Son arrested over murder of mother in Aomori home

Japan Society News - June 3, 2020 - 22:24
Police in Aomori City have arrested a 35-year-old unemployed man on suspicion of killing his 61-year-old mother at their home last week. (Japan Today)
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Tokyo on alert again - What happened?

Japan Society News - June 3, 2020 - 22:20
Tokyo has a spike yesterday of 34 infections and Gov. Koike put Tokyo on Alert. Basically Rainbow Bridge and the Metropolitan Government Building turned bright red. (ONLY in JAPAN)
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Uniqlo returns to Tokyo's fashion capital Harajuku

Japan Business News - June 3, 2020 - 22:19
Japanese casual clothing chain Uniqlo will open a new outlet Friday in Tokyo's Harajuku neighborhood, marking a homecoming eight years in the making to the city's vibrant hub for youth fashion. (Nikkei)
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Abe: Raising minimum wage, while protecting jobs

Japan Politics News - June 3, 2020 - 22:13
Prime Minister Abe Shinzo says he maintains the goal of raising the country's minimum wage, while taking into account the situations of small- and medium-sized companies reeling from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. (NHK)
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2 Yomiuri Giants players test positive for coronavirus

Japan Sports News - June 3, 2020 - 22:11
Two Yomiuri Giants players have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the Central League team announced Wednesday, casting a shadow over Nippon Professional Baseball's plan to start the 2020 season on June 19. (Japan Today)
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Suspected illicit photographer found with 2,700 pairs of women’s underwear

Japan Society News - June 2, 2020 - 22:35
A 54-year-old man in custody for alleged illicit filming has been arrested again on suspicion of theft of a school girl’s uniform, police said on Tuesday, reports Kyodo News (June 2). (
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Japan's cash balance hits new high as BOJ pumps out money to combat pandemic

Japan Business News - June 2, 2020 - 22:26
The balance of money circulating in Japan’s economy reached ¥543 trillion in May, hitting a record high for the second straight month, as the central bank pumped more cash to cushion the blow to businesses and consumers from the coronavirus pandemic. (Japan Times)
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Walking and texting? Japan city ready to say no

Japan Society News - June 2, 2020 - 22:23
A Yokohama suburb looks to forbid people from using smartphones while walking on roads or in public spaces, in hopes of preventing accidents caused by distracted pedestrians. (Nikkei)
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Japan approves safer, easier PCR virus test using saliva

Japan Sci-Tech News - June 2, 2020 - 22:21
Japan approved Tuesday a PCR coronavirus test using saliva, which is much safer and easier compared with the currently dominant method, which collects mucus from the back part of the nose. (Japan Times)
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Police make first arrest over mask resale ban

Japan Society News - June 2, 2020 - 22:19
Police in Japan say they've made the first arrest for the violation of a ban on reselling masks, which was introduced to stop them from being resold at inflated prices amid the coronavirus outbreak. (NHK)
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JR East to open 100 unmanned convenience stores in next four years

Japan Business News - June 2, 2020 - 22:19
East Japan Railway Co. will accelerate plans to open 100 unmanned convenience stores within the next four years, sources close to the matter said Tuesday, as it takes advantage of the need to reduce human contact amid the coronavirus pandemic. (Japan Times)
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Experts warn heatstroke risk increased by mask

Japan Sci-Tech News - June 2, 2020 - 22:14
Experts in Japan are calling on people to use face masks cautiously in the summer when the risk of heatstroke increases. (NHK)
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Japan enacts law for tougher road rage punishment

Japan Society News - June 2, 2020 - 22:09
Japan's Diet on Tuesday enacted a revised road traffic law that will impose tougher penalties on drivers involved in road rage incidents. (NHK)
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Abe gives up on Sept. school start for now

Japan Education News - June 2, 2020 - 22:08
Japan's Prime Minister Abe Shinzo has effectively given up on plans to change the start of the nation's school year from April to September. (NHK)
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Court hearing suspended after lawyers refuse masks

Japan Society News - June 2, 2020 - 22:07
A hearing at a Tokyo court was suspended for hours on Tuesday after defense lawyers refused to wear face masks. (NHK)
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Japan's new graduate recruiting fully starts amid coronavirus scare

Japan Education News - June 1, 2020 - 21:23
Major firms in Japan on Monday fully started interviews, written tests and other activities to hire students graduating in spring 2021, with companies and students both struggling to adjust to unprecedented online recruiting methods introduced to cope with the new coronavirus pandemic. (Japan Times)
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Japanese university ends seal-stamping custom to promote telework

Japan Education News - June 1, 2020 - 21:21
A national university in northeastern Japan on Monday ended in principle the long-standing custom of requiring documents be stamped with seals, in a bid to promote workplace efficiency and teleworking among its staff. (Kyodo)
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Former AKB48 star Mayu Watanabe retires from show business, citing health issues

Japan Society News - June 1, 2020 - 21:20
Mayu Watanabe, a former member of the popular Japanese all-girl idol group AKB48, has retired from the entertainment industry due to health reasons, her agency said Monday. (Japan Times)
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Japan workplace bullying rules feared to spur necktied menaces

Japan Business News - June 1, 2020 - 21:17
Regulations to protect workers in Japan from abusive bosses and colleagues took effect Monday to criticism that it only provides a road map to desk-bound bullies. (Nikkei)
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Japanese manga artist George Akiyama dies at 77

Japan Society News - June 1, 2020 - 21:15
Manga artist George Akiyama, known as the author of the "Haguregumo" manga series, died on May 12, major publisher Shogakukan Inc. announced Monday. He was 77. (Japan Times)
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