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More rain expected in disaster-hit areas:

October 17th, 2019

More rain is forecast in the next few days across areas in eastern and northeastern Japan that were hit hard by Typhoon Hagibis. This could increase the risk of more flooded rivers and landslides in places already coping with record rainfall. (NHK)

Japan's lenders bankroll scholarships to dodge negative rates:

October 17th, 2019

Japanese commercial banks have been snapping up zero-coupon debt issued by a state-backed scholarship body in the latest twist in the the Bank of Japan's negative rate campaign where no-interest loans can be a good deal for lenders. (Nikkei)

Motive in Kyoto Animation attack still unknown:

October 17th, 2019

Police say it will take more time yet to know the motive behind the arson attack on a Kyoto Animation studio, as the suspect is still hospitalized. Friday marks three months since the deadly attack. (NHK)

Tokyo: 3 men appearing to be foreigners behind Kabukicho ticket shop theft:

October 17th, 2019

Three men believed to be foreigners are behind to have been behind the theft of more than 4 million yen from a ticket shop in Shinjuku Ward on Wednesday, police said, reports NHK (Oct. 17). (

Two Japanese make BBC's list of world's 100 most influential women:

October 17th, 2019

Two Japanese women, one behind a campaign against women being forced to wear high heels at work under corporate rules and the other a collegiate sumo wrestler, were included in British broadcaster the BBC’s 2019 list of 100 influential women from around the world released Wednesday. (Japan Times)

Survey: Child suicide rate reaches 30 year high:

October 17th, 2019

Japan's education ministry says 332 school children committed suicide in the year through March, the highest number since records began in 1988. (NHK)

Second Marine misidentified in iconic Iwo Jima picture:

October 17th, 2019

The U.S. Marine Corps on Thursday acknowledged an error in the identity of a second Marine pictured lifting the American flag over Iwo Jima in one of the most iconic photographs of World War II. (Japan Times)

Tokai Univ. solar car comes 2nd in cross-continent race in Australia:

October 17th, 2019

The first solar-powered cars to complete a 3,000-kilometer endurance race across Australia reached the finish line in Adelaide on Thursday, with Japan's Tokai University Solar Car Team coming in second place. (Kyodo)

Typhoon recovery continues as death toll hits 77:

October 15th, 2019

People in areas hit by Typhoon Hagibis are struggling to recover from flooding. NHK has learned the death toll has risen to 77. Rescuers are searching for 10 people who are still missing. (NHK)

Tokyo Olympic marathons headed to cooler Sapporo:

October 16th, 2019

The International Olympic Committee is considering moving the marathons and race walking events for the 2020 Summer Games from Tokyo to the northern island of Hokkaido amid concerns about the Japanese capital's stiflingly hot weather. (Nikkei)

Venomous ants likely take root in Japan, could spread: research body:

October 16th, 2019

Venomous fire ants could spread in Japan, as the recent discovery of about 50 queen ants at a Tokyo port suggests the invasive alien insect from South America has likely taken root, according to an analysis by a national research institute. (Kyodo)

Japan's most remote onsen:

October 16th, 2019

Perched beside the Kurobe River deep in the Japanese Alps, the small, milky-blue hot spring I was about to dip my toes into was a rather simple affair. A handful of yellow buckets served as washing stations, and clothes were balanced on nearby rocks. This was no luxury spa experience – but that was the beauty of it. (BBC)

Japan needs to address its child poverty problem:

October 16th, 2019

With a rapidly aging and declining population, human capital is one of Japan's most precious resources. Yet despite Japan's need to draw on every individual in the workforce, there is a section of the population whose potential is being overlooked: children in poverty. (Nikkei)

Japan's ambitious tourism goal rocked by Asia geopolitics:

October 16th, 2019

Tensions with South Korea and the turmoil in Hong Kong are casting a shadow over Japan's goal of drawing an annual 40 million tourists by next year. (Nikkei)

Flooding of Tama River put capital on the brink of crisis during Typhoon Hagibis:

October 16th, 2019

Tokyo faced crisis last Saturday, with water levels in the Tama River quickly climbing as heavy rains and winds from Typhoon Hagibis inundated the Kanto region on an unprecedented scale. (Japan Times)

More than 13,000 homes flooded after Hagibis:

October 15th, 2019

NHK has learned that more than 13,000 homes were flooded due to Typhon Hagibis which swept across Japan. (NHK)

Typhoon delays bullet train for weeks while Toyota springs back:

October 15th, 2019

As a fuller picture of the damage from Typhoon Hagibis emerges, Japan faces weeks of delays in restoring some train service, but supply chains weathered the storm relatively well, attesting to the rise of disaster planning. (Nikkei)

Man charged with fatal child abuse gets 13 years:

October 15th, 2019

A Tokyo court has handed down a 13-year prison sentence for a father charged with abuse that led to the death of his 5-year-old stepdaughter. (NHK)

Typhoon response dominates diet debate:

October 15th, 2019

The government's response to Typhoon Hagibis dominated Tuesday's debate in the Diet. (NHK)

Japan's craziest, most terrifying video game arcade is going out of business:

October 15th, 2019

Warehouse Kawasaki is like nowhere else in the video game industry, and if you want to see it for yourself, you’ll have to move fast. (

School lunches keep Japan's kids topping nutrition lists:

October 15th, 2019

Japan manages a rare feat for a developed country when it comes to feeding its children -- high scores for nutrition but very low obesity rates. One major key? School lunches. (Japan Today)

Japanese idol Tomohisa Yamashita stars in bloody Antarctic chiller 'The Head':

October 15th, 2019

Japanese idol Tomohisa Yamashita is to star in a chilling new thriller set in the Antarctic called "The Head". (Japan Times)

Death toll nears 60 due to Typhoon Hagibis:

October 14th, 2019

Emergency crews across Japan are racing against time to rescue over a dozen people who are still missing after Typhoon Hagibis ravaged the nation over the weekend. Authorities say the death toll stands at 58. (NHK)

Japan home to 3 of world's 10 best largest cities: U.S. magazine:

October 14th, 2019

Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka rank among the world's best 10 large cities -- with the Japanese capital topping the list for a fourth successive year -- according to U.S. luxury and lifestyle travel magazine Conde Nast Traveler. (Japan Today)

Typhoon death toll nears 60:

October 13th, 2019

People in Japan are dealing with the aftermath of Typhoon Hagibis. The death toll now stands at 58 as cleanup efforts are underway in many areas. (NHK)

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