Japan to start discussions soon on Imperial succession system
One idea may be allowing female members to remain in the Imperial family even when they marry commoners.
03/18/2019 - 09:31 AM
Founder of Japanese apartment operator Leopalace21 requested use of irregular building material: panel
Foamed urethane, rather than the glass wool specified in blueprints, was reportedly used for insulation between walls.
03/18/2019 - 09:16 AM
Education ministry urges local governments to promote school enrollment of foreign students
Their numbers are sure to grow with the coming influx of foreign workers.
03/18/2019 - 07:02 AM
Tokyo artwork exhibitors referred to prosecutors over 2016 fire that killed boy
Officials claim the organizers did not take sufficient fire prevention measures.
03/18/2019 - 06:21 AM
Japan’s ‘Olympic ojiisan‘ dies with Tokyo 2020 dream unfulfilled
An Olympic mega-fan who attended every Summer Games since Tokyo in 1964 has died, just over a year before his home city was set to ...
03/18/2019 - 04:51 AM
Officials in Japan launch probe after university loses contact with 700 foreign students
The government says some no longer have valid visas.
03/18/2019 - 04:34 AM
Ex-mayor of Japan city who quit post over fiery verbal abuse re-elected to complete term, vows to run again
The former mayor of the city of Akashi in Hyogo Prefecture who quit last month over his abusive language toward a senior official was re-elected ...
03/18/2019 - 04:23 AM
New Seiyu CEO says Walmart not looking to sell its Japanese supermarket chain
“I’m not here to sell a business,” Lionel Desclee tells reporters in Tokyo in his first public remarks since his appointment Friday. “Absolutely not at ...
03/18/2019 - 04:22 AM
China says 13,000 ‘terrorists’ arrested in Xinjiang since 2014
Authorities in China have arrested almost 13,000 “terrorists” in the restive far western region of Xinjiang since 2014, the government said Monday, in a lengthy ...
03/18/2019 - 04:02 AM
Aichi 5-year-old has waist-length hair shorn to help make wigs for sick kids
A 5-year-old girl from Aichi Prefecture decided to have her waist-length hair cut in January so it can be made into wigs for children who ...
03/18/2019 - 04:01 AM
Hundreds of firms may be demoted in Tokyo Stock Exchange shake-up
As part of an effort to streamline markets and attract more investors, the Tokyo Stock Exchange may demote about a third of its largest listed ...
03/18/2019 - 03:51 AM
Japan’s exports slump again on weak external demand, putting central bank on notice
Exports fell in February for the third straight month, a sign the trade-reliant economy is under growing strain and suggesting that the Bank of Japan ...
03/18/2019 - 03:04 AM
FAA workers sounded alarm about Boeing performing its own safety checks as early as 2012
Employees of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration warned as early as seven years ago that Boeing Co. had too much sway over safety approvals of ...
03/18/2019 - 02:19 AM
New gun laws will make New Zealand safer after mosque massacre, PM Jacinda Ardern says
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Monday she would announce new gun laws within days, after at least 50 people were killed in mass ...
03/18/2019 - 01:40 AM
Shared work spaces catch on with urban Japanese seeking a better work-life balance
More companies in Japan are turning to shared office space to shorten employees’ commuting times and offer them a better work-life balance.Shared spaces are also ...
03/18/2019 - 01:36 AM
Activists in Hong Kong and Taiwan feel heat as China fears ‘separatist’ collusion
As Beijing grows wary of pro-independence groups seeking to forge closer ties in Hong Kong and Taiwan, activists say they are coming under increased surveillance ...
03/18/2019 - 12:04 AM
Other 2020 Democrats begin sharpening criticism of Beto O’Rourke
Back when he was still just teasing a presidential run, Beto O’Rourke told Vanity Fair he was “born to be in” the race. Now that ...
03/17/2019 - 10:07 PM
Nissan governance improvement panel to release proposals on March 27
A Nissan Motor Co. committee tasked with improving the automaker’s governance said Sunday it will release a set of proposals on March 27.The committee, formed ...
03/17/2019 - 08:43 AM
Student-curated exhibit keeps Filipino ‘comfort women’ struggle alive
The opening of the exhibit was attended by five former “comfort women” from Pampanga province, north of Manila.
