Food poisoning hits 618 preschool kids

Japan Education News - December 15, 2015 - 21:35
A total of 618 children have fallen ill with an outbreak of food poisoning at 13 kindergartens and nursery schools in Aichi Prefecture, according to the prefectural government. (
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Asahi Shimbun refuses to run ad for 'Yamaguchi-gumi' book

Japan Business News - December 15, 2015 - 11:40
It was an offer they could refuse - but it is also being called an infringement upon basic freedoms. (Tokyo Reporter)
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Delivery, take-out foods to be exempt from tax hike

Japan Economy News - December 15, 2015 - 11:28
The government and ruling parties plan to exempt delivery and takeout foods from the upcoming consumption tax hike, senior coalition members said Tuesday. (Japan Times)
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'An,' meaning safety, named Japan's kanji of the year for 2015

Japan Education News - December 15, 2015 - 11:25
The kanji an, which denotes safety or peace, best symbolizes the national mood in 2015, a Kyoto-based kanji promotion organization said Tuesday. (Japan Times)
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NHK poll: 70% think Japan unprepared for terrorism

Japan Politics News - December 15, 2015 - 11:23
An NHK poll has found that more than 70 percent of Japanese think the country is unprepared for major acts of terrorism, such as the attacks in Paris last month. (NHK)
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Japan to create drug-resistant bacteria plan

Japan Sci-Tech News - December 15, 2015 - 11:21
Japanese officials are planning to launch a task force to address the threat of multiple-drug-resistant bacteria infections. (NHK)
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Japan starts Olympic emblem design selection

Japan Sports News - December 15, 2015 - 11:17
The Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games on Tuesday began the first-round selection of designs for new emblems for the 2020 Games. (Jiji Press)
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Toshiba eyes several thousand job cuts in restructuring after scandal

Japan Business News - December 15, 2015 - 11:14
Toshiba Corp. is considering slashing several thousand jobs in Japan and abroad as the scandal-hit industrial conglomerate aims to restructure its loss-making personal computer, television, and white goods businesses, sources close to the matter said Tuesday. (Kyodo)
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Woman found dead in river in Hyogo

Japan Society News - December 15, 2015 - 05:09
Police in Kakogawa City, Hyogo Prefecture, said the body of a woman found on a sandbar in the Kakogawa River on Dec 12 has been identified as that of Mashiro Oyama, a 20-year-old part-time employee who lived in Fukita City, Osaka Prefecture. (Japan Today)
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Sagamihara child consultation center strip searched girls

Japan Education News - December 15, 2015 - 05:06
The government of Sagamihara City has issued an apology following revelations that staff members at a child consultation center conducted searches of nude girls over the summer, reports Nippon News Network (Dec. 14). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Plum trees already blossoming in Kagawa; earliest ever

Japan Sci-Tech News - December 15, 2015 - 04:50
Plum trees have already started to blossom in Takamatsu City, Kagawa Prefecture, due to the mild winter. It is the earliest that the plum trees have blossomed since the city started keeping records. (Japan Today)
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Super-aged Japan taps benefits of its graying workforce

Japan Economy News - December 14, 2015 - 22:04
Nowhere is the rapid aging of Japan more visible than in rural towns such as Kamikatsu, where 51 percent of local residents are over the age of 65. (
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Japan's top court to rule on 19th-century family laws

Japan Society News - December 14, 2015 - 22:01
Japan's top court will rule this week on a pair of 19th century family laws that critics blast as sexist and out of touch. (AFP)
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Tokyo new condo prices hit 24-year high

Japan Economy News - December 14, 2015 - 21:42
The average price of a new condominium in the Tokyo metropolitan area in November was the highest in over 24 years. (NHK)
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Abe keen to raise visitor target to 30 million

Japan Economy News - December 14, 2015 - 21:38
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed a willingness Monday to work for an annual target of 30 million visitors to Japan from abroad as the current target of 20 million is close to being achieved. (
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Murder-suicide suspected in discovery of sisters' corpses in Shinagawa

Japan Society News - December 14, 2015 - 08:54
Tokyo Metropolitan Police are investigating what is believed to be a murder-suicide case after finding the bodies of two sisters inside a apartment they share in Shinagawa Ward, reports Nikkan Sports (Dec. 13). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Abe's tax compromise raises odds of twin summer polls

Japan Politics News - December 14, 2015 - 08:53
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's tax concession to his junior coalition partner raises the odds that he will call a rare double election this summer. (Japan Times)
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Nikkei falls to 6-week low as investors turn risk averse on weak oil prices

Japan Economy News - December 14, 2015 - 08:45
Japan's Nikkei share average tumbled to a six-week low on Monday as global oil prices extended their decline, adding to nervousness ahead of an expected U.S. interest rate hike this week. (Reuters)
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Hayabusa2 heads to target after successful swing-by

Japan Sci-Tech News - December 14, 2015 - 08:43
Japan's space agency says its asteroid explorer, Hayabusa2, is on its target orbit following a successful swing-by maneuver to change course. (NHK)
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Japan big manufacturers' sentiment flat: BOJ Tankan

Japan Economy News - December 14, 2015 - 08:42
Business sentiment among large manufacturers in Japan was flat in the Bank of Japan's "tankan" quarterly survey for December, released Monday. (Jiji Press)
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