Facebook Japan launches social sharing of streamed music

Jul 5, 2016

Facebook Japan launches social sharing of streamed music

Facebook Japan has launched a music streaming function, Music Stories, on the Japanese version of its social networking platform. “The function was announced in the U.S. in November last year. Music streaming services AWA and D Hits have cooperated with us to make it ...

La Nina to bring the heat to Japan this summer

Jun 27, 2016

La Nina to bring the heat to Japan this summer

Cases of heatstroke are likely to jump as temperatures surge this summer amid Japan’s first La Nina phenomenon in six years, according to the Meteorological Agency. La Nina, a natural cooling of parts of the Pacific that alters global weather and generally brings hot ...

Goro Hasegawa, inventor of board game Othello, dies at 83

Jun 23, 2016

Goro Hasegawa, inventor of board game Othello, dies at 83

Goro Hasegawa, who invented the popular board game Othello, died Monday at his house in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture, and a funeral was held Thursday. He was 83. As chairman of the Japan Othello Association, Hasegawa took part in the World Othello Championship 2006 held ...

Superhero Ultraman thwarted by JR Meguro Station staff

Jun 22, 2016

Superhero Ultraman thwarted by JR Meguro Station staff

Superhero Ultraman was spotted around JR Meguro Station in Tokyo last week and again on Tuesday. Awed eyewitnesses spoke in hushed tones as Ultraman, or a fan dressed as him, entered the station and then turned around and left after station staff asked him ...

Hokkaido eatery encourages diners to treat the needy

Jun 21, 2016

Hokkaido eatery encourages diners to treat the needy

A small restaurant in the city of Obihiro, Hokkaido, boasts an eye-catching sign out front that says “Eat here for free.” It’s not that the restaurant pays for the meal. The other customers do. Inspired by an Italian movement known as “suspended coffee,” which ...