Japan's Alpine sightseeing route featuring 17-meter snow walls opens english.kyodonews.net

A sightseeing route running through the Tateyama mountain range in central Japan's Northern Alps opened Monday, offering views at one point of snow walls as tall as 17 meters each side of the road....

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The Sprawling Legacy of Isao Takahata, Co-Founder of Studio Ghibli www.smithsonianmag.com

Isao Takahata, a master of Japanese animation who co-founded the beloved animation house Studio Ghibli with fellow titan Hayao Miyazaki, died following a battle with lung cancer at the Teikyo Unive...

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A Tremendous Supply of Rare Earth Metals Is Sitting in Japanese Waters www.extremetech.com

Certain so-called “rare-earth” metals are vital to modern manufacturing and technology. Applications range from lasers and magnets to ceramic capacitors, oxidative agents, high-temperature supercon...

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What Isle of Dogs Gets Right About Japan www.newyorker.com

A week ago, I saw Wes Anderson’s “Isle of Dogs,” or “Inu-ga-shima.” I saw it as someone who, upon hearing that name, is forcibly reminded of Oni-ga-shima, the isle of demons where Peach Boy, a hero...

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Kengo Kuma designs Japan's first Ace Hotel www.dezeen.com

The Ace Hotel chain is opening its first Japanese outpost in Kyoto this winter, in a former telephone exchange building overhauled by Kengo Kuma.

Japanese architect Kuma will convert the ShinPuhKan...

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Flea Markets tokyocheapo.com

A cheapo’s paradise, Tokyo flea markets are awesome places for bargain-hunting. And there’s no shortage of them—you’ll find something happening in one of the city’s parks or parking lots just about...

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Legendary Tokyo Game Shop Closes kotaku.com

In some ways, Hisako Akitani’s videogame store was just another small family business that closed when its owners got older and tired of fighting the internet.

Yet when Ms. Akitani stood behind her...

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Japan’s Population Forecast to 2045: Tokyo Continues to Dominate www.nippon.com

Japan’s 2015 census showed that southern Kantō (Tokyo, Kanagawa, Chiba, and Saitama Prefectures) accounted for 28.4% of the overall population. This concentration in the Tokyo metropolitan area is ...

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Crime syndicate members in Japan fall to record low in 2017 english.kyodonews.net

The number of crime syndicate members in Japan fell to a record-low 34,500 in 2017, down for the 13th straight year, on the back of stronger police crackdowns, national police data showed Thursday....

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International Marriages in Japan Decline from 2006 Peak www.nippon.com

International marriages peaked in 2006, but have declined considerably since then. Especially prominent is the massive drop in unions between Japanese husbands and Filipina wives.

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