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World News >> Japan

Japan and U.S. eye limited trade deal for agriculture and autos by September: sources
An auto industry official said the deal could involve Japan offering U.S. farmers new access to its market in return for Washington reducing tariffs on ...
07/16/2019 - 11:29 PM


Toyota unveils electric vehicle to be used at Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic venues
Toyota Motor Corp. on Thursday unveiled an electric vehicle especially designed to transport people within the venues of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games next ...
07/18/2019 - 05:38 AM


Carlos Ghosn sues Nissan and Mitsubishi for breach of contract: report
Former auto titan Carlos Ghosn, currently under house arrest in Tokyo, is suing Nissan Motor Co. and Mitsubishi Motors Corp. in a Dutch court for ...
07/18/2019 - 05:10 AM


Officials in Beijing drafting urgent plan to end Hong Kong’s political chaos
Chinese officials in charge of Hong Kong affairs are working on an urgent strategy to solve the city’s political chaos and have ruled out the ...
07/18/2019 - 05:07 AM


Fear of Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency initiative dominates discussion at tense G7 meeting in France
Fear of Facebook Inc.’s Libra initiative proved common ground for global finance chiefs as they met to discuss more contentious issues, from digital taxation to ...
07/18/2019 - 04:48 AM


Cyberthreats bound to expand ahead of 2020 Games, experts warn
As Japan gears up for the 2020 Olympics in just over a year, it needs to brace for sophisticated cyberattacks, experts say.With the proliferation of ...
07/18/2019 - 03:53 AM


Path to the Diet still strewn with high hurdles for Japan’s women
When anti-nuclear activist Junko Isogai ran for office in Niigata, her campaign had an awkward dimension: not just speeches and chats with constituents, but efforts ...
07/18/2019 - 01:13 AM


At least 22 people presumed dead, 40 injured in suspected arson at Kyoto anime studio
A suspected arson attack on an animation production company in Kyoto left at least 22 people dead or presumed dead and dozens more injured on ...
07/18/2019 - 12:54 AM


Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force launches new Aegis destroyer in Yokohama
The newest Aegis-equipped destroyer of the Maritime Self-Defense Force was launched Wednesday at a shipyard in Yokohama.The ship, built by Japan Marine United Corp., was ...
07/18/2019 - 12:45 AM


Commission warns Johnny & Associates about alleged pressure on broadcasters over ex-SMAP members
Johnny & Associates Inc., one of the most powerful talent agencies in the country, is suspected of having pressured commercial broadcasting television stations to stop ...
07/17/2019 - 11:24 PM


Trump vs. Democrats: ‘Racist’ and ‘socialist’ lines drawn for 2020
With tweets and a vote, President Donald Trump and House Democrats established the sharp and emotionally raw contours of the 2020 election campaigns.In the process, ...
07/17/2019 - 03:33 PM


Elijah ‘Pumpsie’ Green, first black player on Boston Red Sox, dies at age 85
Former Boston Red Sox infielder Elijah “Pumpsie” Green, the first black player on the last major league team to field one, has died. He was ...
07/18/2019 - 03:44 AM


Former Olympiacos assistant Christos Marmarinos named Storks bench boss
The Nishinomiya Storks on Tuesday appointed veteran Greek coach Christos Marmarinos as their new bench boss.Marmarinos replaces Miodrag Rajkovic, the Serbian who led the second-division ...
07/18/2019 - 04:25 AM


Edward Nketiah gives youthful Arsenal friendly victory over Bayern Munich
Young striker Edward Nketiah scored the winner just two minutes from time as a youthful Arsenal side beat Bayern Munich 2-1 in a preseason friendly ...
07/18/2019 - 04:09 AM


Cubs’ Yu Darvish earns first home victory of season
Yu Darvish finally had a reason to celebrate at Wrigley Field.Darvish tossed six innings of two-hit, shutout ball to earn his first win at the ...
07/18/2019 - 03:41 AM


Former Auburn assistant basketball coach Chuck Person avoids prison in bribery scandal
Former Auburn University assistant basketball coach and NBA star Chuck Person’s lifelong generosity may have driven him to the poorhouse, but it saved him from ...
07/18/2019 - 03:31 AM


