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Japanese consumer prices rose in March, data showed Friday, but a drop in factory output and still-weak household spending underscored the challenges facing policymakers as they battle on-and-off deflation. The figures came a day after Japan's central bank boosted its economic growth forecast, even…
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Japan consumer prices rise in March for third straight month

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2017 ranking and guide to the Top 10 stations in Tokyo with the lowest rent. Katsushika Ward in northeast Tokyo takes the prize for lowest average rent.
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Top 10 Stations in Tokyo With Lowest Average Rent 2017

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Where medical marijuana is legal, adults are more likely to use the drug illegally and are at an increased risk of cannabis use disorder, according to a new study. Researchers found that illegal use of marijuana and rates of cannabis use disorder rose to a greater extent in U.S. states…
Japan Today 04/27/2017

Where medical marijuana is legal, illegal use climbs

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In 2013, American-based premium ice cream company Häagen-Dazs closed down its dedicated ice cream parlors in Japan. That didn’t mean that the company was pulling the plug on its Japanese operations entirely, though. In the years since, Häagen-Dazs has continued to occupy an exalted position in the J...
Japan Today 04/27/2017

Häagen-Dazs Bakery opens in Tokyo

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Muji, formally known as Mujirushi Ryohin, which translates as “no-logo goods” in English, is a chain of retail stores in Japan which sells everything from stationery to furniture, with a focus on sleek design and minimal fuss. Back in 2015, Muji wowed us all by taking their minimalist philosophy to…
Japan Today 04/27/2017

Tiny house by Muji finally goes on sale in Japan

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Nintendo Co's Switch, a new hybrid game machine that works as both a console and a tablet, is selling well, helping the Kyoto-based company behind the Super Mario and Pokemon franchises trim its quarterly losses. Nintendo said Thursday it has sold 2.74 million Switch machines and 5.46 million units…
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Hot Switch sales boost Nintendo sales, trim quarterly loss

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Activists campaigning against sexual violence urged the ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Thursday to ensure the swift passage of a bill to toughen penalties for rape and other sex offenses during the current Diet session. The request came after the Cabinet approved the bill for sweeping legal revi...
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Activists seek swift passage of bill on tougher penalties for rape

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More and more museums in Japan are looking to abandon their no-photos policy amid the spread of smartphones and calls for them to conform to global practices. While many famous museums overseas allow visitors to take photos, museums in Japan have long banned photography due partly to concerns about…
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Japanese museums abandoning no-photos policy

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The combined overseas production of eight major Japanese carmakers in fiscal 2016 soared 5.8% from a year earlier to 19,115,573 units, with all except Mitsubishi Motors Corp posting record-high outputs, data showed Thursday. The combined domestic output of the automakers -- Nissan Motor Co, Honda Mo...
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Japanese carmakers' overseas output soars 5.8% in FY 2016

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Japan's new disaster reconstruction minister apologized in person Thursday to the governors of two of the prefectures hit by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami for a remark by his predecessor who stepped down the previous day. "The remark lost us your trust. I came here today in the hope…
Japan Today 04/27/2017

New reconstruction minister visits tsunami-hit areas to mend ties

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Former actress Saya Takagi, who appeared in many Japanese TV dramas in the 1980s and 1990s, was sentenced Thursday to one year in prison, suspended for three years, for possessing marijuana at her home on Ishigaki Island in Okinawa Prefecture. Takagi, 53, had pleaded not guilty during her trial at…
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Ex-actress Saya Takagi gets suspended term for marijuana possession

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday discussed joint economic projects on disputed islands which could pave the way for the countries to finally sign a peace treaty ending World War II. Japan and Russia both claim four islands north of Japan's island of...
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Putin, Abe discuss economic projects on disputed islands

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Trading in Takata's shares was halted on Thursday after a media report said the embattled Japanese airbag maker was considering filing for bankruptcy and then rolling its key businesses into a new company. Takata, at the centre of the biggest-ever auto safety recall, declined to comment on the repor...
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Takata shares suspended on bankruptcy, asset sale report

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A high court on Thursday upheld a lower court ruling that ordered the city of Higashimatsushima in Miyagi to pay 26.5 million yen in damages to the family of a schoolgirl killed by tsunami in 2011. The Sendai High Court recognized the city-run Nobiru Elementary School to which the 9-year-old…
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Court finds Miyagi city negligent over schoolgirl's tsunami death

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The United States plans to transfer the bulk of 4,000 out of 19,000 Marines stationed in Okinawa, southern Japan, to Guam in a period from 2024 to 2028, the commander of the U.S. Pacific Command said Wednesday. Adm. Harry Harris told a congressional hearing that "the movement of the bulk…
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U.S. plans to move 4,000 Marines in Okinawa to Guam from 2024

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If someone In Japan sends a text to you with "4649" in it, do you know what it means? Here's a quick guide to Japanese numeric codes.
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How to Speak in Japanese Number Code

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