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World News >> Japan

Lower House committee passes foreign trainee bill
The bill is intended to shake up a state-sponsored foreign traineeship program slammed by critics as akin to modern slavery.
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


Homes damaged, power cut after strong quake rattles parts of western Honshu
A powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.6 shook parts of western Honshu early Friday afternoon, damaging homes and roads and cutting power to ...
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


Tokyo rushes to analyze Duterte’s remarks on Philippines’ ‘separation’ from U.S.
If Duterte weakens Manila’s ties with the U.S. and instead leans further toward China, it will be problematic for Japanese diplomacy, experts say.
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


Nintendo releases video of new game crossover product Switch
Nintendo on Thursday released the name and a video image of its yet-to-be launched video game product. To be called Switch, and launched next March, ...
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


Tokyo governor vows to use 2020 Games to tackle demands of graying society
Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike vowed Friday to use the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics to create a city that can cope with the demands of a rapidly ...
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


Odakyu plans to debut new luxurious Romancecar on Hakone run in 2018
Odakyu Electric Railway Co. has unveiled a new design for its signature Romancecar limited express train connecting Tokyo with the hot-spring resort of Hakone in ...
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


Opposition party members walk out ahead of Diet committee deliberation on TPP
In protest of remarks made by Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Yuji Yamamoto on Tuesday suggesting the ruling parties could steamroll approval of the Trans-Pacific ...
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


Hong Kong media say former Chinese Premier Li Peng, who spearheaded Tiananmen crackdown, has died
Former Chinese Premier Li Peng, who spearheaded a military crackdown on prodemocracy protesters at Beijing’s Tiananmen Square in 1989, may have died, Hong Kong media ...
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


Mars: graveyard of broken dreams and landers
Mars, the fourth planet from the sun, has become a veritable graveyard for landers and rovers dispatched to its surface from Earth. Only the United ...
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


Japanese utility urges all-electric homes to sell expected excess of electricity
The first Japanese utility to restart a nuclear reactor under post-Fukushima rules has resumed a campaign urging users to increase power consumption. The campaign had ...
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


Departing passenger’s Galaxy Note 7 emits smoke at Kansai airport
It is believed to be the first such incident involving the troubled smartphone at an airport facility or on aircraft in Japan.
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


U.S. sails in uncharted waters with Trump election results threat
Donald Trump said Thursday he will accept a “clear” presidential election result but reserves the right to launch a legal challenge, casting the United States ...
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


BOJ chief suggests new time frame in store for inflation target
Haruhiko Kuroda suggested the central bank may delay the timing for hitting its 2 percent inflation target by a year to fiscal 2018 or after.
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


NPO offers online Japanese-language classes for resident children from abroad
A Tokyo-based nonprofit organization will begin offering online Japanese-language classes this month to children from abroad who need help to keep up in class at ...
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


Scientists stumped by find at Okinawa castle of Roman, Ottoman coins dating centuries apart
When he was shown the 10 tiny, tarnished discs that had sat unnoticed in storage for 2½ years at a dig on Okinawa, the archaeologist’s ...
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


2017 Putin calendar proving a hit in Japan
The personality cult surrounding Russian President Vladimir Putin is reaching new heights, and a growing number of Japanese are becoming curious about the details of ...
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


Nations agree on global road map to steer breakneck urbanization
The United Nations formally adopted a global road map to grapple with rapid urbanization on Thursday, capping nearly two years of behind-the-scenes international negotiations aimed ...
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


Amid revered Confederate sites, South Carolina town erects lynching memorial
In this small South Carolina town near the Georgia line, where some say the Confederacy was born and died, descendants of a man lynched 100 ...
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


Schools adapt as most Syrian refugees reaching U.S. are traumatized kids
Seated at his desk at a suburban San Diego middle school, 12-year-old Abdulhamid Ashehneh tries not to let his mind wander to the painful memories ...
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


NHTSA confirms 11th U.S. death blamed on Takata air bags
A 50-year-old woman who died after a car wreck last month in California is the 11th U.S. victim of Takata Corp.’s defective air bag inflators. ...
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


