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In Japan, pandemic linked to a rise in depression and suicide among women

Not long after Japan ramped up its fight against coronavirus last spring, Nazuna Hashimoto started suffering panic attacks. The gym in Osaka where she worked as a personal trainer had suspended...

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COVID-19 pushes 1,300 Japanese university students to drop out

More than 1,300 students have dropped out of universities and other higher education facilities in Japan since April last year due to the impact of the novel coronavirus epidemic, according to the...

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All fuel units removed from No.3 reactor pool

The operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station has announced that it completed the removal of all remaining nuclear fuel assemblies from the storage pool of a reactor building for...

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Japan's Suzuki runs East Asia's fastest ever marathon

Japan's Kengo Suzuki became the first runner from East Asia to run a men's marathon in under two hours and five minutes, as he claimed the 76th and final Lake Biwa Mainichi Marathon on Sunday. (Japan...

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Pandemic puts pressure on Japan to open up rice stockpile to charities

As job losses surge due to the pandemic, demand for food handouts has skyrocketed in Japan, prompting the government to release stockpiled rice to charities for the first time last May. Another...

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Sea levels along Japan's coast hit record high

The average sea level along Japan's coast in 2020 was the highest on record, rising more than 8 centimeters from the usual figure. (NHK)

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Discover the Adventures in Kyushu, Japan

Discover the rich history, vibrant cultures and adventures of Kyushu. Dive into the natural wonders of this geothermal wonderland. ()

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Secondhand market Mercari links with Alibaba to sell in China

Japanese flea market app Mercari will sell products in China through Alibaba Group Holding's e-commerce platforms, accelerating its expansion overseas. (Nikkei)

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Equipment breaks down rendering vaccines unusable

Japan's health ministry says equipment storing coronavirus vaccines broke down at a medical institution, rendering about 1,000 doses unusable. (NHK)

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The Sanriku Coast's Unbeatable Spirit - Train Cruise

Ride along Iwate Prefecture's rugged coastline on the Sanriku Railway Rias Line to discover breathtaking natural scenery and meet the indomitable residents rebuilding better and stronger after the 2011...

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Yahoo Japan, Line merge to form tech giant

Yahoo Japan and messaging app provider Line have officially merged, creating a new tech giant. (NHK)

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Japan loosens storage conditions for Pfizer jab

Japan's health ministry has allowed the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine to be transported and stored at temperatures commonly found in pharmaceutical freezers. (NHK)

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Japan urges China to waive anal swab virus test

The Japanese government has asked China not to conduct coronavirus tests using anal swabs on Japanese people visiting the country. (NHK)

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Two men linked to Ghosn's escape arrive in Japan

Two Americans accused of helping former Nissan Motor chairman Carlos Ghosn flee Japan have arrived at Narita Airport near Tokyo, after being extradited by US authorities. Michael Taylor, a former Green...

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Man arrested for killing Nara deer

Japanese police have arrested a man for fatally wounding a wild deer at a park in Nara City, western Japan. (NHK)

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Univ. of Tokyo comments on student charged in HK

A University of Tokyo graduate school has criticized Hong Kong authorities for charging one of its students for violating the territory's national security law. (NHK)

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Japan's Great Wall: Can It Stop A Tsunami?

When a massive tsunami engulfed the north-eastern coastline of Japan a decade ago, it wiped out everything in its path, flattening villages, killing nearly 20,000 people and triggering a nuclear...

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Freezing waterfall meditation helps relieve pandemic stress in Japan

A group of Buddhist devotees in Japan subjected themselves to a freezing tradition known as waterfall meditation or Takigyo on February 28, 2021. (South China Morning Post)

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10 yakuza members arrested for stealing sea cucumbers from ocean

More wayward souls caught up in the glitz and glamour of the illegal sea cucumber trade. (soranews24.com)

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Tokyo Olympics committee increases female board membership to 40%

The Tokyo Olympics organizing committee on Tuesday said it would appoint 12 new female members to increase women's representation on the board to 40%. (Nikkei)

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Brazilian suspected of trafficking marijuana

Shizuoka Prefectural Police have arrested four persons, including a Brazilian national, who are suspected members of a marijuana trafficking ring, reports Fuji News Network. (tokyoreporter.com)

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Lower House approves record budget for FY2021

The Lower House of Japan's Diet has approved a record budget worth more than 106 trillion yen, or about 1 trillion dollars, for next fiscal year starting in April. (NHK)

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Teacher accused of abducting girl to hotels further arrested for sex with...

A middle school teacher in custody for allegedly abducting a girl last year has been further accused of paying another minor for sex, police have revealed, reports the Asahi Shimbun (tokyoreporter.com)

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Koala at Japanese zoo becomes world's oldest in captivity

A 24-year-old female koala kept at a zoo in Hyogo Prefecture has been recognized by Guinness World Records as the world’s oldest ever koala to be held in captivity, the facility said Tuesday. (Japan...

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Woman who got coronavirus vaccine dies in Japan, no inoculation link for now

A woman who received Pfizer Inc.'s coronavirus vaccine has died, but so far there has been no link found between her death and the inoculation, the health ministry said Tuesday. (Kyodo)

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