Audit finds no grounds for massive discount in Osaka land sale involving Abe-linked school operator
The government sold land in Osaka to school operator Moritomo Gakuen for a highly discounted price based on faulty data estimating the cost of removing ...
11/22/2017 - 06:58 AM
Japanese scientists find new drug combo that may be key to treating Alzheimer’s
A team of Japanese researchers has found a new drug combination that reduces amyloid beta protein, believed to play a key role in causing Alzheimer’s ...
11/22/2017 - 09:14 AM
U.S. issues new sanctions on North Korea ships and Chinese traders
The United States on Tuesday unveiled new sanctions targeting North Korean shipping and Chinese traders doing business with Pyongyang, again raising the pressure on the ...
11/22/2017 - 04:05 AM
Cash-strapped Toshiba bids farewell to Times Square and ‘Sazae-san’
Toshiba Corp. will remove its corporate logo from its prominent position atop the One Times Square building overlooking New York’s iconic tourist hub as part ...
11/22/2017 - 03:46 AM
Cold War drama caught on video as North Korean soldier escapes
It’s 3:11 p.m. on a cold, gray day on the North Korean side of the most heavily armed border in the world, and a lone ...
11/22/2017 - 03:46 AM
Princess Mako’s wedding ceremony to be held on Nov. 4, 2018
The Imperial Household Agency said Wednesday the wedding ceremony of Princess Mako, eldest granddaughter of Emperor Akihito, and Kei Komuro, her classmate from university, will ...
11/22/2017 - 03:37 AM
April 30 most likely date for Emperor Akihito’s abdication: government sources
The government looks likely to choose April 30, 2019, as the date for Emperor Akihito’s abdication, with Crown Prince Naruhito’s succession to the throne to ...
11/22/2017 - 03:26 AM
Disneyland entertainer awarded compensation over pain linked to performances
A woman employed as a costumed performer at Tokyo Disneyland was awarded labor compensation after developing a disorder that caused acute pain in her arm, ...
11/22/2017 - 03:26 AM
Bright flash in the night sky over Japan lights up police hotlines and the internet
A bright fireball lit up the night sky Tuesday over eastern and western Japan, according to multiple witnesses.Saitama Prefectural Police received several phone calls on ...
11/22/2017 - 01:32 AM
Trump all but endorses GOP’s Moore despite sex accusations
Silent for more than a week, President Donald Trump all but endorsed embattled Alabama Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore on Tuesday, discounting the sexual assault ...
11/22/2017 - 01:02 AM
Straight from Tsukiji, Newark airport sushi might be the best in New York
The combination of the words “airport” and “sushi” do not normally inspire confidence in a high-quality gastronomic experience.But just in time for the peak holiday ...
11/22/2017 - 12:15 AM
Founder of South Korea’s top love hotel app aims to make business family-friendly
Lee Su-jin used to work at a love hotel in South Korea, changing sheets and cleaning up after couples who had paid for a few ...
11/21/2017 - 11:40 PM
Japan looks to take on addiction ahead of legalized casino gambling
For Tsutomu Nakamura, taking back control of his life from a gambling addiction meant first hitting rock bottom.The 50-year-old preached the same mantra to gambling ...
11/21/2017 - 11:02 PM
Uber CEO admits firm covered up 2016 breach of data on 57 million riders
Uber is coming clean about its cover-up of a year-old hacking attack that stole personal information about more than 57 million of the beleaguered ride-hailing ...
11/21/2017 - 10:25 PM
Retail giant Aeon to stop selling pornographic magazines at its 7,000 outlets in January
Major Japanese retail chain Aeon Co. will stop selling pornographic magazines at its 7,000 outlets across the country in January in response to complaints from ...
11/21/2017 - 09:09 PM
‘Rurouni Kenshin’ cartoonist referred to prosecutors over possession of child porn
The author of the smash hit comic series “Rurouni Kenshin” was referred to prosecutors Tuesday for alleged possession of pornographic images of underage girls, investigative ...
