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Public restrooms designed by Shigeru Ban
JAPAN / Society
Mar 24, 2024
Revamped public toilets tours give visitors unique view of Tokyo
Participants involved in the project include some of Japan's most well-known architects, including Kengo Kuma, Shigeru Ban and Toyo Ito.
A snack bar tour guide typically escorts three to four people, taking them to two different snacks in one evening and quizzing the group on Japanese language and snack culture.
LIFE / Food & Drink
Jan 7, 2024
‘Snack bars' the target of Tokyo’s newest tour push
The English-language tours began in December last year and are currently conducted two to three times a week in Tokyo.
Japan Times
May 1, 2023
Hiroshima G7 security in spotlight after attacks on Kishida and Abe
Separate attacks on Japan's present and former leaders within a year have highlighted shortcomings in its ability to protect high-profile figures.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies / FOCUS
Mar 13, 2022
Business exodus from Russia has limited impact on Japanese economy
Major Japanese manufacturers have added their names to the ever growing list of businesses halting operations in Russia.
Japan Times
Feb 20, 2022
Japanese economy on edge over possible commodity hikes due to Ukraine crisis
The Ukraine crisis has also brought uncertainties to Tokyo's stock market, with some brokers expecting a Moscow-led offensive would send the Nikkei stock average below the 26,000 mark.
Japan Times
Dec 31, 2021
Profit recovery from pandemic to keep Tokyo stocks on uptrend in 2022
Market analysts forecast the benchmark 225-issue Nikkei average to rise to as high as 34,000, a level not seen since March 1990.
Japan Times
Nov 26, 2021
Nikkei plunges to one-month low on concerns over new COVID-19 variant
The 225-issue Nikkei stock average ended down 747.66 points, or 2.53%, from Thursday at 28,751.62, its lowest close since Oct. 25.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets
Oct 26, 2021
Tokyo stocks end sharply up on record Wall Street highs and weaker yen
Every industry category gained ground, led by marine transportation, iron and steel, and electrical appliance issues.
Japan Times
Oct 11, 2021
Skepticism over Kishida's economic policy dims Tokyo stocks outlook
Since Kishida won the leadership of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Sept. 29, the Nikkei has slid 5.1%, with the eight-day losing streak through last Wednesday.
Japan Times
Sep 29, 2021
Tokyo stocks likely to continue long-term climb under new LDP leader
A good result in the upcoming House of Representatives for the ruling party may eliminate any lingering sense of political uncertainty and boost shares further at the end of the year.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets
Sep 3, 2021
Tokyo's Topix index ends at 30-year high on Suga's departure
Tokyo's broad Topix stock index ended at a 30-year high and the Nikkei surged over 2% Friday after Suga expressed his intention to resign.
Japan Times
Jan 6, 2021
Country flags reimagined as samurai ahead of the Olympics
World Flags, a Tokyo-based project, transforms flags into anime characters to familiarize people with other nations and their cultures.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
Jul 7, 2020
Koike urged to take lead in raising women's representation in politics
The presence of women in senior-level positions at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government has been limited to areas such as welfare and gender equality.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle
Jun 20, 2020
Sri Lankan asparagus farmer puts down roots in Nara village
As her operation has grown, Udara Kametani has been able to provide fresh produce to around 50 stores around the Kansai region.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 13, 2020
Critics of Japan's sexual offense law believe Sweden may hold solution
When Japan revised its criminal law in 2017 to impose stricter penalties on sex offenders, it was the first such amendment in 110 years.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Sep 17, 2019
Chiba town brewing up a 'culture of fermentation'
A small community in Chiba Prefecture, a traditional home to myriad brewed products such as sake and soy sauce, is doing its best to ride the recent wave of interest in fermented foods to make its name.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Aug 7, 2019
Restaurants in Japan serving up fresh concepts with socially aware approach
The restaurant industry may be known for its cutthroat competition, but a few establishments in Japan have started to take a more socially aware approach to winning the hearts of customers.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society / FOCUS
Jun 10, 2019
Men force feet into high heels as Japan's #KuToo movement seeks to build on media attention
Men jam their feet into high-heeled shoes and walk back and forth, some falteringly, others with unlikely confidence. Some women watch, gauging the men's reactions while sympathizing with each other's stories about wearing the torturous items masquerading as fashion.


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