Jose Lopez goes deep to lead BayStars past Carp
Jose Lopez launched a two-run bomb in the fourth inning to lead the Yokohama BayStars to a 3-1 victory over the Hiroshima Carp in the ...
07/17/2019 - 09:48 AM


Japan grouped with Myanmar, Mongolia for 2022 World Cup qualifiers
Japan will face Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Myanmar and Mongolia in the second round of 2022 World Cup Asian qualifying after being drawn in Group F on ...
07/17/2019 - 09:05 AM


Former Japan manager Akira Nishino named head coach of Thailand’s national, U-23 teams
Akira Nishino, who guided Japan to the last 16 at the 2018 World Cup, was officially named head coach Wednesday of the Thailand national and ...
07/17/2019 - 08:03 AM


Just like during career, Mariners great Edgar Martinez prepares for Cooperstown moment
Edgar Martinez trained for every aspect of his career.As a player, he spent nearly two decades doing daily eye exercises to overcome strabismus, a condition ...
07/17/2019 - 08:03 AM


Organizers to build recovery monuments for disaster-hit areas
The Tokyo Games organizing committee said Wednesday it will oversee construction of three Olympic monuments made out of materials recycled from temporary housing provided in ...
07/17/2019 - 08:01 AM


Yokozuna Kakuryu remains spotless after 11 days in Nagoya
Yokozuna Kakuryu maintained his sole lead after beating former ozeki Kotoshogiku on Wednesday, the 11th day of the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament.The 33-year-old Kakuryu, who ...
07/17/2019 - 07:03 AM


Ramu Tokashiki striving for national team return
Ramu Tokashiki is thrilled to be back on the court. But the star player knows a spot on the national team is no guarantee.Tokashiki has ...
07/17/2019 - 06:24 AM


J. League embraces discussion of controversy
Knowledge is not always power, but a little communication can go a long way.That’s perhaps the biggest takeaway from last Saturday’s game between Yokohama F. ...
07/17/2019 - 06:23 AM


Sumo 101: Regional tours
An oft-heard refrain from fans new to sumo is that wrestlers get paid huge sums for just a few seconds work each day.It’s one of ...
07/17/2019 - 06:23 AM


Bolt expecting high-voltage games in Tokyo
Approaching one year to go until the Tokyo Olympics, double individual world record holder and now-retired Jamaican sprint legend Usain Bolt said he is thrilled ...
07/17/2019 - 05:02 AM


Bryce Harper hits walk-off double as Phillies rally to beat Dodgers
Bryce Harper threw his helmet off rounding the bases, thrust his arms in the air and screamed while teammates stormed out of the dugout to ...
07/17/2019 - 04:34 AM


Ukraine eyes Olympic bid despite economic struggles
Ukraine’s new president has asked officials to consider a bid to host the Olympics, even with the economy still damaged by years of political turmoil.Former ...
07/17/2019 - 12:51 AM


Ben Simmons backflips, withdraws from Australia’s World Cup squad
Ben Simmons’ new contract extension with the Philadelphia 76ers came with bad news for Australian basketball fans: The Melbourne-born NBA All-Star won’t play for the ...
07/17/2019 - 12:00 AM


Takayasu pulls out of Nagoya Basho, leaving tournament without an ozeki
Takayasu became the latest ozeki to withdraw from the ongoing Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament on Wednesday, meaning all four wrestlers currently at the sport’s second-highest ...
07/16/2019 - 11:58 PM


Buffaloes starter Taisuke Yamaoka fans 10 in eight scoreless innings against Eagles
Taisuke Yamaoka threw eight shutout innings as the Orix Buffaloes outlasted the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 1-0 in the Pacific League on Tuesday.The right-hander struck ...
07/16/2019 - 09:50 AM


Brandon Clarke notches double-double in Summer League final to lead Grizzlies past Timberwolves
Memphis Grizzlies head coach Taylor Jenkins has yet to lead an official NBA game, but he’s bringing some hardware home to Beale Street.Brandon Clarke had ...
07/16/2019 - 08:36 AM


Kakuryu moves to 10-0 with win
Yokozuna Kakuryu survived a slight scare Tuesday to claim his 10th straight win of the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament, while Hakuho bounced back from his ...
07/16/2019 - 06:09 AM


