Lawmakers ram conspiracy bill through Lower House as U.N. expert slams Tokyo
As the bill moved forward, a heated war of words broke out between Tokyo and a United Nations expert on privacy.
05/23/2017 - 05:26 AM
IS claims responsibility for Manchester bombing as world leaders condemn violence
The Islamic State group claimed responsibility Tuesday for the suicide attack at an Ariana Grande show that left 22 people dead as young concertgoers fled, ...
05/23/2017 - 09:03 AM
IS claims responsibility as police arrest man in connection with deadly Manchester bombing
A suicide bomber blew himself up as young concertgoers left a show by the American singer Ariana Grande in the northern English city of Manchester, ...
05/23/2017 - 08:05 AM
Ultra-leftist fugitive wanted for 1971 police slaying may have been captured, sources say
A fugitive wanted for the 1971 killing of a police officer during a protest over the reversion of Okinawa may have been captured, sources said.
05/23/2017 - 07:12 AM
Top SDF officer warns North Korea close to mastering technology for hitting Japan with nukes
Given enough time, North Korea will likely succeed in developing a nuclear warhead small enough to be mounted on a ballistic missile capable of directly ...
05/23/2017 - 05:27 AM
U.S. and Japanese firms collaborating on new missile defense radar, sources say
Raytheon and Lockheed Martin are working with Japanese partners on rival projects, government and defense industry sources in Tokyo said.
05/23/2017 - 04:58 AM
Sony about to get its groove back, CEO Kazuo Hirai says
After five years of restructuring by Sony Corp., Chief Executive Officer Kazuo Hirai said Tuesday he is confident the once-dominant electronics giant will see an ...
05/23/2017 - 04:27 AM
Tokyo zoo to remove panda showing signs of pregnancy from public display
A Tokyo zoo said Tuesday it will stop displaying a giant panda believed to have become pregnant. Ueno Zoological Gardens said it will remove Shin ...
05/23/2017 - 04:26 AM
China flexes muscle in spy games against U.S.
A cartoon posted in a dusty alleyway in the heart of Beijing warns passersby not to fall prey to the charms of foreign men: they ...
05/23/2017 - 04:11 AM
Flynn takes the Fifth, citing ‘public frenzy’ against him
President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination in rebuffing a subpoena Monday in the investigation into ...
05/23/2017 - 04:04 AM
Japan’s ‘Superhuman’ sports games meld high-tech and athletics
When it comes to culture and entertainment, Japan has a rich history spanning from ancient legends and sports to modern manga and video games. Now ...
05/23/2017 - 03:55 AM
Creator of popular kanji drills for kids turns poop into gold
Learning more than 1,000 kanji during six years of grade school isn’t an easy task. But it can be fun if all the characters are ...
05/23/2017 - 03:39 AM
With plans for electric versions of its vehicles, Subaru avoids reinventing the wheel
Subaru Corp. is considering electric versions of its existing models for the carmaker’s first foray into the technology, as it joins peers around the world ...
05/23/2017 - 03:29 AM
20 years on, victim’s father hopes lessons can be learned from Kobe child murders
Mamoru Hase has been trying to learn the motivation behind his 11-year-old son Jun’s murder 20 years ago — in a shocking attack in Kobe ...
05/23/2017 - 02:54 AM
Sidestepping Imperial succession debate, government eyes duties for former female members
In a bid to “avoid a debate” on allowing women to establish Imperial family branches amid falling membership, the government is considering a new system.
05/23/2017 - 02:53 AM
Inheritance tax avoidance, cheap mortgages driving a rental housing bubble
Apartment construction is booming as the wealthy rush to invest in rental housing as a way to reduce inheritance tax and banks hand out easy ...
05/23/2017 - 02:38 AM
Trump becomes first U.S.president to visit Western Wall
Putting his hand against one of the most sacred sites in Judaism, Donald Trump on Monday became the first sitting U.S. president to visit the ...
