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Akihabara Landmark Sega Arcade Closing

Electric Town says goodbye to Sega Building 2, an arcade that has been a landmark of the area for 17 years.

Keep Your Mask On, Even After the Food Arrives

Japan’s pseudo-Italian restaurant chain Saizeriya has come up with a way for customers to dine out while still wearing their masks.

Tokyo's Giant Olympic Rings Removed

The Tokyo Olympic Games organizers have removed the giant Olympic rings at Odaiba Marine Park for maintenance.

Harry Potter Theme Park to Open in Tokyo

Get pumped, Potter fans! Tokyo will get a Harry Potter theme park due to open in 2023.

Tokyo Extends Shorter Business Hours Request

Tokyo Governor Koike Yuriko asked eateries that serve alcohol and karaoke parlors in the Japanese capital’s 23 wards to continue operating at shorter hours until September 15.

Shibuya Public Restrooms Get Designer Makeover

The Nippon Foundation is collaborating with the ward and 16 world-renowned architects and designers to transform 17 public lavatories.

Mysterious Seeds Delivered Across Japan

Packages marked China Post containing mysterious seeds began turning up in mailboxes across Japan, despite no one ordering such items.

A Quick Look at Abe’s Diplomatic Prowess

Outgoing Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo has managed to make some impressive friends for his nation. NTV24 takes a look at two of those special relationships.

More Foreign Than Japanese Residents in 2019

The Tokyo area welcomed more new foreign residents than Japanese citizens last year, marking the first time for the foreign population to increase faster than the Japanese one for the area since the ministry began separating such demographic data in 2012.

Get Your Gyoza From This Unmanned Store

An unmanned store in Tokyo sells frozen gyoza dumplings around the clock as part of efforts to prevent close human contact amid the coronavirus epidemic.

Japan Marks 75th Anniversary of End of WWII

Organizers scale back the event to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II amid the novel coronavirus epidemic.

Abe Resigns As PM Over Health

Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo is not resigning for the first time. He also stepped down due to a chronic illness 13 years ago.

Smoking Area Artwork for Social Distancing

Officials of Tokyo’s Shinagawa Ward have come up with an artistic way to urge smokers to maintain social distancing.

Akihabara's New Wall of 150 Gachapon Machines

For fans of the miniature capsule toy-dispensing gachapon vending machines, Kenelstand in Akihabara is your new best friend.

Central Japan Railway Adds More Bullet Trains

Central Japan Railway Company increased the number of its Nozomi bullet trains to 12 per hour ahead of the Obon summer vacation.

Kirin to Sell Japan’s First No-Carb Beer

Kirin Brewery announced Japan’s first zero-carbohydrate beer, hitting the shelves on October 6.

Tokyo Island Emitting High Volume Volcanic Gas

Japan Coast Guard officials say lava flow at Nishinoshima Island south of Tokyo has temporarily stopped, but volcanic gas continues to emerge.

Fewer People Travel Day After Summer Holiday

The flow of people at major train stations in Tokyo on the first Monday after Japan’s summer holiday season decreased compared with the previous month.

JR Halves Price of Bullet Train Tickets

Japan Railways Group companies cut the ticket prices of some bullet train and express trains to lure customers amid a drop in travelers due to the coronavirus.

Introducing Japan's Top Sommelier

A competition in Tokyo has decided Japan’s best sommelier.

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