11/21/2017 - 08:56 PM
Tech and telescopes confirm cigar-shaped asteroid came from another solar system
A rocky cigar-shaped object detected in space last month came from another solar system, astronomers said Monday as they confirmed an unprecedented observation.The discovery may ...
11/21/2017 - 08:41 PM
Sapporo considers bid to host 2026 Olympics
The city of Sapporo has expressed its interest in bringing the Winter Olympics back to Japan’s northern island in 2026.Now, the Hokkaido capital, and the ...
11/22/2017 - 05:28 AM
Donald Trump labels LaVar Ball ‘ungrateful fool’
President Donald Trump continued to taunt LaVar Ball, whose son LiAngelo was detained for shoplifting in China while on a trip with the UCLA basketball ...
11/22/2017 - 07:51 AM
Lakers rally from 19 down in win
The Los Angeles Lakers’ first half resembled many miserable stretches of the past four seasons. Although the Chicago Bulls have plenty of their own problems, ...
11/22/2017 - 05:50 AM
Hakuho loses perfect record
Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho saw his overnight lead trimmed to one win after suffering a shock first defeat at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament on Wednesday.Hakuho ...
11/22/2017 - 05:46 AM
Boeser scores twice as Canucks defeat Flyers
Last summer, following the Vancouver Canucks’ development camp, coach Travis Green sat down with rookie right wing Brock Boeser and, in no uncertain terms, told ...
11/22/2017 - 05:44 AM
Paxton Lynch expected to take over at quarterback for Broncos
It’s time to see conclusively if quarterback Paxton Lynch is a bust or just a late bloomer.The Denver Broncos’ former first-round draft pick will make ...
11/22/2017 - 05:44 AM
Otani expected to sign with MLB team before end of year
Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters two-way talent Shohei Otani will sign his first contract with a major league club by the end of the year, a ...
11/22/2017 - 05:22 AM
Pro Football Hall announces semifinalists
First-year eligibles Ray Lewis and Randy Moss are among 27 semifinalists for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.The hall said Tuesday that all ...
11/22/2017 - 02:36 AM
Olympic favorite Evgenia Medvedeva could miss Grand Prix Final with broken foot
World champion figure skater Evgenia Medvedeva may miss the Grand Prix Final next month because of a broken foot.Widely considered the favorite for the Olympic ...
11/22/2017 - 01:00 AM
Olympic champion Gabby Douglas says team doctor Larry Nassar abused her
Olympic champion gymnast Gabby Douglas says she is among the group of athletes who were sexually abused by a former team doctor.Douglas, the 2012 Olympic ...
11/22/2017 - 01:00 AM
Hakuho still two wins up; Kisenosato out
Lone yokozuna Hakuho outlasted fellow Mongolian Ichinojo to maintain his two-win cushion at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament on Tuesday.The only grand champion left in ...
11/21/2017 - 06:15 AM
Shoma Uno gets job done at Internationaux de France
Shoma Uno qualified for the Grand Prix Final for the third straight season with an uneven performance at the Internationaux de France in Grenoble on ...
11/21/2017 - 04:43 AM
Hasheem Thabeet’s massive size proving to be problematic with referees
“When I’m at the helm, I cover the whole realm,” legendary rapper Rakim professed in “Remember That.”Hasheem Thabeet is a towering figure on the basketball ...
11/21/2017 - 04:02 AM
Celtics pick up 16th straight win
Double-digit deficits are becoming just a minor annoyance to the Boston Celtics as they continue their winning ways.Kyrie Irving scored 10 of his season-high 47 ...
11/21/2017 - 02:14 AM
Fighting Brighton salvages point against Stoke
Promoted Brighton’s promising Premier League campaign continued as it twice came from behind to earn a 2-2 draw at home to Stoke City on Monday.The ...
11/21/2017 - 01:56 AM
APBC title gives Atsunori Inaba vital managerial experience on road to Tokyo Olympics
Samurai Japan manager Atsunori Inaba could’ve found himself caught between two worlds in the aftermath of Japan’s championship-clinching victory over South Korea at the Asia ...
