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Almost half of single young men and women in Japan are virgins. Up to 70 per cent of millennials aren’t in a relationship but their desire to marry one day remains. In a country where birth rates are crashing, the stats have been blamed on everything from anime to porn and women not pulling their weight. (sbs.com.au)
The world’s third-largest economy has suffered from a caricature. Yes, Japan fell from its pinnacle in the 1990s because of a property crash, enfeebled banks and a dwindling population. But that was then. It’s not falling anymore.
Japan has very little in the way of dangerous wildlife, meaning that you’re about as unlikely to be a victim of a violence in rural areas as you are in the country’s famously safe cities. However, Hokkaido is home to a sizable bear population. (Japan Today)
Police in Tokyo said Tuesday they have arrested a 49-year-old woman on suspicion of abandoning a body after she left the corpse of her newborn baby in coin lockers for 4-5 years. (Japan Today)
Japan rugby international Takuma Asahara was run over by a car early Sunday, but only sustained light injuries, police said Tuesday. (Japan Times)
Tokyo's Ameyoko Market is the city's street food paradise. There is no debate. The market street runs for 400 meters along the Yamanote Line from Okachimachi to Ueno Station. (ONLY in JAPAN)
Shinchosha Publishing Co. said Tuesday that it will suspend the publication of a monthly magazine at the center of a controversy over articles related to lesbian, gay, bisexuals and transgender, or LGBT, people. (Jiji)
A medical school in Tokyo that recently admitted to rigging entrance exams to discriminate against women has approved its first female president.
Former yokozuna grand champion and stablemaster Takanohana has submitted a letter of resignation to the Japan Sumo Association. He says reasons for his written complaint filed to the government about one of his sumo wrestler pupils over an injury incident have been deemed groundless by the association.
Six people were injured, three seriously, when their motorboat slammed into a quay Sunday morning on an island in Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture. (Japan Times)
After years of attracting visitors from all over Japan, this quirky display has finally moved on. (soranews24.com)
Japan's Defense Ministry is developing supersonic glide bombs to strengthen the defense of remote islands, including the Senkaku Islands in Okinawa Prefecture, southern Japan. (Jiji)
Mongolian grand champion Hakuho said Monday he wants to give himself a treat for the feats he accomplished at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament. (Kyodo)
Japanese tennis sensation Naomi Osaka not only hit the cash jackpot with her historic U.S. Open victory -- she struck a blow for racial equality, according to a former Miss Japan. (Japan Today)
A nine-year-old boy drowned and two of his friends were rescued after they got into difficulties in the Yamato River in Osaka on Sunday. (Japan Today)
Six people were injured, three of them seriously, when a motor boat carrying them slammed into a quay Sunday morning on an island in Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture. (Japan Times)
A day after securing his record-extending 41st championship, Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho closed the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament with a perfect 15-0 record on Sunday.
The organizer of the Tokyo Marathon is considering raising the fees paid by participants by 50 pct, from 10,000 yen to 15,000 yen, starting with the race in March 2020, it was learned Saturday. (Jiji)
A Japanese cargo spacecraft, the Kounotori 7, is on its way to deliver supplies to the International Space Station. (NHK)
Japan's space agency JAXA says 2 rovers released from its Hayabusa2 probe have landed on the asteroid Ryugu.