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Kono protests S.Korea decision to exit intel pact:

August 22nd, 2019

Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono has summoned South Korea's ambassador and lodged a protest at Seoul's decision to end an intelligence-sharing agreement between the two countries. (NHK)


US disappointed at Seoul exiting intel pact:

August 22nd, 2019

The US Department of Defense has expressed its "strong concern" and "disappointment" at South Korea's decision to terminate its intelligence-sharing pact with Japan. (NHK)


Tokyo to seize Osaka's crown with Japan's tallest skyscraper:

August 22nd, 2019

Japan's capital is set to lay claim to the country's tallest building in 2023, when developer Mori Building aims to complete a 330-meter tower as part of a major redevelopment. (Nikkei)


Japan's space probe to drop asteroid sample capsule in Australia:

August 22nd, 2019

Japan's space agency said Thursday its Hayabusa2 space probe returning to Earth late next year will drop its capsule containing asteroid samples in Australia's southern desert. (Kyodo)


Japan looks to encourage paternity leave by raising subsidies:

August 22nd, 2019

To boost the number of male employees taking paternity leave and promote female participation in the workforce, Japan's labor ministry decided to increase government subsidies for companies whose employees do so, sources close to the matter said Thursday. (Kyodo)


Pair nabbed for pimping 16-year-old girl:

August 22nd, 2019

Kanagawa Prefectural Police have arrested a woman and a man for allegedly introducing a teenage girl to men for prostitution last year, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Aug. 21). (tokyoreporter.com)


Man shot in Kobe in apparent gang feud:

August 22nd, 2019

A man affiliated with Japan's largest crime syndicate was shot Wednesday in Kobe apparently in connection with a feud among factions of the Yamaguchi-gumi organization in the western Japan city and surrounding areas, police said. (Japan Today)


Defending champs Naomi Osaka, Novak Djokovic are No. 1 seeds for U.S. Open:

August 22nd, 2019

Defending champions Naomi Osaka and Novak Djokovic are the No. 1 seeds for singles play in the U.S. Open, it was announced on Wednesday. (Japan Times)


Japan to count sharing economy in official GDP:

August 22nd, 2019

Japan will include sharing activities like Airbnb-style vacation rentals in gross domestic product calculations as early as fiscal 2020, Nikkei has learned, as the government seeks a better picture of the growing sector. (Nikkei)


S.Korea not extending intelligence pact with Japan:

August 22nd, 2019

The South Korean government says it will not extend an intelligence-sharing pact with Japan. Bilateral relations are tense over issues including trade and wartime labor. (NHK)


Japan opens arms to half a million fans for Rugby World Cup:

August 21st, 2019

With the Rugby World Cup kicking off Sept. 20 in Japan, communities across the country are preparing for the 500,000-plus visitors expected to attend. (Nikkei)


Shinkansen train stops after door opens:

August 21st, 2019

A Shinkansen bullet train made an emergency stop after one of its doors opened while speeding through northeastern Japan. (NHK)


South Korean tourists shun Japan over trade row:

August 21st, 2019

The number of South Korean tourists visiting Japan fell last month to its lowest in nearly a year as visitors canceled travel plans amid deteriorating relations between the neighbors, Japanese government data showed on Wednesday. (Japan Times)


Japan's two biggest opposition parties to join forces in Diet:

August 21st, 2019

Japan's two largest opposition parties said Tuesday they will form a joint group in both houses of the Diet in an attempt to challenge the ruling bloc's dominance. (Japan Today)


Tokyo: Man, 50, accused of abducting middle school girl for molestation:

August 21st, 2019

Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a 50-year-old man over the alleged abduction of a middle school girl in order to molest her last month, reports TBS News (Aug. 21). (tokyoreporter.com)


Red Hot Chili Peppers turn up the heat as Summer Sonic pulls out all the stops ahead of 2020 hiatus:

August 21st, 2019

It has always been a mystery why Summer Sonic is not held in the relative cool of June or July, but at the very height of summer, when the August sun beats down upon the festival’s outdoor stages or typhoons power through the country, threatening disruption and cancellations to the event’s packed schedule. (Japan Times)


Korean Air to drastically cut flights to Japan:

August 20th, 2019

Korean Air says it will suspend more flights from South Korea to Japan, due to lower travel demand amid worsening bilateral ties between the two countries. (NHK)


Japan revoked record number of visas in 2018 as authorities stepped up crackdown:

August 20th, 2019

Immigration authorities revoked a record 832 visas in 2018, more than double the figure of a year earlier, Justice Ministry data showed Monday. (Japan Times)


Prince Hisahito meets Bhutanese King:

August 20th, 2019

Japan's Prince Hisahito has paid a courtesy call on the King and Queen of Bhutan. (NHK)


Japan’s bubble tea mania pushes tapioca imports up fourfold:

August 20th, 2019

Japan's current bubble tea craze has sent tapioca imports soaring to meet the demand for the drink made with cold milk and tapioca balls. (Asahi)


Domestic travelers dropped during Japan's Bon summer holidays thanks to typhoon:

August 20th, 2019

People who traveled in Japan by rail, air and road decreased from a year earlier during the Bon summer holidays due to a heavy storm. (Japan Times)


Japan allows further exports of high-tech material to South Korea:

August 20th, 2019

Japan has approved shipments of a high-tech material to South Korea for the second time since imposing export curbs last month, two sources told Reuters news agency, ahead of talks between government officials this week to resolve a bitter dispute stemming from their wartime past. (aljazeera.com)


Nearly 3.5 million freelancers working in Japan amid rise in flexible employment styles:

August 20th, 2019

Up to 3.41 million people, accounting for about 5 percent of Japan’s total labor force, are estimated to be working as freelancers, according to a recent survey conducted by the government. (Japan Times)


Man arrested for road-rage assault:

August 18th, 2019

Police in Japan have arrested a man on a national wanted list who is suspected of forcibly stopping a car and beating the driver on a highway. (NHK)


Mourners continue to visit arson site:

August 18th, 2019

Anime fans from around the world continue to visit Kyoto to mourn the victims of the arson attack on a famous animation studio one month ago. (NHK)



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