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Former Giants star Hideki Matsui watches Yuto Akihiro take batting practice at the team's spring camp in Miyazaki on Saturday.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball / Sac Bunts
Feb 15, 2024
Giants' new Godzilla Yuto Akihiro taps into Hideki Matsui's teachings to level up
Akihiro is the latest player to try and walk in Matsui's footsteps.
The title monster in “Godzilla Minus One” is a threat, of course, but the real story is about finding community in the wake of destruction.
Feb 3, 2024
‘Godzilla Minus One’ stomps into ‘Oppenheimer’ territory
Those movies, along with “The Boy and the Heron,” are essentially in conversation about the moral weight of American and Japanese actions in World War II.
A man holds a poster for "The Boy and the Heron" at a movie theater in New Mexico in December.
Jan 24, 2024
Miyazaki anime and Godzilla film among Oscar nominees from Japan
An anime directed by Hayao Miyazaki and the latest Godzilla movie were among the Japanese films nominated for U.S. Academy Awards.
From movies, anime, manga and even to sports stars, 2023 was a year where global audiences demonstrated their increasing fondness for Japanese soft power.
Dec 27, 2023
From Godzilla to Shohei: Japan's soft power had a big year
Little by little, Japan is getting better at pitching its copious wares overseas, and 2023 proved that.
Hayao Miyazaki’s “The Boy and the Heron” received Golden Globes nominations for best animated motion picture and best original score for a motion picture this week.
CULTURE / Entertainment news
Dec 12, 2023
'The Boy and the Heron' and 'Godzilla Minus One' win over U.S.
While both Japanese films broke records at the North American box office, Hayao Miyazaki's latest also received two Golden Globes nominations.
A Godzilla head in Tokyo's Kabukicho district. The latest installment in the franchise, which opened last Friday, follows the giant reptilian monster rampaging through postwar Japan.
Dec 7, 2023
Godzilla smashes U.S. record as top-earning Japanese live-action film
"Godzilla Minus One" made over $14.36 million as of Tuesday, surpassing the previous title held by "The Adventures of Milo and Otis."
Godzilla is presented with a certificate after being selected for Hollywood's Walk of Fame during a news conference in Tokyo in October 2004.
Dec 6, 2023
New 'Godzilla' flick deftly tackles postwar Japan in cinematic triumph
Godzilla strikes again: New 'Minus One' movie is a visual spectacle that challenges Hollywood's big budget norms.
Director Wim Wenders served as president of the competition jury at this year's Tokyo International Film Festival. Wenders' "Perfect Days," which opened the festival and features Koji Yakusho as a toilet cleaner in Tokyo, is Japan’s nominee for the Academy Awards’ best international feature film category.
Nov 11, 2023
'Perfect Days' and '(Ab)normal Desire' turn heads at Tokyo International Film Festival
Wim Wenders' film opened the event, while Yoshiyuki Kishi’s multilayered drama made a splash, taking both the Audience Award and the best director prize.
Japan’s most famous monster attacks Tokyo just as the city is rebuilding itself from the destruction of World War II in “Godzilla Minus One.”
Nov 9, 2023
‘Godzilla Minus One’: Legendary monster levels up visually
Admirable visual effects bring the beast to life in the franchise’s newest entry, which looks more like the 1954 original than anything in decades.
From convenience stores and pizza franchises to makers of mattresses and whisky, businesses are looking to cash in on the popularity of "Godzilla Minus One."
CULTURE / Entertainment news
Nov 8, 2023
Latest Godzilla movie is a beast at the Japan box office
Boosted by mammoth marketing campaign, "Godzilla Minus One" racks up over ¥1 billion in opening weekend.
“Godzilla and Godzilla Raids Again” fully articulates the intentions behind the creation of Japan’s most infamous "kaijū" (monster) before Toho Studios releases the newest chapter in the “Godzilla” saga.
Oct 29, 2023
‘Godzilla’ novellas expand on infamous monster’s origins
Shigeru Kayama’s entertaining and informative stories delve deep into the underlying pacifist beliefs of the entire “Godzilla” franchise.
Japan Times
Nov 26, 2021
A look behind the scenes with Godzilla, the ‘king of monsters’
Norman England's new book, "Behind the Kaiju Curtain," gives an insider's take on Japan's kaiju016b craftsmanship and monster movie-making.
Japan Times
Nov 13, 2021
Godzilla fetes 67th birthday with 4K remaster of iconic 1954 film
The highly anticipated remaster of the original "Godzilla" film debuted in Los Angeles to celebrate the 67th birthday of the pop culture icon and the world's longest-running movie franchise.
Japan Times
Mar 10, 2021
From AC Japan ads to 'Your Name.': The impact of 3/11 on pop culture
The triple disaster of 2011 still looms large in the collective memory of those who were in Japan at the time. How society remembers it, though, has been influenced by films, music and art.
Japan Times
Oct 8, 2020
Japanese theme park unveils world's first 'life-size' Godzilla
A Japanese theme park on Thursday took the wraps off what it calls the world's first "life-size" statue of Godzilla to be installed permanently.
Japan Times
Jan 22, 2020
'Polish Posters for Films': Expression born from suppression
At times outlandish, other times artistically stunning, Polish film posters proved that postwar communism couldn't crush creativity.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Entertainment news
Oct 31, 2019
Attraction featuring full-scale Godzilla replica to launch in Japan
An interactive attraction featuring a full-scale replica of popular movie monster Godzilla will be launched next summer at a theme park on Awaji Island in Hyogo Prefecture, the operator said Thursday.
Japan Times
Mar 20, 2019
Japan national judo team to be dubbed 'Godzilla Japan'
In a nod to one of cinema's most powerful monsters, the Japan national judo team has adopted "Godzilla Japan" as its official nickname, the All Japan Judo Federation announced Tuesday.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Oct 21, 2018
Gamma-ray constellation named after Japanese movie monster Godzilla
An international research group, using the orbiting Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, names a constellation of gamma ray-emitting stars Godzilla.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Entertainment news
Mar 22, 2018
New Godzilla statue debuts in Tokyo shopping mall
A new Godzilla statue was unveiled Thursday at a shopping mall in central Tokyo, fulfilling a prophecy inscribed upon its predecessor that more monsters would loom over the area.


Hideo Shimoju points to a possible site that his fellow neighbors may relocate to. Such relocations have happened before, but not preemptively.
In disaster-prone Japan, some communities consider major moves