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WORLD / Politics
Jan 17, 2023

Vietnam president quits as Communist Party intensifies graft crackdown

Vietnam has been rife with speculation he would be removed following January's dismissal of two deputy prime ministers who served under him.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 17, 2023

LDP lawmakers to set up group to promote Japan's defense exports

The move comes after the government last month revised its key defense documents, including the National Security Strategy, a long-term policy guideline.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Jan 17, 2023

Kishida and Yoon call for improved bilateral relations

Kishida said in his written message that relations between Japan and South Korea need to be brought back to normalcy and promoted further.
Japan Times
SUMO / Basho reports
Jan 17, 2023

Takakeisho takes care of Meisei to remain sole leader

No. 8 maegashira Onosho and No. 13 Kotoshoho improved to 8-2 to remain one win off the pace at the 15-day tournament.
Japan Times
TENNIS
Jan 17, 2023

Andy Murray turns back the clock to win five-set epic

Murray will play the winner of Australia's Thanasi Kokkinakis and Italian veteran Fabio Fognini for a place in the third round.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Jan 17, 2023

With Kishida criticism, Suga steps back onto Japan's political stage

The former prime minister broke his monthslong silence to express his discontent with Kishidau2019s decision to remain as an LDP faction leader.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jan 17, 2023

Boston startup raises $40 million to develop new low-carbon cement technology

The cement industry makes as much as 8% of the world's emissions u2014 meeting global climate goals would require reducing that to zero.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jan 17, 2023

Climate activists say Big Oil is taking cycling fans for a ride

Sports sponsorships have emerged as a major battleground in the push to ban fossil fuel companies from advertising their brands.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 17, 2023

COVID-19 tracker: Tokyo reports 11,120 new cases, 28 deaths

On Monday, the daily number of new cases across Japan came to 52,622, down by about 40,000 from a week earlier.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Jan 17, 2023

Japan’s largest trade union head says 2023 is pivotal for wages

Trade union leader has stressed the importance of moving toward continued wage growth in the face of rapid inflation and economic stagnation.
A suicide helpline worker takes calls in Tokyo. Health ministry officials say that comprehensive countermeasures are needed to realize a society in which people do not feel suicidal.
JAPAN / Society
Jan 26, 2024

Suicides in Japan decreased slightly to 21,818 in 2023

The decrease marks the first decline in the number of suicides in two years.
Pedestrians walk on a flooded road in the city of Akita on Sunday morning after heavy rains hit the area.
JAPAN
Jul 16, 2023

Heavy rains hit Tohoku region, leaving at least one dead and four injured in Akita

A man died and more than 2,000 people evacuated as heavy rain pounded Akita Prefecture over the weekend, local authorities said Sunday.
The Supreme Court decision on whether Donald Trump should be immune from prosecution for crimes committed while in office will likely come in late June, and his trial will start even later.
COMMENTARY / World
Mar 3, 2024

The Supreme Court isn’t slow-walking Trump’s immunity case

The delay in the trial of former president Trump on his role in the Jan. 6 attack isn't the Supreme Court's fault, but rather the prosecution's.
Dennis Kwok, then a pro-democracy lawmaker, answers questions from the media outside the High Court in Hong Kong on Oct. 31, 2019.
JAPAN
Jul 20, 2023

Hong Kong police target more family members of wanted democracy activists

The pair, former lawmaker Dennis Kwok and unionist Mung Siu-tat, are among eight exiled activists sought by authorities for alleged violations of the National Security Law.
Fiction such as Asako Yuzuki’s “Butter: A Novel of Food and Murder” and nonfiction like Robert Whiting’s "Gamblers, Fraudsters, Dreamers & Spies: The Outsiders who Shaped Modern Japan” are just a taste of 2024's exciting releases.
CULTURE / Books
Jan 11, 2024

Anticipated translations and books about Japan to brighten your 2024

From debut novels to classic crime thrillers, the year ahead promises a wealth of must-read titles to add to your reading list.
The painting as seen before the July 8 incident
JAPAN
Jul 14, 2023

Iconic dragon painting at Sensoji Temple peels off ceiling

Visitors to Tokyo's Sensoji Temple were left in shock as an iconic dragon painting on the ceiling of the main hall peeled off and was left hanging above their heads.
Japan's consumer prices rose 3.3% year-on-year in June, with the pace of inflation accelerating from the 3.2% recorded in May.
BUSINESS
Jul 21, 2023