Hong Kong hunkers down as Typhoon Haima looms
The usually frenetic streets of Hong Kong were deserted Friday as the city went into lockdown for Typhoon Haima, which has killed at least eight ...
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


WADA chief Reedie calls on Abe to provide more funding to fight doping
World Anti-Doping Agency President Craig Reedie challenged Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to put his money where his mouth is and increase Japan’s funding in the ...
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


Cubs beat Dodgers again, now win from World Series
Jon Lester pitched seven sharp innings, Addison Russell hit a tiebreaking homer and the Chicago Cubs moved one win from their first World Series trip ...
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


Brave Thunders star Fazekas nails three late free throws to sink Grouses
The Kawasaki Brave Thunders didn’t help their cause at the free-throw line during portions of Friday’s series opener against the Toyama Grouses. But it came ...
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


Former champ Uchiyama awaits return to ring on New Year’s Eve
When he took a defeat against ferocious challenger Jezreel Corrales in April, Takashi Uchiyama lost multiple things at once, not just the WBA super featherweight ...
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


Carp, Fighters fired up for Japan Series opener
The Hiroshima Carp and Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters will play each other for the first time in the Japan Series, which starts on Saturday at ...
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


Matsuyama cards 64, climbs into tie for third place at CIMB Classic
Hideki Matsuyama shot an 8-under 64 and moved into a share of third at the CIMB Classic on Friday, three strokes behind American leader and ...
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


Mourinho’s match tactics not the most entertaining
If Jose Mourinho sets up Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Sunday as he did against Liverpool on Monday, his return to Chelsea should carry ...
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


Kings get redemption in OT
Alec Martinez, who saw one apparent goal disallowed, scored 1:20 into overtime as Los Angeles Kings beat the Dallas Stars 4-3 on Thursday night. Martinez’s ...
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


Skiing star Maze decides to retire
The skier best known for crushing the overall World Cup points record and celebrating her victories with a cartwheeling handstand, announced her retirement. Two-time Olympic ...
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


Pogba shines as Man United bests Fenerbahce
Paul Pogba cast aside criticism of his recent performances by delivering a reminder of his talent on Thursday, scoring twice in Manchester United’s 4-1 win ...
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


Rodgers leads Packers past Bears; Hoyer breaks arm
Aaron Rodgers set a record. The Chicago Bears lost another quarterback. After a slow start in the red zone, the Green Bay Packers picked up ...
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


Hawks win draft lottery rights for Soka University pitching phenom Tanaka
The talent pool for pitchers in this year’s draft class was deep. What’s more, he hurt his right shoulder during this year’s spring season. So ...
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


‘Mr. Rugby’ Hirao passes away at age 53
Former Japan national team captain and manager Seiji Hirao, one of the most popular players of his time, passed away on Thursday at the age ...
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


Shiga finds going tough early on
After a month of games, there are two 1-7 teams in the B. League’s 18-team first division. And they are both vying to climb out ...
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


Jets rally from four down, beat Leafs in OT
Rookie Patrik Laine got the last laugh in his anticipated showdown with Auston Matthews, then cracked a joke or two after. Laine completed a hat ...
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


Swift’s comeback bid continues with tryout
Robert Swift’s attempt to revive his pro basketball career continues. More than five-and-a-half years after playing his final professional game for the Tokyo Apache, the ...
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


Carp, Fighters to vie for NPB supremacy
This one should be good. After a long season and two rounds of playoffs, 12 teams have been whittled down to two. Beginning this weekend, ...
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


Davis makes presentation to NFL owners
His eyes on Las Vegas, Raiders owner Mark Davis says he hasn’t shut the door on anything. Oakland, though, might have shut the door on ...
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


Jury finds Rose not liable in rape case
New York Knicks star Derrick Rose and two friends were cleared Wednesday in a $21.5 million lawsuit that accused them of gang raping his ex-girlfriend ...
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


How the U.S. military spies on Okinawans and me
Documents reveal that the U.S. Marine Corps is amassing information on Okinawan anti-base protesters as well as journalists.
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


Views from Kyoto: Who would you like to see win the U.S. presidential election?
People in Kyoto talk about who they would vote for if they could in next month's U.S. presidential election.
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


