Japan to use AI robots in English classes

Japan Education News - August 19, 2018 - 23:01
Japan's education ministry is planning to place English-speaking artificial intelligence robots in schools to help children improve their English oral communication skills. (NHK)
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Final exercise for Monju fuel removal suspended soon after start

Japan Sci-Tech News - August 19, 2018 - 22:55
The Japan Atomic Energy Agency suspended a final exercise in preparation for the removal of nuclear fuel assemblies from its Monju prototype fast-breeder reactor, which is in the process of being decommissioned, only hours after it was started on Sunday morning. (Jiji)
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A Rugby World Cup stadium completed in Kamaishi

Japan Sports News - August 19, 2018 - 22:50
Japan's newest rugby stadium has been officially opened, as the country prepares to host next year's Rugby World Cup. (NHK)
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Goldfish scooping competition in Nara

Japan Society News - August 19, 2018 - 22:49
About 2,000 people including children are testing their skills at scooping up goldfish in an annual event in Nara prefecture, western Japan. (NHK)
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Ex-nurse served 3rd arrest warrant in serial murder case

Japan Society News - August 18, 2018 - 21:51
A former nurse at a hospital in Yokohama, the capital of Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo, was served a third arrest warrant on Saturday in a serial poisoning murder case about two years ago. (Jiji)
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The price for success: What does education mean for Japanese pupils?

Japan Education News - August 18, 2018 - 00:06
Education in Japan is specific and works on the principle of "quality study is a guarantee of a successful career." Every Japanese usually deserves only one attempt to take a worthy place in society. However, this system has its dark side as well. (newsonjapan.com)
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Man bought spit, used underwear from girl for Y16,000

Japan Society News - August 17, 2018 - 23:58
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a 48-year-old man over the alleged purchase of saliva and used underwear from a teenage girl earlier this year. Such crimes involving minors reached a record last year, reports the Asahi Shimbun (tokyoreporter.com)
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Murder-suicide: Elderly man found hanged, son fatally strangled

Japan Society News - August 17, 2018 - 23:56
Chiba Prefectural Police are investigating what is believed to have been a murder-suicide after the bodies of an 81-year-old man and his eldest son, 52, were found in their residence in Yotsukaido City on Wednesday, reports the Sankei Shimbun (tokyoreporter.com)
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Japan’s health insurance system remains deficit-ridden despite reforms

Japan Economy News - August 17, 2018 - 23:50
The national health insurance program underwent a major reform at the start of fiscal 2018 that saw prefectures, rather than municipalities, begin managing the deficit-ridden system to improve its financial base. (Japan Times)
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Bottle of Japanese whisky sells for record $343,000

Japan Business News - August 17, 2018 - 23:47
A bottle of rare Japanese whisky sold at a world-record price on Friday, the third record shattered this year for a single malt from the country. (Nikkei)
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Needles found in bread on two days in same Fukuoka supermarket

Japan Society News - August 17, 2018 - 23:36
Sewing needles have been found inserted into bread products on two days this week at a supermarket in Fukuoka city, police said Friday. (Jiji)
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Corruption revealed in Japanese kendo association

Japan Sports News - August 17, 2018 - 23:35
Corruption has been revealed in the Japanese sport of kendo, as the All Japan Kendo Federation said Friday that people taking promotional exams had often been paying money to their examiners in order to win their approval. (Japan Today)
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Osaka fugitive allegedly chased women

Japan Society News - August 17, 2018 - 23:26
Investigators in Osaka Prefecture say a suspect who fled a police station 5 days ago chased women on a motorcycle as he apparently hunted for bag-snatching targets. (NHK)
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New government plane delivered to Japan

Japan Politics News - August 17, 2018 - 23:24
The first of 2 new government planes has been delivered to Japan ahead of their debut next year. (NHK)
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Space elevator technology test held in Fukushima

Japan Sci-Tech News - August 15, 2018 - 23:14
A group of researchers conducted a test to develop technology for a space elevator that would link the Earth and outer space using cables. (NHK)
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China to overtake Japan as 2nd-largest contributor to U.N.

Japan Politics News - August 15, 2018 - 23:10
China is expected to surpass Japan as the second-largest contributor to the general United Nations budget starting in 2019, according to the latest U.N. report on contributions. (Japan Today)
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Emperor repeats phrase ‘deep remorse’ in his last official war-end anniversary speech

Japan Politics News - August 15, 2018 - 23:09
In his last official appearance at the annual ceremony commemorating the end of World War II, Emperor Akihito on Wednesday repeated his “deep remorse” over the conflict that led to the deaths of tens of millions of people in Asia and elsewhere. (Japan Times)
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Ex-amateur boxing chief quits all posts

Japan Sports News - August 15, 2018 - 23:02
The Japan Amateur Boxing Federation says its former chief Akira Yamane has quit the other amateur boxing bodies he belonged to and resigned from senior posts. (NHK)
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Volcanic alert raised for southwestern Japan island

Japan Sci-Tech News - August 15, 2018 - 22:56
The Japan Meteorological Agency upgraded on Wednesday its volcanic alert for the island of Kuchinoerabu in the town of Yakushima, Kagoshima Prefecture, southwestern Japan, calling on local residents to prepare for evacuation. (Jiji)
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Abe skips visit to Yasukuni Shrine on war anniversary

Japan Politics News - August 15, 2018 - 22:53
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe skipped a visit to Yasukuni Shrine on Wednesday, the 73rd anniversary of Japan's surrender in World War II. (Jiji)
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