Former Gonzaga staffer Riccardo Fois believes Rui Hachimura will be a great pro
Riccardo Fois, a player development coach for the Phoenix Suns, believes Rui Hachimura, who spent the last three seasons with him while he was on ...
07/16/2019 - 05:37 AM


Shintaro Mochizuki becomes world No. 1 for juniors
Teenager Shintaro Mochizuki, who won the Wimbledon boys’ title on Sunday, claimed the No. 1 spot for junior players in the latest world rankings released ...
07/16/2019 - 04:53 AM


Black Caps coach Gary Stead wants rules review after ‘hollow’ World Cup final
New Zealand coach Gary Stead has called for the Cricket World Cup’s rules to be overhauled, labeling the showpiece final “hollow” after England defeated the ...
07/16/2019 - 04:51 AM


Geraint Thomas moves up to second overall at Tour de France
Defending champion Geraint Thomas and his Ineos team found themselves in the Tour de France driving seat after gaining considerable time on a handful of ...
07/16/2019 - 04:50 AM


Giants’ Brandon Crawford belts three homers, knocks in nine runs in doubleheader sweep of Rockies
Brandon Crawford capped a big day at the plate with a defensive gem.Crawford homered three times and drove in nine runs over the course of ...
07/16/2019 - 04:50 AM


Suspended Slava Voynov signs with KHL team
Former Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov signed a one-year deal in the Kontinental Hockey League on Monday as he sits out the final months ...
07/16/2019 - 04:48 AM


Sumo 101: Futabayama’s win streak
Sumo fans these days have the privilege of being able to watch the greatest rikishi of all time live in the ring.For a sport that’s ...
07/16/2019 - 04:41 AM


The inclusivity of quidditch produces pure magic on the field
The players kneel at the ready, six to a side, staring down their opponents from across a verdant field.At the center line are four balls ...
07/17/2019 - 08:05 PM


Leaving Happy Road: The House by the Cemetery
Chapter 3Whenever the railroad crossing gate hit his head, Franz felt right at home. Like a true local. The crossing gates came down often at ...
07/14/2019 - 12:09 PM


An American ninja in Nagoya
A gig as a ninja isn't what most dancers have in mind when they go out for an audition, but John Patrick Jandernoa is finding ...
07/14/2019 - 06:30 AM


A quiet kitty looking for better days
It took a long time for this cat to show his incredibly photogenic side, but sadly, Marumaru has had nearly two years to get used ...
07/14/2019 - 06:29 AM


The man behind some of Japan’s most stylish denim has one main rule: fabric first
Mehervan Sethi began promoting Japanese denim as a way to give back to the country that has "done so much for me and my family."
07/10/2019 - 05:00 AM


Tokyo is big, Kyoto is polite, but Osaka’s for the Scots
Writer William Lang says the frankness and openness of Osakans is a common trait of the people he remembers from growing up in Glasgow.
07/10/2019 - 04:59 AM


Asking for a raise in a Japanese company
When looking for a salary boost at your job it's important to remember that individual effort is appreciated but not necessarily rewarded.
07/07/2019 - 06:50 AM


Cuddle up with a Totoro of your own
This beautiful Japanese spitz is as charming and adorable as he looks. As if that weren’t enough, his name is Totoro, after the famous anime ...
07/07/2019 - 06:49 AM


Leaving Happy Road: The Rise of O.G.
Chapter 2The meta-evil Doktor Fluxus had opened an Intrastellar Portal into the Double-negative Zone, causing a worldwide communications breakdown. With humanity on the brink of ...
07/05/2019 - 05:02 AM


Leaving Happy Road: On a Sunday
Chapter 1Franz’s sausage roll breakfast at the local Vent de Ludo on Happy Road Oyamadai reminded him of Sundays. Not Japanese Sundays, filled with frantic ...
07/05/2019 - 05:00 AM


Welcome to Tokyo’s ‘Little Nepal’: A microcosm of Japan’s evolving identity
An area of Suginami Ward has attracted Nepali immigrants looking for good schooling, security and opportunity.
06/30/2019 - 05:40 AM


