Netflix's taboo-busting 'Naked Director' upends Japan TV industry

Japan Business News - January 18, 2020 - 21:02
Netflix, the streaming service that has shaken up Hollywood, has unleashed its brand of big-budget disruption in Japan's TV industry. (Nikkei)
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Japan TV networks to rotate Olympics broadcasting on daily basis

Japan Sports News - January 18, 2020 - 20:43
Five major Tokyo-based private television networks will take turns airing daily coverage of the Tokyo Olympic Games this summer, sources close to the matter said Saturday. (Kyodo)
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3 employees slashed in Tokyo bar

Japan Society News - January 18, 2020 - 20:40
Three employees were slashed by four men in a bar in Shinjuku, Tokyo, early Saturday morning. (Japan Today)
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Fictitious transactions at Toshiba subsidiary

Japan Business News - January 18, 2020 - 20:40
Toshiba Corporation says it has confirmed that there were irregularities involving fictitious transactions at a subsidiary. The manufacturer is in the process of reconstructing its business. (NHK)
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Fans remember victims 6 months after attack on Kyoto anime studio

Japan Society News - January 18, 2020 - 20:35
Fans of Kyoto Animation Co artworks on Saturday visited the site of its studio where an arson attack killed 36 people and injured 33 others exactly six months ago to commemorate the victims. (Japan Today)
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Rising political star Koizumi and celebrity wife Takigawa welcome baby boy

Japan Politics News - January 17, 2020 - 22:03
Japanese Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi, a potential future prime minister according to some opinion polls, said he became the father of a baby boy on Friday. (Kyodo)
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25th anniversary of Great Hanshin Earthquake observed

Japan Society News - January 17, 2020 - 22:01
Events were held on Friday morning to mark the 25th anniversary of the Great Hanshin Earthquake in Hyogo Prefecture. (Japan Today)
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Carlos Ghosn intimates Japanese collaborators aided his escape

Japan Business News - January 17, 2020 - 22:00
Carlos Ghosn, the former Nissan Motor chairman-turned-fugitive, strongly implied to French media that Japanese people aided his epic escape. (Nikkei)
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Dump truck rams yakuza office in Adachi

Japan Society News - January 17, 2020 - 21:58
Tokyo Metropolitan Police launched an investigation after a dump truck rammed an office of a criminal syndicate in Adachi Ward early Friday, reports Jiji Press (Jan. 17). (
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Japan shrinks budget surplus forecast as it grapples with debt mountain

Japan Politics News - January 17, 2020 - 21:50
Japan kept unchanged its timing for balancing the primary budget on Friday, but expects to see a much smaller excess than previously thought when it hits a budget surplus, underlining the government’s struggle to rein in massive public debt. (Japan Times)
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Japan high court orders Shikoku Electric to halt Ehime nuclear reactor

Japan Sci-Tech News - January 17, 2020 - 21:45
The Hiroshima High Court on Friday revoked a lower court decision and ordered Shikoku Electric Power Co. to suspend a reactor in western Japan, dealing a blow to the government's bid to bring more reactors back online after the 2011 nuclear crisis. (Kyodo)
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SoftBank offers to invest up to $40 bil. in Indonesia's new capital

Japan Business News - January 17, 2020 - 21:41
Japan's SoftBank Group Corp. has offered to invest between $30 billion and $40 billion in the development of the new Indonesian capital on Borneo Island, a close aide of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo said Friday. (Kyodo)
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Fewer people committed suicide in Japan last year than in any other year on record

Japan Education News - January 17, 2020 - 21:30
With Japanese society often placing intense pressure on teens and adults alike, as well as traditional values that can frame self-sacrifice as an admirable way of taking responsibility, a high suicide rate has long been a dark mark on the nation’s culture. (
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Japan officially enters geology books with 'Chibanian Age'

Japan Education News - January 17, 2020 - 21:26
An international group of geologists on Friday formally adopted “Chibanian” as the name of a geologic age spanning 770,000 to 126,000 years ago, researchers said, marking the first time a Japanese name has been chosen. (Japan Times)
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Japan's music industry rises again in new 'age of discovery'

Japan Business News - January 16, 2020 - 20:57
On a chilly evening last month, tens of thousands of people gathered at the Saitama Super Arena near Tokyo, one of Japan's biggest live music venues. People of all ages were thrilled to witness rock legends in action: Ireland's U2. (Nikkei)
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In first poem reading of Reiwa Era, Japan's emperor speaks of hope for children's futures

Japan Society News - January 16, 2020 - 20:54
Emperor Naruhito expressed his hope for a bright future for children in his poem recited Thursday at the first New Year’s Poetry Reading Ceremony held since he ascended to the chrysanthemum throne last year. (Japan Times)
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Moonstruck: Japanese billionaire's girlfriend applicants top 20,000

Japan Society News - January 16, 2020 - 20:43
Applications to become Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa's girlfriend have topped 20,000, streaming service AbemaTV said on Thursday, ahead of its documentary on his search for a "life partner" to take on his moon voyage. (Japan Today)
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Toyota makes new $394 million bet on flying taxis

Japan Business News - January 16, 2020 - 20:40
Toyota Motor Co. is investing $394 million (Â¥43.3 billion) in Joby Aviation, one of a handful of companies working toward the seemingly implausible goal of making electric air taxis that shuttle people over gridlocked highways and city streets. (Japan Times)
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New virus case in Japan raises alarm over screening

Japan Sci-Tech News - January 16, 2020 - 20:28
The report Thursday of Japan's first case of the new coronavirus that emerged in China last month has underscored issues with Tokyo's defenses against cross-border outbreaks as the region's busiest travel season of the year begins. (Nikkei)
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