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Japan stresses its claim to South Korea-held islets on 'Takeshima Day' as bilateral tensions simmer:

February 22nd, 2019

Japan on Friday stepped up its claim to a pair of South Korea-controlled islets, amid escalating tensions with its neighbor resulting from disputes over wartime issues. (Japan Times)

Crown Prince Naruhito turns 59:

February 22nd, 2019

Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito marks his 59th birthday on Saturday. He will ascend to the throne on May 1st, one day after his father, Emperor Akihito, abdicates. (NHK)

Pilot drinking again delays ANA flight despite new rules:

February 22nd, 2019

All Nippon Airways said Friday it was forced to delay a domestic flight earlier this week after a co-pilot failed an alcohol breath test despite new rules. (Japan Today)

Transgender woman hits bureaucratic brick wall in Japan:

February 22nd, 2019

Elin McCready, a transgender woman, has been married for 19 years, but registering her female identity and name has thrown her union into jeopardy because Japan doesn't recognize gay marriage. (Japan Today)

JAXA: Data shows Hayabusa2 landed on Ryugu:

February 20th, 2019

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, says data from the Hayabusa2 space probe shows it had landed on the asteroid Ryugu. The spacecraft's task is to collect rock samples. (NHK)

Japan mother and boyfriend arrested for allegedly forcing daughter to take cold bath and binding her wrists:

February 21st, 2019

A mother and her boyfriend were arrested Thursday for allegedly injuring the woman's 8-year-old daughter by binding her wrists and forcing her into a cold bath at their home in Fukuoka Prefecture last month, police said. (Japan Times)

Quake leaves people in cold, stranded on trains:

February 21st, 2019

Authorities in Hokkaido have opened shelters for people left stranded on trains or out in the bitter cold following the strong earthquake on Thursday. (NHK)

Police apprehend man, 56, wielding scissors in Shinkansen:

February 22nd, 2019

Kanagawa Prefectural Police arrested a 56-year-old man after he was found wielding scissors inside a Tokaido Shinkansen train on Wednesday, reports NHK (

Ex-hostess club employees arrested for dumping corpse of customer who died from drinking:

February 21st, 2019

Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Thursday arrested two former employees of a hostess club in Edogawa Ward for allegedly dumping the corpse of a man who died after excessive drinking, reports the Sankei Shimbun (

At least 500,000 foreign fans expected to visit Japan for World Cup:

February 21st, 2019

With seven months until the opening of the Rugby World Cup, organizing committee CEO Akira Shimazu said Thursday the number of foreign fans at the quadrennial tournament has far "exceeded his expectations." (Japan Today)

Osaka mayor eager to use expo venue to host Formula One Grand Prix:

February 21st, 2019

Osaka Mayor Hirofumi Yoshimura said Thursday he hopes the venue for the 2025 World Exposition in the city will be developed with public roads that could be used to subsequently host a Formula One motor race. (Japan Today)

Man gets 12-year prison term in appeal trial for confining girl:

February 20th, 2019

The Tokyo High Court on Wednesday sentenced a man to 12 years in prison for abducting a teenage girl and keeping her in captivity for two years from 2014, annulling the lower court ruling that gave him a nine-year jail term. (Japan Today)

ANA, JAL to slash fuel surcharges:

February 20th, 2019

Air travelers in Japan can expect some relief for their pocketbooks this spring. The country's biggest airlines say they are going to slash fuel surcharges for many of their international flights. (NHK)

Video of Niigata high school student being bullied goes viral on social media:

February 20th, 2019

A video of a first-year high school student in Niigata Prefecture being attacked by a group of schoolmates was posted online and went viral on social media, school officials said Tuesday. (Japan Times)

Japan logs biggest trade deficit in nearly 5 years:

February 20th, 2019

Japan recorded its biggest trade deficit in almost five years in January, extending its run of red ink to a fourth month as exports to China tumbled. (NHK)

Abe, Trump discuss N.Korea:

February 20th, 2019

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has spoken over the phone with US President Donald Trump ahead of next week's US-North Korea summit. (NHK)

Horned owl spotted in Tokyo residential areas:

February 20th, 2019

There have been several horned owl sightings in residential areas of Tokyo. Police are looking for the bird to protect it and prevent it from harming people. (NHK)

Ghosn's new lawyer takes aim at Nissan and prosecutors:

February 20th, 2019

Carlos Ghosn's new lawyer took aim at Nissan, prosecutors and courts on Wednesday, dismissing the charges against the ousted chairman as an internal company matter and saying Japan was out of step with international norms by keeping his client in jail. (Japan Today)

Court orders ex-classmates to pay Y38.5 mil for bullying-induced suicide in Shiga:

February 19th, 2019

A Japanese court on Tuesday ordered two former classmates of a junior high school student -- who killed himself in 2011 -- to pay damages totaling about 37.5 million yen, acknowledging that their bullying led to his death. (Japan Today)

Honda announces UK closure plan:

February 19th, 2019

Honda Motor says it plans to shut down its manufacturing plant in Swindon, southwest England, in 2021. (NHK)

Policeman caught speeding at 145 kph 'in a rush to the dentist':

February 19th, 2019

A policeman was referred to prosecutors last week for allegedly driving at 145 kilometers per hour (approx. 90 miles per hour) near Tokyo in January while off duty in a rush to get to the dentist, police said Tuesday. (Kyodo)

Osaka: Ex-pro boxer accused in fatal assault of 'snack' patron with remote control:

February 19th, 2019

Osaka Prefectural Police have arrested former professional boxer Tomoaki Hashizume over the alleged fatal assault of a male bar patron in Matsubara City over the weekend, reports the Sankei Shimbun (

78-year-old driver arrested for driving off with man clinging to hood:

February 19th, 2019

Aichi prefectural police said Tuesday they have arrested a 78-year-old man on suspicion of attempted murder after he drove his car with a man clinging to the hood of his car in Nagoya. (Japan Today)

Tech crackdown on illegal lodgings:

February 19th, 2019

Japan's government says it's building a computer database of registered private lodgings. It aims to stop people renting out properties illegally in the rush to cash in on the growing number of tourists visiting Japan. (NHK)

Leopalace finds defects in over 11,000 buildings:

February 19th, 2019

A Japanese real estate leasing company says it has found defects in more than 11,000 buildings nationwide. (NHK)

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