Japan’s heat wave claims 11 more people, mostly seniors, in a single day
The Meteorological Agency issues high-temperature warnings across much of the nation as a heat wave that has gripped most of the country for the past ...
07/22/2018 - 06:32 AM
One victim dead after man shoots 14 people in Toronto
A gunman and one victim are dead after a man shot 14 people, including a young girl, in the Toronto neighborhood known as Greektown late ...
07/23/2018 - 01:56 AM
Gifu electronics firm Ibiden draws acclaim for its embrace of renewable energy
As more firms shift to renewables to power their operations, electronics and ceramics components maker Ibiden Co., based in Ogaki, Gifu Prefecture, is drawing international ...
07/23/2018 - 01:38 AM
Temperature in Japan hits all-time record high 41.1 C in Kumagaya, Saitama Prefecture
The record for the highest-ever recorded temperature in Japan was broken Monday after the mercury hit 41.1 degrees C in Kumagaya, Saitama Prefecture, the Meteorological ...
07/23/2018 - 01:37 AM
Japan has no interest in trade deal just with U.S.: Yoshihide Suga
One of Japan’s top policymakers indicated the government will continue to resist U.S. efforts to create a bilateral free trade agreement between the two nations.“Japan ...
07/22/2018 - 06:59 PM
Without evidence, Trump claims documents on Carter Page confirm misconduct by FBI
President Donald Trump asserted without evidence Sunday that newly released documents relating to the wiretapping of his onetime campaign adviser, Carter Page, “confirm with little ...
07/22/2018 - 05:09 PM
Nearly two-thirds oppose recently passed bill authorizing casinos; Cabinet approval rating falls to 43.4%: poll
A weekend poll shows nearly two-thirds of respondents are against a recently passed bill authorizing the opening of integrated casino resorts here.
07/22/2018 - 09:05 AM
Government estimates cost of damage across nation by weather-related events this month at almost ¥120 billion
The government estimates the cost of damage across the nation from weather-related events this month at almost ¥120 billion.
07/22/2018 - 08:48 AM
Green light for casinos offers jackpot to Japanese companies
Let the competition begin.Now that Japan has enacted a law outlining a road map for casino resorts, foreign operators from Las Vegas Sands Corp. to ...
07/22/2018 - 08:28 AM
Olympic mascots Miraitowa and Someity invoke the future and cherry trees for 2020 Games
Organizers of the Tokyo Games formally introduced their doe-eyed mascots to the world on Sunday, christening them with superhero names that could provide a tongue-twisting ...
07/22/2018 - 08:28 AM
G20 finance chiefs share concerns over escalating trade friction
Group of 20 finance leaders share their concerns over escalating global trade friction stemming from U.S. protectionist measures.
07/22/2018 - 05:35 AM
Taiwan fruit farmer raises funds for Japan flood victims
A Taiwanese farmer held a two-day dragon fruit sale in Taipei over the weekend to raise money for victims of the floods and landslide in ...
07/22/2018 - 04:57 AM
Turmoil slows rebuilding of Puerto Rico’s power grid
Ten months after Hurricane Maria destroyed Puerto Rico’s electric grid, the local agency responsible for rebuilding it is in chaos and more than $1 billion ...
07/22/2018 - 04:01 AM
Andres Iniesta, Fernando Torres lose in J. League debuts
Former Spain internationals Andres Iniesta and Fernando Torres were each on the losing side Sunday in their anticipated J. League debuts.Iniesta received a hero’s welcome ...
07/22/2018 - 09:19 AM
Fighters hold off Hawks to complete sweep
Third-year reliever Kazutomo Iguchi bailed out the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters in the eighth inning to help them scrape out a 7-5 win over the ...
07/22/2018 - 09:31 AM
Coaching experts trade ideas at workshop
We have seen various types of unreasonable harassment problems surrounding Japanese sports, especially in school athletics, over the last several years.One of the most notable ...
07/22/2018 - 08:16 AM
New champion Mitakeumi all smiles on final day of basho
A loss on the final day of the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday could not wipe the smile from the face of newly crowned ...
