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Number of foreign residents in Japan

Number of foreign residents in Japan

2.56 million foreigners were living in Japan at the end of last year according to Japan’s Immigration Bureau. That is up 7.5 percent from the year before and is the highest figure since record-taking began in 1959.

Japan’s ‘total toilet makeover drive’

In preparation for an expected 40 million visitors during Tokyo’s 2020 Olympic Games, the Japanese government has launched a national toilet improvements campaign.

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Japan’s ‘Minpaku’ – private short-term lodging

The number of foreign visitors to Japan in 2017 hit a new record, exceeding the previous high of over 24 million logged 2016. “Minpaku” (private lodging) services – in which accommodations in private residences are rented out to travelers – are being counted on as a solution to a shortage of hotel rooms to serve the growing numbers of inbound tourists.

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Sumo, Japan’s national sport

SUMO originated in Japan, the only country where it is practiced professionally. It has a history of spanning many centuries. Many ancient traditions have been preserved in Sumo. Sumo actually comes from Shinto practices, and still very closely associated with its religious origins. The 6-ton canopy that hangs over the ring inside the Kokugikan stadium in Tokyo (the only hall where sumo bouts take place in the region) is modeled after the roof of the Shinto shrine, indicating that the ring itself is a holy place.

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Batang Gilas secures berth to World Cup

RC Calimag drove hard for the game-clinching lay-up with 2.3 seconds left as Batang Gilas outlasted Japan in a cardiac finish, 72-70, yesterday to book a precious ticket to this year’s FIBA Basketball World Cup Under-17 Championships in Argentina.

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Dare to care for orphans

Japanese-American tapestry artist Tetsuo “Leo” Orii, author of the war-romance novel Sampaguita and Gold Button, says the story is not just about World War II and the love between a Japanese sailor and a comely lass from Cebu. It also poses a challenge to Filipinos to care for the orphans.

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