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World News >> Japan

Toshiba sues Western Digital for ¥120 billion as standoff imperils plans for chip unit sale
Toshiba Corp. filed a lawsuit against Western Digital Corp. on Wednesday seeking a court injunction to end the U.S. firms’s efforts to block the sale ...
06/28/2017 - 05:50 AM


Experts urge more awareness of Russian meddling of U.S., European polls, want Congress to act
The United States will get hit again by Russian cyberattacks if the country doesn’t pay closer attention and work more closely with European allies who ...
06/28/2017 - 09:42 PM


Archaeologists find prehistoric stone fish trap near mouth of Alaska island salmon stream
Archaeologists have discovered a prehistoric fish trap constructed of rock walls near the mouth of a salmon stream on Alaska’s Kodiak Island. The trap is ...
06/28/2017 - 09:28 PM


Defense minister draws flak for implying SDF support of LDP candidate in Tokyo assembly poll
Defense Minister Tomomi Inada fended off calls for her resignation Wednesday after she suggested the Self-Defense Forces backed a Liberal Democratic Party candidate in the ...
06/28/2017 - 07:19 AM


Vanilla Air makes wheelchair user pull himself up stairs to airplane
A subsidiary of All Nippon Airways Co. apologized to a paralyzed man after it forced him to climb stairs on his own using only his ...
06/28/2017 - 07:15 AM


Chinese Navy launches most advanced homegrown destroyer
Highlighting its growing naval prowess amid heated disputes in both the South and East China seas, Beijing unveiled its most advanced homegrown destroyer Wednesday, the ...
06/28/2017 - 05:48 AM


World’s first Starbucks coffee shop with tatami rooms to open in Kyoto
Japan’s ancient capital of Kyoto has many tourist attractions to offer, from its historic sites to scenic landscapes, and is now adding a new one ...
06/28/2017 - 05:08 AM


New employees ready to challenge Japan’s ‘work-first’ culture, study shows
Japanese workers devoting themselves to working massively long hours for their employers might be becoming a thing of the past. Nearly half of newly employed ...
06/28/2017 - 04:47 AM


Ex-Tepco execs to go on trial over Fukushima disaster
Three former Tokyo Electric Power Co. executives are set to stand trial this week on the only criminal charges laid in connection to the 2011 ...
06/28/2017 - 03:37 AM


Japan’s oldest aquarium-born sea otter celebrates 21st birthday with ‘ice cake’
The oldest aquarium-born sea otter in Japan celebrated her 21st birthday Wednesday, in an event highlighted by a colorfully decorated cake made of ice given ...
06/28/2017 - 03:30 AM


Nomura looks to bolster compliance after breaching Japanese law, sources say
Nomura Holdings Inc. plans to bolster internal controls after finding that it breached securities laws in its handling of nonpublic information about a company it ...
06/28/2017 - 03:26 AM


Japan’s corporate chiefs face more scrutiny over cushy retirement roles
For decades, boards allowed former executives to linger on as highly paid advisers, without offering shareholders much detail about their roles. Now, there are signs ...
06/28/2017 - 03:20 AM


Killer asteroids are coming. Can we stop them in time?
Throughout its 4.5-billion-year history, Earth has been repeatedly pummeled by space rocks that have caused anything from an innocuous splash in the ocean to the ...
06/28/2017 - 02:38 AM


Nagoya Basho contenders looking to stay cool in tournament known for upsetting the odds
With the release of the new banzuke rankings on Monday, thoughts turned to the upcoming Nagoya Basho. The steamy capital of central Japan hosts a ...
06/28/2017 - 04:33 AM


Despaigne homer lifts Hawks past Fighters
Alfredo Despaigne hit a tie-breaking, eighth-inning home run, the fourth of the game for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks in a 6-5 win over the Hokkaido ...
06/28/2017 - 09:44 AM


Cerezo, Tokyo gain upper hand in J. League Cup playoffs
Cerezo Osaka and FC Tokyo each took a step toward the last eight of the J. League Cup on Wednesday after winning the first leg ...
06/28/2017 - 09:27 AM


Maeda dominates in spot start for Dodgers
Kenta Maeda has gone from the rotation to the bullpen to spot starting this month. Maeda, like many baseball players, was built on routine, but ...
06/28/2017 - 04:33 AM


J. League board member Nakanishi resigns over harassment charges
J. League board member Daisuke Nakanishi has resigned over repeated incidents of sexual and power harassment between 2015 and 2016, the league announced Tuesday. The ...
06/28/2017 - 03:00 AM


