Woman fleeing molester attacked second time inside unmanned police box

Japan Society News - September 19, 2020 - 00:07
A woman fleeing from a molester in Katsushika Ward was attacked a second time after she fled to a koban police box only to find it unmanned, police have revealed, reports NHK (Sept. 17). (tokyoreporter.com)
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Olympics: Tokyo Games athletes to be exempted from virus entry bans

Japan Sports News - September 19, 2020 - 00:04
The Japanese government has decided to set up a system to exempt athletes competing at next year's Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games from entry restrictions currently placed on 159 countries and regions due to the novel coronavirus that forced the games' postponement, sources familiar with the matter said Friday. (Kyodo)
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Inflation in Japan goes negative on Go To Travel discounts

Japan Business News - September 19, 2020 - 00:02
The key inflation gauge went negative again last month, driven down by government discounts meant to boost consumer spending and help the pandemic-hit travel industry. (Japan Times)
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Japan's legislature sees first coronavirus infection

Japan Politics News - September 19, 2020 - 00:00
A member of the House of Representatives has tested positive for the novel coronavirus and was admitted to a hospital, the Lower House’s secretariat said Friday, the first confirmed infection of a Japanese lawmaker. (Japan Times)
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'Suganomics' will target quick wins, not grand visions

Japan Politics News - September 18, 2020 - 23:58
Japan's new prime minister will pursue economic structural reforms through a mixed bag of policies that target specific industries, rather than a grand strategy to reshape society and boost long-term growth. (Japan Today)
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Ex-chairman of bankrupt Japan Life, 13 others arrested over fraud

Japan Business News - September 18, 2020 - 23:53
The former chairman of Japan Life Co, a now-bankrupt company, was arrested Friday along with 13 others on suspicion of running a "rental owner" investment scam involving clothing, jewelry and other goods it claimed had health benefits, police said. (Japan Today)
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Japanese scientist and team win Ig Nobel for putting alligator on gas

Japan Sci-Tech News - September 18, 2020 - 23:52
An international research team including a Japanese scientist on Thursday won the Ig Nobel Acoustics prize after showing that an alligator’s pitch rises after it inhales helium-enriched air. (Japan Times)
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Japan’s outgoing prime minister Shinzo Abe bids farewell

Japan Politics News - September 18, 2020 - 23:28
Shinzo Abe, Japan's outgoing and longest-serving prime minister, left his office in Tokyo for the last time on September 16, 2020. Abe had announced his plans to resign in August, citing health problems related to ulcerative colitis. (SCMP Clips)
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AUM founder's 2nd daughter to receive his remains, Tokyo court rules

Japan Society News - September 17, 2020 - 21:46
A Tokyo court ruled Thursday that the 39-year-old second daughter of executed AUM Shinrikyo cult founder Shoko Asahara can take possession of his cremated remains, sources familiar with the matter said, in the latest development in a long-running family row over his ashes. (Kyodo)
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2 students injured by athletics hammer in Iwate

Japan Sports News - September 17, 2020 - 21:44
Two high school students suffered injuries after they were hit by an athletics hammer on the sports ground of their school in Takizawa, Iwate Prefecture, on Wednesday. (Japan Today)
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Plan for Japan's tallest building unveiled

Japan Business News - September 17, 2020 - 21:39
Developers have released the details of a major construction project that's underway in central Tokyo. (NHK)
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Japan's new leader wants Suganomics to take off immediately

Japan Business News - September 17, 2020 - 21:26
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga hit the ground running on day one, meeting with ministers in charge of top policy goals from cutting red tape and digitizing the government to combating the new coronavirus. (Nikkei)
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BOJ keeps policy unchanged

Japan Business News - September 17, 2020 - 21:16
Policymakers at the Bank of Japan have decided to keep their current monetary-easing policy unchanged. (NHK)
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Suga's hometown, constituency celebrate his election as new PM

Japan Society News - September 16, 2020 - 22:22
Yoshihide Suga's hometown In northeastern Japan and his constituency in Yokohama, near Tokyo, were in festive moods Wednesday as supporters celebrated his election as Japan's new prime minister. (Kyodo)
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No visitors, less commuting -- Japan's railways enter dark tunnel

Japan Business News - September 16, 2020 - 21:58
Two of Japan's largest rail operators now expect to report their largest full-year net losses since their 1987 privatization, as the coronavirus pandemic brings a deep and potentially long-lasting slump in passenger traffic. (Nikkei)
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Japan's new prime minister outlines his policies

Japan Politics News - September 16, 2020 - 21:55
Japan's new prime minister says he will prioritize measures against the coronavirus and its economic fallout. Suga Yoshihide is taking over from Abe Shinzo, a close ally who was Japan's longest-serving prime minister. (NHK)
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Suga's Cabinet lineup

Japan Politics News - September 16, 2020 - 21:18
More than half of Suga Yoshihide's cabinet ministers were part of an Abe government -- a reflection of the new leader's intentions to continue his predecessor's policies. (NHK)
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The future of casinos in Japan

Japan Business News - September 15, 2020 - 23:16
Gambling and casinos in Japan have not been legal for all that long. When looking at the history of casinos, it is easy to say that the future should be brighter than the past. (newsonjapan.com)
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80 percent of universities in Japan plan to hold both in-person and online lessons

Japan Education News - September 15, 2020 - 23:09
About 80 percent of universities and junior colleges plan to conduct both in-person and online lessons in the second semester of fiscal 2020 beginning this autumn, an education ministry survey showed Tuesday. (Japan Times)
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Kei Nishikori earns first win since 2019 U.S. Open in Rome

Japan Sports News - September 15, 2020 - 23:07
Kei Nishikori picked up his first win in a year at the Italian Open on Monday, defeating two-time ATP Tour titlist Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) to reach the second round of the clay court tournament in Rome. (Japan Times)
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