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World's 1st transplant involving donor iPS cells:

March 28th, 2017

Groups of Japanese researchers say they have successfully transplanted iPS cells derived from a donor into a patient suffering from a serious eye disease. (NHK)

Hyogo cops: Sergeant molests teen girl on train:

March 28th, 2017

Hyogo Prefectural Police have arrested a sergeant stationed in Himeji City for allegedly molesting a teenage girl inside a JR West train, reports the Sankei Shimbun. (tokyoreporter.com)

Avalanche victims not carrying beacons:

March 28th, 2017

Authorities say high school students and teachers who were hit by an avalanche in Tochigi Prefecture, north of Tokyo, on Monday were not carrying beacons. (NHK)

Westinghouse to file for bankruptcy:

March 28th, 2017

Toshiba's US nuclear unit, Westinghouse, will reportedly file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection at a US court on Tuesday. (NHK)

Soccer: Japan beats Thailand 4-0 in World Cup qualifier:

March 28th, 2017

Leicester City striker Shinji Okazaki celebrated his 50th international goal Tuesday as Japan brushed aside Thailand 4-0 to edge closer to a sixth successive World Cup. (Japan Today)

Narita Airport to introduce self-service baggage drop machines:

March 28th, 2017

Narita International Airport in Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo, unveiled Tuesday self-service baggage drop machines for international flights. (Jiji)

Workplace reform plan:

March 28th, 2017

The Japanese government has drawn up a plan to overhaul working conditions and practices at firms and factories around the country. (NHK)

Japan's FamilyMart to offer 4-day workweek:

March 28th, 2017

FamilyMart employees caring for relatives will be able to work a four-day week starting as early as September, as the Japanese convenience store operator looks to boost efficiency by embracing different styles of working. (Nikkei)

Honda dreams big with plane in narrow private jet market:

March 28th, 2017

After three decades building an airplane from scratch, Michimasa Fujino, 56, chief engineer of the HondaJet, might have to reach a ripe old age to see Honda Motor Co.'s pet aviation project recoup its development costs. (the-japan-news.com)

JA Zen-Noh to expand direct sales of farm products:

March 28th, 2017

Japan's National Federation of Agricultural Cooperative Associations, or JA Zen-Noh, will substantially expand direct sales of products made by member farmers, the group's business and reform plans showed on Tuesday. (Jiji)

7 students, teacher killed in avalanche in Tochigi:

March 27th, 2017

Seven high school students and a teacher were confirmed dead after being engulfed by an avalanche at a ski resort in the town of Nasu, Tochigi Prefecture, eastern Japan, on Monday. (Jiji)

Japan not to join UN nuclear arms ban talks:

March 27th, 2017

Japan has decided not to take part in talks aimed at drawing up a legally binding ban on nuclear weapons. (NHK)

Ex-Tokyo ballet school student, 42, gets 4.5 years for lopping off his teacher's thumb:

March 27th, 2017

A court sentenced a former ballet school student to four years and six months in prison on Monday for cutting off a female ballet instructor's thumb at a ballet studio in Tokyo last year. (Japan Times)

Residence of Shigeru Yoshida rebuilt as museum:

March 27th, 2017

A ceremony was held on Sunday to celebrate the completion of work to reconstruct the old residence of former Japanese Prime Minister Shigeru Yoshida in the town of Oiso, Kanagawa Prefecture, southwest of Tokyo. (Jiji)

Discount travel agency declared bankrupt:

March 27th, 2017

Japanese discount travel agency Tellmeclub has filed for bankruptcy with the Tokyo District Court. The company has been flooded with complaints from customers unable to get the flight tickets they paid for. (NHK)

Diet enacts FY17 budget:

March 27th, 2017

The Diet enacted the government's fiscal 2017 general account budget worth a record ¥97,454.7 billion on Monday. (the-japan-news.com)

Speculators smell stronger yen ahead:

March 27th, 2017


Tokyo cops nab man suspected in 100 bag thefts on Chuo Line:

March 27th, 2017

Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested 41-year-old man suspected in about 100 thefts of bags on the Chuo Line, reports TV Asahi. (tokyoreporter.com)

Footage shows rare Amami rabbit killed by cat:

March 26th, 2017

A team of researchers in Japan has succeeded in filming the moment when an Amami rabbit, a rare species, was preyed on by a feral cat. (NHK)

Body of missing Vietnamese girl found near Tokyo:

March 26th, 2017

The body of a girl was found near a drainage ditch in Abiko, Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo, on Sunday and she was identified as a nine-year-old Vietnamese girl who went missing in the Chiba city of Matsudo two days ago. (Jiji)

Emperor, prince may trade homes:

March 26th, 2017

The government is considering exchanging the residences of the Emperor and the crown prince if the Emperor abdicates, it has been learned. (the-japan-news.com)

Osaka cops: Truck plows into yakuza-affiliated okonomiyaki shop:

March 26th, 2017

Osaka Prefectural Police have launched an investigation after a truck rammed a savoury pancake shop affiliated with an organized crime group in Kishiwada City, an incident that might be related to an ongoing conflict, reports Mainichi Broadcasting System. (tokyoreporter.com)

New Yokozuna Kisenosato wins Emperor's Cup:

March 26th, 2017

In sumo, newly-promoted Yokozuna or grand champion Kisenosato came from behind to win his 2nd Emperor's Cup in a row. (NHK)

Tokyo publisher drops yakuza magazine after 3 decades:

March 26th, 2017

Gangsters, tattoos, sex - a winning formula for more than three decades is coming to an end for one Tokyo-based publication. (tokyoreporter.com)

American guilty of attacking Japanese tourist at Niagara Falls gets 22 years:

March 25th, 2017

A New York man found guilty of attacking a Japanese tourist in a Niagara Falls park has been sentenced to 22 years in prison. (Japan Today)

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