03/17/2019 - 05:51 AM
The week ahead for March 18-24
MondayFinance Ministry to release preliminary customs-cleared trade statistics for February. Japan logged trade deficit of ¥1.42 trillion ($12.7 billion) in January, the widest margin of ...
03/17/2019 - 05:31 AM
Abe doubles down on constitutional reform and pledges defense buildup in speech before National Defense Academy graduates
In contrast to his speech at a graduation ceremony last year, Abe did not refer to the threat posed by North Korea’s nuclear program.
03/17/2019 - 05:19 AM
Era change brings Y2K-like computer dilemma to Japan
METI said that 20 percent of companies surveyed have yet to check the use of the era-based Japanese calendar in their information systems.
03/17/2019 - 05:03 AM
Ghosn eager to speak publicly, but are the dangers of entrapping himself too great?
Legal and communications experts not involved in the former Nissan CEO’s case warn he may be wading into treacherous waters.
03/17/2019 - 04:49 AM
New U.S. military budget focuses on ‘China, China, China’ over current wars and Russia
Chinese bombers. Chinese hypersonic missiles. Chinese cyberattacks. Chinese anti-satellite weapons.To a remarkable degree, the 2020 Pentagon budget proposal is shaped by national security threats that ...
03/17/2019 - 04:28 AM
India and Pakistan threatened to unleash missiles at each other: sources
The sparring between India and Pakistan last month threatened to spiral out of control, and only interventions by U.S. officials, including national security adviser John ...
03/17/2019 - 03:06 AM
MLB players revel in Japan’s ‘carnival’ stadium atmosphere
Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball aren’t really so different on the field. Everyone is playing the same game and the rules are more ...
03/18/2019 - 06:51 AM
Ichiro impresses in outfield against Giants, will start in MLB opener
A rush went through the crowd as Ichiro Suzuki settled underneath the ball Shunta Tanaka hit high into air in the third inning.The fans cheered ...
03/18/2019 - 11:12 AM
Rory McIlroy wins, Hideki Matsuyama 8th at Players Championship
Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy claimed his maiden title at The Players Championship on Sunday, while Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama earned his third top-10 finish of the ...
03/18/2019 - 08:45 AM
College graduates have mixed success in sumo’s school of hard knocks
New entrants into the world of sumo generally fall into three groups.Most are recent junior high school graduates with little to no previous sumo experience. ...
03/18/2019 - 06:59 AM
Four one-loss wrestlers pursue perfect Hakuho
Yokozuna Hakuho earned his ninth straight win on Monday and remained the only undefeated wrestler at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament.In the final bout at ...
03/18/2019 - 06:59 AM
Junya Ito nets first goal in Belgium as Genk make playoffs
Japanese forward Junya Ito scored his debut goal in the Belgian first division Sunday as league leaders Genk qualified for the championship playoffs with a ...
03/18/2019 - 05:35 AM
Yuzuru Hanyu and Shoma Uno absent from opening practice session as rival Nathan Chen prepares for world championships
Double Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu skipped his opening practice Monday at the World Figure Skating Championships, with compatriots Shoma Uno and Keiji Tanaka also no-shows ...
03/18/2019 - 05:30 AM
Rui Hachimura’s Gonzaga handed NCAA tourney’s west No. 1 seed
After a season in which it reeled off 17 straight wins in conference play, the Gonzaga University men’s basketball team, led by Japan’s NBA hopeful ...
03/18/2019 - 05:29 AM
Khris Davis’ bat salvages tie for Athletics
Khris Davis’ reputation for hitting home runs preceded him on the Oakland Athletics’ trip to Japan, even among some of the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters’ ...
03/18/2019 - 05:25 AM
Dominic Thiem edges Roger Federer in three sets to win Indian Wells title
Dominic Thiem edged error-prone Roger Federer 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 to win the BNP Paribas Open on Sunday, denying Federer a record sixth title in the ...
03/18/2019 - 03:36 AM
Ryoyu Kobayashi earns 19th podium finish, Raw Air title
Japanese ski jumper Ryoyu Kobayashi soared to his 19th podium of the season when he finished runner-up to Slovenian teenager Domen Prevc in a flying ...
