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World News >> Japan

Tokyo has high hopes for Abe’s unofficial meeting with Putin
Officials expect improved relations going into Friday’s summit, where a long-standing territorial dispute will likely be discussed.
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


Kasich to drop out, leaving Trump as last man standing
Ohio Gov. John Kasich is leaving the Republican presidential contest, giving Donald Trump a clear path to his party’s nomination. Kasich will announce the end ...
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


City of Kumamoto to check mental health of 60,000 children after earthquakes
A survey of kids’ mental health is announced, as many are believed to be under stress following recent fatal temblors.
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


Mother and two children killed in seven-car pileup in Yamaguchi
Three people die in a crash in Kudamatsu, Yamaguchi Prefecture, as holiday traffic jams cause havoc on the nation’s roads.
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


Takata U.S. recall could more than double, sources say
U.S. regulators talk with Takata to add tens of millions of air bag inflators to what is already the country’s biggest auto recall.
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


Japan, EU leaders agree to accelerate free trade talks
Abe and European Union leaders agree to expedite negotiations for a free trade deal to reach an accord by year’s end.
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


Japan’s tourism sector evolving but needs more work, cultural heritage expert says
Japan’s tourism strategies have gone beyond just promoting hospitality and have put the nation on track to achieve global standards, a British-born cultural heritage expert ...
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


White House eyes first national monument to gay rights at movement’s Big Apple birthplace
President Barack Obama is close to creating the first U.S. national monument to the gay rights movement, in a New York City area seen as ...
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


Cruz quits race after his hoped-for Indiana ‘firewall’ fails to halt Trump juggernaut
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz abruptly ended his presidential campaign Tuesday night after falling to Donald Trump in Indiana’s primary, a devastating loss that left him ...
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


Fort McMurray wildfire near Alberta’s oil sands area jumps river, forces 80,000 to flee
An uncontrolled wildfire burning near Fort McMurray in northern Alberta, the heart of Canada’s oil sands region, has forced the evacuation of nearly all the ...
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


Monitor says rebel rockets killed 19 in Aleppo, hit maternity hospital amid clashes with regime
Rebels bombarded government-held areas of Aleppo with rockets on Tuesday, killing 19 people and hitting a hospital, while also launching a ground assault on army-held ...
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


Honda, Nissan break April U.S. sales records amid ‘full-steam ahead’ truck, SUV demand
America’s love of trucks and SUVs helped push most automakers to healthy sales gains last month as Honda and Nissan reported best-ever April sales. Ford ...
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


BayStars’ Kajitani makes immediate impact in return
Takayuki Kajitani marked his return to the Yokohama BayStars’ lineup by driving in one run and scoring another in a 3-2 victory over the Tokyo ...
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


Tokyo edges Binh Duong to reach Asian Champions League round of 16
FC Tokyo reached the Asian Champions League second round for the first time in four years with a narrow 2-1 victory at Binh Duong on ...
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


Kawasaki misses chance to move into first place after Sendai stalemate
Kawasaki Frontale missed a chance to reclaim top spot from the idle Urawa Reds in the J. League first division on Wednesday after a being ...
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


Teramoto takes step toward Rio with NHK Cup triumph
Asuka Teramoto took a step toward qualifying for her second successive Olympics after winning the NHK Cup on Wednesday. Teramoto captured the women’s individual all-around ...
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


Iwakuma steps up for M’s
Hisashi Iwakuma felt the game was on the line when he faced a bases-loaded situation in the second inning. After getting through it unscathed, the ...
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


Spieth refusing to dwell on Masters
Jordan Spieth understands his meltdown at the end of the Masters will follow him. And three weeks later, Spieth’s not quite ready to say he’s ...
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


Warriors rally past Blazers in fourth
The defending champions mounted a remarkable comeback without MVP Stephen Curry. Next game, they might have him back and really get rolling. Klay Thompson scored ...
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


Ichiro helps Marlins beat Diamondbacks
Ichiro Suzuki’s two-run pinch-hit single put the Miami Marlins ahead in the sixth inning, and they rallied past the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-4 on Tuesday night. ...
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


Brazil begins Olympic torch relay
Brazil’s embattled President Dilma Rousseff ignited the Olympic flame on Tuesday, as a nationwide torch relay got under way with protests highlighting the country’s deep ...
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


Atletico ousts Bayern to reach Champions League final
A goal from Antoine Griezmann sent Atletico Madrid to the Champions League final for the second time in three seasons despite a 2-1 defeat at ...
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


