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Men in 20s Go Out Less on Holidays in Japan: Survey (News)

Tokyo, Nov. 22 (Jiji Press)—Men in their twenties in Japan went out far less on holidays in 2015 than 23 years ago, a government survey has found. The average number of their daily travels stood at 1.91 for weekdays and 1.24 for holidays, down sharply from 2.98 and 2.31, respectively, in 1987, when the survey started, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism reported Tuesday…

Baby Panda to Make December 19 Public Debut (News)

Tokyo, Nov. 22 (Jiji Press)—The Tokyo Metropolitan Government said Wednesday that Xiang Xiang, a giant panda born in Tokyo's Ueno Zoo in June, will be shown to the public for the first time on December 19. Xiang Xiang climbs to the top of a log for a photo on November 19 at Tokyo's Ueno Zoo. (Courtesy Tokyo Zoological Park Society; © Jiji.) Until the end of next January, only those chosen b…

Osaka to End Sister-City Ties with San Francisco after 60 Years (News)

Osaka, Nov. 23 (Jiji Press)—Osaka Mayor Yoshimura Hirofumi said Thursday the western Japan city will finish by the end of December procedures to end its sister-city relations with San Francisco that have lasted 60 years. In a statement, Yoshimura said it is "deeply regrettable" that San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee on Wednesday authorized the city council's decision to accept the donation of a sta…

Product Data Tampering Found at Mitsubishi Materials Units (News)

Tokyo, Nov. 23 (Jiji Press)—Mitsubishi Materials Corp. said Thursday that two subsidiaries have falsified product quality data and shipped products that did not satisfy internal and client requirements. The two subsidiaries of the major Japanese nonferrous metal producer are Mitsubishi Cable Industries Ltd. and Mitsubishi Shindoh Co. Of Mitsubishi Cable's clients, 229 companies were affected…

Japan Audit Questions Discount in Government Land Sale to Moritomo (News)

Tokyo, Nov. 22 (Jiji Press)--The Board of Audit of Japan on Wednesday questioned a huge discount given to scandal-tainted Moritomo Gakuen in the sale of a state-owned land plot in Osaka Prefecture, western Japan, in 2016. The move deals a blow to Prime Minister Abe Shinzō's administration, which has insisted that the land sale was appropriate. The administration should now admit that there …

Japanese Students Second in Collaborative Problem Solving: OECD (News)

Tokyo, Nov. 21 (Jiji Press)—Japanese students ranked second in collaborative problem solving in a global academic achievement survey for 2015, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said in a report released on Tuesday. The triennial Program for International Student Assessment, or PISA, covered 15-year-old students from 52 economies. Japan was top among OECD's 32 member coun…

Japan Eyes ¥2 Trillion FY 2017 Extra Budget (News)

Tokyo, Nov. 22 (Jiji Press)—The Japanese government has decided to draw up a fiscal 2017 supplementary budget for additional spending of some ¥2 trillion, including for setting up nursery facilities to accept 320,000 children on waiting lists ahead of schedule as pledged by the ruling coalition in the October 22 general election. To compile the extra budget for the year ending next March, the g…

“Rurouni Kenshin” Manga Creator Allegedly Owned Child Porn (News)

Tokyo, Nov. 21 (Jiji Press)—Tokyo police on Tuesday sent prosecutors papers on the creator of the popular Japanese manga series "Rurouni Kenshin" for possessing child pornography in alleged violation of the law against child porn and prostitution. Nishiwaki Nobuhiro, 47, whose pseudonym as the manga creator is Watsuki Nobuhiro, has admitted the allegation, informed sources said. Tokyo's Metr…

Japan’s Matsui Hideki Chosen for US Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot (News)

New York, Nov. 20 (Jiji Press)—Matsui Hideki, a former Japanese slugger who played for the New York Yankees and won the World Series most valuable player award in 2009, was among the 19 new candidates for the 2018 US National Baseball Hall of Fame ballot, announced on Monday. Matsui Hideki at a pregame ceremony in Tampa, Florida, on February 27, 2014. (© Jiji) Matsui, 43, who retired from p…

Man in Wheelchair Succeeds in Solo Paragliding Flight in Japan (News)

Nan'yo, Yamagata Pref., Nov. 17 (Jiji Press)—A 67-year-old Japanese man confined to a wheelchair succeeded in a solo paragliding flight on Friday in Nan'yo, Yamagata Prefecture, northeastern Japan. Suzuki Katsuyoshi prepares to take off in his wheelchair paraglider in Nanyo, Yamagata Prefecture, on November 17, 2017. (© Jiji) After completing his five-minute journey in the air and landing s…

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