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InsideJapan News Network

News Archive - May 2009

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Friday, 29th May 2009
Acclaimed author Haruki Murakami has release his secretive new novel 1Q84.
Students at a Tokyo university are being given free iPhones to monitor attendance.
Tokyo's Olympic committee will appeal to the Japanese crown prince to publically support its 2016 bid.
Thursday, 28th May 2009
An online archive of Akira Kurosawa memorabilia has been launched.
Japanese scientists have bred fluorescent monkeys to further the study of genetic disease.
The Japanese retail sector has reported decreased sales for the eighth consecutive month.
Wednesday, 27th May 2009
Ryo Ishikawa will not play in the US Open after performing poorly in the qualifying event.
Japan cruised to a 4-0 victory in their Kirin Cup clash against Chile on Wednesday.
Japan's exports grew in April, but remain well below the level of 12 months ago.
Tuesday, 26th May 2009
Japan's recession may be close to an end.
Tomoaki Makino's new hairstyle is the subject of much discussion in Japan.
Friday, 22nd May 2009
The Tokyo String Quartet will be among the performers at this year's Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan.
Japanese women enjoy the highest life expectancy of females across the world, new statistics show.
A Japanese engineer who broke the world record for the longest flight of a paper aeroplane wants to take his passion to another whole level.
Thursday, 21st May 2009
Chiba Lotte Marines fans are using silence and huge signs to show their support for their team's manager.
Businesses in Osaka are better equipped than most to ride out the storms of the current economic crisis, one expert has claimed.
Economic factors have led to Porche and Maserati withdrawing from this year's Tokyo Motor Show.
Wednesday, 20th May 2009
Global food firm Nestle has launched a new research unit in Tokyo as part of its plans to advance nutrition research in Japan.
More than 4,000 educational institutions in Japan have been shut as a result of swine flu, new reports state.
Visitors can find Tokyo's best hamburgers - with a local twist - in the fashionable district of Harajuku, if one writer is to be believed.
One of Japan's biggest football stars could be returning to the J-League after Yokohama F Marinos confirmed they have begun moves to re-sign Shunsuke Nakamura.
Kawasaki Frontale will face Gamba Osaka in the first knockout round of the 2009 Asian Champions League after slipping to defeat in their final group match.
Mazda has announced that it plans to resume full production at its Japanese plants from next month.
Tuesday, 19th May 2009
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has urged Japan to set an example for the rest of the world in how it deals with the swine flu outbreak.
The area of Japan known as Ura-Nihon is a "hitchhiker's paradise" and perfect for those who like meeting new people, one travel writer states.
Japanese banks are considering agribusiness as an opportunity to grow their funds, it has emerged.
Monday, 18th May 2009
Japanese mask makers performed well in the financial markets over the weekend as the swine flu outbreak hit the country.
Toyota has set itself the target of selling 10,000 units of its third-generation Prius model every month in Japan.
Friday, 15th May 2009
Hundreds of tents are among the humanitarian assistance being delivered to Sri Lanka by the Japanese government, it has emerged.
Thursday, 14th May 2009
Complaints over privacy have prompted Google to retake photographs for its Street View service in Japan.
Sumo wrestler Asashoryu has recovered from defeat earlier this week to beat Takekaze at the Summer Grand Sumo tournament.
The annual procession to commemorate the first Shogun in Japan, Tokugawa Ieyasu, is to take place at the Toshogu Shrine in Nikko on Sunday (May 17th).
The hometown of celebrated manga illustrator Osamu Tezuka is to be promoted by one of his most well-known creations.
Wednesday, 13th May 2009
Japanese electronics maker Hitachi has revealed a net loss of more than 787 billion yen (£5.41 billion).
Over 50 million tourists visited the Japanese city of Kyoto last year, new figures have revealed.
Tuesday, 12th May 2009
Visitors to the Japanese city of Fukuoka between July 1st and 15th will be able to enjoy the annual spectacle of the Hakata Gion Tamakasa Festival.
Ryo Ishikawa, Japan's teenage golfing sensation, is to take part in the Professional Golf Association (PGA) Championship.
Monday, 11th May 2009
Ichiro Ozawa is to resign as the leader of the main opposition Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) amid a political funding scandal.
Hakuho, the Mongolian grand champion, has clinched his second victory at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament.
Friday, 8th May 2009
Japan is to launch a database of people overseas who are interested in visiting the country, it has emerged.
Japan has submitted a bid to host the Rugby World Cup in 2015 or 2019, it been revealed.
Thursday, 7th May 2009
Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to descend on the Japanese town of Itako for the annual Iris Flower Festival.
Despite the impact of the economic downturn on people's disposable income, Japan's conveyor sushi restaurants are doing booming trade.
Wednesday, 6th May 2009
Hideo Ko, the Japanese singer famous for pioneering the chanson form of French singing, has died of pneumonia at the age of 90.
The mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki have thrown their full support behind US president Barack Obama's call for a world free of nuclear weapons.
Tuesday, 5th May 2009
Holidaymakers visiting Japan in July will be able to witness a tenth-century spectacle in Soma City.
Asashoryu, the Mongolian sumo grand champion, has been given permission to live permanently in Japan, it has emerged.
Friday, 1st May 2009
Thousands of people have gathered in Tokyo today (May 1st) for the annual May Day celebrations.
A food fair has begun in the Japanese city of Osaka.
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