Sony unveils smart eyewear

Japan Sci-Tech News - September 21, 2014 - 22:12
Sony Corp. has unveiled a new smart eyewear device that connects with compatible smartphones to offer information such as text and images onto the user's field of view. (The Japan News)
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Govt seeks 'compact cities' to concentrate facilities, save money

Japan Economy News - September 21, 2014 - 22:10
As part of efforts to transform increasingly depopulated regional cities into "compact cities," the central government will encourage local governments to relocate aged public facilities to the premises or buildings of regional offices that are scheduled to be rebuilt by the national government, according to sources. (The Japan News)
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Abe: Japan to study possibility of Putin visit

Japan Politics News - September 21, 2014 - 22:01
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said he wants to continue constructive dialogue with Russian President Vladimir Putin and study the possibility of his visit to Japan. (NHK)
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Yamaguchi Confirmed as New Komeito Head for 4th Term

Japan Politics News - September 21, 2014 - 21:46
New Komeito, the junior member of Japan's Liberal Democratic Party-led ruling coalition, confirmed Natsuo Yamaguchi, 62, as its head for a fourth term at a party convention held in Tokyo on Sunday. (Jiji Press)
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2 opposition parties merge to form Japan's 3rd-largest party

Japan Politics News - September 21, 2014 - 21:43
Two of Japan's small opposition parties merged and launched a new political party Sunday, the country's third largest, in a bid to stir political realignment. (Kyodo)
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Japan's controversial Miike to get Rome film award

Japan Society News - September 21, 2014 - 04:08
Japanese director Takashi Miike, whose violent and often controversial films boast a huge cult following, will be awarded the 2014 Maverick Director Award at the Rome film festival, organisers said Saturday. (AFP)
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G-20 to take additional steps to support growth

Japan Economy News - September 21, 2014 - 04:04
Finance chiefs of the Group of 20 industrial and developing economies agreed Sunday to take additional measures to ensure meeting their commitment to a growth target amid increasing risks. (Kyodo)
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Japanese-developed digital globe to be displayed at Geneva Airport

Japan Sci-Tech News - September 21, 2014 - 01:31
The U.N. International Strategy for Disaster Reduction said Friday that it will display at Geneva International Airport the Tangible Earth, a Japanese-developed interactive digital globe that visualizes disasters such as typhoons as well as air pollution. (Jiji Press)
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Govt to help streamline public primary, middle schools

Japan Education News - September 21, 2014 - 01:29
The education ministry will help promote consolidation of public primary and middle schools facing falls in the number of students, informed sources said. (The Japan News)
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35 dementia sufferers unidentified, survey finds

Japan Society News - September 21, 2014 - 01:23
The identities of 35 dementia sufferers were unknown in 26 municipalities across the nation at the end of May, according to the government's first nationwide survey of such persons. (The Japan News)
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Asian Games: Nakamura wins judo gold but others come up short

Japan Sports News - September 21, 2014 - 01:18
This was anything but the day Japan expected on Saturday, the first day of the judo competition at the 17th Asian Games. (Kyodo)
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SoftBank to book Y500bn profit through Alibaba listing

Japan Business News - September 21, 2014 - 01:07
SoftBank said on Saturday that it expects to book an extraordinary group profit of about 500 billion yen ($4.55 billion) related to Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding's listing in the U.S. in the first half of fiscal 2014, which started in April. (Nikkei)
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19 vending machines torched, robbed in Tokyo's Katsushika ward since Sept 15

Japan Society News - September 21, 2014 - 01:02
Two vending machines were torched and the money taken from them in Tokyo's Katsushika Ward on Saturday morning, bringing to 19 the number of vending machines which have been destroyed by fire in the area since Sept 15. (Japan Today)
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51 children die from abuse

Japan Education News - September 20, 2014 - 00:42
Fifty-one children died in 49 abuse cases in Japan in fiscal 2012, excluding deaths from murder-suicide cases, with both numbers falling by seven from the preceding year, a Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry report showed Friday. (The Japan News)
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No, Japan is not an oasis for CD sales

Japan Business News - September 20, 2014 - 00:30
It would be foolish to look to Japan as a model for the future of the music industry. (
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17-year-old girl sprayed with paint thinner while walking home

Japan Society News - September 20, 2014 - 00:25
Police in Tokyo said Friday they are looking for a man who sprayed a 17-year-old girl with a liquid resembling paint thinner as she walked home on Wednesday night-the third such incident to occur in the area since last month. (Japan Today)
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Sumo: Three Mongolians still unbeaten

Japan Sports News - September 20, 2014 - 00:15
A trio of Mongolian wrestlers remained seated at the summit of the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament with 6-0 records on Friday, the sixth day of the event at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan. (Japan Times)
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Tainted water problems still plague Fukushima, despite some positive signs

Japan Sci-Tech News - September 20, 2014 - 00:13
More than three years since it was crippled by a megaquake, tsunami and triple core meltdown, the Fukushima No. 1 power plant is still bleeding tons of toxic radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean. (Japan Times)
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Abe uses letter to ask Park for summit request

Japan Politics News - September 20, 2014 - 00:11
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe asked South Korean President Park Geun-hye for a summit meeting in a letter handed over on Friday, seeking a breakthrough in bilateral ties frozen by disagreements over Japan's wartime past, including the "comfort women" issue. (Japan Times)
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SoftBank won't sell Alibaba stake: Son

Japan Business News - September 20, 2014 - 00:07
SoftBank has no intention of selling its Alibaba shareholdings, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Masayoshi Son said, even with their value up by a factor of 4,000 from what it paid for them thanks to Friday's initial public offering. (Nikkei)
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