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Snake on Yamanote Line Forces 2,700 Passengers to Disembark

May 13, 2024 - 14:46
Passengers on Tokyo's busiest rail line experienced a startling moment on Sunday when a snake was spotted inside a train car. (News On Japan)
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Mystery Lingers in 'Don Juan of Kishu' Case: Why No Trial Yet?

May 13, 2024 - 02:17
The former wife of a wealthy man known as the "Don Juan of Kishu," who was indicted for his murder three years ago, appeared in court for a different case on May 10. However, there has been no progress toward an initial trial for the murder of the wealthy businessman. (News On Japan)
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The Grim Reality of Marijuana Use in Japan

May 13, 2024 - 01:46
Marijuana, long banned in Japan, now faces tighter restrictions after last year's law amendment prohibiting not only possession, but its use. Despite these laws, a quick internet search reveals numerous sale advertisements written in slang. Our investigation with the Health Bureau's Narcotics Control Department, colloquially known as "Matori," reveals the prevalent marijuana situation among Japan's youth. (News On Japan)
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Mother's Day: Warm Weather and Thanks Across Japan

May 12, 2024 - 23:27
May 12th marked a continuation of summer-like weather in the Tohoku and Kanto regions, while rain clouds spread from the west. The streets were busy with people carrying Mother's Day gifts. (News On Japan)
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The Story of a Japanese Transgender Mother

May 12, 2024 - 10:06
In an atypical family setup, a story unfolds around a little girl named Momo, her 'Mama', and 'Kaachan'. 'Mama', born a male, now lives as a woman, Toshimi Tani, aged 50. Tani, a film producer at Nippon Television, has experienced a versatile career trajectory. (News On Japan)
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Thank You, Tantan: Memorial Service for Kobe's Panda

May 11, 2024 - 23:31
The Oji Zoo in Kobe's Nada Ward held a memorial service on May 10th for Tantan, the female giant panda who passed away at the age of 28 at the end of March, making her the oldest panda in Japan at the time of her death. (News On Japan)
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Princess Ayako of Takamado Welcomes Her Third Son

May 11, 2024 - 08:43
The Imperial Household Agency announced that Princess Ayako of Takamado, the third daughter of Princess Hisako, gave birth to her third son at 11:48 AM on May 10th at a hospital in Tokyo. (News On Japan)
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Fukuoka Introduces 'Fukuoka Points' for Community Volunteers, Offers Perks Like Free Museum Tickets

May 11, 2024 - 03:47
Fukuoka City has launched a pilot program starting May 10, rewarding local volunteer activities like crime prevention patrols and clean-up efforts with points. Accumulated points can be redeemed for perks such as free access to public facilities. (News On Japan)
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McDonald's for 65 Yen!? Playback of Japan 30 Years Ago

May 10, 2024 - 23:57
Thirty years ago, Japan experienced significant economic changes. Due to the strong yen, many rebate sales were held. Even supermarkets frequently had sales on imported goods, showing how different times were then. (News On Japan)
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'Pop-up Cyclist' Suspect Arrested

May 10, 2024 - 16:03
A man known for suddenly appearing on his bicycle in front of cars to obstruct traffic, referred to as the "pop-up" cyclist, has been detained along with his signature black suit and sunglasses. (News On Japan)
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Mother's Day Spending in Japan: Gunma Tops Budgets

May 10, 2024 - 15:19
Mother's Day, a tradition celebrated on May 12 since its establishment in 1947, showcases diverse regional preferences in gift-giving across Japan, highlighting local cultural values and economic conditions. (News On Japan)
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Emperor Awards Grand Cordon at Spring Conferment Ceremony

May 9, 2024 - 16:11
The "Spring Conferment" ceremony for the Grand Cordon was held at the Imperial Palace, where His Majesty the Emperor personally handed medals to the recipients. (News On Japan)
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"Guri-shita" Youths Report High Rates of Domestic Abuse

May 9, 2024 - 07:52
In Osaka's Minami district, known colloquially as "Guri-shita," a high number of youths who congregate in the area have experienced domestic violence and abuse, according to a survey conducted by a supporting non-profit organization (NPO). (News On Japan)
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One in Eight Elderly Japanese Affected by Dementia

May 9, 2024 - 00:39
A recent study by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare has revealed that approximately 4.43 million elderly individuals, or one in eight people over the age of 65, are diagnosed with dementia in Japan. (News On Japan)
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Baby Deer Born on Children's Day in Nara Park

May 8, 2024 - 11:59
The first baby deer of the year was born at Nara Park, measuring 56 cm in length and weighs 3,600 grams, which is considered average. (News On Japan)
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Viral Video Reveals Pickpocket in Action at Crowded Tokyo Market

May 8, 2024 - 10:23
At the bustling Tsukiji Market in Tokyo, which attracts tourists from around the world daily, a Brazilian tourist captured an unexpected moment in a video he was livestreaming. (News On Japan)
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High-profile Libel Case Against Weekly Magazine Escalates

May 8, 2024 - 10:04
In a high-stakes legal battle surrounding well-known comedian Hitoshi Matsumoto, FNN has exclusively obtained the latest statements from Matsumoto's legal team. The case focuses on claims of sexual misconduct reported by Weekly Bunshun, which Matsumoto's team argues has tarnished his reputation, leading to a demand for approximately 550 million yen in damages and a correction of the article. (News On Japan)
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U.S. Eases Cannabis Regulations While Japan Imposes Strict Penalties

May 8, 2024 - 01:14
The United States is moving towards easing cannabis regulations, while Japan maintains strict controls. How should Japan approach cannabis in the future? (News On Japan)
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Sixth Arrest in Couple's Murder: Real Estate Businessman Detained

May 7, 2024 - 10:22
In the case of a couple's burned bodies found in eastern Japan, Tokyo police have arrested a 36-year-old man, a real estate company executive and acquaintance of the couple. (News On Japan)
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Police Intervene as Backlash Over Horse Abuse Continues

May 7, 2024 - 02:05
The Ageuma Shinji (Horse jumping festival) still faces condemnation from animal rights activists, despite the removal of earthen walls to improve safety. (News On Japan)
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