Dancing from Dakar to Tokyo, my brother Baye
Abdou Baye Fall, who used to dance in exchange for fish in Dakar, now travels the length and breadth of Japan teaching children about the ...
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


Japan must open minds to disability, not just physical spaces, in time for Tokyo Paralympics
Too much attention is being paid to accessibility while issues surrounding attitudes toward disabled people in Japan are being overlooked.
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


My sunshine: A small dog named Mezzo
Mezzo will play, walk or just chill, as long as someone is by his side. Easy to get on with and just plain happy, Mezzo ...
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


Alone and distracted
I saw a woman stop in the middle of the street and stare intently into her phone.
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


Godiva chief finds modern business lessons in the ancient art of the bow
Arriving in Japan in 1985, Jerome Chouchan wasted little time enrolling in an archery dojo in Tokyo, a first step that has taken him to ...
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


For Godiva boss, outcome follows form, in business as in archery
In his book titled "Target," Jerome Chouchan shares how the philosophy of Japanese archery increased company performance and made business more enjoyable.
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


Employer made me hand over my lump-sum pension payment
A reader wrote in with a question about the lump-sum withdrawal payment that foreign residents who have paid into the pension system can claim ...
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


9/11: the day Japan’s Supreme Court went (slightly) postal
How the Supreme Court dealt with its mail problem says much about the way the law works in Japan.
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


Come hither: a cat named Sync
Sync is all cat, classic cat, the kind with that come-hither look about her that you'd best not heed unless you know it's what she ...
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


Wake up and smell the coffee
One espresso please.
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


Japan’s English-language print media feel the pinch
Publications struggle for relevance in a world where news is available free, to all, all the time.
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


Comparing elections in the U.S. and Japan: the good, the bad and the ugly
I love elections. Anywhere. It’s fascinating to see how politicians craft public appeals. No matter how flawed the process, it’s how nation-states recharge their legitimacy ...
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


With Japan in U.S. electoral spotlight, overseas vote could play decisive role
American voters living in Japan are counting down the days as one of the most-watched presidential elections in U.S. history hurtles toward a potentially nail-biting ...
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


Not miserly: a dog named Scrooge
With a hearty appetite and a penchant for strolls, Scrooge would be best with someone with some time to spare and a desire to share ...
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


The end of a spending spree
I went to do some shopping in Ginza yesterday but couldn't find anything I didn't already have.
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


Renho nationality furor exposes Japan’s deeply embedded gender bias
Decades after her birth, Renho is still being punished for having a Japanese parent who was female, not male.
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


Medecins Sans Frontieres Japan calls for end to deadly attacks on hospitals
MSF Japan has launched a campaign, "Don't Attack Hospitals," as well a petition asking for the people of Japan to support MSF in their advocacy ...
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


Sagamihara massacre begs question: Do we want a society that only values usefulness?
The twisted thinking behind Japan's worst postwar massacre may have its roots in the way the modern world teaches us to judge the worth of ...
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


If you don’t feel accepted in Japan, join the far-from-exclusive club
If you feel you've never been accepted in Japan, then welcome to the club: Many Japanese people don't feel accepted here either.
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


Cozy bars and complex brews on Shibuya’s busy backstreets
A short distance from Shibuya’s madding crowds is Craftheads, a veteran bar in Tokyo’s craft beer scene. I drift into this basement bar, grab a ...
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


A ‘moonlit’ afternoon tea in Tokyo with Noritaka Tatehana
Japan has a long history of noticing subtle seasonal changes and taking each as an opportunity for celebration. The appearance of cherry blossoms in early ...
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


Zeshin: Seasonal surprises in a ‘kaiseki’ hideaway
Autumn is our reward for overcoming the extremes of summer. The harvest that comes with the season also makes it quite possibly the best time ...
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


Tabaccoya: Japanese curry that’s sweet, spicy and slow
You always remember your first curry. Well, maybe not. But I do remember the first time I ate a good Japanese curry, after stumbling across ...
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


Ex-leper takes to Tokyo runway to fight stigma
At 83 Miyo Maki had never manicured her nails, thickened and deformed due to leprosy, a disease she was diagnosed with when she was just ...
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