‘A kimono is not supposed to be fast fashion’
After Kim Kardashian West revealed her Kimono shapewear line, the American celebrity and fashion designer received a dressing down from fans of the garment.
06/30/2019 - 05:20 AM


The cool cat bound to make your home stylish
Kenzo is a 4-year-old ginger tabby who was found roaming the streets alone.He’s a dapper peaches-and-cream beauty who is sure to turn heads, though for ...
06/30/2019 - 05:19 AM


Deal with clutter while the choice to toss is still yours
A big part of retirement is spent organizing your home and your affairs, but tidying experts advise decluttering well beforehand.
06/26/2019 - 07:10 AM


A Buddhist priest reflects on growing up on Shiraishi Island during a time of war
Living on an island that was too small to receive direct attacks didn't stop the people living there from having to take extreme measures.
06/23/2019 - 05:00 AM


Cleaning toilets with a smile: The lessons you can learn from a convenience store side job
Learning Japanese and want a bit of extra cash? Getting a part-time job in the service industry can teach you a lot more than the ...
06/23/2019 - 04:59 AM


Here’s to the tabby cat that brightened up one family’s home
The gorgeous tabby cat Tournesol was first featured here in June 2015. We are happy to report that he was adopted and has been living ...
06/23/2019 - 04:58 AM


H.C. Andersen Park: Once upon a time, in a land not so far away
Take the kids on a fairy-tale trip to H.C. Andersen Park in Chiba Prefecture, where Denmark's most celebrated writer lives on in playgrounds, workshops and ...
07/14/2019 - 06:55 AM


Japanese city struggles as its World Heritage sheen fades
Drastic drops in the number of visitors to the Tomioka Silk Mill, a designated World Heritage Site in Gunma Prefecture, leaves citizens looking to find ...
07/14/2019 - 06:54 AM


Small changes for big differences
New ways to take photos, shop online and get toothpicks.
07/14/2019 - 06:53 AM


Hive of activity: Tapping into the buzz of backyard beekeeping in Japan
The importance of bees to Japan's agricultural sector certainly isn't lost on domestic hobbyists.
07/13/2019 - 09:57 AM


Aika Miyake: Film editor makes the cut in both Japan and U.S
There aren't many female filmmakers in Japan, making even fewer female film editors. Aika Miyake is an exception.
07/13/2019 - 09:55 AM


Ryo: Traditional uchiwa fans say ‘summer’
There’s no doubt about it — a colorful yukata (light cotton kimono) accessorized with a flat uchiwa fan says “summer.”
07/13/2019 - 09:52 AM


Raising the brewing bar at Barista Training Lab Tokyo
Barista Training Lab Tokyo offers classes in brewing, roasting and tasting coffee, covering all the skills a professional barista — or interested amateur — needs ...
07/13/2019 - 09:50 AM


Mottainai Action wants no seafood to go to waste
At Mottainai Project Uoharu's Yurakucho and Nakameguro bars, the daily menu relies on "unwanted" seafood from wholesale fish markets in order to combat food waste ...
07/13/2019 - 09:48 AM


Yamagata sake shines on the international stage
On a recent balmy evening, representatives from nine sake breweries in Yamagata Prefecture, clad in understated kimono, bow modestly onstage amid the glow of pink ...
07/13/2019 - 09:46 AM


Environmentalist Kenro Taura talks about why he thinks Japan is a laggard in the fight against climate change
Name: Kenro Taura Age: 62 Nationality: Japanese Occupation: Executive director of Kiko Network Likes: Justice and equal rights, positive thinking Dislikes: Selfishness, authority 1. What ...
07/13/2019 - 09:32 AM


A weekend in Kamaishi and Iwate: Educate yourself in natural disaster
Of all the host venues of the Rugby World Cup, there are none with as tragic a recent past as the city of Kamaishi in ...
07/12/2019 - 06:03 AM


Get in tune with the sound of Japanese vocabulary
Certain Japanese words sound like they should represent an action, can you guess what a word means by how it's pronounced?
07/08/2019 - 05:00 AM


The Japanese verb ‘kuru’ comes in many forms
The irregular verb "kuru" (to come) changes sound and structure depending on the context. And once you learn the rules of using it, prepare to ...
07/08/2019 - 04:59 AM