07/22/2018 - 07:16 AM
Ohtani’s hits not enough for Halos
Shohei Ohtani doubled twice Saturday for his first multi-hit game in nearly two weeks, but the Los Angeles Angels suffered their third straight loss with ...
07/22/2018 - 05:18 AM
Neymar looks back at World Cup
Brazil superstar Neymar admits that after his nation’s quarterfinal defeat to Belgium at the World Cup he couldn’t look at a ball and didn’t want ...
07/22/2018 - 04:28 AM
Geraint Thomas, Chris Froome remain 1-2 in Tour de France after 14th stage
Sky teammates Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome remained 1-2 in the Tour de France after the hilly 14th stage as an anticipated shakeup in the ...
07/22/2018 - 04:27 AM
Tiger causes frenzy with third-round charge at British Open
Jordan Spieth has a share of the lead in the British Open and a big edge in experience. Still only 24, he already has won ...
07/22/2018 - 02:19 AM
Toshihiro Sugiura earns win in Fighters debut
Right-hander Toshihiro Sugiura threw five hitless innings and earned his first win in his Nippon Ham debut as the Fighters beat the SoftBank Hawks 3-2 ...
07/21/2018 - 10:25 PM
Wataru Endo set to move to Belgian side Sint-Truiden
J. League first-division club Urawa Reds said Saturday they have agreed on Japan defender Wataru Endo’s transfer to Belgian top flight side Sint-Truiden.The 25-year-old will ...
07/21/2018 - 07:31 AM
Mitakeumi wins Nagoya Basho
SumoSekiwake Mitakeumi secured his first top division title after beating Tochiozan and maintaining his two-win lead on Saturday, the penultimate day of the Nagoya Grand ...
07/21/2018 - 07:05 AM
Sagan takes third win at Tour
After most of the other top sprinters at the Tour de France succumbed in the Alps, Peter Sagan was in prime position to dominate Friday’s ...
07/21/2018 - 04:03 AM
Matsuda elected to swim Hall of Fame
Swimmer Hitomi Matsuda, a prolific breaker of world records, will take her rightful place among the masters legends of the sport later this year.The International ...
07/21/2018 - 04:02 AM
Kenya’s Chepkoech smashes steeplechase world record
Mission accomplished for Beatrice Chepkoech, who set out to break the 3,000-meter steeplechase world record and broke it by more than eight seconds on Friday.Chepkoech ...
07/21/2018 - 03:54 AM
Johnson, Kisner tied for lead
A light rain in the morning that gave way to soft sunlight in the afternoon took some of the sting out of Carnoustie.Just not all ...
07/21/2018 - 03:54 AM
Carpenter blasts 3 HRs, 2 doubles
Already in the midst of a monster game, Matt Carpenter almost left too early.Carpenter stuck around for one more swing, and connected for a three-run ...
07/21/2018 - 03:51 AM
Watanabe strikes two-way deal with Grizzlies
Yuta Watanabe, who played four years at George Washington University, has agreed to a two-year, two-way contract with the Memphis Grizzlies, the NBA team said ...
07/21/2018 - 12:26 AM
Eagles’ Takahiro Shiomi tosses first complete-game victory in six years
Takahiro Shiomi and the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles continued their strong runs on Friday in a 7-2 Pacific League win over the Seibu Lions.Pitching in ...
07/20/2018 - 09:55 AM
Three-division world champion Kazuto Ioka ends retirement
Kazuto Ioka, who announced his retirement last December after winning world titles in three separate weight classes, said Friday he is returning to the ring.The ...
07/20/2018 - 08:04 AM
Mitakeumi bounces back, moves closer to first title
Sekiwake Mitakeumi beat Goeido at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament on Friday to move within one win of his first top-level title.Mitakeumi (12-1) holds the ...
07/20/2018 - 05:59 AM
Big bats carry Cubs past rival Cards
The All-Star break is over. It’s right about now when the Chicago Cubs usually take off.Jason Heyward had three hits and two RBIs, Ian Happ ...
