Big changes likely in '17

/ | Jan 1, 2017

Big changes likely in '17

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A year of surprises has come to a close, but its unresolved questions will generate many more quakes in 2017. Where are the fault lines, what about President-elect Donald Trump, and what does all this mean for Japan? The year 2016 will always be remembered ...

A celebration of Japanese traditions

| Jan 1, 2017

A celebration of Japanese traditions

New Year's, or shogatsu in Japan, is a time when people can get a taste of traditional Japan. People generally take the time around the New Year's holidays to relax with their families and engage in traditional activities to remind themselves of their heritage. Below ...

New Year's salted herring roe sells for record ¥100,000

Nov 22, 2016

New Year's salted herring roe sells for record ¥100,000

A rare selection of salted herring roe — a traditional Japanese New Year's dish said to bring good luck — has fetched a record price of more than ¥100,000 per kilogram at a wholesale market auction in the city of Osaka. The Osaka Municipal Wholesale ...

Jan 4, 2016

Holiday over as first workweek of 2016 begins

People who returned to big cities began their first day of work Monday after spending the New Year's holidays overseas or at their family homes. Due to the calendar, this year's holidays were relatively short, and many companies as well as public organizations started operations ...

Dec 31, 2015

After daunting 2015, EU faces year of living dangerously

If the year that was turned out to be daunting, 2016 is shaping up as the European Union's year of living dangerously. The cliffhanger to keep Greece from bankruptcy and in the euro currency during high summer was chilling enough, even before nations like Hungary ...