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Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 17, 2023

Dead sardines pile up on Hokkaido shores, but no one's sure why

In one town, itu2019s estimated that there were around 20 tons of the dead fish.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / ANALYSIS
Jan 17, 2023

Airlines face hurdles to cashing in on China reopening

U.S. and European airlines will benefit from demand for travel to China, but route approvals, fresh COVID-19 testing rules and not enough large aircraft remain barriers to rising sales.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 17, 2023

Dead whale in Osaka to be sunk offshore this week

The city's mayor told reporters that he hopes the disposal will be completed within the week.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jan 17, 2023

Girl, 13, suspected in mother's fatal stabbing in Shizuoka Prefecture

In Japan, children under 14 years of age cannot be held criminally responsible for their actions.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 17, 2023

Japan weighs linking benefits recipients' bank info with My Number

Under a proposed law revision, authorities will ask people whose account info is already known to public bodies for benefit payments whether they want to link the two.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Jan 17, 2023

U.S.-China trade is close to a record, defying talk of decoupling

Even as the U.S. aims to hold back Chinau2019s advance and Beijing seeks to counter Washingtonu2019s global influence, the two economies remain deeply entwined.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jan 17, 2023

Nissan and Renault on track to complete deal to revamp alliance

Final negotiations are under way for Renault to reduce its stake in the carmaker, and for Nissan to invest in Renaultu2019s planned electric-vehicle carve-out.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jan 17, 2023

Toyota sees vehicle output recovery in 2023, with some risks

The newly issued target would be a significant jump from the planned 9.2 million vehicles that the carmaker forecasts for the fiscal year ending in March.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jan 17, 2023

ANA to offer flight attendants two-day workweek as a result of pandemic

The airline hopes the move u2014 previously limited to those who needed to take care of children or the elderly u2014 will also be used by people to learn new skills.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Jan 17, 2023

New BOJ nominees likely to be presented to parliament on Feb. 10

The nominees, if approved by both houses of parliament, will succeed BOJ Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda and his two deputies, Masayoshi Amamiya and Masazumi Wakatabe.
Tourists in Tokyo's Asakusa district ditch their jackets amid unseasonably warm temperatures in the capital and across Japan on Thursday.
ENVIRONMENT / Climate change
Feb 18, 2024

Preparing for the hottest year Japan has ever seen

In 2023, summer heat persisted across Japan well into the fall. Predictions by scientists indicate 2024 could be even worse.
Rengo members cheer during their annual May Day rally to demand higher pay and better working conditions, in Tokyo on April 29.
BUSINESS
Jul 21, 2023

Japanese unions urge employers to continue wage hikes next year and beyond

Rengo made the demand as it reviewed the results of its annual spring wage talks that concluded earlier this month, which saw major companies agree to the largest raises in 30 years.
The Gunma Prefectural School for Special Education in Isesaki, Gunma Prefecture — a school for children with special needs that is rapidly aging.
JAPAN
Dec 21, 2023

Schools in Japan rethink where to teach children with disabilities

Calls are growing internationally for Japan to integrate such children with their peers in regular classes.
Ashwini Vaishnaw, India's minister of electronics and information technology
BUSINESS / Economy
Jul 21, 2023

Japan and India vow to boost chip supply chains with eye on economic security

Yasutoshi Nishimura, minister of economy, trade and industry, and Ashwini Vaishnaw, India's minister of electronics and information technology, signed a memorandum of understanding.
Residential buildings in the Kachidoki area of Tokyo. The average unit price of newly supplied condominiums in the greater Tokyo area in the first six months of this year reached the highest level for the six-month period due to rising material and labor costs and higher land prices.
BUSINESS
Jul 21, 2023

Tokyo's new condo prices surge 60% to a record in first half of year

The average price of a new apartment in central Tokyo jumped 60% to ¥129.6 million ($930,000) in the January to June period.
An earthquake registering a maximum of 4 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale to 7 struck Tokyo, Kanagawa Prefecture and other surrounding areas on Sunday morning, the Meteorological Agency said.
JAPAN
Jan 28, 2024

Magnitude 4.8 quake shakes Tokyo and Kanagawa

The 8:59 a.m. quake registered a 4 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale to 7 in areas of Tokyo and Yokohama.
The No. 1 Poultry building, left, in the City of London
BUSINESS
Jul 20, 2023

South Korean investors stung as bet on offices in financial centers turns sour

With a growing need for environmental credentials for corporate renters and downsizing due to the pandemic, office real-estate markets are seeing a "flight to quality" — leaving some exposed
A projection mapping display on the building that hosts the headquarters of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government on Sunday
JAPAN / Politics
Feb 26, 2024

