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Man, 64, arrested for kidnapping teenage girl in Kanagawa and demanding Y20 million ransom:

June 26th, 2019

A 64-year-old man was arrested Tuesday for allegedly kidnapping a teenage girl near Tokyo and demanding ¥20 million (about $186,500) in ransom, police said. (Japan Times)


Trump unhappy with US defense pact with Japan:

June 26th, 2019

US President Donald Trump has expressed displeasure over his country's defense agreement with Japan, one of America's key allies. (NHK)


Japanese artists anthropomorphise national flags into samurai characters for 2020 Tokyo Olympics:

June 26th, 2019

See what your country and national flag look like as a samurai warrior! (soranews24.com)


Major Japanese restaurant chain introducing bamboo straws to help reduce plastic and save forests:

June 26th, 2019

Japan has been getting more into the reduction of single-use plastics recently and major izakaya (Japanese pub) chain Watami is gearing up for a big change to follow suit. Starting on Thursday, they will be eliminating plastic straws from their inventory, but more interesting is what they are replacing them with. (Japan Today)


Tax revenue hits record high:

June 26th, 2019

Japan's tax revenue for the fiscal year that ended in March hit an all-time high of over 560 billion dollars. (NHK)


Freaky two-foot long ribbon worm grabs limelight during strange creature competition in Japan:

June 26th, 2019

The Japanese internet is currently abuzz over an unusual sea creature called a “wrinkle ribbon worm” (shiwa himo mushi). This member of a wildly diverse phylum of creatures measures about 70 centimeters (27 inches) long and bears an eerie resemblance to intestines. (soranews24.com)


Tropical depression approaches southern Japan:

June 26th, 2019

Japanese weather officials warn that a tropical depression south of Okinawa will strengthen as it heads north. They say it could reach eastern Japan on Friday. (NHK)


Pachinko and Pachislots: The classic online slots game of Japan:

June 26th, 2019

Classic online slots generally talks about the popular "one-armed bandit", or the popular Las Vegas version of slots machines. But Japan has made its own variation that became popular all over the country after World War II. (newsonjapan.com)


Foreigners underuse highly-skilled visa system:

June 26th, 2019

Japanese officials say a survey shows that a visa system the country uses to benefit highly-skilled foreign workers is not being widely used. They say many of those eligible don't take advantage of it. (NHK)


Mount Fuji opens to climbers Monday, but summit inaccessible for now:

June 26th, 2019

The Yoshida trail, the most popular of the four routes taken to climb Mount Fuji, will open Monday for the climbing season, but climbers using the trail won’t yet be able to reach the summit. (Japan Times)


US denies plan to quit security pact with Japan:

June 25th, 2019

The US State Department has denied a media report that President Donald Trump privately mentioned pulling his country out of a security pact with Japan. (NHK)


Hayabusa2 to attempt second landing on asteroid:

June 25th, 2019

Japan's space agency says it will try to have the Hayabusa2 space probe make a second landing on the asteroid Ryugu next month. (NHK)


Yoshimoto Kogyo suspends 11 comedians over 'anti-social' party:

June 25th, 2019

Talent agency Yoshimoto Kogyo Co. on Monday announced the suspension of 11 comedians for participating in a party held by so-called “anti-social forces” group without prior clearance from the agency, reports TV Asahi (June 24). (tokyoreporter.com)


No-confidence motion against Abe cabinet voted down in lower house:

June 25th, 2019

A no-confidence motion against the cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was voted down Tuesday in the lower house, with the ruling bloc fending off opposition camp criticism about the government's handling of a pension report before an upper house election. (Japan Today)


Graffiti found on stone wall near Emperor Naruhito's residence:

June 25th, 2019

Graffiti was found Tuesday morning on a stone wall that surrounds the Akasaka Estate in Tokyo, where Emperor Naruhito and his family reside, police said. (Japan Times)


Japan aims to provide one computer to every student by 2025:

June 25th, 2019

Japan aims to make a computer terminal available to every school student by around fiscal 2025, the education ministry said Tuesday. (Japan Times)


Ibaraki Prefecture to recognize partnerships for LGBT couples from July:

June 25th, 2019

Ibaraki Prefecture said Monday it would start issuing partnership certificates for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender couples from July 1. (Japan Today)


Truth about Japan’s last samurai awaits fans in hometown of Hino:

June 25th, 2019

Little over 150 years ago, on May 11, 1869, the first year of the Meiji Era, Hijikata Toshizo, charismatic vice commander of the storied Shinsengumi -- Japan's last samurai -- met his end in battle defending the group's final stronghold on Japan's northernmost main island of Hokkaido. (Kyodo)


Pope Francis to visit Japan in November:

June 25th, 2019

Pope Francis is set to make a four-day trip to Japan this November. It will be the first papal visit to the country since John Paul II came in 1981. (NHK)


Security at highest level for G20 summit in Osaka:

June 24th, 2019

Police in Japan are implementing the highest-level security measures for the G20 Osaka Summit, which starts on Friday. (NHK)


Kamakura’s stunning hydrangea flower path now in gorgeous full bloom:

June 24th, 2019

While Japan's popular cherry blossom season delights many with its gorgeous once-a-year scenery and bounty of sakura-flavored goods, Hydrangea (ajisai in Japanese) can be every bit as beautiful. (Japan Today)


Japan's main opposition party vows to improve pension system:

June 25th, 2019

Japan's main opposition party unveiled on Monday a set of pledges for this summer's upper house election focusing on improving the country's social welfare system to help people receive medical and nursing care services with a sense of security. (Japan Today)


Fried slug blamed by JR Kyushu for railway chaos in southern Japan:

June 24th, 2019

A slug has been blamed for a power outage that halted dozens of trains and delayed 12,000 passengers in the Kyushu region, operator Kyushu Railway Co. (JR Kyushu) has said. (Japan Times)


Memorial held for WWII Battle of Okinawa victims:

June 23rd, 2019

Japan's southern prefecture of Okinawa has held a ceremony to commemorate the 74th anniversary of the end of a fierce ground battle during the final stages of World War Two. (NHK)


Empress emerita Michiko has cataract surgery on both eyes:

June 23rd, 2019

Former Empress Michiko has undergone cataract surgery on both of her eyes, the Imperial Household Agency said Sunday. (Japan Today)



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