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  • The Best Ramen In The World? Japan's Ichiran Ramen
    A bold claim, but I’m going to make it: Ichiran Ramen is the best ramen in the world. Here’s why, and why you need to try it (if you can).
    By Geoffrey Morrison.  Forbes.  Mon, 30 May 2016 14:21:00 GMT.
  • VIDEO: Missing boy's dad 'left him in woods'
    The search for a missing boy who was left in remote woods in Japan as a punishment, continues.
    BBC News.  Mon, 30 May 2016 14:08:03 GMT.
  • Reports: North Korea Is Preparing for Missile Launch
    Japanese and South Korean officials say the have detected signs that North Korea is possibly planning for a ballistic missile launch. Japanese broadcaster NHK said the government has put its military on alert for a possible launch. ...
    Voice of America.  Mon, 30 May 2016 11:34:08 -0400.
  • Hope of tax hike delay lifts Japan stocks
    Japanese shares are trading higher on Monday, on hopes the government will delay a planned hike in the nation's sales tax.
    BBC News.  Mon, 30 May 2016 08:22:20 GMT.
  • Blast hits Japan plant operated by Toyota brake supplier
    Advics, a supplier of braking components to Toyota, reported an explosion at one of its factories in central Japan's Aichi prefecture.  Mon, 30 May 2016 08:19:20 EST.  Subscription required.
  • Africa: Can G7 Live Up to Its Commitment?
    [New Times] On May 25-26, the G7 Summit held in Ise-Shima, Japan, brought together industrialised nations. ...
    All Africa.  Mon, 30 May 2016 07:50:09 GMT.
  • 4 Northern Chiba Pref. Cities near Narita Airport Certified as "Japan Heritage" Sites
    CHIBA, Japan, May 30, 2016 -- A story about four cities in northern Chiba Prefecture, near Narita Airport, has been recognized as the first "Japan Heritage" in the prefecture. ...
    PR Newswire.  Mon, 30 May 2016 01:00:00 EDT.
  • "Comfort women" issue far from over yet: historians
    Fifteen associations of history scholars and educators in Japan issued a joint statement here on Monday, demanding the related parties sincerely face the "comfort women" issue so as to fundamentally solve this problem.
    Xinhua.  2016-05-30.
  • Japan's Abe may leave tax hike to next PM: reports
    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe intends to push back his debt-loaded country's next tax hike for two and a half years, when he will likely have left office, reports said Sunday. ...
    Yahoo.  Sun, 29 May 2016 01:44:15 -0400.
  • 'Most beloved elephant in Japan' dies, aged 69
    Japanese animal lovers were mourning the death of the country's oldest elephant, Hanako, on May 27, who passed away "quietly" aged 69 after triggering protests over her captivity
    Hurriyet.  Fri, 27 May 2016 18:27:00 +0200.
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Facts About Japan

Japan, an island state off the east coast of Asia, is governed as a constitutional monarchy.  Its capital city is Tokyo; its second largest city is Osaka.  Japan's national currency is the Yen.  In 2007, Japan's estimated population was 127,433,000, and Japanese is the primary language spoken in Japan.

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