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World News >> Japan

Finance Ministry comes clean on Moritomo land deal cover-up, releases ‘discarded’ documents
The Finance Ministry admits to the disposing of documents to cover up its Moritomo Gakuen negotiations, releasing records detailing exchanges on the steep land price ...
05/23/2018 - 05:41 AM


Abe expresses hope for peace treaty progress as he departs for summit with Putin
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe left for Russia on Thursday to hold a summit with President Vladimir Putin and to attend an economic forum, with bilateral ...
05/24/2018 - 04:23 AM


JR Tokai employee fired for allegedly embezzling money from foreign shinkansen passengers
Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai) said Thursday it fired a male employee who is alleged to have embezzled about ¥100,000 after overcharging foreign passengers ...
05/24/2018 - 02:51 AM


Sony’s new PlayStation chief hints at return to portable gaming
Sony Corp.’s new PlayStation chief John Kodera said he sees a future in portable gaming, departing from his predecessor’s view that there’s a limited market ...
05/24/2018 - 02:46 AM


Failing to cap global warming at 2 degrees or less could cost world economy trillions of dollars: study
Failing to cap global warming at 2 degrees Celsius or less could cost the world economy tens of trillions of dollars over the next 80 ...
05/24/2018 - 02:13 AM


Japan and U.S. agree to keep pressure on North Korea ahead of Trump-Kim summit
Japan and the United States agreed Wednesday to closely cooperate on pushing North Korea to address the nuclear, missile and abduction issues as U.S. President ...
05/24/2018 - 12:32 AM


Japan to temporarily withdraw UNESCO World Heritage bid for Amami and Okinawa isles
The government plans to temporarily withdraw its proposal for the addition of Amami-Okinawa islands to the UNESCO World Heritage list, with a goal of resubmitting ...
05/24/2018 - 12:02 AM


North Korea issues most direct threat yet to pull out of summit with U.S.
In North Korea’s most direct comments yet that the planned summit with the U.S. may be in jeopardy, a top official from the nuclear-armed country ...
05/23/2018 - 10:04 PM


Study taps computer to probe why our brains evolved to be so big
Why do people have such big brains? Some researchers asked a really powerful brain — a computer — and got back a surprising answer.In relation ...
05/23/2018 - 08:01 PM


Hawaii geothermal plant plugs wells as lava nears, threatening toxic gas leaks
Production wells at a geothermal plant under threat by lava flowing from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano have been plugged to prevent toxic gases from seeping out.Lava ...
05/23/2018 - 07:58 PM


Seething over Russia probe, Trump tears into ‘spygate’
President Donald Trump has branded his latest attempt to discredit the special counsel’s Russia investigation as “spygate,” part of a newly invigorated strategy embraced by ...
05/23/2018 - 05:25 PM


Former Nihon University head coach Masato Uchida denies ordering dirty tackle
Former Nihon University football head coach Masato Uchida denied on Wednesday ordering a controversial and dangerous illegal tackle that left an opposing player in the ...
05/23/2018 - 08:50 AM


League powers Jets, Alvark set for title tilt
With the biggest of stakes on the line, the Chiba Jets Funabashi and Alvark Tokyo renew their rivalry on Saturday afternoon.The site: Yokohama Arena. The ...
05/24/2018 - 03:47 AM


Buffaloes ace Chihiro Kaneko picks up first victory of season
Orix ace Chihiro Kaneko allowed a run over six innings Wednesday, winning his first game of the season in a 5-2 victory over the Tohoku ...
05/23/2018 - 09:45 AM


Andres Iniesta agrees to deal with Vissel Kobe
Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta has agreed to join J. League first-division side Vissel Kobe, league sources confirmed Wednesday.The 34-year-old Iniesta won four Champions League titles ...
05/23/2018 - 08:24 AM


Arsenal hires Unai Emery as Arsene Wenger’s successor
The last time Arsenal unveiled a new manager, social media didn’t exist.On Wednesday, the north London club announced the appointment of Unai Emery on Twitter. ...
05/23/2018 - 08:09 AM


