Peter Masheter
A Nikkei stock board after a ceremony marking the end of trading in 2023, in Tokyo on Friday.
BUSINESS / Markets
Dec 30, 2023
Tokyo stocks to reach new highs in 2024 despite strong yen headwinds
After declining in 2022, the Nikkei advanced around 28%, its fastest pace in a decade, to end 2023 at its highest finish since 1989.
People pray at the Peace Park in Nagasaki on Wednesday, the 78th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of the city.
Aug 9, 2023
Nagasaki urges break from nuclear deterrence at reduced A-bomb ceremony
The ceremony was the first held inside rather than at the city's Peace Park since 1963, and the first not attended by a Japanese leader since 1999.
Japan Times
Jul 2, 2023
NPO pushes doomsday bunkers in Japan as security threats grow
The organization says the underground shelter can house a family of four adults, three children and one pet for a maximum of two weeks.
Japan Times
Jun 21, 2023
Japan's weakened LGBTQ law entrenches existing discrimination, activists say
While pushback against the legislation has mostly come from conservative circles, the debate also fomented arguments over entry by transgender people into sex-segregated spaces.
Japan Times
CULTURE / TV & Streaming
Jun 16, 2023
Simplicity key to British TV show success, says 'naked' Japanese comedian
Tonikaku Akarui Yasumura, 41, became the first Japanese performer to compete in the final of 'Britain's Got Talent' earlier this month.
Japan Times
Feb 3, 2023
Micronesia president says 'transparency' has eased Fukushima water concerns
David Panuelo's remarks stood in contrast to those he gave the U.N. General Assembly in September of his 'gravest concern' regarding Tokyo's plans.
Japan Times
Jan 6, 2023
Volunteers are taking an outsized role in Japanese language support
With more people coming from overseas, the need for language classes is increasing. However, some believe the role of teacher shouldn't be a volunteer position.
Japan Times
Dec 2, 2022
Is JLPT language test the best metric for hiring foreigners in Japan?
The exam's multiple-choice format of passive reading and listening skills, with no sections for speaking or writing, casts doubt over its suitability.
Japan Times
Oct 13, 2022
Alcohol hikes add to woes of Japanese bars already hurt by pandemic
Japan's four major brewers and many other smaller outfits have raised prices for beverages due to increased input costs.
Japan Times
Jul 30, 2022
Japan lawyers accuse Unification Church of entrapping many families following Abe killing
The Unification Church is under increasing scrutiny since the 41-year-old gunman told investigators he was motivated by a grudge against the church and Abe's alleged connections to it.
Japan Times
Jun 14, 2022
Ukraine and U.S. envoys announce fund to help integrate evacuees into Japan
The fund aims to raise u00a51 billion ($7.4 million) to cover the tuition for Japanese language schools and pay for everyday items such as cards for public transportation.
Japan Times
May 22, 2022
Tokyo Skytree marks 10 years as symbol of capital's skyline
Japan's tallest structure and a symbol of the country's pre-pandemic tourism boom on Sunday marked the 10th anniversary of its opening to the general public.


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