Japan’s Tallest ‘hina Doll’ Tower Rises 7 Meters High In Saitama

Japan’s tallest ‘hina doll’ tower rises 7 meters high in Saitama“Hina” doll fans will be in seventh heaven at the sight of a 7-meter-high “hinadan” pyramid--Japan’s tallest--set up at a mall here for Hina Matsuri, the traditional Girls' Day festival.
About 1,800 hina dolls from all over the country were carefully placed on each of the hinadan’s 31 red-carpeted tiers at the Elumi Konosu Shopping Mall on Feb. 16.

Japan Eager To See Saudi Karate Players Shine

Japan eager to see Saudi karate players shineJapanese Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Norihiro Okuda received representatives of General Authority for Sports and Saudi Sports Federations to his residence and highlighted bilateral cooperation in sports fields under the Joint Saudi-Japanese Group for Vision 2030.

Foreign Visitors To Japan Hit 2nd-highest Monthly Total In Jan.

Foreign visitors to Japan hit 2nd-highest monthly total in Jan.The estimated number of foreign visitors to Japan in January soared 24.0 percent from a year earlier to 2,295,700, marking the second-highest monthly figure after last July, a government body said Wednesday.
Visitors mainly from China and Taiwan flocked to Japan during the Lunar New Year holiday season, according to the Japan National Tourism Organization.

Students To Learn English Earlier, Japan’s Position On Isle Disputes

Students to learn English earlier, Japan’s position on isle disputesUnder new education guidelines, students will start English-language classes at an earlier age and be taught that disputed islands around the nation are “integral parts of Japan,” the education ministry said.
The draft guidelines, released on Feb. 14, will be fully implemented at elementary schools from the 2020 academic year and at junior high schools the following year.

Sakamoto Aims To Drive Yomiuri, Samurai Japan

Sakamoto aims to drive Yomiuri, Samurai JapanIn his third year as the Yomiuri Giants’ captain, Hayato Sakamoto is now at ease in his actions as the leader.
“All right, let’s go,” Sakamoto shouted as he energetically raced up the stairs at Kirishima Sunmarine Stadium Miyazaki on Feb. 2 at the head of a line of players. Thirteen teammates, mostly inexperienced players, repeatedly dashed up and down the stairs in the right wing of the stadium. They followed Sakamoto as if they were propelled by the captain, who wore a confident look as he worked out.

Japan Loses Key Intermediary Following Flynn's Resignation

Japan loses key intermediary following Flynn's resignationThe stepping down of Michael Flynn from his role as U.S. national security adviser earlier this week represents a blow for Japan because he was predicted to become an effective intermediary between the two countries.
Flynn's resignation -- which took place immediately after U.S. President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's "golf diplomacy" summit over the weekend -- symbolizes the instability of the Trump administration. But this could just be the start. A senior Japanese government official said, "Events such as this might continue to happen."

N. Korean Leader's Killed Brother Apparently Visited Japan Secretly Before 2001 Deportation

N. Korean leader's killed brother apparently visited Japan secretly before 2001 deportationKim Jong Nam, the eldest son of former North Korean leader Kim Jong Il who has allegedly been assassinated in Malaysia, is believed to have lost his chance to succeed his father after he tried to enter Japan in 2001 by using a fake passport.
The incident happened at Narita International Airport in 2001. On May 1 of that year, Kim Jong Nam was taken into custody at the airport, after he attempted to enter Japan with a forged Dominican Republic passport.

Japan Benefits From New Rules In Judo

Japan benefits from new rules in judoRule changes recently adopted by the International Judo Federation to make the sport more exciting as well as more understandable to the casual fan made their debut at last weekend’s Paris Grand Slam.
And if results from that tournament are any indication, Japan seems to benefit from the modifications with the 2020 Tokyo Olympics looming three years ahead.

Hawaiians Trade Beach, Surf For Snowball Fight In Northern Japan

Hawaiians trade beach, surf for snowball fight in northern JapanDozens of Hawaiians brought their sunny weather with them when they visited northern Japan but they didn't let that spoil their fun.
The 76 visitors made the trip hoping to experience blustery, drifting snow. However, they arrived on Feb. 11 to find “unlucky” serene weather with blue skies and a lack of wind to swirl the snow about.

German Institute To Return Ainu Skull To Japan

German institute to return Ainu skull to JapanA German academic society plans to return the skull of an indigenous Ainu to Japan after learning it was stolen from a graveyard.
The Berlin Society of Anthropology, Ethnology and Prehistory says it possesses the remains of 6 Ainu, an indigenous ethnic group mainly from Japan`s northernmost Hokkaido island.

Growing Trend Of Filipinos Visiting Japan Seen To Continue

Growing trend of Filipinos visiting Japan seen to continueThe increasing number of Filipinos visiting Japan is seen to continue in the coming years because of the ease in getting visa, the affordable travel cost and the financial stability of more Filipinos, travel and tour executives said Friday.
According to the Japan National Tourism Organization, Japan received close to 350,000 visitors from the Philippines last year, almost 30 percent up from nearly 269,000 in 2015.