State guesthouse in Kyoto may be opened to visitors year-round

Feb 2, 2016

State guesthouse in Kyoto may be opened to visitors year-round

The government is considering opening a state guesthouse in Kyoto to the public throughout the year to add to the allure of the ancient capital. Only a limited number of people who apply in advance are currently allowed inside the guesthouse. Officials will already ...

Population in Tokyo area increases further

Jan 30, 2016

Population in Tokyo area increases further

The population in Tokyo and surrounding areas increased further in 2015, government data show. The number of people who moved into the capital and three neighboring prefectures — Saitama, Chiba and Kanagawa — last year exceeded that of people who left by 119,357, according ...

Jan 25, 2016

Tokyo police to take 3-D mug shots of all crime suspects

The Metropolitan Police Department will install three-dimensional photography equipment at all 102 police stations in Tokyo in April to take 3-D mug shots of crime suspects for use in investigations. The use of 3-D photos will enable more accurate checks against images from surveillance ...

New Year's revelers unfazed by attack worries in most places

Dec 31, 2015

New Year's revelers unfazed by attack worries in most places

In Bangkok, police-flanked partygoers will ring in the new year at the site of a deadly bombing that took place just months ago. In Paris, residents recovering from their city’s own deadly attacks will enjoy scaled-back celebrations. And in Belgium’s capital, authorities anxious after ...