Rival talent agencies move into the void left by Japan's former J-pop kings.
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Politicians caught violating COVID-19 restrictions leave news organizations in a bind
While some live events have resumed, the arrival of artists and participants from overseas still may be a ways off.
People are moving out of Tokyo into the suburbs and countryside in response to COVID-19.
Sorting through the media highlights of a year overshadowed by a global pandemic
The government has approved a proposal that would require those aged over 74 to pay 20% of health care costs out of pocket, thus doubling the portion they currently pay.
News outlets exploit the imperial family for their own ends without ever discussing the real meaning of the imperial system.
In the early morning hours of Nov. 16, a 46-year-old man allegedly struck a 64-year-old woman sitting in a Tokyo bus shelter in the head with a bag of rocks, killing her. On Nov. 21, the man, accompanied by his mother, turned himself in ...
A U.S. survey has found 69% of Japanese respondents believe extramarital affairs are unforgivable.
The government's COVID-19 subcommittee held a news conference on Nov. 9 to discuss nationwide increases in infections this winter. The government itself seems hesitant to call this sudden spike the "third wave," a term that has become normalized in the media, but the subcommittee ...