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Sep 15 2013
battleship-island

The Japanese government plans to recommend that a group of 28 sites related to the country’s industrial revolution in the Meiji era be included in the UNESCO World Heritage list, informed sources said Saturday.
The 28 sites, located in eight prefectures mainly in the Kyushu southwestern Japan region, include coal mines, steelworks, shipyards and other facilities that led the country’s industrialization in the late 19th century to the early 20th century. The sites include facilities in operation.
The government plans to submit a recommendation for “Sites of Japan Meiji Industrial Revolution” to …

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Sep 1 2013
Japan-Meteorological-Agency

The Japan Meteorological Agency launched a special emergency warning system on Friday that provides more information than existing warnings and advisories of imminent disaster risks.
When issuing the heightened warnings, the agency will warn residents in areas that are forecast to be affected to evacuate or take protective measures immediately.
The agency developed the system by drawing on lessons learned from a monster typhoon that hit the Kii Peninsula, western Japan, in September 2011 and torrential rain in the northern Kyushu region, southwestern Japan, in July last year, both of which caused …

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Aug 26 2013
kabukicho

Shinjuku Ward in Tokyo, home to one of the country’s largest nightlife districts, is set to ban any kind of soliciting in the street not only for sex clubs but also karaoke parlors, pubs and bars from September.
The move comes in the wake of growing incidents involving trouble with touts in the ward, particularly in the Kabukicho area, ward officials said.
A metropolitan ordinance already bans aggressive solicitation such as pulling at the clothing of passersby, but the ward’s new ordinance, set to be enforced Sept. 1, will ban any kind …

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Aug 12 2013
ghosts

In Eastern countries such as China and Japan, the month of August is one to celebrate. The “Hungry Ghost Festival” is known all around the world which is celebrated on the 15th day of the 7th lunar month. In celebration of ghosts, here are the most haunted places to visit in Japan.
1. Amidaji (Temple of Amida)
Located in Dan-no-ura in the Shimonoseki Strait, Amidaji is a legendary haunted place. A dead samurai is known to haunt the area. The story is quite famous and it has been adapted into a movie, …

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Aug 12 2013
the_phoenix_project

Project Phoenix announced earlier this week of their plans to set up a Kickstarter, a Japanese role-playing game (JRPG). The big difference with this project is that it’ll be combined with Real Time Strategy (RTS). The future of gaming is set to be changed with the founder of Creative Intelligence Arts, Hiroaki Yura in the head of the game development.
Uniting top game developers from the West and the East, Project Phoenix takes on the JRPG genre with art direction from Kiyoshi Arai, best known for Final Fantasy XII and XIV. …

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Jul 30 2013
there is an expression in Japanese, `ato no matsuri`(after the festival)...but what happens before the festival?

there is an expression in Japanese, `ato no matsuri`(after the festival)…but what happens before the festival?
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This year I wanted to get to the summer festival early.
I recently found out that the festival is a time when the gods are let out to play and that is why they are paraded about on the o-mikoshi , or portable shrines. I was curious to see how it started, and feel the anticipation of those moments just before the gods are set free…
All the years I saw the summer festivals in the …

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Jul 28 2013
mt-fuji

A 10-day trial scheme to collect a 1,000-yen entrance fee from those climbing Mount Fuji, Japan’s highest mountain, was introduced on Thursday.
The entrance fee is charged on four routes leading to the summit of the 3,776-meter mountain, which straddles Shizuoka and Yamanashi Prefectures. Payment is voluntary.
Over the 10-day period, officials from the Shizuoka and Yamanashi prefectural governments will be stationed on the four routes between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. to collect the fee. The four are the Fujinomiyaguchi, Subashiriguchi and Gotenbaguchi routes that start in Shizuoka and …

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Jul 23 2013
Antonio-Inoki

A former Japanese wrestler who took on boxer Muhammad Ali in a cross-discipline bout in the 1970s is among the winners in his nation’s election to the upper house of parliament yesterday.
Antonio Inoki, 70, was elected as a member of the Japan Restoration Party, resuming a presence in Japan’s legislature decades after he fought Ali to a draw in 1976. The ballot, which suffered a slump in turnout as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling coalition swept to a majority, also saw a television actor win a seat on a platform …

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Jul 23 2013
train-push-japan

Dozens of Japanese train passengers pushed a 32-ton train carriage away from the platform to free a woman who had fallen into the 20-centimeter eight-inch gap between the train and platform. The act of heroism was captured by a newspaper photographer.
A public announcement that a passenger was trapped prompted about 40 people to join train officials to push the carriage, whose suspension system allows it to lean to either side, the Yomiuri newspaper reported.
The unnamed woman in her 30s was then pulled out uninjured to applause from onlookers at JR …

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Jul 13 2013
cells-dish

A subcommittee of the health ministry’s Health Sciences Council approved plans Friday for what would be the world’s first clinical trial using induced pluripotent stem cells.
The health minister is expected shortly to give the final approval for the iPS cell clinical trial on eye disease patients planned by a team from the state-affiliated research institute Riken’s Center for Developmental Biology in Kobe.
The Riken project has already been approved by a screening panel under the subcommittee, as well as by the ethics board of the research institute.
Friday’s meeting of the subcommittee …

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