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Japan is already famous for its cat cafés. Now, you can play with not only felines, but the world’s largest rodent! What is the world’s largest rodent, though? It’s the capybara. The capybara comes from South America. It’s very cute, a social animal, and enjoys being petted. However, it’s an uncommon pet because it often requires a license (although, in the US, in Texas and Pennsylvania, none is necessary), it needs other capybaras to be...

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Yamato, the company that produces “Arabic Yamato,” a type of liquid glue, has warned its customers not to eat, drink, or otherwise ingest its glue. “Arabic Yamato” is ubiquitous in Japan and can be found in many ¥100 shops, stationery stores, convenience stores, and supermarkets. It’s like Japan’s version of Elmer’s Glue. Why are people ingesting this type of glue? Is it to achieve some sort of “high?” Nope. The reason is that some think...

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A bill has just cleared the Diet (Japan’s parliament) that will add a new branch to the Japanese Self-Defense Force (JSDF). The new branch will be a “space force.” Will the “space force” have giant robots, or “mecha,” like in countless Japanese anime and video games? No, at least not in the near future. However, it will focus on cleaning up space junk (which was non-existent in the mid-20th century, but is now starting to...

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Tokyo Kantei Co., Ltd. announced on January 23 the prices of second-hand (existing) apartments, in three major metropolitan areas in 2019. They adjusted the values for ease of comparison. Tokyo Kantei Co., Ltd. adjusted the numbers so that apartments smaller than 70 square meters would have their floorspace and prices adjusted upward, and apartments larger than 70 square meters would have their floorspace and prices adjusted downward. Therefore, the sizes would be equivalent, at 70...

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This month, the Japan Tourism Agency, which is part of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, released statistics about foreign tourists. Some of the statistics may be very surprising to readers. First of all, tourism is booming in Japan, with tourists in 2019 spending 6.5% more money here than in 2018. In fact, they spent more money than in any other year in Japanese history; 2019 was the 7th consecutive year in which...

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On March 15, Sanko Estate Co., Ltd. officially announced market data for five wards in central Tokyo (Chiyoda, Chūō, Minato, Shinjuku, and Shibuya) and six major cities or metropolises (Tokyo, Sapporo, Sendai, Nagoya, Osaka, and Fukuoka). The market data regards large-scale building (standard floor area for rent of ​​200 tsubo or more). The vacancy rate in the five central wards of Tokyo was more or less flat at 0.59% (down 0.09 points month-on-month), falling to...

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Toyota is investing $400,000,000 in Joby Aviation. Joby Aviation is a company that already has a helicopter-like electric vehicle with several rotors and VTOL (Vertical Take-Off and Landing) technology, that can carry four passengers. Now, they are working on commercializing flying cars, and these flying cars are planned to be electric, so not only will they fly, they’ll be carbon-neutral, as well. ↑Joby Aviation’s Website Now that both companies are working together, with Toyota investing...

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During the period 2009-2019, non-oil trade between Japan and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) reached over $131 billion. To be precise, it totaled 481.34 billion UAE Dirhams. This was not even counting the oil trade. The UAE is in Japan’s top five oil trading partners (having delivered 32.24 million barrels of crude oil between January and October of last year according to Tokyo’s Agency of Energy and Natural Resources), yet none of that trade even...

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The Japanese state minister for foreign affairs, Keisuke Suzuki and the Moroccan minister delegate to the minister of foreign affairs, Mohcine Jazouli, sat down and inked a deal. It is called the “Agreement Between Japan And The Kingdom Of Morocco For The Promotion And Protection Of Investment” (shorthand: The Japan-Morocco Investment Agreement). It will protect and promote investment between Japan and Morocco even more so than in the past. It deals with how one signatory...

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Until December, economists believed that Japan’s economy had only grown an annualized 0.2% during the period of July-September, 2019. However, good news for investors: now, they are revising their estimates. They now believe that it grew by an annualized 1.8%. Reuters in Tokyo reported the remarks of the Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso, which he made on Tuesday. According to Aso, the economic situation in Japan continues to improve and get back on track, though...