3,000 cats neutered to protect remote island's native rabbits

Japan Sci-Tech News - May 3, 2016 - 23:14
Three municipalities on a remote island in southwestern Japan have launched an unprecedented project to neuter all 3,000 resident felines in order to protect native rabbits designated as a special national treasure. (Japan Today)
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Man run over by car believed to be victim of earlier hit-and-run

Japan Society News - May 3, 2016 - 23:12
A man was found dead after being run over by a car on a road in Mooka, Tochigi Prefecture, but police said Tuesday that he may have already been dead after being hit by another car earlier. (Japan Today)
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Japan vows to fully support Myanmar's democratization

Japan Politics News - May 3, 2016 - 22:58
Visiting Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said Tuesday his country will fully support Myanmar's democratization and economic development. (Jiji Press)
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Japan, China, S. Korea to enhance capital flow monitoring

Japan Economy News - May 3, 2016 - 22:57
The finance ministers and central bank heads of Japan, China and South Korea on Tuesday agreed to enhance monitoring of capital outflows from emerging economies that suffer from economic deceleration. (Jiji Press)
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Tourists flocking to Tokyo hotels despite rising prices

Japan Business News - May 3, 2016 - 01:06
Average occupancy at 18 major Tokyo hotels edged up 0.1 percentage point to 83.8% in the year ended in March -- staying in the 80% range seen as near full occupancy -- even as hotels hike rates, though recent data shows signs of a downtrend. (Nikkei)
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Diet enacts law to double benefits for those who have more children

Japan Politics News - May 3, 2016 - 00:44
The Diet enacted a law Monday to boost benefits for second and later children in low-income households headed by single parents by up to double the current levels. (Japan Times)
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Pizza Hut store in Tokyo robbed of Y1 mil; employees injured

Japan Society News - May 3, 2016 - 00:43
Police said Monday they are looking for a man who stole 1 million yen from a Pizza Hut store in Tokyo, and injured two employees in the process. (Japan Today)
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Japan announces $7 billion plan to develop Mekong region

Japan Economy News - May 3, 2016 - 00:40
Japan's foreign minister announced a $7 billion initiative Monday to promote development in Southeast Asia's Mekong region, which encompasses parts of Vietnam, Laos and Thailand through which the river flows. (Japan Today)
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BOJ's new consumer spending index avoids household surveys

Japan Economy News - May 3, 2016 - 00:37
The Bank of Japan has developed a new index that tracks private consumption monthly, saying a gauge that eschews household surveys will be more accurate. (Nikkei)
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Abe holds talks with Hollande in Paris

Japan Politics News - May 3, 2016 - 00:28
The leaders of Japan and France have agreed to announce a counterterrorism action plan during the upcoming G7 summit. (NHK)
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Elementary school teacher caught lifting man's wallet on train

Japan Education News - May 2, 2016 - 09:49
Police in Saitama said Sunday they have arrested a 23-year-old elementary school teacher on suspicion of attempting to steal a man's wallet on a train. (Japan Today)
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Annual 'Cool Biz' energy-saving casual wear campaign kicks off

Japan Business News - May 2, 2016 - 09:48
Japan on Monday began its annual "Cool Biz" campaign, which encourages workers to dress more casually to help reduce energy use, with government offices allowing polo shirts, Hawaiian-style aloha shirts and similar attire. (Japan Times)
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Mitsubishi Motors drags on Nissan as minicar sales fall 51%

Japan Business News - May 2, 2016 - 09:46
Mitsubishi Motors Corp.'s fuel economy testing fraud has hit its partner Nissan Motor Co. in domestic showrooms, with the latter automaker posting a steeper plunge in April minicar sales and overall market share. (Japan Times)
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Top companies move to hire more foreign employees

Japan Business News - May 2, 2016 - 00:23
Japan's top companies are increasingly moving to give foreign people permanent contracts, judging that the benefits of diversification are well worth the challenges. (Japan Times)
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Foreign volunteers helping to rebuild lives in Kumamoto

Japan Education News - May 2, 2016 - 00:20
Casualty statistics can give a misleading impression of the havoc inflicted by natural disasters. For instance, the most recent updates for the magnitude-6.5 and 7.3 earthquakes that hit Kumamoto and Oita prefectures on April 14 and 16 give casualty figures of 49 killed and more than 2,000 injured. It may be tempting to add "only." (Japan Times)
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One-quarter of quake dead had returned home

Japan Society News - May 2, 2016 - 00:05
NHK has learned that at least one-quarter of the people who died as a result of the earthquakes that hit Japan's southwest had gone home from temporary shelters before the second major tremor. (NHK)
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Aso expresses concern over stronger yen

Japan Economy News - May 2, 2016 - 00:04
Japan's Finance Minister Taro Aso expressed strong concerns on Saturday over the recent surge in the Japanese yen against the dollar. He warned against one-sided, speculative movements in the foreign exchange market. (NHK)
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Citizen marathons aim to attract foreign tourists

Japan Sports News - May 2, 2016 - 00:02
The number of foreign tourists participating in citizen marathons has increased dramatically. With host cities seeing a significant economic impact due to increased demand for accommodations and meals, local governments and the tourism industry are noticing the potential for "running tourism". (the-japan-news.com)
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Abe to set upper house election for July 10

Japan Politics News - May 1, 2016 - 23:59
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is considering setting this summer's House of Councillors election for July 10 and the announcement of the poll for June 22, when the official campaign period starts, government sources said Sunday. (Jiji Press)
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Man arrested for assaulting 13-year-old girl on street

Japan Society News - May 1, 2016 - 07:08
Police in Chofu, Tokyo, have arrested a 47-year-old part-time worker on suspicion of assaulting a 13-year-old girl as she walked home in February. (Japan Today)
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