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Sake pros launch campaign to demystify rice wine in U.K.

Sat, 03/16/2019 - 21:20
Businesses in Britain are coming up with inventive ways to try to broaden the appeal of sake to suit European palates as Japan looks to ...

City’s plan to farm sea urchins may make Japanese delicacy available in offseason

Sat, 03/16/2019 - 20:43
The city of Mutsu, Aomori Prefecture, has been working on a project to farm sea urchins, an expensive delicacy, by making use of cabbage thrown ...

News outlets gloss over South Korea frictions

Sat, 03/16/2019 - 06:53
March 1 marked the 100th anniversary of a speech given by a student in a Seoul park declaring Korean independence. To commemorate the event, South ...

Does NHK drama credit instant noodles to the right inventor?

Sat, 03/16/2019 - 06:42
Each morning at 8 o’clock, millions of homemakers across the country tune into a 15-minute-long segment of a serialized morning drama on NHK. The current ...

Alarming results in literacy survey stir debate on social media in Japan

Sat, 03/16/2019 - 06:40
A Feb. 16 report on the country’s literacy has been causing a stir on social media, prompting a number of users to warn of impending ...

Culture bred in the midst of famine and war

Sat, 03/16/2019 - 06:32
"We may even be tempted to conclude that no man in the history of Japan had a greater influence on the formation of Japanese taste," ...

Thousands rally in Okinawa to urge Tokyo and Washington to scrap base relocation plan

Sat, 03/16/2019 - 06:01
A rally attended by thousands of Okinawa residents on Saturday urged the Japanese and U.S. governments to scrap a plan to relocate a controversial U.S. ...

Nagasaki student to deliver ‘flame of peace’ linked to atomic bombing to Pope Francis in Vatican City

Sat, 03/16/2019 - 05:50
A junior high school student from Nagasaki Prefecture who is the granddaughter of an atomic bomb survivor will attend the general audience with Pope Francis ...

Japan to encourage cities with populations of 200,000 or more to establish child counseling centers

Sat, 03/16/2019 - 04:41
The government plans to set up a task force for discussions aimed at encouraging cities with populations of 200,000 or more to establish child counseling ...

Most young people in Japan say coming-of-age ceremonies should continue to be held for 20-year-olds

Sat, 03/16/2019 - 01:11
Over 70 percent of people aged between 16 and 22 in Japan believe official coming-of-age ceremonies should continue to be held for those aged 20, ...

Japan expanding GSDF’s presence on southwestern islands with new bases and missile batteries

Fri, 03/15/2019 - 23:47
The government is pushing ahead with plans to build new Ground Self-Defense Force bases on remote islands in the southwest in response to military threats ...

In Osaka, leaders’ bid to swap seats could spell trouble as region faces global spotlight

Fri, 03/15/2019 - 22:33
When Osaka Gov. Ichiro Matsui and his sidekick, Osaka Mayor Hirofumi Yoshimura, announced they would resign their positions to run for each other’s seats next ...

Meteorological Agency starts development of AI-based system to predict windy events in Japan

Fri, 03/15/2019 - 22:26
The Meteorological Agency’s research arm recently began developing an artificial intelligence-based system to predict high-wind events severe enough to impact the safety of land and ...

Approval rate for Abe’s Cabinet sags to 39% in March survey

Fri, 03/15/2019 - 07:09
The Cabinet saw its approval rate this month drop 3.4 points to 39.0 percent and its disapproval rate climb 1.9 points to 36.4 percent, a ...

Tokyo’s biggest train and subway lines to extend operating hours during 2020 Games

Fri, 03/15/2019 - 06:16
The biggest train and subway lines in and around Tokyo will adopt extended operating hours for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, games organizers said Friday.For each ...

Robot team set to clean up at the Tokyo Olympics — in between serving drinks and guiding guests

Fri, 03/15/2019 - 02:57
Acting on its aim to make the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics “the most innovative in history,” organizers on Friday unveiled robots that will be ...

Japan’s Prince Hisahito, soon to be second-in-line to throne, graduates from Tokyo elementary school

Fri, 03/15/2019 - 02:28
Prince Hisahito, the 12-year-old grandson of Emperor Akihito and soon-to-be second-in-line to the throne, graduated Friday from an elementary school affiliated with Ochanomizu University in ...

Google team led by Japanese engineer breaks record by calculating pi to the 31.4 trillionth digit

Fri, 03/15/2019 - 02:03
Google LLC said Thursday that a team led by engineer Emma Haruka Iwao from Japan has broken a Guinness World Record by calculating pi to ...

Yamaguchi court rejects residents’ call to halt last Ikata nuclear reactor in Ehime Prefecture

Fri, 03/15/2019 - 01:51
A district court on Friday rejected a plea by residents to halt a reactor at the Ikata nuclear power plant in Ehime Prefecture.The decision by ...

LDP picks former assemblyman Yanagimoto to take on Osaka Ishin’s Ichiro Matsui in mayoral race

Fri, 03/15/2019 - 01:40
Former Osaka municipal assemblyman Akira Yanagimoto of the Liberal Democratic Party has been tapped to run against Ichiro Matsui, the governor of Osaka Prefecture and ...

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