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Opal Lee, the "Grandmother of Juneteenth," visited Japan last month shortly after receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Joe Biden.
COMMUNITY / Voices / Black Eye
Jun 14, 2024
U.S. civil rights icon Opal Lee brings her Juneteenth walk to Tokyo
Juneteenth, held on the 19th of the month, celebrates the end of slavery in the United States. Opal Lee sees it as more than an American holiday.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida speaks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on the sidelines of the Group of Seven summit in Fasano, Italy, on Thursday.
JAPAN / Politics
Jun 14, 2024
Japan locks in support for Ukraine with nonbinding security agreement
The deal formalizes Tokyo’s support for Kyiv and includes a pledge to conduct consultations in the case of future attacks on the war-torn country.
Postage rates in Japan are set to increase to ¥110 from ¥84 for standard-size letters weighing 25 grams or less and to ¥85 from ¥63 for postcards.
JAPAN
Jun 14, 2024
Japan Post announces October postage hike
Rates will increase to ¥110 from ¥84 for standard-size letters weighing 25 grams or less, and to ¥85 from ¥63 for postcards.
Wins by conservative parties and losses by their leftist green opponents in the EU elections reflect broader trends of political polarization and nationalism not only in Europe, but also the world. 
COMMENTARY / Japan
Jun 13, 2024
Impact of EU elections on global politics and Japan's foreign policy
Japan is concerned about the rise of right-leaning parties that might undermine support for Ukraine and send signals to revisionist powers like China.
Tokyo police on Thursday submitted their investigation papers for a voyeurism case involving the former Singaporean diplomat to prosecutors.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jun 13, 2024
Police wrap up voyeurism probe on ex-Singaporean diplomat
The 55-year-old former counselor at the Singapore Embassy in Tokyo took photos of a naked 13-year-old boy in a public bathhouse in the capital.
Pitcher Shohei Ohtani celebrates after he closed out the finals of the World Baseball Classic against the U.S. on March 21, 2023, in Miami.
BASEBALL
Jun 13, 2024
Baseball may have arrived in Japan in 1871, earlier than thought
An NPB historian has found that U.S. sailors may have had a baseball game with Japanese players in the early part of the Meiji Era (1868-1912) in Osaka.
Otowayama stable wrestlers in front of their stable. It may come as a surprise to some, but the use of ring names between wrestlers in the same stable isn’t all that common.­
SUMO / INSIDE SUMO
Jun 12, 2024
Burning questions (and their answers) new fans may have about sumo
The slow month of June is as good a time as any for our columnist to answer some of the fan questions that crop up with regularity.
The Fukuoka Prefectural Police building in the city of Fukuoka
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jun 12, 2024
Fukuoka police arrest man in connection with 'Luffy' crime ring
The suspect, Takayuki Kagoshima, 55, had been detained by Philippine immigration authorities since March.
Under the DICAS forum, Japan and the U.S. could look to co-produce weapons that both countries currently do not have in large quantities, with munitions such as Patriot interceptors "low-hanging fruit," according to some experts.
JAPAN / Politics / ANALYSIS
Jun 11, 2024
U.S. looks to Japan for help in boosting weapons production
The allies are aiming for partnerships in areas such as U.S. warship and aircraft repairs in Japan, as well as in the joint production of advanced weaponry.
Emperor Naruhito (left) meets with Luxembourg's Crown Prince Guillaume at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Monday.
JAPAN
Jun 11, 2024
Emperor Naruhito meets with Luxembourg's crown prince
At the meeting the Emperor expressed his gratitude for the sympathy from Grand Duke of Luxembourg Henri for people and areas affected by the Noto quake.
Defense Minister Minoru Kihara heads to a trilateral meeting on the sidelines of the Shangri-la Dialogue security conference in Singapore on June 2. Kihara will attend the upcoming meeting with Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa, along with their Philippine counterparts.
JAPAN / Politics
Jun 11, 2024
Japan and Philippines to hold ‘two-plus-two’ security talks in July
At the meeting, the two sides could sign a reciprocal access agreement to facilitate mutual visits by the Self-Defense Forces and the Philippine military.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is expected to hold a bilateral meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on the sidelines of the Group of Seven summit in Italy starting on Thursday.
JAPAN
Jun 11, 2024
Japan and Ukraine to agree on swift info sharing over Russia
The two sides are expected to conclude a bilateral agreement on Japan's long-term support for Ukraine's recovery and reconstruction.
Australian-born Connor O'Leary will represent Japan in the surfing competition at the 2024 Paris Olympics.
OLYMPICS / Surfing
Jun 11, 2024
At Paris Games, Connor O’Leary aims to win and inspire
The waves in Teahupo'o, Tahiti, may bode well for the goofy-footed surfer.
Takahiro Mori, the key negotiator for the U.S. Steel deal, is attempting to close the deal amid growing regulatory scrutiny and political opposition.
BUSINESS
Jun 8, 2024
Nippon Steel executive sees positive reaction from U.S. Steel workers
Takahiro Mori, the key negotiator for the U.S. Steel deal, is attempting to close the deal amid growing regulatory scrutiny and political opposition.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshimasa Hayashi
JAPAN
Jun 7, 2024
Chinese armed vessels patrol waters around disputed islands, angering Japan
China's coast guard said that it had patrolled the waters with vessels carrying weapons in what it called a "routine action."
Officials of Japanese and Ukrainian companies meet in Kyiv on Thursday during an exchange event organized by the Japan External Trade Organization.
BUSINESS / Companies
Jun 7, 2024
Japanese firms eye opportunities to help Ukraine rebuild
The networking event was organized by government-linked JETRO following a Japan-Ukraine meeting held in Tokyo in February.
Postage rates for sealed letters and other documents are expected to be raised by 30% as early as October, the first rise in 30 years aside from when prices increased along with consumption tax hikes.
JAPAN
Jun 7, 2024
Postage rate hikes seen denting New Year's card tradition in Japan
The tradition of sending New Year's greetings on postcards began in 1873 with the introduction of postcards.
A rendering of the next-generation fighter jet to be jointly developed by Japan, Britain and Italy
JAPAN
Jun 6, 2024
Japan approves international treaty on next-generation fighter jet
Japan regards the envisioned aircraft as the successor to the Air Self-Defense Force's F-2 fighter.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, meet in Tokyo in May 2022 on the sidelines of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue. The coalition is now adrift and the reason for the drop-off is simple: The U.S. is preoccupied with Europe and the Middle East.
COMMENTARY / World
Jun 5, 2024
Is 'the Quad' becoming a Potemkin alliance?
Despite its initial promise, "the Quad" coalition now appears to be losing momentum, posing significant security risks.
Line, which has evolved into an all-encompassing app used for messaging, payments, job searches and more, is now at the center of a dispute over its ownership.
COMMENTARY / Japan
Jun 5, 2024
Why Line, a superapp, sparked a diplomatic dispute
Line, which has evolved into an all-encompassing app used for messaging, payments, job searches and more, is now at the center of a dispute over its ownership.

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