Oct 19, 2014

46% think towns, cities face bleak future: survey

Almost 1 in 2 people are worried about the future of their towns and cities as populations continue to shrink outside major urban areas, according to a new government survey. The nationwide survey, released by the Cabinet Office on Saturday, said 46.8 percent of ...

Tokyo stays fourth in global city ranking

Oct 9, 2014

Tokyo stays fourth in global city ranking

by Masaaki Kameda

Tokyo remained fourth out of 40 major cities in an annual global city ranking released Thursday, trailing London, New York and Paris. The latest Global Power City Index, compiled annually by the Institute for Urban Strategies at the Mori Memorial Foundation since 2008, assesses ...

Typhoon heads out to sea, leaving at least one dead

Oct 6, 2014

Typhoon heads out to sea, leaving at least one dead

At least one person was dead and six were missing Monday as a strong typhoon whipped through the Tokyo metropolitan area after making landfall further south, bringing torrential rain and strong winds to the Kanto region. Typhoon Phanfone, the 18th of the season, headed ...

Typhoon leaves U.S. airman dead, two missing in Okinawa

Oct 6, 2014

Typhoon leaves U.S. airman dead, two missing in Okinawa

A powerful typhoon was heading toward Tokyo late Sunday after lashing southern Japan, where it killed at least one U.S. airman on Okinawa Island and left two others missing, officials said. Typhoon Phanfone was off the coast of Shikoku in southwestern Japan on Sunday ...

| Sep 29, 2014

Dollar moves above ¥109.50 in Tokyo

The dollar rose above ¥109.50 in Tokyo trading Monday thanks to higher stock prices in Japan and abroad but failed to extend gains as it came under pressure from profit-taking. At 5 p.m., the dollar was at ¥109.59-60, up from ¥108.96-97 at the same ...

Sep 28, 2014

Smugglers of hundreds of new iPhone 6 handsets busted in Shanghai

China in recent days has busted a slew of smugglers bringing Apple iPhone 6 models into the country ahead of their official release there, with officials Sunday reporting the latest seizure of 453 smartphones in Shanghai. Hundreds more were seized during three separate busts ...

Sep 26, 2014

Dengue fever case suspected in Tokyo's Sumida Ward

The health ministry says that a case of dengue fever is now suspected in Tokyo’s Sumida Ward, relatively far from the suspected epicenter of a recent outbreak of the disease. A woman in her 20s from Hiratsuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, was bitten by a mosquito ...

Sep 9, 2014

Kansai Electric plans to supply power to Tokyo-area condominiums

Kansai Electric Power Co. reportedly plans to begin supplying electricity to condominiums in the Tokyo metropolitan area by forming a capital and business tie-up with a bulk energy provider based in Osaka. Through the alliance with Chuo Electric Power Co., Kansai Electric will aim ...