GSDF member arrested over high-speed chase that ended in crash

Japan Society News - January 6, 2021 - 04:53
Fukuoka Prefectural Police have arrested a Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF) member who crashed his car into another vehicle in Koga City last year during a high-speed chase by law enforcement, reports the Mainichi Shimbun (
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Japan's cash balance hits fresh high as keeps support for economy

Japan Business News - January 6, 2021 - 04:49
The balance of money circulating in Japan’s economy hit a record high for the ninth consecutive month in December, data showed on Tuesday, as the central bank continued to flood the economy with cash to cushion the blow from the COVID-19 pandemic. (Reuters)
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Japan to begin mass production of new ASM-3A supersonic anti-ship missile

Japan Politics News - January 6, 2021 - 04:45
The Japanese Ministry of Defense (MoD) has announced plans to begin mass production of an extended-range version of the domestically developed ASM-3 supersonic, air-launched, anti-ship missile (ASM). (
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Japan's state of emergency seen triggering first-quarter economic contraction

Japan Business News - January 6, 2021 - 04:42
Japan’s likely decision to declare a state of emergency in the Tokyo area will most probably trigger a contraction in January-March, analysts say, adding to the headache for policymakers struggling to cushion the blow to the economy from the pandemic. (Reuters)
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Can pandemic telework help boost women's careers in Japan and South Korea?

Japan Education News - January 6, 2021 - 04:33
Could COVID-19 level the playing field for women workers in Japan and South Korea, countries known for a rigid corporate culture? (
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Extreme sports gain legitimacy through Olympic inclusion

Japan Sports News - January 5, 2021 - 17:57
When Yuto Horigome is riding his skateboard with a goofy stance, grinding down rails and executing kick-flips and nollies in Tokyo this summer, he’ll be doing it in hopes of winning a gold medal. (Japan Times)
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Japan to halt business travel deal with China and South Korea

Japan Travel News - January 5, 2021 - 17:55
The Japanese government has begun considering suspending new entries of foreign nationals under business travel agreements with 11 countries and regions, including China and South Korea, in an effort to curb the spread of the new coronavirus. (Nikkei)
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1 killed, 5 injured after taxi hits pedestrians in Tokyo

Japan Society News - January 5, 2021 - 17:53
A woman was killed and five other people were injured Monday when a taxi driven by a 73-year-old man hit a group of pedestrians on a crosswalk in Tokyo, police said. (Japan Today)
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Sales of Machida and Yamaokaya ramen stay strong despite pandemic

Japan Business News - January 5, 2021 - 17:52
Ramen chain store operators Gift and Maruchiyo Yamaokaya have managed to keep 2020 sales at roughly the same level as a year ago, even as the COVID-19 pandemic hammered the industry, by adapting quickly to the deteriorating business environment, company leaders said. (Nikkei)
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Govt. asks nursing colleges to send students

Japan Education News - January 5, 2021 - 17:50
Japan's health ministry has asked nursing colleges across the country to send students and staff with nursing licenses to hospitals. (NHK)
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Gov't eyes declaring state of emergency on Thursday for about a month

Japan Politics News - January 5, 2021 - 17:48
Japan plans to declare a state of emergency in Tokyo and three neighboring prefectures this week, possibly on Thursday at the earliest, and lasting for about one month to curb its largest-yet surge of coronavirus cases, government officials said Monday. (Japan Today)
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Toyosu market holds first tuna auction of 2021

Japan Business News - January 5, 2021 - 17:44
Traders at Tokyo's Toyosu wholesale market prayed for prosperity in the year ahead as they held their first auction of 2021 on Tuesday. (NHK)
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New Year's department store sales plunge

Japan Business News - January 5, 2021 - 17:42
Sales at major department stores in Japan during New Year's fell sharply as the coronavirus pandemic intensified. Managers downsized their sales campaigns, including "lucky bag" offerings, during the seasonal shopping period. (NHK)
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Yokozuna Hakuho infected with coronavirus

Japan Sports News - January 5, 2021 - 17:36
The Japan Sumo Association says Yokozuna Grand Champion Hakuho has tested positive for the coronavirus. (NHK)
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Japan economy to notch sharp recovery from pandemic toward end-2021

Japan Business News - January 5, 2021 - 04:08
Japan's economy is expected to make its sharpest rebound in decades this year, with consumption set to pick up toward the end of 2021 as the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the broader economy eases. (Kyodo)
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Man arrested for entering Akasaka Estate, says he wanted to meet imperial family

Japan Society News - January 5, 2021 - 03:59
Police have arrested a 29-year-old man on suspicion of trespassing on the grounds of the Akasaka Estate where the imperial residences are located, on Saturday night. (Japan Today)
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Japan's traffic accident deaths drop to record low in 2020

Japan Travel News - January 5, 2021 - 03:57
The number of traffic accident fatalities in Japan fell to 2,839 in 2020, marking the lowest level since comparable data became available in 1948, a police survey showed Monday. (Japan Times)
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New year domestic air travel nosedives in Japan

Japan Travel News - January 5, 2021 - 03:54
The number of domestic flight passengers in Japan during the New Year holiday period fell by more than half from a year earlier. (NHK)
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Pandemic affects first blowfish auction of 2021

Japan Business News - January 5, 2021 - 03:49
This year's first auction of blowfish, or fugu, has been held in the western city of Shimonoseki in Yamaguchi Prefecture. (NHK)
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Suga planning state of emergency for Tokyo area

Japan Politics News - January 5, 2021 - 03:41
Japan's government is planning to issue a state of emergency for a second time to contain rising coronavirus cases in Tokyo and three neighboring prefectures. (NHK)
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