03/18/2019 - 02:58 AM
New Zealand rugby’s Crusaders to mull name change after mosque massacre
New Zealand’s Canterbury Crusaders rugby team said they would consult with the Muslim community about a potential change of name after criticism following Friday’s massacre ...
03/18/2019 - 02:55 AM
Athletics dominant in win over Fighters as MLB sides complete Sunday sweep
Chihiro Kaneko had great success throwing his changeup past the Oakland Athletics’ hitters during his time on the mound on Sunday night.Unfortunately, by the time ...
03/17/2019 - 09:39 AM
Golden Kings celebrate assistant coach Keith Richardson’s return with series sweep against Fukuoka
A familiar face returned to the sidelines this weekend for the Ryukyu Golden Kings.Longtime former assistant coach Keith Richardson, known affectionately as Coach K to ...
03/17/2019 - 09:16 AM
Mikaela Shiffrin wins giant slalom race to seal World Cup title
Another race won, another crystal trophy earned, another World Cup record written by Mikaela Shiffrin.Shiffrin won a giant slalom Sunday to seal the season-long standings ...
03/17/2019 - 09:05 AM
Eddie Jones grateful for Scotland ‘lesson’ ahead of World Cup
England head coach Eddie Jones said he hoped his team would learn a valuable World Cup lesson after it was “seduced by the scoreboard” as ...
03/17/2019 - 07:25 AM
Kensuke Nagai goal gives FC Tokyo win over his former club Grampus
Kensuke Nagai’s first goal of the season gave FC Tokyo a 1-0 win on Sunday over Nagoya Grampus to replace the J. League leaders at ...
03/17/2019 - 07:02 AM
Sumo 101: Nicknames
All sumo wrestlers have a shikona (ring name).A few, like Endo or Takayasu, use their family name. Most, however, have ring names with elements referring ...
03/17/2019 - 06:57 AM
Hakuho takes sole lead on Day 8 of Spring Grand Tournament
Yokozuna Hakuho dodged a bullet from rank-and-filer Tochiozan on Sunday to claim his eighth straight win and take sole possession of the lead at the ...
03/17/2019 - 06:56 AM
Valtteri Bottas beats Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton to win Australian GP
Valtteri Bottas has rediscovered his joy of driving and it has had immediate success as he led Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton in a 1-2 finish ...
03/17/2019 - 04:18 AM
Mariners top Giants as crowd goes wild for Ichiro’s return to Japan
Ichiro Suzuki’s return to Japan was a veritable celebration of the Seattle Mariners’ superstar outfielder.Ichiro got the biggest ovation during pregame introductions, was cheered when ...
03/17/2019 - 04:02 AM
Roger Federer reaches Indian Wells final after Rafael Nadal’s withdrawal
Dominic Thiem outlasted Milos Raonic 7-6 (3), 6-7 (3), 6-4 on Saturday to reach the BNP Paribas Open final after Roger Federer advanced when Rafael ...
03/17/2019 - 03:36 AM
Johnny Manziel signs with new Alliance league, will join Memphis
Johnny Football is heading to Memphis to resume his football career.Johnny Manziel signed with the Alliance of American Football on Saturday night and will join ...
03/17/2019 - 02:21 AM
FIFA changes course, will make 2023 Women’s World Cup vote public
FIFA has agreed to make public its vote on the host for the 2023 Women’s World Cup.The organization’s decision-making body is becoming more transparent after ...
03/17/2019 - 02:12 AM
JOC head voices intention to resign amid bribery probe
The president of the Japanese Olympic Committee has expressed his intention to resign to a person close to him, sources with knowledge of the situation ...
03/17/2019 - 02:02 AM
Mikaela Shiffrin, Alexis Pinturault get wins for the World Cup record book
Citius, altius, 40th.Embodying the Olympic motto in a World Cup slalom Saturday, Mikaela Shiffrin went faster in her second slalom run and higher in the ...
03/16/2019 - 09:52 AM
Evessa hand NeoPhoenix ninth consecutive loss
The San-en NeoPhoenix are in the midst of their worst stretch of basketball in recent memory.The Osaka Evessa defeated the host NeoPhoenix 86-68 on Saturday ...
03/16/2019 - 09:42 AM
U.S. draws Turkey, Czech Republic and Japan in FIBA World Cup group
The United States’ quest for a third straight FIBA World Cup championship will begin with matchups against Turkey, the Czech Republic and Japan this summer.The ...