11/21/2017 - 01:42 AM
Hideki Matsui named to 2018 Hall of Fame ballot
Former New York Yankees slugger Hideki Matsui was among the 33 players on the 2018 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot that was released Monday by ...
11/21/2017 - 01:09 AM
Trump urges suspension of Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch if anthem protest continues
U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday said Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch should be suspended by the NFL if he continues to protest during ...
11/20/2017 - 04:59 PM
SoftBank’s Dennis Sarfate, Hiroshima’s Yoshihiro Maru win NPB MVP awards
Dennis Sarfate considers himself a traditionalist, and as such, he might not have cast a ballot for himself, a reliever, in the MVP race.It’s probably ...
11/20/2017 - 08:14 AM
Former Wimbledon champion Jana Novotna dies at 49
Jana Novotna, who won the hearts of the tennis world by sobbing on the shoulder of a member of the British royal family after a ...
11/20/2017 - 06:46 AM
West Brom pulls plug on manager Tony Pulis
Struggling Premier League team West Bromwich Albion fired manager Tony Pulis on Monday despite his reputation as a virtual guarantee against relegation.The move seemed inevitable ...
11/20/2017 - 06:38 AM
Hakuho stays perfect at Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament
Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho stayed unbeaten at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament on Monday to remain on course for a record-extending 40th career championship.Hakuho (9-0) faced ...
11/20/2017 - 05:36 AM
Hisashi Iwakuma says Mariners have offered him new deal
Free agent pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma said Monday he has received an offer to rejoin the Seattle Mariners.The Mariners earlier this month declined the 2018 club ...
11/20/2017 - 04:10 AM
MLB scouts keep tabs on young players at APBC
There were no elite players like Shohei Otani or Yoshitomo Tsutsugo, but the Asia Professional Baseball Championship served as a good showcase for MLB scouts ...
11/20/2017 - 03:48 AM
Saints extend winning streak to eight after rallying past Redskins
Alvin Kamara climbed into the Superdome stands, stood in the first row with his arms folded and soaked in the adulation of fans who were ...
11/20/2017 - 03:07 AM
Gritty Pistons top Timberwolves
Detroit got a bit of everything down the stretch. A gutty performance from Andre Drummond after hurting his elbow. A tough shot from Reggie Jackson ...
11/20/2017 - 01:52 AM
Grigor Dimitrov beat David Goffin to win ATP Finals
Grigor Dimitrov’s talent took him to the brink of his biggest career win — but he needed more than that to get over the line.The ...
11/20/2017 - 01:24 AM
You’re living in Japan — so now for something completely different
In a way, foreign residents who gravitate toward a third culture are simply following in a fine Japanese tradition.
11/19/2017 - 04:10 AM
Views from Americans in Tokyo: Do you agree with the 2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution?
American citizens in Tokyo were asked whether they support the part of their nation's supreme law that guarantees their right to bear arms.
11/19/2017 - 04:09 AM
A son echoes his father’s questions about identity in Japan
"Russo-Japanese" Chuk Besher spent years researching Japan's multicultural history. Much later, son Noah, 8, had a question: "What does 'half' mean?"
11/15/2017 - 06:30 AM
Tokyo campus tie-up between Temple Japan and Showa Women’s University could offer model for the future
Showa Women's University and Temple University, Japan Campus have announced a unique site-sharing agreement that could offer a model to other Japanese schools.
11/15/2017 - 06:29 AM
When the snow lay ’round about: A dog named Wenceslas
This Wenceslas is a 6-year-old male rescued from the mountains of Yamaguchi Prefecture along with 33 other dogs, all of which were related.
11/15/2017 - 06:27 AM
In Japan, we too need to talk about sexual misconduct
#MeToo may have failed to fly here, but Japanese society has much to learn about combating sexual assault and harassment.
11/08/2017 - 06:15 AM
When ‘Charisma Man’ in Japan meets ‘chikan,’ women get hurt
Perhaps my own failing was not to challenge the locker-room code — not with the wagging finger of a spoiler, but as a man who ...