05/22/2017 - 04:54 PM
Iwano confirms quad salchow for free skate next season
It is rare for an athlete to make history the first time they embark on a new level in their career. Usually they settle in, ...
05/23/2017 - 05:16 AM
Giants hurler Sugano avenges lone loss of season against Tigers
Tomoyuki Sugano paid Hanshin back for his only loss of the season with seven scoreless innings as the Yomiuri Giants held off the Tigers 1-0 ...
05/23/2017 - 09:29 AM
Whiteley chosen as new Springboks captain for three-test series against France
No. 8 Warren Whiteley has been named the new Springboks captain and coach Allister Coetzee included eight uncapped players in his squad to prepare for ...
05/23/2017 - 08:58 AM
Clippers should stay the course despite disappointments
Coach Doc Rivers: Headed back to Orlando where he began his NBA coaching career and where he still owns a home and where his family ...
05/23/2017 - 08:20 AM
Spanish authorities detain ex-Barcelona president Rosell, wife in money laundering probe
Spanish authorities say former Barcelona president Sandro Rosell and his wife have been detained in a probe over his businesses in Brazil. The detentions early ...
05/23/2017 - 08:14 AM
Kisenosato falls again; Hakuho, Harumafuji still unbeaten
Yokozuna Kisenosato’s fading hopes of winning a third consecutive championship were all but shattered with a fourth loss at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament on ...
05/23/2017 - 07:37 AM
Mizutani determined to succeed at worlds
Rio Olympic bronze medalist Jun Mizutani knows what he must do in order to stand on the podium at the World Table Tennis Championships for ...
05/23/2017 - 05:34 AM
Predators make Stanley Cup Final for first time
Different players just keep stepping up for the Nashville Predators, and now their magical postseason run has an even bigger destination: the franchise’s first trip ...
05/23/2017 - 04:39 AM
Warriors sweep away Spurs, make NBA Finals again
Golden State made sure the inevitable was unavoidable. Heavily favored to beat the Spurs, especially once Kawhi Leonard sustained a series-ending injury, the Warriors completed ...
05/23/2017 - 03:52 AM
Giants’ Panik rebounds from batting slump with big game against Cubs
Joe Panik felt a little better the past couple days in St. Louis. He felt a lot better after his performance Monday night. Panik hit ...
05/23/2017 - 02:38 AM
Kisenosato suffers third loss; Hakuho, Harumafuji roll on
Yokozuna Kisenosato succumbed to his third loss at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament on Monday while Mongolian grand champions Hakuho and Harumafuji secured their ninth ...
05/22/2017 - 06:43 AM
Honda set for AC Milan exit
Midfielder Keisuke Honda said on Twitter on Sunday he will be departing AC Milan at the end of the season, bringing an end to a ...
05/22/2017 - 04:27 AM
Darvish, Napoli key Rangers’ win
Yu Darvish received backing from a 15-hit offense and overcame a shaky start Sunday, picking up his fifth win of the season in the Texas ...
05/22/2017 - 03:33 AM
Liverpool, City deny Arsenal top-four finish
Manchester City and Liverpool claimed the last two Champions League qualifying spots with comfortable wins on Sunday that meant Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal missed out on ...
05/22/2017 - 02:39 AM
Gutsy Celtics rally for stunning win over Cavs
Leprechauns are imaginary. Celtic pride is very real. Avery Bradley’s 3-pointer danced on the rim and dropped with less than a second left and Boston, ...
05/22/2017 - 12:50 AM
Penguins fire on all cylinders in Game 5
Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan calls it “getting to our game.” It means he wants his team to attack opponents with speed, aggression and a ...
05/21/2017 - 10:57 PM
Inoue retains WBO super flyweight title with third-round KO of Rodriguez
It was nearly a sparring for Naoya Inoue. The difference was that he did it surrounded by 6,500 spectators. The young Japanese champ gave challenger ...
