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Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jan 17, 2023

The Group of 20 could use a 'G Minor' grouping to represent emerging economies

While the G20 represents the worldu2019s largest economies, it's time to think of a group that could represent the needs of emerging and developing countries.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jan 17, 2023

Key takeaways from Japan-U.S. talks worth noting

The fact that Japan and the U.S. do not require continuous renegotiation of their standing agreements is an important one, and shows the strength of the alliance.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 17, 2023

Environment education that connects all the dots

Currently, students in Japan are taught the facts, but not necessarily how they are linked to political and social changes around the world.
Japan Times
MORE SPORTS
Jan 17, 2023

Japanese football given chance to measure progress at Dream Bowl

When the Japanese team takes the field for the Japan-U.S. Dream Bowl at Tokyo's National Stadium on Sunday, it will offer a brief look at the nation’s collective football might in international competition.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jan 17, 2023

Woman stabbed in Fukuoka told police she had issues with ex-boyfriend

The man involved in the stabbing is believed to be in his 30s to 50s and was wearing a black jacket.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jan 17, 2023

More Indonesians in Japan's foreign trainee program amid weak yen

The demographic shift in the foreign technical trainee program has also come about as the result of the differing costs for trainees to come to Japan.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jan 17, 2023

Satellite-saving robots can turn killer, too

Orbiting machines used to repair other spacecraft can just as easily be used to destroy them and will require new international rules to keep the peace.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Jan 17, 2023

Thousands sign petition to save Tokyo's 'sacred' Jingu Stadium

Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig played at the legendary venue in 1934 as part of a Japanese tour, making the stadium only one of a handful remaining where Ruth played.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 17, 2023

Kobe marks 28 years since deadly quake

Residents and victims' families observed a moment of silence at 5:46 a.m., the same time the Great Hanshin Earthquake struck.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Jan 17, 2023

Scientists use laser to guide lightning bolt for first time

A team of scientists from six research institutions have been working for years to replace the humble lightning rod with a far more sophisticated and precise laser.
Clothes displayed at Shein’s headquarters in Singapore
BUSINESS
Jul 21, 2023

Fast fashion report cards show what’s really in your clothes

Consumers’ drive for quantity over quality is transforming the world’s textile industry, sparking an almost doubling in global fiber production over the past two decades.
Virgilio Martinez (left) and Santiago Fernandez, head chef at Tokyo's Maz, are finding massive success bringing elevated Latin American cuisine to Japanese diners.
LIFE / Food & Drink
Feb 18, 2024

At two-starred Maz, ‘the experience extends beyond the meal’

“We see Maz as a kind of ‘culture house’ for Latin America in Japan,” says head chef Santiago Fernandez.
Demonstrators sing the "Glory To Be Thee, Hong Kong" protest song during a flash mob in 2019.
ASIA PACIFIC
Jul 21, 2023

Hong Kong court says protest song is matter of national security

The city’s High Court on Friday heard the government’s argument for why it should be illegal to perform or broadcast Glory to Hong Kong with criminal intent.
A set of remote islands called Dokdo in South Korea and Takeshima in Japanese
JAPAN
Dec 30, 2023

Japan protests South Korean military drills near disputed islets

South Korea's Yonhap News Agency reported earlier Friday that the country's navy had held regular drills around the islets, citing a military official.
Gross domestic product contracted 0.4% on an annualized basis in the October-December 2023 quarter, following a 3.3% contraction in the previous quarter.
BUSINESS / Economy
Feb 15, 2024

Japan loses spot as No. 3 economy after surprise GDP contraction

Analysts caution that the data is perhaps not as bad as it seems, given solid readings from other economic indicators.
Members of the Writers Guild of America and the Screen Actors Guild take part in a picket line outside Paramount Studios in Hollywood, California, on Thursday.
COMMENTARY / World
Jul 21, 2023

AI shines a spotlight on Hollywood hypocrisy

Studios haven’t informed or paid background actors properly for being digitally scanned, yet they want the same courtesy from AI companies.
Dodgers pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto throws live batting practice during spring training in Glendale, Arizona, on Saturday.
BASEBALL / MLB
Feb 19, 2024

Dodgers hurler Yoshinobu Yamamoto will be tough code to crack for MLB hitters

His mix of power, stuff and command have some wondering if the 25-year-old right-hander is already the best pitcher on the planet.
An extreme heat warning in Death Valley, California, on July 15
COMMENTARY / World
Jul 21, 2023

