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Actual and fictional news stories on a variety of topics, including world news, local interest, and more.

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A cat has been spotted riding the trains in the busy Akihabara area.
Notes: This local interest piece features well-formed, straightforward sentences, polite (desu/masu) verbs, and a musing, narrative tone.
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Standard Unread 3.1(1370 votes)
A mysterious masked man, who bears a striking resemblance to Batman, has been spotted again in Chiba Prefecture.
Notes: This article is typical of an on-location news report, featuring full, well-formed sentences, polite (desu/masu) verbs, a conversational tone, and relatively concise sentences.
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Standard Unread 3.2(647 votes)
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A local woman refuses to let age get in the way of passing on her knowledge of traditional Japanese dance.
Notes: This article is typical of an on-location news report, featuring full, well-formed sentences, polite (desu/masu) verbs, and relatively concise sentences.
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Standard Unread 2.9(383 votes)
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An increasing tide of tourism has led to new rules for people wishing to summit the famous mountain.
Notes: This article is typical of an on-location news report, featuring full, well-formed sentences, polite (desu/masu) verbs, a conversational tone, and medium-length sentences.
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Standard Unread 3.3(295 votes)
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A local man recounts the reaction of his cat Shiro to his dog Kuro's cancer surgery.
Notes: This article is typical of an on-location news report, featuring full, well-formed sentences, polite (desu/masu) verbs, a conversational tone, and relatively concise sentences.
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Standard Unread 3.0(296 votes)
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Chiba's favorite Batman lookalike has been spotted at a local police station. Is this the end of the line for Chi-Batman?
Notes: This article is typical of an on-location news report, featuring full, well-formed sentences, polite (desu/masu) verbs, a conversational tone, and relatively concise sentences.
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Standard Unread 3.1(200 votes)
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One distinctive aspect of Japanese life is seeing groups of young children making their way to school, all by themselves. However, some are concerned over safety. Is it time to revisit this practice?
Notes: This article is typical of a local news report, featuring full, well-formed sentences, polite (desu/masu) verbs, a conversational tone, and relatively concise sentences.
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Standard Unread 3.1(239 votes)
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Describes some of the dangers of something almost everyone has been guilty of: kakekomi-jousha, or rushing into a train at the last moment.
Notes: This article feels like an editorial, featuring concise, well-formed sentences, informal verbs, and a slightly admonishing tone.
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Standard Unread 3.4(241 votes)
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A robot developed by a consortium in Japan has safely returned to earth after living aboard the International Space Station and is awarded two Guinness records.
Notes: This article is representative of a broadcast news report, featuring polite (desu/masu) verbs, mostly well-formed sentences that tend to be longer and information-dense, and somewhat technical language.
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Standard Unread 3.6(140 votes)
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In what looks to be the final chapter in a saga of convictions and appeals, Italy's highest court has overturned the conviction of Amanda Knox in connection with the murder of Meredith Kercher.
Notes: This article features lots of good crime and justice vocabulary, presented in polite (desu/masu) verbs, and short, straightforward sentences.
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Standard Unread 3.1(102 votes)
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Find out which destinations are the most popular for vacationing Japanese taking advantage of the Golden Week holiday.
Notes: This article feels like a on-location TV news piece, featuring polite (desu/masu) verbs, an upbeat, conversational tone, and relatively short, straightforward sentences.
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Standard Unread 2.7(192 votes)
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In an effort to study the effects of cosmic radiation on mammals, fertilized mouse eggs have been sent to the International Space Station.
Notes: This article is a little more challenging, featuring a lot of technical vocabulary (though we tried to use relatively short sentences). It provides a great chance to learn some key science terms.
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Standard Unread 3.6(87 votes)
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This gripping two-part story recounts the background leading up to the recent arrest of New York City real estate heir Robert Durst. (Caution: Includes information that, although widely reported on, could be considered spoilers.)
Notes: This article feels like a news magazine piece, featuring plain verbs and lots of good crime and justice vocabulary. Sentences are quite long in the Harder edition but should be manageable for most in the Intermediate edition.
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Medium Unread 3.3(56 votes)
Harder Unread 3.4(40 votes)
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The conclusion to the story of the arrest of New York City real estate heir Robert Durst, including the role of the HBO documentary "The Jinx." (Caution: Includes information that, although widely reported on, could be considered spoilers.)
Notes: This article feels like a news magazine piece, featuring plain verbs and lots of good crime and justice vocabulary. Sentences are quite long in the Harder edition but should be manageable for most in the Intermediate edition.
Editions Status Difficulty
Medium Unread 3.3(45 votes)
Harder Unread 3.5(32 votes)
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Starbucks announced that it would sell a birthday cake-flavored Frappuccino for a limited time to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its popular iced beverage.
Notes: This article feels like a short feature that you might see on a TV news program or magazine, featuring polite (desu/masu) verbs and lots of good business vocabulary.
