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Bjorn Heiberg, the “Savior of the Japanese Knife”

Razor-sharp Japanese wabōchō, chef’s knives created by skilled master craftsmen, are essential to the preparation of washoku. Bjorn Heiberg, who runs knife specialty stores in Osaka and Tokyo, fell in love with wabōchō after coming to Japan, and is spreading the good word about these remarkable knives to the rest of the world.
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In the Swim: Triathletes Tussle in Castle Moat Contest (Japan in Photos)

Triathletes swim in the moat around Osaka Castle on June 25, 2017. The Triathlon Asian Cup event featured the unusual venue for what organizers said was the first time in Japan. “It was fun, because it’s rare to have the chance to compete right in the middle of Osaka,” commented one of the participants in the 750-meter leg of the competition. (© Jiji)
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Japan Submits Bid for 2025 World Expo in Osaka (News)

Paris, April 24 (Jiji Press)—The Japanese government on Monday filed a candidacy for the western Japan city of Osaka to host the 2025 World Exposition with the Bureau International des Expositions in Paris. France has already submitted the bid of Paris, which is likely to be a tough rival for Osaka. The deadline for submitting bids is set at May 22, and the BIE will select the host city by a…
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Osaka Bidding Committee for World Expo 2025 Launched (News)

Tokyo, March 27 (Jiji Press)—A public-private committee on Osaka's bid to host the 2025 World Exposition was launched on Monday with the government seen submitting the western Japan city's candidacy as early as April. "Once we raise our hand, we must win the race," Sakakibara Sadayuki, chairman of the Japan Business Federation, or Keidanren, said at the inaugural meeting of the bidding committ…
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A Solution to the Global Water Shortage?

Every summer brings water shortages in Japan, and this has given rise to a host of water-saving products. One major hit in recent years has been the Bubble90 nozzle that can cut water use by 90% while also improving washing performance. It has been widely adopted in the restaurant industry.
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Umeda Sky Building (Photo Gallery)

Umeda Sky Building is one of Osaka’s most prominent sights. These photographs capture the uniquely designed building and the spectacular view it has of the surrounding urban landscape.
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Dramatic Architecture and Views at Osaka’s Umeda Sky Building

More than two decades after opening, Osaka’s Umeda Sky Building continues to grow as a popular sightseeing destination. Burgeoning visitor numbers include a high proportion of international tourists, thanks to praise of the building’s design in English-language media and guidebooks.
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Japan in 2015: The Year’s Top Stories

Security legislation passes amid protests, Prime Minister Abe Shinzō makes a statement to mark the seventieth anniversary of the ending of World War II, and Japanese hostages are killed in Syria. A look back on the biggest Japan-related stories of 2015.
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Timeline for May 2015

The volcano Shindake erupts on the southern island of Kuchinoerabujima, a plan to reform local government in Osaka is defeated, and debate over new security legislation begins in the Diet. These are the top Japanese stories for May 2015.
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Capsule Hotels

Looking like something from a science fiction movie, capsule hotels are a cheap form of accommodation originating in Japan. Read on to find out more.
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