Teaching materials confiscated on Kunashiri

Japan Education News - June 24, 2017 - 23:51
Confusion is spreading after teaching materials on the Japanese language brought in by four lecturers sent from Japan to one of four Russian-controlled islands as part of visa-free exchange activities were seized by Russian customs authorities. (the-japan-news.com)
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5.2-magnitude quake hits central Japan, no tsunami warning

Japan Sci-Tech News - June 24, 2017 - 23:43
A 5.2-magnitude earthquake struck central Japan Sunday morning but there was no tsunami warning, Japanese and US authorities said. (inquirer.net)
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Mao Kobayashi's blog on cancer battle 'groundbreaking': BBC

Japan Education News - June 24, 2017 - 23:36
Japanese newscaster Mao Kobayashi's blog on her battle against breast cancer was "groundbreaking," British broadcaster BBC reported Friday. (Jiji)
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Woman, former common-law husband arrested over death of 21-month-old son

Japan Society News - June 24, 2017 - 23:33
Kanagawa prefectural police said Saturday they have arrested an unemployed 26-year-old woman and her 29-year-old former common-law husband on suspicion of fatally abusing her 21-month-old son at their apartment in Sagamihara last September. (Japan Today)
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Female Japan politician resigns after attacking male aide

Japan Politics News - June 24, 2017 - 05:30
A female Japanese politician has resigned after an audio tape emerged of her violently attacking a male secretary, and reportedly threatening to crush his head with a lead pipe. (AFP)
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Google Doodle celebrates the birthday of Japan's blind scholar Hanawa Hokiichi

Japan Education News - June 23, 2017 - 23:47
Hanawa Hokiichi, Japan's revered blind scholar and Buddhist monk of the Edo-era, was born on this date a full 271 years ago. A Google Doodle appearing in the country Friday shows the savant seated next to a kneeling student, with dreams of books floating above his head - alluding to his reputation as a font of wisdom. (Time)
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Europe and Japan near trade deal as U.S. takes protectionist path

Japan Economy News - June 23, 2017 - 23:38
The European Union and Japan are close to sealing one of the largest trade agreements ever, a deal that could further isolate the United States as President Trump forges a protectionist path. (nytimes.com)
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Actor Ryo Hashizume re-arrested for alleged use of stimulant drugs

Japan Society News - June 23, 2017 - 23:34
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Friday re-arrested actor Ryo Hashizume for the use stimulant drugs. The actor was already in custody for possession of the banned substances, reports TBS News. (tokyoreporter.com)
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Chiba cops: Man posing as talent scout drugged, raped woman

Japan Society News - June 23, 2017 - 23:32
Chiba Prefectural Police have arrested a 67-year-old man for allegedly drugging and raping a woman earlier this year after falsely claiming to be an entertainment talent scout, reports NHK. (tokyoreporter.com)
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'It's a girl!' - Ueno Zoo identifies sex of newly born giant panda

Japan Sci-Tech News - June 23, 2017 - 23:29
Officials at Tokyo's Ueno Zoo said Friday that the giant panda born there last week is a female. (Japan Times)
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Japan begins running public service announcements on missile attacks

Japan Politics News - June 23, 2017 - 23:23
The government began broadcasting a public service announcement Friday suggesting how civilians should protect themselves in the event of a missile attack. (Japan Times)
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Nara court hands yakuza members prison terms in Y2 billion marijuana operation

Japan Society News - June 23, 2017 - 06:03
The Kazuraki branch of the Nara District Court on Thursday handed prison sentences to organized crime members over a marijuana cultivation operation that involved thousands of plants inside a growing factory in the town of Katsuragi, Wakayama Prefecture, reports Mainichi Broadcasting System (tokyoreporter.com)
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TV presenter Mao Kobayashi, 34, dies after battle with cancer

Japan Society News - June 23, 2017 - 05:58
TV personality Mao Kobayashi has died after battling cancer for about 2½ years, kabuki theater operator Shochiku Co. said Friday. She was 34. (Japan Times)
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Japan-US ballistic missile intercept test fails

Japan Politics News - June 23, 2017 - 05:54
The US Missile Defense Agency says its new interceptor missile failed to hit its target in its 2nd test, off the coast of Hawaii. The missile is being developed in cooperation with Japan's Defense Ministry. (NHK)
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17-year-old youth arrested for using fake police badge, ID to try and get woman's contact info

Japan Society News - June 22, 2017 - 23:14
Police in Koshigaya, Saitama Prefecture, have arrested a 17-year-old youth for impersonating a police office by using a fake badge and ID in order to obtain the phone number and address of a woman. (Japan Today)
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Weekly: LDP lawmaker abused secretary

Japan Politics News - June 22, 2017 - 23:08
A weekly magazine says a lawmaker of Japan's main governing party repeatedly abused her secretary verbally and physically. (NHK)
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Teaching manual refers to top law revision steps

Japan Education News - June 22, 2017 - 23:05
The Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry on Wednesday released a manual for the country's new curriculum guidelines, asking junior high school teachers for the first time to have students understand procedures for constitutional revisions. (the-japan-news.com)
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Japan firm shipped unapproved Chinese-firm shipped un

Japan Business News - June 22, 2017 - 22:59
A Japanese chemical firm shipped unauthorized Chinese-made acetaminophen, a painkiller used as an ingredient for cold medicines, to drug makers by mixing it with its own acetaminophen, health ministry officials said Thursday. (Jiji)
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Japan population projected to fall to 85 million in 2100: U.N. report

Japan Society News - June 22, 2017 - 22:55
Japan's population is projected to drop to 85 million in 2100 from 127 million at present, falling to 29th place from the current 11th in the list of countries by population size, a U.N. report showed Wednesday. (Jiji)
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Chinese bicycle-sharing startup Mobike expands into Japan

Japan Business News - June 22, 2017 - 12:02
Chinese bicycle-sharing startup Mobike has set up a subsidiary in Fukuoka city in southern Japan and plans to begin service later this year, it said on Thursday. (Reuters)
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