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Yoasobi member Ayase (far left) joins U.S. President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in a toast during a state dinner at the White House on Wednesday.
Apr 12, 2024
A brief history of J-pop stars meeting U.S. presidents
Yoasobi's presence at the White House state dinner catapults the duo to a new strata. It also says a lot about what sound currently rules Japanese music.
"Tsushima: Fukushima Speaks Part 2" is directed by freelance journalist Toshikuni Doi, featuring the testimonies of people seeking the return of their hometown, which has been deemed uninhabitable for a century after the Fukushima nuclear meltdown.
JAPAN / Society
Mar 12, 2024
Film poses moral questions about 2011 Fukushima disaster displacement
The 187-minute documentary focuses on the impact the accident had on the daily lives of people who are unable to return to their hometown.
Pianist Yukie Nishimura plays a piano repaired from the 3/11 tsunami damage in Namie, Fukushima Prefecture, on Saturday.
Oct 22, 2023
Pianist Yukie Nishimura performs in former no-go zone in Fukushima
The event took place in the Tsushima district in the Fukushima town of Namie after the government's evacuation order was lifted in March this year.
Sake master Daisuke Suzuki (right) and a staff member sort rice at his brewery in Namie, Fukushima Prefecture, on Sept. 1.
LIFE / Food & Drink
Oct 8, 2023
Fukushima sake brewer warms shattered fishing community
A local sake maker has returned to Namie, Fukushima Prefecture, years after disaster wiped out its brewery there.
Yasutoshi Nishimura
Sep 17, 2023
Minister vows to counter misinformation over Fukushima water release
Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings started to release the treated water on Aug. 24.
Japan Times
Mar 22, 2023
Japan to lift evacuation orders in two Fukushima towns next week
Evacuation orders will be lifted in parts of Namie at 10 a.m. on March 31 and neighboring Tomioka at 9 a.m. on April 1.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Mar 13, 2023
Rice into low-carbon plastic: bringing hope to a struggling Fukushima town
A toasted rice aroma hangs around the factory line, where rice is combined with small plastic beads, heated and kneaded before being extruded in thin rods.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Regional Voices: Tohoku
Aug 2, 2021
Learning from disaster: Across Tohoku, a race is on to preserve vital records
Volumes of archived materials outline the ordeal communities have been through over the past decade. Soon they could be lost.
Japan Times
May 13, 2021
Fukushima flower growers hope to make Tokyo Olympics bloom
The town of Namie is hoping to shake off its image as a place forever linked to disaster.
Japan Times
Mar 5, 2021
Rescue mission: The animals being cared for in Fukushima's nuclear zone
Sakae Kato stayed behind to look after cats when other residents evacuated, spurred on in part by the shock of finding dead pets in abandoned houses.
Japan Times
JAPAN / 3/11: Moving forward
Mar 8, 2019
Tohoku tours shed light on life in the aftermath of the 3/11 tsunami and Fukushima nuclear disaster
This is the second in a series examining how the northeast and the nation are progressing with efforts to deal with the March 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis.
Japan Times
Jan 1, 2019
Top Japan news of 2018
The Japan Times newsroom selected the following domestic news stories as the most important of 2018.
Japan Times
Dec 15, 2018
Namie Amuro tops Nikkei Marketing Journal's list of 2018's most popular products and services
Japan Times
Sep 24, 2018
Let's discuss Namie Amuro
Fans across the country flocked to events paying tribute to pop diva Namie Amuro on the day she chose to step out of the spotlight.
Japan Times
Sep 16, 2018
Namie Amuro fans flock to tribute events as Japanese diva says farewell to show business
On Sunday fans across the country flocked to events paying tribute to pop diva Namie Amuro, marking the day she will step out of the spotlight.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Entertainment news
Sep 15, 2018
Pop star Namie Amuro bows out with final performance in Okinawa
Pop star Namie Amuro delivered her final stage performance Sunday as fans from Japan and elsewhere in Asia flocked to Ginowan, Okinawa Prefecture, to bid her farewell.
Japan Times
Sep 12, 2018
Namie Amuro: Celebrating J-pop's first queen
For millions of Japanese music fans in the 1990s, Namie Amuro wasn't just the Heisei Era's defining pop star, she was someone they grew up with.
Japan Times
Sep 12, 2018
Revisit the biggest albums of Namie Amuro's career
From 'Sweet 19 Blues' to '_genic,' Namie Amuro covered a lot of musical ground.
Japan Times
Sep 12, 2018
When 'Amuraa' ruled Japan
When pop diva Namie Amuro took the music scene by storm, she not only captivated throngs of girls and women with her performances but also inspired their fashion, spawning the "Amuraa" look of the mid-1990s.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Entertainment news
Aug 29, 2018
Retiring star Namie Amuro's DVD hits stores after securing 1.1 million pre-orders
With about half a month left before the Sept. 16 retirement of pop singer Namie Amuro, a video disc set of her last tour hit the stores Wednesday.


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