Japan is looking to revise its romanization rules for the first time in about 70 years, switching to the Hepburn rules from the current Kunrei-shiki rules. For example, the famous Tokyo shopping district known worldwide as Shibuya will be changed in its official presentation from Sibuya.
JAPAN / Society
Mar 2, 2024
Japan to revise official romanization rules for first time in 70 years
The country will switch to the Hepburn rules from the current Kunrei-shiki rules, meaning, for example, the official spelling of Aichi will replace Aiti.
Rina Gonoi, a former Self-Defense Forces member who accused colleagues of sexually assaulting her during her time in the military, speaks during an interview in Yokohama last December.
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Mar 2, 2024
Japanese ex-soldier wins U.S. award for fight against sexual harassment
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Agriculture minister Tetsushi Sakamoto shows a mock-up of a label for vegetables grown in a sustainable way at his ministry on Friday.
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Mar 1, 2024
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Mar 1, 2024
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JAPAN / Society / First person
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Takuya Usami, the curator at Mantenboshi, a stargazing observatory in Noto, Ishikawa Prefecture, said that a survey by the Environment Ministry had ranked the Noto region as among the best places in Japan for stargazing.
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Feb 29, 2024
Stargazing observatory in quake-hit Noto looks forward to reopening
“I want to show everyone little by little the beauty of the starry sky, one of Noto’s attractions," a curator at the observatory said.

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