Jamie Joseph names Japan squad to face Italy and Georgia
Japan coach Jamie Joseph named a 33-man squad Wednesday for June’s test matches against Italy and Georgia, as the Brave Blossoms get set for a ...
05/23/2018 - 06:52 AM


Tochinoshin remains ahead of yokozuna duo with 11-0 mark
Tochinoshin remained at the top of the heap with an unbeaten record on Wednesday, the 11th day of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament.Tochinoshin remained one ...
05/23/2018 - 06:41 AM


Naoya Inoue ready to make instant impact at new weight class in title fight against Jamie McDonnell
Naoya Inoue was a little surprised to get a title shot in his first fight in a new weight class, against someone he describes as ...
05/23/2018 - 05:29 AM


Backstroke swimmer Junya Koga fails doping test
Former swimming world champion Junya Koga has been kicked out of the Japan squad for this summer’s Asian Games after failing a drug test, officials ...
05/23/2018 - 05:00 AM


Sunwolves’ Hong Kong success could be catalyst for Asian expansion
The Sunwolves’ win over the Stormers in Hong Kong last weekend was a big boost for rugby in Asia and justified the efforts of those ...
05/23/2018 - 03:39 AM


Marlins release reliever Junichi Tazawa
Right-handed reliever Junichi Tazawa was released by the Miami Marlins and will remain in the United States in a bid to land a minor-league contract, ...
05/23/2018 - 02:47 AM


Brandon McCarthy leads Braves past Phillies
Brandon McCarthy keeps finding ways to beat the Phillies.McCarthy tossed 5⅔ sharp innings, Ozzie Albies hit his 14th homer and the Atlanta Braves beat Philadelphia ...
05/23/2018 - 02:00 AM


Hall of Fame to redo Brandi Chastain plaque after withering response on social media
A bronze plaque honoring soccer star Brandi Chastain got a red card Tuesday after a social media outcry over its unflattering portrayal of the athlete.The ...
05/23/2018 - 01:00 AM


NFL discussing moves to deal with anthem protests
The NFL approved a new owner for the Carolina Panthers, passed a rule to eject players who hit with their helmets, and took steps to ...
05/23/2018 - 01:00 AM


Dragons hurler Daisuke Yamai tosses first shutout since 2014
Daisuke Yamai pitched a shutout for the first time in four years as the Chunichi Dragons beat the Yokohama BayStars 8-0 in the Central League ...
05/22/2018 - 10:03 AM


LeBron James’ 44 helps Cavs even series
LeBron James knows the path to the NBA Finals better than anyone in today’s game.And unless the Boston Celtics do something soon, he’ll get there ...
05/22/2018 - 09:57 AM


West Ham appoints Manuel Pellegrini as new manager
West Ham announced former Real Madrid and Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini as its new manager on Tuesday, replacing David Moyes at the helm of ...
05/22/2018 - 07:51 AM


Tochinoshin still unbeaten; Hakuho, Kakuryu both win
Yokozuna Hakuho overcame a spirited effort Tuesday from komusubi Endo to remain one win off the pace at the Summer Grand Summer Tournament.Fellow yokozuna Kakuryu ...
05/22/2018 - 07:50 AM


Nihon University player Taisuke Miyagawa says coach ordered dirty tackles
Nihon University defensive end Taisuke Miyagawa spoke publicly for the first time about his role in a controversial college football game that has generated headlines.
05/22/2018 - 06:43 AM


Brett Favre reveals he went to rehab multiple times
Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre revealed that he went to rehab multiple times in addition to the one well-documented 1996 rehab stint during his ...
05/22/2018 - 06:37 AM


Yankees bash four homers to make Masahiro Tanaka a winner
Gleyber Torres was only three months old when Bartolo Colon made his major league debut.Now Torres is a rookie second baseman helping the New York ...
05/22/2018 - 06:36 AM


FIVB exec Fernando Lima hopes Japan can reclaim Olympic glory
Volleyball’s governing body wants to see Japan, the birthplace of the sport at the Olympics, recreate its golden era at the 2020 Games in Tokyo, ...
05/22/2018 - 06:08 AM