03/16/2019 - 09:10 AM
WBO flyweight champ Kosei Tanaka defends title against Ryoichi Taguchi via unanimous decision
Kosei Tanaka defended his World Boxing Organization flyweight title Saturday with a victory over compatriot Ryoichi Taguchi by unanimous decision.All three judges scored the fight ...
03/16/2019 - 07:14 AM
Former Lions southpaw Wade LeBlanc returns to Japan as part of Mariners’ pitching staff
There are players on the rosters of both the Seattle Mariners and Oakland A’s who had been to Japan prior to arriving on Friday ahead ...
03/16/2019 - 06:17 AM
Non-Japanese people are poorly represented in Japanese media: That needs to change
For almost a decade, the Japanese TV show “Why Did You Come to Japan?” has operated on the premise of finding foreign tourists and asking ...
03/17/2019 - 04:55 AM
This dachshund is the toast of the town
Little Kongari has been sitting at ARK for nearly six long years — and that’s a long time for a cute little 7-kilogram dachshund not ...
03/17/2019 - 04:54 AM
Irish eyes are smiling in Japan
The first ever St. Patrick’s Day parade in Tokyo made history for a number of reasons — least of all for the fact that it ...
03/16/2019 - 09:55 AM
Your ‘Japanese experience’ doesn’t have to be ‘Japanese only’
After living in Japan for a while you start to notice certain personality types popping up in the international community, particularly among English teachers.There’s the ...
03/15/2019 - 03:19 AM
A new approach to volunteering in Tohoku
When Angela Ortiz describes what it felt like to return to Aomori Prefecture five days after the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011, ...
03/10/2019 - 05:15 AM
Earthquakes: What to do before, during and immediately after
Earthquakes are an ever-present danger in Japan so it is important to be thoroughly prepared in the eventuality that one strikes. Although many areas in ...
03/10/2019 - 05:14 AM
Robot rights: From Asimov to Tezuka
Asimov's "Three Laws of Robotics" are fictional rules, so why do we keep looking to them for guidance? The closest thing to real-world robot law ...
03/06/2019 - 04:00 AM
There’s a student Uprizine that needs to be heard
When students Hikari Hida and Trica Euvrard discovered that their university had no support in place for victims of sexual violence they created Uprizine to ...
03/06/2019 - 03:59 AM
Hello, is it Lionel the pup you’re looking for?
Lionel is 2 years old and was rescued in Yamaguchi Prefecture, a place where they still lay wire snares to trap dogs.
03/06/2019 - 03:58 AM
Dogen: Humor that’s not lost in translation
Living in Japan can, from time to time, present a fair amount of frustration for non-Japanese, especially if they can’t speak the language well. Long-term ...
02/27/2019 - 05:30 AM
One family slides into action to create an outdoor ice rink
After a long day of Christmas Eve celebrations with seven of their eight children, five of whom were visiting from overseas, Christoph and Satoko Odermatt ...
02/27/2019 - 05:29 AM
The beauty of an Egyptian goddess, a sense of mischief like a Greek god
This handsome fellow came to ARK in May as a very young kitten and turns 1 year old next month. His name is Pewter and, ...
02/24/2019 - 11:10 PM
Who’s been sleeping in my bed? An unexpected guest
A few weeks ago I had one of those “only in Japan” experiences that leaves you shaking your head and asking yourself, “Did that really ...
02/24/2019 - 11:07 PM
In the Japanese workplace, take training into your own hands
When I graduated from college and went to work for a consulting firm in Chicago, for the first week I was asked to sit next ...
02/24/2019 - 11:04 PM
The onus is still on us to be black history
A few years back, I wrote a piece for Black History Month in which I challenged people of African descent living here in Japan to ...
02/20/2019 - 04:19 AM
Same gripes, different country: Japan ain’t the only place with squat toilets and table charges
It’s not easy being an expat. While most of us choose to live in Japan of our own volition, there are still times when we’re ...
02/20/2019 - 03:20 AM
Hay fever season gets people sneezing and talking
A good way to start a conversation in Japanese at this time of year is to talk about allergies and hay fever in particular. Learning ...
