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  • Current Event
    16 hours ago
    by TheSpirit
    +21 +1

    Japan environment ministry drafts emergency declaration over rising deaths of coral

    Japan's environment ministry has drafted an emergency declaration over rising coral deaths in waters surrounding the country. Following a meeting of dozens of top environmentalists, the ministry expressed concerns that the corals could be extinct by 2070. To reduce the decay of coral reefs, the ministry has proposed a series of initiatives, including the development of new technologies to cultivate and transplant corals in various locations.

  • Current Event
    3 days ago
    by AdelleChattre
    +17 +1

    Japan Made Secret Deals With the NSA That Expanded Global Surveillance

    Top-secret documents reveal the complex relationship the NSA has maintained with Japan over a period of more than six decades. By Ryan Gallagher.

  • Expression
    7 days ago
    by TNY
    +31 +1

    The mysterious man who gave me Japan

    An elegant middle-aged man, in a spotless black jacket, came up to me, hand extended, to say hello, and I was startled. My neighbours in Japan tend to be formal and reticent; few of them are eager to take the initiative. And we were simply standing around an art gallery on Kitayama Street in northern Kyoto, 20 years ago, where a handful of us had gathered to see an exhibition of a friend’s pen-and-ink drawings. In the classical sumi-e style, they were deliberately sketchy and full of emptiness; the heart of the paintings was the negative space at their centre, which every viewer could fill in according to his whim or choice.

  • Current Event
    10 days ago
    by Chubros
    +10 +1

    US Marines continue F-35B workup in Japan

    The first Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter squadron to deploy overseas is continuing the type’s expeditionary workup, conducting training exercises to operate the aircraft in real-world scenarios while operating from austere locations. In separate news releases, the U.S. Marine Corps announced that the Green Knights of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121 have carried out hot reloads and aviation-delivered ground refueling, or ADGR, training with its F-35Bs at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, on April 6 and 11 respectively.

  • Current Event
    9 days ago
    by TNY
    +2 +1

    Banned pollutant detected in water running under Marine base on Okinawa

    High levels of a banned pollutant have been detected in water running under Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, a year after the substance was found in streams and underground water wells adjacent to Kadena Air Base. High concentrations of perfluorooctanesulfonic acid, or PFOS, and per-fluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA, were found during two underground-water surveys conducted in August and January, according to a statement released by the Okinawa prefectural government’s environmental protection department.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by messi
    +19 +1

    Japan’s population set to plummet by 40 million in a generation

    Japan’s population is set to plummet from 127 million to 88 million by 2065 - and is projected to drop even further to just 51 million by 2115 if current trends continue. The bleak forecast from the National Institute of Population and Social Security Research places greater pressure on the Japanese government to address its population problem, which has been described by economists as a “demographic time bomb”.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by dianep
    +20 +1

    Japan scrambles jet fighters at record pace as Chinese military activity rises

    Japan's air force scrambled fighter jets to chase away foreign aircraft at record pace in the year to March 31, government figures showed on Thursday, as Chinese military activity in and around the East China Sea escalated. Japan worries that China's probing of its air defenses is part of a push to extend its military influence in the East China Sea and western Pacific, where Japan controls an island chain stretching 1,400 km (870 miles) south towards Taiwan.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by Appaloosa
    +26 +1

    The Great Japan Potato-Chip Crisis: Panic Buying, $12 Bags

    Demand for potato chips has surged in Japan this week, with products on offer for 6 times their retail price online after Japanese snack company Calbee Inc. halted the sale of some of its most popular chip brands.

  • Current Event
    11 days ago
    by zyery
    +13 +1

    Tokyo signals U-turn on TPP, moves to activate trade pact sans U.S.

    In an apparent shift, Tokyo plans to push forward talks for activating the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement without the United States, which withdrew from the multination trade pact in January after President Donald Trump said he would instead pursue bilateral trade deals, a government source said. With the China-excluding pact, inked last year as part of an effort toward high-level trade liberalization, currently adrift after America’s exit, Japan has stepped up to take the lead...

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by messi
    +14 +1

    Nintendo Switch Sells A Half Million Units In Japan Faster Than The PS4

    The Nintendo Switch is doing very well indeed in North America, breaking launch records and moving over 1.5 million units at last count. Things are going so swimmingly, Nintendo has doubled production of their new console. Not bad! But how are things going in Nintendo’s homeland of Japan? When we last checked in, the Nintendo Switch had sold over 330,000 units in its first two days on the Japanese market. That puts the Switch launch above the releases of both the Wii U and PS4, but below the original Wii. In other words, the Switch is popular across the Pacific, but it isn’t breaking records like it is here.