Caps blank Lightning, force Game 7
Facing elimination at home, the Washington Capitals looked determined to hit everything that moved in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference final.The goal was to ...
05/22/2018 - 06:00 AM


Zen and the art of Premier League dominance: Buddhist philosophy links Manchester United, Arsenal and Japan
Can the success of Alex Ferguson's 'kids' and Arsene Wenger's 'Invincibles' be linked to Buddhist philosophy? It's worth a try.
05/23/2018 - 06:25 AM


Readers’ views: katakana name frustration, U.S. gun violence and Europe as a Japan study-abroad option
A selection of responses from readers to recent stories on the Community pages.
05/23/2018 - 06:22 AM


Tiger in your tank: a kitten named Kenzo
Kenzo a "super-cute cat" that would likely do best in a low-stress environment.
05/20/2018 - 03:41 AM


My company didn’t enroll me in the Japanese social insurance program. What to do?
A non-Japanese worker wrote to Lifelines with some questions about the shakai hoken social insurance system.
05/20/2018 - 03:41 AM


Are black people dangerous for Japan?
Yes, if you're a backward-thinking, race-baiting YouTuber who fears the inevitable change we represent.
05/20/2018 - 03:41 AM


Swedish-Japanese swordsmith forges his destiny in Yamaguchi after trial by fire
Driving through the valleys outside Hofu in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Yasha Yukawa scours the surrounding rice paddies for the raw material he covets. He is constantly ...
05/16/2018 - 06:30 AM


When ‘Japanese only’ rules were OK, and other odd Supreme Court cases
Did that headline grab you? I hope so, because how else are we supposed to get you to read an article about Japanese Supreme Court ...
05/13/2018 - 09:40 AM


Readers reach out to lost friends and family in Japan
Another of our occasional "in search of" columns featuring people hoping for a blast from their pasts, along with an update on efforts to help ...
05/13/2018 - 09:39 AM


Look this way: a dog named Gobo
Gobo looks like a wolf, but he's a lamb at heart.
05/13/2018 - 09:38 AM


Swedish life coach channels force of positive thinking
The soft sound of bodies moving in thick cotton fabric and naked feet stroking the dojo floor is interrupted by loud shouts, causing a man ...
05/09/2018 - 04:00 AM


Comedy collective highlights the funny side of Tokyo
An Iraqi-American comedian stands onstage in Tokyo and tells the crowd how her lack of Japanese has led her to play “pick and pray” when ...
05/09/2018 - 03:59 AM


Stressed out? Bathing in the woods is just what the doctor ordered
If you go down to the woods today — and you should — leave your smartphone behind. Find a spot by a bamboo grove or ...
05/02/2018 - 05:15 AM


Views from Tokyo: What progress, if any, do you expect to see from a summit between Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump?
Kanon Sudoh Student, 20, Japanese I don’t imagine things will be settled soon by these talks. The U.S. military is stationed in Japan, costs too ...
05/02/2018 - 05:14 AM


Abe walks a tightrope on Japan’s foreign worker policy
The foreign proportion of Japan's population remains tiny compared to that in European countries or North America, yet the impact of the growing ranks of ...
04/29/2018 - 04:00 AM


Chichibu: Steeped in tradition, but challenged by industry
The city of Chichibu, about 90 minutes by train from Ikebukuro, Tokyo, has a population of approximately 60,000. The region, which sits in the shadow ...
04/29/2018 - 03:59 AM


Lust for life: A regal kitten with loving personality
Moana the kitten can race up a storm, but she makes up for her exuberance with affection.
04/29/2018 - 03:58 AM


A primer on navigating your ID landscape
A number of changes to Japanese ID registration systems have been implemented in recent years, some of them for everyone in Japan and others pertinent ...
04/25/2018 - 07:00 AM


To know Japan, its people and its story, know its grub
Food in Japan is hardwired to emotion, personal identity and memory in a way that is often baffling to Westerners.
05/21/2018 - 03:43 AM


Let’s discuss the scandal surrounding Tokio’s Tatsuya Yamaguchi
Tatsuya Yamaguchi, a member of Japanese all-male pop group Tokio, intends to leave the band after coming under fire for kissing a high school student.
05/21/2018 - 03:41 AM


