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政府が消費税10%への引き上げを相殺する計画【Government to offset consumption tax hike to 10 %】

The government plans to keep the consumption tax rate at 8 percent for daily necessities such as food and beverages after the planned tax hike to 10 percent in October 2019. It is also considering offering 2 percent rebates for cashless payments at small and medium-sized operators for a limited period.

東京の有名な築地市場が新天地に移転【Tokyo’s famous Tsukiji fish market moves to new site】

Tokyo’s 80-year-old seafood market, Tsukiji, closed on Saturday to move to its replacement site on reclaimed land in Tokyo Bay. The new Toyosu market is scheduled to open on October 11, with many shop owners and workers still doubting its safety.

恒例の土用の丑の日にウナギのかば焼きや代替品【People eat grilled eels or substitutes on annual Day of Ox】

People in Japan treated themselves to grilled eels on the midsummer Day of the Ox, which fell on Friday this year, following an old saying that consuming the dish on that day helps in coping with the heat. Retailers also promoted mackerel and other foods as substitutes amid soaring prices for the endangered fish.

日本がEUとの経済連携協定に署名【Japan signs economic partnership agreement with EU】

Japan and the European Union on Tuesday signed an economic partnership agreement that will eliminate nearly all tariffs. Japan’s dairy industry is voicing concerns over losing market share, while its consumers are expected to enjoy lower prices for various products.

民泊に関する新法が施行【New law on private lodging takes effect】

A new law regulating private lodging businesses took effect on Friday to cope with a shortage of accommodations amid a growing number of foreign tourists. The law allows anyone to lease their rooms for up to 180 days a year if they register with their local government in advance.

日本が企業犯罪に司法取引を導入【Japan introduces plea bargains for corporate crimes】

Japan introduced its first plea bargaining system on Friday that allows prosecutors to promise leniency to suspects or defendants in exchange for information on corporate crimes. Unlike in the U.S., they cannot plead guilty to their own charges for a shorter sentence.

NTTが3つの海賊版サイトを遮断へ【NTT to block three pirated websites】

Telecommunications giant NTT group said on Monday that it will block access to three pirated manga websites in line with a government request. Some experts expressed concerns that the move could lead to widening censorship by authorities.

宮城の宣伝動画に反響【Promotional video for Miyagi receiving mixed reaction】

A tourism promotion video for Miyagi prefecture in northern Japan featuring a well-known model is receiving mixed reviews. Seven assembly women asked the governor on Friday to remove it because of some sexually suggestive scenes.

東京の上野動物園でジャイアントパンダの子供が誕生【Giant panda cub born at Tokyo Ueno Zoo】

A giant panda gave birth to a cub at Ueno Zoo on Monday for the first time in five years, raising hopes of a tourism boost in the Tokyo metropolitan area. The economic impact of the baby panda is estimated at a staggering 26.7 billion yen.

格安旅行代理店のてるみくらぶが破産【Discount travel agency Tellmeclub goes bankrupt】

Tokyo-based travel agency Tellmeclub, which specializes in discount overseas tours, filed for bankruptcy with the Tokyo District Court on Monday, affecting up to 90,000 people who have already paid for their trips.

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