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Kathleen Benoza
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 9, 2023
Japan to extend domestic travel subsidy program beyond April
The program is aimed at bolstering the tourism industry's post-pandemic recovery.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 8, 2023
Thirteen people claim ownership of ¥10 million found in Hokkaido trash
With each claimant giving different reasons for why and how they lost the money, identifying the true owner has become a headache for the Hokkaido police.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 3, 2023
Japan's Cabinet backs use of GPS trackers for defendants on bail
The legal amendments only apply to defendants who authorities fear may flee abroad, with the move influenced by the escape of former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 2, 2023
Details emerge on teenage suspect in stabbing at Saitama school
Police arrested the 17-year-old on suspicion of attempted murder after he allegedly stabbed a 60-year-old teacher multiple times in the arms and stomach.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Mar 2, 2023
Japanese firms aim to improve employee productivity with 'hay fever allowance'
Rather than leave workers to tolerate symptoms with over-the-counter medication, the system tries to ease access to professional help for those who need it.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Mar 1, 2023
Early detection of postpartum depression? Japanese researchers may have found a way.
Currently, there are no available tests that aid with the prediction of postpartum depression.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Feb 28, 2023
Nippon Ham's plant-based seafood is first for major Japanese food manufacturer
Amid growing demand for marine resources, the company has developed a fried fish product resembling whitefish and a popcorn shrimp product mimicking real shrimp.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Explainer
Feb 27, 2023
Japan moves toward approving abortion pill in major shift
Currently, surgery is the only option available to terminate a pregnancy in Japan.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Feb 20, 2023
Leiji Matsumoto, famed for 'Space Battleship Yamato' anime, dies at 85
The manga artist, also known for the series “Galaxy Express 999,” died of acute heart failure at a Tokyo hospital on Feb. 13, his company announced.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Feb 17, 2023
Japan to offer insurance certificates to those without integrated My Number card
Those who haven't merged their My Number and health insurance cards can apply for the free certificate, or continue using the insurance card for one more year.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Feb 16, 2023
Retrieving smartphone data from 'Luffy' suspects no easy task, experts say
The robbery suspects were careful not to leave digital traces of their operation, communicating through an encrypted messaging app.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Feb 13, 2023
Japan's hay fever season is here, and it's set to pack a punch
The Tokyo area is forecast to have up to twice as much pollen over an average year.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Feb 10, 2023
Transport networks disrupted as heavy snow falls in Tokyo area
Snow fell from the morning across a wide area of the Kanto region, which includes Tokyo, and neighboring regions to the west.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Feb 9, 2023
Officials urge vigilance as Tokyo region set for heavy snowfall
Authorities have urged those in affected areas to refrain from nonessential outings and warned of transport disruptions and the risk of blackouts.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Tech
Feb 8, 2023
Can you feel that? Japan researchers develop haptic information sharing technology
The “Feel Tech'' technology has vast array of applications, and the developers hope it will help expand the scope of human communication.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Feb 7, 2023
Japanese airline association to make onboard mask-wearing optional
The plan to make passenger mask-wearing a “personal choice” in May has been made in line with the government’s planned revision of mask guidelines.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Feb 2, 2023
A record number of Japanese nationals are now living as permanent residents abroad
In the survey released in December, 557,034 Japanese nationals were permanent residents overseas, with the figure steadily increasing in the past two decades.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 30, 2023
Two missing skiers confirmed dead after Nagano avalanche
Authorities said they were unable to immediately confirm the nationalities of the men, but Mountain Gazette reported that one was professional skier Kyle Smaine from California.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Explainer
Jan 26, 2023
As Japan's energy firms raise prices, here is how to cut electricity use
Seven major electric companies have applied to the industry ministry to boost its energy prices, causing further concern to households worried about rising costs.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Jan 20, 2023
Over 70% of Tokyo's small and midsize firms have no plans to raise wages this year
While top firms have already announced wage increases following Kishida’s call for a hike that exceeds inflation, the survey shows that this may prove to be difficult for smaller companies.

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