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Nitori furniture store guard arrested for shoplifting from Nitori furniture...

Nitori is a major home furnishings chain in Japan with hundreds of stores across the country. They even expanded to North America for about a decade under the brand Aki-Home, with both names deriving...

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Uncovering The Mystery Behind Why Japanese Eels Are So Expensive

All I want for Christmas is a super expensive Japanese eel. I mean, I hate snakes but these ultra expensive and toxic snake-fishes are popular among Japanese food lovers for their exquisite taste and...

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'I didn't want to choose the option of fighting': Japan ex-soldier sues...

A Japanese former soldier who was sexually assaulted by her colleagues said on Monday she is suing the government and the perpetrators over the "superficial" apologies and mistreatment she received....

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A Treasure Trove of Japanese History: Discovering the Taito City

If you’re in Tokyo and looking to explore the city’s rich cultural traditions, we recommend that you visit the Taito City area. (drifttravel.com)

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SHOTARO ショウタロウ / 쇼타로 | Instagram Influencer

Shotaro became the second Japanese member of K-Pop band NCT, after Yuta, in 2020. Fans say his squinting smile resembles a sea otter. One of his special skills is tooth whistling. (News On Japan)

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BYD forecasts huge profit ahead of flagship Atto launch in Japan

Shenzhen-based automaker, Tesla hunter and global electric vehicle hopeful, China’s BYD Co, has forecast a bumper 2022 of pure profit. (stockhead.com.au)

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Kishida’s son in hot seat over shopping during official trips overseas

Shotaro Kishida, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s eldest son and his executive secretary, is in the hot seat over media reports that he went shopping and sightseeing in Europe, Canada and the U.S. using...

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Japan's job availability in 2022 improved for first time in four years

Japan’s average job availability in 2022 improved for the first time in four years as economic and social activities revived with the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, government data showed Tuesday....

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Yakuza battle Chinese gangs for control of Japan's criminal underworld

On the afternoon of October 16 last year a brawl erupted between two groups of gangsters in a restaurant on the 58th floor of the Sunshine 60 high-rise building in Ikebukuro, a central neighbourhood of...

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Another wave of food price hikes awaits Japanese consumers in February

Japanese consumers will face another wave of food price hikes in February, the largest since October last year, a survey showed on Tuesday. (Japan Times)

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Tokyu department store in Tokyo's Shibuya closes after 55 years

The main outlet of Tokyu Department Store Company in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward closed for good on Tuesday after 55 years in business due to a redevelopment project. (NHK)

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Interview with Thierry Maincent, the chairman of Japan Experience

We’ve all heard the news: Japan has finally reopened its borders to the world. In the wake of this announcement, how does the tourism situation look in Japan and what should we expect for 2023?...

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Tokyo Disney operator to raise workers' pay by 7 percent

The operator of Tokyo Disney Resort is the latest major employer in Japan to announce wage hikes. Average pay will rise by 7 percent from April. (NHK)

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JOJI | Instagram Influencer | 6.8M followers

Joji is a Japanese singer and songwriter, born in Osaka. His father is Australian, and his mother is Japanese. (News On Japan)

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A $500 million bet on reinvigorating Japan’s aging ski industry

Niseko sits on the western edge of the island of Hokkaido, where Siberian winds sweeping across the Sea of Japan drop heavy snow almost daily during the winter months. (Bloomberg)

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Why Do Japanese Men Admire Immature Girls?

There are many female Idol groups in Japan. Cute young girls singing and dancing and fans to do their best to support them. (Japanese Comedian Meshida)

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Japan's 'King Kazu' joins Portuguese side at 55

Japanese football star Kazuyoshi Miura extended his decades-long playing career on Wednesday less than a month before his 56th birthday, joining Portuguese second-division outfit Oliveirense on loan....

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Japan trading house says workers can be YouTubers to top up $100,000 salaries

A major Japanese trading company has relaxed its rules to allow employees to pursue side careers, such as being a YouTuber or an artist, aiming to retain younger workers who are demanding more flexible...

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Philippines to send 4 robbery suspects to Japan

The Philippines is taking steps to repatriate four Japanese nationals who are believed to be linked to a series of robberies in Japan. (NHK)

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Conveyor belt sushi chain Sushiro files reputational damage report to police

The operator of major Japanese conveyor belt sushi restaurant chain Sushiro says it has filed a reputational damage report to the police over a video posted on social media showing disturbing behaviors...

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Kiko Mizuhara | Instagram Influencer

Kiko Mizuhara (水原 希子) is an American-born model, actress, singer and designer who has lived in Japan since childhood. She started her modeling career at the age of twelve when she entered an audition...

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Japan's crime rate increases for 1st time in 20 years

Japan's crime rate increased for the first time in 20 years in 2022, as relaxed Covid-19 regulations may have led to a rise in instances of street crime, a police said on Thursday. (Argus News)

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Kyoto City to do away with one-day bus passes next year

The transportation authority of the western Japanese city of Kyoto says it will do away with one-day bus passes at the end of March, 2024. The aim of the move is to ease passenger congestion by...

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Japan's domestic air travel recovery gives ANA a lift as JAL disappoints

Japan's two biggest airlines expect to benefit unequally from the country's recovery in domestic travel, though both have high hopes for the return of Chinese tourists. (Nikkei)

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Japan's Z Holdings, Yahoo and Line announce merger

Japan's Z Holdings announced that it will merge with its two wholly owned subsidiaries -- internet portal Yahoo Japan and messenger app LINE -- in an effort to revamp operations and speed up...