Miyazato eyes first major title
Former women’s world No. 1 Ai Miyazato is hoping to break her major hoodoo at the Women’s PGA Championship starting on Thursday in Illinois. Miyazato, ...
06/28/2017 - 02:21 AM


Much work still to be done ahead of RWC 2019
As rehearsals go for Rugby World Cup 2019, Japan’s three-test series in June and the nation’s performance, both on and off the field, drew mixed ...
06/28/2017 - 02:11 AM


Report reveals Japan sent FIFA execs ‘gifts’ during 2022 World Cup bid race
A controversial internal report published by FIFA on the race to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups has revealed that Japan violated bid guidelines ...
06/28/2017 - 01:49 AM


Giants pound Rockies, end five-game slide
For a night, the San Francisco Giants delivered the key hits with runners in scoring position. They got contributions from throughout the order, made things ...
06/27/2017 - 10:31 AM


Arai provides winning spark for Carp in triumph over BayStars
Takahiro Arai, the Central League’s 2016 MVP, provided the off-the-bench heroics on Tuesday in the Hiroshima Carp’s 4-3 win over the Yokohama BayStars. Moments after ...
06/27/2017 - 10:17 AM


Dortmund’s Kagawa remains optimistic about recovery from shoulder injury before Bundesliga season
Shinji Kagawa said Tuesday he will be ready for the Aug. 18 start of the new Bundesliga season with Borussia Dortmund despite dislocating his left ...
06/27/2017 - 10:16 AM


Wrestler Icho not ready to make a decision about 2020 Olympics
Wrestler Kaori Icho on Tuesday requsted more time to decide on competing at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday, when she received a Guiness World ...
06/27/2017 - 09:36 AM


Kisenosato pleased with progress in recovery from injuries
Yokozuna Kisenosato was content with the progress of his rehabilitation but minced words on Tuesday over his participation at the upcoming Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament. ...
06/27/2017 - 09:35 AM


Rio gold medalist pair Takahashi, Matsutomo to compete in Japan Open
The world’s top-ranked doubles team of Ayaka Takahashi and Misaki Matsutomo, who won gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics, will take aim at another Super ...
06/27/2017 - 07:35 AM


Selanne, Kariya headline Hockey Hall of Fame class
Paul Kariya always felt as if he knew where Teemu Selanne was on the ice when they had spectacular chemistry together as teammates. On Monday, ...
06/27/2017 - 07:34 AM


Olympic champion Yamaguchi speaks on greatness of Hanyu, Mao, Takahashi
One of the benefits of covering skating for many years has been the high caliber of people I have continually come in contact with. Skaters, ...
06/27/2017 - 05:58 AM


Charlie Sheen selling prized Babe Ruth memorabilia at auction
Charlie Sheen hasn’t portrayed Babe Ruth in a film, but the actor did have two of the most prized items of Ruth memorabilia. Sheen on ...
06/27/2017 - 05:02 AM


De Boer takes over as new Crystal Palace manager
Former Netherlands defender Frank de Boer was hired as manager of Crystal Palace on Monday, taking his first coaching job in English soccer seven months ...
06/27/2017 - 04:58 AM


Westbrook wins NBA MVP award
Russell Westbrook moved past Oscar Robertson and kept right on going to the top of the NBA. Westbrook was voted MVP on Monday night after ...
06/27/2017 - 03:48 AM


Team New Zealand completes rout to capture America’s Cup
Redemption for a gutty crew of five New Zealanders and one Australian came on the turquoise waters of Bermuda’s Great Sound, four years and 4,800 ...
06/27/2017 - 03:43 AM


Japan — where the suburbs meet utopia
After flirtations with city and country, a roaming suburban boy finds that true bliss lies somewhere in between.
06/28/2017 - 06:30 AM


One woman’s suicide shines a harsh light on the plight of Japan’s doctors
I think many people hold the following preconceived notions of what it means to be a physician. Doctors, we believe, are: highly specialized (and only ...
06/25/2017 - 03:50 AM


Remembering the life and works of Boye De Mente, a giant of writing on Japan
Any Japanophile will have at least one of the 30 or so books authored by Boye Lafayette De Mente during his long and prolific writing ...
06/25/2017 - 03:49 AM


U.S. military under fire for gun safety breaches on Okinawa
A series of incidents over the past few years have raised concerns the U.S. military on Okinawa is failing to securely manage its weapons in ...
06/21/2017 - 10:45 AM