Explaining what you see and hear with ‘no da’
Introducing のだ, a phrase that is frequently used in daily conversation but has no good translation in English.
05/21/2018 - 03:40 AM


Island of monkeys once again connected to the mainland
For the second consecutive year, the island of Koshima is connected to the mainland thanks to a lack of major typhoons, raising fears of ...
05/21/2018 - 03:40 AM


Greece’s outbound ambassador passes torch
Loukas Karatsolis, the outgoing Greek ambassador, met with The Japan Times at the embassy in April to share upcoming developments. He predicted a busy time ...
05/20/2018 - 06:36 PM


A-buzz with bees, Berlin’s cathedral, other prominent buildings turn into sanctuaries
On the roof of Berlin’s cathedral, bees are a-buzzing.Beekeeper Uwe Marth pulls out a honeycomb produced in the hive he tends beneath the dome of ...
05/20/2018 - 07:52 AM


The new faces of today’s technology
Drastic and subtle ways to give your face a virtual makeover, and a life-size anime service robot — what more could you need?
05/20/2018 - 04:09 AM


Cultural education can be fun for kids
Japan's traditional matsuri (festivals) are great, but it's also important to expose the kids to cultures further afield. Here are a few Tokyo international ...
05/20/2018 - 04:08 AM


Hosting a summer bash? Impress with quick and easy konbujime
A popular drinking snack or side dish accompanying a traditional Japanese meal, konbujime is umami-packed and refreshing.
05/19/2018 - 09:54 AM


La Maison du Isshovin: Energetic, eclectic fare
La Maison du Isshovin is unlike any other restaurant in the Asakusa area. It’s not just the name, improbable as it sounds. Nor is it ...
05/19/2018 - 09:52 AM


Bees Bar: New Narisawa venture is a more casual affair
A fter 15 years, chef Yoshihiro Narisawa’s eponymous high-end restaurant in Aoyama needs no introduction or further plaudits, and nor does his innovative, superlative cuisine. ...
05/19/2018 - 09:50 AM


The Shima Peninsula, where life is built on oysters and seafood
Shima Peninsula may be most famous for pearls, but the true treasure is its bountiful natural environment and a plateful of fresh oysters.
05/19/2018 - 09:48 AM


Shiseido’s ‘Higashi wo Dori Parfait’ is a cornucopia of fruit and flavor
The Salon de Cafe in Ginza has a limited-edition fruit and green tea parfait that hits all the right summery notes.
05/19/2018 - 09:46 AM


Scuba diving in Japan: Beneath the sea, a paradise of color and life
A carpet of sand stretches into the distance below me. As clear and still as the water, the light seems muted, creating a peaceful, subdued ...
05/18/2018 - 02:50 AM


Whose line is it anyway? Tips for deciphering dialogue in Japanese fiction
Dialogue in Japanese fiction has its own set of rules, and if you're not paying close attention, you may have trouble understanding who is saying ...
05/14/2018 - 04:45 AM


Give your Japanese verbs wings using ‘agaru’ and ‘ageru’
Introduce the basic meanings and uses of compound verb structures V上(あ)がる and V上(あ)げる.
05/14/2018 - 04:44 AM


Numbers of bicycle accidents in Tokyo involving children have risen
The number of people hospitalized in accidents involving children riding in bicycle child seats has been rising in the Tokyo metro area, new figures show.
05/14/2018 - 04:43 AM


Let’s discuss the capture of the Shikoku prison escapee
A fugitive who eluded thousands of police officers combing a small island for more than three weeks was finally caught 70 km away in Hiroshima.
05/14/2018 - 04:42 AM


CEO’s eye for opportunity forged from global career
Name: Hans Heijligers Title: CEO, IHG ANA Hotels Group Japan (since January 2016) URL: DOB: Sept. 10, 1959 Hometown: Amsterdam Years in Japan: 5 ...
05/13/2018 - 10:35 AM


Japan shines at Salone del Mobile
This month, On: Design invites product designer and Japanologist Maurice E. Zacher to introduce his top Japanese design picks from the 2018 Salone del Mobile ...
05/13/2018 - 10:29 AM


