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JAPAN
Feb 13, 2023

Philippines considering trilateral defense pact with U.S. and Japan

The move follows the signing of separate defense deals with the United States and Japan, and comes amid tensions with China and concerns Manila could be pulled into a Taiwan conflict.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Feb 13, 2023

The U.S. needs five times as many child psychiatrists

American kids are struggling with mental anxiety and other issues and there are too few trained adults available to help them.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Feb 13, 2023

World should tip the scales in Myanmar’s civil war

With Myanmar's civil war having reached a stalemate, the international community should step in, recognize the civilian government and deliver weapons to its armed wing.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Feb 13, 2023

Woman denies killing mentally ill husband with help of doctor son

According to her lawyer, Junko Yamamoto said she did not know how her husband died and questioned whether the incident amounted to a murder.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Feb 13, 2023

Kishida to skip speech after surgery for nasal congestion

The prime minister, who has suffered from chronic sinusitis causing nasal congestion and other symptoms such as headache, underwent the surgery on Saturday.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Feb 13, 2023

Spotlight falls on Japan LGBTQ bill as G7 summit nears

While Kishida has indicated he favors early passage of the bill, opposition from within his own party could make it difficult for it to clear parliament before the May meeting in Hiroshima.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Regional Voices: Okinawa
Feb 13, 2023

As Japan considers easing virus guidance, Okinawan children fear unmasked life

Even among adults, opinions are divided on how society should handle the coronavirus, including on the issue of whether or not to remove masks — which only adds to unease for children.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Regional Voices: Hokkaido
Feb 13, 2023

Side-job matching app becomes popular in Sapporo amid labor shortage

Workers being engaged include housewives and part-timers, with some company employees workin on the side at night.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Tech
Feb 13, 2023

ChatGPT frenzy prompts China firms to seek home-grown alternatives

Dozens of bots rigged to ChatGPT technology have emerged on WeChat, with hobbyists using it to make programs or automated accounts that can interact with users.
Japan Times
WORLD
Feb 13, 2023

Turkey-Syria earthquake death toll tops 33,000 as search for survivors continues

Concerns are rising over the potential spread of unrest as desperation sets in.
Japan Times
WORLD
Feb 13, 2023

Scholz’s Social Democrats crash to worst result ever in Berlin election

The SPD failed to win an election in the German capital for the first time since 1999 as the conservative Christian Democrats surged to victory.
Japan Times
WORLD
Feb 13, 2023

Ukraine's ski resorts offer relief and respite during war

Those at a ski area earlier this year reflected on the complexity of being there as the country remained under siege.
Japan Times
WORLD
Feb 13, 2023

Ruling out aliens? Senior U.S. general says not ruling out anything yet

Recent incidents come as the Pentagon has undertaken a new push to investigate military sightings of unidentified objects.
Japan Times
MORE SPORTS
Feb 13, 2023

14-year-old Sky Brown claims gold at skateboarding world championships

Kokona Hiraki, also 14, was second, while her compatriot and reigning Olympic champion Sakura Yosozumi was third.
Japan Times
MORE SPORTS
Feb 13, 2023

Mikaela Shiffrin leads call for winter sports sustainability change

U.S. star Mikaela Shiffrin led calls for ski chiefs to change their approach to sustainability in a bid to make winter sports justifiable to a public ever more aware of climate change.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Feb 13, 2023

Japan's hay fever season is here, and it's set to pack a punch

The Tokyo area is forecast to have up to twice as much pollen over an average year.
Japan Times
MORE SPORTS
Feb 13, 2023

Chiefs rally past Eagles to win Super Bowl

The Chiefs rallied from 10 points down at halftime to win their second Super Bowl in four seasons.
Japan Times
Rugby
Feb 13, 2023

Steve Borthwick earns first victory as England coach

Borthwick's reign started with a 29-23 loss at home against Scotland last weekend in the first round of the tournament.
Japan Times
JAPAN / FOCUS
Feb 13, 2023

Doubts raised over Japan's ability to shoot down spy balloons

The Defense Ministry has adopted the position that airspace intrusions by foreign balloons will be dealt with accordingly.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Feb 13, 2023

Global bond bulls face reckoning however new BOJ chief shapes policy

Beyond the yield fireworks any hawkish policy shift may soon ignite, steady selling of overseas bonds in favor of local alternatives by Japanese investors is already a market fact.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Feb 13, 2023

Seizing Russian assets is easier said than done

Economic sanctions against Moscow have seen an estimated $350 billion in state assets, foreign reserves and oligarch property frozen by Western banks and officials.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Feb 13, 2023

The climate pledges of leading global companies don’t add up

Regulations governing sustainability and sustainability claims remain underdeveloped and vary vastly from place to place.
Japan Times
Figure Skating
Feb 13, 2023

Japan win men's and pairs gold on big day at Four Continents

Seventeen-year-old Kao Miura became the youngest Four Continents Figure Skating Championships men's winner Saturday, breaking the record set by Beijing gold medalist Nathan Chen, and capping a successful day of competition for Japan.
Japan Times
WORLD
Feb 13, 2023

U.S. fighters down more flying objects as tension ratchets higher

While the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden said the high-altitude craft brought down on Feb. 4 was a Chinese spying balloon, details on the latest objects remain sparse.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Feb 13, 2023

Cyclone Gabrielle lashes New Zealand, leaving many without power

Gabrielle is currently sitting 200 km northeast of Auckland and is forecast to move close to the east coast over the next 24 hours.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art / Longform
Feb 13, 2023

Museums in Japan adjust to life after COVID-19

The country’s cultural spaces are looking to rethink their role in society as they face an uncertain future due to increased competition and an aging population.
Japan Times
WORLD
Feb 13, 2023

Canadian search teams hunt for wreckage after latest shoot-down

The U.S. Senate's top lawmaker said that the flying object — and another one shot down earlier off the coast of Alaska — both appeared to be balloons.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Feb 12, 2023

Wagner founder has Putin’s support, but the Kremlin’s side-eye

Yevgeny Prigozhin, the once secretive tycoon, is confounding Moscow’s Kremlin-allied elite by starting to dabble in politics alongside waging war in Ukraine.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Feb 12, 2023

New Zealand braces as Cyclone Gabrielle nears North Island

Many New Zealanders have been told to have grab bags ready to go, prepare emergency supplies and secure their properties ahead of the cyclone Gabrielle.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Feb 12, 2023

Japan's ruling party vows to promote debate on bill for LGBTQ community

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party will accelerate discussion on a bill that would promote understanding of sexual minorities, a senior lawmaker said Sunday.

Longform

Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on