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Japan's Most Extreme North | Hokkaido Road Trip

Cape Soya is 1,000km from Tokyo at Japan's most northern point. In the height of winter we drive across a snowy Hokkaido to discover what's up there. (Abroad in Japan)

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Hiking In One Of Japan’s Most Spiritual Places | Mt. Kurama

Few places one could travel are as rich in spirituality and cultural history as Kyoto. But many people don’t know the close relationship Kyoto has with nature in its immediate surroundings. Travel just...

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Japan Sumo Association to hold first-aid lecture after wrestler's death

The Japan Sumo Association will hold a first-aid study group on May 7 following the death of a lower-division wrestler, who suffered acute respiratory failure after hitting his head during the sport's...

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Gusts injure 3, damage dozens of buildings

Strong winds have battered the city of Makinohara in central Japan, leaving three people with minor injuries and damaging at least 40 buildings. (NHK)

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Olympic torch passes through Okinawa

About 180 torchbearers have taken part in the Okinawa leg of the Tokyo Olympic torch relay. (NHK)

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Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi and NASA crew return to Earth in SpaceX...

A U.S. SpaceX ship carrying Japan's Soichi Noguchi and three American astronauts returned to Earth on Sunday following the group's six-month mission at the International Space Station. (Japan Times)

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Japan's COVID-19 patients with severe symptoms hit record 1,050

The number of COVID-19 patients with severe symptoms in Japan hit a record 1,050 on Sunday, up 30 from the previous day, as the country grapples with the coronavirus resurgence. (Kyodo)

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Netflix joins Japan's virtual YouTuber boom

Netflix has joined Japan’s booming virtual YouTuber — or VTuber — scene with the launch of an animated character to promote its growing anime streaming offering. (Japan Times)

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Why Was This Japanese Village Abandoned?

It's rare to find an entire abandoned village in Japan. But what about 12 abandoned villages? Why were they abandoned? Where did everyone go? Why was so much left behind? (Tokyo Lens)

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Constitution day stirs debate over revision

Monday marks the anniversary of Japan's Constitution coming into effect 74 years ago. To mark the occasion, some people around the country have been calling for the Constitution to be amended -- while...

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Japan devises first homegrown PCR tests for Indian COVID strain

Shimadzu, the Japanese company known for measuring instruments, has developed what is thought to be Japan's first domestically made PCR testing reagents for the potentially more virulent COVID-19...

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Japan and U.S. foreign policy chiefs meet over China and North Korea

LONDON – Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and his U.S. counterpart Antony Blinken held talks on Monday in London to discuss issues related to China and North Korea, following up on their leaders’...

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Japan to set up mass vaccination site at Osaka convention center

OSAKA – Senior vice defense minister Yasuhide Nakayama said Monday that the government has decided to set up a state-run mass vaccination center at the Osaka International Convention Center. (Japan Times)

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Japan’s health workers rebel against Tokyo 2020

Japanese healthcare workers have spurned plans to deploy 10,000 of the already overworked personnel during the Tokyo 2020 Olympics just as a fourth wave of Covid-19 infections has pushed the number...

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Japanese Town Got Covid-19 Money So They Built A Giant Squid Statue

The town of Noto in Ishikawa received millions of yen due to the impact of covid-19. The money was part of a rural revitalization project to help the countryside in the wake of the virus. (kotaku.com)

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Japan's child population hits record low after 40 years of decline

Japan's estimated child population hit a record low after falling for 40 straight years, government data showed Tuesday, adding to the evidence of the country's aging population. (Kyodo)

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Life-size holographic anime character debuts as virtual assistant in Japan

A life-size virtual assistant in the guise of an anime character was showcased in Japan on April 26, 2021. (South China Morning Post)

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Tokyo police officer dead, another missing on east Japan mountain

A Tokyo police officer was found dead and his female colleague is missing on Mt. Tanigawa in eastern Japan, local police said Tuesday, two days after receiving a distress call. (Kyodo)

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Forget big feet! Men with large noses tend to have bigger penises, study reveals

In support of the 'big nose, big hose' theory, a scientific study has found that men with larger noses do indeed have longer penises. (nation.lk)

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Human rights to gain place in Japan's corporate governance code

TOKYO -- Japan will add a provision on human rights to its corporate governance code for publicly traded companies when it is revised next month, as allegations of abuses by China in Xinjiang shine a...

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World's oldest person, 118-year-old Kane Tanaka, pulls out of torch relay...

World's oldest person, 118-year-old Kane Tanaka, pulls out of torch relay citing Covid-19 fears (stuff.co.nz)

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"Balanced Japanese diet" helps reduce COVID-19 risk

There are concerns over the link between obesity and the severity of COVID-19 infections, with Fukushima Prefecture having 4th highest incidence of metabolic syndrome in Japan. (JapanNutrition.com)

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Japan faces longer state of emergency, casting doubt on Olympics

Japan is considering extending a coronavirus spurred state of emergency in the capital, Tokyo, and other major urban areas, sources said on Wednesday, a move that could cast doubt on the planned Summer...

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Japan bans removal of prized agricultural seeds, seedlings abroad

Japan has recently made illegal the carrying or sending of seeds or seedlings of domestically developed farm products out of the country as it tries to protect local producers from the impacts of...

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Staying Overnight Inside Japan’s Largest Theme Park

Hotel Amsterdam is located inside Huis Ten Bosch, a theme park based on the Netherlands. This is the largest theme park in Japan. (I Will Always Travel for Food)

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