Japan's latest big thing: 'virtual YouTubers'

| Jul 17, 2018

Japan's latest big thing: 'virtual YouTubers'

by Kazuaki Nagata

YouTube erected a platform where commoners could climb the ladder to stardom. Now, the video-sharing giant is seeing another wave of new talent diving into a glittering entertainment scene. They aren't exactly human, though. These entertainers are called "virtual YouTubers," or "VTubers," and are represented by digital ...

Japan's refugee-screening system sets high bar

| May 21, 2018

Japan's refugee-screening system sets high bar

by Chisato Tanaka

Last year, Japan granted refugee status to just 20 out of a record-high 19,629 applicants. After the figure was released in February, global and domestic coverage was noticeably polarized. Some slammed Japan's strict asylum policy, saying that the world's third-largest economy has failed to meet ...

Caution urged as Okinawa measles outbreak spreads

| May 7, 2018

Caution urged as Okinawa measles outbreak spreads

by Mizuho Aoki

Measles cases are spreading in Okinawa, with the reported number of patients exceeding 90 in just over a month, prompting the prefecture last month to warn that visiting the resort islands may be not advisable for infants and pregnant women. The measles outbreak is believed ...