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Schoolkid Scrum: New Zealand Rugby Stars Teach Japanese Children (Japan in Photos)

Six players from New Zealand’s men’s and women’s rugby teams held a class teaching the mysteries of the egg-shaped ball to 100 elementary school children in Suita, Osaka Prefecture, on November 28, 2017. The All Blacks and Black Ferns stars included 2.02-meter high Sam Whitelock, who towered above the Japanese kids taking part and drew excited attention. Japan will host the Rugby World Cup in …
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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…
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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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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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