Japan convenience store chains now more flexible about operating hours

Japan Business News - April 25, 2019 - 22:53
Convenience store operators released actions plans Thursday to address acute labor shortages, suggesting they have become more flexible about operating hours. (Japan Times)
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JAXA confirms first ever crater made on asteroid

Japan Sci-Tech News - April 25, 2019 - 22:43
Japan's space agency has confirmed that its Hayabusa2 space probe has succeeded in creating an artificial crater on the surface of an asteroid, the world's first attempt to study its interior. (NHK)
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Tokyo displays drawing of rat thought to be work of Banksy

Japan Society News - April 25, 2019 - 22:42
Tokyo on Thursday displayed a drawing thought to be the work of Banksy, as the city's governor urged the famous and mysterious street artist to get in touch. (Japan Today)
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BOJ vows to keep rates super-low for at least a year, and trims Japan growth and inflation forecasts

Japan Business News - April 25, 2019 - 22:41
The Bank of Japan told investors it would keep interest rates at superlow levels for at least one more year, indicating a time scale for anticipated rate stability for the first time and seeking to dispel uncertainty over its commitment to ultraloose policies as the economy comes under fresh pressures. (Japan Times)
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Carlos Ghosn released from jail, but separated from wife

Japan Business News - April 25, 2019 - 22:38
Former Nissan Motor Chairman Carlos Ghosn walked out of jail on Thursday night after the Tokyo District Court rejected an appeal by prosecutors to reverse its decision to grant bail. (Nikkei)
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Ken Watanabe to star in Japanese remake of ‘The Fugitive’

Japan Society News - April 25, 2019 - 00:01
Japanese actor Ken Watanabe, 59, will star in a Japanese remake of the 1993 movie “The Fugitive,” playing the part of the doctor wrongly accused of murdering his wife. (Japan Today)
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Diet passes bill to pay Y3.2 million each to victims forcibly sterilized under Japan's eugenics law

Japan Politics News - April 24, 2019 - 23:58
The Diet enacted legislation Wednesday to pay ¥3.2 million in state compensation to each person who underwent forced sterilization under the nation’s now-defunct eugenics law. (Japan Times)
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Hakuho reprimanded for hand-clapping cheer

Japan Sports News - April 24, 2019 - 23:53
The Japan Sumo Association has reprimanded yokozuna grand champion Hakuho for leading an unapproved cheer during his victory interview last month. (NHK)
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Hayabusa2 to film impact site on asteroid

Japan Sci-Tech News - April 24, 2019 - 23:12
A Japanese space probe is scheduled on Thursday to film an artificial crater made on the asteroid Ryugu in an impact experiment. (NHK)
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Stubbed out: Japanese university stops hiring smoking professors

Japan Education News - April 23, 2019 - 22:32
A Japanese university has stopped hiring professors and teachers who light up, officials said Tuesday, as the nation steps up an anti-smoking campaign ahead of the 2020 Olympics. (Japan Today)
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Japan's 10-day break to fete new emperor may breathe life into economy

Japan Business News - April 23, 2019 - 22:30
Japan's unprecedented 10-day holiday to celebrate Crown Prince Naruhito's enthronement is expected to give the sluggish economy at least a short-term boost. (Japan Today)
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Fukushima agricultural exports bounce back from nuclear disaster to hit record high

Japan Business News - April 23, 2019 - 22:22
Exports of agricultural products produced in Fukushima Prefecture rose about 2 percent in fiscal 2018 to a record 217.8 tons, according to the prefectural government. (Japan Times)
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Tokyo-based developer of laundry-folding robot files for bankruptcy

Japan Business News - April 23, 2019 - 22:20
A Tokyo-based developer of a laundry-folding robot filed for bankruptcy on Tuesday due to financial difficulties. (Japan Times)
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Emperor, Empress visit Mausoleum of Emperor Showa

Japan Society News - April 23, 2019 - 22:19
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko have visited the Mausoleum of Emperor Showa in western Tokyo to report his abdication on April 30. (NHK)
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Toshiba develops 'world's fastest' algorithm

Japan Sci-Tech News - April 22, 2019 - 22:41
Japanese electronics giant Toshiba says it's developed what it calls "the world's fastest" algorithm. The company says the formula will significantly boost the calculation power of standard computers. (NHK)
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17-year-old motorcyclist escapes from police despite being handcuffed; turns himself in later

Japan Society News - April 22, 2019 - 22:39
A 17-year-old boy who was arrested for riding his motorbike through a red traffic light escaped from police despite being handcuffed but turned himself five hours later in Ashikaga, Tochigi Prefecture, on Sunday. (Japan Today)
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Ghosn's lawyers request bail following indictment

Japan Business News - April 22, 2019 - 22:25
Defense lawyers for former Nissan Motor chairman Carlos Ghosn have asked a Tokyo court to grant him bail. (NHK)
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Saitama: Woman found with accused stalker 3 days after going missing

Japan Society News - April 21, 2019 - 22:57
Police have arrested a 40-year-old man over the alleged stalking of his former girlfriend whose whereabouts were unknown for three days, reports the Sankei Shimbun (tokyoreporter.com)
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Lead singer of pop group AAA arrested over assault

Japan Society News - April 21, 2019 - 22:49
Police in Tokyo said Sunday they have arrested Naoya Urata, lead singer of the six-member pop group AAA, on suspicion of assault. (Japan Today)
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Law recognizing indigenous Ainu enacted

Japan Politics News - April 19, 2019 - 22:45
A law recognizing the Ainu ethnic minority as an indigenous people of Japan has been enacted. (NHK)
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