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Bridge verbal divide among generations

Updated on  October 12, 2017 at 12:09 am
Japanese language is evolving quickly, encompassing foreign terms and newly coined words. Read More

Fishermen insuring against war, attacks

Updated on  October 4, 2017 at 7:12 pm
In response to North Korea’s missile launches and the issue of the Senkaku Islands, a growing number of fishermen are taking out special insurance contracts that cover such damage as loss of life among crew members if they are involved in armed conflicts and attacks. Read More

It’s all about the convenience

Updated on  October 4, 2017 at 7:09 pm
Always in the fast lane? Here are some neat ideas for those who don’t like to fuss around. Read More

Over 60 percent opposed to 3rd term for Abe

Updated on  October 4, 2017 at 7:01 pm
A recent survey showed more than 60 percent of respondents wanted Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to leave his post by the end of his current term as Liberal Democratic Party’s (LDP) president in September 2018. Read More

Missiles join quakes, typhoons in annual disaster drills

Marking the anniversary of the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake in September, municipalities nationwide and companies used the opportunity not only to test their preparedness for disasters, but also to raise public awareness about a variety of threats including typhoons, floods and a potential North Korean missile attack. Read More

Japan moon

Updated on  September 28, 2017 at 12:58 am
Visitors inspect the surface of the moon as it appears on the Geo-Cosmos, a large spherical display, at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan) in Koto Ward, Tokyo, Japan, on September 13, 2017. Read More

Getting ready for the ‘Wagyu Olympics’

Updated on  September 21, 2017 at 12:13 am
Students from Miyazaki Prefectural Kobayashi Shuho High School in Japan shampoo a heifer named Rena. Read More

Japan weighs new laws for 2020 Tokyo Games

The Japanese government and the suprapartisan Sports Federation of Diet Members will consider establishing legislation to address possible issues concerning the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. Read More
Updated on  September 13, 2017 at 8:15 pm

U.S. to set up 2020 Olympic base at Tokyo American Club

Updated on  September 13, 2017 at 8:17 pm
Tokyo American Club has been reserved as the site for USA House at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the country’s Olympic committee revealed. Read More

Narita Airport gets ‘design restrooms’ ahead of Tokyo Olympic Games

Updated on  September 14, 2017 at 1:04 am
Restrooms with sophisticated interior designs and functionality have been introduced in Narita Airport. These “design restrooms” for men and women provide users with enough space to store their suitcases in each stall and a wider space for doing makeup. Read More

Squid shortage likely to persist for 3 years

Poor catches of surume-ika, or Japanese common squid, are likely to continue this year. The squid is used in popular home dishes such as sashimi and is also sold in a form that is dried overnight. Read More

Cosplayers welcome

Daikokuji temple in Sasayama is dubbed the “Shoso-in of the Tanba area” after the repository in Nara that dates back to the eighth century. Read More