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Fuji flight for ‘Jetman’

Fuji flight for ‘Jetman’ | GCST-In the News | Scoop.it

A Swiss man flew around Mount Fuji using a jetpack. 

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Global travelers vote London taxis as world’s best; Tokyo 3rd

Global travelers vote London taxis as world’s best; Tokyo 3rd | GCST-In the News | Scoop.it

Which city has the best taxi services in the world?

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Learning English - Words in the News - Protecting Venice

Learning English - Words in the News - Protecting Venice | GCST-In the News | Scoop.it

Very short report about Venice and the steps being taken to protect buildings from further water damage.

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Japan's most sacred site rebuilt, for the 62nd time

Japan's most sacred site rebuilt, for the 62nd time | GCST-In the News | Scoop.it

Short article, with lots of photos, about the rebuilding of Ise Jingu.

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My nursery is different

My nursery is different | GCST-In the News | Scoop.it

Looks at some unusual kindergartens around the world.

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195 hospitalized for heatstroke in western Japan

195 hospitalized for heatstroke in western Japan | GCST-In the News | Scoop.it

Heatwave in western Japan

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Learning English - Words in the News - Oldest Everest climber

Learning English - Words in the News - Oldest Everest climber | GCST-In the News | Scoop.it
Meet the Japanese man who is the oldest person ever to have reached the top of Everest, 60 years after it was first climbed. Video Words in the News: 29 May 2013
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Sushi Chef Was Confidant To North Korea's Kim Jong Il : NPR

Sushi Chef Was Confidant To North Korea's Kim Jong Il : NPR | GCST-In the News | Scoop.it
Little is known about the men who have led North Korea. But one person with great insights into Kim Jong Il and his successor Kim Jong Un is a Japanese sushi chef. He provided Kim Jong Il both sushi and loyalty for many years.
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Tokyo-area frequency of quakes still high

Tokyo-area frequency of quakes still high | GCST-In the News | Scoop.it
The frequency of earthquakes measuring magnitude 3 or stronger in the Tokyo metropolitan area at the end of last year remained higher than before the massive Great East Japan Earthquake ...
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Yokohama: What do you think of the prime minister's 'Abenomic' strategy so far?

Yokohama: What do you think of the prime minister's 'Abenomic' strategy so far? | GCST-In the News | Scoop.it

People give their opinions about 'Abenomics'

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U.S. Dollar Hits A Four-Year High Against Japan's Yen : NPR

U.S. Dollar Hits A Four-Year High Against Japan's Yen : NPR | GCST-In the News | Scoop.it
Japan's currency, the yen, is falling like crazy against the U.S. dollar — just the way the central bank there planned.
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Plan to introduce TOEFL to universities has its merits

Plan to introduce TOEFL to universities has its merits | GCST-In the News | Scoop.it

The LIberal Democratic Party of Japan have proposed make the TOEFL test mandatory for Japanese university entrance exams.

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China battles to bring quake aid

China battles to bring quake aid | GCST-In the News | Scoop.it

Reports on the recent big earthquake in China.

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1-TI's comment, April 23, 2013 10:39 AM
I think the government of China is well controlled this disaster so far. As the government said, I agree there is no need for help from other countries at this moment. I think now the overseas help is not effective. Because the supplies are already enough and the roads to some particular damaged villages have been blocked. I think continuous supports from other countries are needed in the future. Some people in the damaged areas may be lost their houses and jobs, so I think they are needed by someone’s support for living. That is one of the expectations of overseas help during disasters.
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'Abenomics' means a special holiday spread

'Abenomics' means a special holiday spread | GCST-In the News | Scoop.it

Some people will be spending lots of money on osechi ryori this year...

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Wake up and postpone the coffee

Wake up and postpone the coffee | GCST-In the News | Scoop.it

When is the best time in the day to drink coffee?

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China Rising: The Return of the Dragon

China Rising: The Return of the Dragon | GCST-In the News | Scoop.it

Short report about the future of China.

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Masked superhero to the rescue at Tokyo subway station

Masked superhero to the rescue at Tokyo subway station | GCST-In the News | Scoop.it

Short video about a superhero who works at a subway station.

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Japanese man completes 40,000 km round-the-world walk

Japanese man completes 40,000 km round-the-world walk | GCST-In the News | Scoop.it
A 32-year-old Japanese man completed his walk around the world Sunday in which he covered around 40,000 km with a two-wheeled cart, returning to Shanghai where he started the journey ...
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Inter-facing up to the future

Inter-facing up to the future | GCST-In the News | Scoop.it
The Japanese company, Fujitsu, has developed a piece of next-generation user interface technology which enables intuitive, at-your-fingertips operations. Place a document beneath the device, trace…
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Listeners Tell Their Favorite Proverbs

Listeners Tell Their Favorite Proverbs | GCST-In the News | Scoop.it
Listeners Tell Their Favorite Proverbs



Now, the VOA Special English program Words and Their Stories.


A proverb is a short, well known saying that expresses a common truth o...
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Prototype of high-speed maglev train shown to public - AJW by The Asahi Shimbun

Prototype of high-speed maglev train shown to public - AJW by The Asahi Shimbun | GCST-In the News | Scoop.it
TSURU, Yamanashi Prefecture--The public got a rare chance to view a linked up prototype of the super-fast maglev "floating" train on its test track here June 3.
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Africa 'centre of world growth'

Africa 'centre of world growth' | GCST-In the News | Scoop.it
Africa will be an engine for world growth in the coming decades and Japan has to invest more on the continent, Japan's prime minister says.
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Learning English - Words in the News - Print your own gun

Learning English - Words in the News - Print your own gun | GCST-In the News | Scoop.it
A gun made with a 3D printer has been fired in the US. Take a closer look with Video Words in the News. Video Words in the News: 8 May 2013
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Editorial: Japanese TV shows an opportunity to export culture

Editorial: Japanese TV shows an opportunity to export culture | GCST-In the News | Scoop.it
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7-YN's comment, May 7, 2013 11:53 PM
I think it is too late to recognize it and find an opportunity to export Japanese TV show program. Actually, the quality of TV program these days is going down. The nominnated TV programs were created in Japan 10 years ago or more. If financial support will help quality of TV program, exporting culture might capable. However, I'm not so optimistic if I look at current TV program in Japan which does not include new or interesting contents.
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World's oldest person Jiroemon Kimura turns 116 in Japan

World's oldest person Jiroemon Kimura turns 116 in Japan | GCST-In the News | Scoop.it

The oldest man in the world is from Japan.

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2-YO's comment, April 21, 2013 9:33 PM
2-YO Generally speaking, we say Japan is one of the most longevity contrary and the article is proved of that. I think that it is interesting that Kimura-san lives in Kyotango. Kyotango is located in the north of Kyoto. This city is small and the climate is not mild. It means that summer is hot and high humidity, but winter is too cold. So, in my opinion, it would not suitable place for resistance. Therefore, as he mentioned, I suppose it leads to longevity that he does not smoke, is 80 % full for eat, and drink alcohol moderately. Also, I am curious that the relationship between long life-span and eat salt amount of foods, too. Finally, I hope the city have a success attract tourists to this long-living city for Japanese economic.