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The latest news, trends and photo galleries from Japan by Japan News and Yomiuri Shimbun, a Japanese newspaper founded in 1874.

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PHOTO: Flying a giant

Flying a giant: Participants flew Japan’s largest kite, measuring approximately 48 square feet and weighing about 2,094 pounds, during the Oodako Matsuri on May 4. Read more

U.S.-made sake hit shelves in Japan

In April, Japanese sake manufacturer Asahi Shuzo Co., known for its flagship Dassai sake, released Dassai Blue in Japan. The release is notable because the special Junmai Daiginjo sake is produced at a brewery in the United States. Read more

PHOTO: Top tea tradition

A tea leaf-picking event to mark the 88th day since the first day of spring was held in Nishio, Aichi prefecture, on May 1, with festive kimono-clad women handpicking green tea leaves. Read more

Museum honoring late Sen. Inouye opens in Japan

A museum dedicated to the late U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye, the first Japanese American member of Congress, who devoted his career to promoting Japanese-U.S. friendship, opened Thursday in Fukuoka prefecture. Read more

Japan creating its own version of the CDC

The Japanese government has decided to establish its own version of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention next April as part of efforts to improve the mitigation of infectious diseases. Read more

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