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Unification Church says Japan members received death threats:

August 11th, 2022

Unification Church followers in Japan and their families have faced harassment and death threats since the assassination of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the organization's Japanese branch said Wednesday. (Japan Today)


Kishida enlists seasoned hands to tackle energy, defense:

August 11th, 2022

As Japan faces a myriad of challenges from the coronavirus to an increasingly complex security landscape, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has packed his cabinet with seasoned lawmakers who he hopes can tackle them head-on. (Nikkei)


Japan's national debt tops 10m yen per capita for first time:

August 11th, 2022

Japan's government debt per capita surpassed 10 million yen, or roughly $75,000, for the first time at the end of June, data released Wednesday shows, as Tokyo poured money into tackling both the coronavirus pandemic and inflation. (Nikkei)


How centuries of self-isolation turned Japan into one of the most sustainable societies on Earth:

August 11th, 2022

At the start of the 1600s, Japan’s rulers feared that Christianity – which had recently been introduced to the southern parts of the country by European missionaries – would spread. (econotimes.com)


Gucci handed a loss in bid to block registration of Japanese trademark:

August 11th, 2022

Gucci has been handed a loss in a trademark fight in Japan, with the national trademark office refusing to block the registration of a mark that counsel for Gucci alleges will cause confusion among consumers. (thefashionlaw.com)


Ohtani Shohei matches Babe Ruth with double-digit wins and homers:

August 11th, 2022

In Major League Baseball, Japanese two-way star Ohtani Shohei has become the first player in 104 years to achieve double-digit wins and home runs in a single season -- a feat not seen since Babe Ruth. (NHK)


Used Land Cruisers fetch over double new price amid Toyota shortage:

August 11th, 2022

Resale prices of some Toyota models have topped what new ones sell for as Japan's top automaker keeps car buyers waiting. (Nikkei)


Man cycles up mind-bending Japanese bridge that's gone viral:

August 11th, 2022

A man has cycled up Japan’s Eshima Ohashi bridge, a structure so steep you’ll feel giddy just looking at it. (unilad.com)


Japanese company trials seaplane drone in fish spotting:

August 11th, 2022

A Japanese company has created an unmanned, autonomous aerial drone that it envisages could be used to monitor infrastructure, search for missing swimmers or vessels, and to spot schools of fish. (seafoodsource.com)


6 members of 2 unrelated families found dead in suspected murder-suicide cases:

August 10th, 2022

Six members of two apparently unrelated families were found dead in Aichi and Saitama prefectures on Tuesday and Wednesday, with local police investigating the deaths as suspected cases of murder and family suicide, respectively. (Japan Today)


Japanese PM shakes up cabinet amid anger over Unification church links:

August 10th, 2022

Japan’s prime minister, Fumio Kishida, has removed ministers associated with the Unification church in a cabinet reshuffle aimed at reviving his fortunes amid a public outcry over his party’s ties to the religious movement. (theguardian.com)


Japan population falls by record 726,342 to 125.93 mil. in 2021 amid COVID:

August 10th, 2022

Japan's population declined to 125.93 million as of Jan. 1, down by 726,342 in its biggest drop since comparable data became available in 2013, as deaths again outnumbered births and COVID-19 border restrictions kept foreign resident numbers low, government data showed Tuesday. (Kyodo)


Man arrested for stalking after mailing woman GPS tracker to her old address:

August 10th, 2022

Police in Sagamihara, Kanagawa Prefecture, have arrested a man on suspicion of violating the anti-stalking law after he mailed his female target a GPS tracker to find her new home address. (Japan Today)


Japanese fashion designer Issey Miyake dies from cancer at 84:

August 10th, 2022

Japanese designer Issey Miyake, famed for his pleated style of clothing that never wrinkles, has died aged 84, according to media reports in the country. (Al Jazeera)


Bitcoin mining is now decontaminating:

August 10th, 2022

Just as technology and society evolve, Bitcoin and its processes are also doing so to better use the resources in the environment without affecting it. (newsonjapan.com)


Nagasaki calls for peace on 77th anniversary of atomic bombing:

August 9th, 2022

People in Japan are remembering the victims of one of history's most catastrophic wartime attacks. Tuesday marks 77 years since the atomic bombing of Nagasaki during World War Two. (NHK)


Drunken police officer arrested for trespassing into company he believed was his home:

