Gold Ingots Stolen in Sado - But All in Replicas!

Here's a shocking and yet amusing case of burglary - 5 kilos of gold ingots in replicas stolen at Aikawa's Folk Museum, past midnight April 17.

April 18, 2017 at 12:48 am

Japan's Population Dropping Ever Faster

The Ministry of Public Management, Home Affairs, Posts, and Telecommunications disclosed April 14 that Japan's population as of October 1, 2016, stood at 126.93 million including foreign residents - a decrease of 162,000 over the preceding year 2015.

April 4, 2017 at 1:43 am

Social Awareness Poll Marked Record Highest Since 2008

The Japanese people are content with the social environment, on the whole, disclosed the recent public opinion poll on social awareness compiled by the Cabinet Office, April 1.

March 7, 2017 at 12:05 am

No Crows in Town; Fewer Swallows and Sparrows

Yes, crows have left urban areas; no so many swallows and sparrows around in town these days.

February 22, 2017 at 2:05 am

Aged Drivers Blamed for Frequent Traffic Accidents

With age come riches in experience; so do risks of all sorts - reckless driving for one. Japan is fast aging and for that reasons we find more drivers in higher age brackets causing traffic accidents costing rather many lives of innocent citizens.

February 8, 2017 at 11:48 pm

Keytruda and Opdivo to Vie Head On in Japan

The Ministry of Welfare disclosed February 8 at the meeting of the Central Social Insurance Medical Council the market price of Keytruda, a cancer drug developed by the US pharmaceutical firm Merck & Co. at 39,099 yen per day or 14 million yen per year.

February 8, 2017 at 12:18 am

Governor Koike to Run 64 Candidates for Working Majority

A major assembly election slated this summer for the Tokyo Metropolitan government, Governor Yuriko Koike is looking for a working majority in the 127-seat assembly by deploying 64 of her party mates in all 42 constituencies.

January 22, 2017 at 10:43 pm

Tokyo Governor Koike Implies Change in Position on Polluted Soil Issue

Tokyo is to have moved its fish market in Tsukiji to a new site in Toyosu back in November last year, but the project is being postponed due to a series of mishaps - notably the issue of soil pollution on the site of the new market.

January 20, 2017 at 12:53 am

US Ambassador Kennedy Left Japan Saying "I'll be Back!"

There are many things I regret having missed so far and plenty more I'm afraid I might repeat missing from now on.

January 19, 2017 at 1:57 am

Panel Met to Discuss Traffic Accidents by the Aged

There is a growing number of traffic accidents due to the reckless driving by the aged, and the Metropolitan Police Department summoned a panel for the first time to discuss how best to minimize unfortunate cases of elderlies causing traffic accidents, January 16.

January 11, 2017 at 12:07 am

Tokyo to Remodel International Airport with 2020 in View

The Haneda Airport, Tokyo's aviation gate to the world, is going to undergo major remodeling on its international facilities to accommodate more international flights toward the year 2020.

December 30, 2016 at 4:32 am

Avian Influenza Found Twice in Number the Past Highest

The Ministry of the Environment bared December 27 that this season's avian influenza due to wild birds is detected nearly twice in the number of cases the highest recorded 6 years ago.

December 27, 2016 at 10:32 pm

Top 10 News in Japan 2016

A week to go for the year 2016 to fade into obscurity, this column looks back on 2016 by way of listing up top 10 newsworthy events throughout the year, based on a survey done by Yomiuri Shimbun on 14,593 responders in and out of Japan.

December 2, 2016 at 1:16 am

World Tsunami Summit Adopted Declaration

Some 360 high school students from 30 countries met in Kochi City for a World Tsunami Summit on November 25-26 to discuss tsunami and its repercussions.

November 28, 2016 at 9:07 am

Nihongo Helps to Improve Classwork?

Today's episode is not a genuinely Japanese material but Japanese enough to pass on to you.

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