'King Kohei' already looking to Tokyo 2020

Aug 9, 2016

'King Kohei' already looking to Tokyo 2020

“King Kohei” Uchimura had just won team gold, but the Japanese star was already plotting the title defense at his home Olympics in Tokyo 2020. The 27-year-old looked more exhausted than elated as he walked off the floor after sealing Japan’s first Olympic team ...

Japan women down Brazil for second win

Aug 9, 2016

Japan women down Brazil for second win

Japan went a long way to ensuring it would get a Rio 2016 women’s basketball quarterfinal place by beating Brazil to notch its second straight win on Monday. Paced by Ramu Tokashiki and her 23-point, nine-rebound, three-block effort, Japan broke the back of the ...

Jan 27, 2014

Alcohol dependency in Japan

A major problem in Japan, where an estimated 6.45 million people have alcohol-related problems, is the lack of social recognition that alcohol dependency is an illness.

Jan 26, 2014

Tokyo, Washington agree to stay course on sealing TPP

Japan and the United States have agreed to continue to work closely on speedily concluding the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade talks, trade minister Toshimitsu Motegi said after meeting Saturday with the U.S. trade chief on the fringes of the World Economic Forum in Davos, ...

New York lawmakers unveil second 'comfort women' memorial

Jan 26, 2014

New York lawmakers unveil second 'comfort women' memorial

New York lawmakers joined Korean-American and other groups to unveil a second monument to the women forced into sexual slavery before and during World War II at Veterans Memorial in Nassau County on Long Island on Friday. The victims are euphemistically referred to as ...

Jan 24, 2014

Playing with fire is dangerous

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Any moves that Japanese leaders make at this time to start the process of amending the Constitution would arouse strong feelings in Japan and abroad, against the nation's interests.

Jan 21, 2014

Japan's nuclear waste problem

The government plans to step up its efforts to select a final disposal site for high-level radioactive waste from nuclear power generation despite having searched for more than a decade, without success, to find a willing host community.