Sixth graders don expensive hakama outfits for graduation.小学校の卒業式 「はかま姿」が人気に小学校の卒業式がピークを迎えた。晴れの舞台に「はかま姿」の児童の姿が目立つようになってき...

'Hybrid ice' could revolutionize fisheries

A new 'hybrid ice' flash-freeze method might just shake up the fisheries industry.

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Japan alert over natl. security in Toshiba chip spinoff

Japan will scrutinize potential buyers of Toshiba's semiconductor business for possible national security issues.

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First preview of new Tokyo 2020 Olympic stadium

The national stadium under construction for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games is opened to press for the first...

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Bird flu triggers cull of 288,000 chickens

Culling begins in response to a mass bird flu outbreak at a chicken farm in northeast Japan.

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Legionnaires' outbreak at hot spring infects 14

An outbreak of Legionnaires' disease at a hot spring in western Japan sends 14 people to hospitals.

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Near-endangered stork chicks hatch

Oriental storks, once extinct in Japan, hatch on Shikoku Island.

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Two collapse in snow hut from carbon monoxide poisoning

An elderly man and woman collapse in a snow hut from apparent carbon monoxide poisoning while barbecuing mutton in Sappo...

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Kindergarten president says he got ¥1m from Abe's wife

The president of a scandal-hit kindergarten tells Parliament that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's wife Akie donated one mill...

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Govt seeks unified automatic brake standards

Japan is moving to create unified standards for automatic brakes to halt a rise in accidents involving elderly drivers.

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