'Pokemon Go' a hit 20 years after franchise debuts

| Aug 1, 2016

'Pokemon Go' a hit 20 years after franchise debuts

“Pokemon Go,” the GPS-crossover game for smartphones, has been an instant hit all over the world, particularly in Japan. The explosive popularity also means there are numerous Pokemon beginners. But what exactly is Pokemon? Why has the game proven so popular? And how does ...

Navigating succession under Japan's Imperial system

Jul 22, 2016

Navigating succession under Japan's Imperial system

Emperor Akihito’s reported intention to abdicate in a few years because of his advanced age has shocked the nation, made headlines and triggered discussion among intellectuals on how the Imperial throne should be succeeded. But since the first report surfaced earlier this month, Imperial ...

Nationalist leader predicts constitutional revision in 10 years

Jul 13, 2016

Nationalist leader predicts constitutional revision in 10 years

The head of the country’s largest nationalist lobby group told reporters Wednesday that he believes Japan’s pacifist Constitution will be revised in 10 years and that the country will turn into “a normal nation” thanks to the results of Sunday’s Upper House election. “For ...