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NSA Surveilling Japan Says Snowden

Edward Snowden, a fugitive and former U.S. National Security Agency contractor who leaked information from the agency in 2013, warned Saturday that all people in Japan are subjected to mass surveillance initiated by the U.S. government. At the time, he was an employee with computer giant Dell Inc. contracted out to the NSA, where he…

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10 Cheapest Places in Kyoto to Live

Kyoto is a familiar name at the business end of lists about the world’s greatest cities to visit, and everyone’s got their favorite temple or shrine. For the locals though, and people thinking of living in Kyoto, which part to live in may not revolve around how many minutes walk they are from Kiyomizu-dera. Japanese…

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TEPCO Lies About Fukushima Meltdown

The utility that ran the Fukushima nuclear plant acknowledged Tuesday its delayed disclosure of the meltdowns at three reactors was tantamount to a cover-up and apologized for it. TEPCO instead described the reactors’ condition as less serious “Core damage” for two months after the earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011, wrecked the plant, even…

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Surge in land values, tourists to blame

The Yomiuri ShimbunThis year’s land value figures, released Friday by the National Tax Agency, rose sharply in sightseeing areas and on busy streets across the country, thanks to development projects and the opening of new stores to attract foreign tourists. The number of foreign travelers to the country hit a record high of 19.73 million…

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Facebook has a suicide alert system for Japan

Facebook is joining efforts to reduce Japan’s high suicide rate, creating a way for those in despair to be noticed and given a sympathetic ear. Facebook users in some markets have been able to do this since 2011, but only now is it being made available in Japan. The service runs in cooperation with suicide…