07/20/2018 - 05:34 AM
Yuta Watanabe makes good impression in Summer League stint with Nets
Yuta Watanabe attracted positive attention during the Brooklyn Nets’ five NBA Summer League Games in Las Vegas earlier this month.The prospective NBA player, who wrapped ...
07/20/2018 - 05:06 AM
Carmelo Anthony traded to Hawks, waiver likely
Carmelo Anthony is done in Oklahoma City.A person with knowledge of the details told The Associated Press the Thunder are sending Anthony and a 2022 ...
07/20/2018 - 04:11 AM
With Japan trip, New York teacher proves to inner-city students that sky’s the limit
In an epic feat of fundraising, teacher Eric Jordan has completed his mission to bring some less-than-privileged students from Brownsville, Brooklyn, to Japan.
07/22/2018 - 04:00 AM
‘Miracle’ lands Japan-based Bangladeshi doctor with a teaching career once dreamed of but denied
Sabina Mahmood is an associate professor and medical educator at Okayama University, and mentors incoming International Baccalaureate graduates and foreign students at the university.
07/22/2018 - 03:59 AM
I got your back!: Two kittens named Eiswein and Nebbiolo
It's not entirely certain if these two are siblings or cousins, but one thing is sure, they are best buddies!
07/22/2018 - 03:58 AM
What about we stop it with the ‘whataboutism’?
These are troubling times for human rights activists.For 27 years I’ve been writing about civil, political and human rights for non-Japanese (NJ) and other minorities ...
07/15/2018 - 04:40 AM
Crazy cat lady: A kitten named Nodame
When Nodame came to ARK, she was a fireball of a kitten prone to hissing and spitting. But time with a foster family has mellowed ...
07/12/2018 - 04:58 AM
‘Akira’ inspires generations of foreign animators
Enthusiasts pour their souls into labors of love honoring Otomo's classic anime film and manga series.
07/10/2018 - 06:00 AM
Views from Tokyo: Do you remember the first time you watched ‘Akira’?
People in Shibuya offer their thoughts on Katsuhiro Otomo's classic 1988 film and the 1982 manga series.
07/09/2018 - 10:30 PM
Fukuoka’s ‘guest teachers’ of English outstay their welcome
Job insecurity, excessive secrecy and legal curbs on dispatch teachers come under the spotlight as 120 teachers lose their classes.
07/04/2018 - 06:30 AM
Until real change is achieved, LGBTQ people in Japan have no reason to be grateful
When the first same-sex partnership was recognized in Shibuya in 2015, the mayor called it "a first step." So why, nearly three years later, are ...
07/04/2018 - 06:29 AM
Views from Japan: How much further can your team go in the FIFA World Cup?
Before the start of the World Cup, The Japan Times got the lowdown from Japan-based supporters of some of the 32 teams fighting it out ...
07/04/2018 - 06:28 AM
Japan on just 10 judges a day costs a pretty penny
With over 1,000 courts but less than 4,000 judges, somehow 3.5 million cases get cleared every year.
07/01/2018 - 04:00 AM
After abandonment twice and years of neglect, toy poodle Manto finds a home in Tokyo
After a close call with the pound, years of neglect and abandonment once again, toy poodle Manto has finally found stability and care in the ...
07/01/2018 - 03:59 AM
Minpaku law could leave tourists to Japan without beds
Onerous licensing process for private lodging won't stop bad operators, but it will put off honest would-be entrepreneurs.
06/27/2018 - 06:00 AM
Two Japan Supreme Court cases clarify when discrimination against fixed-term workers is OK
June 1, 2018, saw two verdicts from two similar cases handed down by the Supreme Court, both based on the 2012 amendment to the Labor ...
06/24/2018 - 07:00 AM
Show some respect: A chow chow named Kikome
Kikome is a 5-month-old black chow chow, an ancient breed of dog that originated in China.
06/24/2018 - 06:59 AM
Bill Hersey, man about Tokyo, 1930-2018: some tributes
Writer's kindness was legend, and his photos and columns told the story of a Tokyo social scene's rebirth after war and Occupation.
06/20/2018 - 06:20 AM
Now that’s ironic: Untrendy fashion trends
Japanese street style can't help looking back to all those things you thought would never come into fashion.
