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Japan's players pose for a group picture ahead of their soccer match against North Korea in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on Saturday.
Feb 27, 2024
Coach urges Japan to be 'aggressive' against North Korea
The teams drew 0-0 in Saturday's first leg in Saudi Arabia and the winners will claim one of two Asian berths at the Games.
Satoshi Kirishima in a photo provided by his acquaintance
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Feb 27, 2024
Man who died after confession confirmed as 1970s bombing fugitive
Satoshi Kirishima, 70, had been a member of the extreme left-wing group East Asia Anti-Japan Armed Front and evaded authorities for 49 years.
North Korea's national women's soccer team lines up during the national anthems before an Olympic qualifier against Japan on Saturday in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Feb 27, 2024
Tough domestic league behind North Korea's soccer success
Soccer is one of the most popular sports in North Korea, with the nation's leader, Kim Jong Un, watching domestic league play.
Lake McKenzie in K'gari, Australia, where two Japanese teenagers on a school trip drowned while swimming on March 29, 2019.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Feb 26, 2024
Teacher fined over 2019 deaths of Japanese teens in Australia
In a statement read aloud to the court, the teacher admitted to failing his responsibility over the students, and apologized to the bereaved families.
Takuya Yokota (second from right), head of a group of families of abductees to North Korea, speaks at a news conference in Tokyo on Sunday.
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
Feb 26, 2024
Families of North Korea abductees give Japan breathing room for summit
The group won't oppose Tokyo's lifting of sanctions on Pyongyang if all abductees are returned while their parents' generation is still alive.
Japan, Britain and Italy have made headway in their joint next-generation fighter aircraft project, with industry officials saying that the partners are close to completing the aircraft’s conceptual design phase.
Feb 26, 2024
Japan joint fighter program gains steam as firms zero in on conceptual design
The completion of the conceptual design phase will allow Japan, Britain and Italy to move to the next stage of the program next year.
Eleven portraits of Ainu chieftains, completed in 1790, are now held by the Museum of Fine Arts and Archaeology in Besancon, France. There were originally 12 paintings in the original set, collectively known as the “Ishu Retsuzo,” but one has disappeared.
JAPAN / History / Regional Voices: Hokkaido
Feb 26, 2024
The ongoing mystery of the Ainu portraits in France
A former Hokkaido journalist is hoping to find out how portraits of Ainu chieftains from 1790 made it to Europe.
A chef explains Japanese seafood dishes at a promotional event in Sao Paulo in January.
Feb 25, 2024
Japan diversifying seafood export destinations after China ban
Japan's fisheries industry is finding new buyers in Brazil, Singapore and the U.S. amid China's ban.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida takes part in an online meeting of Group of Seven leaders at the Prime Minister's Office in Tokyo late Saturday, the second anniversary of Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
JAPAN / Politics
Feb 25, 2024
On Ukraine war anniversary, Kishida stresses need for unity as setbacks mount
The PM told G7 leaders that more "concrete actions" to support Kyiv are needed, vowing more Russian sanctions and condemning North Korean missile exports.
Japan goalkeeper Ayaka Yamashita leaps during an Olympic qualifying match against North Korea in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on Saturday.
Feb 25, 2024
Nadeshiko Japan and North Korea draw first leg of final Olympic qualifier
The teams will meet again for the return leg at National Stadium in Tokyo on Wednesday.
Brave Lupus flanker Takeshi Sasaki scores a try against the Yokohama Eagles on Saturday at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground in Tokyo.
Feb 24, 2024
Brave Lupus handcuff Eagles to extend unbeaten run to seven games
The Tokyo squad notched its seventh straight win to stay hot on the heels of the only other unblemished side, the Saitama Wild Knights.
Boats are docked at Matsukawaura Fishing Port in Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, on Friday.
Feb 24, 2024
Most Japan fishing groups hit by China import ban in Fukushima row
The survey found that 29 out of 36 respondents "had felt" or "had somewhat felt" negative effects, including financial damage due to the water release.
Ukrainian evacuees arrive at Tokyo's Haneda Airport in April 2022.
JAPAN / Society
Feb 24, 2024
90% of Ukrainian evacuees in Japan unwilling to return home
According to the survey of 153 Ukrainian evacuees last month, only 16, or 10.5%, said they would return home immediately if a cease-fire is reached.
A woman works at a fishing port in Soma, about 45 kilometers away from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, in Fukushima Prefecture, last August.
JAPAN / Politics
Feb 24, 2024
Japan and China held talks over Fukushima treated water release
At the online meeting, there was no major progress in their discussions, as China keeps in place the import ban on all seafood products from Japan.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and U.S. President Joe Biden hold talks in San Francisco in November.
Feb 23, 2024
Kishida to address U.S. Congress in April
The U.S. side will soon inform the Japanese government of its decision to invite Kishida to deliver a congressional speech, sources said.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida meets with Ukraine's prime minister, Denys Shmyhal, during the Japan-Ukraine Conference for Promotion of Economic Growth and Reconstruction in Tokyo on Monday.
Feb 23, 2024
Where others dither, Japan delivers on aid to Ukraine
Japan is doing all it can to prove to the Kremlin that it will ultimately be Ukraine, not Russia, that will prosper when the war is over.
A member of the Ukrainian State Emergency Service attends a transfer ceremony of special vehicles from Japan to Ukraine in Kyiv on Nov. 20, 2023.
Feb 23, 2024
An ominous portent emerges for Japan as Ukraine war enters third year
There are growing indications that the once-durable coalition of partners backing Kyiv’s war effort is crumbling — an ominous sign for Japan.
The International Atomic Energy Agency said last month that Japan's discharge of treated water from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant into the sea was consistent with international safety standards.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Feb 23, 2024
Indonesian activists sue Japan over release of treated water
They want Tokyo to stop releasing wastewater from the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant into the Pacific Ocean.
Former yokozuna Hakuho, seen in Iwate Prefecture on Feb. 18, was demoted by the Japan Sumo Association on Friday.
Feb 23, 2024
JSA demotes former yokozuna Hakuho over protege's violence
Sumo's governing body decided Friday to demote former yokozuna Hakuho over repeated violence by his 22-year-old protege Hokuseiho.
Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa (far left) hold talks with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken (center right) and South Korean Foreign Minister Cho Tae-yul in Rio De Janeiro on Thursday.
Feb 23, 2024
Japan, U.S. and South Korea agree on closer cooperation over North Korea
The countries' top diplomats also discussed efforts to maintain peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and the ongoing Israel-Hamas war.


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