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University entrance exam to test reading, listening for English

newsonjapan.com - Sat, 11/16/2019 - 00:05
Japan's standardized university entrance exam will test only reading and listening skills for English in the 2020 academic year while placing more emphasis on listening than current exams, the government-backed exam setter said Friday. (Japan Today)
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Man dies after jumping out of vehicle on expressway in Shizuoka

newsonjapan.com - Fri, 11/15/2019 - 23:59
A man who jumped out of a moving vehicle on the Shin-Tomei Expressway in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture, on Thursday night, died after he was run over by following vehicles, police said. (Japan Today)
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Five years after earning Super Global status, Hiroshima University eyes elusive top 100 ranking

newsonjapan.com - Fri, 11/15/2019 - 23:56
As this year marks the fifth anniversary of the education ministry designating Hiroshima University as a “Type A Super Global University,” the university has taken major steps to achieve globalization. (Japan Times)
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Popular Mount Hakone tourist site reopens after volcanic alert level drops

newsonjapan.com - Fri, 11/15/2019 - 23:55
A popular tourist site on Mount Hakone was reopened Friday, ending a six-month closure caused by an increase in the volcanic alert level in the hot spring resort area, local authorities said. (Japan Times)
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Japan organizers confident Odaiba's water will be fit enough for Olympians to swim in

newsonjapan.com - Fri, 11/15/2019 - 23:53
The organizers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics on Friday said they are confident next year’s swimming races won’t be cancelled like the test run in August was, thanks to measures to keep E. coli bacteria at acceptable levels. (Japan Times)
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Sharing military intel with Japan 'difficult,' Moon tells visiting U.S. defense chief

newsonjapan.com - Fri, 11/15/2019 - 23:48
South Korean President Moon Jae-in told visiting U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Friday it is difficult for Seoul to share military intelligence with Japan, while vowing to make continued efforts toward security cooperation among the three countries, according to the presidential Blue House. (Japan Times)
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BOJ faces beer drinker's dilemma on negative rates

newsonjapan.com - Fri, 11/15/2019 - 00:46
Japan's economic professors frequently draw on a common saying as a metaphor to teach students about diminishing returns: The first beer of the night is incredibly satisfying, the second one not as much. (Nikkei)
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FamilyMart to allow shorter operating hours policy across Japan

newsonjapan.com - Fri, 11/15/2019 - 00:44
Convenience store operator FamilyMart Co said Thursday it will allow its franchise owners across Japan to shorten operating hours from March in a bid to address a severe labor shortage during late-night hours. (Japan Today)
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Japan stays perfect on road to World Cup

newsonjapan.com - Fri, 11/15/2019 - 00:43
Japan maintained its perfect record in Asia World Cup qualifying by beating Kyrgyzstan 2-0 while Iran lost a second straight match on Thursday. (Japan Today)
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Anime studio arson-murder suspect transferred to Kyoto hospital

newsonjapan.com - Fri, 11/15/2019 - 00:27
The suspect in a deadly arson attack on a Kyoto Animation Co studio in July was sent back Thursday to a Kyoto hospital from one in Osaka Prefecture after undergoing multiple skin grafts. (Japan Today)
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Emperor performs key rite of Daijosai

newsonjapan.com - Fri, 11/15/2019 - 00:24
Japan's Emperor Naruhito has performed the main rite of the Daijosai, or Great Thanksgiving Ceremony, an enthronement ritual performed once in an Emperor's reign. (NHK)
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Hayabusa2 leaves asteroid for Earth

newsonjapan.com - Thu, 11/14/2019 - 01:49
Japan's space agency says its probe is on its way back to Earth after leaving the asteroid, Ryugu. (NHK)
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Arrested boy 'was interested in killing'

newsonjapan.com - Thu, 11/14/2019 - 01:46
NHK has learned that a boy who was arrested for allegedly wounding a girl with a knife in northern Japan has suggested he was interested in killing someone. (NHK)
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Sources: Yahoo Japan, Line negotiating tie-up

newsonjapan.com - Thu, 11/14/2019 - 01:44
Yahoo Japan under Softbank Group and messaging app Line are negotiating toward a tie-up, according to sources close to the matter. (NHK)
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219 foreigners stay in Japan with new work visa

newsonjapan.com - Thu, 11/14/2019 - 01:37
Japanese immigration authorities say 219 foreigners were staying in Japan as of the end of September after acquiring a new type of work visa for people with vocational skills. (NHK)
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SoftBank's Son seeks Alibaba-size scale with Yahoo-Line deal

newsonjapan.com - Thu, 11/14/2019 - 01:33
Undeterred by a huge loss on U.S. office-sharing platform WeWork, SoftBank Group CEO Masayoshi Son has set his sights on a new big plan: building a sweeping online ecosystem akin to China's Alibaba Group Holding. (Nikkei)
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Fast Retailing enlists robotics startups to automate warehouses

newsonjapan.com - Thu, 11/14/2019 - 01:29
Japanese fashion group Fast Retailing Co Ltd, owner of clothing chain Uniqlo, on Wednesday said it has partnered two robotics startups to help improve efficiency in warehousing and distribution. (Japan Today)
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Govt. to cancel cherry blossom party next year

newsonjapan.com - Thu, 11/14/2019 - 01:22
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga says the government will not hold a cherry blossom-viewing party next year, which is hosted every April by the prime minister. (NHK)
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Symbolic night with 'goddess' to wrap up emperor's accession rites

newsonjapan.com - Mon, 11/11/2019 - 22:05
On Thursday evening, Emperor Naruhito will dress in pure white robes and be ushered into a dark wooden hall for his last major enthronement rite: spending the night with a "goddess." (Japan Today)
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Six, including four toddlers, injured in Tokyo after vehicle plows into pedestrians

newsonjapan.com - Mon, 11/11/2019 - 22:04
Six people, including four nursery school children, were injured Monday after a vehicle plowed into them at a pedestrian crossing in Hachioji, in western Tokyo, police said. (Japan Times)
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