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Focus on Japan


Overseas websites awash in fake Japanese food products

Food products fraudulently mislabeled as Japanese brands that are registered with the government’s Geographical Indication protection system are being sold overseas, mainly in China. Read More

Summer climbing season

About 2,000 participants hiked up Mount Daisen in Tottori Prefecture June 4 to commemorate the start of the summer climbing season. Read More

Hello Kitty Shinkansen bullet train unveiled ahead of launch in Japan

West Japan Railway Co. unveiled Monday a Hello Kitty Shinkansen bullet train, which will begin service Saturday between Shin-Osaka Station and Hakata Station in Fukuoka. Read More

Japan police officers brush up their English for ‘20 Olympic Games

As the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics approach, the city’s Metropolitan Police Department is working to polish the foreign language skills of its officers. Read More

Ready to launch?

Ready to launch? A baby Ezo momonga, a subspecies of the Siberian flying squirrel, peeks out of its tree trunk nest in Obihiro, Japan. Read More

Eel prices in Japan expected to surge again this year

A hike in the price of eel is expected prior to this summer’s “doyo no ushi no hi” — traditional eel-eating days that fall on July 20 and Aug. 1 this year — due to poor catches of young eel this season. Read More

Fujitsu unveils next-gen supercomputer prototype

Fujitsu has unveiled a prototype of a next-generation supercomputer dubbed “post-K.” The machine is expected to calculate 100 times faster than the K supercomputer, which is operating in Kobe. Read More

Booming demand leaves Japan’s whiskey lovers dry

Some Japanese whiskeys are in short supply due to their increasing popularity in overseas markets and a recent domestic boom of highballs, or whiskey and soda. Read More

Spring in their step

Hikers looked at wetland flowers in Oze National Park May 24, the first day the park officially opened to visitors in 2018. Read More

Crane chick finds comfort zone

A Japanese crane chick nestles into its parent’s plumage to keep warm at the Japanese Crane Reserve in Kushiro, Japan. Read More



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