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Minting of new 500-yen coins begins

The Japan Mint has started making new 500-yen coins featuring cutting-edge technology designed to prevent counterfeiting. ()

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Ohtani blasts 23rd homer to reach career high

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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Tokyo Olympic spectator cap set at 10,000

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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Thomas the Tank Engine runs in Japan

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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Private Companies Give Boost to Japanese Vaccine Rollout

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...

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4 found dead in minivan in suspected group suicide in Kobe

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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Japanese jazz saxophonist Nobuo Hara dies at 94

Veteran jazz saxophonist Nobuo Hara, whose band was at the forefront of Japanese jazz music for decades, died Monday due to pneumonia-induced respiratory failure, his family said Tuesday. He was 94....

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Japan to require airlines submit business improvement plans by late August

The transport ministry will require airlines to submit business improvement plans by late August in anticipation of a recovery in travel demand, which has been devastated by the coronavirus crisis,...

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Japan warns fans not to cheer during Olympics to prevent Covid surge

Thousands of fans will be allowed into venues to watch the Tokyo Olympic Games but they will be told not to cheer or even speak loudly. (BBC)

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Japanese Private Onsen Bath Experience

I’m at Higashiyama Onsen (Hot Spring) Kutsurogijuku Shintaki 新滝旅館 Ryokan (Inn) for the night and discovered they have a private bath (貸し切り) which is ideal for people with tattoos, couples, those shy to...

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Olympic organizers eye alcohol sale ban: sources

Sources say that the Tokyo Olympic Games' organizers are considering banning alcoholic beverages at competition venues. (NHK)

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Tokyo governor to take leave due to fatigue

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government says Governor Koike Yuriko will take time off from her duties this week due to extreme fatigue. (NHK)

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Japan to approve AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for 60s and over

Japan is planning to approve the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Britain's AstraZeneca Plc for inoculations of those aged 60 and over, government sources said Tuesday. (Kyodok)

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Volcanic eruption in southwestern Japan

A volcanic eruption has occurred on an island in the southwestern Japanese prefecture of Kagoshima. (NHK)

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Man arrested over murder of 19-year-old woman in Chiba

Police in Sodegaura, Chiba Prefecture, have arrested a 23-year-old man on suspicion of killing a 19-year-old woman, whom he met on a social networking service, in May. (Japan Today)

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Honda becomes first Japanese automaker to go all-in on EVs

Honda Motor has become the first of Japan's automakers to state publicly it will phase out sales of gasoline-powered cars completely, setting 2040 as the goal and giving newly minted Chief Executive...

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A quarter of ticket holders to lose place at Tokyo Games

Some 910,000 people — or about a quarter of all domestic ticket holders — will lose their tickets to this summer’s Olympics and Paralympics after the results of a lottery are announced in early July,...

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Japan's June factory activity expands at slowest pace

Activity for the private sector as a whole contracted for a second straight month due to the weaker reading for manufacturing and continued shrinking in the services sector, clouding the outlook for...

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Remembering the Battle of Okinawa

People in the southern Japanese prefecture of Okinawa are looking back at one of the deadliest battles of World War Two, which occurred 76 years ago. (NHK)

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Giant panda gives birth to rare twin cubs at Japan's oldest zoo

Japan just became home to two tiny and adorable panda cubs. (yahoo.com)

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Sapporo woman allegedly confined son, 2, in closet before his death

Hokkaido Prefectural Police have arrested a 20-year-old woman for allegedly abusing confining 2-year-old son in a closet before he died, reports Nippon News Network (tokyoreporter.com)

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Spectator guidelines unveiled for Tokyo Games

The organizers of the Tokyo Games unveiled spectator guidelines on Wednesday in a bid to prevent coronavirus infections during the Olympic Games. (NHK)

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Top court: Rule on married surname constitutional

Japan's Supreme Court has ruled that an article of the country's civil code that says married couples must have the same surname does not violate the Constitution. (NHK)

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Imperial family to move to Palace in September

NHK has learned that Japan's Emperor Naruhito and his family are expected to move into the residence at the Imperial Palace as early as mid-September. (NHK)

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20-year-old man arrested for attempting to kill 5 family members

Police in Fukuoka city have arrested a 20-year-old unemployed man on suspicion of attempted murder after he stabbed five family members at their home. (Japan Today)

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