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Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Nov 19, 2020
Nissan’s U.K. arm tough to sustain without Brexit deal, chief says
The Japanese carmaker says the U.K. provided reassurances in 2016 that Brexit would not affect its competitiveness, when the firm announced a plan to expand operations in the country.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jul 30, 2020
As Japan mulls missile defense, Raytheon lobbies for Lockheed’s radar deal
Under Abe, the nation has strengthened its military to deter threats from neighbors, including North Korea and China.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Tech
Jul 19, 2020
Japanese robot to clock in at a convenience store in test of retail automation
FamilyMart hopes to have robots working in 20 stores around Tokyo by 2022.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Jul 7, 2020
Sushi meets AI: Japanese inventor's app scopes out choice tuna cuts
Grading software promises to make life easier for buyers of tuna worldwide.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 28, 2020
Japan rejecting foreign suitors in favor of homegrown stealth jet, sources say
Japan wants to develop a stealth fighter domestically, rejecting designs from Lockheed Martin Corp. and Boeing Co. in the United States and Britain's BAE Systems PLC, three sources with knowledge of the program said.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Tech
Feb 6, 2020
Japan's robot bartenders: Last call for human service?
Japan's first robot bartender has begun serving up drinks in a Tokyo pub in a test that could usher in a wave of automation in restaurants and shops struggling to hire staff in an aging society.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Nov 1, 2019
Japan's shrine meant to celebrate Hokkaido's Ainu divides them
On a wooded lake shore in southwest Hokkaido, the government is building a modernist shrine that has divided the indigenous Ainu community whose vanishing culture it was designed to celebrate.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
May 23, 2019
Toyota's committee-designed Japan Taxi becomes pricey symbol of Olympic budget-busting
Toyota Motor's Japan Taxi, born in a government committee and designed to be an all-things-to-all-people cab, has become a high-priced icon of Tokyo's budget-busting 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Oct 11, 2018
Japanese helicopter carrier wages daily war on dirt and grime
The Kaga helicopter carrier is not the biggest, fastest or most powerful warship to sail the seas, but its 500 crew wage a daily war on dirt and grime to keep it the cleanest.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Oct 3, 2018
Japan's biggest warship visits Sri Lanka amid rise in Chinese military clout
Japan's largest warship, the Kaga helicopter carrier, sailed into Sri Lanka's Colombo harbor this weekend, marking Tokyo's highest profile salvo in a diplomatic battle with China for influence along the region's vital commercial sea lanes.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jul 7, 2018
Northrop Grumman angles for role in Japanese stealth fighter program, sources say
Northrop Grumman Corp. is eyeing a Japanese jet fighter project that could pit it against Lockheed Martin Corp. three sources said, almost three decades after it lost a similar competition to build an advanced stealth jet for the U.S. Air Force.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jul 1, 2018
Japan to buy advanced U.S. radar for missile-defense system
Tokyo's upgrade could help ease trade friction with Washington and provide cutting-edge protection against the arsenals of North Korea and China.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jun 25, 2018
As Fukushima residents return, some see hope in nuclear tourism
On a cold day in February, Takuto Okamoto guided his first tour group to a panorama few outsiders have witnessed in person: construction cranes looming over Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.'s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Apr 20, 2018
Lockheed Martin to offer Japan stealthy hybrid of F-22 and F-35 fighters to upgrade ASDF: sources
U.S. defense contractor Lockheed Martin Corp. plans to offer Japan a stealth fighter design based on its export-banned F-22 Raptor and advanced F-35 Lightning II aircraft, two sources said.
Japan Times
JAPAN / ANALYSIS
Mar 21, 2018
China — not North Korea — to dominate Japanese military planning
North Korea's growing missile arsenal might be the most obvious and immediate military threat facing Japan, but defense planners in Tokyo are focused on a much larger and more challenging foe as they prepare for the years ahead.
JAPAN
Feb 21, 2018
Japan to buy at least 20 more F-35A stealth fighters, with some or all assembled in U.S.: sources
Japan plans to buy at least 20 additional F-35A stealth fighters over the next six years, some or all of which it may purchase directly from U.S.-based Lockheed Martin Corp. rather than having them assembled by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd., its primary defense contractor, three sources said.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Nov 11, 2017
Japan to build four radar stations for the Philippines to counter piracy surge, sources say
Japan will build four coast guard radar stations on islands in the Sulu Celebes Seas separating the Philippines and Indonesia to help Manila counter a surge in piracy by Islamic insurgents, two sources said.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Aug 11, 2017
Japan said to offer chopper parts to Philippines as counter to China
Japan will use spare helicopter parts to curry favor with the Philippines as China continues to aggressively press its claims in the South China Sea.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jun 26, 2017
U.S. warship stayed on deadly collision course despite warning, container ship captain says
The U.S. warship struck by a container vessel off the Izu Peninsula failed to respond to warning signals or take evasive action before a collision that killed seven of its crew, according to a report of the incident by the Philippine cargo ship's captain.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Jun 11, 2017
Japanese arms makers muster at MAST to build ties with Southeast Asia
Defense firms put their wares on display Monday at Japan's only dedicated arms show, a site for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government to promote industrial military ties that will bolster the country's influence in Southeast Asia.

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Tokashiki Beach acts as a sanctuary for sea turtles and offers ideal snorkeling waters. It was also the site of the U.S. Army’s preliminary invasion that led to the 1945 Battle of Okinawa, which resulted in the deaths of nearly 150,000 people.
On Okinawa's Tokashiki Island, life's a beach — one of the best in the world