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The current time in Japan is 20:40 on Sunday, June 26th 2022
The next national holiday is Jul 18, Umi no Hi (Marine Day).

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While Japan's international image is often one of high-tech or pop culture, the country occasionally gets recognition for its wildlife conservation. One local project has spent decades bringing back from extinction the graceful Oriental White Stork.


Japan Update

Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide.

Well, that was fast! Japan's prime minister Suga Yoshihide has announced that he will not be continuing as leader of the LDP, meaning the country will have a new PM after the upcoming general election. Though his humble roots made him popular initially, Suga got embroiled in a series of scandals and barely lasted a year in office.

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

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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