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Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. attends a news conference in Berlin on March 12.
May 29, 2024
Philippines president calls new China Coast Guard rules 'worrisome'
Ferdinand Marcos Jr. decried the new rules that could result in the detention of foreigners in the South China Sea.
A worker unloads packages from a shinkansen at JR Tokyo Station on Friday.
BUSINESS / Companies
May 19, 2024
JR firms expanding cargo transport using shinkansen trains
Such services are set to expand as Japan facing disruptions to logistics services stemming from an overtime cap for truck drivers.
Former Shizuoka Vice Gov. Shinichi Omura announces he is running for the gubernatorial election, on April 12.
JAPAN / Politics
May 9, 2024
Campaigning for Shizuoka's next governor kicks off with all eyes on maglev line
A record six candidates are running for the post after the previous governor resigned over controversial remarks.
Philippine Marines wave to Philippine Navy personnel and the media during a resupply mission at their military outpost, the BRP Sierra Madre, a warship run aground in the disputed Second Thomas Shoal in 1999, in the South China Sea, in March 2014.
May 8, 2024
Stormy seas ahead as Beijing and Manila trade barbs over secret deal
China has accused the Philippines of reneging on a "gentlemen's agreement" concerning activities in the South China Sea.
Jiro Suzuki, head of Kosaka Railroad Railpark in Kosaka, Akita Prefecture, stands next to a retired Akebono sleeper train that is now being used as a lodging facility, on April 22.
JAPAN / Society
May 3, 2024
Lodging in 'blue train' to resume in Japan after five-year hiatus
Services using the retired sleeper train are set to restart Saturday after five years of suspension due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
JR East says it will not yield to unreasonable demands by customers who harass its employees.
Apr 28, 2024
JR East says it will not respond to customer harassment
According to the policy, the company will not respond to customers who engage in harassment, such as physically or psychologically attacking employees.
Atlanta Falcons first round draft pick Michael Penix Jr. speaks to the media at a news conference on Friday in Flowery Branch, Georgia.
MORE SPORTS / Football
Apr 28, 2024
Falcons QB Michael Penix Jr. confident and eager to start career
"A dream came true," Penix said. "It's a dream I've had since I was a little kid. ... It's a special moment and something I will forever remember."
People observe a moment of silence for the victims of a JR Fukuchiyama Line train crash in Amagasaki, Hyogo Prefecture, Thursday morning on the 19th anniversary of the accident.
Apr 25, 2024
Victims of JR West train crash mourned 19 years on
The president of JR West and other officials observed a moment of silence at 9:18 a.m., the time of the crash, which killed 106 passengers.
The planned extension of the Hokkaido Shinkansen to Sapporo will be delayed until after fiscal 2030 due to difficulties relating to tunnel construction, according to sources.
Apr 25, 2024
Hokkaido Shinkansen extension to be delayed beyond fiscal 2030
According to sources, tunnel construction for the section has proven challenging.
Ohio State wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. runs with the ball during a game against Wisconsin in October. Harrison Jr. is widely expected to be among the top selections in the NFL Draft on Thursday.
MORE SPORTS / Football
Apr 24, 2024
From Rice to Harrison, bloodlines run deep in 2024 NFL draft
A large group of sons of football legends are available in this year's NFL draft as team personnel weigh the importance of bloodlines.
A Tokaido shinkansen. It is unclear whether the snake was venomous or how it ended up on the train, and there was no injury or panic among passengers.
Apr 17, 2024
Snake on a train: Discovery of serpent delays Tokyo-Nagoya shinkansen
Shinkansen customers can bring small dogs, cats and other animals, including pigeons on board — but not snakes.
Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos answers questions from the media in Manila on Monday. Marcos has said that the Philippines will invoke its defense treaty with the U.S. if a Filipino soldier dies from a foreign attack.
Apr 16, 2024
Philippines may invoke U.S. pact if foreign attack proves deadly, says Marcos
Making the comments Monday, the Philippine president referred to his conversation with U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin last week at the Pentagon.
Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., (center) speaks during a meeting at the White House in Washington on Thursday.
Apr 15, 2024
Marcos questions ‘secret’ Duterte-China deal on sea dispute
Duterte said the verbal agreement involved keeping the status quo.
Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. salutes during a welcome ceremony at the Pentagon in Washington on Friday.
Apr 13, 2024
U.S.-Japan-Philippines trilateral deal to change dynamic in South China Sea, Marcos says
Still, the Philippine president sought to assure China it was not a target, saying the summit was "not against any country."
U.S. President Joe Biden escorts Philippine leader Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Prime Minister Fumio Kishida to their trilateral summit at the White House in Washington on Thursday.
Apr 12, 2024
Biden vows 'ironclad' defense of Philippines and Japan as China tensions rise
Biden reiterated Washington’s commitment to defending the Philippines from any attack in the South China Sea.
With the resignation of Shizuoka Gov. Heita Kawakatsu, a major hurdle may have been removed in the construction of the maglev high-speed train, which is expected to connect Tokyo to Osaka in just over 60 minutes.
Apr 5, 2024
Maglev train is back on track after Shizuoka governor's derailing
Shizuoka's governor was blocking the construction of Japan's maglev bullet train. Now that he has resigned, the project can finally move at full speed.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida speaks during an interview at the Prime Minister's Office in Tokyo on Friday, ahead of his visit to the United States this week.
JAPAN / Politics
Apr 8, 2024
Kishida advocates wider defense network ahead of U.S. trip
The Japanese leader said he would push ahead on cooperation with like-minded countries on security, including on defense equipment and technology.
Philippine Ambassador Mylene Garcia-Albano is interviewed at the country's embassy in Tokyo on Wednesday.
JAPAN / Politics
Apr 4, 2024
Closer defense ties expected after first U.S.- Japan-Philippines summit, Manila's envoy says
The statement comes amid media reports that the three countries plan to launch joint naval patrols in the South China Sea later this year.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and U.S. President Joe Biden meet at the White House on Jan. 13, 2023. Kishida will hold talks with Biden in Washington on Wednesday.
Apr 4, 2024
Japan, U.S. and Philippines eye cooperation on mineral supply chains
Japanese and U.S. officials think that security cooperation with the Philippines is important for responding to potential conflicts in the Taiwan Strait.
Shizuoka Gov. Heita Kawakatsu apologizes for his gaffe at a news conference in Shizuoka on Wednesday.
JAPAN / Politics
Apr 3, 2024
Shizuoka governor's resignation may remove hurdle for maglev project
Heita Kawakatsu has long opposed the construction of a tunnel in the prefecture for the next-generation shinkansen, citing environmental concerns.


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