Land of the rising scrum: World Cup fever sweeps Japan

Japan Sports News - 10 hours 25 min ago
Long queues for replica shirts, desperate searches for tickets and TV stations showing Japan's wins on a loop: excitement is building ahead of the host nation's historic Rugby World Cup quarterfinal against South Africa. (Japan Today)
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Tokyo: 3 men appearing to be foreigners behind Kabukicho ticket shop theft

Japan Society News - October 17, 2019 - 23:11
Three men believed to be foreigners are behind to have been behind the theft of more than 4 million yen from a ticket shop in Shinjuku Ward on Wednesday, police said, reports NHK (Oct. 17). (
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Tokai Univ. solar car comes 2nd in cross-continent race in Australia

Japan Sci-Tech News - October 17, 2019 - 23:09
The first solar-powered cars to complete a 3,000-kilometer endurance race across Australia reached the finish line in Adelaide on Thursday, with Japan's Tokai University Solar Car Team coming in second place. (Kyodo)
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Two Japanese make BBC's list of world's 100 most influential women

Japan Society News - October 17, 2019 - 23:07
Two Japanese women, one behind a campaign against women being forced to wear high heels at work under corporate rules and the other a collegiate sumo wrestler, were included in British broadcaster the BBC’s 2019 list of 100 influential women from around the world released Wednesday. (Japan Times)
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Second Marine misidentified in iconic Iwo Jima picture

Japan Education News - October 17, 2019 - 23:03
The U.S. Marine Corps on Thursday acknowledged an error in the identity of a second Marine pictured lifting the American flag over Iwo Jima in one of the most iconic photographs of World War II. (Japan Times)
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Japan's lenders bankroll scholarships to dodge negative rates

Japan Education News - October 17, 2019 - 23:01
Japanese commercial banks have been snapping up zero-coupon debt issued by a state-backed scholarship body in the latest twist in the the Bank of Japan's negative rate campaign where no-interest loans can be a good deal for lenders. (Nikkei)
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Motive in Kyoto Animation attack still unknown

Japan Society News - October 17, 2019 - 22:52
Police say it will take more time yet to know the motive behind the arson attack on a Kyoto Animation studio, as the suspect is still hospitalized. Friday marks three months since the deadly attack. (NHK)
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Survey: Child suicide rate reaches 30 year high

Japan Education News - October 17, 2019 - 22:51
Japan's education ministry says 332 school children committed suicide in the year through March, the highest number since records began in 1988. (NHK)
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Japan needs to address its child poverty problem

Japan Education News - October 16, 2019 - 22:16
With a rapidly aging and declining population, human capital is one of Japan's most precious resources. Yet despite Japan's need to draw on every individual in the workforce, there is a section of the population whose potential is being overlooked: children in poverty. (Nikkei)
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Venomous ants likely take root in Japan, could spread: research body

Japan Sci-Tech News - October 16, 2019 - 21:58
Venomous fire ants could spread in Japan, as the recent discovery of about 50 queen ants at a Tokyo port suggests the invasive alien insect from South America has likely taken root, according to an analysis by a national research institute. (Kyodo)
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Tokyo Olympic marathons headed to cooler Sapporo

Japan Sports News - October 16, 2019 - 21:56
The International Olympic Committee is considering moving the marathons and race walking events for the 2020 Summer Games from Tokyo to the northern island of Hokkaido amid concerns about the Japanese capital's stiflingly hot weather. (Nikkei)
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School lunches keep Japan's kids topping nutrition lists

Japan Education News - October 15, 2019 - 22:40
Japan manages a rare feat for a developed country when it comes to feeding its children -- high scores for nutrition but very low obesity rates. One major key? School lunches. (Japan Today)
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Man charged with fatal child abuse gets 13 years

Japan Society News - October 15, 2019 - 22:38
A Tokyo court has handed down a 13-year prison sentence for a father charged with abuse that led to the death of his 5-year-old stepdaughter. (NHK)
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Typhoon response dominates diet debate

Japan Politics News - October 15, 2019 - 22:36
The government's response to Typhoon Hagibis dominated Tuesday's debate in the Diet. (NHK)
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Japanese idol Tomohisa Yamashita stars in bloody Antarctic chiller 'The Head'

Japan Society News - October 15, 2019 - 21:17
Japanese idol Tomohisa Yamashita is to star in a chilling new thriller set in the Antarctic called "The Head". (Japan Times)
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Japan's craziest, most terrifying video game arcade is going out of business

Japan Society News - October 15, 2019 - 21:10
Warehouse Kawasaki is like nowhere else in the video game industry, and if you want to see it for yourself, you’ll have to move fast. (
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Typhoon delays bullet train for weeks while Toyota springs back

Japan Business News - October 15, 2019 - 21:08
As a fuller picture of the damage from Typhoon Hagibis emerges, Japan faces weeks of delays in restoring some train service, but supply chains weathered the storm relatively well, attesting to the rise of disaster planning. (Nikkei)
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Guide to Gem Rocks Slot

Japan Business News - October 14, 2019 - 00:23
Digging for buried treasure has never been so fun, it isn’t often said that all you need is the push of a button and riches could fill your pockets. (
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Japan scraps first fleet review including China over typhoon

Japan Politics News - October 13, 2019 - 20:52
Japan has canceled its first fleet review of the new Reiwa era as the Self-Defense Forces support areas of the country battered by Typhoon Hagibis. (Nikkei)
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Fukushima woman being rescued by helicopter dies after being accidentally dropped to the ground

Japan Society News - October 13, 2019 - 20:51
A Tokyo Fire Department helicopter rescuing a 77-year-old woman in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, who had been isolated because of flooding caused by Typhoon Hagibis, accidentally dropped her about 40 meters to the ground because her rescuers did not properly attach her to the rope when they were attempting to winch her to safety during the botched operation. (Japan Times)
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