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Writer Baye McNeil (left) poses for a picture with Cameron Peagler, who organized the Black Gold event in Tokyo’s Adachi Ward.
COMMUNITY / Voices / Black Eye
Oct 16, 2023
An OG's tips for Japan: Create beauty and don't fake your smile
Speaking at Black Gold, an event aiming to connect the Black and Japanese communities, our columnist offered seven tips to enjoying life in Japan.
Kyaw San Han in Tokyo. The former police officer in Myanmar fled to Japan last December.
Oct 15, 2023
Former police officer speaking out against Myanmar junta
"I wanted to change the police from inside by getting a position to train junior officers," Kyaw San Han said.
People evacuated from Israel arrive at Seoul Air Base in Seongnam, just south of the South Korean capital, late Saturday.
JAPAN / Politics
Oct 15, 2023
Japan evacuates eight citizens from Israel as 51 others arrive in Seoul
An SDF aircraft will remain on standby in Djibouti for the possibility of airlifting additional Japanese nationals.
Self-Defense Force personnel board an SDF KC-767 aerial refueling and transport aircraft bound for Djibouti in preparation for the evacuation of Japanese nationals from Israel, at Komaki Air Base in Aichi Prefecture on Saturday.
JAPAN / Politics
Oct 14, 2023
SDF plane heads for Djibouti to prep for Israel evacuation
The KC-767 refueling and transport airplane departed from Komaki Air Base in central Japan to stand by at an SDF base in Djibouti.
As of the end of June, 3,223,858 foreigners resided in Japan, up 148,645 from the end of December 2022, the Immigration Services Agency announced Friday.
JAPAN / Society
Oct 14, 2023
Number of foreign residents in Japan rises to record 3.2 million
As of the end of June, 3,223,858 foreigners resided in Japan, up 148,645 from the end of December 2022, according to the Immigration Services Agency.
Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Tetsuo Saito
JAPAN / Society
Oct 10, 2023
Japan to add driving to specified foreign worker skills
"We'll make various efforts to ensure that local residents and tourists have access to necessary means of transportation," minister Tetsuo Saito said.
Over four days in September, Japan Soca Weekend brought together the Tokyo area's Caribbean community for dance parties, outdoor blowouts and a crowning Carnival festival on a racetrack in Chiba.
Oct 10, 2023
‘Peak happiness’ at the first Japan Caribbean Carnival
For Japan’s Caribbean community, Carnival provides a deep sense of community and offers a cure for homesickness.
Steve Kemme's "The Outsider" offers insight into Lafcadio Hearn's prodigious talent with the pen and the development of his style over the course of his career.
Oct 8, 2023
'The Outsider' brings out colorful personality of one of history’s great Japanophiles
A new biography on Lafcadio Hearn charts the course of the writer’s 54-year life and shows how his years in Cincinnati and Japan were formative periods.
Dana Boieva (right) and Mariia Chemerys speak with a professor at Meiji University's Nakano Campus in Tokyo in July.
Oct 3, 2023
Universities and firms rush to help displaced Ukrainian students
Since many Ukrainian students in Japan struggle to make ends meet, some face the prospect of being unable to obtain their diplomas.
Saw Ba Hla Thein, the Japan representative of the National Unity Government of Myanmar (right), and Michihiro Ishibashi, a House of Councillors member from the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (second from right), attend a fundraising event in Tokyo for displaced people in Myanmar, on Saturday.
Oct 3, 2023
Myanmar residents of Japan vow to help people in homeland
Members of ethnic minority groups performed traditional music and dances and offered local dishes and crafts to showcase Myanmar's diversity.
The decision by the Supreme Court's First Petty Bench will let stand lower court rulings that acknowledged the constitutionality of a legal requirement that Japanese who gain foreign nationality must give up their original citizenship.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Oct 2, 2023
Supreme Court upholds Japan's ban on dual nationality
The eight plaintiffs, who live overseas, had argued that foreign nationality was necessary to facilitate their work and lives abroad.
The office building that houses the Nagoya District Prosecutor's Office
Sep 29, 2023
Charges dropped again over death of detained Sri Lankan woman
The decision by the Nagoya District Prosecutor's Office effectively ends its probe into the case of Ratnayake Liyanage Wishma Sandamali.
Ukrainian refugees arrive at Haneda airport in Tokyo on April 5, 2022.
JAPAN / Politics
Sep 26, 2023
Japan to introduce new residency status for asylum-seekers
A program to offer a long-term residence status that will allow asylum-seekers to work in Japan will be introduced in December.
Nobody wishes for a medical emergency, but preparing for one while you're in a foreign country can only make things easier.
Sep 18, 2023
How to avoid medical purgatory when hospitalized in Japan
Much like a legal will, a visit to the hospital is the last thing for which you want to prepare — yet doing so will save you stress and worry.
Chinese leader Xi Jinping has become increasingly vigilant about monitoring the activities of foreign nationals within the country.
JAPAN / Politics
Sep 17, 2023
China steps up scrutiny of Japanese in China after Fukushima decision
More than 100,000 Japanese nationals live in China, and some in the international community worry they may be treated as potential hostages.
Vietnamese staff work at a seafood processing firm in Yamada, Iwate Prefecture.
JAPAN / Society
Sep 17, 2023
86% of municipalities across Japan want more foreign workers, survey says
The poll underscores the serious shortage of workers in farming and other key sectors as the country grapples with a declining population.
Delivery trucks at a parking area along the highway in Chiba Prefecture in April
JAPAN / Society
Sep 14, 2023
Japan set to expand visa framework to tackle driver shortage
The planned expansion of the visa framework is to attract foreign nationals to the logistics industries and to address the driver shortage problem.
Non-Japanese residents make up over 8% of the population of Kani, Gifu Prefecture, making it one of the country's most multicultural cities.
Sep 7, 2023
Kani residents take to the stage to promote cultural empathy
One of the most multicultural cities in Japan is using the theater to try and address common cultural misconceptions.
Milthun Shrestha (left) works as a rafting guide on the Yoshino River in Miyoshi, Tokushima Prefecture, on July 28. Shrestha says his salary in Japan is five times as much as it is in Nepal.
Sep 5, 2023
Nepalese workers proving invaluable to labor hungry Japan
Many work as rafting guides, hotel employees, airport staff and other behind-the-scenes workers at bustling holiday destinations.
A Japanese junior high school student stares off into space while in the classroom. If your child is distracted or preoccupied during lessons, it may be time to speak with their teacher.
Sep 3, 2023
School is back. Is it time to have a word with the teacher?
It’s important to know how to speak to your child’s homeroom teacher at school so you can keep an eye on how they are doing.


The Japanese government updated its English education guidelines in 2017 to emphasize communication over grammar and memorization. Public school teachers are incredibly busy, however, which means schools haven’t been able to implement changes uniformly. Private and alternative schools are attempting to remedy this.
The language of opportunity: Bilingual education is on the rise in Japan