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Fiscal 2018 Tax Reforms Aim at Overcoming Deflation [January 16]

The ruling coalition’s a tax reform package for fiscal 2018 responds to new work style reforms, bolsters incom […]

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Shōgi Sensation Fujii Defeats Title Holder for First Time (News) [January 15]

Nagoya, Jan. 15 (Jiji Press)–Fujii Sōta, 15, the youngest professional shōgi player, defeated Satō Amahiko , t […]

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Softbank Group Eyeing IPO for Mobile Phone Unit (News) [January 15]

Tokyo, Jan. 15 (Jiji Press)–Major Japanese Internet and telecommunications conglomerate Softbank Group Corp. i […]

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Praying to Pass: Students Seek Divine Assistance for Entrance Exams (Japan in Photos) [January 15]

Students hang wooden ema tablets at Yushima Tenmangū in Tokyo on January 12, 2018, praying for success in entr […]

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Nishijima “Washi”: Transforming Old Fibers into Specialty Art Paper [January 15]

Small-scale workshops making washi by hand could once be found all over Japan. But the arrival of modern machi […]

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Obituary: Iwao Sumiko, 1935–2018 [January 13]

Iwao Sumiko, psychologist and professor emeritus at Keio University, passed away in Tokyo on January 11, 2018. […]

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Japan to Fight Misuse of Refugee Program (News) [January 12]

Tokyo, Jan. 12 (Jiji Press)—The Justice Ministry said Friday that it will take steps to address a rise in peop […]

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Niigata Company Keeps Local “Geigi” Culture Alive (News) [January 12]

Niigata, Jan. 10 (Jiji Press)—Niigata-based Ryūto Shinkō, the first Japanese company to train and dispatch gei […]

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Japan to Reinforce Efforts to Encourage Recluses to Work (News) [January 12]

Tokyo, Jan. 12 (Jiji Press)—Japan will strengthen efforts in fiscal 2018 to encourage people who tend to isola […]

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How the Media Shaped Sumō’s Modern Traditions [January 12]

Sumō boasts an impressive history that by some accounts stretches back 2,000 years. Nearly every aspect of the […]

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