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Abe: Pressure only option for N. Korea:

September 21st, 2017

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe addressed the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday, calling for strict implementation of U.N. Security Council resolutions against North Korea, which has conducted a series of nuclear tests and missile launches. (the-japan-news.com)


Police report over 30,000 children abused in 1st half of 2017:

September 21st, 2017

Japanese police reported a record-high 30,262 children as suspected abuse victims to welfare authorities in the first half of 2017, on the back of increased public awareness of the issue, the National Police Agency said Thursday. (Japan Today)


Filipino admits involvement in 2004 murder of Japanese student:

September 21st, 2017

A 31-year-old Filipino on an international wanted list for suspected involvement in a 2004 rape and murder in baraki Prefecture on Thursday admitted his guilt to Kyodo News. (Japan Today)


Bubble era disco Maharaja reopens in Kyoto:

September 21st, 2017

Maharaja, a popular disco during Japan's bubble economy era in the 1980s, reopened in Kyoto's Gion district this month. (Jiji)


10 million Japanese seen having diabetes:

September 21st, 2017

The number of adults strongly suspected of having diabetes in Japan has been estimated at 10 million, a 2016 survey by the health ministry showed Thursday. (Jiji)


BOJ Kuroda defends yield curve control:

September 21st, 2017

Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda defended the BOJ's yield curve control on Thursday, the first anniversary of the key item in the bank's ultraeasy monetary policy regime. (Jiji)


Abe: Use tax revenue for tuition-free education:

September 21st, 2017

Japan's prime minister wants to use revenue from the increased consumption tax to provide tuition-free preschool and higher education. Shinzo Abe says the move would be part of his drive to invest more in human resource development. (NHK)


Japan unveils new English textbooks for 5th-, 6th-graders:

September 21st, 2017

Japan's education ministry unveiled on Thursday new English textbooks to be used for elementary school fifth- and sixth-graders' foreign-language classes for fiscal 2018 and 2019. (Jiji)


Japan reaches 20mil. tourist mark:

September 21st, 2017

The number of foreign visitors to Japan continues to grow. The total so far this year has already topped 20 million. (NHK)


Over 40 countries sign UN nuclear ban treaty:

September 20th, 2017

More than 40 countries have signed a global treaty at UN Headquarters to legally ban nuclear weapons. (NHK)


100-day-old baby panda at Tokyo zoo wobbles a few steps:

September 20th, 2017

The 100-day-old baby giant panda at Tokyo's Ueno Zoo can now wobble a few steps by itself, according to pictures and a video released by the zoo on Wednesday. (Jiji)


Emperor visits shrine for ancient Korean settlers:

September 20th, 2017

Emperor Akihito on Wednesday visited a shrine dedicated to ancient Korean settlers in Hidaka, Saitama Prefecture. (Japan Today)


Namie Amuro to retire next year:

September 20th, 2017

Popular Japanese singer Namie Amuro has announced that she will retire next September. (NHK)


Still more questions than answers with 2 years to go until Rugby World Cup 2019:

September 20th, 2017

Japan celebrated two years to the start of Rugby World Cup 2019 on Wednesday with the Webb Ellis Cup on display in Tokyo's Shibuya district ahead of a 46-day tour that will see it visit all 12 host cities from Sapporo in the north to Kumamoto in the south. (Japan Today)


Toshiba to sell chip unit to Japan-U.S.-South Korea group:

September 20th, 2017

Toshiba Corp has decided to sell its chip unit to a Japan-U.S.-South Korean consortium for around 2.4 trillion yen ($21 billion) following months of talks involving other bidders, sources close to the matter said Wednesday. (Japan Today)


Japan logs trade surplus of 113.6 b. yen in Aug.:

September 20th, 2017

Japan logged a customs-cleared trade surplus of 113.6 billion yen in August, compared with 34.6 billion yen in deficit a year before, the Finance Ministry said in a preliminary report Wednesday. (Jiji)


Fukuoka man stabbed by wife makes emergency call, says guts 'coming out':

September 20th, 2017

Fukuoka Prefectural Police have arrested a 36-year-old woman in Yukahashi City after she admitted to stabbing her husband, who himself told police his intestines were "coming out" in an emergency call. (tokyoreporter.com)


Money dispute said to have led wife to break husband's 54 violins:

September 19th, 2017

The estranged wife of a former violin maker broke into his house and destroyed 54 violins and 70 bows after they fought over payments for child support, prosecutors said Tuesday. (Japan Times)


Teenagers admit to playing prank in suicide cave:

September 19th, 2017

Okinawa police say most of a group of teenagers arrested for vandalizing a site of mass suicide during World War Two say they were playing a prank without knowing the site's historic significance. (NHK)


Foreign crime fears spur Tokyo cops to search Roppongi sex parlors:

September 20th, 2017

Fears about foreign crime caused Tokyo Metropolitan Police to conduct searches through sex parlors in the Roppongi entertainment last week, an initiative that is part of law enforcement’s preparation for the upcoming Olympic Games, reports TV Asahi (tokyoreporter.com)


Tokyo's secret island paradise Aogashima:

September 19th, 2017

Jurassic Park may be the first thing that comes to mind when you see Aogashima Island from the air - but yes, THIS IS TOKYO! (ONLY in JAPAN)


Missing Sesshu painting found after 84 years:

September 19th, 2017

A work by 15th-century ink wash painter Sesshu that had been missing for 84 years has been found. (NHK)


Tokyo man arrested after apartment blaze:

September 20th, 2017

Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a 32-year-old man after a fire at a government-run apartment in Edogawa Ward on Monday resulted in injuries to himself and one other person, reports NHK (tokyoreporter.com)


Japan sees 862,000 new cancer patients in 2013:

September 19th, 2017

Some 862,000 people in Japan are estimated to have been newly diagnosed with cancer in 2013, down some 3,000 from the previous year, a National Cancer Center research revealed Wednesday. (Jiji)


Photographer captures fantastical images of a fire-walking festival in northern Japan:

September 19th, 2017

Japan has no shortage of festivals for every season, from the weird and wacky, to the absolutely magical. One such festival that would fall into the latter category is the Tengu no Hi-watari (天狗の火渡り), which takes place annually in Japan’s northern-most prefecture of Hokkaido. (rocketnews24.com)


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