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The current time in Japan is 01:39 on Saturday, December 10th 2022
The next national holiday is Jan 1, 2022, Ganjitsu (New Year's Day).

Japan Update - Abe Shinzo Assassinated

Former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo.

July 8, 2022
Japan's former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo was shot earlier today while giving a speech on a street corner in the city of Nara. He was airlifted to hospital after the attack, but police said he was in heart failure and not showing any 'vital signs'. It was confirmed soon afterwards that he had died of two gunshot wounds.

Police arrested a 42-year-old man, a former member of the maritime self-defence force named as Tetsuya Yamagami, at the scene. He reportedly left the force in 2005.

Abe, who was Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, was in Nara in western Japan giving a campaign speech ahead of this Sunday's upper house elections.

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 movie remake of Dune was one of the most anticipated releases of recent years. 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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