Christmas cakes set the season’s tone; sushi prepared in the home or office; closing out the year in holiday style
Christmas cakes set the season’s tone Through Dec. 23, the Capitol Hotel Tokyu’s Origami pastry shop is accepting reservations for its very popular Christmas cakes. ...
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


How do I struggle with katakana? Let me count the ways
The fuss over the use of the "shin" katakana in the "Shin Godzilla" film's title highlights the mystery that surrounds this often-frustrating syllabary.
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


Leaving some things left unsaid with ‘no ni’ and ‘kedo’
Today we will introduce the use of のに and けど as sentence-ending particles.
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


Paralympic flag handed from Rio to Tokyo
The curtain came down Sept. 18 on the Rio Paralympics, the world's largest event for athletes with disabilities.
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


Let’s discuss men and housework
Three male politicians have donned "pregnancy" vests in a campaign urging men to help out more at home.
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


Floods kill 24 in central Vietnam as Typhoon Sarika approaches nation
Floods triggered by heavy rains have killed 24 people and left four others missing in central Vietnam, disaster officials said Monday, as Typhoon Sarika approaches ...
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


Salt-stained and steamy: life in Izu’s lush torrid zone
The Izu Peninsula, just two hours from Tokyo by train, is cherished for the slightly higher temperatures it enjoys compared to the capital. Mild winters ...
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


Savoring a ‘sanctuary’ in the Arizona desert
The distinct, bell-shaped mountain rising above the Sonoran Desert northwest of Tucson holds a special power, say those who’ve spent time here — a magnetism ...
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


Catching a whiff of city circuitry and virtual reality
Mapping out some circuitry Printed circuit-board maker Denshi Gihan recently came up with a novel way to showcase its manufacturing skills within an attractive product. ...
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


‘Kuri’: The nutty staple of ancient Japan
Fresh chestnuts are one of the few things in Japan that are truly seasonal and not available year-round like so many other food products these ...
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


X Japan superstar Yoshiki looks at what could have been
X Japan would have been hard-pressed to imagine a more impassioned following in its heyday, with the symphonic metal group’s 1997 breakup in Tokyo taking ...
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


Celebrating a month of Halloween
Last year, Japan experienced a surge of the Halloween spirit leading to estimates of ¥122 billion being spent on costumes, treats and entertainment. This year ...
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


Tokyo International Film Festival welcomes audiences to the animated world of Mamoru Hosoda
The Tokyo International Film Festival, whose 29th edition unspools from Oct. 25 to Nov. 3, offers something for everyone — from golden oldies in the ...
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


Movie star Scarlett Johansson to open Paris gourmet popcorn shop
Hollywood actress Scarlett Johansson is opening a popcorn shop — a gourmet one in Paris, the gastronomic capital of the world, where she spends much ...
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


Japanese comedian Piko-Taro’s video ‘PPAP’ cracks Billboard’s top 100 singles
Comedian Piko-Taro’s music video “Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen,” abbreviated as “PPAP,” that recently went viral on social media has entered the weekly U.S. Billboard Top 100 singles chart ...
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


TIFF takes viewers beyond the comfort zone
While sifting through the movies submitted for this year’s Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF), competition programming director Yoshihiko Yatabe says he noticed a recurring theme. ...
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


Japan’s eclectic collection of choice
The Tokyo International Film Festival offers a great once-in-a-year opportunity to see new and classic Japanese films with English subtitles. The sheer quantity on offer ...
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


There’s always drama at home
The most intriguing titles at this year’s TIFF celebrate geographical diversity while homing in on social issues of modern life. Whether the characters are in ...
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


A cinematic view from overseas
The 29th edition of the TIFF, like every other festival, has suffered from content bloat over the years, but scanning the schedule carefully is worth ...
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


Kyoto International Film Festival wraps up in style
Kyoto is a great destination for a variety of reasons — and the Kyoto International Film and Art Festival (KIFF) wants to be one of ...
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


Sci-fi and fact at the Okayama Art Summit
The city of Okayama was flattened by incendiary bombs in 1945. Many people died, more than 12,000 homes were destroyed and Okayama’s centuries-old wooden castle ...
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