03/18/2019 - 05:00 AM
Hay fever can make life hard enough to use the adjective ‘tsurai’
A word that indicates hardship, agony and pain, you're most likely to hear it at this time of year because of spring allergies or hangovers ...
03/18/2019 - 04:59 AM
A teenager named ‘Prince’ changes his name out of embarrassment
Learn new words in this story about a teen who changed his name — including the word he no longer wanted to be associated with.
03/18/2019 - 04:58 AM
Let’s discuss around-the-clock service
Seven-Eleven has announced it will test shorter operating hours at some of its stores this month. Will this cause a problem for customers?
03/18/2019 - 04:57 AM
Tourism-heavy period encourages flexible hiring
Living in the city of Tokyo could be described as a dream come true for Robert Walters Japan and Korea Managing Director Jeremy Sampson.
03/17/2019 - 06:00 AM
‘East of the Rockies’: Reliving Japanese-Canadian internment
Innovative augmented reality storytelling app introduces users to the dark history of Japanese-Canadian internment during World War II, via a touching tale by Joy Kogawa.
03/17/2019 - 05:10 AM
Fly into action and take the kids on an airline tour
For anyone who loves planes, a 'factory tour' of of one of Japan's biggest airlines can offer an exciting journey into aviation education.
03/17/2019 - 05:09 AM
Startups get a boost in Japan
Late February was a productive time for startups, with two important events taking place in Japan: Slush Tokyo 2019, a major nonprofit conference, and Tohoku ...
03/17/2019 - 05:08 AM
Sake evangelists launch campaign to demystify nihonshu in U.K.
Businesses in Britain are coming up with inventive ways to try to broaden the appeal of sake to suit European palates as Japan looks to ...
03/17/2019 - 12:20 AM
When something fishy makes great business
The only certified fish master outside of Japan, Nick Sakagami has been making a splash in the U.S. for nearly two decades.
03/16/2019 - 09:51 AM
Colorful, portable and easy to make: Inarizushi is the best picnic food
Inarizushi "sushi in a bean bag," is an ideal hanami (flower viewing) picnic food since the sweet-salty bags (skins) of fried tofu (abura-age) help ensure ...
03/16/2019 - 09:50 AM
Narisawa: Celebrating 15 years of gastronomic genius
In the closing days of 2018, there was one celebration in particular that stood out. No ordinary bōnenkai (year-end) party, this was an event held ...
03/16/2019 - 09:48 AM
AirKitchen Plus: A new way to find vegan and vegetarian food in Japan
AirKitchen Plus aims to connect users with hosts across Japan who are happy to provide home-cooked vegetarian and vegan meals for their guests.
03/16/2019 - 09:46 AM
Get your fill of green tea with Seven-Eleven’s mile-high matcha dorayaki
The latest edition in Seven-Eleven's line of dorayaki (sweet pancake sandwiches) is a massive matcha cream-filled creation.
03/16/2019 - 09:44 AM
Galleries galore! Tokyo’s must-visit museums
Which are the best museums to visit when in Tokyo? Read on to find our favorite galleries and exhibition spaces, exhibiting everything from fine art ...
03/15/2019 - 05:30 AM
Turn an ‘H’ on its side and look what kanji you get
If you turn an 'H' on its side, you get something that looks like the kanji kō or ku, and from there you can go ...
03/11/2019 - 06:30 AM
How to carefully express carelessness in Japanese
You might be surprised how often you will use the Japanese expressions for 'carelessness' and 'without intention' once you've learned them
03/11/2019 - 06:29 AM
Japan’s 2018 plastic waste shipments fall 30% after China’s import ban
Following China implementing a restriction on the import of plastic waste, Japan has looked to Southeast Asia as a possible destination for its plastic rubbish.
03/11/2019 - 06:28 AM
Let’s discuss the world’s smallest baby boy
The world's smallest baby boy, who was born at a hospital in Tokyo, has been allowed to go home after his weight increased to 3,238 ...
03/11/2019 - 06:27 AM
Passion nurtures growth and innovative floristry
Dawn breaks over Tokyo. The streets surrounding Ota Shijo market are still dark and the air is quiet, but inside the Tokyo Bay market's expansive ...
03/10/2019 - 06:00 AM
‘The Unmaking of an American’: One thread in a lifetime of cultural exploration
Roger Pulvers' latest memoir, "The Unmaking of an American," takes readers on an engaging and occasionally revelatory tour of Japan and Pulvers' own family history.