05/21/2017 - 10:10 AM
Kubo sparks triumphant Japan in Under-20 World Cup opener
Takefusa Kubo came off the bench and set up Ritsu Doan’s winner as Japan came from behind to defeat South Africa 2-1 on Sunday in ...
05/21/2017 - 10:08 AM
Hagino avenges loss to Seto by winning 200 IM at Japan Open
Kosuke Hagino exacted swift revenge over Daiya Seto to win the men’s 200-meter individual medley at the Japan Open on Sunday. A night after he ...
05/21/2017 - 09:15 AM
Brex survive fierce duel with SeaHorses in tiebreaker, advance to B. League Championship final
The Tochigi Brex advanced to the B. League Championship final, holding off the visiting SeaHorses Mikawa in the Game 3 tiebreaker on Sunday afternoon. The ...
05/21/2017 - 09:00 AM
Gatlin outruns Cambridge, Sani Brown for 100-meter victory at Golden Grand Prix Kawasaki
American top sprinter Justin Gatlin withstood challenges from Japanese prospects Aska Cambridge and Abdul Hakim Sani Brown in a 100-meter race on Sunday at the ...
05/21/2017 - 07:48 AM
Having trouble wrapping your head around Japan? Help with mental health is at hand
Black Eye speaks with professionals trained to offer guidance to those struggling to cope with a new environment.
05/21/2017 - 08:29 AM
Don’t bank on Japan’s lenders making it easy to relocate abroad
A reader shares her experiences with internet banking upon leaving Japan on a temporary basis.
05/21/2017 - 08:29 AM
One that didn’t get away: Cat Bateau finds a home with Aussies in Tokyo
It was "love at first sight," says Liz Shek-Noble of when she saw Bateau featured in The Japan Times last June.
05/21/2017 - 08:28 AM
Thirty years of JET: countless treasured memories and priceless gaffes
Past participants in the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme recall their most memorable experiences, from the inspiring to the excruciating.
05/17/2017 - 07:30 AM
Testing time for the Constitution at 70
So you fancy yourself as a scholar on Japan's supreme law? Try testing your knowledge of the Constitution's birth with this quiz.
05/14/2017 - 06:00 AM
Liberating young minds with technology
Education in Japan, within the nexus of business, science and internationalization, is currently developing progressive initiatives. One such trend is to move university teaching out ...
05/14/2017 - 05:59 AM
Unions can offer a hand in dealing with recalcitrant employers
This week's query comes from A.R., who is having some problems with a less-than-cooperative former employer
05/14/2017 - 05:58 AM
Born this way: a cat named Chapuche
Chapuche is a doll of a cat and likes nothing more than to roll over and have you give her a belly rub, but she's ...
05/14/2017 - 05:57 AM
Skills forged in Kyushu, blades forged in Oregon
After failing to win respect for his craft in Japan, 17th-generation bladesmith Murray Carter brought the Yoshimoto name to Portland.
05/10/2017 - 07:10 AM
Just lonely: a dog named Shinta
Though he's a mature, healthy dog of 14 years of age, the one thing Shinta loves as much as people is toys.
05/10/2017 - 07:09 AM
As Japan’s JET Programme hits its 30s, the jury’s still out
Ambitious program has helped Japan meet the world, but does it have a role to play today?
05/03/2017 - 04:45 AM
Views from Tokyo: Which candidate would you vote for in the French election and why?
As France prepares to go to the polls again, French nationals in Kagurazaka and Asakusa were asked who they were rooting for.
05/03/2017 - 04:44 AM
Three years after Japan signed Hague, parents who abduct still win
Despite winning return orders in court, foreign fathers are treated like offenders.
04/30/2017 - 08:51 PM
Safety Net Law to offer new lease on life for abandoned buildings
On April 19, the Lower House of the Diet unanimously passed a revision to the Safety Net Law. The revision creates a new system that ...
04/30/2017 - 05:10 AM
Time to act on insights from landmark survey of Japan’s foreign residents
Government's attempt to understand the foreign experience of Japan produces valuable data despite some blind spots.
