Habu Wins Nhk Shogi Tournament, Sets New Record

Habu wins NHK shogi tournament, sets new record

Professional player Yoshiharu Habu has won the NHK Cup TV Tournament for shogi, or Japanese chess, setting a new record of 45 official competition victories.

The ninth-dan shogi master beat Masataka Goda, who also holds the highest rank, in the final aired on Sunday.

Child Abuse Cases Hit Record High In Japan

Child abuse cases hit record high in Japan

Cases of child abuse and the number of abused children both hit record highs in Japan last year.

The National Police Agency says there were 1,380 cases of child abuse nationwide last year involving arrests or questioning. The number of victims under 18 totaled 1,394.

Takagi Sets World Record In 1,500m Speed Skating

Takagi sets world record in 1,500m speed skating

Japanese speed skater Miho Takagi has set a new world record by winning the women's 1,500-meter race at a World Cup event in the US state of Utah.

Takagi finished with a time of one minute and 49.83 seconds in Sunday's race in Salt Lake City.

Takagi Sets World Record In 1,500m Speed Skating

Takagi sets world record in 1,500m speed skating

Japanese speed skater Miho Takagi has set a new world record by winning the women's 1,500-meter race at a World Cup event in the US state of Utah.

Takagi finished with a time of one minute and 49.83 seconds in Sunday's race in Salt Lake City.

Takagi Sets World Record In 1,500m Speed Skating

Takagi sets world record in 1,500m speed skating

Japanese speed skater Miho Takagi has set a new world record by winning the women's 1,500-meter race at a World Cup event in the US state of Utah.

Takagi finished with a time of one minute and 49.83 seconds in Sunday's race in Salt Lake City.

Households On Welfare Hit Record In Fy2017

Households on welfare hit record in FY2017

Japan's welfare ministry says the number of households receiving assistance hit a record high in the fiscal year ending in March 2018.

The ministry puts the monthly average number of households on welfare for fiscal 2017 at 1,640,854. That's up about 3,800 from the figure for the previous fiscal year.

Record Number Injured By Wild Deer In Nara

Record number injured by wild deer in Nara

A record more than 200 people were injured this fiscal year starting last April while interacting with deer in a park in the ancient capital of Nara, western Japan.

Nara Park is a popular tourist destination in which visitors can feed and take pictures with deer that roam freely through the area. The animals are protected as designated national treasures.

Record Flu Outbreaks In Tokyo & Surrounding Areas

Record flu outbreaks in Tokyo & surrounding areas

Health officials in Tokyo say the number of people infected with influenza has reached a new record high.

The officials say the average number of flu patients at 415 medical institutions in the Japanese capital in the week through Sunday stood at 64.18, up more than 10 from a week earlier.

Foreign Visitors Hit Record 31 Million; Dropped Bundles Of Cash

Foreign visitors hit record 31 million; dropped bundles of cash

With the number of visitors to Japan and related spending at record highs, tourism authorities hope to keep the good times rolling by zeroing in on those from high-spending countries.

A whopping 31.192 million people came to Japan last year and spent a total of 4.5 trillion yen ($41.3 billion), according to preliminary data from the tourism ministry and the Japan Tourism Agency (JTA).

Ryoyu Kobayashi Marks New Ski Jumping Record

Ryoyu Kobayashi marks new ski jumping record

Japanese ski jumper Ryoyu Kobayashi has set a new record for the number of titles won in a single season at a World Cup competition.

He came out on top in Innsbruck, Austria, on Friday, earning his 4th straight victory, and marking his 7th win this season.

Tuna Breaks Record At New Year Auction

Tuna breaks record at New Year auction

The auction bell at Tokyo's new wholesale food market rang for the first time this year on Saturday, with bidding marked by a record price for a blue fin tuna.

The auction began shortly after 5:00 AM.

Nogizaka46 Wins The 'japan Record Awards' For The Second Consecutive Year

Nogizaka46 wins the 'Japan Record Awards' for the second consecutive year

On December 30, the final selection for the '60th Japan Record Award" was held, and Nogizaka46's "Synchronicity" won the grand prize. 

Nogizaka46's "Influencer" won the 'Japan Record Award' last year making this their second consecutive year winning the award. Shiraishi Mai commented, "I am very happy. I didn't think we would win the grand prize, so I am full of gratitude." Sakurai Reika similarly stated, "I was proud to receive it last year, and because of it, this year has been a wonderful year. Since we received it again this year, I hope to do my best so that we can jump even further." Finally, Nishino Nanase, who will be graduating from the group, expressed, "This was the happiest thing this year. Thank you very much."

Japan Cabinet Approves Record Fy2019 Budget Plan

Japan cabinet approves record FY2019 budget plan

Japan's Cabinet has approved a plan for record government spending for the year starting in April.

The budget amounts to more than 101 trillion yen, or about 900 billion dollars. The increase is partly the result of efforts to ease the effects of a consumption tax hike scheduled for next October.