Gravitational wave detection lab unveiled

Japan Sci-Tech News - July 5, 2014 - 23:51
A huge tunnel dug deep underground as part of a project in Hida, Gifu Prefecture, to directly detect gravitational waves for the first time has been revealed to the media by the University of Tokyo's Institute for Cosmic Ray Research. (The Japan News)
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Japan sees only 4 Hague treaty cases

Japan Education News - July 5, 2014 - 23:44
There have been only four cases in which parents have asked the Japanese Foreign Ministry to help them bring back children who were taken overseas without their consent since April, when the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction went into effect in Japan. (The Japan News)
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Japan to regulate law-evading drug shops

Japan Society News - July 5, 2014 - 23:37
Japan's health minister has pledged to tighten control on people selling so-called law-evading drugs. (NHK)
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Japan to formally extend continental shelf

Japan Politics News - July 5, 2014 - 23:35
The Japanese government will enact legislation to formally extend the limits of its continental shelf and expand its exclusive rights to marine resources. (NHK)
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TPP chief negotiators begin trade talks in Canada

Japan Economy News - July 5, 2014 - 23:22
Chief negotiators in the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks have met in the Canadian capital of Ottawa in a bid to resolve differences on tariffs, intellectual property rights and other sticking points. (NHK)
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Will Japan's youth go to war because a pretty girl told them to?

Japan Politics News - July 5, 2014 - 23:16
On July 1, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe announced that for the first time since the end of World War II, Japan would now be able to fight wars on foreign soil. (
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Japan sees grilled eel prices falling

Japan Business News - July 5, 2014 - 10:57
Grilled eel prices have been dropping in Japan after years of sharp rise due to expectations of an increased supply. (Jiji Press)
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Banking group drafts guidelines for online theft compensation

Japan Business News - July 5, 2014 - 10:55
Japan's top banking industry group has drafted new guidelines on how banks should compensate companies, especially small and midsize ones, for damage from online money theft, sources familiar with the matter said Saturday. (Kyodo)
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Aftershock from 2011 quake jolts northeast Japan

Japan Sci-Tech News - July 5, 2014 - 07:03
An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.9 has jolted Iwate Prefecture, northeastern Japan. It's believed the quake is an aftershock of the massive temblor that hit the region in 2011. (NHK)
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LDP says no to sexist heckling by party members

Japan Politics News - July 5, 2014 - 00:49
The main governing Liberal Democratic Party has decided to strengthen discipline among its members. A party lawmaker admitted to having made sexist jeers at a female member of Lower House in April. (NHK)
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External English tests urged for college entrance

Japan Education News - July 5, 2014 - 00:44
A Japan education ministry panel has proposed making use of external English proficiency tests for university entrance exams. (NHK)
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Japan adopts 'Grand Design' development plan

Japan Economy News - July 5, 2014 - 00:24
Japan's Land, Infrastructure and Transport Ministry has adopted a blueprint for national development with a target year of 2050. It focuses on linking major cities to increase their competitiveness and building local hubs in rural areas. (NHK)
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Man arrested for cutting seats on Keisei line trains

Japan Society News - July 5, 2014 - 00:19
Police said Friday they have arrested a 46-year-old company employee on suspicion of cutting seats on Keisei line trains on at least 50 occasions. (Japan Today)
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Is Ginza cat being abused by its owner?

Japan Society News - July 5, 2014 - 00:15
For years, Hachiko, the faithful Akita dog that waited every day outside Shibuya Station after its owner died at his workplace, has been Tokyo's most famous animal. Recently, though, it seemed like cat-loving Tokyoites had found an animal celebrity of their own when a cat perched on top of a signpost in Ginza started drawing crowds. (Japan Today)
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Tommy Lee Jones appears again in new Suntory CM as 'Alien Jones'

Japan Society News - July 5, 2014 - 00:07
Tommy Lee Jones is appearing in a new ad campaign for Suntory. Jones, 67, once again plays the "Alien Jones" character, an extraterrestrial who has come to study the behavior and culture of humans on Earth. During his time on Earth, Alien Jones goes from one everyday job to the next - from a karaoke bar waiter, a construction worker to a doctor. (Japan Today)
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Nissan opens new plant in Thailand

Japan Business News - July 5, 2014 - 00:05
Thailand will continue to play a major role for Japanese automakers as a manufacturing and export base. (The Nation)
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