Japan begins collecting ¥1,000 departure tax to fund inbound tourism promotion plan www.japantimes.co.jp

Japan started collecting a ¥1,000 departure tax Monday from each traveler leaving the country in an effort to fund measures to attract more foreign visitors in the run-up to and beyond the 2020 Tok...

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Cafe opens in Tokyo staffed by robots controlled by paralyzed people soranews24.com

On 26 November, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held in the Nippon Foundation Building in Akasaka, Tokyo for a very special kind of cafe.Called Dawn ver.β, it’s staffed entirely with robot waiters. W...

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Japan Is Giving Away 8 Million Abandoned Houses www.travelandleisure.com

If you are a prospective homebuyer who is struggling to gather up the money for a downpayment or to be approved for a mortgage, you may want to consider moving to Japan. To keep good homes from goi...

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Elon Musk unveils first tourist for SpaceX 'Moon loop' www.bbc.com

Elon Musk's company SpaceX has unveiled the first private passenger it plans to fly around the Moon.

Japanese billionaire and online fashion tycoon Yusaku Maezawa, 42, announced: "I choose to go to...

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Another Roadside Attraction: 3 Random Joys of Japanese Highway Travel blog.gaijinpot.com

Exploring Japan by car can be uniquely rewarding. Beyond the ability to soak in the picturesque vistas on your own time, there are other experiences to be had. So whether you’re a passenger or a dr...

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Sumo: Kisenosato ready to make injury comeback at autumn tourney english.kyodonews.net

Yokozuna Kisenosato said Thursday he is determined to put his injury woes behind him and make a winning comeback at the upcoming Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament after missing a record-setting eight co...

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Quake-hit Hokkaido may not have power fully restored for over a week english.kyodonews.net

The shutdown of a key thermal power plant may mean Hokkaido could see reduced electricity supply for over a week, a state minister said Thursday, following a powerful earthquake that rattled Japan'...

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Uber Seals Its First Taxi Deal in Japan www.bloomberg.com

Uber Technologies Inc. has finally found a partner for its cab-hailing program in Japan, one of the world’s largest taxi markets.

A Fuji Taxi vehicle with the Uber logo.Photographer: Yuji Nakamura/...

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Japan Spacecraft Collects Samples from Asteroid’s Surface shingetsunewsagency.com

Since the launch of the Hayabusa-2 spacecraft from the Tanegashima Launch Center into space in 2014, and after its three-and-a-half-year journey, it finally reached its destination—an asteroid call...

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5 Romance Anime to Fill the Current ‘Your Name’ Void blog.gaijinpot.com

Fans worldwide are going into anime withdrawal, itching for their next Makoto Shinkai fix. While Shinkai teased in a vague tweet that his next film is set to release sometime in 2019, not much more...

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