Most read domestic news stories for 2014

National Jan 1, 2015

Most read domestic news stories for 2014

Ranging from scandal to tragedy to celebration, here are some of the most read Japan news stories from 2014. Sasebo teen held for allegedly strangling, decapitating friend A teenager was arrested Sunday on suspicion of killing a high school friend who was visiting her apartment in ...

Most read Life stories of 2014

General Jan 1, 2015

Most read Life stories of 2014

From cannabis growers to tips on learning Japanese, these were some of the most read Life section articles of 2014. Cannabis: the fabric of Japan When Junichi Takayasu was 3 years old, a picture book about ninjas changed his life forever. What fascinated him most, however, ...

Most read Culture stories of 2014

Culture Jan 1, 2015

Most read Culture stories of 2014

OK Go's Japanese-inspired music video and Sailor Moon's special birthday were some of the most read and shared Culture articles of 2014. Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Taika-hen (Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno) Warner Entertainment Japan — whose Hollywood blockbusters have hurried the samurai period drama toward its demise — ...

Most read Community stories of 2014

General Jan 1, 2015

Most read Community stories of 2014

Welfare for foreigners, bicultural names, pick-up artists . . . these were just a few of the topics explored in the most read Community stories of 2014.  Let’s ensure no happy returns to Japan for this vile ‘dating coach’ One of the most reviled misogynist “pick-up artists” ...

Most read Sports stories of 2014

General Jan 1, 2015

Most read Sports stories of 2014

With the exception of shooting star on the tennis court and a questionable ref at the World Cup, much of the big sports news stories  for Japan happened on the ice year. Scandalous outcome: Skating judges steal Kim’s title, hand it to Sotnikova Yuna Kim got ...

From tradition to trash: Tokyo's art in 2014

Art Dec 25, 2014

From tradition to trash: Tokyo's art in 2014

by C.B. Liddell

This year has been a memorable one for art exhibitions at museums in Tokyo, with a surprisingly diverse array of shows and events, ancient and modern, foreign and domestic, metropolitan and provincial. As usual, a pivotal point early in the calendar was provided by Art ...

Top domestic news of 2014

National Dec 25, 2014

Top domestic news of 2014

The Japan Times editors selected these domestic stories as the most important of 2014. 1. Collective self-defense: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Cabinet adopts a resolution reinterpreting the Constitution as permitting the nation to act in collective self-defense. This paves the way for possible use of ...

Top world news of 2014

World Dec 25, 2014

Top world news of 2014

The Japan Times editors selected these world stories as the most important of 2014. 1. The rise of the Islamic State group: A new threat emerges in the Middle East after militants seize land in Iraq and Syria, provoking outrage with gruesome videos of hostage beheadings ...

Top world sports news of 2014

General Dec 25, 2014

Top world sports news of 2014

The Japan Times editors selected these world sports stories as the most important of 2014. 1. Germany wins World Cup: Substitute Mario Goetze's 113th-minute goal sends Germany past Argentina 1-0 in the final. Germany became the first European nation to win a World Cup on ...

Top Japan sports news of 2014

General Dec 25, 2014

Top Japan sports news of 2014

The Japan Times editors selected these domestic sports stories as the most important of 2014. 1. Yuzuru Hanyu golden for Japan in Sochi: The Japanese delegation wins eight medals during the 2014 Winter Olympic in Sochi, Russia, none bigger than Yuzuru Hanyu's gold in men's ...

Top 10 films of 2014: made in Japan, for Japan

Film / Reviews Dec 24, 2014

Top 10 films of 2014: made in Japan, for Japan

by Mark Schilling

Are Japanese films in decline? Not at the box office, where they still beat the Hollywood competition (with the huge exception this year of "Frozen"), but what about international festival invitations, awards and critical buzz? The answer depends on your perspective. For overseas festivals ...