Odakyu's luxury Romancecar train gets upgrade after 20 years

Dec 15, 2016

Odakyu's luxury Romancecar train gets upgrade after 20 years

Odakyu Electric Railway Co. revealed the upgraded edition of its signature luxury Romancecar EXE express train on Thursday. Dubbed the EXE Alpha, the new trains are scheduled to go online from March next year, connecting Tokyo with the Hakone hot-spring resort area, Katase Enoshima ...

Citizens worry Japan's casino bill will fuel crime and addiction

Dec 14, 2016

Citizens worry Japan's casino bill will fuel crime and addiction

The idea of legalizing casinos in Japan drew skepticism from many people interviewed in Tokyo’s streets on Tuesday. Some wondered if Japan — which already has forms of gambling like horse racing and pachinko — would really benefit from the introduction of so-called integrated ...

'Superhuman' slugger tops year's list of buzzwords

Dec 1, 2016

'Superhuman' slugger tops year's list of buzzwords

A superhuman effort on the baseball field inspired the top buzzword of the year, it was announced Thursday, in a contest that highlights social, political and entertainment trends. The winning entry was kamitteru, or superhuman behavior, honoring the clutch performance of Hiroshima Toyo Carp ...

SMAP set to skip year-end 'Kohaku'

Nov 24, 2016

SMAP set to skip year-end 'Kohaku'

NHK announced the lineup Thursday for the 67th edition of its annual “Kohaku” year-end music contest, but the country’s top boy band SMAP was not on the list. The five-member group, comprised Masahiro Nakai, Takuya Kimura, Goro Inagaki, Tsuyoshi Kusanagi and Shingo Katori, announced ...

Campaign targets Japan's stray cat problem

Nov 23, 2016

Campaign targets Japan's stray cat problem

Dogs are a man’s best friend, and for many, cats are, too. But the harsh reality is that in 2015, 82,902 dogs and cats were put to sleep nationwide, with cats making up 67,091, or roughly 80 percent, of the total due to their ...