August 9th, 2022

Police in Osaka have arrested a 22-year-old police officer on suspicion of unlawful entry after he was trespassing in a shipping company’s distribution center on Sunday. (Japan Today)


Beat the Heat! Water-Themed Restaurants of Tokyo!:

August 9th, 2022

The rainy season may be over, but the scorching heat of summer in Tokyo has Shizuka seeking places to chill out and cool down. Join us as we dive into the water-themed restaurants of Tokyo. (Japan by Food)


Heavy rains continue in Hokkaido, Tohoku:

August 9th, 2022

Heavy downpours will continue into Wednesday in the northern and northeastern regions of Japan due to a stationary rain front. (NHK)


Support for Japan PM’s cabinet lowest since it was formed: NHK reports:

August 9th, 2022

Public support for Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida slid to the lowest level since he took office last October, with voters questioning his decision to hold a state funeral for former premier Shinzo Abe, public broadcaster NHK said on Monday. (brecorder.com)


Japan tech giant SoftBank posts USD 23 billion quarterly loss:

August 9th, 2022

Japanese technology company SoftBank Group posted a USD 23.4 billion loss in the April-June quarter as the value of its investments sank amid global worries about inflation and interest rates. (dailyexcelsior.com)


Moscow Exchange suspends trading in Japanese yen:

August 9th, 2022

The Moscow Exchange suspended trading in Japanese yen on Monday. (china.org.cn)


Beijing clears Japan's MUFG to streamline fund transfers:

August 9th, 2022

Top Japanese lender MUFG Bank has won approval from Chinese authorities to conduct fund transfers out of the country for select clients in a way that reduces scrutiny by Beijing and slashes paperwork. (Nikkei)


Japanese sailor stabbed during remembrance ceremony in Honiara:

August 8th, 2022

A Japanese sailor has been stabbed at Bloody Ridge in Solomon Islands during a World War II remembrance ceremony in Honiara. (rnz.co.nz)


Kyrgios beats Yoshioka to win Citi Open:

August 8th, 2022

Wimbledon runner-up Nick Kyrgios ended a three-year title drought by claiming the trophy at the site of his last triumph, saving the only break point he faced in the Citi Open final Sunday along the way to a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Yoshihito Nishioka. (Japan Today)


Tea before bed? Study suggests matcha can help with sleep:

August 8th, 2022

Powdered matcha green tea can improve the quality of sleep and partially enhance cognitive function, results from a Japanese clinical trial suggest. (Nikkei)


Solo Traveling to a Japanese Historical Village | Shirakawa-go in Heavy Rain:

August 8th, 2022

I'm going to travel to Shirakawa-go, one of the most famous historical villages in Japan. It's known for Gassho-style house. ( Solo Travel Japan)


Scorching weather forecast until Friday in many parts of Japan:

August 8th, 2022

Japanese weather officials are urging people to take precautions against heatstroke, as sweltering heat is expected in many parts of the country in the coming days. (NHK)


Use these tips to find the best betting sites in Japan:

August 9th, 2022

Japan is one of the most mysterious countries for a couple of reasons. This place is known for all sorts of things, and it seems like online betting is becoming more popular yearly. (newsonjapan.com)


Sendai star festival draws large crowds despite fresh COVID wave:

August 7th, 2022

An annual star festival in the northeastern Japan city of Sendai, known for its hundreds of brilliant hanging decorations in shopping areas, commenced Saturday with the biggest crowds expected since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. (Kyodo)


Japan tumbles in COVID recovery ranking as infections surge:

August 7th, 2022

Japan plunged 60 places to 90th in the latest edition of Nikkei's COVID-19 Recovery Index, as the omicron subvariant known as BA.5 has saddled the country with more daily cases than anywhere else. (Nikkei)


Third monkeypox case confirmed in Japan:

August 7th, 2022

Health authorities in Japan have confirmed the country's third case of monkeypox. (NHK)


Work stoppages and no chatting at lunch: Japan Inc grapples with COVID:

August 7th, 2022

Japanese companies are temporarily shutting offices or suspending production as they battle a record wave of COVID-19, disrupting businesses in a country that has until now weathered the pandemic better than most advanced economies. (Japan Today)


Hiroshima marks 77th anniversary of atomic bombing:

August 7th, 2022

People in Hiroshima are marking the 77th anniversary of the atomic bombing that devastated the city in the final days of World War Two. Thousands of people gathered on Saturday morning for an annual ceremony at the city's Peace Memorial Park. (NHK)


