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Kyoto working to get its interpreter/guides up to global speed:

February 26th, 2017

With over 3 million visitors from abroad visiting the ancient capital of Kyoto in fiscal 2015, getting around with an official interpreter would have meant relying on government-qualified guides. (Japan Times)


Kiwi man killed in Japan avalanche:

February 26th, 2017

A New Zealand man who died after an avalanche swept him away at a ski resort yesterday in Japan has been remembered as a guy with a "massive heart" who had an "infectious energy". (tvnz.co.nz)


Japan smoking ban to cover small 'izakaya': sources:

February 25th, 2017

A smoking ban that Japan's health ministry plans to impose on restaurants in the country with some exceptions will cover small "izakaya" eateries and "yakitori" skewered chicken restaurants, informed sources said Saturday. (Jiji)


National university entrance exams begin:

February 25th, 2017

Anxious students across Japan are sitting the annual entrance examinations for public universities. (NHK)


Whirlpool-watching season begins in western Japan:

February 25th, 2017

An event marking the start of the whirlpool-watching season has been held in the Naruto Strait in western Japan. (NHK)


Legendary Japanese animator Miyazaki comes out of retirement for new film:

February 25th, 2017

Oscar-winning Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki has come out of retirement to work on a new animated feature film, a producer at Studio Ghibli has said. (Japan Times)


Nintendo sues rental Mario go-cart firm:

February 25th, 2017

Game maker Nintendo is suing a Tokyo-based rental go-cart company on copyright infringement. (NHK)


Medical university president urged to resign:

February 25th, 2017

A medical university in Kyoto, western Japan, is requesting its president to resign over alleged ties with the head of an organized crime group. (NHK)


Leave-work-early campaign kicks off:

February 24th, 2017

Many employees across Japan will be leaving work at around 3 pm on the last Friday of each month, starting this week. (NHK)


Mother stabs 11-year-old son, then kills herself:

February 24th, 2017

A 39-year-old woman stabbed her 11-year-old son in the back and then stabbed herself in the neck at their home in Tokyo's Adachi Ward on Thursday night. (Japan Today)


Junior high students in Japan show unbalanced english skills:

February 24th, 2017

Third-year students in junior high schools in Japan achieved a state-set goal for writing in English while failing to meet targets for listening, speaking and reading skills, an education ministry survey showed Friday. (Jiji)


Japanese workers divided on "Premium Friday":

February 24th, 2017

Corporate workers in Japan were divided in their responses to the start on Friday of the public-private "Premium Friday" campaign encouraging people to leave work early on the last Friday of each month. (Jiji)


Abe's wife quits honorary post at school in controversial land deal:

February 24th, 2017

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Friday that his wife Akie has resigned as honorary principal of a soon-to-open elementary school whose nationalist operator bought state-owned land at far below appraised value. (Kyodo)


Tepco says no radiation leak after smoke is seen at its Niigata nuke plant:

February 24th, 2017

Smoke emerged at a service building of the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant in Niigata Prefecture on Thursday but it quickly dissipated after a firefighting effort by workers, its operator said. (Japan Times)


12-year-old boy caused fatal crash under influence of alcohol:

February 23rd, 2017

A 12-year-old boy caused a deadly auto accident in Okinawa earlier this month while driving a motorcycle under the influence of alcohol, leaving one teenage passenger dead and another injured, police said Thursday. (Japan Today)


Haruki Murakami's new long novel goes on sale:

February 23rd, 2017

A new much-awaited long novel by Haruki Murakami has gone on sale. "Killing Commendatore" went up on shelves late Thursday. (NHK)


Luxury sleeper train unveiled:

February 23rd, 2017

A Japanese railway operator has unveiled a luxury sleeper train. Operation of Twilight Express Mizukaze will begin in June. (NHK)


Auditor to probe Osaka land deal:

February 23rd, 2017

The head of Japan's Board of Audit says the agency will review the sale of state-owned land to a school operator for just 14 percent of the appraised value. (NHK)


Stalker faces 17-year prison term for repeatedly stabbing pop idol in Koganei:

February 23rd, 2017

Prosecutors on Thursday sought a 17-year prison sentence for a 28-year-old man charged with repeatedly stabbing a pop idol after she rejected his gifts. (Japan Times)


Ghosn cedes Nissan president-CEO role:

February 23rd, 2017

Nissan Motor Co. said Carlos Ghosn will step aside as CEO after leading the firm for 16 years, allowing him to concentrate on deploying his cost-cutting expertise across its alliance with Renault SA and newly added Mitsubishi Motors Corp. (the-japan-news.com)


Officials test smart card system to aid travelers:

February 23rd, 2017

Japanese officials are testing a smart card system that would allow shops and other tourism-related companies to tailor their services to individual foreign travelers. (NHK)


Japan women clobber Kazakhstan to claim bronze medal in curling:

February 23rd, 2017

Japan cruised past Kazakhstan 17-0 in the women's curling bronze-medal match on Thursday at the Asian Winter Games. (Japan Times)


ANA to turn Peach Aviation into subsidiary:

February 23rd, 2017

ANA Holdings plans to spend roughly 100 billion yen ($890 million) to raise its interest in budget carrier Peach Aviation to 67%. (Nikkei)


Russia plans to deploy new military division to Kuril Islands:

February 23rd, 2017

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, at a parliamentary meeting on Wednesday, revealed a plan to deploy a new military division to the Kuril Islands, including four islands at the center of a dispute with Japan, this year, according to Russia's Interfax news agency and other sources. (Jiji)


S.Korean FM urges Busan to move statue:

February 23rd, 2017

South Korea's Foreign Minister, Yun Byung-se, has urged the local government of Busan to work to relocate a statue symbolizing those referred to as comfort women. (NHK)


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