On the occasion of her 83rd birthday Friday, Empress Michiko welcomed the award this year of the Nobel Peace Prize to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons as a meaningful development in efforts to eliminate nuclear weapons. (Japan Times)
Dressed entirely in black and quick on his feet, he eluded Osaka's finest for nearly a decade. And then, to their surprise, they discovered upon his arrest that he is an elderly man. (tokyoreporter.com)
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested an organized crime member suspected in the trafficking in stimulant drugs who used a special delivery service to send the contraband to customers, reports TBS News (tokyoreporter.com)
Toyota Motor Corp. is set to unveil a fuel cell concept car that aims to offer 50 percent more driving range than its current hydrogen-powered sedan in a technology push that defies a rising wave of battery-powered vehicles. (Japan Times)
The government will try to minimize restrictions placed on the private lodging business by municipalities concerned about noise and traffic jams in residential areas, officials said Tuesday. (Japan Times)
Corporate enfant terrible, Takafumi Horie, built one of Japan's most successful internet businesses, stood for the Diet, went to prison and started a space company that aims to put the country's first privately funded rocket into orbit. Now he has a new frontier: cattle. (Japan Times)
Japanese officials are expressing growing frustration with the Trump administration's economic policies, vowing to continue striking trade deals with other countries that undercut U.S. agricultural exports rather than seek a new trade agreement with the United States. (politico.eu)
A Japanese Air Self-Defense Force F-4 fighter jet caught fire as it approached a runway for takeoff for a training flight at an air base in Ibaraki Prefecture, northeast of Tokyo, on Wednesday, the ASDF said. (Jiji)
The prefectural government of Hiroshima is asking the US military to clarify if some of its fighter jets conducted aerial training maneuvers that released flares above part of the prefecture, alarming local residents. (NHK)
The number of Vietnamese people in Japan's technical intern training program for foreigners stood at 26,437 in January-June this year, becoming the largest group, according to a recent survey by the Immigration Bureau of Japan. (Jiji)
Thirteen children were taken to hospital Friday after hydrochloric acid spilled over during a science experiment class at an elementary school in Fukuoka, southwestern Japan, the local education board said. (Japan Today)
An international research team, including the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, said Wednesday that it has found a 50-kilometer-long cave under the surface of the moon through a study of observation data from JAXA's Kaguya (Selene) lunar orbiter launched in 2007. (Jiji)
Japan started Tuesday the nationwide distribution of vehicle registration number plates featuring the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics to increase the country's momentum toward the quadrennial international sports events. (Jiji)
Tokyo 2020 Olympic organizers said on Wednesday that tests showed levels of E. Coli up to 20 times above the accepted limit and fecal coliform bacteria seven times higher than agreed at the planned venue for marathon swimming and triathlon. (Japan Today)
The estimated number of visitors to Japan in January-September rose 17.9 pct from a year earlier to 21,196,400, topping the 20-million mark at the fastest pace in any year, the Japan National Tourism Organization said Wednesday. (Jiji)
Ever wondered where the best place to enjoy a refreshing Mojito in Japan is? Well, 300Bar, with three locations in Tokyo's Ginza district, is a serious contender. It has just been awarded by the Cuban Embassy in Tokyo 'The most authentic Mojito in Japan' certificate. (Japan Today)
When you start teaching in Japan, depending on the environment you'll either be told to speak only English all the time, or you might mix the two in your own class or with a Japanese teacher. Everyone has a different opinion on whether this is goo...
Rather oddly, this quickie survey by Mynavi News into what people would want to know if the world were ending tomorrow, found almost half the sample were interested in merely what would be their last supper.
Late summer and early autumn is typhoon season in Japan. If you're here between August and October, it's likely that you'll experience at least one “tropical cyclone”. Despite the dire warnings issued on TV, typhoons generally pass over withou...
So you've moved to Japan hopeful that the dating scene here will be ah-mazing and full of new excitement. You think you'll find the perfect Japanese man for you right away and things will lead to a happy ending. Or just have some fun for a while. ...
The list of cool ways to experience Tokyo is pretty much endless and watching horse racing might not be high on your personal agenda — but it should be. In fact, keiba, or horse racing, is big business in Japan — the Japan Cup is one of the wo...
People always ask me, “Can you really just find a job where the only skill you can bring is speaking Japanese?” In a word: “Yes!” Let me tell you why I'm so confident about that for people who choose to study Japanese in Japan, but first a...
I was pretty surprised with how English friendly Japan was. Almost all the signs have English under them and most people at least recognize some English. I've talked about not knowing Japanese when coming to Japan and how it is still manageable. H...
Japanese department store chain Parco has developed a new robot to assist in retail tasks. Co-developed by 08Works and Nihon Unisys, Siriusbot is reported to be the first robot of its kind to specialize in commercial facilities and retail.
Japan has several ‘cat islands', but if you're in Fukuoka there's one quite close to you: Ainoshima.
You might have seen these cats without realizing: the photos of local photographer Fubirai went viral a few years ago (he's still visiting and ...