07/22/2018 - 04:45 AM
Tata Consultancy CEO’s latest multinational foray
Name: Amur Swaminathan Lakshminarayanan Title: President, CEO, Tata Consultancy Services Japan Ltd. (since July 2014) URL: www.tcs.com/jp-ja/home DoB: April 13, 1961 Hometown: Trichy, Tamil Nadu, ...
07/22/2018 - 05:00 AM
Great games for all platforms
Nintendo embraces "Minecraft," SNK offers a tiny big-game experience and "Okami" comes to Switch
07/22/2018 - 04:44 AM
Kitchens of longevity: The culinary secrets of age-old Okinawa
Okinawa is one of the world’s “Blue Zones,” areas where people live particularly long and healthy lives. Observing the processes and procedures behind Okinawan yakuzen ...
07/21/2018 - 09:52 AM
Kawahara: Thrilling, exciting, game-changing kaiseki
At Kawahara, expect a multi-course kaiseki meal that presents seasonal foods in unexpected, playful ways.
07/21/2018 - 09:50 AM
Otto Knot: Italian food, sailing knots and great waffles
When visiting Otto Knot, a cozy neighborhood cafe in the city of Takatsuki, don't miss their homemade raspberry sauce and ice cream-topped waffles.
07/21/2018 - 09:48 AM
For chef Shinobu Namae, cutting waste is priority
At cafe Bricolage Bread & Co. and restaurant L'Effervescence, chef Shinobu Namae is finding creative ways to reduce and repurpose food waste.
07/21/2018 - 09:46 AM
Ginza Cozy Corner’s sweet take on the ‘Summer Holidays’
Ginza Cozy Corner is serving up all the flavors of summer with their adorable nine-piece "Summer Holidays" cake set.
07/21/2018 - 09:44 AM
Punk Drunkers: When it’s cool to be uncool
Chikayoshi Satomi, the man behind cult brand Punk Drunkers says, for him, the line between work and play is always blurred.
07/21/2018 - 09:32 AM
New ferry pass offers alternative long-distance travel in Japan
The new Japan Ferry Pass 21 gives travellers to Japan a new way to explore the country both comfortably and affordably on Japan's revamped long-distance ...
07/20/2018 - 06:09 AM
A flag’s the prize, the mud’s the obstacle in Kashima
Get down and dirty during the assault-course race at the Kashima Gatalympics, just be careful not to get stuck in the mud.
07/20/2018 - 02:15 AM
‘All Japan’ World Cup team gave fans and the media much to mull over
Regardless of musical chairs with the manager job, the Japanese are basking in the afterglow of having made it to the round of 16 when ...
07/16/2018 - 04:00 AM
There’s quite a lot you can do in Japanese with ‘nakanaka’
Introducing some uses of the word なかなか (quite)
07/16/2018 - 03:59 AM
Three Mount Fuji trails open for the climbing season
The three trails on the Shizuoka Prefecture side of Mount Fuji opened on July 10 at the start of the climbing season.
07/16/2018 - 03:58 AM
Let’s discuss the death penalty in Japan
While the execution of cult founder Shoko Asahara may offer a degree of closure on a string of crimes that shocked Japan, it also creates ...
07/16/2018 - 03:57 AM
Spirit of proactivity crucial in high-demand market
Name: Struan McKay Title: CEO, RGF Executive Search Japan (since January 2018) URL: www.rgf-executive.jp DoB: June 10, 1965 Hometown: Penpont, Scotland Years in Japan: 15 ...
07/15/2018 - 06:06 AM
Summer with the kids can be a walk in the park
Japan has more playgrounds than you could ever visit. Admittedly, some are more like patches of dirt with a few swings, but others are spectacular ...
07/15/2018 - 04:30 AM
Stay fresh and ahead of the game
Summer activities: a gadget to keep an eye body odor, plus smartphone apps to enhance mahjong and fishing.
07/15/2018 - 04:29 AM
Inua: Japan on the plate, Noma on the palate
To call Inua the most hotly awaited restaurant this year would be inaccurate. But that’s only because its opening, at the very end of June, ...