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Easier Unread 3.3(62 votes)
Harder Unread 3.4(49 votes)
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Covers the March 2015 attack by extremist gunmen of a museum in Tunis, including reaction by Japan's Prime Minister.
Notes: This article feels like a newspaper article, featuring information-dense writing, plain verbs, and lots of world news vocabulary.
Editions Status Difficulty
Easier Unread 3.7(39 votes)
Harder Unread 4.0(36 votes)
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For the first time, a dinosaur bone has been found in Washington State.
Notes: This article is written using informal verbs and feels like newspaper article. It contains lots of good science vocabulary, but the sentences are well-formed and the grammar is relatively straightforward.
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Standard Unread 3.6(46 votes)
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Police investigate a body left in a coin locker in busy Tokyo Station.
Notes: This article features a lot of good crime and justice vocabulary and features polite (desu/masu) verbs that would be appropriate to an on-air news segment.
Editions Status Difficulty
Easier Unread 3.2(45 votes)
Harder Unread 3.5(28 votes)
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More than twenty years have passed since the sarin attack that shook Tokyo. How did it happen? What have we learned?
Notes: This article is written in the style of a retrospective news piece and provides lots of useful vocabulary related to scenes of disasters.
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Standard Unread 3.3(48 votes)
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Part two of the story of the subway sarin attack. This installment recounts the raid on the Aum Shinrikyo compound following the attacks.
Notes: This article provides good examples of vocabulary related to police raids and investigations.
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Standard Unread 3.3(39 votes)
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Part three of the story of the subway sarin attack. The writer adopts an editorial tone, reflecting on why young people could have been attracted to such a cult and wonders whether Japanese society has made the necessary changes to prevent a similar attack in the future.
Notes: Up until this point in the series, the writing has been mostly factual. In the final installment, the writer stops to reflect and ask questions, some of which do not have easy answers.
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Standard Unread 3.5(39 votes)
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With the number of hepatitis cases linked to consumption of raw pork on the rise, the government has banned restaurants from serving the popular dish.
Notes: This article is somewhat technical, featuring the names of government offices, diseases, and other health-related terms. Some of the grammar is tricky, but as always, we've included notes to help break down the harder bits.
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Standard Unread 3.6(38 votes)
Pro
Instances of online theft are increasing as criminals engineer new and better computer viruses.
Notes: This article reads like a newspaper article, featuring plain verbs, an objective reporting style, and lots of good cyber security vocabulary.
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Standard Unread 3.3(39 votes)
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The Japanese Coast Guard and concerned locals work to help 150 dolphins that were washed ashore in Ibaraki for reasons unknown.
Notes: This article features polite (desu/masu) verbs and is told in the present tense, as though being reported on-air as it occurs.
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Standard Unread 2.9(46 votes)
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The second half of the story about the beached dolphins, including possible causes and efforts to help the animals.
Notes: This article features polite (desu/masu) verbs and is told in the present tense, as though being reported on-air as it occurs.
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Standard Unread 3.1(32 votes)
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A powerful earthquake occurred deep in the sea off the coast from Tokyo.
Notes: This article features some technical vocabulary but relatively short and straightforward sentences. It provides excellent background on how to talk about earthquakes in Japanese.
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Standard Unread 3.4(33 votes)
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While HIV infections are decreasing in most other developed nations, Japan has not seen a similar decrease. What are the causes and what can Japan do about it?
Notes: This somewhat challenging article feels like a news deep-dive, featuring information-dense sentences, informal verbs, and lots of good science and health vocabulary.
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Standard Unread 3.3(30 votes)
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A tentative answer to the cause of the HIV problem, as well as steps being taken to solve it.
Notes: This somewhat challenging article feels like a news editorial, featuring information-dense sentences, informal verbs, and lots of good science and health vocabulary.
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Standard Unread 3.2(28 votes)
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A team at Kyoto University has unraveled a longstanding mystery about plant stem growth.
Notes: This article contains several science vocabulary items that might be new, but the grammar should be straightforward.
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Standard Unread 3.2(28 votes)
Pro
A radio announcer gives a brief rundown of summer festival dates and activities.
Notes: This episode sounds like something you might hear on a local radio station, featuring polite Japanese and friendly calls to action.
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Standard Unread 2.7(27 votes)
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Thanks to the support and feedback of users like you, Satori Reader continues to grow.
Notes: Thank you for being part of our story!
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Standard Unread 3.1(45 votes)
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The Japanese delegation to the Rugby World Cup pulls off a stunning victory against a powerful rival.
Notes: This article contains lots of good sports vocabulary and expressions, such as "scoring a goal" and an "upset loss/victory."
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Standard Unread 2.8(25 votes)
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Shibuya comes alive with young people out having fun for Halloween.
Notes: This article contains lots of interesting vocabulary and phrases like "dressing up," "zombies," and "hitting police officers" -- in other words, all the usual elements of a wild night out.
