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Japan's Night Schools Offer Hope of a Second Chance for Many
Offbeat  (tags: education, society, night school, Japan, illiteracy, interesting )

Naoko
- 9 hours ago - japantimes.co.jp
Takashi Kinoshita, 73, lived most of his adulthood with a secret that until recently he wouldn't dare divulge even to his children: he was nearly illiterate.
Night Train to Shimane's Land of the Gods
Offbeat  (tags: culture, society, interesting, Japan, lunar calendar, shinto, Izumo Taisha )

Naoko
- 10 days ago - japantimes.co.jp
The 10th month of the lunar calendar is known throughout most of Japan as Kannazuki, or the "month of no gods."
Historic Kyoto Temple First in Japan to Offer Gay Weddings
Offbeat  (tags: humanrights, freedoms, goodnews, gay marriages, temple, Japan )

Naoko
- 11 days ago - japantoday.com
Joining big venues like Tokyo Disneyland, an ancient Zen temple in the picturesque city of Kyoto is offering gay weddings in traditional Japanese style.
Meet the "Meanest" Dog in All of Japan
Offbeat  (tags: animals, funny, humans, humor, pets, dog, Japan )

Giana
- 16 days ago - lifewithdogs.tv
Japan has quite a large population for such a small land mass. It does need to be said, more people usually means more dogs, right? So, for one dog to be the single best in Japan at doing whatever it is the dog does, seems a bit unobtainable.
Neighbors Aid 'Miraculous' Quake Rescues
Offbeat  (tags: family, humans, goodnews, society, Japan, earthquakes, Nagano, rescue, rescue, aid, neighbours )

Naoko
- 30 days ago - the-japan-news.com
"It seems like a real miracle that no one's died, despite such terrible damage," said Kazuo Kashiwabara, who witnessed the quake, which measured lower 6 on the Japanese intensity scale of 7.
'Worked to Death': Japanese Restaurant Pays Out $500,000 After Manager Commits Suicide
Offbeat  (tags: Court, Health, Japan, Law )

Ray
- 49 days ago - rt.com
A Japanese restaurant will have to pay $500,000 in damages after overworking an employee to the point of suicide. The man had worked 190 hours overtime a month, as well as suffering abusive treatment from his supervisor.
Tokyo Olympic Stadium: Sports Cathedral or White Elephant?
Offbeat  (tags: Olympic stadiums, Tokyo, Japan )

Ray
- 52 days ago - bbc.co.uk
This artist's impression shows how Tokyo's new National Stadium will look, Olympic stadiums are a problem. In Athens, many of the 2004 stadia now stand abandoned and overgrown.
Monkey Leads the Way in Females' Social Advancement in Japan
Offbeat  (tags: wildlife, society, monkeys, male leader, Oita, Japan, power, ranking )

Naoko
- 60 days ago - the-japan-news.com
OITA -- A female monkey at Takasakiyama Natural Zoological Garden in Oita is attracting attention as she makes her mark in the largest group at the zoo. The zoo is known for its large population of monkeys.
Amnesty International Slams US in Death Penalty Report for Executing Mentally Disabled Prisoners
Offbeat  (tags: Crime, Human rights, Japan, Law, Pakistan, Scandal, USA )

Ray
- 74 days ago - rt.com
Human rights group Amnesty International has published a report criticizing nations, including the United States, for allowing inmates with mental or intellectual disabilities to be executed -- a violation of international standards, the group wrote.
Designer Makes Helmet to Combat Work Stress
Offbeat  (tags: work, stress, health, helmet, Japan )

Ray
- 79 days ago - bbc.co.uk
Japanese designer Tomomi Sayuda has made a special role-playing kit for office workers, to help relieve stress at work - an important issue in Japan.
Tokyo's Tiny Capsules of Architectural Flair
Offbeat  (tags: world, fashion, off-beat, design, architecture, Japan, capsules, home )

Naoko
- 82 days ago - japantimes.co.jp
A bed, fold-out desk and even a bathroom unit are squeezed into the boxes, which have a floor space of just 10 sq. meters.
Japan Suspend Hyena Breeding Program Realising They Have Spent Four Years Trying to Get Two MALES to Mate
Offbeat  (tags: Japan, breeding, hyenas, males, funny, offbeat )

Scooby
- 82 days ago - dailymail.co.uk
Japanese zookeepers have abandoned their four-year-long attempt to persuade two spotted hyenas to mate... after they realised both animals were male
Shinkansen Marks 50 Years of Service
Offbeat  (tags: Japan, bullet train, shinkansen, 50 years, ttechnology )

Naoko
- 84 days ago - japantimes.co.jp
The bullet train, an iconic symbol of Japan's postwar economic boom, marked 50 years of service on Wednesday with a celebratory ceremony at Tokyo Station.
Escape From Mount Ontake - in Pictures
Offbeat  (tags: Japan, Japanese volcano, eruption, Mount Ontake )

Zora
- 85 days ago - theguardian.com
The Japanese volcano erupted on Saturday, killing dozens and leaving more than 250 people stranded near the peak. Some were able to flee and recorded their escape
Scotland's Independence Referendum Inspires An Okinawan Discussion
Offbeat  (tags: Japan, Okinawa Scotland, independance, vote, referendum, Ryukyu kingdom )

Naoko
- 88 days ago - japantimes.co.jp
Like Scotland vis-a-vis Britain, Okinawa was never technically a colony of Japan, but in 1872 the new Meiji government did annex the archipelago, which at the time was its own ⤢loosely defined kingdom with a tributary relationship to China.
 

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