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Man held for alleged defamation over obscene video of female athlete

8 hours 37 min ago
In a law-enforcement first, a 57-year-old man was arrested Monday on suspicion of damaging the reputation of a female athlete by posting a video he secretly took of her in a sexualized context on a porn site, police said. (Kyodo)
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Income cap hinders nurses’ role in administering COVID-19 vaccines in Japan

8 hours 40 min ago
In late May, a nurse in Miyagi Prefecture sent a letter to Kahoku Shimpo, complaining that she had to give up on helping administer coronavirus vaccines — despite a shortage of qualified medical workers — due to what is called the "Y1.3 million income hurdle." (Japan Times)
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4 found dead in minivan in suspected group suicide in Kobe

8 hours 42 min ago
Four people were found dead in a minivan in Kobe on Sunday in what police believe was a group suicide. (Japan Today)
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Kanpai! Japanese bars cheer return of booze

11 hours 27 min ago
Japan's lifting of the coronavirus state of emergency in areas including Tokyo and Osaka has brought alcohol back to bars and restaurants, to the relief of both drinkers and businesses battered by lockdowns. (Nikkei)
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Private Companies Give Boost to Japanese Vaccine Rollout

11 hours 29 min ago
The Japanese government is allowing its biggest corporate brand names and employers like Toyota Motor Corp., SoftBank Group Corp., and Nomura Holdings Inc. to administer shots to their own employees within office premises from Monday. (Bloomberg)
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Thomas the Tank Engine runs in Japan

11 hours 30 min ago
Oigawa Railway in Japan runs Thomas the Tank Engine every summer between Shin-Kanaya Station and Senzu Station. (Kuga's Travel)
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Tokyo Olympic spectator cap set at 10,000

11 hours 39 min ago
Tokyo Games officials have decided to allow up to 10,000 domestic spectators at Olympic events, provided each venue does not exceed 50 percent capacity. (NHK)
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Ohtani blasts 23rd homer to reach career high

11 hours 43 min ago
In Major League Baseball, Ohtani Shohei of the Los Angeles Angels hit his 23rd home run of the season on Sunday, a career high for the Japanese two-way player. (NHK)
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Minting of new 500-yen coins begins

13 hours 13 min ago
The Japan Mint has started making new 500-yen coins featuring cutting-edge technology designed to prevent counterfeiting. ()
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Japanese tech to slash green hydrogen costs by two thirds

Sun, 06/20/2021 - 07:12
Japanese energy company Eneos and plant engineer Chiyoda will build a facility that manufactures hydrogen without carbon dioxide emissions at one-third the current cost, a breakthrough in the nation's push toward decarbonization. (Nikkei)
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Japan's economy inches into inflation for first time since March 2020

Sun, 06/20/2021 - 07:09
Japan’s inflation has edged into positive territory for the first time in 14 months as rising commodity costs have fed higher gasoline prices at the pump, according to data released Friday before a central bank policy decision. (Japan Times)
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Man arrested over murder of Osaka karaoke parlor owner

Sun, 06/20/2021 - 06:58
Police in Osaka on Friday night arrested a 56-year-old man on suspicion of killing a 25-year-old woman at the karaoke parlor she owned. (Japan Todayj)
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Ugandan group member tests positive in Japan

Sun, 06/20/2021 - 06:56
Members of Uganda's Olympic team have arrived in Japan to start gearing up for the Games at their training camp. But their preparations suffered a setback, when one person tested positive for the coronavirus at an airport quarantine station. (NHK)
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Japan lifts COVID-19 emergency in 9 prefectures

Sun, 06/20/2021 - 06:53
The coronavirus state of emergency was lifted on Sunday for Tokyo and eight other prefectures. It will remain in effect in Okinawa through July 11. (NHK)
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Saitama hostage standoff at internet cafe ends in arrest of 40-year-old man

Sun, 06/20/2021 - 06:46
Saitama Prefectural Police on Friday arrested a 40-year-old man after a hostage standoff at an internet cafe in Saitama City extended for more than 30 hours, reports TBS News (
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Why we still need 7 kinds of hanko seals/stamps in Japan! Advice on how to make alphabetic ones

Sun, 06/20/2021 - 06:38
If you have ever considered studying or working in Japan, you might know about the “判子 hanko” personal seal culture. (Let's ask Shogo)
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How Japanese Green Tea is Made Beneath Mt. Fuji

Sun, 06/20/2021 - 06:36
How is green tea made, you wonder? Join Phoebe Amoroso in this episode of Pheebz to Table, where she meets 5th generation tea master Honda Mohei at his tea farm in Shizuoka (Fuji-san Marumo Tea Garden - 富士山まる茂茶園). (Japan by Food)
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How the Ancient Japanese planted rice- and how we can see it today

Sun, 06/20/2021 - 06:32
In this video we are going to visit the peace and nature NPO organic farm in Kobe Japan. (WAO RYU!ONLY in JAPAN)
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Japan's top health experts urge organisers to scale down Tokyo Olympics due to COVID-19

Sat, 06/19/2021 - 04:07
A report on how to hold the Tokyo Olympics safely, drawn up by Japan's top health experts, says it is important to scale down the size of the Games as much as possible. (
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Carlos Ghosn on the dark side of Japan, life in Lebanon and his upcoming documentary

Sat, 06/19/2021 - 04:00
Carlos Ghosn, the auto-executive-turned-fugitive who plotted a brazen escape from Osaka in December 2019 following his arrest by Japanese authorities on charges of financial misconduct, has denounced what he calls Japan’s darker side — its legal system. (
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