11/08/2017 - 06:14 AM
At the polls, a sweep for Abe and a rubber stamp for Japan’s Supreme Court judges
Perhaps unwittingly, Japanese voters just gave their silent nod to the seven most recent appointees to the nation's top court.
11/05/2017 - 02:50 AM
A gut feeling that you need an extra toilet
Everybody knows that Japan produces the most technologically advanced toilets in the world. They pretty much do everything except pull up your pants when you’re ...
11/05/2017 - 02:45 AM
Master communicator: a cat named Natsu
Natsu would make a great companion, for a single person, a couple, or family with older children — just about anyone that will listen up ...
11/05/2017 - 02:43 AM
Know the fees you may have to pay when you leave rented digs in Japan
A reader asks about a payment demand from the manager of an apartment in Tokyo that the reader vacated in a hurry.
11/05/2017 - 02:42 AM
Alex Kerr on Japan: From ‘voice in the wind’ to vindication
A quarter-century after his first book warned Japan of what it had to lose, Alex Kerr feels the nation is finally on the same page.
11/01/2017 - 08:10 AM
TV drama glorifies the Japanese scourge of working illegally for nothing
In the TBS drama "Rikuo," female factory workers work all hours — some of them unpaid — to make a new type of running shoe.
10/29/2017 - 04:20 AM
Business cards in Japan: So many rules, so easily and often broken
One of the first things visitors learn about Japan is the importance of business card etiquette. Yet when it comes to the content of ...
10/29/2017 - 04:19 AM
Bicultural families in Japan take the educational road less traveled
Parents of international children share their diverse stories from inside and outside Japan's state school system.
10/25/2017 - 05:50 AM
The Japanese love to play number games
How would you read the name of a person whose kanji is written 一 三八子?
11/20/2017 - 05:45 AM
Introducing the phrase ‘iru’
How do you say "Oh, the window is open" in Japanese?
11/20/2017 - 05:44 AM
Comedian Uchimura to present year-end song contest
NHK announced Nov. 13 that the main presenter for the 68th edition of the annual New Year's eve "Kohaku Uta Gassen" (Red and White Song ...
11/20/2017 - 05:43 AM
Let’s discuss school rules
A Japanese public high school has come under fire for its strict policy regarding the color of its students' hair.
11/20/2017 - 05:42 AM
Slip back in time and into a kimono
One of our family’s favorite ways to learn is through hands-on experiences. Sometimes it’s cooking classes. Other times it may take the form of historical ...
11/19/2017 - 04:50 AM
Home comforts, the tech way
Wrapped up in the sound system To get an immersive sound experience while watching TV or an online video at home, so far your only ...
11/19/2017 - 04:49 AM
Going electric: Celebrating Japan’s powerful e-bikes
With electric bikes accounting for nearly 6 in 10 bicycles manufactured nationwide last year, the future looks especially bright.
11/18/2017 - 09:04 AM
Takashi Tamai: A never-ending search for the unpredictable
Anthropologist Takeshi Tamami has always had something of an itch for Africa.
11/18/2017 - 09:00 AM
Bitter or sweet, the much-loved persimmon is a healthy and versatile fruit
Persimmons come in three types, but amagaki is of most use in the kitchen.
11/18/2017 - 08:56 AM
Locale: Californian farm-to-table in deepest Meguro
At Locale, the menu depends on the ingredients freshly delivered by a network of organic farmers around Japan.
11/18/2017 - 08:54 AM
Eneko Bar: At long last, a place in Tokyo to savor classic Basque pintxos
Finally, Tokyo has a pintxos bar worthy of the name. And what a name: Creative culinary genius Eneko Atxa now has a Japan outpost for ...
11/18/2017 - 08:52 AM
Beer fans flock to Hiroshima bar — but sorry, two is your limit
A tiny bar where patrons queue for up to 90 minutes has become the go-to spot for beer connoisseurs in Hiroshima.