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Standard Unread 2.7(30 votes)
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Shibuya wakes up to find a cleanup effort underway.
Notes: This article feels like an admonishing editorial.
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Standard Unread 2.6(36 votes)
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Each autumn, the beautiful grey-faced buzzard, or sashiba in Japanese, briefly stops in Okinawa on its way to warmer climates.
Notes: This article sounds like a short NHK nature segment, featuring polite (desu/masu) verbs, lots of good science and nature vocabulary, and a friendly tone that is more conversational than a typical news article.
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Standard Unread 3.2(23 votes)
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A man in Okinawa is injured after an encounter with a shark.
Notes: This article includes excellent vocabulary and phrases, such as the standard way to talk about "calling in" a situation to authorities, describing injuries as "non-life-threatening," and others.
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Standard Unread 2.9(25 votes)
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False eyelashes are booming--but with their popularity comes the opportunity for unfortunate accidents as well.
Notes: This article contains great entertainment and popular culture vocabulary such as "to be the current craze," "live television broadcast," and more.
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Standard Unread 3.0(23 votes)
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How not to become the next victim of a rogue loose eyelash.
Notes: This shorter article contains helpful notes, such as a reminder on what is happening in the sasete itadaku pattern, and a variety of vocabulary related to cosmetics.
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Standard Unread 2.4(21 votes)
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Sales of New Year's cards have begun. Learn about the special features of the official cards of the Japanese post office.
Notes: This episode contains interesting cultural notes about Japanese New Year.
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Standard Unread 2.9(22 votes)
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In a bid to increase flagging New Year's Card sales, the post office introduces new features.
Notes: This article contains a good example of a sentence with sub-items in a parallel construction, as well as a breakdown of kawaii versus kawairashii.
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Standard Unread 2.9(23 votes)
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Researchers have confirmed that the norovirus discovered several years earlier is a new type of the virus. Will it become widespread this winter?
Notes: This news article contains excellent science and health vocabulary such as "infections" and "immunity," plus several interesting grammar discussions.
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Standard Unread 2.9(21 votes)
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The future that Marty McFly visited is here...at least according to the calendar. How accurate were the movie's predictions?
Notes: This article contains fun tech vocabulary and a discussion of the difference between two words that mean "future."
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Standard Unread 3.0(24 votes)
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Will artificial intelligence bring about a bright future or Terminator-style destruction? Opinions differ.
Notes: This article contains tech and current events vocabulary and challenging grammar to describe the recursive improvements in AI.
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Standard Unread 3.2(26 votes)
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Who says the Age of Discovery is over? Not teenage astronomer Tom Wagg.
Notes: This article contains excellent science vocabulary, such as the words for "solar system," "star," "planet," and more.
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Easier Unread 2.9(8 votes)
Harder Unread 3.1(6 votes)
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This episode offers more details on the planet's size and location, and how it was found.
Notes: This article contains lots more great science vocabulary, such as words for "light-year," "Jupiter," and "revolve."
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Easier Unread 3.1(7 votes)
Harder Unread 3.2(5 votes)
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They say a trip of a thousand miles starts with one step. Interested in space travel? Why not start by sampling the food?
Notes: This article contains lots of fantastic vocabulary, such as words for the International Space Station, space food, astronaut, and more.
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Easier Unread 3.4(8 votes)
Harder Unread 3.6(5 votes)
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A district of Shinjuku long known for hostess clubs that surprise customers with exorbitant bills has seen an uptick in incidents.
Notes: This episode is replete with interesting vocabulary, cultural notes, grammar notes, and more.
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Easier Unread 3.1(12 votes)
Harder Unread 3.3(8 votes)
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Despite challenges, police take action on multiple fronts.
Notes: This episode contains vocabulary such as words for "proprietor," "coercion," and "leaflet," as well as a note on the okurigana for the verb okonau.
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Easier Unread 3.3(11 votes)
Harder Unread 3.5(6 votes)
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A fearsome snake has a fatal encounter with a smaller but dangerous mammal.
Notes: This article features great science and nature vocabulary, such as the words for "prey," several wild animal names, and more.
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Standard Unread 3.3(8 votes)
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Another possibility regarding the reason for the snake's death is considered.
Notes: This article contains an analysis of related words sasu and sasaru, as well as a consideration of different words for different kinds of germs.
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Standard Unread 3.4(7 votes)
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This article captures a moment from early in Google's self-driving car work in Washington State.
Notes: This episode contains a word that is literally brand new in the language, the word for "self-driving vehicle," as well as notes on the usual ways of speaking of a "test drive" and "trying on clothing."
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Standard Unread 2.5(10 votes)
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An earthling gets a surprise when a crew member on the International Space Station dials the wrong number.
Notes: This article features such interesting vocabulary as "wrong number," "drunkard," and "Twitter."
Editions Status Difficulty
Standard Unread 2.5(8 votes)