Halloween in Japan 2014

Oct 31, 2014

Halloween in Japan 2014

Halloween in Japan is a relatively new holiday, especially when it comes to adults. Real trick or treating for kids will probably never catch on, but the act of dressing up — be it cute or creepy — has caught on in a big ...

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tokyo: packing a punch

Oct 25, 2014

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tokyo: packing a punch

by Misha Janette

The womenswear showcased during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tokyo marched to its own beat, with eye-opening collections coming from far-flung ends of the fashion spectrum. From stark minimalism to ’80s idols, the collections delivered a pinata of fashion treats, and since the seasons change faster ...

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 ...