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Retired boxing champion Manny Pacquiao (left) and mixed martial artist Chihiro Suzuki pose during a news conference on Monday.
Jun 10, 2024
Retired boxing great Manny Pacquiao hints at comeback against Mario Barrios
Pacquiao has signed up to fight a three-round exhibition bout against Japanese mixed martial artist Chihiro Suzuki next month in Saitama.
Nintendo tends to innovate and take unconventional product development routes, producing both great successes, like its Switch console, and spectacular failures.
May 10, 2024
Nintendo needs to 'switch' its next console up
The Kyoto firm has been coy about what will come after the highly successful Switch console, but it needs to step up its game and learn from past mistakes.
Nintendo's popular video game character Super Mario will return to the big screen in April 2026.
BUSINESS / Companies
Mar 11, 2024
Nintendo announces new 'Super Mario' movie
The video game company will partner with animation studio Illumination again for the animated feature scheduled for an April 2026 release.
Mario Andretti is "devastated" that his team's bid to join Formula One was rejected on Wednesday.
MORE SPORTS / Auto Racing
Feb 1, 2024
Formula One rejects Andretti's bid to join circuit
Racing legend Mario Andretti said he was devastated after learning his team's bid to join Formula One was rejected.
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.
While Hayao Miyazaki’s return to filmmaking, “The Boy and the Heron,” did not attain the ¥10 billion milestone that the beloved animator’s movies had once routinely surpassed, it debuted at the top of the North American box office and became the first original anime film to lead the box office in the United States and Canada.
CULTURE / Film / 2023 in Review
Dec 15, 2023
Japan’s auteurs and anime triumphed in 2023
From Hayao Miyazaki's “The Boy and the Heron” to Hirokazu Kore-eda’s “Monster,” the box-office hits kept coming.
Nintendo has announced it is developing a live-action movie adaptation of its The Legend of Zelda video game series.
Nov 8, 2023
Zelda the movie shows Nintendo has learned its lesson
The live-action Zelda movie is still shrouded in mystery, but one thing is certain: Nintendo will want loyal sidekicks to embark on this adventure.
Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo star as Mario and Luigi in 1993’s “Super Mario Bros.,” the first big-budget, big-screen attempt at a video game adaptation.
Sep 13, 2023
The critics were wrong. The ’90s ‘Super Mario’ flick is awesome.
On the film’s 30th anniversary, the box-office bomb is back in Japanese cinemas for a limited time with a new 4K remaster.
Tourists drive rental go-karts while dressed up as game characters through the streets of Shibuya and other areas of Tokyo in December 2018.
Sep 6, 2023
A 10-year tourist boom and all I got was this lousy 'Mario Kart'
Like cockroaches in a nuclear apocalypse, seemingly nothing can destroy the "Mario Karts": not legal action, not the government and not even the pandemic.
Japan Times
Apr 30, 2023
Super Mario creator says new movie humanizes popular game character
'The Super Mario Bros. Movie' is expected to become the first film this year to gross $1 billion at the global box office, according to U.S. media.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Entertainment news
Apr 14, 2023
Super Mario music to be archived by U.S. Library of Congress
Its inclusion marks the first time for video game music to join the registry and is one of the few pieces in the registry created by a Japanese composer. 
Japan Times
Apr 12, 2023
Move over 'Minions,' it’s Mario time at the movies
The iconic plumber Mario is set to make more at the box office than any animated movie. But don’t expect a Nintendo Cinematic Universe just yet.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Apr 11, 2023
'Super Mario Bros. Movie' success gives boost to Nintendo's IP push
The much-anticipated movie has made a record-breaking debut at the box office.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies / FOCUS
Apr 3, 2023
Super Mario: Nintendo's decades of star power
The pint-sized plumber has enjoyed 40 years of extraordinary popularity that has transformed the character into a truly global icon.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Nov 10, 2022
Nintendo unveils official store in Osaka before Friday's opening
Run directly by the company, Nintendo Osaka is located on the 13th floor of Daimaru department store in the major commercial district of Umeda.
Japan Times
Jul 25, 2022
Mario Draghi’s fall reverberates beyond Italy
Draghi's downfall already amounts to the toppling of the establishment that populist forces across Europe dream of.
Japan Times
Jul 21, 2022
Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi resigns after coalition falls apart
Italy's coalition crumbled on Wednesday when three of Draghi's main partners snubbed a confidence vote he had called to try to end divisions and renew their fractious alliance.
Japan Times
Jul 15, 2022
Italian president urges Prime Minister Mario Draghi not to quit
Italy's political parties are increasingly divided over issues such as the rising cost of living and how to respond to Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
Japan Times
Jun 16, 2022
Leaders of Germany, France and Italy ride into Kyiv with 'message of unity'
All three leaders have faced criticism from Kyiv over support viewed as tepid.
Japan Times
Dec 1, 2021
Will this Franco-Italian bromance save Europe?
Despite being founding members of the EU, France and Italy have not always worked in harmony, having recently fallen out over Libya, banks, shipbuilding, populism and even the Mona Lisa.


Father's Day is said to have come to Japan around 1950, shortly after the establishment of Mother's Day.
The evolving nature of fatherhood in Japan