04/26/2017 - 05:25 AM
Help for those seeking left-behind parents in Japan
Two adult daughters contacted Lifelines hoping to get help with issues related to their fathers.
04/26/2017 - 05:24 AM
Tanka help Japanese express emotions
Tanka are one of the oldest forms of poetry in the world with a 1,300-year history.
05/22/2017 - 05:28 AM
Let’s discuss Cool Biz
The thermostat setting of 28 degrees recommended by the Cool Biz energy-saving campaign is stirring controversy among top government officials.
05/22/2017 - 05:28 AM
Princess Mako, granddaughter of Emperor, to be engaged
Kei Komuro and Princess Mako are set to be engaged.
05/22/2017 - 05:28 AM
Blasting the past with a new vision of future fashion
Much has been made of the recent closure of the monthly print edition of Shoichi Aoki's seminal Fruits street-style magazine, with many ready to cry ...
05/21/2017 - 09:12 AM
Summer releases: bring your A-game
Stuff they don’t teach at school It’s May and it’s virtually summer — the perfect time to play “Summer Lesson: The Hikari Miyamoto Collection,” in ...
05/21/2017 - 09:03 AM
Looking back on the final days of the Dojunkai apartments
On the fourth anniversary of Uenoshita's demolition, we revisit how its last residents left it.
05/20/2017 - 10:04 AM
Shoemaker Hidetaka Fukaya models creations on feline elegance
A renowned craftsman in Florence is working hard to maintain his freedom of expression as a shoemaker.
05/20/2017 - 10:02 AM
First-harvest green tea goes best with traditional ‘karinto’ sweets
Hachijū-hachi-ya, the 88th day after risshun, the first day of spring, falls on May 2 in most years. It’s the day that marks the beginning ...
05/20/2017 - 09:58 AM
Mimosa: Taking Shanghai cuisine to the next level
When a restaurant is so popular you have to reserve as much as a month in advance, there’s always a concern it may not live ...
05/20/2017 - 09:52 AM
The Good Vibes: The pastrami sandwich has a home in Taito Ward
Home-made pastrami. Espresso BBQ Pork. Crispy fried chicken. Three great reasons for making a detour — or even a special trip — to the back ...
05/20/2017 - 09:50 AM
Japan Ramen Chain Takes On U.S. Foodie Scene for Overseas Growth
To bring savory noodles to locales around the world, the operator of ramen chain Ippudo has had to adapt one of Japan’s best-known specialties. It ...
05/20/2017 - 09:48 AM
Garrett Popcorn’s Stripes & Stars: Sweet patriotism in a tin
A few years ago, Garrett Popcorn in Harajuku boasted one of the longer lines in that ever-trendy neighborhood. Yet walking by it recently there was ...
05/20/2017 - 09:46 AM
Slowing down time with a trip to Okinawa’s Zamami Island
Growing up in a small beach town on the west coast of Florida, much of my free time as a youth was spent in or ...
05/19/2017 - 05:26 AM
Reciting the rescript to flaunt your Japanese
If you'd like to learn the Imperial Rescript on Education as a Japanese memory test, it's less than a single A4 page in length.
05/15/2017 - 05:30 AM
Introducing the verb ‘kamau’
"Kamau" means "to take care of" or "to mind" and is mainly used in the negative form.
05/15/2017 - 05:29 AM
Kumamoto ‘baby hatch’ accepted 125 babies in 9 years since launch
"Konotori no yurikago" marks its 10th anniversary
05/15/2017 - 05:28 AM
Let’s discuss cars with automatic braking
The government aims to boost the proportion of cars with automatic braking.
05/15/2017 - 05:27 AM
Tofubeats: the art of reality in an era of ‘post-truth’
The final months of 2016 left Yusuke Kawai feeling confused. The electronic artist who records under the name tofubeats came across a BBC news segment ...
