Japanese hail Hiroshima visit, say apology not needed

May 11, 2016

Japanese hail Hiroshima visit, say apology not needed

On the streets of Tokyo, a majority of people reporters spoke to on Tuesday said U.S. President Barack Obama does not need to say sorry during his May 27 visit to Hiroshima. And an online poll by The Japan Times, which sampled viewers worldwide, ...

Kyoto Prize to begin laureate lectures in Oxford

May 9, 2016

Kyoto Prize to begin laureate lectures in Oxford

The University of Oxford and the Inamori Foundation on Monday announced that future winners of the Kyoto Prize will be invited to address audiences of decision-makers in the United Kingdom. The program will be called the “Kyoto Prize at Oxford.” “Partnership with Oxford would ...

Isao Tomita, Japanese pioneer of synthesizer music, dies at 84

May 8, 2016

Isao Tomita, Japanese pioneer of synthesizer music, dies at 84

Isao Tomita, the synthesizer pioneer who composed the score for Tezuka Osamu’s anime “Kimba the White Lion” and NHK drama “Hana no Shogai,” died of heart failure Thursday at Tokyo Metropolitan Hiroo Hospital. He was 84. On Sunday, a message on Tomita’s official Facebook ...

Tottori focuses on bright side with pink-themed photo contest

Apr 28, 2016

Tottori focuses on bright side with pink-themed photo contest

Two years after giving its airport the nickname Tottori Sand Dunes Airport, named after the popular manga series “Detective Conan,” Tottori Prefecture on Thursday launched a photo contest in a bid to revitalize the region. As part of the Pink Tottori! Tottori Photo Contest, ...

Alien red-ear sliders greatly outnumber Japan's own turtles

Apr 26, 2016

Alien red-ear sliders greatly outnumber Japan's own turtles

Invasive red-ear slider turtles now vastly outnumber endemic Japanese turtles and are causing significant stress to the ecosystem, the Environment Ministry said Friday. A study has put the number of red-ear sliders at 8 million, eight times the total population of endemic species. Originally ...

Rakuten to trial drone delivery on Chiba golf course

Apr 26, 2016

Rakuten to trial drone delivery on Chiba golf course

Online shopping giant Rakuten Inc. is venturing into the uncharted territory of drone delivery, enabling golfers to order snacks, beverages and golf equipment while playing a round. Rakuten on Monday announced the nation’s first drone delivery service, a monthlong experiment from May 9 at ...