Government must teach Japanese to all foreign residents
A look at an article that points out how Japanese officials should help the foreign residents of their cities and towns.
07/08/2019 - 04:58 AM


Let’s discuss Kim Kardashian West’s Kimono line
An English lesson that focuses on an article about Kim Kardashian West and a controversy she caused by naming a fashion line, Kimono.
07/08/2019 - 04:57 AM


Potential in symbiotic ties, marketing yet to be tapped
Sanjeev Sinha prides himself on being a pioneer. The longtime Japan resident is hoping that he can help Japan and India to pioneer a relationship ...
07/07/2019 - 07:26 AM


Kitri: Sisters are doin’ it for themselves
Monami Kida can’t remember the last time she had an argument with Hinano, her younger sister and partner in the classical-meets-pop project Kitri.“It might have ...
07/17/2019 - 09:30 AM


Japan jumps into the music stream
The biggest moment for streaming music in Japan this year came via a handwritten letter. In late June, Kenta Matsumoto of pop-punk trio Wanima shared ...
07/18/2019 - 02:14 AM


Asian entertainment industries grappling with #MeToo issues
When Wu Ke-xi was looking for a frightening plotline for her latest film, she didn’t need to look further than her own industry.The Taiwanese actress ...
07/17/2019 - 06:11 PM


‘Tokyo Ghoul “S”‘: A college, a cafe and a cannibal
Big pop-culture franchises generate movie sequels as naturally as chickens lay eggs.Directed by first-timers Kazuhiko Hiramaki and Takuya Kawasaki, “Tokyo Ghoul ‘S'” is a follow-up ...
07/17/2019 - 09:29 AM


‘Under Your Bed’: Sleeping with the enemy
Rare is the child who hasn’t lain awake at night, terrified by the monster they imagine is lurking beneath their bed. But in a country ...
07/17/2019 - 09:28 AM


Emmy award nominations for Marie Kondo and her Netflix show may spark joy
Decluttering guru Marie Kondo and her Netflix program “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo” have been nominated for two Primetime Emmy awards, the television academy said ...
07/17/2019 - 12:21 AM


Comic-Con at 50: Bigger than ever, but at what cost?
No one expected their culture would ever become mainstream when a few hundred comic book and science fiction enthusiasts and creators gathered in the basement ...
07/16/2019 - 07:33 PM


South African musician Johnny Clegg, vocal white foe of apartheid, dead at 66
South African singer and songwriter Johnny Clegg, one of the few white artists to openly confront the apartheid government in the late 1970s and 1980s, ...
07/16/2019 - 05:41 PM


George Porter Jr.: The man bringing the funk to Fuji Rock
If the Beatles are Liverpool’s fab four, The Meters are New Orleans’ funky four.During the 1960s and ’70s, bassist George Porter Jr., drummer Joseph “Zigaboo” ...
07/16/2019 - 06:30 AM


Yokoyama Kazan: The Edo Period influencer
The Edo Period painter Yokoyama Kazan's imaginative works depicting Kyoto, inspired not only artists but also intellectuals and writers, including the novelist Natsume Soseki.
07/16/2019 - 06:29 AM


Scarlett Johansson: Comments on diversity were misconstrued
Scarlett Johansson says comments she made on the “authentic casting” debate have been taken out of context and asserts that she supports diversity in film.The ...
07/14/2019 - 07:40 PM


Iran spy TV show ‘Gando’ seen glorifying hard-liners imprisoning reporter
The Farsi caption has unfurled across the black screen of a channel of Iranian state television every night for days now, promising viewers that what ...
07/14/2019 - 05:54 PM


‘The Ten Loves of Nishino’: Ten tales to chronicle the growing sadness of an aging Casanova
Hiromi Kawakami's "The Ten Loves of Nishino," a collection of interconnected short stories centering around the titular character, is a poignant examination of gender relationships ...
07/13/2019 - 09:53 AM


Taro Gomi: Still writing, still drawing, still beloved
Children's author Taro Gomi has authored over 450 books in his striking visual style, many of which — "Everyone Poops" included — have become classics ...
07/13/2019 - 09:34 AM