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by roxxy
    +33 +1

    Bitcoin regulation overhaul in Japan

    Japan’s Government has long been working on a bill to amend its Banking Act, accounting for changes to the economy stemming from the growth of telecommunications technologies. Last week, the Japanese Financial Services Agency (FSA) announced that this bill will come into full force on Saturday, April 1. The amendments include an ordinance concerning digital currencies as well as digital currency exchanges.

  • Analysis
    3 weeks ago
    by gladsdotter
    +28 +1

    In The Art Of Netsuke, Tiny Toggles Tell Delightful Stories Of Japan

    In the hands of Japanese netsuke carvers like Ryushi Komada, something quite mundane becomes sublime. From a simple block of wood emerges a delicate and expressive face, the sense of movement in the folds of a dress, the fine strings on an ancient instrument. A third-generation carver, Komada is a master creator of these charm-like pieces that are the perfect embodiment of "necessity is the mother of invention" — and, in this instance, artistry. They look like miniature sculptures, just an inch or two tall. But they serve a specific purpose.

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by zobo
    +18 +1

    Murakami calls for fight against history revisionism

    Haruki Murakami, the Japanese author perennially pegged as a contender for the Nobel literature prize, has called for a fight against historical revisionism in a rare interview with Japanese media published on Sunday. His comments came after a successful Japanese hotel chain operator triggered an angry backlash from China earlier this year for his book claiming the 1937 Nanjing massacre committed by Japanese troops a "fabrication".

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by Apolatia
    0 +1

    Gears of War 4 will be released in Japan in uncensored version

    Despite Gears of War 4 was launched last October in the West, the game of The Coalition has not yet been released in Japan, because of some problems with the system of rating of the contents in the land of the rising sun. For some people it will be hard to believe, but Gears of War 4 was never published in Japan probably due to violent content, in excess reputed by the Japanese rating, and even the previous chapters of the saga had been made available only after heavy censorship cuts.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by Chubros
    +11 +1

    Media Frenzy in Japan as Bic Camera Starts Accepting Bitcoin

    Japan’s consumer electronic retail giant Bic Camera officially began accepting Bitcoin payments on Friday at two of its stores in Tokyo. 28 media crews reportedly gathered to cover the premier event. Bitflyer which processes Bitcoin payments for the stores has also launched a campaign to give away bitcoin to shoppers using its wallet.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by rti9
    +41 +11

    Japan puts military on alert to shoot down North Korean rocket

    Defence minister deploys warships in Sea of Japan and Patriot interceptors on land, saying missile will be destroyed if it threatens Japanese territory

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by rawlings
    +25 +11

    Japanese firm to open world’s first robot-run farm

    A Japanese company is to open the world’s first “robot farm”, as agriculture joins other sectors of the economy in attempting to fill labour shortages created by the country’s rapidly ageing population. Spread, a vegetable producer, said industrial robots would carry out all but one of the tasks needed to grow the tens of thousands of lettuces it produces each day at its vast indoor farm in Kameoka, Kyoto prefecture, starting from mid-2017.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by zritic
    +46 +15

    Fukushima's ground zero: No place for man or robot

    The robots sent in to find highly radioactive fuel at Fukushima's nuclear reactors have “died”; a subterranean "ice wall" around the crippled plant meant to stop groundwater from becoming contaminated has yet to be finished. And authorities still don’t know how to dispose of highly radioactive water stored in an ever mounting number of tanks around the site.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by gladsdotter
    +42 +8

    The mothers who set up a radiation lab

    This is no ordinary laboratory. None of these women who run it trained as scientists. One used to be a beautician, another was a hairdresser, yet another used to work in an office. Worried about their children's health, together they set up a non-profit organisation - Tarachine - to measure radiation in the city of Iwaki, 50km (30 miles) down the coast from the Fukushima nuclear plant. Tarachine advises people to avoid foods with high readings as well as the places they were grown.

  • Image
    1 year ago
    by KondoR
    +39 +8

    Village in rural Japan

  • Expression
    1 year ago
    by sasky
    +39 +12

    Why Japan is Excited About the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

    If all goes according to plan, visitors to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games will be awestruck before the sporting contests even begin. Attendees will be shuttled around the city by self-driving taxis. They’ll enter a newly built national stadium with the swipe of a pass, get verified by facial recognition software and be guided to their seats in one of 10 languages on a smartphone app. They may gaze up at the night sky from anywhere in Tokyo...

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by 66bnats
    +43 +14

    A Japanese fleet killed 333 whales for ‘research’

    A fleet of four ships returned to Japan on Thursday after killing 333 whales in the Antarctic as part of the country's controversial hunt. The quota of 333 is a third of what Japan used to haul in on average every year. Now, it's the maximum number of kills allowed under the program, which Japanese officials say is all done in the name of science. But not everyone agrees, including the United Nations International Court of Justice. In 2014, the court ordered Japan...

