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Yuka Tada and her friend pose for a photograph at a BTS fan cafe in Tokyo.
CULTURE / Entertainment news
Dec 12, 2023
BTS members head for South Korea military service; fans vow to wait
With three members already serving, the remaining four members of the K-pop supergroup begin their 18-month service.
Rina Gonoi, a former member of the Self-Defense Forces, who has accused colleagues of sexually assaulting her during her time in the military, speaks in Yokohama on Friday.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 11, 2023
Former Japanese soldier fights for justice in landmark sexual assault case
A former Self-Defence Forces member's yearslong fight for justice against the men she has accused of sexually assaulting her will reach a climax on Tuesday when a court delivers a verdict in a trial that has drawn international attention.
Akinori Ishii, of startup Tsubame Industries Co., sits inside the cockpit of ARCHAX, a giant human-piloted robot developed by him and CEO Ryo Yoshida, in Yokohama on Sept. 27.
Oct 2, 2023
Japan startup develops 'Gundam'-like robot with $3 million price tag
The 3.5-ton robot has two modes: the upright "robot mode" and a "vehicle mode" in which it can travel up to 10 kilometers per hour.
U.S. Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel after eating fish during his visit to Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, on Thursday
JAPAN / Politics
Aug 31, 2023
U.S. ambassador to Japan visits Fukushima in show of support
Japan has sought an immediate end to the ban and threatened to resolve the matter through the WTO framework.
Japan Times
Aug 6, 2021
Olympic race walkers battle 'brutal' heat in Sapporo
Olympic race walkers had to fight through 'brutal' conditions as temperatures climbed steadily during their 50-km race to top 30 degrees Celsius by 9 a.m. in Sapporo on Friday.
Japan Times
Aug 6, 2021
Poland's Dawid Tomala wins 'crazy' gold after switch to 50-km walk
Tomala, 31, said he switched to the 50-km distance from the 20 km earlier this year because he was 'bored and needed new challenges,' and his decision paid immediate dividends.
Japan Times
May 9, 2021
National Stadium holds Tokyo 2020 track test event — minus fans
Sunday's competition, held behind closed doors due to the state of emergency, offered organizers and athletes a chance to trial anti-infection protocols that will be used at the Tokyo Games.
Japan Times
Feb 4, 2021
Party's over: Pandemic forces closure of iconic Kawaii Monster Cafe
The cafe had hoped to capitalize on strong demand during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, but with the outlook still uncertain a decision was made to let the lease expire and shut down.
Japan Times
Jan 7, 2021
Masks no obstacle for new facial recognition system from Japan's NEC
The firm had been working on a system to meet the needs of allergy sufferers who wear masks when the COVID-19 pandemic prompted it to accelerate development.
Japan Times
Jan 7, 2021
Cheerleaders lift Tokyo's spirits as coronavirus cases surge
'We want to deliver a smile to cheer people up,' said the head cheerleader. 'We're doing this hoping that people can feel even a little bit better.'
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Dec 21, 2020
Tokyo shoppers clean hands and phones at anti-coronavirus stations
The facilities, set up in the Ginza shopping district, use recycled water, chlorine and deep ultraviolet irradiation.
Japan Times
Sep 14, 2020
Aging and empty: Suga's hometown highlights Japan's challenges
Yuzawa in Akita Prefecture has seen a decline in its fortunes in recent years, with a low birth rate and high death rate.
Japan Times
Sep 13, 2020
Hip hop hooray for likely future PM Suga with hometown T-shirt shout-out
Yoshihide Suga, used to suits, a lectern and the trappings of the Japanese government, now finds himself on hip hop T-shirts and bags in his hometown, where the locals are celebrating the man expected to become prime minister in a few days.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Feb 18, 2020
Tokyo commuters set for Olympic crush as many firms rule out telework
When Emi Tanimura failed to find a day care slot for her newborn daughter, the need to avoid long periods away from her job at communications firm Sunny Side Up made it necessary to take what is a radical step in Japan; she started working from home.
Japan Times
May 1, 2019
Disco's not dead: Japan grooves to bubble beat for Heisei Era sayonara
Disco fans hit the dance floor and partied like it was 1989, reliving the glitz of the "bubble economy" heyday that defined the early years of the outgoing Heisei Era.


Akiko Trush says her experience with the neurological disorder dystonia left her feeling like she wanted to chop her own hand off.
The neurological disorder that 'kills culture'