Astro Boy returns

Japan Sci-Tech News - 13 hours 13 min ago
Five Japanese companies have teamed up to re-create legendary comic book robot Astro Boy in toy form. The product marks the 90th anniversary of the birth of comic and animation master Osamu Tezuka. (NHK)
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16 locations newly listed as major active faults

Japan Sci-Tech News - February 22, 2017 - 22:06
The government's Headquarters for Earthquake Research Promotion newly added 16 faults to a list of major active fault zones in which a magnitude-7 or larger earthquake could occur. (
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Japan protests S.Korea's 'East Sea' video

Japan Politics News - February 22, 2017 - 21:49
Japan's Foreign Ministry has protested to South Korea over a video clip that calls the body of water between the Japanese archipelago and the Korean Peninsula the "East Sea" instead of the "Sea of Japan". (NHK)
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2 Japanese cities mark 'Ninja Day'

Japan Society News - February 22, 2017 - 21:47
Two Japanese cities are playing up their ninja roots to attract more domestic tourists and international travelers. (NHK)
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Japan's gender wage gap persists despite progress

Japan Economy News - February 22, 2017 - 21:44
Japanese women's wages hit an all-time high last year, but they continued to earn far less than men. (Nikkei)
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Rakuten's growth hopes fade as e-commerce giant matures

Japan Business News - February 22, 2017 - 21:41
Rakuten shares received a boost Wednesday following news of a stock buyback plan, but the rally's staying power is in question, as the Japanese company's key operations sputter including the mainstay e-commerce business in its home country. (Nikkei)
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Officials in Japan mark Takeshima Day

Japan Politics News - February 22, 2017 - 21:38
Japanese government officials have marked Takeshima Day in a ceremony held in western Japan's Shimane Prefecture. (NHK)
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Ueno Zoo panda pair appear poised to mate now off-limits to public viewing

Japan Sci-Tech News - February 22, 2017 - 05:32
Ueno Zoo halted public viewing of two giant pandas on Wednesday because female panda Shin Shin appears to be in heat. (Japan Times)
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Former Nova teacher pleads guilty to defrauding students in Hawaii bank scam

Japan Education News - February 22, 2017 - 05:29
A man who taught English at a well-known chain of foreign language schools in Japan pleaded guilty Tuesday to defrauding his students out of more than $230,000. (Japan Today)
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New KDDI service to help people in need find empty toilet cubicles

Japan Sci-Tech News - February 21, 2017 - 22:48
Tired of waiting in a long line to use the bathroom? The internet may offer a solution. (Japan Times)
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Tokyo police arrest man over death threat to voice actress

Japan Society News - February 21, 2017 - 22:46
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a 32-year-old man for threatening via social media to kill a popular voice actress, reports NHK (
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Tokyo cops seek man who installed spy cam in woman's residence

Japan Society News - February 21, 2017 - 22:39
Tokyo Metropolitan Police are seeking the help of the public in locating a man suspected of installing a hidden camera in the residence of a woman in Komae City last year, reports Nippon News Network. (
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Money-losing Toshiba selling medical leasing unit to Canon

Japan Business News - February 21, 2017 - 22:35
Embattled Japanese electronics maker Toshiba Corp. is selling its stake in a medical equipment leasing company to Canon Inc. for ¥31.4 billion ($277 million). (Japan Times)
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Kindergarten apologizes after slurring Koreans, Chinese

Japan Education News - February 21, 2017 - 22:32
A kindergarten known for its nationalist curriculum has apologized after coming under fire for hostile comments about Korean and Chinese parents. (Japan Times)
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Rakuten worker arrested for allegedly smuggling drug from Taiwan

Japan Society News - February 21, 2017 - 22:26
A 39-year-old employee of Japanese E-commerce giant Rakuten Inc has been arrested on charges of attempting to smuggle into Japan a stimulant drug from Taiwan, police said Tuesday. (Japan Today)
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Japan aims to attract more foreign workers amid growth in tourism

Japan Economy News - February 21, 2017 - 22:19
The Japanese government compiled a plan Tuesday to ease visa restrictions for foreign workers in designated special economic zones to address the growing need for services amid a rise in the number of visitors to the country. (Kyodo)
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Japan to toughen penalties for sex crimes

Japan Society News - February 21, 2017 - 22:16
The Japanese government will submit a bill to toughen penalties for sex offenders to parliament as soon as early March, informed sources said. (Jiji)
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Man cuts own belly at Tokyo police office

Japan Society News - February 21, 2017 - 22:12
A man cut his own belly with a knife near the main entrance of the headquarters building of Tokyo's Metropolitan Police Department on Tuesday morning. (Jiji)
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Japan promotes 'Premium Friday'

Japan Business News - February 21, 2017 - 22:10
Businesses leaders and government officials gathered in Tokyo on Tuesday to promote a labor initiative known as "Premium Friday." (NHK)
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Wave gauge explosion kills one in Wakayama

Japan Society News - February 21, 2017 - 22:08
A buoy designed to observe ocean waves has exploded at a quay in the western Japanese city of Wakayama, killing one worker and injuring another. (NHK)
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