Akiko Okamoto
Masaya Shibasaki, 26, an employee of EXEO Group, reacts as he tries the Osaka Heart Cool-developed VR electrical device Perionoid, which simulates menstrual pain, on Thursday.
Mar 8, 2024
Japanese male office workers experience simulated menstrual pain
Companies are required to offer menstrual leave, but the time off doesn't have to be paid and around half of female workers never take it.
A recent surge in Tokyo share prices has been driven by foreign investors' enthusiasm for rising corporate profits, with Japanese investors still wary after more than three decades of market malaise.
Feb 23, 2024
Japanese investors raise a glass to Nikkei record at Stock Pickers bar
Excitement among regulars at the intimate bar in Tokyo's Ginza district had been brewing since last week as the Nikkei approached its all-time high.
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.
Supermarket owner Takashi Nakajima, 67, prepares raw fish to sell at his store, near the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in Soma, Fukushima Prefecture.
BUSINESS / Economy
Aug 22, 2023
For Fukushima shop owner, water release spells battle for survival
Japan said on Tuesday it would start discharging more than 1 million metric tons of the treated water on Thursday
A promotional poster for the film "Barbie" in Tokyo earlier this month
Aug 12, 2023
Hollywood blockbuster 'Barbie' opens in Japan after controversy
Tickets sold fast in Japan as fans flocked to the theatrical release, timed to coincide with the start of the Bon holiday period.
Japan Times
May 16, 2023
In her own words: A Hiroshima bomb survivor learns English to tell her story
While talks by hibakusha have become a regular feature of Hiroshima's memorial sites, Teruko Yahata stands out for her presentations in English.
Japan Times
May 2, 2022
Japan's low-cost soba noodles may become casualty of Ukraine war
A good part of the buckwheat that goes into the noodles comes from Russia, globally the top buckwheat producer.
Japan Times
Apr 19, 2022
Japan researchers develop flavor-enhancing chopsticks to reduce salt intake
The device uses a weak electrical current to transmit sodium ions from food, through the chopsticks, to the mouth, where they create a sense of saltiness
Japan Times
Feb 19, 2021
How a student battled a culture of silence to help oust Tokyo's Olympic chief
In less than two weeks, Momoko Nojo's petition campaign gathered more than 150,000 signatures, galvanizing global outrage over sexist remarks by Yoshiro Mori.
Japan Times
Jan 9, 2021
Traditional bars in the firing line of Japan's second COVID-19 emergency
With losses already built up and footfall down as people work from home, owners of Japan's traditional izakaya are being forced into crushing choices.
Japan Times
JAPAN / History
Aug 9, 2020
In milestone year, A-bomb survivor keeps up fight for nuclear disarmament
Terumi Tanaka was 13 when Nagasaki was bombed, and saw his relatives dying in the aftermath.


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'