Japan's price growth accelerates ahead of BOJ inflation update

Prices excluding those for fresh food gained 3.3% from a year ago, accelerating a little from the rise in May as energy prices were less of a drag on inflation.
Building off her own experiences, “Voice” director Yukiko Mishima considers the effects of sexual assault and how the survivors and those around them continue with their lives.
CULTURE / Film
Feb 2, 2024

‘Voice’ examines the reverberations of trauma

Yukiko Mishima’s film draws from the director's own experience to shed light on life after experiencing assault.
Most projections show the world will hit peak humanity in the 21st century as people choose to have smaller families and women gain power over their own reproduction.
COMMENTARY / World
Oct 11, 2023

Don’t worry about global population collapse

While environmentalists have long warned of a planet with too many people, now some economists are warning of a future with too few.
In Japan, 35% of students graduate with a degree in the STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and math — compared with 38% in the U.S., 42% in South Korea and Germany and 45% in Britain.
JAPAN / Society
Jul 21, 2023

Japan to give ¥300 billion to universities expanding science education

As the country's R&D status continues to drop, the ministry’s new program aims to fund schools pivoting toward STEM subjects.
Shinjiro Atae, a J-pop idol who came out publicly as gay during a recent fan event, with his stylist and makeup artist in the afternoon prior to his announcement, in Tokyo on July 25.
JAPAN / Society
Aug 3, 2023

In Japan, LGBTQ celebrities fuel impetus for change

Celebrities coming out as LGBTQ can have a big impact in Japan and fuel change. But such announcements are rarely made easily.
Tokyo Gendai is described by fair organizers Art Assembly as Tokyo Bay’s first international contemporary art fair in 30 years.
CULTURE / Art
Jul 22, 2023

Can a new art fair finally put Tokyo on the map?

Tokyo Gendai puts on a good event but still needs to change Japanese opinions on contemporary art.
A safety course for electric scooters offered in Tokyo in June
JAPAN / Explainer
Jul 21, 2023

Bike, scooter, taxi? Here are your options for nonrail transit in Japan

Here's a rundown on your options and how best to utilize them — whether your a tourist or long-time resident.
The color of a red torii gate in Bushidaira, Saitama Prefecture, still stands out against a vibrant green backdrop.
JAPAN / Society / Longform
Aug 18, 2023

Exploring the eerie beauty of Japan's abandoned villages

Depopulation and an aging society have turned parts of the countryside into tourist attractions for those eager to explore a forgotten era.
A retail shopping area in Tokyo in February. A recent bout of inflation appears to have cleared the way for Japan to officially end its war on deflation.
BUSINESS / Economy
Mar 2, 2024

Japanese government may declare official end to deflation

A recent bout of inflation appears to have cleared the way for Japan to officially end its war on deflation.
Nadeshiko Japan celebrates after defeating the United States in the 2011 Women's World Cup final in Frankfurt, Germany.
SOCCER / Women's World cup
Jul 21, 2023

Nadeshiko Japan's Women's World Cup glory now distant memory

Japan begins its latest World Cup campaign against Zambia on Saturday, but is ranked 11th now and no longer among the favorites.
Haruhiko Aoyama (left), one of the plaintiffs of a lawsuit over significant base pay cuts after reaching the retirement age and being reemployed, speaks to reporters in Tokyo Thursday following a ruling by the Supreme Court.
JAPAN
Jul 21, 2023

Japan top court sends back reemployment pay case

In the lawsuit, the male plaintiffs have demanded that their employer pay the difference between what they were paid before and after the retirement age.
A scarred war veteran (Kento Yamazaki, center) in early-20th century Hokkaido embarks on a quest to find buried Ainu treasure in “Golden Kamuy.”
CULTURE / Film
Jan 18, 2024

‘Golden Kamuy’: Big-budget adaptation glitters rather than dazzles

Shigeaki Kubo’s live-action version of Satoru Noda’s manga series has terrific visuals but doesn't quite stick the landing.
Visnu CEO Ryosuke Chiba explains an AI-equipped security camera his company is developing for the city of Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture, on Feb. 22.
JAPAN / Society
Feb 27, 2024

Japan firms look to AI to bolster disaster prevention and mitigation

Tools are being developed to focus on getting timely information to the relevant parties to facilitate evacuation.
Kiyoto Imamura is escorted by police after he arrived at Narita Airport in Chiba Prefecture in February after being deported from the Philippines.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jul 21, 2023

Crime ring suspect served fresh warrant over Chiba robbery

The case is part of a spate of robberies across Japan allegedly committed by a group whose ringleaders are believed to have recruited people through social media posts.

Longform

Hideo Shimoju points to a possible site that his fellow neighbors may relocate to. Such relocations have happened before, but not preemptively.
In disaster-prone Japan, some communities consider major moves