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…

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…

Google’s 60 TBS cable connecting US and Japan is now live

Japan’s Internet is set for a large speed boost as Google’s 9,000km undersea Internet cable that connects the country to the United States is now officially up and running. In 2014, the company announced that it would lay an undersea cable connecting the two countries that would have a 60 terabits per second capacity. Google’s…

Drinking Ban Lifted for US Sailors in Japan

A short-lived drinking ban for American sailors in Japan has been lifted, the U.S. Navy announced on Monday, as tensions continue to rise over U.S. military presence in Japan. The Navy subsequently banned all U.S. sailors in Japan from drinking “On and off base,” on June 6, “As response to a recent trend of alcohol-related…

Japan’s first female destroyer captain

When Miho Otani was a college student, she felt the urge to change her “Lukewarm” life. In February, she became the first female captain of a Japanese destroyer. This was no small sacrifice: As a divorced mother, Otani had no choice but to ask her parents to look after her daughter for long stretches. When…