Okazaki in wonderland after Leicester’s Premier League triumph
Count Shinji Okazaki as one of those people who are having a hard time believing that Leicester City has actually won the Premier League. “I ...
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


Reds reach Asian Champions League round of 16
Urawa Reds will face Group F winner FC Seoul in the round of 16 of the Asian Champions League after drawing 1-1 against the Pohang ...
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


Giants edge Carp, climb back into first place
Garrett Jones knew Hayato Sakamoto had the speed to make it home; he just needed the chance. So Jones gave him one. Jones hit a ...
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


Alvark coach Ito sticks with predecessor’s focus on defense
This season, the Toyota Alvark have played under a new head coach, Takuma Ito, and they’ve had remarkable success. The 33-year-old, who had been an ...
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


Leicester City completes miracle season with title
Leicester City players crowded around a television inside the house of teammate Jamie Vardy, locked arm in arm, watching the action 160 km away. And ...
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


Crawford leads way as Giants outslug Reds
Johnny Cueto enjoyed the hugs and the applause. He didn’t care much for one horrid inning that put him in line for a loss — ...
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


Broncos display skill, Eagles lack of it in QB dealings
Huh? What in the (hades) were they thinking! That was MAS’ reaction recently to some dubious quarterback decisions made by a pair of NFL ball ...
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


Penguins skate past Capitals, take 2-1 series lead
Outhit, outshot and largely outplayed, Pittsburgh grabbed control of its Eastern Conference semifinal against Washington anyway. Blame it on a 21-year-old rookie goaltender who hardly ...
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


Foreign priests find a spiritual home in Shinto
Though few and far between, a handful of non-natives are blazing a trail in Japan's ancient native faith.
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


Views from Tokyo: How do you feel about getting naked with the locals at baths and hot springs?
Foreign residents and visitors on the streets of Tokyo seem fairly relaxed about getting their kit off at the onsen or public baths.
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


Enjoy your life in Japan, for the moments
After more than 30 years of studying Japan, I've learned to appreciate one thing people here do well: living in the moment.
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


Fathers seek advice about visas for divorced dads and scholarships for dual-national kids
This week's column deals with two inquiries from American fathers of bicultural children.
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


Foreign volunteers helping to rebuild lives in Kumamoto
The truth is, as many volunteers are needed as can help the many homeowners who want possessions recovered from destroyed homes, or who need trash ...
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


Once-shy rescued cat Hana is home and owning it, ‘lock, stock and barrel’
Hana, who was first featured here in March 2015, has found a home in Tokyo with Keiki Yamanoi and Canadian native Suzanne Jensen.
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


Yukarigaoka proves ‘new towns’ can age well
Tama, in western Tokyo, is currently trying to find a way to rehabilitate Parthenon Tama, the city’s public cultural complex. During headier times, Parthenon hosted ...
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


Unclear on the concept
You're driving the wrong way down a one-way street.
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


Agent Orange and Okinawa: the story so far
Five years after The Japan Times first revealed the U.S. military's use of toxic defoliants on the island, new evidence continues to come to light.
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


Shakai hoken shake-up will open up pensions for some but close door on benefits for others
Law will enable some workers to join the employees' health and pension insurance system but will legally freeze out many more.
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


Guesthouses are proliferating in Japan’s countryside, but at what cost?
To ensure they can continue working into their twilight years, many owners of traditional Japanese inns are keen to change their business model.
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


Princess in our midst: a cat named Sonia
The regal Sonia is believed to be largely Abyssinian. Sonia turns 6 this year and came to ARK last month due to her owner's illness.
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


Prickly problem
Why do folk hold annual picnics for cherry blossoms but not azaleas?
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


Dispatches from the Kumamoto quake zone
Personal accounts relate tales of kindness and resilience after the initial confusion and panic of last week's deadly temblors.
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


Views from Kumamoto: What were your experiences of the quakes and their aftermath?
Residents of Kumamoto describe their ordeals as the region continues to suffer aftershocks in the wake of last week's earthquakes.
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


Two years after Japan signed Hague, children have been returned but old issues remain
A couple of years have passed since Japan signed the international convention on child abduction, and there is cause for celebration — and concern.
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


Who loves ya, baby?: a pup named Buruta
Although he looks been around the block a few times, Buruta's no toughie.
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


Fast and furious
I was stopped for speeding along this stretch last year.
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