11/18/2017 - 08:50 AM
Baskin Robbins’ Booya! Minion ice cream: a cute cacophony of banana, pineapple, soda and chocolate
Baskin Robbins is cashing in on the Minions' success with a series of items themed after the overall-sporting twerps.
11/18/2017 - 08:48 AM
Communing with the gods in Hiroshima’s kagura performances
Music and dance spectacle is part of Japan's rich performing arts heritage.
11/17/2017 - 04:31 AM
Japanese model Rinka wants women to know there’s no shame in aging
The prefix “anti” is often used before the word “aging” in Japan, as if there are only two choices — youth and beauty, or age ...
11/17/2017 - 02:45 AM
Blue Sky Books is a literary treasure trove
Aozora Bunko is an electric internet library that contains works of literature in the public domain.
11/13/2017 - 02:30 AM
Introducing adverbs ‘atarimae’ and ‘tozen’
How do you say "It's only natural that she got angry" in Japanese?
11/13/2017 - 02:29 AM
Autumn garden party held at Akasaka Imperial Garden
Who attended this year's autumn Imperial garden party?
11/13/2017 - 02:28 AM
Let’s discuss Ivanka Trump’s visit to Japan
Ivanka Trump and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shared a stage during a summit in Tokyo on Nov. 3.
11/13/2017 - 02:27 AM
Airport hits sweet spot as honey proves to be runway success
Can sticky stuff stop the young leaving a small city in Shimane and bring in visitors too?
11/11/2017 - 09:02 AM
The Yoshida Brothers get in on Kubo’s big adventure
Speaking as a Japanese person, I can’t help but feel a short burst of national pride when Hollywood gives my country any kind of attention, ...
11/22/2017 - 04:00 AM
‘Spark’: A fool and a straight man walk into a bar…
Stand-up — one comic in front of a microphone — is the default setting for live comedy in the United States. In Japan the equivalent ...
11/22/2017 - 03:59 AM
‘The Lowlife’: A complicated look at the motivations of AV actresses
Poverty and debt are two traditional reasons for becoming a porn actress. But as Takahisa Zeze’s new film “The Lowlife” nonjudgmentally shows, the women who ...
11/22/2017 - 03:58 AM
Disney Animation, Pixar chief John Lasseter taking leave under sexual harassment cloud
Just days before Pixar’s “Coco” is set to hit theaters, Pixar co-founder and Walt Disney Animation chief John Lasseter announced he is taking a six-month ...
11/22/2017 - 01:09 AM
CBS News, PBS, Bloomberg sack Charlie Rose and drop shows after sex harassment allegations
CBS News and other networks said on Tuesday they had fired Charlie Rose, one of the most prominent American interviewers, the day after the Washington ...
11/21/2017 - 08:38 PM
Junpei Mizobata plunges headfirst into the absurdist world of Harold Pinter
As the saying goes, “You can’t judge a book by its cover.” In the same way, if you thought the 28-year-old ikemen (drop-dead gorgeous) actor ...
11/21/2017 - 05:40 AM
The maven of Japanese sword fittings
The special exhibition “Pinnacle of Elegance: Sword Fittings of the Mitsumura Collection” at the Nezu Museum offers a fascinating look at the collection that Toshimo ...
11/21/2017 - 05:39 AM
Veteran reporter Charlie Rose suspended by CBS, has show halted by PBS over alleged sexual misconduct
PBS says it is immediately halting distribution of Charlie Rose’s interview program and CBS News suspended him following The Washington Post’s report of eight women ...
11/20/2017 - 07:52 PM
Final audition for AKB48’s Manila sister group fast approaching
The final audition to be part of AKB48’s soon-to-be-launched Philippine sister group will be held in Manila early next month, with members of the Japanese ...
11/20/2017 - 07:18 AM
1968: The year Japan truly raised its voice
During a recent conversation with a student in his sixth year at a university renowned to be an incubator for Japanese politicians, 23-year-old Atsugi Fukuhara ...