Deafening silence from U.S. government as Okinawa defoliants quietly destroy children’s futures
Lt. Col. Kris E. Roberts, who found dozens of barrels of hazardous waste buried at U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in 1981, reflects on ...
06/21/2017 - 06:44 AM


Explicit porn pamphlets on display for all to see in Japan’s hotels
This week's topic comes courtesy of M.J., who contacted Lifelines after her uncomfortable experience at a Tokyo hotel with her family.
06/18/2017 - 04:00 AM


Japan? The land of opportunity? Really?
The most common question you’ll likely be asked upon making a new Japanese acquaintance is “Why did you come to Japan?” In 13 years here ...
06/18/2017 - 03:59 AM


Conspiracy theory becomes frightening reality for Japan
So-called conspiracy legislation massively expands the state's coercive powers, with few checks in place to prevent abuse.
06/14/2017 - 06:00 AM


Dividing assets: a thorny issue in divorce cases, whether international or domestic
A reader wrote to Lifelines recently about the subject of dividing property upon divorce.
06/14/2017 - 05:59 AM


Hero at heart: a dog named Rikinosuke
Some ARK staff have called this 10-year-old mix of Norwegian elkhound and Australian cattle dog "the Chris Hemsworth of dogs," in reference to the actor's ...
06/14/2017 - 05:58 AM


Views from Fukuoka: Who would you vote for in the U.K. election and how might recent terrorist attacks affect the result?
U.K. citizen residents of Japan offer their thoughts on the British general election in the wake of terrorist attacks on London and Manchester.
06/07/2017 - 05:45 AM


Found in translation: At a Japanese hospital, life-saving cancer care and top-class staff
A foreign patient finds much to praise after her stint at a hospital in Japan, despite the language and cultural hiccups.
06/07/2017 - 05:44 AM


Asking questions to the Japanese internet
The website Yahoo! 知恵袋 (Chiebukuro, literally "bag of knowledge") is a great resource for language learners and for anyone interested in observing Japanese interact online.
06/26/2017 - 05:00 AM


Introducing two auxiliary verbs ‘ageru’ and ‘yaru’
How would you say, "Here, you can look at mine" in Japanese?
06/26/2017 - 04:59 AM


Three former SMAP singers to leave talent agency in September
Johnny & Associates announced June 18 that three former members of the pop idol group SMAP, which broke up at the end of last year, ...
06/26/2017 - 04:58 AM


Let’s discuss Yamanashi wineries
In Yamanashi Prefecture, the top producer of wine made only from grapes grown in Japan, three cities have come together to create a plan for ...
06/26/2017 - 04:57 AM


Fashion veterans make new moves
They may be newcomers to Tokyo, but behind the fashion names picking up traction this summer is a wealth of experience combined with honed artisanal ...
06/25/2017 - 05:25 AM


Something old, new and renewed
2-D has its advantages When the Nintendo 3DS originally launched in 2011, the key feature was its 3-D-glasses-free stereoscopic 3-D screen. Many players enjoyed the ...
06/25/2017 - 05:20 AM


Getting in the groove with ‘suribachi’ and ‘surikogi,’ the Japanese mortar and pestle
A home kitchen in Japan is typically filled with all kinds of electronic gadgets. Yet there are some food preparation tools that are so useful ...
06/24/2017 - 10:00 AM


Nobuko Kiyomiya: Judging a bookbinder in France by her covers
Kiyomiya is keeping alive a way of thinking about books that may be finding itself under threat in our world of Kindles.
06/24/2017 - 09:56 AM


Entrepreneur seeks to wean Hong Kongers off eating meat
David Yeung believes that meat is the new tobacco. But the longtime vegetarian and practicing Buddhist won’t try to get you to stop eating meat. ...
06/24/2017 - 09:54 AM


Kinki Daigaku Suisan Kenkyujo: Take the farm-grown bluefin tuna taste test
Some fish swim in universities. Or university-run fish farms, to be exact, and upon graduation they end up as sashimi served over a bed of ...
06/24/2017 - 09:52 AM


Takeuchi Udon Ten: For those who like high volume
Not all udon is created equal. I thought it was just me who was having a hard time, until I surreptitiously looked around and saw ...
06/24/2017 - 09:50 AM


Colorful Shower Pocky: Lemon cream flavor just in time for summer
Pocky has a few approaches to summer 2017. The first is a campaign where the time-honored snack comes in limited-edition wrappers featuring 27 different designs, ...
06/24/2017 - 09:46 AM


Entertainment entrepreneur Steve Plotnicki: ‘Learn how to analyze what you’re eating’
Opinionated About Dining founder on his musical background, algorithms and what makes a decent restaurant critic.
06/24/2017 - 09:32 AM


