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Poor catches lift salmon, saury prices ahead of shopping season

KUSHIRO, Japan - Prices for salmon and saury have been rising sharply in Japan due to poor catches in the North Pacific, likely affecting households as the year-end shopping season begins.In Hokkaido, which accounts for 70 to 80 percent of the nationwide autumn salmon catch, this season's haul declined more than 30 percent in the period through Nov. Show More Summary

The Best Bad English Signs in Sendai

There are so many ways to mess up the English language. With a growing population of native-English speaking foreigners residing in Japan, it’s a wonder that so many of these errors appear unchecked. It is possible that whoever wrote...Show More Summary

Fukuoka Ideas and Travel Tips for Japan

So I would say as a teacher in Japan my biggest expense is travel. Taking the Shinkansen and even the local train can get pricey quickly. However, if you plan correctly, you can travel in a way that's cheap and easy.Your best route for budget travel planning for the transport is to take the bus. Show More Summary

Police detect alcohol from U.S. serviceman after Okinawa fatal crash

NAHA, Japan - Police detected alcohol from a U.S. serviceman after a military truck he was driving collided with a light truck, leaving the Japanese driver dead, in Okinawa Prefecture on Sunday.The police said they are questioning the serviceman in his 20s on a voluntary basis. Show More Summary

Police to serve murder warrant Monday on alleged Zama serial killer

TOKYO - Police will serve a murder warrant Monday on the 27-year-old man who allegedly killed nine people before dismembering and storing their bodies at his apartment near Tokyo, investigative sources said.Takahiro Shiraishi was arrested on Oct. Show More Summary

One of Japan’s most loved winter illuminations Caretta Shidome brings Disney to big-business Tokyo

2017 sees the winter illuminations at Caretta Shiodome switched on for the 12th year in a display of lights, this year based on the Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” that must by now be used to featuring in the upper echelons of Japan...Show More Summary

Green tea, grown in a winter wonderland? It's possible!

After a recent day out in Shizuoka getting to explore all things green tea, it really lit in a fire in me to learn more about where else the delicious beverage is grown in Japan. I'm currently living in Niigata, which is probably best known as a winter wonderland in the colder months. Show More Summary

Ryokan's private cable car takes guests to amazing mountain-top onsen, Nagano

Sitting at an elevation of 1000m hot-spring ryokan Tokiwa-kan, Nagano boasts what must be one of Japan's most unique onsen experiences - a mountain-top, open-air bath which guests access using a private, guest-operated cable car.Leisure...Show More Summary

Sumo grand champion Harumafuji tells police he assaulted wrestler

TOKYO - Sumo grand champion Harumafuji has admitted to allegations that he assaulted a lower-ranked wrestler as he responded voluntarily to police questioning Friday in Tokyo over a drunken brawl, investigative sources said.However,Show More Summary

An expat's take on the way of tea

You may have heard a saying before that goes along the lines of “water is the cure for anything – sweat, tears, or the sea”. Completing an intense workout, having a good cry, or going for a swim tend to be calming, centering activities that serve to bring us some balance and clarity. Show More Summary

Getting Around Japan from Fukuoka Prefecture

Getting around Japan can sometimes be difficult due to the language barrier. If you prefer to travel by bus like I do, it helps to know the bus schedules and where you can catch the bus. For me, the closest long-distance buses leaveShow More Summary

A Sumo Underdog Worth Watching

Whether or not you enjoy sumo, you probably enjoy a good underdog story. If that's the case, you need to tune into the November basho (sumo tourney). It just wrapped up its sixth day in Fukuoka and will be running through until next Sunday the 28th. Show More Summary

You know Christmas is coming when it's KFC preorder season!

As well as experiencing our first snow of the season yesterday, we organized another winter must-do when in Japan — the KFC Christmas Eve dinner. They take reservations this early on because it’s that popular. Apparently a marketingShow More Summary

The three most unfortunately named sweet treats on Japan's supermarket shelves

When I think of signs or labels in Japan that make me chuckle, I get transported back to when I first moved to Japan. I'm one of those people that loves checking out supermarkets or convenience stores when I'm in a foreign country –Show More Summary

Disposal of low-level radioactive waste from 2011 Fukushima crisis begins

FUKUSHIMA, Japan - Japan began Friday the disposal of low-level radioactive waste generated by the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, more than six years after the crisis triggered by the devastating earthquake and tsunami.A disposal site...Show More Summary

Eco-friendly strategies prove profitable for some Japanese firms

TOKYO - Faced with rising costs or difficult market conditions, a number of Japanese companies have improved their prospects by adopting environmentally friendly business strategies, with some going as far as moving into entirely new...Show More Summary

U.N. body calls on Japan to improve protection of press freedoms

GENEVA - A U.N. body on Thursday called on Japan to take steps to better protect press freedoms as concerns about the country's laws aimed at curtailing leaks of state secrets could hinder the work of journalists.In another of the 218 non-legally binding recommendations on Japan's human rights record released by the U.N. Show More Summary

Food for Everyone: Yokohama Ramen Museum

Is it not true that every person who comes to Japan, whether on a visit or vacation or to stay for good, looks forward to a delicious bowl of ramen? Ramen, was originally introduced in China but is now a very popular dish in Japan, and now you can find ramen everywhere in the country. Show More Summary

Winter illuminations in Japan 2017 - 2018: The classy ones!

Winter illuminations in Japan are a big deal and can be insanely popular. Of equal insanity can be the jarring combinations of color and imagery where tasteful planning seems to be anathema and a “the more light bulbs we throw at this, the better it will be” mentality reigns. Show More Summary

Ex-U.S. base worker denies intent to kill Okinawa woman

NAHA, Japan - A former U.S. civilian base worker accused of raping and killing a 20-year-old woman in Okinawa in April last year denied intent to murder on Thursday at the opening of his lay judge trial.Kenneth Franklin Shinzato, 33,...Show More Summary

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