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The current time in Japan is 20:42, Wednesday on October 28th 2020
The next national holiday is Nov 3, Bunka no Hi (Culture Day).

Japan Update

Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide.

In Suga Yoshihide, Japan has its first new prime minister in 8 years, a very long time in Japanese politics. Very much a loyal man to his predecessor, Abe Shinzo, 72-year-old farmer's son Suga is not expected to bring in any radical change. His cabinet includes many familiar faces, with an average age over 60 and only two women.

Any idea how many prime ministers Japan has had since WW2? Find the answer here.

Feature Content

5 Most Scenic Spots in Karuizawa

If you're thinking of getting married in Japan, you have a few choices about what kind of wedding to go for. Or you could take the approach of many Japanese people and just have a mix of western and traditional ceremonies.


The Latest News & Entertainment from Japan

Marty's Mega Big in Japan

Former Megadeth guitarist Marty FriedmanTokyo-based guitarist and onetime Megadeth member Marty Friedman has released a new version of his 2018 song ‘The Perfect World’ featuring guest vocals by +α/Alfakyun. The singer, who is famed for her extraordinarily versatile vocal technique and wide register, brings a new interpretation to Friedman’s hit song that will appeal to fans of the original and newcomers alike.

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DUNE - With a Japan Zone Twist

Dune - Timothee Chalamet and Rebecca FergusonIf, like me, you're old enough to remember the original 1984 movie adaptation of Frank Herbert's sci-fi classic novel, you'll likely have an opinion about the upcoming remake. In my case, it's a sense of optimism that the new movie –due for a December 2020 release if Covid-19 permits – will be a much more solid and faithful telling of a really compelling story. So what's the Japan Zone angle? Glad you asked.

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Japan Store Selection


The upcoming movie remake of Dune is one of the most anticipated releases of the year. Japan Store supplied a large order of jikatabi items for the production, including the Marugo Magic Safety, Soukaido I-98 and Soukaido VO-80 models.

These popular models will now have the added cache of being suitable for cosplay! See more...

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