Inside Japan’s obsession with mascots

Japan Society News - August 7, 2021 - 03:41
In Japan, mascots can be found everywhere from airports to the streets and even inside prisons. They’re used not only to build brand awareness for companies but also to bring a sense of comfort to everyday life. (CBC News: The National)
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Inside Japan’s animal cafe phenomenon

Japan Travel News - August 7, 2021 - 03:40
ABC News' James Longman reports from Tokyo on animal cafes beloved by the Japanese people, where visitors can have their coffee and relax with pigs, reptiles or otters. (ABC News)
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Rice paddy art is Japanese city’s way of celebrating Tokyo Olympics

Japan Society News - August 7, 2021 - 03:39
Gyoda city north of the Japanese capital Tokyo has earned a reputation for creating some of the world's largest works of art. (South China Morning Post)
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Japan wrestler Mayu Mukaida wins women's 53 kg at Tokyo Games

Japan Sports News - August 7, 2021 - 03:36
Mayu Mukaida snatched the third gold medal for Japanese female wrestlers at the Tokyo Olympics on Friday, downing China's Pang Qianyu 5-4 in the 53-kilogram final. (Kyodo)
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Japan’s Ryo Kiyuna wins the world’s first Olympic gold in men’s karate kata

Japan Sports News - August 7, 2021 - 03:33
Karate has finally made its Olympic debut at the Tokyo 2020 Games and Japan has now won two medals in the new Olympic sport. (
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Japan drugmaker Shionogi to seek approval for oral COVID-19 drug

Japan Business News - August 7, 2021 - 03:30
OSAKA – Pharmaceutical firm Shionogi & Co. plans to seek state approval for its oral coronavirus drug by the end of this year in the hope of offering at-home treatment and easing strain on hospitals, company sources said Friday. (Japan Times)
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Japan COVID-19 Cases Hit 1 Million Amid Olympics, Infections Spread Beyond Tokyo

Japan Society News - August 7, 2021 - 03:26
Japan reached the milestone of one million coronavirus cases on Friday, domestic media reported, as infections surged in Olympic host Tokyo to other urban areas and the country grapples with an unprecedented speed of spread of the Delta variant. (
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Man arrested after at least 10 people stabbed on Tokyo train

Japan Society News - August 7, 2021 - 03:23
A man has stabbed at least 10 passengers on a commuter train in Tokyo, seriously injuring two people. (
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Summer bonuses down for third year in a row

Japan Business News - August 7, 2021 - 03:18
Salaried workers at Japan's major companies received smaller bonuses this summer, and those in the non-manufacturing sector saw the largest drop. (NHK)
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Large Japan firms plan to raise capital spending

Japan Business News - August 7, 2021 - 03:14
Large companies in Japan expect to spend more on factories and equipment in the current fiscal year. (NHK)
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Buy and Hold Strategy in Crypto Investment

Japan Business News - August 6, 2021 - 19:24
Over the history of finance and economics, digital assets are the only ones that have gained by a significant margin. (
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Japan sets its new medal record at Tokyo Games

Japan Sports News - August 6, 2021 - 06:44
Japan on Thursday won its 42nd medal of the Tokyo Olympics, breaking its previous record of 41 set at the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Kyodo)
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Olympic marathon swimmers battle heat, bacteria and each other

Japan Sports News - August 6, 2021 - 06:40
They are among the Games’ earliest risers and some of its hardiest competitors, waking well before dawn for a race start at 6:30 a.m. that requires diving into a hot, polluted bay that one competitor likened to a "warm puddle.” (Japan Times)
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Suspect arrested over murder of high school student in 2010

Japan Society News - August 6, 2021 - 06:38
Police in Kobe on Wednesday said they have arrested a 28-year-old man on suspicion of fatally stabbing a 16-year-old boy in Kobe in October 2010. (Japan Today)
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School staff member accused of sexually assaulting woman in Yokohama

Japan Society News - August 6, 2021 - 06:37
KANAGAWA (TR) – Kanagawa Prefectural Police have arrested a male temporary staff member at a high school over the alleged sexual assault of a woman in Yokohama City earlier this year, reports TV Asahi. (
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Olympic organizer: Storm to be watched closely

Japan Travel News - August 6, 2021 - 06:32
The Tokyo Olympic organizing committee says officials are carefully watching an approaching tropical storm in order to prepare for a possible impact on the Games. (NHK)
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Hiroshima marks 76 years since atomic bombing

Japan Politics News - August 6, 2021 - 06:29
Friday marks 76 years since the US atomic bombing of Hiroshima in western Japan. An annual ceremony will begin in the city's Peace Memorial Park at 8 a.m. (NHK)
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Tokyo’s Tourist Mountain by Train | Mt Takao Station

Japan Travel News - August 6, 2021 - 06:24
Climbing Mt Takao to see the Olympic Rings, leaving at 04:39am the first train. (ONLY in JAPAN)
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Japan to expand COVID curbs amid ‘unprecedented’ surge in cases

Japan Politics News - August 6, 2021 - 06:23
Japan is preparing to expand emergency restrictions to eight more prefectures to fight a surge in COVID-19 cases, as worries grow about strains on the medical system in Tokyo as it hosts the Olympics. (Al Jazeera)
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Japanese mayor under fire for biting Olympian's gold medal

Japan Politics News - August 6, 2021 - 06:18
An outspoken central Japan mayor has faced a barrage of criticism for abruptly biting the Olympic gold medal won by a member of the Japanese women's softball team at a celebratory event, with the act described as "lacking respect" for her and "insensitive" amid the coronavirus pandemic. (Nikkei)
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