‘The Bachelor Japan’ promises more drama in its second season
At the end of the first season of the reality dating series “The Bachelor Japan,” eligible bachelor Hirotake Kubo walked away with a beautiful new ...
05/24/2018 - 03:10 AM


California’s West Hollywood declares ‘Stormy Daniels Day’
It’s “Stormy Daniels Day” in West Hollywood, California.The mayor and members of the City Council will give the porn actress the key to the city ...
05/23/2018 - 05:19 PM


‘The Man from the Sea’: A Japanese savior washes up in Aceh
Koji Fukada leads a younger generation of Japanese directors who are more internationally minded than their predecessors. He even used French export titles for his ...
05/23/2018 - 02:56 AM


A world of art on display at Tokyo International Art Fair
This year’s edition of the Tokyo International Art Fair will feature paintings, sculpture, photographic illustrations, jewelry and a “sumo-size” book, with the work coming courtesy ...
05/23/2018 - 02:56 AM


‘Isle of Dogs’: Mutt ado about nothing?
If you’ve ever flipped on a TV in a hotel room in a country whose language you don’t understand, you’ll know what it’s like to ...
05/23/2018 - 02:54 AM


‘That Initial Realist Spark: When You Were Young’
May 24-Nov. 18This comprehensive exhibition of contemporary Japanese realist works focuses on Toshiro Aoki, who was greatly inspired by Johannes Vermeer’s “View of Delft” (1660-1661); ...
05/23/2018 - 02:37 AM


Philip Roth, fearless and celebrated author of ‘Portnoy’s Complaint’ and ‘American Pastoral,’ dies at 85
Philip Roth, the prize-winning novelist and fearless narrator of sex, death, assimilation and fate, from the comic madness of “Portnoy’s Complaint” to the elegiac lyricism ...
05/23/2018 - 01:33 AM


Ariana Grande sends love to fans on Manchester massacre anniversary
Ariana Grande shared a message of hope with fans Tuesday on the anniversary of the bombing at Manchester Arena that killed 22 people.The pop star ...
05/22/2018 - 08:01 PM


Works from all genres transform area into mesmeric gallery
Those looking for an immersive introduction to Japan’s contemporary art, need to look no further than Roppongi Art Night. Rather than taking classes or visiting ...
05/22/2018 - 09:00 AM


Tomoo Gokita: Exposing the underbelly of pop culture
Tomoo Gokita's deformations of his subjects are surrealistic with a precision mix of austere black, white and grays, low-brow culture imagery, kookiness and powerfully evocative ...
05/22/2018 - 05:05 AM


New National Theater, Tokyo, stuns with a bold interpretation of Beethoven’s ‘Fidelio’
When Ludwig van Beethoven dipped his toe into the world of opera in the early 19th century, the composer may have had the concept of ...
05/22/2018 - 04:59 AM


Young filmmakers looking to follow in Hirokazu Kore-eda’s footsteps have their work cut out for them
Hirokazu Kore-eda joins a list of Japanese master filmmakers after winning the top prize at Cannes. The road he took to get to this point, ...
05/21/2018 - 05:03 AM


Harry bests brother as over 29 million watch royal wedding in U.S.: Nielsen
More than 29 million people watched on television in the United States as Britain’s Prince Harry married American actress Megan Markle, according to Nielsen ratings ...
05/20/2018 - 08:03 PM


Director Hirokazu Kore-eda: a master of humanism
Hirokazu Kore-eda — who won the top prize at the Cannes film festival Saturday — is Japan’s answer to Ken Loach, a director whose stories ...
05/20/2018 - 04:11 AM


Roppongi Art Night’s giant splash of color
Roppongi Art Night's ninth iteration promises to be a vibrant collection of large-scale works and performances, including those by Teppei Kanueji, Ujino and Kengo Kito.
05/20/2018 - 04:05 AM


With ‘Shoplifters,’ Hirokazu Kore-eda becomes first Japanese director to win Cannes Palme d’Or in 21 years
Hirokazu Kore-eda wins the coveted Palme d’Or at Cannes for “Shoplifters,” a critically acclaimed family drama with unguessable plot twists.
05/20/2018 - 02:25 AM


