Amazon Japan is now offering budget-friendly monk delivery

Japan Business News - February 1, 2016 - 18:58
Losing a beloved family member is hard enough by itself. Uncertainties about the costs of the funeral and related services only make the situation more difficult. Now, Amazon Japan lists a company that offers budget-friendly monk delivery service. (Quartz)
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Shockwaves from BOJ move continue, sending key 10-year JGB yield to 0.050 percent

Japan Economy News - February 1, 2016 - 18:55
Shockwaves from the Bank of Japan's surprising decision to introduce a negative interest rate policy continued in the Japanese government bond market on Monday, with the benchmark 10-year JGB yield hitting a fresh record low of 0.050 pct. (Jiji Press)
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'Noh' actor Kan Hosho, living national treasure, dies at 81

Japan Society News - February 1, 2016 - 18:53
Kan Hosho, a noted actor of "Noh" classical Japanese musical drama, died of throat cancer at his home in Tokyo's Nerima Ward on Monday. He was 81. (Jiji Press)
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New minister vows to work for strong economy

Japan Economy News - February 1, 2016 - 18:48
Japan's new economic revitalization minister has pledged to do his best to establish a positive economic cycle. Nobuteru Ishihara succeeded Akira Amari, who resigned last week over a funding scandal. (NHK)
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Gravure idol resigns from Tokyo agency after rumors of prostitution surface

Japan Society News - February 1, 2016 - 18:43
A popular bikini model has resigned from her agency following rumors that she engaged in enjo kosai, or compensated dating, reports Nikkan Sports. (Tokyo Reporter)
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Kuroda's helping hand to Asia

Japan Economy News - February 1, 2016 - 16:37
Central banks across the world may be running low on ammunition, but the Bank of Japan has shown that they may still have a few bullets left in their belts. (Nikkei)
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Tokyo police baffled by theft of hand straps from commuter trains

Japan Society News - February 1, 2016 - 16:27
Investigators are scratching their heads over the theft of hundreds of hand straps from Tokyo commuter trains. (Japan Times)
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Tokyo cops arrest yakuza boss in bank fraud

Japan Society News - February 1, 2016 - 16:25
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested two organized crime members, including a top boss, for fraudulently opening bank accounts, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Feb. 1). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Japanese cigarette packs may get bigger health warning label

Japan Education News - February 1, 2016 - 16:24
The Finance Ministry will consider requiring tobacco packaging to display more prominent warnings about the possible health impact caused by smoking. (Japan Times)
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China arrests fourth Japanese over spying, government confirms

Japan Politics News - February 1, 2016 - 16:18
The government denied Monday that Japan carries out espionage activities abroad as it announced that Chinese authorities have formally arrested a fourth Japanese citizen on suspicion of spying. (Japan Times)
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How to escape from a burning castle: evacuation drill reveals thrilling slide system

Japan Society News - February 1, 2016 - 16:16
Escaping from a castle turret in Japan involves hurtling down a narrow, flexible chute! (
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Time for Abenomics to get real as China stutters

Japan Economy News - February 1, 2016 - 11:28
The biggest cause of the financial and capital market turbulence that has swept the world this year is China's economic slowdown. One of its biggest victims could be Abenomics, the vaunted economic policy agenda being promoted by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. (Nikkei)
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Osaka police stored evidence for thousands of cases improperly

Japan Society News - February 1, 2016 - 11:26
The Osaka Prefectural Police have improperly stored documents and other evidence linked to about 5,000 criminal cases at their police stations, allowing the statute of limitations for more than 80 percent of the cases to expire, officials said Monday. (Japan Times)
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Anonymous blamed for nearly 140 attacks

Japan Sci-Tech News - February 1, 2016 - 11:21
Police say a computer hacking group that calls itself Anonymous has suggested its involvement in 145 cyber-attacks against 73 Japanese websites since September. (NHK)
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'Kamakura' snow hut festival starts in Nikko

Japan Society News - February 1, 2016 - 11:20
A festival featuring snow huts called "kamakura" has begun in Nikko City, north of Tokyo. (NHK)
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Ruling, opposition blocs agree to end deadlock

Japan Politics News - February 1, 2016 - 11:19
Japan's governing and opposition parties have agreed to start budget deliberations that have been stalled over the resignation of a key Cabinet minister. (NHK)
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Prosecutors seek fine for ‘obscene’ work by Tokyo vagina artist

Japan Society News - February 1, 2016 - 03:56
On Monday at the Tokyo District Court, prosecutors made clear an intention to seek a fine for an artist whose displays based on her genitals have been deemed objectionable. (Tokyo Reporter)
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Toyota halts Japan output next week on steel plant explosion

Japan Business News - February 1, 2016 - 03:53
Toyota Motor Corp. said it will suspend production at all assembly plants in Japan next week in the wake of a steel factory explosion, interrupting the supply of crucial models including the new Prius hybrid. (
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Japan denies forced sex slavery WWII to UN, despite signing landmark deal with S. Korea

Japan Politics News - February 1, 2016 - 03:50
Japan has officially stated to the UN that it did not force Asian women to become sex slaves during World War II. This comes despite the Japanese government signing a landmark deal with South Korea, settling the issue of "comfort women" a month ago. (
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Japan's central bank is facing a debt crisis

Japan Economy News - January 31, 2016 - 22:39
According to conventional economic theory, the monetisation of government debt is a recipe for fiscal profligacy and hyperinflation. It should be the last thing any credible central bank turns its hand to. But this is precisely what the Bank of Japan has been doing for the past three years. (
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