Japan to register uninhabited islands as national properties

Japan Politics News - 19 hours 59 min ago
The Japanese government is strengthening management of remote islands within national boundaries as part of an effort to protect territorial waters and impose a check on repeated Chinese provocations near them. (Nikkei)
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One-finger selfie challenge is the boldest Internet craze yet

Japan Society News - December 2, 2016 - 22:57
A new selfie trend taken from a Japanese anime illustration is going viral. (rocketnews24.com)
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Teacher calls Fukushima evacuee pupil 'germ'

Japan Education News - December 2, 2016 - 09:28
An elementary school pupil who evacuated from Fukushima in the wake of the 2011 nuclear disaster has skipped school for more than a week since a male teacher added "germ" to his name when addressing him in late November, a local education board in Niigata Prefecture said Friday. (Japan Today)
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School safety to be required subject for teachers in Japan

Japan Education News - December 2, 2016 - 09:23
Japan's education ministry plans to require university students on teacher-training courses to take classes on responses to events threatening school safety as a mandatory subject for credits. (Jiji)
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Japan enacts bill to allow use of dormant deposits

Japan Economy News - December 2, 2016 - 09:20
Japan's parliament enacted Friday a bill to open the way for the use of so-called dormant deposits left intact for at least 10 years for public-interest activities. (Jiji)
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Japan drafts guidelines to help allergic people

Japan Education News - December 2, 2016 - 09:16
Japan's government has drawn up its first guidelines to help people with allergies. (NHK)
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Lower House committee approves casino bill

Japan Politics News - December 2, 2016 - 09:15
A Lower House committee has approved a bill to legalize casino gambling in Japan. Proponents tout the economic benefits of casinos, while opponents say they may fuel gambling addiction. (NHK)
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Gravy train ends as Japan pays for long-term debt once again

Japan Economy News - December 2, 2016 - 04:38
The Japanese government will return to paying interest on new 10-year bonds, after essentially getting paid to issue debt for the past 10 months. (Nikkei)
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Domino's ditches plan to have reindeer deliver pizzas in Hokkaido

Japan Business News - December 2, 2016 - 04:37
Domino's has dropped plans to use reindeer to deliver pizza in snowy Hokkaido this holiday season because the franchise found it difficult to control the animals. (Japan Times)
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Kyoto police apply fresh charges to 'foot licking' man

Japan Society News - December 2, 2016 - 04:34
Kyoto Prefectural Police have applied fresh charges to a male part-time delivery worker arrested earlier this month for licking a woman's feet in a similar case involving another victim, reports the Sankei Shimbun. (tokyoreporter.com)
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Japan to toughen sanctions against N.Korea

Japan Politics News - December 2, 2016 - 04:32
The Japanese government has decided to toughen its unilateral sanctions against North Korea, following the adoption of a new resolution by the UN Security Council on the North's nuclear and missile development. (NHK)
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Japan Basketball Association dismisses men's national team coach Hasegawa

Japan Sports News - December 1, 2016 - 22:42
Since his appointment two years ago, Kenji Hasegawa has firmly developed the Japan men's national team. (Japan Times)
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'Kamitteru' superhuman behavior tops Japan's buzzword list in 2016

Japan Education News - December 1, 2016 - 22:29
"Kamitteru," or superhuman behavior in English, was named this year's top buzzword in Japan on Thursday. (Jiji)
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Investment for space tourism

Japan Business News - December 1, 2016 - 22:25
Japanese airline ANA Holdings and travel agency HIS will invest in a venture firm aiming to send travelers into space. (NHK)
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Kishida to meet Putin on Friday

Japan Politics News - December 1, 2016 - 22:24
Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in St. Petersburg on Friday ahead of a summit between the 2 countries' leaders. (NHK)
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X-Japan singer Yoshiki promises his support for Cool Japan

Japan Politics News - December 1, 2016 - 22:17
X Japan musician Yoshiki has promised his support for Cool Japan campaigns by the government. (Japan Today)
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Tokyo cops nab university student suspected in rapes of several women

Japan Society News - December 1, 2016 - 08:48
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a 22-year-old university student suspected in a series of rapes of women in Adachi Ward, reports Nippon News Network. (tokyoreporter.com)
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Japan receives first F-35

Japan Politics News - December 1, 2016 - 08:41
Japan has received its first Lockheed Martin F-35A, marking the first delivery of a Joint Strike Fighter acquired via the foreign military sale (FMS) route. (flightglobal.com)
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Moss is super hot in Japan right now

Japan Society News - December 1, 2016 - 08:39
It's the latest craze in a country known for its eccentric tastes and quirky obsessions. The Japanese have gone gaga for… moss? (qz.com)
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Japanese train conductor surprises everyone on board with his English skills

Japan Education News - November 30, 2016 - 22:17
Passengers on board this Tokyo train said they felt like they were in an aircraft when they heard the live English announcement. (rocketnews24.com)
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