Nearly 850 treated at hospitals for heatstroke

Hundreds of people were taken to hospitals across Japan with symptoms of heatstroke on Sunday, as the intense hot weather continues.

Fire departments and police say at least 846 people received med...

posted by  Tanuki | 4 months, 3 weeks ago | 0 comments

Koike allies secure majority in Tokyo election

In Sunday's Tokyo metropolitan assembly election, Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike's new regional party and candidates supporting her have secured a majority in the assembly. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's...

posted by  Tanuki | 5 months, 1 week ago | 2 comments

World’s first Starbucks coffee shop with tatami rooms to open in Kyoto

Japan’s ancient capital of Kyoto has many tourist attractions to offer, from its historic sites to scenic landscapes, and is now adding a new one to its list — the world’s first Starbucks coffee sh...

posted by  Yubi | 5 months, 2 weeks ago | 1 comment

Square watermelons shipped in western Japan

Farmers in Kagawa Prefecture, western Japan, have started shipping square watermelons across the country.

Such watermelons were first developed by farmers in the district of Fudeoka in the city of ...

posted by  Yubi | 5 months, 2 weeks ago | 1 comment

June 2017 Events

Rainy and humid June is the calm before the storm. That is, in terms of events and activities, it’s relatively quiet compared to May (what with its spring festivals) and July, which marks the start...

posted by  Tanuki | 6 months, 3 weeks ago | 0 comments

Summer Already?

People across Japan sweated it out in summer-like conditions, with temperatures on Saturday surpassing 30 degrees Celsius in some areas. Most observation points recorded their highest temperatures ...

posted by  Tanuki | 6 months, 3 weeks ago | 1 comment

Rainy season appears underway in southwest Japan

Japan's Meteorological Agency says it appears the annual rainy season has begun in Okinawa and the Amami islands in the southwest.

The agency made the announcement on Saturday morning.

Officials at...

posted by  Tanuki | 7 months ago | 1 comment

Experiencing Japan’s Senpai-Kouhai System at Work

In Japan, where seniority and experience continue to take precedence over qualifications or ability, the idea of “respect your elders” is at the forefront of daily working life. One of the ways thi...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 7 months ago | 0 comments

Kumamoto ‘baby hatch’ accepted 125 babies over nine years since launch

The controversial “baby hatch” set up at a Kumamoto hospital in 2007 to enable people to leave infants anonymously took in a total of 125 babies over nine years through March last year.

Ahead of it...

posted by  Yubi | 7 months ago | 0 comments

Statue of elephant Hanako built in Tokyo

A bronze statue of Japan's oldest elephant, Hanako, has been unveiled at a train station in Tokyo.

About 300 people attended a ceremony on Friday in front of JR Kichijoji Station.

The Asian elephan...

posted by  Tanuki | 7 months, 1 week ago | 0 comments


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