Projection mapping show at Tokyo government building world's biggest

Free year-round shows extend roughly 14,000 square meters from the fourth to 32nd floor of the complex's 48-story Main Building No. 1.
Japan Airlines has kicked off an unmanned drone service to deliver goods and medical supplies in the remote town of Setouchi.
BUSINESS / Companies
Feb 29, 2024

Japan Airlines starts drone service in remote areas for disasters

The carrier is working with local authorities in the town of Setouchi, a tiny inlet in Okayama Prefecture that's home to 8,000 residents.
An X90 Plus crossover — produced by Chinese automaker Jetour — sits ready for sale at a dealership in the Moscow Region on July 12.
BUSINESS
Jul 20, 2023

Made in Russia? Chinese cars drive a revival of Russia's auto factories

The rebirth of the Moskvich is a sign of China's growing sway over an important sector of Russia's economy.
The castle from "Howl's Moving Castle" in the brand-new "Valley of Witches" area at Ghibli Park in Nagakute, Aichi Prefecture
BUSINESS / Companies
Feb 28, 2024

Ghibli Park unveils new 'Valley of Witches' area to open in March

The new area will feature attractions and rides from "Kiki's Delivery Service" and "Howl's Moving Castle."
The financial district of San Francisco in May 2022
BUSINESS
Jul 20, 2023

Not all firms are ready for a four-day week — yet, says expert

The largest-ever trial of the four-day work week found that most U.K. businesses participating don’t want to return to the five-day standard.
A factory of Russian automaker Moskvich, in Moscow on July 13
BUSINESS
Jul 20, 2023

What has become of global carmakers' assets in Russia?

The foreign automakers that dominated Russia's car market left following the invasion of Ukraine, leaving a slumping production and sales in their wake.
A Chinese coast guard ship near the China-controlled Scarborough Shoal, in disputed waters of the South China Sea on Feb. 16.
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Feb 29, 2024

China militia presence increases in South China Sea: report

Satellite imagery of nine features in the sea, including reefs and shoals, identified an average of 195 militia ships present on any given day in 2023.
Members of the Ground Self-Defense Force's Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade disembark from a V-22 Osprey at Camp Ainoura in Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture, in July 2022.
JAPAN
Jul 21, 2023

GSDF amphibious unit now seen as 'partner' of U.S. Marines

The GSDF unit and the U.S. Marine Corps have conducted many joint exercises, and the two sides can now work together in higher-level operations, according to GSDF Col. Taisuke Fujimura.
Former U.S. President Donald Trump at a campaign event ahead of the Republican presidential primary election in North Charleston, South Carolina, on Feb. 14
COMMENTARY / Japan / Geoeconomic Briefing
Feb 29, 2024

Why Japanese companies need to prepare for Trump 2.0

Given the former president's views on the recent U.S. Steel deal, firms should cover all bases ahead of the Nov. 5 U.S. election.
Akie Abe holds a news conference in Taipei on Monday.
JAPAN
Jul 20, 2023

Akie Abe wraps up Taiwan trip, continuing late husband's legacy

Akie Abe traveled to the self-ruled island to continue her husbands legacy of reorienting Japan’s policy toward Taiwan.
The European Union is looking to conclude a security and defense partnership agreement with Japan amid China's maritime assertiveness.
JAPAN / Politics
Feb 20, 2024

EU to seek security and defense pact with Japan amid China's assertiveness

The two sides will explore increasing cooperation across wide areas including maritime security, intelligence sharing and coping with hybrid attacks
Former yokozuna Hakuho apologizes for the bullying caused by his protege Hokuseiho (right), outside the Miyagino stable in Tokyo on Friday.
SUMO / INSIDE SUMO
Feb 28, 2024

How a rethink of supervision at stables could curtail bullying in sumo

Incidents of bullying and harassment of younger wrestlers by their seniors continue to erupt with regularity, causing major issues for the world of sumo.
A platform is crowded with travelers at Tokyo Station on Aug. 11 last year. People plan to spend more this summer as COVID restrictions have been fully lifted.
JAPAN
Jul 21, 2023

Japanese consumers to spend more in summer break for second straight year

The survey results come as Japan enters its first summer holiday period since COVID-19's legal status was downgraded.

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Hideo Shimoju points to a possible site that his fellow neighbors may relocate to. Such relocations have happened before, but not preemptively.
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