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Japan's new COVID-19 aid to cover inn, taxi operators

The government's new program to provide one-off cash benefits of up to Y400,000 to pandemic-affected small companies will cover not only suppliers for eating and drinking facilities but also ryokan...

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Woman, 72, posed as sister of enka singer Miyako Otsuki in swindle

Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a 72-year-old woman who allegedly posed as the sister of enka singer Miyako Otsuki in swindling a female acquaintance, reports the Yomiuri Shimbun...

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Panel to discuss child support after divorce in Japan

Justice Minister Yoko Kamikawa said Friday that she will ask an advisory panel to consider law revisions to secure expenses for child support after divorce. (Japan Times)

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Survey: Fewer university seniors have job offers

A survey has found that university seniors in Japan are having trouble getting jobs, due to the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. (NHK)

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Central Japan Railway to put thousands on leave

Rising coronavirus cases are leading Central Japan Railway to take the unprecedented step of requiring thousands of employees to go on paid leave as passenger numbers drop sharply. (NHK)

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Ex-farm minister indicted on bribery charge

Tokyo prosecutors on Friday indicted former agriculture minister Yoshikawa Takamori on a charge of receiving bribes from a major egg producer while in office. (NHK)

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Tokyo police to test all detainees for COVID-19

The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department has decided to conduct PCR tests on all suspects upon arrest, regardless of whether they show COVID-19 symptoms or not. The move comes after multiple detainees...

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Saizeriya president calls requests not to eat out for lunch ‘nonsense’

The Japanese government declared a second state of emergency following a surge in coronavirus cases in Tokyo and three neighboring prefectures on Jan 7. (Japan Today)

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Japan reports 7,085 new COVID-19 cases on Friday

Japan confirmed 7,085 new cases of coronavirus infection as of 6:30 p.m. on Friday. (NHK)

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Big pub operator to close 61 outlets in Tokyo

The operator of a number of izakaya pub chains in Japan says it is closing down about 20 percent of its outlets in Tokyo. It hopes to mitigate the impact of shorter business hours due to the...

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Japan's new university entrance exams underway amid virus pandemic

Japan’s new unified university entrance exams started Saturday across the country, with organizers taking anti-coronavirus measures, such as requiring test-takers to wear masks and disinfect their...

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Woman arrested for selling counterfeit Chanel item to police officer at flea...

Police in Wakayama City have arrested a 36-year-old unemployed woman on suspicion of violating the trademark law by selling counterfeit keychains by French luxury brand Chanel. (Japan Today)

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First Weekend of 2nd State of Emergency in Japan

Shooting in Shinjuku/新宿, Shibuya/渋谷, Asakusa/浅草, Akihabara/秋葉原, showing how the town looks like on the first weekend. (Rion Ishida)

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This Japanese watchmaker spends a year to make one watch

Independent watchmaker Masahiro Kikuno makes each of his wristwatches almost entirely by hand, and by himself. In this video, find out how his dedication and passion sustains his craft, and how he...

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Mixed reactions among Japanese as state of emergency begins in more areas

The state of emergency in Japan to curb COVID-19 has drawn mixed reactions. Many Japanese are questioning how effective it will be. (CNA)

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The Disney Park Walt Never Wanted - Tokyo Disneyland History

The Tokyo Disney Resort is one of the best Disney Resorts in the entire world which is rather ironic as... it's not Disney. (ReviewTyme)

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Tokyo Helicopter Tour - Aerial Views of Japan

To celebrate the new year, we're taking to the skies to check out Tokyo with an unobstructed view! (JapanPro)

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Tokyo Olympics: The most unpopular Games ever?

It is less than 200 days until the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics are due to get under way, but among the Japanese public, fears over the virus and the spiralling cost of the Games mean most would rather...

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TDK eyes $5bn push into electric vehicle batteries and clean energy

Japanese electronic parts manufacturers are making big investments to scale up output of components for electrified vehicles, seeking to establish a place in the coalescing supply chains for the...

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Japan's ski resorts fear it's downhill all the way

Japan's winter resorts are on a slippery financial slope as rising COVID-19 infections deter skiers and snowboarders. (Nikkei)

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Sapporo court rules defunct eugenics law unconstitutional but denies damages

A Sapporo court on Friday ruled as unconstitutional the now-defunct eugenics protection law that mandated the government stop people with disabilities from having children, but it rejected a claim for...

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Tokyo reports 1,809 new coronavirus cases

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has confirmed 1,809 new cases of the coronavirus on Saturday in the Japanese capital. (NHK)

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Vlog | NEW YEAR HOLIDAYS | Japanese Family

This is a story of a Japanese family at the end and beginning of the year. (Kimono Mom)

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Japan's suicide rate rises 16% in second wave of Covid, study finds

Suicide rates in Japan have jumped in the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, particularly among women and children, even though they fell in the first wave when the government offered generous...

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Japan to boost tracking of foreigners with COVID

Japan's health ministry plans to establish a system to effectively track foreign nationals who tested positive for coronavirus after entering the country. (NHK)

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