Off to the races: The Super GT at Oita’s Autopolis course
Drive an hour south of Fukuoka and take a right at the city of Hita and you’ll find yourself skirting the edge of Lake Bairin. ...
06/23/2017 - 07:33 AM


The Japanese prefer a raw deal in language
The word 'nama' is a favorite among the Japanese, referring to everything from phone calls to foods to legs.
06/19/2017 - 04:15 AM


Introducing two auxiliary verbs ‘kureru’ and ‘morau’
How do you say, "Ms. Yamada lent the book to my wife" in Japanese?
06/19/2017 - 04:14 AM


Giant panda cub born in Tokyo zoo for 1st time since 2012
Ueno Zoo's 11-year-old female giant panda Shin Shin has given birth.
06/19/2017 - 04:13 AM


Let’s discuss summer bonuses
Summer bonuses at major companies fell 4.56 percent to ¥917,906 ($8,300) on average from last summer.
06/19/2017 - 04:12 AM


Japan’s ‘kanban’ are still hanging in there
Little information remains about the personal life of the artisan Kojiro Shimizu. His personality and interests, his passions and motivations — all are shrouded in ...
06/18/2017 - 05:00 AM


Set to go with the push of a button
A very meta instant camera Japan’s biggest toy fair, the International Tokyo Toy Show, is always a good place to discover new gadgets, even if ...
06/18/2017 - 04:30 AM


Issey Ogata finds wonderland in Riga in ‘Magic Kimono’
Issey Ogata has built his career on virtuoso one-man theater shows in which he changes characters, from drunken salaryman to female fishmonger, as easily as ...
06/28/2017 - 04:30 AM


Dean Fujioka evokes sympathy for the con man in ‘Marriage’
Marriage scammers in the movies may be masters of deception, but their motives are usually clear enough. In Charlie Chaplin’s “Monsieur Verdoux” (1947) the title ...
06/28/2017 - 04:29 AM


The anti-stars of alternative music make for fascinating documentary subjects in ‘Theory of Obscurity: A Film About The Residents’
Some 45 years after their first appearance on a San Francisco stage, The Residents remain a band that practically defines the term “cult,” and their ...
06/28/2017 - 04:28 AM


The scope of cultural displacement
Mercedes Benz Art Scope is an exchange program that allows Japanese artists to spend time in Germany and German artists to visit Japan. The Hara ...
06/27/2017 - 05:30 AM


Tricot fine-tunes a formula that got the trio noticed overseas on ‘3’
It has never been easy for Japanese bands to find success both domestically and abroad. For the most part, they can muster notable attention on ...
06/27/2017 - 05:29 AM


Artist Salvador Dali’s bones to be exhumed in Spain for paternity test
A Spanish judge on Monday ordered the remains of artist Salvador Dali to be exhumed to settle a paternity suit, despite opposition from the state-run ...
06/27/2017 - 01:23 AM


Director Sunao Katabuchi shares his corner of this world
Last summer saw the release of what would become the highest grossing Japanese animation film to date, Makoto Shinkai’s “Your Name.,” which was also the ...
06/25/2017 - 05:10 AM


‘Everything Under the Heavens: How the Past Helps Shape China’s Push For Global Power’: Waking up to China’s dream of holding court
By now, even the most casual observer of goings on in Asia will have noted the aggressive geopolitical maneuvering of China, a country news outlets ...
06/24/2017 - 09:58 AM


‘The Informer’: Portrait of a pivotal period in Japan
Based on the true story of a stock trader, the 1965 novel “The Informer” is remarkably prescient in describing the greed and venality that was, ...
06/24/2017 - 09:36 AM


‘Discover Sumo: Stories from Yobidashi Hideo’: A jack-of-all-trades sheds light on the sport
The rituals, theatrical constructs and sartorial styles connected to this ancient martial art may seem visually arresting to the uninitiated, but as “Discover Sumo” tells ...
06/24/2017 - 09:34 AM


DJ’s comment fuels speculation that elusive artist Banksy may be Massive Attack musician Robert Del Naja
An unguarded moment in an interview has renewed speculation over one of contemporary art’s great mysteries: Could elusive graffiti activist Banksy be Robert Del Naja ...
06/24/2017 - 12:30 AM


Ron Howard to take over ‘Star Wars’ Han Solo spin-off
Oscar-winning filmmaker Ron Howard has been brought in to complete the hotly-anticipated “Star Wars” Han Solo spinoff after directing duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller ...
06/23/2017 - 12:01 AM


