sand dunes

Japan Sci-Tech News - September 27, 2016 - 22:42
A Japanese team taking part in an international race to operate a rover on the Moon has begun testing its machine in sand dunes. (NHK)
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Special coating to be applied for Olympic roads

Japan Sports News - September 27, 2016 - 22:41
One challenge facing the organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games will be keeping athletes cool in the blazing summer heat. Government officials plan to apply a special coating to roads in Tokyo to reduce surface temperatures. (NHK)
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Japan's abandoned 'Dreamland' theme park is not for the faint of heart

Japan Society News - September 27, 2016 - 22:28
Disneyland is the Happiest Place on Earth. And this place could easily be the saddest. Welcome to Nara Dreamland, an abandoned theme park in Japan's Nara Prefecture. (
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Fukushima ice wall failing to deliver on promise

Japan Sci-Tech News - September 27, 2016 - 22:22
Six months since the work began, the "ice wall" has failed to produce its intended results as groundwater continues to flow in and out of damaged facilities at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. (Nikkei)
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Opposition party seeks to ban lawmakers with dual nationality

Japan Politics News - September 27, 2016 - 22:16
Opposition party Nippon Ishin no Kai on Tuesday submitted to the Diet revisions to an election law, seeking to ban lawmakers with dual nationality from taking office, in the wake of the furor caused by the new leader of Japan's main opposition party. (Kyodo)
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Local leaders seek reforms to shorten nursery waiting list

Japan Education News - September 27, 2016 - 21:58
Local government chiefs in Japan asked Health, Labor and Welfare Minister Yasuhisa Shiozaki on Tuesday to reform people's work styles as a way to shorten the long waiting lists of applicants for nursery facilities across the nation. (Jiji Press)
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Yahoo Japan eyes four-day workweek for all its employees

Japan Business News - September 27, 2016 - 21:54
Yahoo Japan Corp. is considering introducing a four-day workweek for all its 5,800 employees, sources have revealed. (Japan Times)
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Japan versions of TPP documents turn up 18 mistranslated parts

Japan Education News - September 27, 2016 - 11:06
Eighteen mistranslated parts have been found in the official Japanese translation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership documents, it was learned on Monday. (Japan Times)
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Long-term JGB yields sinking gradually

Japan Economy News - September 26, 2016 - 22:51
Long-term Japanese government bond yields are sinking gradually following the Bank of Japan's recent announcement of a new policy framework. (Jiji Press)
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Roman empire coins found in Okinawa

Japan Education News - September 26, 2016 - 22:47
Bronze coins that were dug up at the Katsuren Castle Remains in the city of Uruma in Okinawa Prefecture have been identified as those of the Roman Empire, the city's education board said Monday. (Jiji Press)
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Japan swimsuit teen's eel ad pulled over sexism claims

Japan Society News - September 26, 2016 - 22:42
An online ad featuring a swimsuit-clad teenage girl who turns into an eel was pulled Monday after Japanese internet users complained it was sexist. (Japan Today)
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Cabinet adopts bill to fund maglev

Japan Business News - September 26, 2016 - 22:37
The government adopted at a cabinet meeting Monday a bill to enable a government-affiliated institution to provide loans to finance part of the construction of Central Japan Railway Co.'s magnetic levitation Shinkansen high-speed train line.


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A record number of foreign residents of Japan

Japan Society News - September 26, 2016 - 22:32
The number of foreign residents of Japan has reached a record high of more than 2 million. (NHK)
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Japan to increase butter imports

Japan Business News - September 26, 2016 - 22:27
Japan's agriculture ministry is planning to import another 4,000 tons of butter, as raw milk production may fall in some areas of the country. (NHK)
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Snake on a train: Left-behind ratsnake stalls Shinkansen

Japan Society News - September 26, 2016 - 13:03
A rogue ratsnake brought a Shinkansen bullet train to a halt on Monday after a passenger spotted it wrapped around a window-side armrest. (Tokyo Reporter)
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