Tokyo voters seek out corruption-free governor

Jul 14, 2016

Tokyo voters seek out corruption-free governor

As the Tokyo gubernatorial election kicked off Thursday, voters said they were looking for a clean, corruption-free governor after the last two — Naoki Inose and Yoichi Masuzoe — resigned over money scandals. Asuka Hatano, a mother in her 30s with a 2-year-old daughter, ...

With no release date, Japan's 'Pokemon Go' fans are fed up waiting

Jul 13, 2016

With no release date, Japan's 'Pokemon Go' fans are fed up waiting

Nintendo’s “Pokemon Go” smartphone game may have scored instant addicts upon release in Australia, New Zealand, the U.S. and Germany, but fans in Japan are vexed that they have been left out with no release date announced. “Pokemon Go has been released in several ...

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 ...