Japan's Warm Weather Brings Early Spring

Japan Travel News - February 14, 2024 - 03:14
Japan experienced widespread warmth on Tuesday, February 13, with temperatures in Tokyo's city center resembling those of early April, raising questions: Has spring already arrived? (News On Japan)
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Yen Falls to Three-Month Low, Breaking 150 Mark

Japan Business News - February 14, 2024 - 03:04
The yen weakened to the mid-150s against the dollar in the foreign exchange market, reaching a level last seen in November, approximately three months ago. (News On Japan)
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Domino's Pizza Again Victim of 'Part-Time Terror'

Japan Society News - February 14, 2024 - 02:54
A video, shot in the kitchen of a delivery pizza store late at night and spread on social media, has sparked widespread controversy, with images of a worker picking his nose and wiping it on pizza dough. (News On Japan)
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Foreign Tourists Flock to Tsukiji for Luxurious Bites

Japan Travel News - February 14, 2024 - 02:30
A surge of tourists from China and beyond are exploring Japan during the Lunar New Year, with Tokyo's Tsukiji Outer Market experiencing a particularly lively atmosphere, with long lines for beef skewers priced over 5,000 yen. (News On Japan)
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Kitakyushu to Establish 'Generation Z Division'

Japan Education News - February 14, 2024 - 01:49
Kitakyushu City has announced that it will create a new "Generation Z Division" in its organizational reform this April, focusing on support for young people. (News On Japan)
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Digital Agency Launches New Subsidy System for Low-Income Households

Japan Politics News - February 13, 2024 - 18:57
In an effort to streamline the distribution of subsidies to low-income households, Japan's Digital Agency has commenced the provision of a new system that allows both residents and local governments to complete procedures entirely online. (News On Japan)
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Avatar Robots Assist Tokyo Commuters

Japan Travel News - February 13, 2024 - 15:19
East Japan Railway Company (JR East) has initiated a trial at Ikebukuro Station and other locations, employing avatar robots remotely operated by station staff to assist passengers with ticket purchases and other inquiries. (News On Japan)
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Historic Stones from Osaka Castle's Walls to Feature in Expo 2025 Toilets

Japan Travel News - February 13, 2024 - 09:01
Stones once destined for the walls of Osaka Castle, but never used and hence nicknamed the "unfortunate stones," are set to be repurposed for restroom facilities at next year's Osaka-Kansai Expo, sparking a backlash from concerned citizens. (News On Japan)
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Farewell to Tokyo's Hilltop Hotel, Treasured by Literary Giants

Japan Society News - February 13, 2024 - 05:14
The Hilltop Hotel in Chiyoda, Tokyo, cherished by esteemed literary figures like Yasunari Kawabata, Yukio Mishima, and Shōtarō Ikenami as their regular retreat, closed its doors on Monday for last time. (News On Japan)
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A New Tax to Stay Near Disney?

Japan Travel News - February 13, 2024 - 03:54
On the final day of the three-day weekend, Tokyo Disney Resort in Urayasu City was bustling with visitors eagerly awaited Minnie's parade, marking the 40th anniversary celebrations of Tokyo Disney Resort drawing to a close. Many had booked hotels to fully enjoy the park over the holiday. (News On Japan)
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Japan's First Specially Engineered Pig for Human Organ Transplant Born

Japan Technology News - February 13, 2024 - 03:37
A group including a venture company originating from Meiji University has succeeded in producing a special breed of pigs, developed in the United States for the purpose of organ transplantation in humans, using cloning technology. (News On Japan)
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Japan's Bus Industry Targets Female Drivers

Japan Business News - February 13, 2024 - 01:38
As Japan faces a critical shortfall of over 20,000 drivers, the bus industry has embarked on a novel initiative to address the issue: hire more women. (News On Japan)
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Tanihara Clinches His First Victory on European Golf Tour

Japan Sports News - February 12, 2024 - 23:38
Hideto Tanihara achieved his first victory on the European Tour on Sunday, with a total score of 14-under-par at a tournament held in Doha, Qatar. Starting the final round tied for the lead, Tanihara holed six birdies against two bogeys to hold off his rival and win by one-stroke. (News On Japan)
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Daihatsu Kyoto Factory Resumes Production for First Time Since Scandal

Japan Business News - February 12, 2024 - 23:32
Daihatsu Industry has recommenced production of specific vehicle models at its Kyoto factory, marking the first resumption of operations since halting all domestic factory activities due to a misconduct scandal. (News On Japan)
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Himeji Marathon Runners Stray Off Unmarked Course

Japan Society News - February 12, 2024 - 23:08
A 5km marathon held on Sunday around Himeji Castle was invalidated after organizers forgot to install markers at the half-way turning point, sending runners off course. (News On Japan)
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Toyota to Conduct Autonomous Driving Trials on Odaiba's Public Roads

Japan Business News - February 12, 2024 - 19:48
Toyota Motor Corporation has announced plans to conduct a demonstration experiment using autonomous vehicles on the public roads of Odaiba, Tokyo, as early as July this year. (News On Japan)
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Beat Takeshi Weighs in on Illegal Dumping

Japan Society News - February 12, 2024 - 19:33
On the April 11th broadcast of "Beat Takeshi's TV Tackle" (TV Asahi), Beat Takeshi suggested measures to prevent the persistent problem of illegal dumping of hard rubbish. The program highlighted the issue of illegally dumped cars and boats moored without permission on the banks of the Mamagawa River, leading to a debate among the studio guests. (News On Japan)
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Siberian Migrant 'Whooper Swans' Grace Lake Biwa

Japan Travel News - February 12, 2024 - 19:15
Lake Biwa, in Shiga Prefecture, has become the majestic backdrop for the arrival of whooper swans, often referred to as "messengers of winter." (News On Japan)
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Niseko Rides Tourism Boom

Japan Travel News - February 12, 2024 - 13:46
Niseko, a renown ski resort in Japan's northern island of Hokkaido, is again attracting the gaze of wealthy tourists from abroad, with a surge in foreign visitors leading to a "bubble." Prices for food and services in Niseko have soared, with soy sauce and miso ramen going for 1,900 yen, and crab ramen a meaty 3,800 yen. (News On Japan)
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Osaka Public University to Introduce Fall Enrollment, English Official Language

Japan Education News - February 12, 2024 - 13:26
The governor of Osaka Prefecture, Hirofumi Yoshimura, has announced plans to implement an autumn admission system at Osaka Public University to align with the academic calendars of universities abroad. This initiative aims to foster a global perspective and English proficiency among students, contributing to the broader vision of nurturing talent with a broad outlook, which is seen as crucial for Osaka's growth. (News On Japan)
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