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by zyery
    +32 +12

    Japan executes two prisoners amid protests

    Human rights campaigners have condemned Japan’s use of the death penalty after two inmates were hanged, bringing the number of executions to 16 since the prime minister, Shinzo Abe, took office in late 2012. The executions were carried out on Friday, just weeks before Japan is to host the G7 leaders summit: Japan and the US are the only two G7 nations that retain the death penalty, while European countries are among the...

  • Expression
    1 year ago
    by TentativePrince
    +44 +9

    The Incredibly True Story of Renting a Friend in Tokyo

    It's muggy and I'm confused. I don't understand where I am, though it was only a short walk from my Airbnb studio to this little curry place. I don’t understand the lunch menu, or even if it is a lunch menu. Could be a religious tract or a laminated ransom note. I’m new in Tokyo, and sweaty, and jet-lagged. But I am entirely at ease. I owe this to my friend Miyabi. She’s one of those reassuring presences, warm and eternally nodding...

  • Video
    1 year ago
    by gladsdotter
    +41 +10

    In Japan - 2015

    This film is a collection of audiovisual moments and memories of a 3-week railway journey through Japan in 2015. Filmed by: Vincent Urban, Alex Schiller, Alex Tank. "We were whizzing through the country with the Shinkansen visiting Tokyo, Osaka, Hiroshima and Kyoto as well as lots of wonderful little places along the way, meeting the most friendly people and experiencing a culture that somehow balances its rich tradition with a very futuristic present."

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by darvinhg
    +30 +9

    Lost Japanese satellite Hitomi shows unexpected signs of life

    Junked? Maybe not. Hitomi, a Japanese astronomy satellite, was thought to be lost after it failed to come online. Now the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency says the satellite has phoned home – but a full recovery will take months. Hitomi launched on 17 February and was due to come online on 26 March, but failed to communicate with Earth. A tweet by the US Joint Space Operations Center reported five pieces of debris around the satellite shortly afterwards.

  • Image
    1 year ago
    by TNY
    +34 +7

    Tokyo 2020: The Olympics of the Future

    Japan will debut autonomous taxis, instant language translation, man-made meteor showers, and more.

  • Expression
    1 year ago
    by Appaloosa
    +38 +10

    Salad cakes are the latest weird food craze in Japan

    Always wanted to eat cake guilt-free? A new Japanese craze for  "salad cakes" could be the answer to your prayers.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by geoleo
    +29 +10

    Japan's Upcoming Train Design Will Be Practically Invisible

    Japan’s fast bullet trains already move so speedy that you almost can’t see them coming. The brand new train being designed for the Seibu Railway Co. Via eastern architect Kazuyo Sejima of Sanaa will be difficult to see, even status nonetheless. It’s a chameleon-like train that has been designed to combo into the countryside that it’s far streaking thru. Scheduled to hit tracks in 2018, the latest Seibu flagship train vehicles have an organic shape that is plenty distinctive...

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by canuck
    +36 +9

    Japan wants 'Chinese-only' zones at tourist attractions to limit bad behavior

    It looks like the bad behaviour of some Chinese tourists has crossed the seas over to Japan to wreak havoc on the country's cherry blossom trees — and the Japanese are not happy about it. On April 7, footage of Chinese tourists climbing trees and roughly grabbing the branches to pick the iconic sakura flower at Osaka Castle Park, made it onto Japanese national TV, reported Huanqiu.com.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by FivesandSevens
    +29 +9

    Strong quakes hit Japan, nuclear plants safe, dozens injured: media

    An earthquake of magnitude 6 hit southwestern Japan on Thursday, bringing down some buildings and injuring dozens of people, local media reported, but the nuclear regulator reported no problems at power plants.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by belangermira
    +44 +10

    Strong quake hits Japan, tsunami advisory issued

    A powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.1 has struck southern Japan, barely 24 hours after a deadly quake hit the same region.

  • Analysis
    1 year ago
    by Appaloosa
    +34 +9

    Traditional Japanese diet is linked to longer life and better health

    A new study finds that people who adhere closely to the official Japanese Spinning Top Food Guide live considerably longer than those who do not.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by geoleo
    +34 +6

    Japan's Next Generation of Farmers Could Be Robots

    As the average age of farmers globally creeps higher and retirement looms, Japan has a solution: robots and driver-less tractors. The Group-of-Seven agriculture ministers meet in Japan’s northern prefecture of Niigata this weekend for the first time in seven years to discuss how to meet increasing food demand as aging farmers retire without successors. With the average age of Japanese farmers now 67, Agriculture Minister Hiroshi...

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by Chubros
    +37 +7

    Japan's dementia time bomb

    Senile dementia is causing serious social problems in Japan and much of the blame lies with the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry as it attaches importance to aiding those who have physical difficulties while neglecting those with low degrees of dementia. It is estimated that in the 2020s, 1 in 8 elderly people aged 65 years or older will fall into that “low degree dementia” category, with the potential of related wandering and reckless driving increasing.