Nov. 2, 2018: JAL D.U.I., Warm Biz, get out, up in smoke and Beatlemania.

In this week’s news from Japan Today: A Japanese airline pilot was arrested for being 10 times over the legal limit for alcohol when he showed up for his flight to Tokyo; November in Japan means it’s time for “Warm Biz,” when the thermostat gets turned down and the sweaters get put on; the governor of Okinawa is headed to the U.S. with a message — get your military bases outta here!; the Japanese government is warning its citizens not to smoke weed in Canada where it’s legal plus a plethora of Paul McCartney in Japan news. read more

Oct. 26, 2018: Blogs of war, medical lawsuit, custody battles, making a murderer and fright night.

In this week’s news from Japan Today: a freelance Japanese journalist is freed from three years in captivity in Syria; women not accepted to Tokyo Medical University due to their sex are now seeking redress; the U.S. State Department says Japan is still non-compliant with the Hague Convention on international child abductions; a 15-year-old was arrested for killing his grandfather, attempting to kill his grandmother and plotting to kill a student from his school plus Halloween in Japan — it’s not celebrated like it is in the West. read more

Oct. 19, 2018: Data shakeup, artful daughter, Othello champ, bicycle etiquette and Japan Yesterday.

In this week’s news from Japan Today: Another big Japanese company admits to falsifying data for its products; a woman in Osaka Prefecture is arrested for the murder of her father then her brother in a story right out of a mystery novel; the youngest ever Othello board game champ gets a big surprise on his flight home to Japan and an inspirational look back at Helen Keller’s 1937 visit to Japan — the first of many.

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Oct. 5, 2018: Discomfort women, Kyoto tax, Kumamoto cough drop, suicide damage and goodfellas.

In this week’s news from Japan Today: Osaka severs sister city relationship with San Francisco; Kyoto starts taxing accommodations of visitors to the city; A Kumamoto city councilwoman is censured for a cough drop; a suicide’s collateral damage in Tokyo and Japanese yakuza members are living longer and healthier lives.

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Sep. 28, 2018: Japan-U.S trade, no go-karting, coin locker baby, Kanto vs. Kansai and bad tattoos.

In this week’s news from Japan Today: PM Abe and President Trump agree to talk trade; Nintendo shuts down a go-karting company using its character likenesses; a woman is arrested in Tokyo for hiding the remains of her dead infant in coin lockers; the great Kanto versus Kansai rivalry and Rugby World Cup players and fans are asked to cover their tattoos ahead of the tournament.

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Sep. 21, 2018: Over the moon, dead cops, all hail Abe, least popular city and Japan Yesterday.

In this week’s news from Japan Today: A Japanese billionaire will be the first private citizen to travel around the moon with Space X; another policeman killed at a community police station; Shinzo Abe is set to become Japan’s longest serving prime minister; Japan’s least popular city and Japan Yesterday looks at that time U.S. president and Civil War general Ulysses S. Grant visited with Emperor Meiji.

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Sept. 14, 2018: Osaka grand slam, helping foreigners, Abe Putin, hangman pay and tourism pollution.

In this week’s news from Japan Today: Naomi Osaka is the first Japanese to win a Grand Slam tennis tournament but people seem obsessed with her nationality here; Japan — overwhelmed by natural disasters this summer — turns its attention to helping foreigners deal with emergencies; Prime Minister Abe and Vladimir Putin look to officially end WWII hostilities; how executioners get paid in Japan — and how much — and with Japan’s rise as a top travel destination so to the rise in “tourism pollution.” read more

Sep. 7, 2018: Hokkaido quake, typhoon, radiation death, the fugitive and cop junk.

In this week’s news from Japan Today: An earthquake rocked Hokkaido on Thursday killing 16, causing landslides and knocking out power across the island; a powerful typhoon slammed Japan’s west coast with heavy rain and winds over 200 kmh and wreaking havoc; the Japanese government acknowledges the first radiation death among Fukushima nuclear plant workers; a man who was under arrest for rape and robbery escaped and is on the loose in Osaka and a police officer was charged with indecency after riding the train with his zipper open. read more

Aug 31, 2018: Hospital heat deaths, trainsitting, hotel quickies, dead dad and Conan Town.

In this week’s news from Japan Today: Five elderly patients died at a hospital in Gifu City when the air conditioner broke down, a newspaper reports JR West made workers sit in a tunnel as a bullet train passed by them for training, a new trend at Japan’s famous love hotels has customers stopping in for shorter than usual trysts, a son was arrested for not informing police his father had died then living with the corpse at his home and Conan O’Brien and the mayor of “Conan Town” in Tottori Prefecture have traded demands what the comedian calls “appropriation of his name” with a visit to Japan in the works. read more

Aug 24, 2018: Basketball disgrace, super volunteer, Miss Top Gun, The Urinator and Marilyn & Joe

In this week’s news from Japan Today: Japanese basketball players have to leave the Asian Games in Jakarta after getting caught with prostitutes, an elderly volunteer is setting an example in western Japan, Japan’S newest fighter pilot is a young women inspired by the movie “Top Gun,” man arrested at Narita airport for urinating on passenger mid-flight and that time in 1954 when Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio visited Japan on their honeymoon.

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