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North Korea launches another missile:

May 28th, 2017

Japan's Defense Ministry says North Korea launched a missile on Monday morning. Government officials believe it landed within Japan's exclusive economic zone in the Sea of Japan. (NHK)


Tokyo cops nab man in Y6 million diamond theft in Ueno:

May 29th, 2017

Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Sunday apprehended a 21-year-old man in the theft of two diamonds valued at more than 6 million yen from a jewelry store in Taito Ward, reports TV Asahi (tokyoreporter.com)


Takuma Sato becomes first Japanese to win Indianapolis 500:

May 28th, 2017

Takuma Sato won the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, becoming the first Japanese driver to triumph in America's iconic race. (Japan Times)


Kemari ball game held at a Nara shrine:

May 28th, 2017

An ancient ball game known as "kemari" was staged at a major shrine in Nara. The event held at Kasugataisha shrine is named "Manyo-kemari". (NHK)


Kawase misses Palme d'Or at Cannes:

May 28th, 2017

The 70th Cannes Film Festival awarded its top prize, the Palme d'Or, to Swedish director Ruben Ostlund for his comedy "The Square". (NHK)


Michibiki satellites aim to provide 'Japanese GPS':

May 28th, 2017

Billed as a domestically developed version of the Global Positioning System, the Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS) Michibiki No. 2 satellite will be launched on Thursday from the Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture. (the-japan-news.com)


30% of rural gas stations face uncertain future:

May 28th, 2017

A survey shows that nearly 30 percent of gas stations in sparsely populated areas of Japan are not sure if they will be able to continue their business operations. (NHK)


Bathhouses in fog about accepting people with tattoos:

May 28th, 2017

While the number of foreign tourists to Japan increases, operators of bathhouses and other such facilities are perplexed, after the government approved a written statement that said access to public bathing facilities should not be restricted just because customers having tattoos, at a Cabinet meeting in February. (the-japan-news.com)


Drunk man shoves commuter into moving train during fight:

May 28th, 2017

Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Saturday arrested a 43-year-old man for allegedly shoving a male commuter into a train, leaving him severely injured during an altercation at a station in Chofu City, reports TBS News (tokyoreporter.com)


Woman found dead in Akita after apparent bear attack:

May 28th, 2017

Police in Senboku, Akita Prefecture, said a 61-year-old woman was apparently killed by a bear while picking bamboo shoots in the mountains. (Japan Today)


Bear assists police in catching three violent robbers in Tochigi Prefecture:

May 27th, 2017

Bears say only we can prevent forest fires, but they'll help out when preventing robberies. (rocketnews24.com)


Tokyo cops: Rolling papers in car of ex-KAT-TUN member nabbed for marijuana:

May 27th, 2017

Investigative sources with the Tokyo Metropolitan Police have revealed that rolling papers were found inside the vehicle of a former member of popular boy band KAT-TUN who was arrested for the possession of marijuana in Shibuya Ward earlier this week, reports TBS News. (tokyoreporter.com)


Sumo: Hakuho powers to 38th career title:

May 27th, 2017

It was a struggle, but yokozuna Hakuho pushed his record-high championship total to 38 with a victory on Saturday over ozeki Terunofuji in the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan. (the-japan-news.com)


G7 Summit ends:

May 27th, 2017

Leaders from the Group of 7 countries reached consensus on fighting protectionism, but could not find it on climate change. That's the message in a communique from the leaders at the end of a 2-day summit in Italy. (NHK)


2 men held for selling fake Viagra online:

May 28th, 2017

Kanagawa Prefectural Police have arrested two men residing in Tokyo over the alleged sale of fake Viagra pills online, reports Nikkan Sports (tokyoreporter.com)


2 arrested after driving recklessly along road and posting footage online:

May 27th, 2017

Police in Kadoma, Osaka, have arrested a 19-year-old man and a 20-year-old man on suspicion of attempted murder after they drove a vehicle at high speed along a narrow road frequently used by schoolchildren, and then posted footage of the incident online. (Japan Today)


Abe ties Koizumi as Japan's 3rd longest-serving postwar prime minister:

May 27th, 2017

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday tied with Junichiro Koizumi as postwar Japan's third longest-serving leader with 1,980 days in office. (Japan Today)


Toyota strengthens Lexus brand with boat:

May 27th, 2017

Toyota Motor Corp. has unveiled in Tokyo a prototype for the first pleasure boat under its luxury car brand Lexus. (the-japan-news.com)


Another megamouth shark found in Japan:

May 26th, 2017

A giant deepwater shark known as a megamouth has been found alive in a fishing net in the Pacific Ocean off Mie Prefecture, western Japan. (NHK)


English education to start for 3rd graders from FY 2018:

May 26th, 2017

Japanese elementary schools will be eligible to start English education in the third grade from fiscal 2018, instead of the fifth grade as now, the education ministry said Friday. (Japan Today)


New 'Diamond Route' aims to help Fukushima shine:

May 26th, 2017

With the aim of revitalizing its tourism industry in the wake of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, Fukushima Prefecture is teaming up with neighboring Ibaraki and Tochigi prefectures to establish a so-called "Diamond Route" to serve as an inbound tourism route linking major sightseeing spots. (the-japan-news.com)


Man indicted for killing Vietnamese girl in Japan:

May 26th, 2017

Public prosecutors on Friday indicted Yasumasa Shibuya, 46, a former head of the parents' association at an elementary school in the city of Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture, eastern Japan, for allegedly murdering a Vietnamese girl attending the school in March. (Jiji)


Western Japan prison to be converted to hotel:

May 26th, 2017

A former juvenile prison in the city of Nara in western Japan, built in 1908 and designated as an important cultural asset, will be converted into a hotel, the Justice Ministry said Friday. (Jiji)


G-7 leaders united in fight against terrorism:

May 26th, 2017

Leaders of the Group of Seven major industrial nations on Friday demonstrated their unity in the fight against terrorism, at their summit meeting in Taormina, Sicily, southern Italy, that started the same day for a two-day run. (Jiji)


Pair of Yubari melons fetch Y1.5 million at season's 1st auction:

May 26th, 2017

A pair of melons produced in the northern city of Yubari, Hokkaido, sold for 1.5 million yen in the first auction of this harvest season on Friday. (Japan Today)


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