Boston museum cancels 'Kimono Wednesdays' after racism protests

Japan Society News - July 9, 2015 - 01:05
The Museum of Fine Arts Boston is cancelling "Kimono Wednesdays" after protesters decried the event as racist. (Japan Today)
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Man arrested for spitting on woman's clothes inside train car

Japan Society News - July 9, 2015 - 01:04
Police in Tokyo have arrested a 52-year-old man for spitting on a woman's clothing while riding on the JR Tokaido line. (Japan Today)
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Boy hit and killed by train left note saying he was bullied

Japan Education News - July 9, 2015 - 00:40
A 13-year-old boy who was hit and killed by a train in Yahaba, Iwate Prefecture, left a note in which he said he had been the victim of bullying at school. (Japan Today)
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Residence card swap deadline brings crowds to immigration centers

Japan Education News - July 9, 2015 - 00:37
Foreign residents flocked to immigration centers Wednesday in a last-minute rush to replace now-defunct certificates of alien registration with new residence cards. (Japan Times)
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Fifth disease inflection in Japan hits 2nd worst level in over 10 years

Japan Education News - July 9, 2015 - 00:28
The number of people suffering fifth disease, or slapped cheek syndrome, in Japan hit the second highest level in more than 10 years in the week that ended on June 28, according to data compiled by the National Institute of Infectious Diseases. (Jiji Press)
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Soccer star Ronaldo is at it again, now starring in ad for weird Japanese ab device

Japan Sports News - July 8, 2015 - 12:28
There are a lot of things about Cristiano Ronaldo that we know to be true. He is objectively a very attractive man. He is objectively a fantastic soccer player. He objectively very rich. He is - and we say this without irony - "big in Japan." He is objectively in great shape. (
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Nissan says Takata air bag inflator caused fire in crash in Japan

Japan Business News - July 8, 2015 - 12:25
Nissan Motor Co. on July 8 said an air bag made by Takata Corp. installed in one of its cars had deployed with too much force and caused a fire in a light crash in Shizuoka Prefecture, marking the automaker's first such case in Japan. (Asahi)
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Nikkei drops below 20,000 for 1st time in 3 weeks

Japan Economy News - July 8, 2015 - 05:53
The Nikkei index started Wednesday's afternoon session below the 20,000 threshold, falling below the line for the first time since June 18, amid concern about the impact of a Chinese economic slowdown on Japan after Shanghai stocks plunged in the morning. (Kyodo)
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Tokyo Disneyland operator's profit seen down on unmagical weather

Japan Business News - July 7, 2015 - 23:46
Tokyo Disney Resort operator Oriental Land is expected to post a roughly 23 billion yen ($185 million) group operating profit for the quarter ended June, a 5% drop on the year, with traffic slowed by poor weather in April. (Nikkei)
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Gov't to lift evacuation order on Fukushima town on Sept 5

Japan Politics News - July 7, 2015 - 23:44
The central government has notified Naraha, a Fukushima town, that on Sept 5, it will lift the evacuation order that has been in place since the 2011 disaster. (Japan Today)
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LGBT People Ask for Lawyers' Support for Same-Sex Marriage in Japan

Japan Society News - July 7, 2015 - 23:32
A total of 455 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people petitioned the Japan Federation of Bar Associations on Tuesday to urge the government and lawmakers to legalize same-sex marriage. (Jiji Press)
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China kicks off anniversary campaign for war victory over Japan

Japan Politics News - July 7, 2015 - 23:31
China hosted a ceremony in a suburb of Beijing on Tuesday to mark the 78th anniversary of the so-called 1937 Marco Polo Bridge incident, which led to a full-scale war between China and Japan. (Jiji Press)
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Skymark calls for creditors to endorse ANA-backed plan

Japan Business News - July 7, 2015 - 23:24
Failed Skymark Airlines asked its creditors on Tuesday to support its rehabilitation plan including assistance from ANA Holdings Inc., the parent of major carrier All Nippon Airways. (The Japan News)
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Obokata pays back Y600,000 to RIKEN

Japan Business News - July 7, 2015 - 23:22
RIKEN said Tuesday that Haruko Obokata, a former researcher at the government-affiliated research institute, has returned about ¥600,000 granted for her to publish two STAP cell research articles in British science journal Nature. (The Japan News)
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Prosecutors will not indict ex-Toyota exec Hamp over painkillers

Japan Society News - July 7, 2015 - 10:21
Former Toyota Motor Corp. executive Julie Hamp will not be charged with illegally importing a controlled painkiller, investigative sources said Tuesday. (Japan Times)
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Tokyo stocks close up 1.31pc after Greek vote dive

Japan Economy News - July 7, 2015 - 10:16
Tokyo stocks rose 1.31 percent Tuesday, clawing back some of the previous day's losses fuelled by Greece's vote to reject more austerity measures, which analysts said were overdone. (
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Sendai reactor refueled for restart, despite opposition

Japan Sci-Tech News - July 7, 2015 - 10:14
Nuclear fuel was being loaded into a reactor in Kyushu on Tuesday as its operator prepared to restart operations despite widespread public opposition to nuclear power. (Japan Today)
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Quake hampers brief return to Kuchinoerabu

Japan Society News - July 7, 2015 - 06:16
Evacuees from a southwestern Japanese island hit by a volcanic eruption made a brief return to their homes on Tuesday ahead of an approaching typhoon. But their trip was cut short due to volcanic quakes. (NHK)
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Japan's new weather satellite starts full operation

Japan Sci-Tech News - July 7, 2015 - 06:14
Japan on Tuesday started fully operating the world's first geostationary weather satellite capable of taking images in color, hoping to forecast typhoon movements and concentrated downpours more accurately. (Kyodo)
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The world's oldest man dies in Japan, aged 112

Japan Society News - July 7, 2015 - 06:06
Sakari Momoi, who was recognized as the world's oldest man and credited healthy eating and getting plenty of sleep for his longevity, has died at the age of 112, Japanese media said on July 7. (Asahi)
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