05/23/2017 - 04:58 AM
Roger Moore, star of seven James Bond films, dies at 89
Roger Moore, the suavely insouciant star of seven James Bond films, has died in Switzerland. He was 89. The British actor died Tuesday after a ...
05/23/2017 - 09:47 AM
Kaikei: the name behind the gods
Kamakura Period (1185-1333) Buddhist sculptures often come down to us under the individual names of makers (when known) though they were often fashioned in workshops ...
05/23/2017 - 04:55 AM
Trump can’t stop climate movement, Gore says in Cannes
Donald Trump cannot stop the climate movement despite the president’s efforts to roll back environmental protections, former U.S. Vice President Al Gore said Monday. Gore ...
05/22/2017 - 07:27 PM
Clint Eastwood regales Cannes crowd, hints return to acting, hits political correctness
Clint Eastwood regaled the Cannes Film Festival on Sunday with stories from his long career, predicted a possible return to acting and decried the rise ...
05/21/2017 - 04:43 PM
‘Another Kyoto’: Alex Kerr’s roving thoughts on Kyoto as it stands today
It appears that when the Japanologist Alex Kerr was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, his tutors despaired at his unorthodox use of his time there, ...
05/20/2017 - 09:38 AM
‘100 Poems from the Japanese”: A classic collection
Kenneth Rexroth was heavily influenced by the moods and modes of Japanese poetry, which in turn reached those who were influenced by him. Named by ...
05/20/2017 - 09:36 AM
‘Japanese Garden Notes’: An informative photo book
“Japanese Garden Notes” is a gorgeous photo book that introduces aspects of traditional Japanese garden design. It walks the reader through the philosophy of “space ...
05/20/2017 - 09:34 AM
Japanese billionaire Maezawa buys Basquiat painting for record $110.5 million
A Japanese billionaire bought a Basquiat masterpiece for $110.5 million in New York on Thursday, setting a new auction record for the 20th century great ...
05/19/2017 - 05:53 AM
Troubled grunge icon Chris Cornell hangs himself in Detroit hotel after concert
Chris Cornell, the emblematic grunge rock singer whose sweeping voice masked lifelong struggles with drugs and depression, hanged himself late Wednesday moments after finishing a ...
05/18/2017 - 04:22 PM
Taicoclub’s role in Japan’s electronic music scene will be missed, so catch it while you can
When I interviewed Taro Yasuzawa this time last year, he didn’t let on that he was about to pull the plug on the event he’d ...
05/18/2017 - 04:10 AM
Japan’s filmmakers expand their idea of overseas opportunity
The Japanese film industry has long been insular, making films by and for Japanese with little input from, or concern for, the outside world. One ...
05/18/2017 - 03:42 AM
Dance troupe Condors summon teen spirit for new show ’17’s Map’
Sitting down with Condors frontman Ryuhei Kondo, he says something a bit surprising: “’17’s Map’ is a work in progress.” This sounds startling at first ...
05/17/2017 - 06:40 AM
Takeda scores a KO in ‘Poetry Angel’
In last week’s review of Yuya Ishii’s “The Tokyo Night Sky Is Always the Densest Shade of Blue,” I wrote that poetry-based Japanese films are ...
05/17/2017 - 06:39 AM
It’s all about the humans in ‘Arrival’
With “Arrival,” director Denis Villeneuve takes a very familiar alien invasion scenario and tries to put a new twist on it. While everyone from H. ...
05/17/2017 - 06:38 AM
Jimmy Kimmel to return as next year’s Oscars host
Late night funnyman Jimmy Kimmel will return to host the Oscars, the Academy said Tuesday, as the glitzy annual show moves on from the biggest ...
05/16/2017 - 09:19 PM
Michael Moore preps surprise, explosive Trump documentary ‘Fahrenheit 11/9’
Michael Moore is making a documentary about Republican President Donald Trump and says the president should be worried. Producers Harvey and Bob Weinstein announced Tuesday ...
05/16/2017 - 06:56 PM
On the Daoism of ‘Dudeism’
As the phrase goes, “s—- happens.” Walead Beshty explores different ways that it may happen, and in doing so, he gently suggests that we consider ...
