Jessica Speed
Visitors take photos of a tunnel of roses at Yokohama English Garden on Wednesday in Yokohama.
JAPAN / Society
Jul 18, 2024
Japan’s summer travel spending soars despite economic pressures
Households plan to spend the most in six years this summer as more people aim to travel despite rising inflation and a weakening yen.
Yuta Watanabe played in 34 NBA games this season, including five for the Grizzlies.
Jul 12, 2024
Jets signs former NBA player Yuta Watanabe for upcoming season
The 29-year-old forward and the team have a "basic agreement" on a contract for the 2024-25 season.
The Consumer Affairs Agency is advising people to ignore unfamiliar payment requests over the phone, even if a major company is named.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jul 9, 2024
Beware of overseas number phone scams, Japan’s consumer watchdog warns
Scammers claiming to be telecommunications company NTT demanding “unpaid fees” have duped victims into making substantial payments amounting to millions of yen.
There were a total of 219 victims of bear attacks in Japan in fiscal 2023, which resulted in six deaths, according to Environment Ministry statistics.
JAPAN / Society
Jun 26, 2024
Aomori woman, 80, killed by bear amid surge of attacks nationwide
She was foraging for bamboo shoots in the mountains when she was attacked by what local officials have determined to be an adult Asian black bear.
A test is conducted using a dummy to replicate an accident in which the leg of a child riding on the back seat of a bicycle strikes a pole.
JAPAN / Society
Jun 21, 2024
Accidents involving children in rear bicycle seats on the rise
They can easily injure themselves on utility poles or guard rails that they can’t see because of the adult sitting in front of them, Japan's consumer watchdog warns.
National Route 226 in the city of Kagoshima is seen covered in debris from a landslide on Friday morning.
Jun 21, 2024
Warnings of heavy rain, flooding and landslides issued for Kagoshima
The Meteorological Agency said there is a risk of rain-induced disasters due to the formation of linear rain bands driven by an active seasonal rain front.
The greater Tokyo area saw heavy rainfall on Tuesday, with the weather agency urging caution.
Jun 18, 2024
Officials urge caution as Tokyo faces heavy rain
The Meteorological Agency has warned of the risk of floods and landslides.
The iAEON app allows users to view their shopping history and save e-receipts on their smartphones to facilitate returns and act as proof of purchases.
BUSINESS / Companies
Jun 14, 2024
Aeon to roll out e-receipts nationwide
Customers can opt for e-receipts instead of paper ones when shopping by using the group’s iAEON app at participating stores.
Amid the rising popularity of saunas, the Consumer Affairs Agency is urging users to exercise caution following a spike in the number of sauna-related accidents.
JAPAN / Society
Jun 7, 2024
Japan's consumer watchdog warns of accidents in the sauna
Users are urged to exercise caution to avoid severe injuries amid a spike in accidents as saunas become more popular.
The Saitama Institute of Technology is aiming to nurture engineers knowledgeable in self-driving vehicles.
Jun 7, 2024
Technology institute to launch Japan's first autonomous driving major
The Saitama Institute of Technology will introduce the major next April, aiming to nurture engineers knowledgeable in self-driving vehicles.
One-on-one personal training programs have grown in popularity following the COVID-19 pandemic, but this increase in demand has not come without risks.
Jun 4, 2024
Over 40% of gym injuries in Japan caused by personal training, survey shows
Demand for personal training programs have grown in recent years due to a rise in health consciousness following the COVID-19 pandemic.
SLIM's photo of 10 lunar rocks. Photos taken by SLIM have already contributed to understanding about the moon’s surface.
JAPAN / Science & Health
May 29, 2024
Japan’s moon lander stops responding in the dark
The Smart Lander for Investigating the Moon, also known as SLIM, did not respond to a signal sent to it by Japan's space agency on Monday evening.
LignoSat, the world's first wooden satellite, unveiled at Kyoto University in Kyoto on Tuesday
JAPAN / Science & Health
May 29, 2024
Kyoto University and Sumitomo Forestry unveil world's first wooden satellite
LignoSat is developed with the aim of combating space clutter and promoting more environmentally friendly space activity.
Complaints regarding overcharging for pest extermination services have been on the rise, especially among young adults, a survey has found.
May 23, 2024
Surge in young Japanese consumers overcharged for pest control services
The National Consumer Affairs Center warns consumers to be wary of suspiciously low-cost pest control services and advertisements found online.
A toddler tries to pull an electric kettle cord. Parents can often recognize the dangers within their own home, but may not be as vigilant when visiting new places during the holidays.
JAPAN / Society
May 10, 2024
Indoor child safety warnings issued for caregivers in Japan
Parents can often recognize the dangers within their own home, but may not be as vigilant when visiting new places during the holidays.
Masashi Okada (right), project manager of the H3 rocket for the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, and Mayuki Niitsu, Mitsubishi Heavy industries' H3 rocket project manager, in front of a rocket core at a Mitsubishi plant in Tobishima, Aichi Prefecture, on March 21
Apr 26, 2024
Japan’s space agency sets June 30 as third launch date for H3 rocket
The rocket will carry the Daichi-4 satellite, which is designed for high-resolution Earth observation.
Yukio Kasaya (center), who won a ski jumping gold medal at the 1972 Sapporo Winter Olympics, stands on the podium with silver medalist Akitsugu Konno (left) and bronze medalist Seiji Aochi in Sapporo in February 1972.
MORE SPORTS / Ski jumping
Apr 26, 2024
Yukio Kasaya, Japan's first Winter Olympic gold medalist, dies at 80
Kasaya led a historic podium sweep for Japan at the 1972 Olympics and was joined by Akitsugu Konno, who took silver, and Seiji Aochi, who earned bronze.
An image of the lunar surface taken Tuesday by Japan's moon lander, which has survived three lunar nights
JAPAN / Science & Health
Apr 25, 2024
Japan's moon lander survives third lunar night
SLIM successfully reestablished communication and was continuing to take snapshots and probe the lunar surface, JAXA said.
Shohei Ohtani has been overwhelmingly voted as the “dream boss” for people who started working in April, according to a survey.
JAPAN / Society
Apr 24, 2024
New workers name Shohei Ohtani as 'dream boss' for two years running
Announcer Asami Miura and 16th-century warlord Oda Nobunaga also featured in a survey on ideal bosses in the entertainment, sports and historical spheres.
Satoshi Harada from the Meteorological Agency explains about the magnitude 6.6 earthquake during a news conference early Thursday.
Apr 18, 2024
No link to Nankai Trough quake seen after temblor in Shikoku
There was no tsunami from the quake and reports suggested only minor injuries and damage.


Traditional folk rituals like Mizudome-no-mai (dance to stop the rain) provide a sense of agency to a population that feels largely powerless in the face of the climate crisis.
As climate extremes intensify, Japan embraces ancient weather rituals