Colbert on mission to Russia, vows to hunt for Comey ‘tapes’
Stephen Colbert is on a mission to Russia. The host of CBS’ “The Late Show” is on assignment there for a future broadcast, the network ...
06/22/2017 - 06:51 PM


Coal firm Murray Energy sues HBO’s John Oliver for defamation
Coal company Murray Energy has sued HBO and its Sunday-night host, John Oliver, for what it says was a “false and malicious broadcast” last Sunday ...
06/22/2017 - 05:23 PM


Roles of individual shareholders
Individual shareholders are strongly encouraged to use shareholders meetings as an opportunity to critically evaluate the management of firms.
06/28/2017 - 05:55 AM


Global warming and nuclear power
Rather than the evils of global warming, the debate should focus on how to supply the world's energy needs without polluting the atmosphere.
06/28/2017 - 05:54 AM


Toshiba deal repeats Japan Inc.’s old mistakes
With their persistent interference, the bureaucrats are hurting, not helping Japan's prospects.
06/28/2017 - 05:53 AM


A bittersweet two decades for Hong Kong
While Chinese are immensely proud of Hong Kong's return to the motherland, there is no missing the widespread disappointment among Chinese and native Hong Kong ...
06/27/2017 - 06:00 AM


Vested interests behind dearth of rural doctors
Many younger doctors want to practice medicine in rural areas, but vested interests are preventing them from going.
06/27/2017 - 05:59 AM


The ongoing collapse of parliamentary politics
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's actions and behavior are more suited to a patrimonial state than a democracy.
06/27/2017 - 05:58 AM


What Japan Inc. should learn from Takata
Now, as Tokyo sorts out the biggest failure in postwar Japanese manufacturing, it's all too possible its political and corporate cultures will learn little from ...
06/27/2017 - 05:57 AM


How a regional nuclear-free-weapon zone can benefit Japan
Making Northeast Asia a nuclear-free-weapon zone would add a further firewall between regional quarrels and nuclear war in a high-risk region.
06/27/2017 - 05:56 AM


Global needs on mental health remain unmet
On a global scale, the magnitude of undiagnosed and unaddressed mental health problems remains high.
06/27/2017 - 05:55 AM


As Syrian war winds down, the region heats up
There is a prospect of a wider and more dangerous fight over the future of Syria and the Middle East region.
06/26/2017 - 06:10 AM


America’s Russian-roulette presidency
There's no relief in sight for Donald Trump as investigators probe whether his compaign colluded with Russian efforts to tip the U.S. presidential election in ...
06/26/2017 - 06:09 AM


Plunging toward a fast-unfolding future
Creative disruption is tiring, but the alternative is far worse.
06/26/2017 - 06:08 AM


Qatar: Is Trump striking the match for a little war?
Acting like a rhetorical warmonger, U.S. President Donald Trump is providing the Saudis with ample blessing for their internecine warfare.
06/26/2017 - 06:07 AM


The dangers of putting Putin under pressure
Recent anti-corruption protests have provided Russian President Vladimir Putin a reminder that no leader can remain in power forever.
06/26/2017 - 06:06 AM


Saudi Arabian heir is a dangerous man
Prince Mohammed bin Salman could be too inexperienced and too hotheaded for the fraught situation in the Middle East.
06/26/2017 - 06:05 AM


The LDP’s rush to revise the Constitution
Abe is pushing for constitutional revision while he has the political strength, instead of trying to build a consensus with other forces through convincing arguments.
06/25/2017 - 03:45 AM


Trump’s unraveling Korea policy
With every tweet by Donald Trump, Asian officials find it more difficult to believe the U.S. remains committed to their security. Nowhere is that more ...
06/25/2017 - 03:44 AM


It’s OK to disrupt diplomacy, but do it with wisdom
More than ever, in this time of disruption and division, the need for smarter, enhanced U.S. engagement extends around the world.
06/25/2017 - 03:43 AM


The politics of religious hatemongering in India
The irresistible urge to mix politics and religion usually comes at the expense of secularism, tolerance and vulnerable minorities. We saw this recently in Asia ...
06/24/2017 - 09:42 AM


Japan and ‘One Belt, One Road’
Shinzo Abe's recent warming up to Chinese trade initiatives is the right move.
06/24/2017 - 05:02 AM


Firms need new strategies in new world order
Facing anti-globalization, companies need a chief global strategist combining economic acumen with a political/power strategy mindset and intercultural charm.
06/24/2017 - 05:00 AM



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