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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

Buddha statue gets its annual cleaning

Updated on  August 31, 2017 at 12:35 am
An annual ritual was held to dust off the 49-foot-tall Great Buddha statue at Todaiji temple in Nara, Japan. Read More

In Ibaraki, a rainbow garden

Updated on  August 24, 2017 at 12:09 am
Kochia bushes are lighted up at Hitachi Seaside Park in Hitachinaka, Ibaraki prefecture, on the Pacific coast about 80 miles northeast of Tokyo. Read More

More efforts made to aid LGBT workers

Updated on  August 23, 2017 at 8:30 pm
More Japanese businesses are awarding congratulatory and condolence leave fore same-sex partners Read More

Blue chrysanthemum created in laboratory

Updated on  August 23, 2017 at 8:31 pm
Scientists took genes from Campanula plants, which have blue flowers, and implanted them in the chrysanthemum plants. Read More

Students teach elementary math on YouTube

Updated on  August 23, 2017 at 8:29 pm
Students at Kyoto University of Education have created about 200 videos in four languages. Read More

‘Wind phone’ links living with dead

Updated on  August 16, 2017 at 11:40 pm
“The telephone is not connected, but people feel like their lost loved ones are there listening on the other end of the line,” Sasaki said. “I want people to resume their lives as soon as possible by expressing their feelings.” Read More

Awa-odori festival dazzles in Tokushima

Striking dances were performed as part of the traditional Awa-odori dance festival, which opened Saturday in Tokushima. Read More

Editorial: More needs to be done against school bullying

Incidents in which students tormented by school bullying commit suicide are not being seriously dealt with. There has been a spate of cases in which irresponsible actions taken by education boards and schools have stoked public mistrust. Read More