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Japan's Princess Nobuko diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer

Princess Nobuko, widow of Prince Tomohito of Mikasa, has been diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer and is scheduled to undergo surgery this weekend, the Imperial Household Agency said Tuesday. (Kyodo)

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Kakegoe: The Sounds from the Great Beyond

In this video, we take a look at the informal art of kakegoe, the shouting by fans during a kabuki show, which are a valuable addition to the performance inherited from the Edo period. (Kabuki In-Depth)

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Princess Hisako becomes 5th COVID-19 case for Japan imperial family

Princess Hisako, the widow of former Emperor Akihito's cousin, has tested positive for the coronavirus, the Imperial Household Agency said Wednesday, making her the fifth COVID-19 case within the...

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Foreign visitors to Japan double over one month

The number of foreign visitors to Japan in October more than doubled from the previous month. Government officials credit the surge to a weaker yen and a further easing of anti-coronavirus border...

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3 men arrested for causing injury resulting in death after pushing man into...

Police in Okayama City have arrested three men on suspicion of causing a 27-year-old man’s death after they pushed into a river where he drowned. (Japan Today)

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Beaujolais Nouveau prices soar for Japanese consumers

It is Beaujolais Nouveau time again, but this year the French wine may leave a bitter taste for Japanese consumers. Prices have surged due to the conflict in Ukraine and the weak yen. (NHK)

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Shohei Ohtani announces intention to play for Japan at World Baseball Classic

Shohei Ohtani plans to play for Japan during next spring’s World Baseball Classic, the Los Angeles Angels star announced on his Instagram page on Thursday. (Japan Times)

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Myanmar releases ex-UK envoy, Aussie economist, Japan filmmaker

Myanmar's military regime has released former U.K. Ambassador Vicky Bowman, an Australian economist and Aung San Suu Kyi aide Sean Turnell, and Japanese filmmaker Toru Kubota from prison as it attempts...

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Japan and China affirm stable ties during first summit in three years

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed on Thursday to work together to build a stable relationship between Asia's two largest economies, according to Tokyo, as...

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Teachers' room discussion recorded accidentally on tablet upsets students

A board of education in Yamaguchi Prefecture has apologized that a junior high school student has become unable to attend school since hearing what teachers in a staff room discussed about students. (NHK)

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North Korean missile flew about 1,000 km

Japan's top government spokesperson says what appeared to be an intercontinental ballistic missile was fired from near the west coast of the Korean Peninsula at around 10:14 a.m. on Friday. (NHK)

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Japanese police arrest Nepalese man on suspicion of murder

Police in Japan have arrested a Nepalese man on suspicion of murdering a Nepalese woman in her apartment in Gunma Prefecture, north of Tokyo. (NHK)

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Vietnamese car thieves arrested

Five Vietnamese men were arrested for stealing three cars worth 8.6 million yen from a second-hand car shop in Kobe, according to Gunma Prefectural Police. (ANNnewsCH)

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Gangster indicted for killing president of Ohsho Chinese food chain

Prosecutors in Kyoto, western Japan, have indicted a gangster for the killing of the president of a popular restaurant chain nine years ago. (NHK)

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Italian detainee dies in apparent suicide at Tokyo immigration

An Italian man in his 50s, who was being detained at a Tokyo immigration facility, died in a suspected suicide Friday morning, the Immigration Services Agency of Japan said. (Japan Times)

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Japan's 1st moon lander probe in jeopardy after launch

The Japanese spacecraft intended as the country's first lunar lander has been plagued by communications problems since soon after its launch on Wednesday as part of NASA's Artemis 1, putting the...

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4 arrested after Aichi man found in concrete-filled drum in Aomori

Four men have been arrested over the death of a man in the central Japan prefecture of Aichi after his body was discovered in August in a concrete-filled drum in Aomori Prefecture in the northeast,...

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Teachers call for cancellation of English speaking test

With only one week before the introduction of an English speaking test in this year's Tokyo high school entrance examination, there have been calls from some teachers to cancel it, saying that fairness...

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Japan's first female World Cup referee gets ready for kickoff

Once so reluctant to officiate that she had to be forced into it, Yoshimi Yamashita now stands to make history as one of the first three women -- and the only one from Japan -- to serve as referees at...

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97-year-old driver kills woman on sidewalk

A 97-year-old man driving a passenger car in Fukushima City on Saturday afternoon hit a woman in her 40s who was walking on the sidewalk before collided into another car, killing the pedestrian and...

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Kishida sacks scandal-hit internal affairs minister

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida sacked internal affairs minister Minoru Terada on Sunday, as pressure built on the premier to fire him over a funds-related scandal amid falling support ratings...

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Oarai Angler Fish Festival held for first time in 3 years

For the first time since 2019, the popular Angler Fish Festival has returned to Oarai Town, Ibaraki Prefecture, where crowds of people enjoyed monkfish, a winter delicacy that represents Ibaraki. (TV...

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Man arrested for punching mom unconscious on her 100th birthday

A man was arrested Sunday for allegedly punching his mother in the head the previous day on her 100th birthday, leaving her in critical condition, police said. (Kyodo)

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The Oldest Tea House in the World! Exploring Uji Kyoto

How much matcha is too matcha? Never enough in this Kyoto town! Shizuka travels to Uji, the birthplace of this quintessential Japanese green tea, to find out. (Japan by Food)

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IROS 2022 Kyoto - Japan's largest conference | Robots and Future Technologies

Last week Kyoto hosted IROS 2022, one of the largest and most influential robotics research conferences in the world, bringing together thousands of roboticists from around the world to show off their...

