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Junji Ito
BUSINESS / Companies
Apr 17, 2024
Ex-Kanebo chief and JAL Chairman Junji Ito dies at 99
Ito, who served as president of Kanebo, currently Kracie, and chairman of Japan Airlines, died in December 2021.
The heights Akebono reached in sumo helped pave the way for future foreign-born yokozuna Asashoryu and Hakuho.
Apr 15, 2024
Akebono's human side eclipsed his incredible sumo achievements
Talk to anyone personally acquainted with recently deceased former yokozuna Akebono and almost immediately the words “generous” and “kind” will arise.
Jockey Kota Fujioka died on Wednesday, four days after falling from his horse and sustaining head and chest injuries
MORE SPORTS / Horse Racing
Apr 12, 2024
Tributes pour in after jockey Kota Fujioka dies following fall
The JRA said Fujioka was the first jockey to die in Japan as a result of a racing accident since 2004.
O.J. Simpson appears in district court during his trial at the Clark County Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas in September 2008.
Apr 12, 2024
O.J. Simpson, football star who faced trial for ex-wife's murder, dies at 76
One of the most popular U.S. athletes of the 1970s, Simpson was later found responsible for his former wife's death then imprisoned for other crimes.
Akebono waves an American flag as he watches U.S. skaters in Nagano on Feb. 5, 1998, ahead of the Winter Olympics.
Apr 11, 2024
Sumo legend Akebono, first foreign-born yokozuna, dies at 54
Akebono, born Chadwick Haheo Rowan in Waimanalo, Hawaii, became the 64th yokozuna in 1993 and gained immense popularity.
Pearl Harbor survivor Lou Conter gestures to a fellow survivor during the wreath laying presentation for the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor at the World War II in Honolulu, Hawaii, on Dec. 7, 2011.
Apr 2, 2024
Last survivor of Pearl Harbor battleship sinking dies at 102
Lou Conter was a 20-year-old quartermaster at the time of the 1941 attack.
Shigeichi Negishi's "Sparko Box" first came to the market in 1967 and is "recognized as the earliest" karaoke machine by the All-Japan Karaoke Industrialist Association.
JAPAN / Society
Mar 16, 2024
Shigeichi Negishi, inventor of karaoke, dies at 100
Negishi was the first to automate and commercialize the singalong in 1967, although he never patented his creation.
A statue of "Dragon Ball" character Goku stands outside the offices of Bandai Namco in Tokyo. The figure is now as recognizable as such characters as Mickey Mouse and Spider-Man.
CULTURE / TV & Streaming / Longform
Mar 15, 2024
Akira Toriyama's gift to the world
The artist's impact was such that he should be considered alongside greats such as Walt Disney and Stan Lee when it comes to cultural contributions.
CULTURE / TV & Streaming
Mar 9, 2024
Tarako, voice of popular anime girl Chibi Maruko, dies at 63
Tarako, who had been battling illness since the start of the year, died Monday of undisclosed causes.
Akira Toriyama
Mar 8, 2024
'Dragon Ball' creator Akira Toriyama dies at 68
A post announcing his death said Toriyama was “working on many projects” and that “there was so much more that he wanted to accomplish.”
Makoto Iokibe (left) in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture in 2011 when he headed a government panel on reconstruction after the Great East Japan Earthquake.
Mar 7, 2024
Prominent Japanese political scientist Makoto Iokibe dies at 80
He is renowned for his research on Japan's relations with the United States during postwar U.S. occupation.
Former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney in Ottawa in May 2009.
WORLD / Politics
Mar 1, 2024
Brian Mulroney, former Canadian prime minister, is dead at 84
Mulroney was known as the Canadian leader who led the country into the North American Free Trade Agreement with the United States and Mexico.
Daiso Industries founder Hirotake Yano
Feb 20, 2024
Hirotake Yano, founder of ¥100 chain Daiso, dies at 80
The retailer capitalized on a shift in spending habits after Japan's economic bubble burst, launching Yano onto the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.
Alexei Navalny speaks with journalists after he was released from a detention center in Moscow in August 2019
Feb 16, 2024
Alexei Navalny, corruption fighter who defied Putin, dies at 47
Navalny fell sick during a walk and medical staff were unable to revive him, prison authorities said Friday.
Maestro Seiji Ozawa conducts the Seiji Ozawa Ongaku-juku orchestra during a rehearsal in Beijing in 2009.
Feb 10, 2024
World mourns loss of 'magician' Japanese conductor Seiji Ozawa
Tributes poured in from across the globe for a man credited with paving the way for Asian musicians abroad.
Japanese conductor Seiji Ozawa during a rehearsal in Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture, in September 2005.
Feb 9, 2024
Seiji Ozawa, Japan’s trailblazing maestro, dies at 88
Throughout his illustrious career, Ozawa was instrumental in popularizing classical music for mainstream audiences in Japan and abroad.
JAPAN / History / Japan Times Gone By
Feb 1, 2024
Japan Times 1924: Rescue workers toiling to save eighteen lives
Workers are in the news when, 100 years ago, miners await a rescue and, 50 years later, unified strikes take place.
While global sumo took its first steps toward becoming an organized sport under Hidetoshi Tanaka, it would be an exaggeration to say that everything was plain sailing internationally while the former president was in power.
Jan 17, 2024
Scandal-hit giant of sumo Hidetoshi Tanaka leaves a complicated legacy
For Tanaka, a terse International Sumo Federation statement marked an ignominious end to the life of one of sumo’s most influential figures.
Aki Yashiro (second from right) calls for donations during a charity show held in Tokyo in May 2016 to support quake-hit Kumamoto Prefecture.
Jan 10, 2024
Popular enka singer Aki Yashiro dies at 73
Yashiro had suspended her musical activities after announcing in September that she would focus on treatment of a connective tissue illness.
Kishin Shinoyama speaks during an interview in Tokyo in September 2016 with posters of his works in the background.
Jan 5, 2024
Celebrated Japanese photographer Kishin Shinoyama dies at 83
Shinoyama photographed iconic figures across diverse genres.


Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on