11/19/2017 - 04:45 AM
Ishiro Honda: The master behind Godzilla
Everyone knows “Godzilla,” the 1954 film that introduced Japan’s most famous monster to the world. But the name of its director, Ishiro Honda, was for ...
11/18/2017 - 08:58 AM
‘The Broken Commandment’: Toson Shimazaki’s humanist bildungsroman of a ‘burakumin’
A classic from 1906, Toson Shimazaki’s “The Broken Commandment” follows the ideological struggles of a young teacher, Ushimatsu Segawa. The Broken Commandment, by Toson Shimazaki, ...
11/18/2017 - 08:36 AM
Applying more pressure on North Korea
U.S. pressure on North Korea must be in the service of a wider strategy; of that, there is little sign.
11/22/2017 - 05:35 AM
Facing the new energy and climate realities
The new realities of energy and climate change contradict longheld policy assumptions.
11/22/2017 - 05:34 AM
A nod, and a nodding off, to another year of U.S. hilarity
Sometimes facts are stranger than fiction.
11/22/2017 - 05:33 AM
Japan and the Indo-Pacific geopolitical calculus
History warns us against writing off Japan too hastily. It may not be a traditional great power on conventional criteria but it remains a consequential ...
11/21/2017 - 06:00 AM
ASEAN’s changing posture toward China
ASEAN's softer approach on territorial disputes with China is unlikely to change Beijing's behavior.
11/21/2017 - 05:59 AM
Hindu nationalists lay siege to the Taj Mahal
Hindu extremists have long considered it humiliating that a monument built by a Muslim emperor could be Hindu-majority India's most recognizable site. Now the Taj ...
11/21/2017 - 05:58 AM
Saudi Arabia’s populist temptation
A sharp fall in oil revenues has rendered Saudia Arabia's long-standing political order unsustainable.
11/21/2017 - 05:57 AM
China gives flying cars a real boost
A Chinese automotive firm's acquisition of a U.S. flying car startup marks an important advance for a technology that could reshape the 21st-century city.
11/21/2017 - 05:56 AM
China doesn’t want to go to war with America
By exhausting the whole city's resources to charm Trump and his wife, Xi has sent a clear message to the U.S.
11/21/2017 - 05:55 AM
End of an era for Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe's descent into autocracy, capriciousness, corruption and tyranny was not ordained, but it is all too common in Africa.
11/20/2017 - 05:35 AM
The false promises of farm exports as a growth strategy
Japan's agricultural export policy depends too much on imports and lacks a food security strategy.
11/20/2017 - 05:34 AM
Trump gets the trade problems wrong
Embracing protectionist policies won't solve America's trade problem.
11/20/2017 - 05:33 AM
Trump lost sight of his promising Asia vision
U.S. President Donald Trump's recent Asia trip shows the administration's approach remains self-defeating.
11/20/2017 - 05:32 AM
Tesla scares the rest of the auto industry
Most all of the major auto manufacturers have been frightened by Tesla into embracing hybrid and/or electric vehicles. Now Tesla has claimed the all-important speed ...
11/20/2017 - 05:31 AM
The robot revolution is still coming
The robot revolution is coming, but will it amount to much?
11/20/2017 - 05:30 AM
New rules for managing official documents
Draft guidelines for managing official documents mark a step forward.
11/19/2017 - 03:40 AM
Want to increase workplace productivity?
Companies are not investing enough in strategic employee communications to produce an engaged workforce.
11/19/2017 - 03:39 AM
The upgrade myth
The latest isn't always the greatest when it comes to technology.
11/19/2017 - 03:38 AM
Cutting families’ education costs
Is Prime Minister Abe's initiative for reducing education costs worth the money? Maybe not.
11/18/2017 - 04:02 AM
The illusion of freedom in the digital age
Both governments and big tech companies are getting really good at controlling people through data.
11/18/2017 - 04:00 AM
A standard approach to fiscal reconstruction
If it's really serious about rehabilitating its fiscal conditions, Japan should first get over deflation, even by expanding fiscal spending — and it still has ...
11/17/2017 - 05:30 AM
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