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A boat approaches a dead whale floating in Osaka Bay in Sakai, Osaka Prefecture, on Monday.
Feb 21, 2024
More whales getting stranded in Osaka Bay amid global warming
A narrowing of temperature difference between the Pacific Ocean and Osaka Bay is resulting in more of the mammals wandering into the region.
A whale confirmed dead in Osaka Bay in Sakai, Osaka Prefecture, on Monday
Feb 20, 2024
Whale found dead in Osaka Bay to be buried on prefectural land
After being buried for up to two years, the skeletal remains will be offered as a specimen to the Osaka Museum of Natural History.
Junya Ito's lawyers speak to reporters on Monday in the city of Osaka.
Feb 19, 2024
Junya Ito files lawsuit seeking ¥202 million from women accusing him of sexual assault
Soccer player Junya Ito filed a lawsuit with the Osaka District Court on Monday seeking about ¥202 million in compensation from two women who alleged the winger and his trainer sexually assaulted them last year.
Tourists in Tokyo's Asakusa district ditch their jackets amid unseasonably warm temperatures in the capital and across Japan on Thursday.
ENVIRONMENT / Climate change
Feb 18, 2024
Preparing for the hottest year Japan has ever seen
In 2023, summer heat persisted across Japan well into the fall. Predictions by scientists indicate 2024 could be even worse.
Osaka Expo organizers came up with a new timeline for the construction of "Type A" pavilions following discussions with overseas participants and general contractors in charge of developing the venue.
Feb 16, 2024
Completion of 2025 Expo's participant-built pavilions delayed to October
The organizer plans to finish checking the completed buildings by January 2025 before the opening of the global event in April.
Naomi Osaka hits a return against Karolina Pliskova during their quarterfinal match at the Qatar Open in Doha on Thursday.
Feb 16, 2024
Naomi Osaka falls against Karolina Pliskova in Qatar Open quarterfinals
Osaka went down 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (7-5) after saving three match points.
The 2024 cherry blossom forecast released Thursday
Feb 15, 2024
Cherry blossoms expected to bloom in Tokyo on March 17
The earlier-than-usual blossoming is attributed to higher than average temperatures across the country over the past few months, particularly this month.
Naomi Osaka hits a forehand during her match against Petra Martic on Tuesday in Qatar.
Feb 14, 2024
Osaka takes a page out of Djokovic's playbook to improve return
Osaka said that a conversation with her coach Wim Fissette sparked the adjustments to her game.
Naomi Osaka hits a backhand during her win over Petra Martic at the Qatar Open in Doha on Tuesday.
Feb 14, 2024
Osaka advances as Gauff and Jabeur dumped out of Qatar Open
It is the first WTA tournament in almost two years at which Osaka has won back-to-back matches.
Naomi Osaka hits a return against Caroline Garcia during their match at the Qatar WTA Open in Doha on Monday.
Feb 13, 2024
Osaka beats Garcia in Qatar to avenge Australian Open loss
This was former world No. 1 Osaka's second win from the five matches she has played since returning last month.
Naomi Osaka hits a return against Danielle Collins during their match at the Abu Dhabi Open on Feb. 6.
Feb 12, 2024
Naomi Osaka remains optimistic despite string of losses after return
Osaka will face Caroline Garcia in the first round of the Qatar Open on Monday.
Naomi Osaka speaks during a news conference at the Australian Open in Melbourne on Jan. 12.
Feb 11, 2024
Naomi Osaka explains why she’s investing in women’s sports
Osaka, one of the world's most marketable athletes, plans to stay involved in the world of sports even after her tennis career ends.
A statue of Myaku-Myaku, the official mascot of the 2025 Expo, in Osaka. Organizers expect the six-month expo to draw some 28 million people, including 3.5 million from abroad.
Feb 8, 2024
Osaka Expo budget expected to rise again by ¥200 million
The latest request would raise the total amount of money directly spent by the national government on all expo-related activities to ¥164.9 billion.
A railway crossing in Japan. A railway crossing gate in Osaka city opened before a train passed through on Tuesday, scraping a car that had proceeded to cross.
JAPAN / Society
Feb 7, 2024
Train scrapes car in Osaka after railway crossing gate opens prematurely
No one was hurt in the incident, which was caused by stray bolts causing a malfunction of a system that detects approaching trains.
Naomi Osaka hits a return against Danielle Collins during her first round loss at the Abu Dhabi Open on Tuesday.
Feb 7, 2024
Osaka trying not to 'feel like a failure' after early Abu Dhabi exit
Despite a close opening set that witnessed supreme serving from both players, Osaka struggled in her service games in the second set.
Naoki Koyama (right) runs en route to winning the Marathon Grand Championship men's race in Tokyo on Oct. 15, earning a ticket for Japan to the 2024 Paris Olympics.
MORE SPORTS / Athletics
Feb 6, 2024
Koyama and Inoue among invited runners for Osaka Marathon
The event is the first of the two remaining "final challenge" races for Japan's third and last spot in the men's marathon at this year's Olympics.
Naomi Osaka takes part in a news conference after losing her women's singles match on the second day of the Australian Open in Melbourne on Jan. 15.
Feb 6, 2024
Inspired by daughter, Osaka aims to return to top spots this year
The four-time Grand Slam champion suffered an early Australian Open exit following 15 months out of the sport.
Japan midfielder Junya Ito in Wolfsburg, Germany, on Sept. 9. Police have said that an investigation has been launched into claims of sexual assault involving the soccer player, allegations he denies.
Feb 1, 2024
Ito leaves Japan soccer team after sexual assault claims
Two women claimed Ito sexually assaulted them last year, but the player's lawyer said he has denied their claims
The cancellation of an ANA flight is shown on a flight information board at Osaka's Itami airport on Thursday.
JAPAN / Society
Feb 1, 2024
No injuries as wing tips of passenger jets touch at airport in Osaka
The incident is the latest in a series of recent aviation mishaps, which has included a deadly collision between a passenger jet and a coast guard plane.
Silver coins worth ¥1,000 minted to commemorate the 2025 World Exposition in Osaka, at the Japan Mint in the city of Osaka in August 2023
Jan 29, 2024
Osaka Expo to go ahead as scheduled despite Noto quake, government says
Economic security minister Sanae Takaichi said she had urged Prime Minister Fumio Kishida to push back the event to prioritize reconstruction.


Hideo Shimoju points to a possible site that his fellow neighbors may relocate to. Such relocations have happened before, but not preemptively.
In disaster-prone Japan, some communities consider major moves