Japan’s Taiwanese residents thrive in a state of ‘hidden inbetweenness’
Ethnic minority exists under the radar yet civic groups have top-level political pull in both Japan and Taiwan.
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


U.S. woman fights for her dream in world of Japanese pro wrestling
Forget the stereotypical Japanese values of reserve and delicacy. The Japan that Kris Hernandez has pinned her dreams on is more about body slams, sweat, ...
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


A tough nut to crack
Two mothers with young sons compare snacks they have prepared for their outing
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


Stalking the elusive subtleties of Japan’s political humor
Certain Japanese publications are rife with political word play, and deciphering these puns and riddles can be a fun challenge for language learners.
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


Getting abstract in Japanese with ‘koto’ clauses
A look at X(noun modifier)こと, which forms noun clauses, and how it differs from Xの.
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


Natsume Soseki museum in London to close
A museum in London dedicated to Japanese novelist Natsume Soseki plans to close next year due to a decline in visitors.
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


Let’s discuss what to do with pets in quake-hit Kumamoto
As evacuees with pets in quake-hit Kumamoto shy away or are even banned from moving into evacuation shelters, Ryunosuke Animal Hospital has opened its doors ...
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


Heel! A ruff guide to Japan’s top dogs
Behind the scenes of the country's largest dog show.
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


Hakone in hot water: Romance, gimlets and raunchy ‘onsen’
“I think they’re having an affair,” murmurs my companion, the ever-observant Megumi. She nods at a middle-aged couple sitting next to us on the “Romance ...
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


Our picks from Salone del Mobile Milano 2016
As always, Japan was well-represented at Salone del Mobile Milano last month, with Sou Fujimoto creating a forest of spotlights for clothing retailer H&M’s COS ...
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


Hailing the benefits of raising a stink
In the 1980s, when I was living in northern Nagano Prefecture and hiking the mountains with members of the local Hunters Association, I was always ...
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


Salted and dried on Japan’s far side
Friendly faces call out greetings as I stroll through the morning market in Wajima on the northern end of Noto Peninsula, Ishikawa Prefecture. I’m a ...
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


Cheval Cafe: An eggs Benedict that’s hard to beat
Nagoya has a long list of establishments that pride themselves on their egg-based masterpieces. One such spot is Cheval Cafe in Shirakabe, a pancake restaurant ...
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


Early Birds: Diner-style breakfasts all-day long
As one of the best places in Nagoya to grab breakfast, Early Birds is always bustling on a Sunday morning. Owing to a neighboring bike ...
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


FamilyMart gives a healthy twist to the tiramisu
For those who want to have their cake and eat it too — without feeling guilty — FamilyMart’s new soy berry tiramisu is here to ...
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


Give my love to Kyoto — if you get to see her
The "hometown of the Japanese heart" is bursting at the seams with foreign tourists. There just isn't any room for us indigenous Japanese folk anymore.
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


Using the ‘no’ clause in Japanese to add layers to your language
Introduce the proper way of using の to make a clause that can be used like a noun within a sentence.
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


Bear-shaped communication tool invented
KDDI Corp. has developed a communication tool in the shape of a teddy bear for use by young children and grandparents living apart from each ...
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


Let’s discuss Sharp’s new humanoid phone
Sharp Corp. is launching a small humanoid smartphone that responds to voice commands and can project movies on a wall.
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


Making hay while the sun shines: Should Japan adopt daylight saving time in summer?
How many times have you been jolted awake in summer at 4:30 a.m. by rays of sunlight streaming through your flimsy curtains? Conversely, how many ...
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


You don’t know what you’ve got (till it’s gone) in Tokyo’s nagaya
After hearing rumors that one of my favorite hideaways in Tokyo, the Sanuki Club, is slated for demolition, I stand outside the hotel’s front gates ...
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


‘Six Four': Japan held hostage by the Showa Era
‘Don’t you understand what is to have a child taken from you? How could you be a policeman and not understand that?” That’s a line ...
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


Hero Mania: Japanese heroes are keeping it real
Why don’t Japanese audiences turn up in big numbers for Hollywood superhero movies? The rare success in Japan of the Spider-Man series suggests one answer: ...
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


Backtrack: Haunted by other people’s pasts
These days, according to a New York Times Opinionator article by Richard Brouillette (March 16, 2015), the psychotherapist’s job is on shifting ground. Doctors are ...
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


Victoria: One girl, one city, one take, one dud
Shortly after finishing a column the other day where I focused on Oscar-winning cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki and the beauty and power of his long single-take ...
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


