Big tech warns of 'Japan's millennium bug' ahead of Akihito's abdication

On 30 April 2019, Emperor Akihito of Japan is . The decision was announced in December 2017 so as to ensure an orderly transition to Akihito’s son, Naruhito, but the coronation could cause concerns...

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Japanese city Iga bombarded with job applications from wannabe foreign ninjas after major misunderstanding

A major misunderstanding has led aspiring ninjas from around the world to inundate the city of Iga with inquiries about possible work opportunities after an interview with a local official was lost...

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Kengo Kuma’s Tokyo 2020 Olympic Stadium Begins Construction

Construction has begun on Kengo Kuma’s design for the Tokyo 2020 National Olympic Stadium, a year after the scheme was selected to replace the original stadium design by Zaha Hadid Architects and t...

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Toyota to showcase advanced autonomous EVs at 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Toyota Motor Corp. said Monday it will introduce its e-Palette autonomous electric vehicles to transport athletes at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, showcasing its latest self-driving and ...

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Japan needs more ‘unskilled’ foreign workers – but they can’t bring family

Japan wants to start accepting more foreign workers from April next year, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday, as the country faces a serious labour crunch across many of its industries.

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Disrupting Japan #125: How Japan’s Unique Relationship with Robots is About to Make it #1 Again

Japan had been a global leader in robotics for decades, but recently the traditional Japanese leaders have been losing ground to the better-funded and better-publicized firms coming out of America ...

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Japan’s Fiery Toyohashi Gion Festival

In central Japan, near Mikawa Bay, the Toyohashi Gion Festival—during which local men set off large handheld fireworks as part of a Shinto ritual—has taken place annually for more than 350 years. A...

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Happiness is a banana-shaped poo, and other exhilarating excreta

More classy output from What Japan Thinks, with this look at that moment of relief from the daily stresses of life, with the focus on stuff that comes out of or off the body.

I can very much identi...

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Sumo: New champion Mitakeumi cherishes maiden tournament victory

Sipping sake from a giant silver cup gives the drink a special taste, Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament champion Mitakeumi said Monday.

A day after being crowned champion for the first time in his caree...

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Women Outnumber Men Among Japanese Residing Overseas

Statistics from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs show that there are 705,183 women on long-term overseas stays, compared to 646,787 men. Women have outnumbered men in this respect since 1999, sugges...

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