05/16/2017 - 04:30 AM
The Izumo deployment: Japan’s hat in the ring
The maiden overseas deployment of Japan's Izumo helicopter destroyer is a clear signal that the waters in the Indo-Pacific region are heating up.
05/23/2017 - 05:25 AM
Iran’s Rouhani wins a second term
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is no Western-style liberal but he understands that Iran's best hope rests on reintegration into the region and the world.
05/23/2017 - 05:24 AM
The day China’s version of the Lehman crisis explodes
Concerns are mounting in international financial circles that the present status of China's economy is getting closer to what had existed in the United States ...
05/23/2017 - 05:23 AM
China could be the future of the sharing economy
At a time when much of China's economy is slowing or stalling, the sharing sector is booming.
05/23/2017 - 05:22 AM
For Shinzo Abe, an epic buyer’s remorse
There's still time for the prime minister to distance himself from a White House in flames
05/23/2017 - 05:21 AM
World should think twice before abolishing cash
No one's talking about the real motivations behind demonetization.
05/23/2017 - 05:19 AM
Final curtain call for ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’
Circuses are made from the stuff of dreams, and one that lasted 146 years has come to an end.
05/22/2017 - 05:11 AM
Is the U.S. ceding climate leadership to China?
By reversing his predecessor's policies on clean energy and carbon emissions, Donald Trump is rolling back the new model of cooperative global governance embodied in ...
05/22/2017 - 05:10 AM
Geography and the coming Sino-American war at sea
Geography and geopolitics will determine the course of any U.S.-China war. China is at a disadvantage on both counts.
05/22/2017 - 05:09 AM
Iranians re-elect a fake reformer in a fake election
Hassan Rouhani was the lesser of two evils, but Westerners vastly overestimate what an Iranian president can do.
05/22/2017 - 05:08 AM
Newspapers thrive, in India
While print media struggles to survive elsewhere, India's rising literacy rate is keeping its dailies firmly in the black.
05/22/2017 - 05:07 AM
America’s dangerous internet delusion
The more we connect our devices and instruments to the internet, the more we create paths for others to use against us.
05/22/2017 - 05:06 AM
University admission tests warrant skepticism
The debate over privately managed exams for university admissions will make little difference because of the limitations of all standardized tests.
05/22/2017 - 05:05 AM
Address the concerns of mental patients
The government must address concerns that treatment programs for people who have been discharged from mental hospitals is not intended to keep them under surveillance.
05/21/2017 - 08:27 AM
Goodbye globalism, hello mercantilism?
It appears all but certain that the age of globalization, which lasted for a quarter century, will come to an end.
05/21/2017 - 08:27 AM
Trump’s words returning to haunt him
What goes around, comes around, especially with a man who flip-flops his position on an almost daily basis.
05/21/2017 - 08:27 AM
The slippery slope of appeasement in Bangladesh
Unelected religious hard-liners are pressuring Bangladesh's elected government to embrace Islamic values as they define them, resorting to street protests and inciting violence to achieve ...
05/20/2017 - 09:42 AM
Okinawa reversion, 45 years on
Nearly five decades after America handed Okinawa back to Japan, the prefecture continues to host a lopsidedly heavy U.S. military presence.
05/20/2017 - 05:02 AM
Trump’s disability is Dunning-Kruger effect
We're all ignorant, but U.S. President Donald Trump takes it to a different level.
05/20/2017 - 05:02 AM
Japan-India civil nuclear pact
The civil nuclear cooperation pact between Japan and India does not carry a provision to limit the use of Japanese nuclear plant technology to nonmilitary ...
05/19/2017 - 05:32 AM
Do you want to be a cyborg?
Billionaire tech entrepreneur Elon Musk is convinced that enhancing human intelligence and memory is our species' only alternative to elimination by our own super-intelligent inventions.
05/19/2017 - 05:31 AM
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