‘Asia’s Next Top Model’ just as catty as America’s
Reality TV staple “America’s Next Top Model” recently hung up its Jimmy Choos after a stupefying 22 seasons, but its spin-off, Singapore-based “Asia’s Next Top ...
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


The Korean roots beneath Japan’s folk art movement
The folk craft movement in Japan owes a great debt to Soetsu Yanagi (1889-1961), who coined the term “mingei” (“folk crafts”) in 1925. Yanagi pioneered ...
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


Hakuin’s picture of Zen Buddhism
Zen, traced to the ancient teachings of the Buddha Shakyamuni, took root in China via India around 1,500 years ago through the first Zen patriarch, ...
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


‘The Hara Yasusaburo Collection: Hiroshige Vivid’
Until June 12 Yasusaburo Hara (1884-1982) was the third chairman of Nippon Kayaku Co., Ltd., a renowned leader in the business world and a zealous ...
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


‘Roman Wall Painting in Pompeii’
Until July 3 Mount Vesuvius’ most famous eruption buried the ancient Roman town of Pompeii with a thick layer of volcanic ash almost 2,000 years ...
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


‘Leonard Foujita: Art Bridging the East and the West’
Until July 3 Fujita Tsuguharu, more commonly known as Leonard Foujita, is often credited as the artist to bridge the cultures of Japan and France ...
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


Chaos reigns supreme in Baghdad
Iraq's future is in Iraqi hands, but the politicians of that troubled country must put national interests before the lining of their pockets.
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


China key to India’s future
Is China's success clearing the way for India to take flight?
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


The complexities of ‘they’ versus ‘xe/him/xir’
The long search to find a way to refer to people in English without relying on gender won't be ending anytime soon.
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


Trump is riding on a warped 1980s nostalgia
There's no DeLorean time machine to take Americans to the Reagan '80s, and if it existed, it would take them elsewhere. It's time to move ...
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


North Korea’s political logic
The North Korean regime uses provocations to survive, and the upcoming party congress will applaud the leadership for being so "shrewd."
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


Andrew Jackson’s reckoning with paper money
U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew's decision to replace Andrew Jackson on the front of the $20 bill reminds us of a delicious historic irony: He ...
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


Bangladesh in deep trouble
Four secular bloggers were hacked to death in Bangladesh last year in a campaign of murder. What was remarkable was the response of the government ...
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


Islamic State eradicating religious minorities
The slaughter of Middle Eastern Christians and other persecuted faiths is one of the great tragedies of our age.
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


The Filipino game-changer
Electing Rodrigo Duterte as president would return the Philippines to the "bad old days."
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


Dangerous new uses for state eavesdropping
It's one thing for the U.S. government to intercept communications with foreigners for intelligence-gathering purposes. But it's quite another to use those intercepts as evidence ...
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


Prince and Bowie — true legends
Prince, David Bowie and Merle Haggard were more than icons. They were in a different realm, and our culture — our world — are different ...
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


Trying to save the planet one light bulb at a time
The market, rather than government, is helping to address climate change.
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


The Constitution, 69 years on
Despite Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's efforts to convince the public otherwise, there is no need at this time to revise the pacifist Constitution.
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


A chance for engagement with North Korea?
Since nothing else yet has worked, Washington and its allies should greet North Korea's first party congress in 36 years by expressing a willingness to ...
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


China’s water hegemony
China's control of several international rivers, through its huge number of dams, gives it power over the nations downstream.
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


Trump: the isolationist’s apprentice
If a Trump presidency does emerge, it will be a loss for the Republican Party, the U.S. as a whole, and its allies.
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


Managing debt in our overleveraged world
Since the 2008 global financial crisis, austerity and balance-sheet repair have been the watchwords of the global economy. And yet today, more than ever, debt ...
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


Ban nuclear-weapons tests
Just as leaders have cooperated at the Nuclear Security Summit to prevent nuclear terrorism, we need renewed cooperation and leadership to end nuclear testing once ...
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


Playing by the rules in the South China Sea
In making maintenance of a "rules-based global order" a core strategic priority, Australia's new defense white paper adopts language not often found at the heart ...
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


Japan’s rising poverty defies glib explanations
Japan defies the usual stories for the causes of poverty, especially regarding the increase in the percentage of poor people since the 1980s.
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM


Cracking down on illegal logging
Draft legislation to combat the import of illegally logged timber lacks the teeth needed to be effective.
05/04/2016 - 03:17 PM



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