Famed French director Luc Besson accused of rape, denies ‘fantasist’ accusations
A young actress has lodged a complaint for rape against French film director Luc Besson, judicial sources said Saturday, the latest in a string of ...
05/20/2018 - 12:49 AM


Through the lens: Japanese photographers explore nuclear narratives
Whether it’s the work of Robert Capa in the Spanish Civil War (1936-39) or Richard Drew’s iconic “Falling Man” picture of a man free-falling from ...
05/19/2018 - 10:00 AM


U.S. Iran approach makes no sense
U.S. moves that risk displacing Japan make no sense as Washington worries about a return of "great power" competition.
05/23/2018 - 06:18 AM


The world according to Trump and Xi
Trump's "America First" strategy and Xi's "Chinese dream" are founded on a common premise: that the world's two biggest powers can act in their own ...
05/23/2018 - 06:17 AM


Where the water is
Unconventional resources must be embraced to ensure universal access to clean water and sanitation.
05/23/2018 - 06:16 AM


Time to reform Japan’s political parties
Lawmakers must place priority on national interests, not partisan politics.
05/22/2018 - 07:00 AM


Review problems in science and technology policy
The state of science and technology research today could negatively impact Japan's future presence in the field.
05/22/2018 - 06:59 AM


How to stop sexual harassment
Progress is being made in Japan, but legislation is needed to give anti-harassment efforts real teeth.
05/22/2018 - 06:58 AM


The art of unraveling a potential deal
At a time when even U.S. allies are finding it difficult to rely on an unpredictable and capricious Trump administration, Kim's strategy will likely seek ...
05/22/2018 - 06:57 AM


#MeToo: A cultural workaround to a legal failure
For the most part, #MeToo targets who stand accused in the court of public opinion for criminal acts will never face them in a court ...
05/22/2018 - 06:56 AM


Battling campus oppression of the freedom of expression
'Bias response teams' are squelching liberty of speech at American universities.
05/21/2018 - 10:55 PM


Is history rhyming in East Asia?
Look to Japan-U.S. relations in the 1930s for clues on the course of current Sino-American ties.
05/21/2018 - 06:44 AM


A trade war gets put ‘on hold’
U.S. President Donald Trump's desire for a successful summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, and a resolution to the nuclear standoff with North ...
05/21/2018 - 06:43 AM


Fukushima, seven years on
Great progress has been made in the prefecture's reconstruction, but challenges must still be overcome.
05/21/2018 - 06:42 AM


The missing piece in Macron’s Asia vision: Japan
It is time for France to become truly aware of the major economic and strategic role that Tokyo is playing in the region and beyond.
05/21/2018 - 06:41 AM


Modern Meghan radicalizes the royals
The newest member of the royal family champions the ideals and practices of modern feminism, anti-racism and high-profile charitable projects.
05/21/2018 - 06:40 AM


The return of the old capitalism?
Compared with those of the 19th century, many of today's economic advances and upheavals seem mild.
05/21/2018 - 06:39 AM


One year into the Mueller probe
While Robert Mueller has already produced results, the investigation continues and appears to be picking up steam.
05/20/2018 - 03:33 AM


Japan’s foreign policy balancing act
This year's Diplomacy Bluebook shows Japan scrambling to square long-held positions with rapid changes in the region.
05/20/2018 - 03:31 AM


Russia sets out to sanction Western sanctions
Just as investment banks are cutting their growth forecasts for Russia because of a growing likelihood of new U.S. sanctions, Russian legislators are looking for ...
05/20/2018 - 03:30 AM


Fix gender imbalance in politics
Tough challenges confronting the nation require policy responses from more diverse perspectives than male-dominated politics can offer.
05/19/2018 - 05:02 AM


The AI apocalypse is not that far-fetched
The view that AI-driven machines will outsmart humanity, take over the world and kill us all is easy to dismiss, but many AI experts take ...
05/19/2018 - 05:00 AM


More reforms to drive up domestic demand needed
The government needs to press ahead with structural reforms to create new homegrown avenues of growth.
05/18/2018 - 05:27 AM



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