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Tokyo lost and found included ¥3.7 billion in cash last year

Mar 16, 2017

Tokyo lost and found included ¥3.7 billion in cash last year

In addition to keys and eyeglasses and other commonly lost objects, millions of dollars worth of cash reaches the Tokyo police's lost and found department every year. In fact, last year people handed over a record ¥3.67 billion ($32 million) in lost cash, and about ...

Rural Japan's folk traditions fading as residents age

Feb 9, 2017

Rural Japan's folk traditions fading as residents age

Traditions die hard in the small mountain town of Kanegasaki, whose history includes a series of battles nearly 1,000 years ago that drove an ancestor of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to leave the area for southern Japan. But as Japan ages and rural towns face ...

Depopulating rust belt counts on 'robonomics' to run assembly lines

/ Dec 19, 2016

Depopulating rust belt counts on 'robonomics' to run assembly lines

A withering factory town in the rust belt is looking for revival through a dose of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's "robot revolution." Kadoma's population in Osaka Prefecture has shrunk 13 percent as the nation ages, prompting mergers among elementary schools and emergency services departments. Factories ...