Federal sex-crime charges brought against singer R. Kelly
R. Kelly and his entourage recruited girls and women to engage in illegal sexual activity with the singer and covered up the crimes by paying ...
07/13/2019 - 02:12 AM


Ep. 8 ‘Passive Boys’
I’m just going to say it: Episode 8 of “Terrace House: Tokyo 2019-2020” is the best episode of “Friends” that never made it to air. ...
07/12/2019 - 01:20 AM


Address Japan’s demographic challenges
Even though there's an election this Sunday, politicians aren't engaging in active discussions on ways to address Japan's demographic woes.
07/17/2019 - 06:40 AM


Japan’s ‘trilemma’ in the Strait of Hormuz
Should Japan take part in another U.S.-led 'coalition of the willing'?
07/17/2019 - 06:39 AM


The fork is mightier than the wall
The single most powerful driver of migration may well be food — or, rather, the lack of it.
07/17/2019 - 06:38 AM


‘A piece of history of the solar system’
Japan’s Hayabusa2 space probe made history last week when it collected samples from beneath the surface of an asteroid. The feat was an engineering and ...
07/16/2019 - 05:50 AM


A vision for protecting the world’s oceans
The Group of 20's adoption of the Osaka Blue Ocean Vision is a welcome step forward, but effective follow-up is the only way it will ...
07/16/2019 - 05:49 AM


How the wealthiest 1% can be good for everybody
Before you bash the rich, try busting the trusts.
07/16/2019 - 05:48 AM


The skills that youths will need to succeed in the 21st century
Societies now need young people who learn and master the skills for a dynamic, tech savvy and globalized world.
07/16/2019 - 05:47 AM


For U.S., Japan-South Korea ties are too important to fail
One of the biggest disappointments of the Trump administration has been its inability to facilitate stronger relations between Japan and South Korea
07/16/2019 - 05:46 AM


Tragedies over the trade spat with Seoul
Japan needs a realistic strategy for South Korea that will bring Seoul back into full engagement over security issues.
07/16/2019 - 05:45 AM


Inappropriate sales by Japan Post Insurance
A probe must be conducted to get to the bottom of the scandal and steps taken to ensure it doesn't happen again.
07/14/2019 - 06:00 AM


Fix Japan’s misallocation of human resources
Medical schools at universities are becoming unprecedentedly popular among high school students seeking to advance to higher education. Many high schools’ websites exhibit not only ...
07/14/2019 - 05:59 AM


Hone the skills of Japanese youth to shoulder burdens of the 21st century
Japan is a land of opportunities for young people if they have the right skills.
07/14/2019 - 05:58 AM


Regional revitalization goes slow
The government needs to review its regional revitalization efforts over the past five years to see if it's taking the right steps to achieve the ...
07/13/2019 - 05:02 AM


In praise of demographic decline
Our expanding ability to automate human work across all sectors makes an ever-growing workforce increasingly irrelevant to improvements in human welfare. That's good news for ...
07/13/2019 - 05:00 AM


Central banks under attack
The world needs strong and capable economic management.
07/12/2019 - 08:30 AM


Japan’s place in coalition-building against Iran
Japan's participation in any coalition in the Persian Gulf region is far from a foregone conclusion
07/12/2019 - 08:20 AM


U.S. plan to fight China and Russia is too good to be true
"Horizontal escalation" is a new strategy to shift a war to the enemy's weak spots. Unfortunately, it won't work on its own.
07/12/2019 - 08:13 AM


Abe’s art of the deal with Russia
Abe may have showcased his deal-making prowess, but the country has crossed the Rubicon without a clear strategy to secure peace with Russia.
07/11/2019 - 05:41 AM


Trump’s disquieting disdain for Japan
Rising tensions between China and the U.S. have put Japan in a uniquely privileged position vis-a-vis both countries.
07/11/2019 - 05:40 AM


U.S. arms sales to Taiwan make strategic sense
Even if ties to China warm, as appears to be occurring, Japan must not let relations with Taiwan be subordinated to relations with Beijing.
07/11/2019 - 05:39 AM


Long overdue recognition of the damage done
The government needs to come to grips with its responsibility for the suffering of the families of Hansen's disease patients.
07/10/2019 - 06:45 AM



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