Tokyo Buses To Be Given Alphanumeric Route Displays

Tokyo buses to be given alphanumeric route displaysThe Tokyo metropolitan government plans to introduce alphanumeric route displays for its bus services as early as in 2018, informed sources told Jiji Press on Tuesday.
The Tokyo government aims to attract more foreign users with the more accessible route displays ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. It also plans to call on other bus operators to follow suit.
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Six Years After: 70 Unidentified Tsunami Victims Reach Official Resting Place

SIX YEARS AFTER: 70 unidentified tsunami victims reach official resting placeThe remains of 70 unidentified tsunami victims were taken into a hillside charnel purpose-built as their resting place for now on Feb. 19, ahead of the sixth anniversary of the 3/11 disaster.
The remains had been kept at separate locations, but will now be housed together at the new facility in the Tohoku region town, which was ravaged by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami.
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"final Fantasy" Recognized As Most Prolific Role - Playing Game

"Final Fantasy" recognized as most prolific roll-playing gameSquare Enix Co. said Monday its video game series "Final Fantasy" has been recognized by Guinness World Records as being the role-playing game series with the largest number of titles.
It won the title of "most prolific role-playing series" for having 87 titles in total as of last Wednesday, including works that were derived from the series and smartphone games.
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Abe, U.s. Lawmakers Agree To Work On Economic Ties After Summit

Abe, U.S. lawmakers agree to work on economic ties after summitPrime Minister Shinzo Abe and a group of lawmakers from the U.S. House of Representatives agreed in Tokyo on Monday to further strengthen bilateral ties, including in economic areas, according to the Japanese Foreign Ministry.
The visit by the bipartisan delegation from the Congressional Study Group on Japan follows Abe's summit earlier this month with U.S. President Donald Trump.
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Political Parties Divided Over Emperor Abdication Legislation

Political parties divided over emperor abdication legislationJapan's political parties showed differing positions Monday over possible legislation to enable Emperor Akihito to abdicate in separate hearings with the heads of both chambers of parliament, participants said.
Although the sessions were held as part of the parliamentary leaders' efforts to iron out differing opinions among ruling and opposition parties, the results suggest more discussions are needed before a bill is submitted for legislation.
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Finance Bureau Sells Property For School Far Below Appraised Value

Finance bureau sells property for school far below appraised valueA Finance Ministry local bureau here sold a state-owned parcel to a private school operator connected to the wife of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a fraction of the price of an adjacent similar-sized state-owned lot.
Akie Abe will be the honorary principal of the school to be opened on the site in Osaka Prefecture in April.
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Warehouse Fire Delays Deliveries

Warehouse fire delays deliveriesA warehouse fire at a major office supply company near Tokyo is affecting customer deliveries.
Fire-fighters were still trying to put out the blaze at ASKUL in Saitama Prefecture on Monday afternoon.
It started last Thursday and explosions were heard inside the building on Sunday.
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Miffy Creator Dick Bruna Fondly Remembered As Japanophile

Miffy creator Dick Bruna fondly remembered as JapanophileThe life and work of Dutch illustrator and author Dick Bruna, who passed away on Feb. 16, will no doubt be cherished in many different ways -- with the main one probably being his cartoon creation "Miffy."
However, it is also worth remembering that the man behind the globally renowned cartoon rabbit was a passionate Japanophile with a deep interest in the country's culture and current affairs.
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