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Hinano Kobayashi
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 19, 2020
Niigata opens drive-thru coronavirus test clinic amid growing demand
A public health center in the city of Niigata has launched one of Japan's first drive-thru clinics to test for COVID-19 amid growing demand for tests of the deadly virus.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Aug 20, 2019
Haneda Innovation City: Cultural and technological complex next to Tokyo airport gets a name
A major cultural and technological complex to be built near Tokyo's Haneda airport has a name: Haneda Innovation City, or HICity for short.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Aug 19, 2019
Rare Japan road-rage manhunt prompts national debate over dangerous driving
The National Public Safety Commission says it “tightened” its approach toward dangerous driving in January 2018.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Aug 6, 2019
Fuji TV apologizes after calling KyoAni arson victim Yasuhiro Takemoto an 'idiot' due to a misquote
Fuji Television Network has apologized to families of the victims of the July 18 arson attack on a Kyoto Animation studio after misquoting a friend of anime director Yasuhiro Takemoto, who died in the blaze, as saying "there was no idiot like him" during a news program that aired Sunday.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Jul 31, 2019
Passports, maiden names, brackets: Japan Foreign Minister Taro Kono wades into a minefield
When Foreign Minister Taro Kono wrote on Twitter that he would order his ministry to look into the contentious issue of maiden names on passports in response to a tweet in early June, he may not have been aware of the minefield he was about to step into.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jul 29, 2019
Rainy season ends in Japan's Kanto-Koshin region, giving way to intense heat
The annual milestone came 30 days later than last year, and temperatures will likely start rising to dangerous highs.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jul 24, 2019
Mothers concerned about preparing children's meals during summer vacation, survey reports
Some 60 percent of mothers with children who attend elementary school are worried about being able to give them proper meals during the summer vacation, according to a survey by Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jul 1, 2019
On Walkman's 40th anniversary, Sony opens retro exhibition in Ginza
Sony Corp. opened an exhibition Monday in Tokyo's bustling Ginza district to mark the 40th anniversary of its signature Walkman.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jun 26, 2019
Mount Fuji opens to climbers Monday, but summit inaccessible for now
The Yoshida trail, the most popular of the four routes taken to climb Mount Fuji, will open Monday for the climbing season, but climbers using the trail won't yet be able to reach the summit.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jun 12, 2019
Costly cabs: Japanese taxis have second-highest fares worldwide, research finds
Well-dressed and sporting jackets and white gloves, Japanese taxi drivers chauffeur locals and tourists to their destinations in comfortable, air-conditioned cars with doors that open automatically.

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Traditional folk rituals like Mizudome-no-mai (dance to stop the rain) provide a sense of agency to a population that feels largely powerless in the face of the climate crisis.
As climate extremes intensify, Japan embraces ancient weather rituals