Japan logs 1st half-year trade surplus after 2011 quake

Japan Economy News - July 25, 2016 - 05:21
Japan posted a goods trade surplus for a half-year period in January to June for the first time since a massive earthquake and tsunami hit the country in March 2011, due mainly to a plunge in the value of imports on the back of declining crude oil prices, the government said Monday. (Kyodo)
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End of an era: VCRs headed for outdated tech heaven

Japan Sci-Tech News - July 25, 2016 - 00:00
The clunky videocassette recorder is going the way of floppy disks, eight-track tapes and camera film as the world's last manufacturer ends production of the once booming home-video technology. (Japan Today)
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Japan leads bid to cut off overseas remittances to Pyongyang

Japan Politics News - July 24, 2016 - 23:58
The government is stepping up efforts with the United States and South Korea to urge countries that accept workers from North Korea to stop in order to cut off financing to Pyongyang's nuclear and missile development programs, sources close to the matter said. (Japan Times)
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Pokemon Go players flock to 'sacred' park in Nagoya

Japan Society News - July 24, 2016 - 23:54
Hundreds of Pokemon Go players have been flocking to a park here since Saturday night, dubbing the hotspot "sacred ground" due to the resemblance one of the park's features has with a key part of the game. (Tokyo Reporter)
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Japanese firms back LGBT awareness-raising activities

Japan Business News - July 24, 2016 - 23:50
Japanese companies are increasingly showing support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender customers and employees amid growing recognition of LGBT rights across the country. (Japan Today)
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Okinawa cops accuse another U.S. serviceman of drunk driving

Japan Society News - July 24, 2016 - 23:42
Since the lifting of an off-base ban on alcohol last month, Okinawa Prefectural Police have arrested a second U.S. serviceman for drunk driving, reports TBS News. (Tokyo Reporter)
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'Pokemon Go' player wanders onto expressway

Japan Society News - July 24, 2016 - 23:28
Police in Gifu Prefecture in central Japan found a man walking along an expressway, having lost his way while playing the smartphone game "Pokemon Go." (NHK)
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Japan to defer gift tax exemption for home purchases

Japan Economy News - July 24, 2016 - 23:22
The Japanese government will defer planned housing-related gift tax breaks, in line with its decision to delay a consumption tax hike from 8 pct to 10 pct for 30 months until October 2019, informed sources have said. (Jiji Press)
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Harumafuji captures title at Nagoya Basho

Japan Sports News - July 24, 2016 - 11:37
Harumafuji defeated fellow Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho on Sunday to win the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament and seize his eighth career championship. (Japan Times)
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G20 ministers urge tighter tax rules for multinationals

Japan Economy News - July 23, 2016 - 23:28
The world's major economies need to deepen cooperation on tax collection as companies seek to minimise the amount they pay to governments, finance ministers said Saturday. (Japan Today)
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Endangered murrelets breed in artificial nests

Japan Sci-Tech News - July 23, 2016 - 23:22
Japanese researchers say 3 pairs of an endangered bird species have successfully hatched chicks in artificial nests for the first time. (NHK)
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Traditional horse festival begins in Fukushima

Japan Society News - July 23, 2016 - 23:19
A traditional summer festival featuring samurai on horseback began in the Soma region of Fukushima Prefecture. (NHK)
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LDP regains Upper House majority

Japan Politics News - July 23, 2016 - 23:15
Japan's main governing Liberal Democratic Party has regained a majority in the Upper House for the first time in 27 years. (NHK)
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Vacant houses to be rented to low-income households

Japan Society News - July 22, 2016 - 22:31
The Japanese land ministry has decided to set up a program to allow vacant homes across Japan to be rented out to older people and low-income child-rearing families, informed sources said Friday. (Jiji Press)
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Construction of U.S. helipads resumes in Okinawa amid protests

Japan Politics News - July 22, 2016 - 22:23
The Japanese government resumed the construction of helipads for the U.S. military in Okinawa on Friday despite local protests, in preparation for the return to Japan of part of a large training area in the island prefecture. (Japan Today)
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Why the Pokemon-McDonald's deal in Japan could be big

Japan Business News - July 22, 2016 - 22:19
The Japan launch of Pokemon Go on Friday included the game's first partnership with an outside company: fast-food giant McDonald's. (Japan Today)
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Govt. warns of 'Pokemon Go' accidents

Japan Sci-Tech News - July 22, 2016 - 22:17
"Pokemon Go" was launched in Japan on Friday. The government is warning players of the global hit game to be careful to avoid accidents. (NHK)
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'Pokemon Go' debuts in Japan

Japan Business News - July 22, 2016 - 22:09
Smartphone game "Pokemon Go" made its debut in Japan on Friday morning. The app - which was distributed in Western markets prior to its release in Japan and surged in popularity - is also likely to be a big hit in the country that gave life to Pokemon. (the-japan-news.com)
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Asimo meets Pepper: Honda and Softbank partnering in robots

Japan Sci-Tech News - July 21, 2016 - 23:32
Is Honda's walking robot Asimo marrying Pepper, the chattering robot from SoftBank? (Japan Today)
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Tokyo cops nab American for sale of marijuana in Shibuya park

Japan Society News - July 21, 2016 - 23:28
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested an American youth in the sale of marijuana to students from an international school at a park in Shibuya Ward, reports TV Asahi (July 21). (Tokyo Reporter)
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