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Japan wins gold in women's team pursuit skating:

February 21st, 2018

Japanese speed skaters have won gold in the women's team pursuit event at the PyeongChang Olympics. (NHK)

What Japanese prison food is like:

February 21st, 2018

Japan has some amazing prison food, which should be no surprise. Inmates are served healthy, nutritious meals of grilled fish, salads, rice and soup - which are actually healthier than most school lunches around the world! Would you like to try what prisoners eat? There's a prison in Hokkaido that serves authentic meals to the public and that is where I went -- Abashiri. (ONLY in JAPAN)

Fukushima plant reactor gets new roof cover:

February 21st, 2018

Workers at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant have finished installing a new roof covering for the No.3 reactor building. (NHK)

Number of foreign visitors to Japan rises 9% to 2.5 million in January:

February 21st, 2018

The estimated number of foreign visitors for January rose 9 percent from a year earlier to 2,501,500, a record for the month, the Japan Tourism Agency said Wednesday. (Japan Times)

Woman arrested for keeping 23 cats in unsanitary conditions:

February 21st, 2018

A 62-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of animal abuse after keeping 23 cats in unsanitary conditions at her apartment in Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture. (Japan Today)

Osaka: Man shot by officer in Miyakojima Ward had 2 knives:

February 21st, 2018

Investigative sources revealed on Tuesday that a 25-year-old man who was shot and wounded by an officer in Miyakojima Ward over the weekend while wielding a knife was actually in possession of two knives, reports NHK (tokyoreporter.com)

Japan is safest place to be born, UNICEF report says:

February 21st, 2018

Japan tops the world as the country with the lowest rate of newborn mortality in 2016, followed by Iceland and Singapore, while Pakistan is the riskiest place to be born according to a new UNICEF report launched on Tuesday. (Japan Today)

Japan, Finland agree Moomin issue 'resolved' after exam furor:

February 21st, 2018

An uproar in Japan over the homeland of the "Moomin" storybook characters was elevated to a diplomatic matter on Wednesday, with the Japanese and Finnish foreign ministers assuring each other the issue has been well and truly resolved. (Kyodo)

Kyoto becomes wedding destination for couples from abroad:

February 21st, 2018

An increasing number of couples from overseas are having wedding ceremonies in Kyoto, western Japan, attracted by the ancient capital's reputation as symbolizing traditional Japanese culture. (Jiji)

TPP remains largely unchanged in attempt to lure back U.S., Japanese official says:

February 21st, 2018

While President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership initially put the deal on life support in January 2017, details released Wednesday revealed that the remaining 11 countries have managed to agree on terms close to the agreement’s original form. (Japan Times)

Women caught smuggling gold from South Korea concealed in their rectums:

February 20th, 2018

Seven South Korean women attempted to smuggle gold into Japan late last month by concealing it in their rectums, officials from Aichi Prefecture’s Chubu Airport said Tuesday. (Japan Times)

Abdication ceremony to be held on April 30th, 2019:

February 20th, 2018

The Japanese government says Emperor Akihito's abdication ceremony will be held next year on April 30th, the day he steps down, as a state event. (NHK)

Thai court gives Japanese man custody of 13 surrogate children:

February 20th, 2018

In a ruling handed down Tuesday on a high-profile surrogacy case involving a 28-year-old Japanese man, a Thai juvenile and family court accepted his claim for custody of 13 children whom he had through surrogacy in the Southeast Asian country. (Jiji)

Osaka to host G20 summit in 2019:

February 20th, 2018

The Japanese government has decided to hold next year's Group of 20 Summit meeting in the western prefecture of Osaka. It will be the first time Japan has hosted the summit. (NHK)

TEPCO ordered to pay $142,000 in damages:

February 20th, 2018

A Japanese court has ordered Tokyo Electric Power Company to pay about 142,000 dollars in damages to the family of an elderly man who killed himself amid an evacuation order during the 2011 Fukushima nuclear crisis. (NHK)

Fukuoka to offer financial help for gangsters trying to leave crime syndicates:

February 20th, 2018

Gangsters seeking to leave organized crime groups --- but who are in dire financial straits --- could soon get free accommodation and help with transportation costs in Fukuoka Prefecture under a unique program aimed at promoting integration back into society and in turn weakening the underworld syndicates. (Japan Times)

Fewer Japanese institutions mistreated foreign trainees in 2017, Justice Ministry says:

February 20th, 2018

A total of 213 firms and organizations in Japan were found to have mistreated technical trainees from abroad in 2017, down 10.9 percent from the previous year and falling for the second straight year, the Justice Ministry has said. (Japan Times)

Tokyo Disney finally taps tech as visitors tire of waiting:

February 20th, 2018

Tokyo Disney Resort operator Oriental Land will roll out a smartphone app in fiscal 2018 to relieve crowding issues that have frustrated guests at the popular theme park. (Nikkei)

Utility poles to be removed from 1,400 km of roads:

February 20th, 2018

Japan's land ministry plans to remove utility poles and bury overhead cables along 1,400 kilometers of roads over the next 3 years. (NHKん)

Employees of Jimbocho antiquarian bookstore accused of possessing child porn:

February 20th, 2018

Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested employees at an antiquarian bookstore in Chiyoda Ward over the alleged possession child pornography, a case that is a nationwide first, reports TV Asahi (tokyoreporter.com)

Uber to introduce service across Japan by around 2020: CEO:

February 20th, 2018

Uber Technologies Inc. aims to introduce its ride-hailing services across Japan in around 2020 by joining hands with local taxi firms, its chief executive officer said Tuesday. (Kyodo)

Abe seeks steps to prevent economic slump after Tokyo Olympics:

February 20th, 2018

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday instructed related cabinet ministers to consider measures to prevent a possible fallback of the country's economy after the consumption tax hike planned for October 2019 and the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics and Paralympics. (Jiji)

Just how successful could casinos be in Japan?:

February 20th, 2018

It was in December 2016 that casino gambling was first legalised throughout Japan, finally putting an end to a 15-year hiatus during which politicians basically argued with each other. (newsonjapan.com)

Fukushima: Man, 24, left girlfriend’s corpse in residence for 2 weeks after strangling her:

February 20th, 2018

Fukushima Prefectural Police have arrested a 24-year-old man for allegedly killing his girlfriend, whose body is believed to have been left in their residence in Koriyama City since early this month, reports the Sankei Shimbun (tokyoreporter.com)

US F16 dumps fuel tanks into lake:

February 20th, 2018

A fighter jet from the US Misawa Airbase in northern Japan developed an engine fire on Tuesday morning and offloaded fuel tanks into a lake. (NHK)

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