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Japan-US jet fighter drill cancelled:

April 27th, 2017

A joint drill of Japanese and US fighter jets scheduled for Wednesday over the Pacific has been cancelled due to bad weather. (NHK)

Kyoto's temple failed to pay monks overtime wages:

April 27th, 2017

The Higashi-Honganji Temple, a prestigious Japanese institution in Kyoto, withheld its 2 monks' overtime wages, totaling about 59,000 dollars. (NHK)

New luxury sleeper train unveiled:

April 27th, 2017

A Japanese railway operator has invited news reporters to ride on a new luxury sleeper train that links Tokyo and northern Japan. (NHK)

Abe mentions 'looseness' in his cabinet after gaffe by Imamura:

April 27th, 2017

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe mentioned the "looseness" of his cabinet on Wednesday as he effectively sacked Masahiro Imamura from the post of postdisaster reconstruction minister the same day over his latest gaffe. (Jiji)

Special abdication bill to mention emperor's 'thoughts':

April 27th, 2017

A special Imperial abdication bill planned by the Japanese government will mention Emperor Akihito's "thoughts" on stepping down from the throne, as a product of compromise with opposition parties, a draft outline of the bill showed on Tuesday. (Jiji)

Bullying keeps youth suicides high in Japan:

April 26th, 2017

Schoolyard bullying has long bedeviled Japan where some students have taken their own lives after being harassed in person or online through emails, text messages and blogs. (Japan Today)

High court rejects appeal by teachers refused work for not standing and singing national anthem:

April 26th, 2017

The Tokyo High Court on Wednesday rejected an appeal by three former school teachers who claimed it was unreasonable they were banned from working part time after retirement because they had in the past refused to stand and sing the national anthem. (Japan Times)

Triumph creates Premium Friday bra:

April 26th, 2017

Lingerie make Triumph on Wednesday announced the creation a special bra in honor of an initiative designed to encourage company employees to leave the office early prior to the weekend, reports TV Asahi (tokyoreporter.com)

Tokyo cops crack down on massage parlors in Hachioji:

April 26th, 2017

As a part of a crackdown on illegal services being provided by massage parlors in Hachioji City, police have busted one establishment for illegal street solicitation, reports TBS News (tokyoreporter.com)

Man stomps 2 cats to death after losing bets on horses:

April 26th, 2017

A man was caught on security camera stomping and killing two cats to vent his frustration after suffering gambling losses in Nagoya, reports TV Asahi (tokyoreporter.com)

Bear shot and killed in Gifu after attack injures 3 persons:

April 26th, 2017

A bear was shot and killed in Takayama City after an attack resulted in injuries to three persons, reports TBS News. (tokyoreporter.com)

Tokyo cops arrest man suspected of jumping on tracks to evade groping accusation:

April 26th, 2017

Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a 41-year-old man who fled a train station in Itabashi Ward by jumping on railway tracks after being accused of groping a woman, reports the Asahi Shimbun (tokyoreporter.com)

Japan, U.S. on high alert over N. Korea:

April 25th, 2017

The United States, Japan and other countries surrounding North Korea are on high alert over the nation's provocative actions, including the possibility it would conduct its sixth nuclear test, as Tuesday marked the 85th anniversary of the foundation of its Korean People's Army. (the-japan-news.com)

1 dead, 5 injured in iron factory blast in northern Japan:

April 25th, 2017

A furnace exploded Tuesday morning at an iron factory in Asahikawa, Hokkaido, killing the manager and leaving five people injured, police and firefighters said. (Japan Today)

Abe appoints new reconstruction minister:

April 25th, 2017

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has decided to appoint Masayoshi Yoshino, a former State Minister of the Environment, as the new minister in charge of rebuilding areas hit by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. (NHK)

Tuna catch to soon exceed limit:

April 25th, 2017

Japan's catches of smaller Pacific bluefin tuna this season are very close to topping the annual limit set under an international accord for resources conservation. (the-japan-news.com)

Japan Post Holdings to log $360 mil. net loss:

April 25th, 2017

Japan Post Holdings says it expects to book a net loss of about 360 million dollars for the business year that ended in March. (NHK)

Justin Bieber to perform in Japan in September:

April 25th, 2017

Canadian pop singer Justin Bieber, 23, will perform at Tokyo's Ajinomoto Stadium on Sept 23 and 24. It will be Bieber's fourth concert tour in Japan and his first visit since last August. (Japan Today)

BOJ's 'wage-hike ETFs' hit wall of investor apathy:

April 25th, 2017

Despite the initial excitement among major financial institutions, the Bank of Japan's push for exchange-traded funds tracking companies that actively raise employee pay or invest in new equipment has run aground. (Nikkei)

Labor shortage a stress test for Japan's convenience stores:

April 25th, 2017

Japan's growing labor shortage threatens the nation's ubiquitous convenience stores, whose business model relies on an army of part-timers packing bento lunch boxes, manning cash registers and delivering goods 24/7. (Japan Today)

Dentsu may face prosecution for overwork suicide:

April 25th, 2017

The labor ministry referred advertising agency Dentsu Inc. and three officials from its offices in Nagoya, Osaka and Kyoto to prosecutors on Tuesday on suspicion of violating the Labor Standards Law by making employees work overtime beyond legal limits. (Japan Times)

Snowden leaks include Japan's security information:

April 24th, 2017

It has been revealed that information related to Japan's national security was included in the confidential documents disclosed by former US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. (NHK)

Airbnb claims $8.3bn lift to Japan's economy in 2016:

April 24th, 2017

Airbnb estimates that its services contributed 920 billion yen ($8.35 billion) to the Japanese economy in 2016, up 80% from the previous year, as foreign users took advantage of affordable lodging in big cities and rural areas. (Nikkei)

Princess Kako to study at University of Leeds from Sept:

April 24th, 2017

Princess Kako, a granddaughter of Emperor Akihito, will study at the University of Leeds in Britain from September this year to June next year as an exchange student, the Imperial Household Agency said Monday. (Japan Today)

Japan submits bid for 2025 World Expo in Osaka:

April 24th, 2017

The Japanese government on Monday filed a candidacy for the western Japan city of Osaka to host the 2025 World Exposition with the Bureau International des Expositions in Paris. (Jiji)

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