New condos on sale drop for 7th straight month

Japan Business News - September 17, 2014 - 00:02
The number of new condominiums put on sale in the Tokyo metropolitan area dropped in August year-on-year for the 7th straight month. (NHK)
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Obokata's mentor admits STAP cell creation not easy

Japan Sci-Tech News - September 16, 2014 - 23:53
Charles Vacanti, a Harvard University professor and key coauthor of retracted STAP cell articles, and his fellow Japanese researcher have published a revised protocol to produce the pluripotent stem cells, admitting creating the cells is not easy. (Jiji Press)
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More women aged 25-44 playing a role in workforce

Japan Economy News - September 16, 2014 - 23:51
The percentage of women at ages associated with child-rearing who are actively participating in the workforce has been increasing and recently hit a record high, according to a monthly survey by the Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry. (The Japan News)
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How will SoftBank use gains from Alibaba listing?

Japan Business News - September 16, 2014 - 23:49
The listing of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding on the New York Stock Exchange could be worth as much as 5 trillion yen ($46.2 billion) to its biggest shareholder, SoftBank. (Nikkei)
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Noguchi to head international astronauts body

Japan Sci-Tech News - September 16, 2014 - 23:47
Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi has been elected the first Asian president of the Association of Space Explorers at an annual meeting in Beijing. (The Japan News)
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19-year-old youth stabs parents; mother dies

Japan Society News - September 16, 2014 - 23:44
Police in Kumagaya, Saitama Prefecture, on Tuesday arrested a 19-year-old youth after he stabbed his parents at their home. The suspect's mother later died of her wounds. (Japan Today)
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Season's first dolphins killed in Taiji

Japan Sci-Tech News - September 16, 2014 - 23:31
The first dolphins of the season were slaughtered Tuesday in the small town of Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture, campaigners and a local fishermen's union said, commencing an annual cull repeatedly condemned by animal rights groups. (Japan Times)
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Japan imperial couple may visit Palau next year

Japan Society News - September 16, 2014 - 23:19
Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko may visit Palau next year, the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, to pay their respects to Japan's war dead, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Tuesday. (Jiji Press)
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Tokyo shares end lower by break on profit taking

Japan Economy News - September 16, 2014 - 10:07
Tokyo shares ended the morning session lower on Tuesday as traders here intended to take profits after recent rally. (globalpost.com)
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Car buried, 3 injured after strong quake in Japan

Japan Society News - September 16, 2014 - 04:09
A car was partially buried due to small mudslide and three people sustained injuries after a magnitude-5.6 quake hit a wide area of Kanto region in Japan around noon on Tuesday, according to local report. (shanghaidaily.com)
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Nissan faces battery plant cuts as electric car hopes fade

Japan Business News - September 15, 2014 - 23:36
Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. boss Carlos Ghosn is preparing to cut battery manufacturing, people familiar with the matter said, in a new reversal on electric cars that has re-opened deep divisions with alliance partner Renault. (businessinsider.com.au)
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New Japanese battery only needs water to power up smartphones in a disaster

Japan Sci-Tech News - September 15, 2014 - 23:33
Sitting on several fault lines, Japan is no stranger to natural disasters and the havoc that ensues afterward. While these tragedies can't be prevented, their effects can be lessened by making a disaster preparedness kit to handle several days without power or access to food and water. (rocketnews24.com)
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Japan's Korean schools being squeezed by rising tensions with Pyongyang

Japan Education News - September 15, 2014 - 23:31
Tensions between North Korea and Japan are threatening the survival of this and dozens of other Korean schools. (theguardian.com)
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OECD cuts growth outlook for G-7, worried about euro area

Japan Economy News - September 15, 2014 - 23:21
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development on Monday cut its economic outlook for the Group of Seven nations in 2014, including Japan, while expecting a moderate expansion to continue in most of the major economies. (Kyodo)
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2 women killed, one injured after car goes into river

Japan Society News - September 15, 2014 - 23:16
Two women died and a third woman was injured after the car they were in went off a mountain road and plunged into a river in Hyuga, Miyazaki Prefecture, on Monday. (Japan Today)
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S. Korea to review import ban on Japan marine products

Japan Economy News - September 15, 2014 - 22:50
The South Korean government announced Monday it will examine whether it needs to keep in place its ban on imports of marine foods from eight Japanese prefectures including Fukushima, which was hit hard by the 2011 nuclear accident. (Jiji Press)
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Japanese families arrive at Pyongyang for grave visit

Japan Politics News - September 15, 2014 - 22:48
Five Japanese citizens arrived at Pyongyang Monday to visit graves of their family members who have died in what is now North Korea around the end of World War II. (Jiji Press)
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Cars allowed to use highway section closed by Fukushima nuclear crisis

Japan Society News - September 15, 2014 - 13:08
The government had lifted a vehicle ban on National Route 6 through the area where residency is restricted due to the crippled Fukushima No. 1 plant, the first time that stretch of highway has been open to automobiles since the nuclear crisis began in March 2011. (Japan Times)
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Japan's whaling has produced more sushi than science

Japan Sci-Tech News - September 15, 2014 - 13:06
In 1994, member governments of the International Whaling Commission (IWC), the whaling regulatory body, agreed to create a vast sanctuary in the Southern Ocean. There, commercial whaling would be barred so whales hunted nearly to extinction could replenish their numbers in the cold, nutrient-rich waters and thrive again. The Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary was designed to serve as a safe haven for these marine mammals in their summer feeding grounds. (The Guardian)
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Man mistakenly arrested after police get knife measurement wrong

Japan Society News - September 15, 2014 - 13:04
Police said Monday they arrested a man by mistake after incorrectly measuring the size of a folding knife he had with him during a fight with his father. (Japan Times)
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