tropical storm, front causing heavy rain

severe tropical storm nanmadol is bringing heavy rain to central japan. (nhk)

2017-07-04 07:02:07  

n.korea: icbm test successful

north korea's state-run media say the country has carried out its first successful test of an intercontinental ballistic missile. (nhk)

2017-07-04 07:02:07  

japan: n.korea missile lands in eez

north korea launched a ballistic missile that appears to have landed in japan's exclusive economic zone in the sea of japan. (nhk)

2017-07-04 07:02:07  

school employee attacked by knife-wielding man in nagano

a 38-year-old woman working at a private elementary and junior high school in matsumoto city, nagano prefecture, was slashed by a man on monday. (japan today)

2017-07-04 07:02:07  

ex-policeman breaks records with hello kitty collection

a 67-year-old former policeman with the world's biggest hello kitty collection has become the envy of little girls everywhere with 30 million yen worth of moon-faced memorabilia. (japan today)

2017-07-04 07:02:07  

sexual harassment complaints lodged against 'cool japan' fund

several female employees at cool japan fund inc, a public-private investment fund aimed at promoting japanese culture and products overseas, claim they were sexually harassed by executives of the entity including a career bureaucrat on loan from

2017-07-04 07:02:07  

rakuten ties up with homeaway

e-commerce giant rakuten is linking up with a major us vacation rental platform. the move will support its new business in private rentals for tourists to japan. (nhk)

2017-07-04 07:02:07  

japan roadside land prices rise for 2nd year

prices of land facing major streets in japan as of jan. 1 grew 0.4 pct from a year before on average, up for the second consecutive year, the national tax agency said monday. (jiji)

2017-07-04 07:02:07  

chiba cops: yakuza dispute likely source of another shooting in matsudo

chiba prefectural police suspect that an ongoing dispute in the criminal underworld is behind a shooting in matsudo city, the fourth such incident over the past two months, reports nhk. (tokyoreporter.com)

2017-07-04 07:02:07  

japanese husbands' pocket money seen shrinking as mothers gain more respect from kids

salarymen have taken a pummeling in recent years - with pay stagnating and rising numbers of working women and mothers eroding their once-dominant position as the family's breadwinner. (japan times)

2017-07-04 07:02:07  

2 women hit and killed by train in apparent suicide in saitama

two women were struck and killed by a train along the tobu tojo line tracks in higashimatsuyama, saitama prefecture, on monday morning, in what police believe was a suicide. (japan today)

2017-07-04 07:02:07  

abe seeks hasty recovery from tokyo election defeat

the ruling liberal democratic party suffered a historic defeat in sunday's tokyo metropolitan assembly election. prime minister shinzo abe intends to quickly get the cabinet and the ldp back on their feet. (the-japan-news.com)

2017-07-04 07:02:07  

koike's allies win majority in tokyo election

tokyo governor yuriko koike's new regional party and allies scored a landslide victory in sunday's metropolitan assembly election. (nhk)

2017-07-04 07:02:07  

31-year-old man arrested for assaulting taxi driver, stealing vehicle

a 31-year-old man has been arrested for spraying a taxi driver with a fire extinguisher and attempting to flee the scene by stealing the vehicle in tokyo's arakawa ward. (japan today)

2017-07-04 07:02:07  

documentary on hayao miyazaki goes on sale

since he first shocked fans with news of his retirement in 2013, studio ghibli director and beloved animator hayao miyazaki has been back in the studio numerous times, whether it's just out of habit, to work on his next short animated film, or t

2017-07-04 07:02:07  

shogi star fujii defeated after 29 straight wins

japanese teenage shogi sensation sota fujii suffered the first loss in his professional career on sunday, snapping his record-breaking unbeaten streak at 29 games. (jiji)

2017-07-04 07:02:07  

major quakes hit hokkaido, kyushu

japan's meteorological agency says 2 major earthquakes have hit about an hour apart. one struck the northern island of hokkaido and the other was in the southern island of kyushu. (nhk)

2017-07-04 07:02:07  

voters casting ballots in tokyo election

voters are going to the polls sunday to choose representatives for the tokyo metropolitan assembly. (nhk)

2017-07-04 07:02:07  

are crime syndicates in japan sitting on a gold mine?

the japanese underworld loves gold --- it has been the analog bitcoin of crime syndicates in recent years. the origins of gold are difficult to trace, and the material is easy to convert into cash and store. crime syndicates are increasingly smu

2017-07-04 07:02:07  

'comfort women' statue in georgia latest to irk japan

the city of brookhaven, georgia, on friday unveiled a statue dedicated to the "comfort women," becoming the first location in america's deep south to install a controversial memorial to the women and young girls forced to work in japan

2017-07-04 07:02:07  

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