Getting site-specific installations down to a fine art
Kenpoku Art 2016! is one of the latest projects to appear in an area for which art has been a relatively niche concern. Despite the ...
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


Marie-Antoinette, a Queen in Versailles
Oct. 25-Feb. 26 The life of Marie Antoinette — the French queen infamous for her penchant for extravagance in fashion and the arts — is ...
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


The Anatomy of Colors
Oct. 22-Dec. 18 This exhibition showcases the complicated process of creating colored pigments by taking a close look at the materials used to produce the ...
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


The Play Since 1967: Beyond Unknown Currents
Oct. 22-Jan. 15 The Play is a Kansai-based art collective — whose members are constantly changing — that has been staging art happenings since 1967. ...
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


‘Future R&B’ trackmaker starRo makes a case for ‘Monday’
Shinya Mizoguchi used to loathe the start of the week. “Everybody hates Monday. It’s not a positive day of the week,” he says via Skype ...
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


When to speak and when to shut up: the art of a Japanese ‘benshi’
The silent films screened in Japan from the 1920s to ’40s were never completely silent. Katsudo-shashin benshi, or benshi for short, delivered live narration that ...
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


Another snap election?
Prime Minister Abe should consider whether yet another election is in the interests of voters — especially if it's to be held with the disparity ...
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


A Japanese perspective on China’s G-20 gathering
China needs to demonstrate "reciprocity" if it wishes to act as a superpower.
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


Anthem refuseniks, and ancient legends
Japan knows all about people taking a public stand by refusing to rise for the national anthem.
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


U.N. human rights panel is no place for abusers
A political Who's Who of authoritarian regimes are seeking seats on the U.N. Human Rights Council.
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


Four things Hillary Clinton can do to seal the election
Hillary Clinton is leading Donald Trump by several points, but a few key policy changes could give her an insurmountable lead.
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


New money and new ways to use it
The world's billionaires control $5.1 trillion, or more money than the entire Japanese economy.
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


A hiccup in Colombia’s peace drive
Colombians should accept the peace deal, which offers justice rather than retribution or vengeance.
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


Moves to ban HFCs are too late and too slow
HFC leakage from air conditioners alone will raise the global average temperature by half a degree Celsius by mid-century.
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


China is poised to win if the U.S. withdraws
China may offer a poor alternative for global leadership to the U.S., but it's hard not to see it as an increasingly credible one.
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


Niigata gubernatorial election
Niigata's gubernatorial election result on Sunday shows the public is still wary of restarting idled nuclear power plants.
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


Separating fact from fiction in the many ‘truths’ on Syria
Syria is a battlefield for regional and global rivalries.
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


Islamist violence will steer Europe’s destiny
The greatest question facing Europe is who, Establishment or populace, will steer the continent's future.
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


U.N. rewrites history; Jews look on bright side
The absurdity of a UNESCO resolution that denies any historical Jewish connection with the Temple Mount in Jerusalem may end up giving Israel a rare ...
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


Thailand’s new uncertainty
Given the uncertainty implied by King Bhumibol's death, and the prospect of an unpopular crown prince eventually reigning, stability seems unlikely in Thailand any time ...
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


High hopes for new U.N. chief
Antonio Guterres knows what it takes to be a strong and effective U.N. secretary-general.
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


A Nobel that helps explain the hole in a bagel
The 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics rewarded work that is merely one more step in the study of ordinary matter that has been going on ...
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


The political logic of Theresa May’s ‘hard Brexit’
The Brexiteers are desperately seeking to avoid being exposed as having no negotiating power.
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


Leaks aren’t always good for politics or journalism
Today's ability to download and disseminate vast banks of information has changed journalism and politics forever.
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


Why Japan and India must be partners in Myanmar
A Japan-India partnership on major projects in Myanmar can help reduce the salience of Chinese influence there.
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


Bringing warmth back to the South China Sea
An icy chill has swept China-Philippines relations. For the sake of peace, it is time to bring back some warmth.
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM


SDF’s expanding missions
Lawmakers in the Diet should once again scrutinize how far the administration intends to expand the SDF's overseas missions under Abe's call for "proactive contribution ...
10/21/2016 - 10:57 AM



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