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Saitama: Man, 39, stabs 3 Cambodians in residence:

December 9th, 2018

Saitama Prefectural Police have arrested a 39-year-old man over the stabbing of three Cambodian nationals at an apartment building in Hanyu City on Saturday, reports NHK (

Crown Princess Masako vows to serve the people after she becomes Empress next year:

December 9th, 2018

Crown Princess Masako, who turned 55 on Sunday, vowed to make her best effort to serve the people as she is set to become Empress following May’s Imperial succession. (Japan Times)

Japan to extend copyright period on works including novels, paintings to 70 years on Dec. 30:

December 9th, 2018

Japan is set to extend the copyright period on works such as novels and paintings to 70 years after the authors’ deaths from the current 50 years, effective Dec. 30, when the revised copyright law goes into force. (Japan Times)

JR employees accused of theft of Y5 million from station office:

December 9th, 2018

Ishikawa Prefectural Police have arrested two station attendants at West Japan Railway Co. over the theft of 5 million yen from an office in Kanazawa City earlier this year, reports TV Asahi (Dec. 7). (

Japanese woman gets 6-year jail term in China for espionage:

December 8th, 2018

A Chinese court has sentenced a Japanese woman to six years in prison for spying, a source privy to bilateral relations said Saturday. (Japan Today)

Japan's Upper House approves free trade pact with EU by majority vote:

December 8th, 2018

The Diet on Saturday approved an economic partnership agreement with the European Union that’s set to create a free trade bloc accounting for 30 percent of world output. (Japan Times)

Police staffer accused of raping 12-year-old girl:

December 8th, 2018

Gunma Prefectural Police have arrested a staff member for the National Police Agency over the alleged rape of a 12-year-old girl he met online earlier this year, reports the Sankei Shimbun (

Japan's Diet enacts foreign workers bill:

December 7th, 2018

Japan's ruling coalition has pushed a controversial bill through the Diet with just a few days left before the current session ends. It will allow more foreign workers into the country. (NHK)

Govt. plans revising telecom equipment rules:

December 7th, 2018

The Japanese government plans to revise the rules for its procurement of telecommunications equipment to take into consideration the risks related to national security. (NHK)

US Marines: 1 dead after plane collision off Kochi:

December 6th, 2018

The US Marine Corps says one of the 2 crewmembers rescued after a mid-air collision between 2 US military aircraft off Japan's western coast is dead. (NHK)

SoftBank's mobile outage hits swath of Japanese businesses:

December 6th, 2018

SoftBank's mobile service outage Thursday across much of Japan disrupted operations ranging from flights and trains to amusement parks and logistics companies, illustrating both corporate and consumer dependence on wireless communications networks. (Nikkei)

Aeon cuts prices for Aussie beef:

December 6th, 2018

Steak lovers across Japan have reason to celebrate. From Friday, they will pay less for a slab of Australian beef at hundreds of outlets run by a major retailer nationwide. (NHK)

4 men arrested for overturning truck during Halloween event in Shibuya:

December 5th, 2018

Four men in their 20s were arrested Wednesday for allegedly overturning a small truck during a Halloween event in late October in the busy Shibuya district of Tokyo, police said. (Japan Today)

Swine fever reported at public research institute as Gifu Prefecture logs third case this year:

December 5th, 2018

Officials from the city of Minokamo, Gifu Prefecture, said Wednesday that a case of classical swine fever has been discovered at a public research institute — the third such case of the virus being reported this year and just over a decade since it was official declared eradicated in Japan. (Japan Times)

Experts: Extreme heat could hit Japan every year:

December 4th, 2018

Researchers warn that Japan could swelter under extremely high temperature every year due to global warming. (NHK)

Ghosn to be rearrested over further underreporting:

December 4th, 2018

Japanese prosecutors plan to rearrest former Nissan Motor Chairman Carlos Ghosn on suspicion that he underreported his compensation by another 4 billion yen ($35.4 million) over the past three fiscal years, sources familiar with the investigation told Nikkei. (Nikkei)

Lower House approves bill creating 10-day holiday in Japan around Imperial succession:

December 4th, 2018

The Lower House approved a bill Tuesday to designate a one-off national holiday period to celebrate next year’s Imperial succession, creating a 10-day block of vacation for many from late April. (Japan Times)

Downtown Tokyo set to open its most important train station in 50 years, and now it has a name:

December 4th, 2018

For almost the last 50 years, there have been 29 stops on the Yamanote Line, with the most recent addition being Nishi-Nippori in 1971. The Yamanote Line station family is set to grow to an even 30 soon, though, with construction currently taking place for a new station to be slotted between the existing Shinagawa and Tamachi Stations, and planners have finally announced the name of the new stop. (

Former marathon runner gets suspended sentence for shoplifting:

December 4th, 2018

Former world championships marathon runner Yumiko Hara has been sentenced to one year in prison, suspended for four years with supervision, for shoplifting food, with the court citing an eating disorder she is suffering from even after her retirement. (Japan Today)

Wild boar bites off woman's finger in western Japan city:

December 4th, 2018

A wild boar bit off an elderly woman's finger Tuesday in the western Japan city of Ashiya before being killed by police officers and local hunters, police said. (Kyodo)

More national parks and scenic areas to begin voluntary entry payment programs:

December 4th, 2018

An increasing number of national parks and other scenic areas in Japan are collecting voluntary entry payments from visitors for environmental protection and infrastructure improvements, including the creation of pathways and the installation of bathrooms. (Japan Times)

End of pagers in Japan:

December 3rd, 2018

Pagers are set to be finally phased out of use in Japan. The last remaining carrier says it will be stopping its service at the end of next September. (NHK)

46 Chinese workers unaccounted for in northern Japan:

December 3rd, 2018

Forty-six Chinese construction workers in Japan's northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido have gone missing after 11 compatriots were arrested over their eligibility to stay in the country, sources related to their work said Monday. (Kyodo)

Japan theme park Huis Ten Bosch to accept investment from China’s Fosun Group:

December 3rd, 2018

Theme park operator Huis Ten Bosch Co. plans to accept an investment from Chinese conglomerate Fosun Group as part of efforts to attract more Chinese visitors. (Japan Times)

Detained Ghosn keeps denying money misconduct allegations: sources:

December 3rd, 2018

Former Nissan Motor Co. Chairman Carlos Ghosn continues to deny allegations of financial misconduct against him, and says he will not make a false confession, sources close to the matter said Monday. (Kyodok)

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