07/14/2018 - 09:52 AM
Motherhood in modern anime
"I still feel the loneliness of being hikikomori. Maybe I'm successful, maybe not. I can't tell. But I still feel the loneliness. The only difference ...
07/22/2018 - 03:40 AM
LA author tells of 2014 kidnapping by Somali pirates he’d gone to interview, debuts page-turner
Michael Scott Moore is walking a bit gingerly these days, but it has nothing to do with the 2½ years he spent imprisoned by Somali ...
07/22/2018 - 05:23 PM
Gala opens countdown to 50th anniversary of first moon landing, with Buzz Aldrin a no-show
Former NASA astronaut Buzz Aldrin was noticeably absent from a gala kicking off a yearlong celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, ...
07/22/2018 - 05:01 PM
Lifetime devoted to haiku nets Scottish poet prestigious honor
Haiku poet and novelist Alan Spence was honored with an Order of the Rising Sun for "contributions to developing haiku poetry in the United Kingdom ...
07/21/2018 - 09:36 AM
Fiercely intelligent and unstoppably prolific, Hiromi Ito is a modern literary provocateur
Love her or hate her — and her work tends to provoke strong passions in critics and fans alike — Hiromi Ito is a defining ...
07/21/2018 - 09:34 AM
Disney fires ‘Guardians 3’ director Gunn over old pedophilia, rape tweets
James Gunn was fired Friday as director of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” because of old tweets that recently emerged where he joked about ...
07/21/2018 - 12:13 AM
YouTube releases trailer for new show starring ‘Harry Potter’ star Tom Felton
YouTube has offered the first glimpse at its new sci-fi thriller series fronted by “Harry Potter” star Tom Felton — revealing it is an “Alien”-like ...
07/20/2018 - 11:49 PM
M. Night Shyamalan debuts trailer for ‘Glass,’ melding ‘Unbreakable’ and ‘Split,’ at Comic-Con
Director M. Night Shyamalan says he could have launched the trailer for “Glass” in front of the summer’s biggest movies in theaters but he wanted ...
07/20/2018 - 11:46 PM
Airman who inspired ‘Good Morning, Vietnam’ film has died at 79
Adrian Cronauer, the man whose military radio antics inspired a character played by Robin Williams in the film “Good Morning, Vietnam,” has died. He was ...
07/19/2018 - 05:33 PM
Drum Tao aims for blockbuster grandeur in its latest production
Based in mountainous Oita Prefecture in northeastern Kyushu, the privately owned and run Drum Tao company has barely paused from pounding away at the international ...
07/18/2018 - 10:31 AM
Hiroki Takahashi wins Akutagawa literary award, while Rio Shimamoto bags Naoki Prize
Novelist Hiroki Takahashi has won the prestigious Akutagawa Prize for up-and-coming authors, while the Naoki Prize for popular fiction has been awarded to writer Rio ...
07/18/2018 - 09:36 AM
Keita Asari, founder of Japan’s best known theater group, dies at 85
Keita Asari, who founded Shiki Theater and produced a number of its long-running musicals including “Cats” and “The Lion King,” died Friday at a Tokyo ...
07/18/2018 - 05:01 AM
Soundtracking the thrill of the climb in Jennifer Peedom’s ‘Mountain’
With “Mountain,” director Jennifer Peedom has done for the mountaineering film what Marks & Spencer’s did for food advertisements years ago: taken the concept and ...
07/18/2018 - 04:30 AM
‘Boy Soldiers: The Secret War in Okinawa’: Gripping stories told by Okinawans provide a firsthand account of war
By documenting the tales of those who lived through the Battle of Okinawa in 1945, filmmakers Chie Mikami and Hanayo Oya question the island's current ...
07/18/2018 - 04:29 AM
‘Still Life of Memories’: An erotic drama that perpetuates the male gaze
Hitoshi Yazaki goes slightly overboard with visual innuendo in an otherwise artistic film.
07/18/2018 - 04:28 AM
Da Pump scores an unexpected summer hit with ‘U.S.A.’