Our civilization was built for a climate that’s vanishing

Weather disasters linked to climate change like those unfolding across the northern hemisphere will affect more and more of us.
Fast fashion concept. Woman chooses jeans in a store. Lots of clothes in the store. Fast Fashion Destroying Planet
LIFE / Language / BILINGUAL
Jul 21, 2023

Fashion, fast and slow: Discussing shopping ethics in Japanese

Whether it’s a trendy top from a chain store in Shibuya or a vintage piece from the backstreets of Kichijoji, know how to shop with a mind to sustainability in Japanese.
The Seoul Central District Court building in Seoul. In late January, the court granted the plaintiff's request to seize the funds, following a December ruling by the top court that ordered Hitachi Zosen to pay the plaintiff 50 million won in damages.
JAPAN
Feb 20, 2024

South Korean wartime labor plaintiff receives funds from Japan firm

This is the first case in which funds from a Japanese company have been transferred to a plaintiff following a trial related to wartime forced labor.
Kim Yo Jong, the powerful sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, said on Thursday that a visit by Prime Minister Fumio Kishida to Pyongyang could materialize, but only if Tokyo met several caveats.
JAPAN / Politics
Feb 16, 2024

North Korea-Japan summit push gains steam after remarks by Kim’s sister

A visit by Prime Minister Fumio Kishida to Pyongyang could materialize, but only if Tokyo met several caveats, Kim Yo Jong said.
The community pool is a great place for exercise and meeting your neighbors.
COMMUNITY / Voices / FOREIGN AGENDA
Jul 31, 2023

Figuring out the rules at a Japanese community pool can be an ongoing education

If you’re headed for the community pool, be prepared: Japanese pool rules are an ongoing education.
Teamshares, an American startup, is bringing its employee ownership succession model to Japan in its first overseas foray to offer employees path to buy small businesses.
BUSINESS / Companies
Feb 21, 2024

MUFJ-backed startup gives employees route to take over small firms

The Teamshares model could help 2.45 million small business owners who will be 70 or over by 2025, almost half of whom have yet to identify a successor.
The village of Kitadaito in Okinawa Prefecture   Kyodo
JAPAN
Jul 21, 2023

Government explains radar deployment plan to residents of Okinawan island

The Defense Ministry stressed the need to build a tight surveillance system in the Pacific, where the Chinese military is increasing its activities.
Police officers gather at a Ground Self-Defense Force shooting range in Gifu Prefecture on June 14 following a fatal rifle attack.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jul 21, 2023

Mental evaluation begins for GSDF fatal shooting suspect

The June 14 shooting during a live-fire training session left Master Sgt. Yasuchika Kikumatsu and Sgt. Kosuke Yashiro dead, and another 25-year-old sergeant seriously wounded.
Hiroshima Chuo Police Station
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Feb 18, 2024

Detained police officer kills himself amid rape accusations

The officer, who was on suicide watch, had been indicted for raping three women and accused by two others.
Naoko Motooka began hunting 10 years ago. Her hobby is one way Hokkaido hopes to curb a current boom in the deer population.
PODCAST / deep dive
Feb 15, 2024

Hunting in Hokkaido; Taylor Swift comes to Tokyo

You probably don’t think of guns when you think of Japan, but Hokkaido’s hunters do.
Nissan will adopt Tesla's electric-vehicle charging technology in the U.S. and Canada, becoming the first Japanese carmaker to take up the technology.
BUSINESS / Companies
Jul 20, 2023

Nissan to adopt Tesla EV-charging design from 2025 in U.S. and Canada

Starting in 2025, the firm will equip its electric vehicles with the Tesla-developed North American Charging Standard (NACS) port.
The eruption of a volcano on Sakurajima in Kagoshima Prefecture on Wednesday
JAPAN
Feb 14, 2024

Sakurajima volcano erupts; no immediate reports of injuries

The Kagoshima Meteorological Office maintained the volcanic activity alert level at three, urging people not to approach the volcano.
A survey showed the employment rate among women hit a record high of 53.2%, partly attributed to government efforts to help mothers work while raising children.
BUSINESS
Jul 21, 2023

Number of working women in Japan hits record 30.4 million in 2022

The survey also showed the employment rate among women hit a record high of 53.2%, partly attributed to government efforts to help mothers work while raising children.

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