Endangered slow lorises being illegally sold in Japan, study suggests

Japan Sci-Tech News - February 4, 2016 - 04:16
As the small primate slow lorises continue to be sold as exotic pets in Japan nearly a decade after international trade in them was banned, the possibility of illegal sales of the cute critters is high, according to the results of a recent survey published in an academic journal. (Japan Times)
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Junior high teacher burns student's hair with lighter

Japan Education News - February 4, 2016 - 04:15
A male teacher at a public junior high school in Kasai, Hyogo Prefecture, burned a student's hair with a lighter during a class in January. (Japan Today)
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Wakayama cops arrest 2 yakuza in diamond heist

Japan Society News - February 4, 2016 - 04:10
Wakayama Prefectural Police have arrest of two members of the Takumi-gumi organized crime group for the robbery of a jewelry store in Wakayama City two years ago, reports Wakayama Broadcasting System (Feb. 4). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Technological perseverance wins Japan naming rights for element 113

Japan Sci-Tech News - February 4, 2016 - 03:26
In a triumph marked by years of unremitting experiments, scientists at the Riken national research institute have synthesized new atomic element 113, making Japan the first Asian country to have the honor of naming a new element. (Asahi)
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12 Pacific Rim countries sign free-trade deal in New Zealand

Japan Economy News - February 4, 2016 - 03:24
Trade ministers from 12 Pacific Rim countries including the United States gathered Thursday in New Zealand for the ceremonial signing of a free-trade deal they say will significantly boost trade. (Asahi)
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X Japan's triumphs and tragedies are documented in 'We Are X'

Japan Society News - February 3, 2016 - 19:01
Three years ago, documentary filmmaker Stephen Kijak had never heard of a band called X Japan. Most Americans hadn't either, even with more than 20 million albums sold around the world, but Kijak was intrigued. (latimes.com)
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100 Years of Beauty - Episode 16: Japan (Mei)

Japan Society News - February 3, 2016 - 18:54
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The most bizarre, entertaining history of Japan you'll ever watch

Japan Education News - February 3, 2016 - 18:51
Japan is the world's third-largest economy and the producer of many of the world's best products, from video games to cars. Yet most Americans don't know much about the country's rich history. (vox.com)
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Universal Studios Japan to (probably) get Nintendo-themed attractions

Japan Business News - February 3, 2016 - 18:40
Nintendo and Universal Studios Japan (USJ) recently signed a basic business agreement that could pave the way for future USJ attractions featuring Nintendo characters and game worlds. (rocketnews24.com)
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H2A rocket operations to end in 8 years

Japan Sci-Tech News - February 3, 2016 - 18:35
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries says it plans to end operations of its mainstay space launch vehicle, the H2A, in about 8 years to replace it with its successor, the H3. (NHK)
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Defense minister orders shooting down of missile

Japan Politics News - February 3, 2016 - 18:31
Japan's Defense Minister Gen Nakatani says he has issued a command to shoot down any incoming ballistic missiles. (NHK)
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Japan's epic samurai dramas are in a tight spot

Japan Society News - February 3, 2016 - 11:29
Japanese can roughly be split into two camps: those equipped with an encyclopedic knowledge of history and those who have only a vague idea of who the samurai were or that a Shogun once lived in what is now the Imperial Palace. The history geeks on one side and those who couldn't care less on the other. (Japan Times)
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Celebrities join temple bean-throwing festival

Japan Society News - February 3, 2016 - 08:53
Sumo wrestling stars and popular actors have joined a traditional bean-throwing festival to invite good luck, held at a Buddhist temple near Tokyo. (NHK)
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SDF prepare for North Korea's 'satellite' launch

Japan Politics News - February 3, 2016 - 08:52
Japan's Self-Defense Forces are preparing for the planned launch of what North Korea calls a satellite. (NHK)
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Abe calls on N. Korea to abandon planned rocket launch

Japan Politics News - February 3, 2016 - 08:50
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday called on North Korea to abandon its plan to launch an earth observation satellite later this month, condemning it as a de facto test of a long-range ballistic missile. (Kyodo)
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Corporate ads at sumo matches give clues to Japan Inc.'s health

Japan Business News - February 3, 2016 - 08:46
When the giants of sumo wrestling prepared to step into the ring for last month's grand tournament in Tokyo, Akiyoshi Takumori fired up his spreadsheet. (Japan Times)
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12-year-old girl dies after colliding with snowboarder

Japan Sports News - February 3, 2016 - 08:42
An elementary school student has died after colliding with a snowboarder at a ski resort in Kitahiroshima city in Hiroshima Prefecture. (Japan Today)
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Kuroda ready to cut rates further if needed

Japan Economy News - February 3, 2016 - 08:36
Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda on Wednesday called a negative interest rate a "powerful weapon" for monetary easing, saying the bank will cut it again if needed to conquer deflation. (Japan Times)
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JAL named world's most punctual airline for fifth time

Japan Business News - February 2, 2016 - 19:30
Japan Airlines has been recognized as the world's most punctual major international airline, in a rating by U.S. flight data services firm FlightStats. (Japan Times)
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Japan going crazy for college girls after the release of a new photo collection

Japan Education News - February 2, 2016 - 19:24
Move over dancing queen, here comes the "Campus Queen"! Last Friday a digital photo book featuring four finalists from the Miss Campus contest was released in Japan. (rocketnews24.com)
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