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Minister hopes Japan students to join farewell events without masks

Japanese education minister Keiko Nagaoka on Thursday expressed the hope that students will be allowed to attend their graduation ceremonies in the spring without having to wear face masks amid the...

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Leading robbery suspect had girlfriend bring cash from Japan to Philippines

A Japanese man who is suspected to have instructed a recent series of robberies across Japan had his girlfriend repeatedly bring defrauded money four years ago from Japan to the Philippines, where he...

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Maiko entertainers in Kyoto throw beans in Setsubun event

In Kyoto, geisha apprentices called maiko have taken part in a traditional bean-throwing ceremony for the first time in three years. (NHK)

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オンラインカジノの危機到来?

2022年5月に発覚した、山口県の補助金の誤送問題がきっかけで一躍話題になったオンラインカジノですが、まさにこの事件を機に危機を迎えています。 (newsonjapan.com)

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Mina (TWICE) | Instagram Influencer

Mina Myoi (名井 南) is a Japanese singer and dancer based in South Korea. She is one of the three Japanese members of the K-Pop girl group Twice, formed by JYP Entertainment in 2015. (News On Japan)

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Is Japan's lagging EV market ready for takeoff?

Despite boasting an early start with electric vehicles (EVs), Japan has been seen as a laggard in the EV market over the past decade when the rest of the world is actively riding on the transformative...

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Morioka is the second-best place to visit in 2023

While Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka are the top-tier locations that every traveller wants to explore, Japan's magnificence lies in the cities hidden away from the crowds, where quaint places in the lap of...

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Foo Fighters, The Strokes to Headline Japan’s Fuji Rock Festival 2023

The post Foo Fighters, The Strokes to Headline Japan’s Fuji Rock Festival 2023 appeared first on Consequence. (yahoo.com)

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Wave of 'sushi terrorism' grips Japan’s restaurant world

Signature cuisine is at the centre of a police investigation after customers at revolving sushi restaurants posted video clips of themselves meddling with dishes (The Guardian)

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World's largest pension fund posts fourth straight quarterly loss

Japan's massive public pension fund continued its longest ever losing streak, reporting on Friday a $14.2 billion loss for the third quarter, its fourth straight quarter of negative returns. (UPI)

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Young people hit more by Japan inflation, "excess" savings no savior: gov't

Rising prices are hurting Japanese consumers, especially young people, and around 64 trillion yen ($498 billion) in excess savings accumulated over the COVID-19 pandemic years have done little to...

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Japan's food exports hit new high on seafood, whisky demand

Japan's food exports soared to a 10th straight annual record in 2022, as the economic reopening from the pandemic in many countries sparked renewed interest in dining out. (Nikkei)

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Japanese cargo ship capsizes and sinks after collision

Two Japanese cargo ships collided while traveling through the Kurushima Strait in the Seto Inland Sea on the night of February 2 with one of the vessels capsizing and later sinking....

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Aide to Japan's prime minister says he 'hates' to see LGBT couples

A secretary to Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, Masayoshi Arai, said Friday night he does "not want to live next door" to an LGBT couple and that he would "hate to see them," but quickly...

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BOJ suffers unrealized losses of 8.8 tril. yen in government bonds

The Bank of Japan's unrealized losses on government bonds reached 8.8 trillion yen, or about 68 billion dollars in December. (NHK)

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Setsubun Day: Take care when eating beans and ehomaki

Japan's Consumer Affairs Agency has warned that the elderly and children may choke on the annual setsubun ehomaki rolls, so they should be careful to cut them into pieces and chew them well. (ANNnewsCH)

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Life sentence handed down for killing of Vietnamese woman

A district court in Osaka, western Japan, has sentenced a 60-year-old man to life in prison for robbing and killing a 31-year-old woman from Vietnam in April last year. (NHK)

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Japan consumers cling to 'COVID savings' as anxiety grips country

People in Japan are hoarding the cash they accrued during the pandemic despite an easing of restrictions, with savings actually increasing to 62 trillion yen ($478 billion), or more than 10% of the...

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Japan hotel room prices soar on inbound travel recovery

Hotel prices in Japan have soared as government subsidies boosting travel kick in and foreign tourists return, with room rates nearly 20% higher in December compared to the same month before the...

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Japan PM dismisses aide over anti-LGBTQ+ comments

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has dismissed one of his secretaries for homophobic comments that the prime minister called “outrageous”. (Al Jazeera)

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Sapporo Snow Festival begins; open to public for first time since 2020

The 73rd Sapporo Snow Festival began in Sapporo, Hokkaido, on Saturday. The festival, featuring more than 160 ice and snow sculptures, is open to the public for the first time since 2020. It was held...

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Japanese sleep more for first time since 1970s, survey shows

Japanese sleep less than the inhabitants of every other developed nation, and some analyses suggest this trait hurts productivity. (freemalaysiatoday.com)

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Netflix called out by anime fans for using AI to address 'labor shortage'

Netflix Japan has come under fire after claiming to have used artificial intelligence to help create anime programmes. (unilad.com)

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How Japan Produces So Much Talent!

hey may have just fallen short of making their first ever quarter-final, but Japan’s performance at the 2022 World Cup was one of the biggest stories of Qatar, topping a group containing two of the...

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Sharp rise in serious sex offenses in 2022

The number of sexual assault cases in Japan involving violence or threats rose 9.9 percent to 4,708, according to the data released by the National Police Agency. (MSN)

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