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Kairi Netsuke in action during the men's street final on Sunday in Tokyo.
MORE SPORTS / Skateboarding
Dec 17, 2023
Host Japan underscores skateboarding dominance at world street championships
Yumeka Oda, 17, earned a massive 94.80 points for her top score to finish first, while Sora Shirai won gold in the men's competition.
Liz Akama does a rail slide during the semifinals of the street skateboarding world championships on Saturday at Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo.
MORE SPORTS / Skateboarding
Dec 16, 2023
Nine Japan skaters through to finals at world street championships
Reigning Olympic champions Yuto Horigome and Momiji Nishiya will be among those vying for the world title Sunday.
In addition to directing “Kubi,” Takeshi Kitano (second from left) plays Oda Nobunaga’s successor, Hashiba (later Toyotomi) Hideyoshi, in the blood-soaked period film.
CULTURE / Film
Nov 23, 2023
Takeshi Kitano still has a head for provocation
The “Kubi” director doesn’t shy away from causing a commotion, whether it’s in public or in his latest film about a pivotal moment in Japan’s history.
Ryo Kase (top center) gives an audacious performance as warlord Oda Nobunaga in “Kubi.”
CULTURE
Nov 23, 2023
Takeshi Kitano’s ‘Kubi’ cuts great men of history down to size
The blood-drenched period epic offers a queer retelling of the 1582 Honnoji Incident with a ruthless and sadistic Oda Nobunaga at its center.
Japan Times
TENNIS
Jun 21, 2023
Shingo Kunieda predicts wheelchair tennis domination by Tokito Oda
The 17-year-old beat top-seeded Alfie Hewett for the title at the French Open.
Japan Times
TENNIS
Jun 10, 2023
Tokito Oda wins French Open to become youngest Grand Slam wheelchair singles champ
Oda defeated top-seeded Alfie Hewett of Britain 6-1, 6-4, avenging his loss in their Australian Open final matchup in January.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Books
Mar 3, 2023
ChatGPT turns to manga in 'One Piece' author experiment
The AI program has passed exams, penned news articles and produced code. So perhaps it's no surprise that 'One Piece' author Eiichiro Oda has turned to it for inspiration.
Japan Times
JAPAN / History / THE LIVING PAST
Feb 19, 2023
What makes a good priest — good looks or a knack for violence?
It was a time when the temples owned great tracts of land. The priests who managed them were armed and pugnacious, ready to defend and possibly extend.
Japan Times
TENNIS
Jan 28, 2023
Japanese pair each fall short in their Australian Open wheelchair finals
Tokito Oda, 16, the heir apparent to all-time great Shingo Kunieda, lost in the men's singles final while Yui Kamiji lost a three-set affair in the women's final.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film
Jan 26, 2023
‘The Legend & Butterfly’: A political romance gets a fresh spin
Haruka Ayase dominates the screen as the wife of Oda Nobunaga in a heavily fictionalized telling of the couple's relationship amid the warlord's quest to unify Japan.
Japan Times
SOCCER
Jan 11, 2023
Kobe's 21-year-old forward Yutaro Oda joins Hearts in Scotland
Hearts are currently third in the Scottish top tier, 26 points behind leaders Celtic.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Aug 29, 2022
Kishida shows leadership at TICAD on global health and security
Although Japan increased its African development aid pledge to the Global Fund every time since inception, the pledge over the weekend was no easy feat for the country.
Japan Times
MORE SPORTS
Jul 25, 2022
Tokyo Olympic champion Momiji Nishiya claims first X Games gold
The 14-year-old Nishiya, skateboarding's first female Olympic champion, improved on her silver-medal finish at the 2019 X Games in Minneapolis.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Jun 1, 2022
Is Japan overtaking China on infrastructure financing in Kenya?
Could Kenya be the first “win” for Japan and the Group of Seven's Build Back Better World versus China's Belt and Road Initiative in Africa?
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Sep 29, 2021
China outspending U.S. and Japan in overseas development finance, study shows
China's annual average spending on overseas development projects showed 'a dramatic expansion' to $85 billion in the five-year period from 2013.
Japan Times
OLYMPICS
Jul 17, 2021
Japan’s Olympic history
Looking back at some of Japan's most memorable moments at the games since the country's 1912 debut in Stockholm.
Japan Times
CULTURE / TV & Streaming
Apr 28, 2021
African samurai earns hero status in new anime ‘Yasuke’
Director LeSean Thomas brings the story of Yasuke, a real-life black samurai, to Netflix as 'a new kind of anime action hero.”
Japan Times
CULTURE / Books
Nov 21, 2020
‘The Japanese: A History in Twenty Lives’: Personal stories present a fresh perspective on Japan
Christopher Harding scales Japan's history down to the level of the individual with portraits of the eminent as well as the overlooked.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film
Sep 17, 2020
'Cenote': A hypnotic dive into a wellspring of stories, ancient and new
Kaori Oda's documentary delves into the allure of natural sinkholes and the people who live around them in the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico.
Japan Times
Figure Skating / ICE TIME
Nov 28, 2019
Yuzuru Hanyu shows he is much more than a great skater
Yuzuru Hanyu's destruction of the opposition at the NHK Trophy last weekend came as no surprise. The two-time Olympic champion is fully healthy and back in top form as witnessed by his 55-point victory.

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Yayoi Kusama’s “Pumpkin,” once the victim of high waves that dragged it into the sea, sits at the end of a pier on the south side of Naoshima.
Why is the most exciting art in Japan so hard to get to?