The highly coveted song of the summer needs to cut across demographics and unite one nation under a beat. Think Len’s “Steal My Sunshine” in ...
07/18/2018 - 02:48 AM
Didgeridoo player Hiroki ‘Goma’ Morimoto survived a car crash and relearned a culture
Hiroki Morimoto will be celebrating a musical milestone when he hits the stage at Fuji Rock Festival this year: 20 years with his instrument of ...
07/17/2018 - 06:10 AM
Slavery is our problem, too
It is estimated that more than 40 million people around the world are enslaved, an appalling number that may even be an underestimate.
07/22/2018 - 04:00 AM
Trump is in denial about North Korea
Donald Trump needs to put substance ahead of spectacle — and U.S. allies ahead of his own fragile ego — before it is too late.
07/22/2018 - 03:59 AM
Beijing invents a different way to run an economy
The nation has avoided a recession for a quarter-century. Few countries can make the same claim.
07/22/2018 - 03:58 AM
Japan’s first-ever plea bargain
A new concept confronts the nation's justice system.
07/21/2018 - 05:02 AM
‘Hot streaks’ are real, but they’re not about luck
The greatest works of successful artists and scientists tend to be clustered together. That's no coincidence.
07/21/2018 - 05:00 AM
The need to overhaul the electoral system
The amendment to the Public Offices Election Law that was hastily enacted this week highlights all the more the need for a more fundamental overhaul.
07/20/2018 - 05:29 AM
Japan automakers’ dominance is fading
Japanese automakers have fallen behind Germany in the development of autonomous driving technologies.
07/20/2018 - 05:28 AM
Germans love the Ford Mustang, but not enough
The U.S. trade deficit with Germany on vehicles shows why EU chief Jean-Claude Juncker's idea for a car-tariff deal is a non-starter.
07/20/2018 - 05:27 AM
The lessons of Trump’s European trip
Tokyo must recognize the reality of Trump's approach to foreign policy and insulate the bilateral relationship and Japan's security from the vicissitudes he can create.
07/19/2018 - 06:25 AM
A new tax to fix Japan’s dire fiscal straits
There's a better way to increase tax revenue than raising the consumption tax.
07/19/2018 - 06:25 AM
Recalibrating the Trans-Pacific and Trans-Atlantic relationships
As Britain grapples with its economic future, a logical step would be deepening ties with Japan.
07/19/2018 - 06:25 AM
Japan-EU pact sends U.S. a free trade message
The Japan-EU accord should send a clear message to the Trump administration about the benefits of the free trade regime and the folly of a ...
07/18/2018 - 06:20 AM
Japan stands beside Europe on free trade
The Japan-EU trade pact could be an important turnaround both for the way Europeans see trade with Asia and for liberal democracy at large.
07/18/2018 - 06:19 AM
A middle way emerges on the road to Brexit
Tired of the endless squabbling by the two extremes, chances are good the Conservatives will close ranks behind May's approach
07/18/2018 - 06:18 AM
The lessons of Les Bleus
Many of the teams that did well in the tournament were multiethnic and multiracial, but success in sports does not produce tolerance.
07/17/2018 - 06:20 AM
America’s narcissistic national disorder
In the world of Donald Trump, there are enemies but no allies because he is so righteous and superior.
07/17/2018 - 06:19 AM
Is Japan a land of contradictions or opportunities for immigration?
One could argue that there is no other country than Japan in the world today that has all the right conditions to welcome economic migrants.
07/17/2018 - 06:18 AM
The $247 trillion global debt bomb
To service these debts requires rising incomes, while an expanding trade war threatens to squeeze incomes.
07/17/2018 - 06:17 AM
Soccer makes its fans unhappy in the long run
The results are in: The pain of defeat may outweigh the joy of victory.
07/17/2018 - 06:16 AM
Putin and Trump couldn’t make their relationship work
The Helsinki summit ended without agreements because there's nothing the two leaders can do for each other.
07/17/2018 - 06:15 AM
Aum executions renew questions on death penalty
Whether or not people support the death penalty, they should be given enough information about the system and its implementation to make an informed judgment ...
07/16/2018 - 04:00 AM
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