The Japan News (Japan)

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - Past and present Hong Kong will be reproduced in 48 miniature models at the “Hong Kong in Miniature” exhibition, to be held from Sept. 29 to Oct. 9 at the KITTE shopping complex near JR Tokyo Station.

 TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - The Democratic Party will pledge in the next House of Representatives election that the increased revenue from the consumption tax rate hike will be used to improve the nation’s education system, it was learned Friday. 

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - House of Representatives member Masaru Wakasa and former Environment Minister Goshi Hosono are in the final stages of settling on the name Kibo, a Japanese word that means “hope,” for the party they are planning to launch imminently, according to sources.

KITAKYUSHU, Japan (The Japan News/ANN) - Worried about having stinky feet? A robot dog named Hana-chan can sniff them and make the call. 

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - The Shinagawa Shukuba Matsuri festival kicked off on Saturday around the Kyu-Tokaido street in Shinagawa Ward. The festival is held annually to re-create the din and bustle of the Shinagawa-juku rest stop during the Edo period.

NEW YORK (The Japan News/ANN) - Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed with U.S. President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae In on Thursday on the necessity of further raising pressure on North Korea, which continues its provocations.

YAMAGUCHI, Japan (The Japan News/ANN) - The first winning bids for this season’s Japanese pufferfish reached as much as ¥19,000 ($168) per kilogram at the Haedomari Market in Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture, early Friday. Buyers and auctioneers agreed on prices with hand signals inside black cloths around the auctioneers’ arms. 

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - Chinese bike-sharing start-up Mobike has been providing its service in Sapporo, the firm’s first location in Japan, since August. The smartphone-based service boomed in China, and seems to have been well-received in Japan, too.

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - The Bank of Japan’s decision to maintain its policy of massive monetary easing suggests the inflation target of 2 per cent remains a distant prospect and that the policy is here to stay for an extended period.

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - Human rights violations that the international community has described as “ethnic cleansing” are becoming more serious in Myanmar. State counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, who is the de facto leader of the government, bears a heavy responsibility.