China is mad at Japan over comments about a border dispute with India

Japan Politics News - January 20, 2015 - 00:58
China on Monday lodged a protest with Tokyo after Japanese media quoted Japan's foreign minister as saying that a disputed border region between China and India belonged to India, in the latest source of friction between the two Asian rivals. (
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Nissan to make minicars in-house

Japan Business News - January 20, 2015 - 00:47
Nissan Motor Co. plans to begin in-house production of minicars in fiscal 2016, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned. (The Japan News)
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Married people less likely to develop hypertension

Japan Society News - January 20, 2015 - 00:43
A study by Japan's health ministry has found that married couples are less likely to develop high blood pressure than people living alone. (NHK)
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Weak yen weighing on smaller firms

Japan Economy News - January 20, 2015 - 00:40
A survey shows smaller Japanese companies are not benefiting from the weaker yen as much as big corporations. (NHK)
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Youth linked to videos of food tampering, shoplifting planned to elude cops until March

Japan Society News - January 20, 2015 - 00:21
A male youth in police custody over the posting of online videos showing him tampering with food on store shelves apparently had plans to remain on the loose until March, investigative sources said. (Japan Times)
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Police seek fraud charge against crying politician Nonomura

Japan Politics News - January 20, 2015 - 00:19
Japanese police are seeking a fraud charge against a provincial assemblyman who became globally famous after crying like a baby over his alleged misuse of public funds, a report said Monday. (Japan Today)
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Some 270 tsunami-caused fires may accompany Nankai Trough quake

Japan Sci-Tech News - January 19, 2015 - 14:19
A Japanese researcher has estimated about 270 tsunami-caused fires could occur in 22 Japanese prefectures in the event of a massive earthquake focusing on the Nankai Trough in Pacific waters off central and western Japan. (Kyodo)
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Bowling makes pitch to join 2020 Olympics

Japan Sports News - January 19, 2015 - 14:17
The head of the world bowling association has made a pitch for bowling to be included in the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo. (NHK)
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Mystery deaths afflicting tuna at Tokyo aquarium

Japan Sci-Tech News - January 19, 2015 - 14:13
A Tokyo aquarium known for its tuna breeding program is facing a crisis: the unexplained deaths of its main exhibits. (Japan Times)
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Abstinence on rise as nearly half of Japanese report no sex

Japan Society News - January 19, 2015 - 14:08
Talk about a low birthrate. Increasing numbers of married couples and others are choosing to go without sex. (Japan Times)
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Teen suspected of posting fake shoplifting videos on YouTube 'wanted to be famous'

Japan Society News - January 19, 2015 - 09:09
A 19-year-old Tokyo teen under arrest on suspicion of entering a convenience store to record himself faking shoplifting has told investigators that he wanted to become famous and have the Juvenile Act revised, the Mainichi Shimbun has learned. (Mainichi)
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Tokyo stocks close 0.89% higher

Japan Economy News - January 19, 2015 - 09:03
Tokyo stocks have risen 0.89 per cent, tracking a positive lead from Wall Street. The surge comes with higher oil prices lifting confidence and investors hoping the European Central Bank will announce fresh stimuli this week. (
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Thousands flock to ancient Nara burial mound after major find announced

Japan Education News - January 19, 2015 - 07:43
Thousands of history buffs visited the Koyamada ruins here on Jan. 18 to see the recently unearthed burial mound that may have been constructed for Emperor Jomei (593-641). (Asahi)
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Japan's used car sales hit record low in 2014

Japan Business News - January 19, 2015 - 07:41
Sales of used vehicles in Japan hit a record low last year. The higher consumption tax discouraged drivers from trading in their old cars for new ones. (NHK)
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When a single dot doesn't do the trick: Legal trouble ensues for izakaya over name

Japan Business News - January 19, 2015 - 07:38
A small izakaya called "Wara・Wara" (note the dot!) in Fukuyama, Hiroshima Prefecture had lawyers knocking on its door on January 13 when it was reported that the name of the restaurant was basically identical to popular izakaya chain "WaraWara" (no dot!). (
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Japan to fund efforts to promote family time projects

Japan Education News - January 19, 2015 - 07:33
Japan's Tourism Agency plans to provide financial assistance to municipalities that promote so-called family time projects for encouraging parents to take time off from work when their children are on school breaks. (Jiji Press)
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2 dead in avalanche in Nagano; 3 missing in Northern Alps

Japan Society News - January 19, 2015 - 07:22
Two Argentinians who had been skiing at the Ryuoo Ski park in Yamanouchi, Nagano Prefecture, on Sunday were killed after being engulfed by an avalanche. (Japan Today)
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Japan, Israel agree on antiterrorism cooperation

Japan Politics News - January 19, 2015 - 07:16
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu agreed Sunday that their countries will work together to fight terrorism following recent terrorist attacks in France. (Jiji Press)
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Man on bike sprays two girls walking to school

Japan Society News - January 19, 2015 - 07:14
A man on a bicycle sprayed a liquid at two high school girls as they were walking to school in Takatsuki, Osaka, on Monday morning. (Japan Today)
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AFP Tokyo bureau chief Jacques Lhuillery dies at age 61

Japan Society News - January 19, 2015 - 07:13
Journalist Jacques Lhuillery, whose more than three decades with Agence France-Presse took him to three continents, died overnight at age 61, the news agency said Sunday. (Japan Times)
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