Loving's not easy on Japan's biggest date night

Japan Society News - December 22, 2014 - 09:19
Christmas Eve surpasses Valentine's Day as the romantic dinner event for Japanese couples, but viewed as a socioeconomic read on Japan, the celebration highlights two major problems the country faces: low wages and low birth rates. (cnbc.com)
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Japan's soaring demand for cow tongue drives U.S. exports

Japan Business News - December 22, 2014 - 06:54
When Manabu Matsumoto took his fiancée to dinner at the Kisuke cow-tongue restaurant in the Japanese city of Sendai recently, the Tokyo couple faced 28 menu choices. (columbian.com)
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Japan actresses announce country's first celebrity gay wedding

Japan Society News - December 22, 2014 - 06:52
Two Japanese actresses will tie the knot next year in the conservative country's first celebrity gay wedding. (gaystarnews.com)
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Sony hack puts Japan's Abe in bind over North Korea abductee talks

Japan Politics News - December 22, 2014 - 06:43
U.S. accusations that North Korea was behind the cyberattack on Sony Pictures could force Japan to choose between backing its ally Washington and keeping talks on track with Pyongyang about Japanese citizens abducted decades ago. (Reuters)
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Japan backs U.S. move to identify N. Korea as behind Sony hacking

Japan Politics News - December 22, 2014 - 05:01
Japan supports a U.S. move to identify North Korea as the culprit behind the recent hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc., the top government spokesman said Monday, criticizing the attack as a grave national security issue. (Kyodo)
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Man finds wrapped body in brother's Atsugi apartment; sibling, wife listed as missing

Japan Society News - December 22, 2014 - 04:59
A man found a body Sunday evening in the Atsugi, Kanagawa Prefecture, apartment of his younger, 58-year-old brother after the landlord alerted him that his sibling had failed to pay the rent. (Japan Times)
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54 workers at Nippon Ham plant suffer food poisoning

Japan Society News - December 21, 2014 - 23:03
Fifty-four workers suffered food poisoning at a Nippon Ham meat-processing plant in Kawatana, Nagasaki Prefecture, company officials said Sunday. (Japan Today)
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Eco-car tax break likely for minicars

Japan Economy News - December 21, 2014 - 22:48
The government and the ruling parties will likely add the minivehicle tax to the list of taxes subject to reduction for eco-friendly cars, starting in fiscal 2015, government sources said. (The Japan News)
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67.9-B.-yen beer coupons left unused in Japan

Japan Business News - December 21, 2014 - 00:34
Beer coupons worth a total of 67.9 billion yen have yet to be used by Japanese households, a liquor industry survey revealed Saturday. (Jiji Press)
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Idemitsu considering acquisition of Showa Shell

Japan Business News - December 21, 2014 - 00:12
Japan's second largest oil distributor Idemitsu Kosan is considering acquiring the 5th-ranked Showa Shell Sekiyu through a tender offer. (NHK)
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Year-end cleaning at Honganji temples in Kyoto

Japan Society News - December 21, 2014 - 00:07
Buddhist monks and believers have come together in an annual year-end event to clean up two major temples in Kyoto. (NHK)
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Prosecutors question ex-Your Party leader Watanabe

Japan Politics News - December 20, 2014 - 23:56
Public prosecutors questioned former Your Party leader Yoshimi Watanabe over his massive borrowings, informed sources have said. (Jiji Press)
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Suica sale halted as crowd swamps Tokyo Station

Japan Society News - December 20, 2014 - 23:53
Sales of special Suica cards to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the opening of Tokyo Station were canceled soon after they began Saturday, as a large crowd of people flooded the area. (The Japan News)
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Foreign visitors a boon to Japanese retailers

Japan Business News - December 19, 2014 - 22:53
Japanese businesses that ordinarily rely on domestic demand are breathing a sigh of relief as foreign tourists flock to duty-free shops and fast-food restaurants. (Nikkei)
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Safety improvement order issued to Airdo airline

Japan Business News - December 19, 2014 - 22:29
Japan's transport ministry has ordered Hokkaido-based air carrier Airdo to correct its lax safety management. (NHK)
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Kanto quake odds seen higher

Japan Sci-Tech News - December 19, 2014 - 22:13
The probability for the Kanto region to be hit by a powerful earthquake - lower 6 or higher on the Japanese intensity scale of 7 - within 30 years has risen, the government panel's latest quake probability map showed Friday. (The Japan News)
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Work begins to clear highway after landslide

Japan Society News - December 19, 2014 - 22:09
The Niigata prefectural government started clearing a section of National Highway Route 405 in Tsunan in the prefecture on Friday, after a landslide mixed with snow blocked off about 50 meters of the road the night before. (The Japan News)
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E-books, digital music on overseas sites to be taxable

Japan Business News - December 19, 2014 - 22:05
The government has decided to levy consumption tax on e-books, digital music and other electronic media sold online by overseas vendors from October, according to sources. (The Japan News)
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Venus probe discovers solar winds speed up after leaving sun

Japan Sci-Tech News - December 19, 2014 - 09:25
Solar winds suddenly speed up when they reach a certain distance from the sun, according to Japanese researchers, who announced the discovery Dec. 18. (Asahi)
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Japanese scientist resigns after stem cell research discredited

Japan Sci-Tech News - December 19, 2014 - 09:17
A researcher embroiled in a fabrication scandal that has rocked Japan's scientific establishment said Friday she would resign after failing to reproduce results of what was once billed as a ground-breaking study on stem cells. (Japan Today)
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