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Shrine honors cats at Japan island where they outnumber humans

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On a small island off Japan’s northeastern coast, visitors make offerings at a shrine for unlikely local guardians: cats. The “Neko Jinja,” or Cat Shrine, mythologizes cats as guardian angels of Tashirojima, where cats outnumber humans. Legend says the island used to be famous for sericulture and farmers would keep… Read

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Japan on alert for unseasonal swarm of stink bugs that feed on fruit

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Japan is bracing for a swarm of stink bugs that can attack tree fruits, with an unusually large number of prefectures already issuing alerts. Of Japan's 47 prefectures, 30 from west to east, including Tokyo, had issued stink bug alerts as of Friday, according to Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and… Read

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Japan is changing its yen bills soon, so beware of scam artists, government warns

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There’s a big release date coming up in Japan on July 3. It’s not a new video game, anime series, or Japanese Frappuccino, though. It’s the day Japan’s new yen bills go into circulation. The first redesign of Japan’s paper currency in 20 years is something the government announced back in… Read

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Transport ministry reviews safety at JAL after spate of incidents

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Japan's transport ministry carried out an inspection at a Japan Airlines Co office at Haneda airport in Tokyo on Friday following a series of incidents involving the company's aircraft, including one on Thursday in which two jets touched wings while taxiing, officials said. Four officials of the Ministry of Land,… Read

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Japanese dog of 'Doge' meme fame dies

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The Japanese dog whose photo inspired a generation of oddball online jokes and the $23-billion Dogecoin cryptocurrency beloved by Elon Musk died on Friday, her owner said. "She quietly passed away as if asleep while I caressed her," Atsuko Sato wrote on her blog, thanking the fans of her shiba… Read

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Japan to require firms to expand support for employees with kids

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Japan enacted revised laws on Friday mandating companies to enhance support measures for employees raising children, including facilitating more flexible use of teleworking and shorter working hours, as part of efforts to combat the country's declining birthrate. For employees with children aged 3 and above who are yet to be… Read

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Wi-Fi, drones and sharp blades on Japan's whaling mothership

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In whale-motif jacket, shirt and tie plus a whale-shaped hat, Hideki Tokoro shows off Japan's new whaling "mothership", the Kangei Maru -- slicing blades, butchery deck, freezers and all. "Whales eat up marine creatures that should feed other fish. They also compete against humans," said Tokoro, the president of whaling… Read

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Gadgets, toys for visually impaired gaining traction in Japan

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Gadgets and toys with cutting-edge technology to cater for people with visual impairment are gaining traction in Japan, as an increasing number of firms are adopting inclusive designs that can be handled easily by many. Sony Corp launched last year a digital camera that projects the subject captured by the… Read

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Japan to work with ASEAN to train 100,000 digital professionals

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Japan aims to work with ASEAN to train 100,000 highly skilled digital professionals in the fields of artificial intelligence and semiconductors over the next five years, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Thursday. Kishida also said in a speech in Tokyo that the second ministerial meeting of the Japan-led Asia Zero… Read

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Study uses blood tests to detect early-stage Alzheimer's

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A research team at the University of Tokyo said Thursday it has detected accumulations of proteins believed to cause Alzheimer's in blood samples taken from Japanese people with mild or no symptoms, potentially allowing easier and earlier detection of the disease. The findings, based on the first large-scale study targeting… Read

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