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Japanese warned about U.S. ‘gun society’

Prompted by the deadly shootings in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, that left at least 31 people dead, last week the Japanese foreign ministry warned Japanese citizens in the United States to stay vigilant against such dangers. Read more

‘Yucho’ instructors no longer part of hot springs bath

The Kusatsu onsen hot spring area in Gunma Prefecture has abolished the role of “yucho,” a person who instructs people in a traditional bathing method, out of concerns that their actions could violate the Medical Practitioners’ Law. Read more

Kyoto fire victims’ fund tops $9.2M

More than 1 billion yen (about $9.2 million) has been donated to Kyoto Animation Co., whose No. 1 studio was devastated in an arson attack July 18 that killed 35 people. Read more

Government to help with ocean waste disposal costs

The Japanese government plans to provide assistance for the collection and disposal of plastic waste from the ocean picked up by fishing vessels, subsidizing most of the cost borne by municipalities. Read more

Artist behind ‘Momo’ awaits Hollywood film

Momo, the googly-eyed creature that triggered a viral social-media hoax terrifying children and parents alike, is receiving the Hollywood treatment by Orion Pictures. But how did a sculpture morph into a symbol of horror? Read more

Former coaches revel in Hachimura’s success

Rui Hachimura’s junior high school coach said he was delighted to hear that Hachimura had become the first Japanese basketball player ever selected in the first round of the National Basketball Association draft. Read more

Photo: Cool as a morning breeze

A staircase at the front gate of JR Kumagaya Station is painted to show a woman surrounded by morning glories, meant to distract passersby from the blistering summer heat. Read more

Olympic stadium nears completion

The construction site of the new National Stadium in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo, the main venue for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, is nearly 90% complete. Read more

Japan’s population shrinks by 444,000

The Japanese government last month released a rough calculation of vital statistics for 2018, revealing that the number of deaths minus births, or natural population decline, totaled 444,085, exceeding 400,000 for the first time. Read more

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