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'World's smallest baby boy' set to go home in Japan:

April 19th, 2019

The world's smallest baby boy, who was born in October in Japan weighing as much as an apple, is now ready for the outside world, his doctor said Friday. (Japan Today)

Elderly driver kills mother, daughter:

April 19th, 2019

A woman and her young daughter have died after being struck by a passenger car driven by an 87-year-old man in downtown Tokyo. (NHK)

Law recognizing indigenous Ainu enacted:

April 19th, 2019

A law recognizing the Ainu ethnic minority as an indigenous people of Japan has been enacted. (NHK)

Agreement made to clarify eel distribution:

April 19th, 2019

An agreement has been reached at an international conference on managing Japanese eel resources to more effectively clarify the distribution routes of young eels. (NHK)

Japan sets lottery for coveted Tokyo Olympics tickets:

April 19th, 2019

Those hoping to watch a tennis match featuring No. 1-ranked Naomi Osaka at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Games will likely face long odds in the upcoming ticket lottery. (Nikkei)

Japan gets more than it bargained for with tourist boom:

April 17th, 2019

Can the country welcome 60 million visitors a year without losing its culture -- and its mind? (Nikkei)

'Breaking Bad'? Shikoku professor allegedly instructed students to produce MDMA:

April 17th, 2019

A pharmaceutical science professor at a university in Shikoku was referred to prosecutors Tuesday for allegedly instructing his students to produce the synthetic drug MDMA without a permit, the university said Tuesday, in an echo of hit TV series “Breaking Bad.” (Japan Times)

Hostesses accused of stealing wallet from drunk pedestrian in Ueno:

April 17th, 2019

Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a pair of hostesses over the alleged theft of the wallet of a drunk pedestrian in the Ueno entertainment area of Taito Ward last year, reports TV Asahi (

Emperor, Empress visiting Ise:

April 17th, 2019

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko are in the city of Ise in central Japan on their last trip to a local region before the Emperor's abdication on April 30. (NHK)

Senior JAL official arrested in Tokyo child prostitution case:

April 17th, 2019

A senior manager with Japan Airlines Co. was arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of committing an indecent act with a female junior high school student in exchange for money, according to the Metropolitan Police Department. (Japan Times)

Life-size skeletal replica of Japan's largest dinosaur restored:

April 17th, 2019

What is believed to be Japan’s largest fossilized dinosaur skeleton has been restored as a life-size replica, researchers and officials from the town of Mukawa, in Hokkaido, where the original discovery was made, said Wednesday. (Japan Times)

Know your rights when checking in at an Airbnb:

April 17th, 2019

Last year, the government passed a law covering minpaku, which is when people rent out space on their properties to travelers (a la Airbnb). The law is part of an effort to regulate accommodations amid a tourism boom ahead of the 2020 Olympics. (Japan Times)

Airbnb begins to recover in Japan, a year after crackdown:

April 17th, 2019

Airbnb and other home-sharing services are recovering in Japan in the wake of strict regulations introduced almost a year ago, and some industry experts say there is more room to flourish, especially in rural areas. (Nikkei)

Tourists in Kyoto warned of aggressive monkeys:

April 17th, 2019

Tourists in Kyoto have been warned of aggressive monkeys after a series of monkey attacks at popular spots. (Kyodo)

British rock band Queen to bring 2020 Rhapsody Tour to Japan:

April 17th, 2019

British rock band Queen will perform in Japan next January as part of their 2020 Rhapsody Tour amid a wave of popularity after their biopic film "Bohemian Rhapsody" won an Academy Award, organizer Creativeman Productions Ltd. said Wednesday. (Kyodo)

Expensive daily products at Osaka Prison prompts human rights concern from lawyers:

April 17th, 2019

Tissue paper and other daily products sold at Osaka Prison are so expensive that inmates mostly cannot purchase them, a situation amounting to a human rights violation, according to local lawyers. (Japan Times)

Banknote image of Umeko Tsuda possibly reversed:

April 16th, 2019

The Japanese government plans to proceed with printing new banknotes matching the sample designs it released, even though some people have pointed out that one of the portraits used is different from the probable source photo. (NHK)

Fans, athletes, volunteers will be up early at Tokyo Games:

April 16th, 2019

For fans, athletes, and volunteers, next year's Tokyo Olympics could become known as the get-up-early games. (Japan Today)

Mount Aso in Kumamoto erupts:

April 16th, 2019

Mount Aso in Kumamoto Prefecture, southwestern Japan, has erupted. (NHK)

English level at Japan's secondary schools falls short of gov't target:

April 16th, 2019

The English-language ability of students at Japanese public secondary schools fell short of the government's target in the 2018 academic year through March, despite a slight improvement from a year earlier, a government survey showed Tuesday. (Japan Today)

Tokyo Olympics schedule unveiled:

April 16th, 2019

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics organizing committee has announced a detailed schedule for the 17-day event. (NHK)

Japan, U.S. struggle to find crashed stealth fighter jet and its 'secrets':

April 16th, 2019

One week after an F-35A stealth fighter jet crashed off the northeastern coast of Japan, U.S. and Japanese military vessels are struggling to find the wreckage and protect its valuable "secrets." (Japan Today)

High school girl skirt lengths and hair fashions once again in a flux:

April 16th, 2019

As Japan finds itself on the cusp of a new imperial reign -- to be named Reiwa, according to the government's announcement on April 1 -- the nation's collective eyes briefly turned upwards, in the direction of the over 1,200 years of continuous, uninterrupted generations of Japan's imperial family. (Japan Today)

Okinawa luxury hotel to be modeled on ancient fortress:

April 16th, 2019

Japan's Hoshino Resorts will open a luxury hotel in Okinawa next year based on the ancient fortresses that dotted the subtropical islands. (Nikkei)

Tokyo: Woman accused of fatally bashing husband with hammer:

April 15th, 2019

Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a 55-year-old woman over the alleged fatal bashing of a man believed to be her former husband at their residence in Mitaka City, reports the Asahi Shimbun (

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