03/16/2019 - 09:52 AM
South Korean president calls for investigation into K-Pop’s sex scandal
South Korean President Moon Jae-in called for an investigation into a sex and corruption scandal involving Seoul’s nightclubs after a K-Pop star underwent questioning last ...
03/18/2019 - 06:28 AM
Japanese guitarist channels spirit of Led Zeppelin legend Jimmy Page
For more than 30 years, Akio Sakurai has been obsessed with studying and recreating the minute details of every recorded performance of Led Zeppelin guitarist ...
03/18/2019 - 05:46 AM
Japanese rock singer and actor Yuya Uchida dies at 79
Japanese rock singer and actor Yuya Uchida, who performed as the opening act for the Beatles’ concerts in Tokyo in 1966, has died of pneumonia ...
03/18/2019 - 01:55 AM
Review: Sid at Yokohama Arena
Passionate fandom has become the domain of pop music. Or, at least, that’s the image that has developed globally over the past decade, as intense ...
03/17/2019 - 10:22 PM
Dick Dale, ‘King of Surf Guitar,’ dies at 81
Dick Dale, whose pounding, blaringly loud power-chord instrumentals on songs like “Miserlou” and “Let’s Go Trippin’ ” earned him the title “King of the Surf ...
03/17/2019 - 09:39 PM
Yoko Tawada: Wondrously strange subject matter from a fantastical imagination
Prize-winning author Yoko Tawada tethers her playful prose to realistic social issues: gender roles, immigration, aging societies. Writing in both Japanese and German, her novels ...
03/16/2019 - 09:34 AM
Japan’s Netflix contender bets on youth-driven viral hits
On a Friday night at a downtown Tokyo television studio, 12 teen models with cutesy nicknames like “Ayamin” and “Kyokyo” are waiting nervously to find ...
03/15/2019 - 03:41 AM
Sex, lies and video: Scandals rock K-pop world
Police in South Korea questioned two K-pop stars and two other singers resigned on Thursday, as accusations of sex tapes, prostitutes and secret chat about ...
03/14/2019 - 07:40 PM
Netflix pulls footage of Quebec rail disaster from film ‘Bird Box’
Netflix said Thursday it would pull footage of a 2013 Canadian rail disaster from its film “Bird Box,” and apologized for any pain it caused.The ...
03/14/2019 - 04:29 PM
Marie Kondo and Momo: The new faces of Japanese culture
Japanese soft power has seen two faces in 2019. One is that of tidying guru Marie Kondo. The other is the horrifying visage of Momo, ...
03/14/2019 - 04:26 AM
All-female idol group AKB48 to forgo annual popularity contest
All-female idol group AKB48 will not hold its annual popularity contest this year, which has drawn huge crowds over the past 10 years, management agency ...
03/14/2019 - 02:25 AM
The classical vision of Masahide Kajimoto, the ‘eccentric’ president
Born to a forward-thinking father who founded Kajimoto Concert Management in 1951, Masahide Kajimoto calls himself “the eccentric second (president).”Full of curiosity, Kajimoto enjoys art ...
03/14/2019 - 02:23 AM
Singer R. Kelly’s home-made sex videos have circulated widely for years
An acquaintance of R. Kelly’s recalled how the singer once lugged a duffel bag everywhere — to recording studios, film sets and gyms. Stuffed inside, ...
03/14/2019 - 01:51 AM
South Korea roiled as K-pop stars Jung Joon-young and Big Bang’s Seungri both face sex scandals
After their stunning retirement announcements, two K-pop stars — including a member of the supergroup Big Bang — are facing police questioning over a series ...
03/13/2019 - 11:48 PM
U.S. actress Lori Loughlin arrested in college bribery scandal
U.S. actress Lori Loughlin surrendered to authorities on Wednesday and was to appear in a Los Angeles court to face charges in a massive college ...
03/13/2019 - 06:41 PM
Aaamyyy whips up a synth-heavy soundscape for the year 2615
“Body,” the much-anticipated debut album from music maker Amy Furuhara, aka Aaamyyy (stylized as AAAMYYY), opens with an instrumental of tumbling beats, skittering hi-hats, wonky ...
