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Cormorant fishing master Youichiro Adachi (left) holds the leashes tied to the necks and bodies of cormorants on the Nagara River in Oze, Gifu Prefecture, on Sept. 8.
ENVIRONMENT
Nov 30, 2023
Environmental change threatens Japan's cormorant fishing legacy
The method of fishing was once common in Japan, and a version of it has also been practiced in China
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Aug 30, 2022
Last handful of fish: Crisis pushes more Sri Lankans into poverty
Rampant inflation, snaking fuel queues and shortages of essentials such as food and medicine have driven many Sri Lankans into poverty.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 5, 2021
Rescue mission: The animals being cared for in Fukushima's nuclear zone
Sakae Kato stayed behind to look after cats when other residents evacuated, spurred on in part by the shock of finding dead pets in abandoned houses.
Japan Times
LIFE
Dec 15, 2020
Solo sauna a hot favorite in Tokyo as coronavirus cases rise
The co-founder of Solo Sauna Tune, which provides Finnish-style sauna rooms, says the pandemic and the social distancing have been a boost for business.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Dec 14, 2020
As pandemic spurs a tidying frenzy, Japan's secondhand goods market booms
With prompting from Tokyo's governor, alongside decluttering icon Marie Kondo, people are getting rid of old items at a brisk rate.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Oct 27, 2020
Japan ink: Growing tribe proudly defies tattoo taboo — and hopes for Olympic boost
Banned from spas, hot spring resorts, some beaches and many gyms and pools, enthusiasts hope the presence of tattooed foreign athletes at next year's Tokyo Games will help sweep away suspicion surrounding their ink.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Oct 16, 2020
Tokyo theme park Yomiuriland becomes new office for teleworkers
Yomiuriland is offering packages including a workspace by the pool and rides on its Ferris wheel.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Nov 28, 2017
Dying at home increasingly an option in Japan for those who want to 'go to the afterlife quietly'
After he was diagnosed with leukemia in July, Katsuo Saito decided not to treat it and opted for palliative care. He had a hard time finding a bed in a hospice or hospital, so he spent most of his remaining weeks at home.

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The Japanese government updated its English education guidelines in 2017 to emphasize communication over grammar and memorization. Public school teachers are incredibly busy, however, which means schools haven’t been able to implement changes uniformly. Private and alternative schools are attempting to remedy this.
The language of opportunity: Bilingual education is on the rise in Japan