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Nihon University head apologizes for tackle:

May 25th, 2018

The president of Nihon University has apologized over a violent incident in an American football match earlier this month. (NHK)


Man flees after bludgeoning police officer with hammer in Shibuya:

May 25th, 2018

Tokyo Metropolitan Police are searching for a man who bludgeoned an officer with a hammer in Shibuya Ward early Thursday, reports the Yomiuri Shimbun (tokyoreporter.com)


M5.2 quake hits Nagano:

May 25th, 2018

A quake with a magnitude of 5.2 struck Nagano Prefecture on Friday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said, adding that no tsunami warnings were issued. (Japan Today)


Ex-head of scandal-hit school operator, wife granted bail:

May 25th, 2018

The former head of a school operator at the center of a scandal involving its discounted purchase of state land was granted bail Friday along with his wife, about 10 months after being arrested on suspicion of fraudulently receiving public subsidies. (Japan Today)


Abe: Peace treaty will boost economic development:

May 25th, 2018

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called on Russia to help resolve the 2 countries' territorial issue, for the sake of regional peace, stability, and economic development. (NHK)


LDP calls for multipurpose aircraft 'mother ship':

May 25th, 2018

Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Friday set proposals that the government introduce a multipurpose "mother ship" enabling takeoffs and landings by fighter jets. (Jiji)


331 crypto traders in Japan report over 100 million yen in incomes:

May 25th, 2018

At least 331 cryptocurrency traders in Japan reported over 100 million yen in miscellaneous incomes in their tax returns for 2017, when digital currency prices spiked, National Tax Agency data showed Friday. (Jiji)


Foreign assets held by Japan top 1,000 trillion yen for 1st time:

May 25th, 2018

The balance of foreign assets held by Japan as of the end of 2017 surpassed 1,000 trillion yen for the first time ever, a government report showed Friday. (Jiji)


Nihon Univ. questioned by Japan Sports Agency over tackle:

May 24th, 2018

Nihon University officials were questioned by the Japan Sports Agency on Thursday about a controversial dangerous tackle by a player of the university's American football team that injured an opponent player. (Jiji)


Parts believed to have fallen from Japan Airlines plane hit clinic and car: police:

May 24th, 2018

At least 10 components apparently fell from a Japan Airlines plane and hit a window of a clinic and a car in Kumamoto Prefecture on Thursday, local police said, adding no one is believed to have been injured. (Japan Times)


Shibuya Stream - with Google Japan occupying top half - set to open in September:

May 24th, 2018

Tokyu Corp. announced Thursday that a new complex comprising a hotel, office and commercial space near Shibuya Station is scheduled to open in September, with the top half occupied by Google. (Japan Times)


JR Tokai employee fired for allegedly embezzling money from foreign shinkansen passengers:

May 24th, 2018

Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai) said Thursday it fired a male employee who is alleged to have embezzled about ¥100,000 after overcharging foreign passengers for shinkansen tickets at Shin-Osaka Station on seven occasions this year. (Japan Times)


Japan to withdraw World Heritage bid for Amami-Okinawa isles for now:

May 24th, 2018

The Japanese government plans to withdraw its proposal for the addition of Amami-Okinawa islands to the UNESCO World Heritage List for now, with a view to resubmitting the application to the international cultural body next year after revamping it, informed sources said Wednesday. (Jiji)


Pigs test negative for hog cholera near Tokyo:

May 24th, 2018

Pigs raised at a farm in Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo, have tested negative for hog cholera after receiving a through antibody test at a national research institute, the agriculture ministry said Thursday. (Jiji)


Tokyo: Man, 57, posed as talent scout in molesting women:

May 24th, 2018

Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a 57-year-old man who admits to having posed as a talent scout in molesting women, reports TBS News (tokyoreporter.com)


Gov't ordered to pay damages over inmate's solitary confinement:

May 24th, 2018

A district court has ordered the government to pay 400,000 yen in damages to an inmate who was unjustifiably held for months in a cell for solitary confinement equipped with a surveillance camera. (Japan Today)


Andres Iniesta signs for Japanese club Vissel Kobe after leaving Barcelona:

May 24th, 2018

Andrés Iniesta has signed for the Japanese side Vissel Kobe after bringing down the curtain on his brilliant Barcelona career. (theguardian.com)


China moving slowly into Hokkaido:

May 24th, 2018

Chinese money is pouring into Hokkaido at a much greater scale than imagined. In his recent visit to the island prefecture, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang attended a forum of Japanese prefectural and Chinese provincial governors in Sapporo on May 11, but a Chinese diplomatic source said he was just using the meeting as an excuse for touring the island. (Japan Times)


Air duct corrosion, holes found at 7 nuclear plants in Japan:

May 24th, 2018

Corrosion and holes have been found in ventilation ducts at 12 reactors at seven nuclear plants across Japan, the Nuclear Regulation Authority said Wednesday, raising concerns that workers could be exposed to radiation in the event of an accident. (Japan Today)


Bust reflects Tokyo's boom in 'granny hookers':

May 24th, 2018

Last week, Tokyo police announced the bust of a so-called “delivery health” out-call business in the Uguisudani area of Taito Ward. (tokyoreporter.com)


Addressing Japan's internet needs: Why businesses shouldn't make users wait:

May 24th, 2018

As a nation, Japan is more connected to the internet than almost any other country in the world. According to statistics from Statista, 91% of the country's 104 million internet users are going online every day. (newsonjapan.com)


Police arrest graduate students for Kyoto intersection 'kotatsu' stunt:

May 24th, 2018

Two graduate students have been arrested for sitting around a traditional Japanese heated table they set up at the center of a busy intersection in western Japan, police said Wednesday. (Japan Today)


Ex-Nihon Univ. football coach denies instruction to inflict injury:

May 24th, 2018

Embattled former Nihon University American football top coach Masato Uchida and incumbent assistant coach Tsutomu Inoue on Wednesday denied having instructed a player of the university team to injure a rival team's quarterback. (Jiji)


Ex-Aum death-row inmate publishes VX research paper:

May 24th, 2018

Tomomasa Nakagawa, a former senior member of doomsday cult Aum Shinrikyo now on death row, has published a research paper on the deadly VX nerve agent, it was learned Wednesday. (Jiji)


Taiwan fines 100-yen shop biz Daiso for illegal imports:

May 24th, 2018

The Taiwanese government has fined a local unit of Japanese 100-yen shop operator Daiso Industries Co. 41.64 million new Taiwan dollars, or about 150 million yen, for illegal imports, it was learned Wednesday. (Jiji)


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