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Osaka restaurant chain fined for forcing foreign student employees to work excessive hours:

July 26th, 2017

An Osaka-based restaurant chain operator and its top manager were fined Wednesday for making foreign student employees work longer hours than legally permitted. (Japan Times)


Ex-boxer suspected in series of muggings in Shinagawa:

July 26th, 2017

Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a former professional boxer who is suspected in a series of muggings in Shinagawa Ward, reports TBS News. (tokyoreporter.com)


Two arrested for impersonating Google, selling fake virus protection:

July 26th, 2017

Two men have been arrested for allegedly sending virus infection alerts purporting to be from Google Inc. and deceiving recipients into paying for antivirus software, police said Wednesday. (Japan Times)


Woman, 19, dies after beating at Shimbashi hostess club:

July 26th, 2017

Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Tuesday announced the arrest of a 31-year-old man for allegedly beating a bar hostess who later died, reports the Asahi Shimbun (tokyoreporter.com)


Woman arrested for destroying 54 violins owned by ex-husband:

July 26th, 2017

An estranged wife of a former violin maker in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of destroying 54 violins and 70 bows collectively worth around 105.9 million yen that belonged to him, police said. (Japan Today)


Japan aiming for 30 pct cut in suicide rate by 2026:

July 25th, 2017

The Japanese government said Tuesday it will aim to lower the country's suicide rate, currently the worst among the Group of Seven advanced nations, by at least 30 pct by 2026 to levels equivalent to those in its G-7 peers. (Jiji)


New smartphone will let parents block kids' nighttime use:

July 25th, 2017

This August, a mobile phone service provider will release a smartphone that only works during daytime hours in an effort to restrict elementary school students' screen time, the company said Tuesday. (Japan Times)


Boy dies from heatstroke after becoming trapped in mother's car:

July 25th, 2017

A 9-year-old boy died from heatstroke after becoming trapped in his mother's car for about one and a half hours on a sweltering day in Nara, officials from the local prefectural government said Tuesday. (Japan Today)


Uber in the crosshairs as Japan's SoftBank helps rivals raise $9 billion:

July 25th, 2017

Uber Technologies Inc. is at risk of losing out on another big chunk of the global market. (Japan Times)


Japanese treat themselves on annual eel-eating day:

July 25th, 2017

Tuesday was eel-eating day, when many in Japan treat themselves to the grilled delicacy -this year likely to make a smaller dent on the wallet with prices down. (Japan Times)


Japan to limit casino visits per player:

July 25th, 2017

Japan will limit the number of visits per player to casinos that will open in so-called integrated resorts in the country as a measure to counter gambling addiction, the government said Tuesday. (Jiji)


Cultural agency to be relocated to Kyoto police office:

July 25th, 2017

Japan's Agency for Cultural Affairs will be relocated from Tokyo to the main building of the Kyoto Prefectural Police Headquarters in the western Japan city of Kyoto, it was decided Tuesday. (Jiji)


Abe corrects past remarks on controversial school plan:

July 25th, 2017

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday he was initially unaware that Kake Educational Institution, headed by a friend of his, was involved in a controversial university faculty plan, correcting his past explanations in parliament. (Jiji)


College student arrested for attempting to kill ex-boyfriend:

July 25th, 2017

Police in Nishinomiya City, Hyogo Prefecture, have arrested a 20-year-old female college student on suspicion of attempting to kill her ex-boyfriend by hitting him in the head with a hammer and stabbing him in the back with a knife. (Japan Today)


New National Stadium to be tailored for soccer, rugby after 2020 Games: sources:

July 25th, 2017

The new National Stadium being built for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will be used exclusively for team ball sports like soccer and rugby after the games, sources told Kyodo News on Tuesday. (Japan Times)


Northern Kyushu deluge annihilates 250,000 honeybees:

July 25th, 2017

Heavy rain that hit the northern part of the Kyushu southwestern Japan region earlier this month has annihilated all 250,000 honeybees kept at an apiary in a city stricken by the natural disaster. (Jiji)


Kyoto looks to hike price of one-day bus pass to ease overcrowding:

July 25th, 2017

Aiming to mitigate the passenger congestion due to a surge in inbound tourists, the city of Kyoto proposed Monday a price hike for the one-day pass for public and private bus services. (Japan Times)


Abe faces second day of questioning:

July 25th, 2017

Japan's prime minister faced a second day of questioning in an ad hoc Diet session over allegations he misused his influence to help a long-time friend open a vet school in western Japan. Lawmakers grilled Shinzo Abe over when exactly he learned his friend was submitting his application. (NHK)


Woman dies from tick-borne disease after bitten by stray cat:

July 24th, 2017

A woman in western Japan died due to a tick-borne disease last year after being bitten by a stray cat, in the world's first case of the illness contracted from a mammal, the health ministry said Monday. (Japan Today)


Storms in Akita leave nearly 500 houses flooded but no deaths:

July 24th, 2017

Torrential rain over the weekend has left at least 485 houses flooded in Akita Prefecture and more than 20,000 residents under evacuation orders, the prefectural government said Monday. (Japan Times)


Japan to install wireless LAN at national parks:

July 24th, 2017

Japan's Environment Ministry will set up public wireless LAN services at national parks by the end of fiscal 2017, hoping to draw more overseas tourists. (Jiji)


Telework test held to prepare for Olympics:

July 24th, 2017

The government held a teleworking campaign day on Monday, with about 60,000 people from about 1,000 companies mainly based in the Tokyo metropolitan area working outside their regular workplaces. (the-japan-news.com)


Self-driving Toyotas to roam city streets by mid-2020s:

July 24th, 2017

Toyota Motor aims to introduce autonomous vehicle technology that can handle complex city driving in the first half of the next decade to keep up with competition while ensuring safety. (Nikkei)


JAL teaming with local low-cost leader to take on Vietnam:

July 24th, 2017

Japan Airlines will partner with Vietjet Aviation to rebuild its presence in Vietnam, joining a trend of Southeast Asian collaborations between conventional and low-cost carriers. (Nikkei)


26,000 ordered to evacuate after record torrential rain in Akita:

July 23rd, 2017

Authorities ordered 26,000 residents of Akita Prefecture to evacuate their homes as record levels of torrential rain lashed northern Japan, triggering widespread flooding over the weekend. (Asahi)


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