Suicides short of 30,000 in 2014

Japan Society News - June 22, 2015 - 23:04
The number of people who committed suicide in Japan came to 25,427 in 2014, staying below 30,000 for three years on end, the government said in an annual report Monday. (The Japan News)
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Noted Tokyo aquarium adds 80 tuna after mass fish deaths

Japan Sci-Tech News - June 22, 2015 - 10:45
A Tokyo aquarium suffering through massive fish deaths in its renowned tuna tank since late last year reopened the tank to the public Monday after adding 80 tuna. (Japan Times)
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8 Sports advance to final selection for 2020 Olympics

Japan Sports News - June 22, 2015 - 10:36
Eight sports including baseball and softball are now set to advance to the final selection process for addition to the program of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics under the host city's initiative. (Jiji Press)
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Japan stocks higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 1.26%

Japan Economy News - June 22, 2015 - 10:30
Japan stocks were higher after the close on Monday, as gains in the Insurance, Banking and Fishery sectors led shares higher. (investing.com)
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Headless body of woman found in river

Japan Society News - June 22, 2015 - 02:04
The headless body of a woman was found in a river in Takatsuki City, Osaka, on Sunday, police said, adding that the victim's left arm had also been severed. (Japan Today)
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Hurdles remain high for Japan-S. Korea fence-mending

Japan Politics News - June 21, 2015 - 22:51
The foreign ministers of Japan and South Korea met in Tokyo on Sunday, the day before the two countries mark the 50th anniversary of their diplomatic normalization, in a bid to demonstrate their resolve to improve the bilateral relationship, which has been marred by history and territorial issues. (Jiji Press)
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Drones used to survey Mount Hakone amid volcanic alert

Japan Sci-Tech News - June 21, 2015 - 03:24
The prefectural government of Kanagawa on Saturday used drones to survey a no-go zone in the Owakudani hot spring district on Mount Hakone, where a level 2 volcanic alert has been in place. (Japan Times)
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Japanese man dies on Grand Canyon hike, fifth fatality this year

Japan Society News - June 21, 2015 - 01:38
A 36-year-old Japanese man collapsed and died while hiking in Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona on Thursday, a spokesman of the park said Friday. (Japan Times)
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Couple arrested for forcing Chinese girls to work as club hostesses

Japan Society News - June 21, 2015 - 01:34
Police in Tokyo have arrested a husband and wife who manage cabaret clubs in Shimbashi for forcing three young Chinese women in Japan on student visas, to work as hostesses at their clubs. (Japan Today)
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Japan, S.Korea attempt to settle World heritage row

Japan Politics News - June 21, 2015 - 01:29
Japanese officials are working to narrow differences with South Korea over Tokyo's bid to win UNESCO World Heritage listing for a number of historic sites. (NHK)
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Japan's bridal industry starts accepting LGBT couples

Japan Society News - June 21, 2015 - 01:24
The bridal industry in Japan has started accepting LGBT, or lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender couples on the back of increasing understanding for the sexual minorities in the country's society. (Jiji Press)
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Hashimoto tolerates Diet submission of Ishin's security bills

Japan Politics News - June 21, 2015 - 01:21
Toru Hashimoto, supreme adviser at Ishin no To (Japan Innovation Party), showed his tolerance Saturday of the major opposition party's submission of its counterproposals to government-sponsored national security bills to the Diet. (Jiji Press)
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15,000 women surround Diet building in Tokyo to protest security bills

Japan Politics News - June 21, 2015 - 01:11
Some 15,000 women gathered Saturday in Tokyo to protest security bills that would expand the scope of overseas operations by Japan's Self-Defense Forces. (Kyodo)
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Japan unveils $3.5 mil. emergency grant aid for Rohingya migrants

Japan Politics News - June 20, 2015 - 07:33
Japan announced Saturday it will provide $3.5 million (432 million yen) in emergency grant aid to support mainly Rohingya migrants from Myanmar left adrift at sea, as the plight of the thousands of "boat people" draws international attention. (Kyodo)
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Kennedy encourages students heading to US

Japan Education News - June 19, 2015 - 23:23
US Ambassador Caroline Kennedy has encouraged Japanese heading for studies at US universities to become ambassadors to further advance bilateral ties. (NHK)
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Mount Asama erupts again

Japan Sci-Tech News - June 19, 2015 - 23:21
Japan's Meteorological Agency says Mount Asama has had another very minor eruption. (NHK)
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Scholars defend security bills as constitutional

Japan Politics News - June 19, 2015 - 23:20
Two legal scholars have defended as constitutional government-proposed security bills to allow Japan to exercise its right to collective self-defense. (NHK)
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Reduced meetings not to erode policy timeliness: BOJ Kuroda

Japan Economy News - June 19, 2015 - 23:09
Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda stressed Friday that the central bank's decision to reduce the frequency of its monetary policy meetings will not lead to any delay in the implementation of necessary policy actions. (Jiji Press)
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Japan teens top stamina ranks in Asia

Japan Education News - June 19, 2015 - 23:02
Japanese middle school students have more stamina than their counterparts in other Asian nations, which is believed to be a result of sports club activities and physical education at schools, according to a survey. (The Japan News)
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WikiLeaks dumps 276,000 more documents from Sony hack

Japan Business News - June 19, 2015 - 12:02
WikiLeaks on Thursday released 276,394 new documents from the hack of Sony Pictures in what could be a further embarrassment for the Japanese media and electronics group. (Japan Times)
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