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We are not doing it for the camera! Japanese fans cleaning Qatar stadium...

Japanese fans on Sunday shocked Qatari locals by clearing up Al Bayt stadium after Qatar vs Ecuador World Cup opening game, despite the fact, their team did not even feature in the match....

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New banknotes put to the test

The National Printing Bureau in Tokyo is testing whether supermarket cash registers, vending machines, ATMs, etc. can read new banknotes without problems ahead of issuance in 2024. (TV Asahi)

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Japan builds case to dissolve scandal-hit Unification Church

The case against the Unification Church is strong. Testimonials from former members such as Ogawa have been making headlines in Japan since Abe's death. (Nikkei)

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Teacher pins note on student's back, "I ate the teacher's lunch without...

A female teacher in her 20s who worked at a special support school in Osaka Prefecture was reprimanded and subsequently resigned after punishing a student who ate her lunch. (Fuji News Network)

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Is there a big market for crypto spending in Japan?

Japan is a country that is a major player on the international stage and is known for being a great place to live. (newsonjapan.com)

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Tokyo holds bicycle event, allows cyclists on iconic Rainbow Bridge

About 2,000 people took part in a bicycle event in Tokyo on Wednesday, with cyclists allowed to cross the iconic Rainbow Bridge for the first time since it opened in 1993. (Kyodo)

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Sony sets sights on metaverse gold with sports animation purchase

Sony is looking to add sports to movies, music and games as a new core pillar of its entertainment business, acquiring technology companies to help it create 3D content for the metaverse. (Nikkei)

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Pricier catch: Frozen tuna prices jump 60% in Japan

From COVID-19 to a weak yen, a confluence of global economic forces has led the price of one of Japan's favorite sushi toppings to surge. (Nikkei)

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Japan approves its first homemade oral COVID drug

Japan's health ministry on Tuesday granted emergency use of a COVID-19 drug developed by Shionogi, making it the country's first domestically produced oral medicine for patients with mild symptoms. The...

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Musk calls Twitter 'Japan-centric' given high number of users

Twitter CEO Elon Musk has reportedly told employees they should aspire to replicate Japan's heavy use of the social media platform everywhere around the world. (NHK)

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The Aragoto Demon Queller ・ Oshimodoshi EXPLAINED (1727)

Oshimodoshi is an almost 300 years old scene in the aragoto style, first performed by Ichikawa Danjūrō II in 1727, at the Nakamura-za theatre in Edo. Ever since, playwrights have incorporated it into...

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Japan upsets Germany 2-1

Japan pulled off the second major upset of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar overnight. (sen.com.au)

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World Cup: Japan cleans up locker room after beating Germany

Japanese courtesy was on full display again at the World Cup when the national team left their dressing room spotless with an extra touch of kindness after their incredible 2-1 comeback win against...

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World's oldest koala in captivity dies in Japan

The world's oldest koala in captivity died at a zoo in western Japan on Wednesday at the age of 25 -- the human equivalent of more than 120 years old. (NHK)

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Steve Aoki is Set to Join DraftKings as a Brand Ambassador for its Marketplace

Steve Aoki, a producer, and a DJ, who has received two Grammy nominations, has agreed to serve as the official ambassador of DraftKings’ Marketplace brand, according to a press release released on...

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Japan pearl jeweler Mikimoto raises prices as much as 20 percent

Japan's Mikimoto is raising the prices of its flagship pearl jewelry for the first time in six years, joining other global jewelers in bumping up tags due to the higher cost of materials and...

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Japan's wealthy fail to declare record-high 84 billion yen in earnings

Japan's National Tax Agency has found that the country's wealthy failed to declare a record-high 83.9 billion yen in earnings during the year through June. (NHK)

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Record of Ragnarok II | Official Trailer

This anime, based on the popular manga serialized in Monthly Comic Zenon and which has sold over 14 million copies, enters its second phase! (Netflix Anime)

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Ozawa leads orchestra for first time in 3 years

The Japanese orchestra conductor Ozawa Seiji has lately been out of the spotlight. But now, he has delighted music fans by leading an orchestra for the first time in three years. (NHK)

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Japanese fans run across Tokyo's Shibuya crossing in celebration of World Cup...

Japanese fans celebrated their team's World Cup 2-1 victory against Germany by running across Tokyo's famous Shibuya crossing. (The Telegraph)

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Widow expresses disappointment over civil court ruling

The widow of a deceased Finance Ministry official said she is disappointed with a civil court ruling that failed to reveal any information about how her husband was pressured to falsify government...

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Japan records highest increase in commodity prices in 4 decades

Official data issued by the Japanese government revealed on Friday that the prices of basic commodities of interest to consumers in the capital, Tokyo, rose by 3.6% in November compared to the same...

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Japanese space research team tampered with experimental data, space agency says

Japan’s space agency said on Friday that a research team headed by astronaut Satoshi Furukawa tampered with data from an experiment simulating life on the International Space Station, indicating that...

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Tokyo arbitration body orders Uber Eats to negotiate with deliverers' union

A labor dispute arbitration body of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government has ordered the operator of the food delivery service Uber Eats to negotiate with its deliverers' labor union. (NHK)

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Man arrested for abducting 7-year-old girl, keeping her in his car

Police in Joyo, Kyoto Prefecture, have arrested a 28-year-old man on suspicion of abducting a seven-year-old girl and keeping her confined in his car. (Japan Today)

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