03/13/2019 - 06:50 AM
‘Ramen Shop’: Finding your family through food
Food is sustenance, food is pleasure and, as Eric Khoo’s nostalgia-drenched “Ramen Shop” reminds us, food is memory.The last is not often seen in Japanese ...
03/13/2019 - 06:49 AM
Haruomi Hosono reworks a modern classic with ‘Hochono House’
As he enters his 50th year in the music business, Haruomi Hosono hasn’t lost his talent for making you wonder what the devil he’s up ...
03/13/2019 - 06:48 AM
Takashi Murakami: The face of Japanese contemporary art abroad, underappreciated at home
This is the sixth in a 10-part series on influential figures in the Heisei Era, which began in 1989 and will end when Emperor Akihito ...
03/13/2019 - 03:45 AM
Madness and savagery in New Zealand
We must all stand with New Zealand, and against the ignorant hatred that motivated last week's attacks.
03/18/2019 - 06:15 AM
U.S. version of ‘one country, two systems’
Is it time for the U.S. to reintroduce the 'fairness doctrine' to prevent the media from broadcasting extreme views?
03/18/2019 - 06:14 AM
BOJ gets extra innings just to hit a single
Finance Minister Taro Aso bought Haruhiko Kuroda time to reach that elusive 2 percent inflation target, but this isn't where the BOJ head wants to ...
03/18/2019 - 06:13 AM
Modern monetary realism
Criticism of Modern Monetary Theory makes assumptions that are off the mark.
03/18/2019 - 06:12 AM
America: that awful country that everyone wants to move to
If quality of life is better in Canada and Europe, why don't more Americans emigrate?
03/18/2019 - 06:11 AM
Treat far-right terrorism as the serious threat it is
White supremacists should finally receive the government attention they deserve
03/18/2019 - 06:10 AM
The risk in the fight against piracy websites
Urgent steps must be taken against piracy websites, but caution is also needed in introducing broad regulations that could have various side effects on internet ...
03/17/2019 - 04:50 AM
The high costs of the new cold war
By nickel-and-diming its allies, the U.S. is effectively disarming itself in its economic struggle with China.
03/17/2019 - 04:49 AM
Michael Jackson’s influence cannot be canceled
Credible accusations of abuse against an artist don't make his art less great, but they do make it less enjoyable.
03/17/2019 - 04:48 AM
Beefing up our quake defense
Given the certainty of devastating quakes hitting Japan, we must do everything we can to be better prepared.
03/16/2019 - 05:02 AM
Robot overlords wouldn’t be the worst
They can't match humanity's malice and greed.
03/16/2019 - 05:00 AM
The Brexit hole gets deeper
British lawmakers seem to think they hold all the cards in this situation and the EU will meekly acquiesce to whatever they want. They're wrong.
03/15/2019 - 05:26 AM
Britain’s next great Brexit mistake
A short delay before the U.K. leaves the EU won't work — Brexit should be canceled.
03/15/2019 - 05:26 AM
Trump’s fantasy budget
The budget proposal is riddled with gimmicks and unrealistic assumptions.
03/15/2019 - 05:20 AM
A vision of a connected world deferred, not yet denied
The World Wide Web's inventor has embarked on new initiatives to reclaim its original promise. It is a fight we should support.
03/14/2019 - 05:28 AM
Democracy in a self-contradictory trap
Populism is the Achilles heel of democracy.
03/14/2019 - 05:27 AM
Building walls of futility
Trump, the fence builder of the West, would be wise to remember the fate of the Soviet Union.
03/14/2019 - 05:26 AM
Japan’s post-3/11 energy policy
The government needs to flesh out its goal of turning renewables into a primary source of power supply with concrete steps to make that happen.
03/13/2019 - 06:20 AM
Bad assumptions behind ‘Cost Plus 50’ plan
Trump's posture toward allies hosting U.S. forces could damage crucial relationships.
03/13/2019 - 06:19 AM
Trump is winning and Putin is losing in global arms sales
If you take arms sales as a proxy for influence, the U.S.'s global dominance looks to be resilient.
03/13/2019 - 06:18 AM
A partnership or protection money?
There is a need to reassess burden sharing across U.S. alliances, but it is vital that U.S. decision-makers understand that those alliances do not exist ...
03/12/2019 - 06:30 AM
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