INCREDIBLY RUDE THINGS Japanese people do!:

August 6th, 2022

Japanese people are considered to be some of the politest people in the world, but they’re definitely NOT as polite as you think! (Mrs Eats)


Sustained rains in Japan leave damage, landslide risks:

August 6th, 2022

Torrential rains have continued to fall across a wide part of Japan on Friday, with record downpours reported in Fukui and Shiga prefectures as rivers have overflowed and many areas are left at increased risk of landslides. (Kyodo)


On Japan's Yonaguni island, fears of being on the front line of a Taiwan conflict:

August 6th, 2022

YONAGUNI ISLAND, Japan — For years it was known as the "Two Gun" island – one gun for each of the two policemen stationed here. (NPR)


Minister denies politics played role in ex-Unification Church's name change:

August 6th, 2022

A Japanese Cabinet minister has denied that politics played any role in a decision by the government to certify the then-Unification Church's name change in 2015. (NHK)


Japan to roll out Omicron-targeted COVID vaccine as early as Oct.:

August 6th, 2022

The Japanese government plans to roll out a new type of COVID-19 vaccine considered effective for the Omicron variant as early as October, sources familiar with the matter said Friday. (Kyodo)


Japan's farm exports hit record high in first six months:

August 6th, 2022

Japan's agricultural and seafood exports hit a record high in the first six months of 2022 owing to increased overseas demand as more people dine out amid a decline in COVID-19 infections, the government said in a report Friday. (Xinhua)


'Bullet Train' actors Hiroyuki Sanada and Andrew Koji say Japanese characters are 'heart' of film:

August 6th, 2022

Actor Andrew Koji, who is half Japanese and was born and raised in England, said he’s always felt out of place. But in the new action-comedy film “Bullet Train,” Koji plays a Japanese character, and in the process, he found a new appreciation for his heritage. (yahoo.com)


Japan's prime minister calls for 'immediate cancellation' of Chinese military drills:

August 6th, 2022

Japan's prime minister on Friday condemned China's firing of ballistic missiles during military drills around Taiwan, calling them a "serious problem that impacts our national security and the safety of our citizens." (FRANCE 24 English)


Tokyo University students protest end of coronavirus relief measures:

August 6th, 2022

Students at the University of Tokyo are protesting the termination of make-up exams for people who are unable to take scheduled tests because of the coronavirus. (NHK)


Japan's GPIF posts $28 billion Q1 investment loss on market turbulence:

August 6th, 2022

Japan's Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF) reported on Friday an investment loss of 3.75 trillion yen ($28.13 billion) for April-June, the second consecutive quarter of negative returns, as economic slowdown fears hit global stock markets. (MSN)


Heavy rain lashes Sea of Japan coast:

August 4th, 2022

Officials are warning of more rain on Friday after record rainfall hit parts of the Japanese region of Hokuriku and Niigata and Yamagata Prefectures from Wednesday through Thursday, causing flooding and landslides. They are urging vigilance over landslides and flooding in low-lying areas. (NHK)


Japan’s population crisis fuelled by ‘indifference and ignorance’ of male lawmakers:

August 5th, 2022

Japan’s minister for gender equality and children’s issues, Seiko Noda, said that the country’s male-dominated parliament has treated its dramatic population decline with ​​“indifference and ignorance”. (South China Morning Post)


JAL system makes air travel easier and lets you keep laptops, liquids in bag for security check:

August 5th, 2022

Passengers can keep computers and liquids inside their carry-on until they actually want to use them, thanks to new system. (soranews24.com)


SoftBank raises $22bn in moves to sell down Alibaba stake: FT:

August 5th, 2022

SoftBank has raised as much as $22bn in cash from deals that would sharply reduce its stake in Alibaba over the coming years, as the Japanese investor responds to a market downturn that has ravaged its technology portfolio. (Nikkei)


Tokyo eyes flying-car landing pads atop skyscrapers:

August 5th, 2022

Mitsubishi Estate is readying for Japan's first crewed flying-vehicle test flights in fiscal 2024, turning the rooftops of Tokyo high-rises it owns into takeoff and landing pads. (Nikkei)


Japan to bring back crypto ATMs after four years of wait:

August 5th, 2022

Japan is finally bringing crypto ATMs (BTMs, according to local terminology) to life after four years. (egamers.io)



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