See the first wacky trailer for Japan's live-action 'Gatchaman' movie
firstshowing.net -- Jun 22
Set in the near future, Gatchaman (known as "Battle of the Planets" in the US) follows five special agents of the International Science Organization in Tokyo as they try to protect the world from a mysterious terrorist group called Galactor.

With technology that far surpasses that of humans, Galactor has declared war on the entire world. Trained to draw out the power from the mysterious crystal-like object called a "stone," our five heroes will be called "Gatchaman."

Apr 22
More than 100 Japanese lawmakers on Wednesday paid homage at Yasukuni shrine, risking fresh anger from Asian neighbors that fell victim to Tokyo's aggression last century. (Japan Today)
Apr 22
The U.S. Treasury on Tuesday slapped sanctions on the Kodo-kai, calling it the most violent arm of Japan's powerful Yamaguchi-gumi yakuza crime syndicate. (Japan Today)
Apr 22
The government plans to set up public wireless local area networks at 30,000 locations nationwide, including tourist spots and evacuation facilities, by 2020, the year of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. (The Japan News)
Apr 22
Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko hosted the annual spring garden party at the Akasaka Palace imperial garden in Tokyo on Tuesday. About 1,800 guests attended the event. (NHK)
Apr 21
A Japanese maglev train has set a new world record speed of 603 kilometers per hour. (NHK)
Apr 22
Former Beatle Paul McCartney kicked off a five-date concert tour of Japan on Tuesday in Osaka after canceling his original tour in the country last May due to ill health. (Japan Times)
Apr 22
The body of a 66-year-old woman with a knife stuck in her forehead was found amid the ruins of her house destroyed by fire in Yugawara, Kanagawa prefecture, on Tuesday morning. (Japan Today)
Apr 21
A teacher who buried five newborn kittens, four of which were still alive, on school grounds in Funabashi, Chiba Prefecture, has been charged with violating the law on welfare and management of animals. (Japan Today)
Apr 21
Tokyo metropolitan government officials use nets to catch mosquitoes Monday at Yoyogi Park in Shibuya Ward, Tokyo, to check whether they have dengue fever virus. (The Japan News)
Apr 21
Police in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, have arrested a 32-year-old man on suspicion of strangling to death his 32-year-old girlfriend. (Japan Today)
Apr 20
Looking chipper, Paul McCartney arrived at Kansai International Airport here in a chartered plane on the morning of April 20 for the first time since the ex-Beatle canceled his entire Japan tour in May 2014 because of illness. (Asahi)
Apr 20
A man broke into an unattended "koban" (police box) at JR Odawara Station in Kanagawa Prefecture on Sunday night and smashed windows before mutilating both his cheeks with a knife, police said Monday. (Japan Today)
Apr 20
A lesbian couple held a symbolic wedding ceremony Sunday as calls grow to legalize same-sex marriage. (Japan Times)
Apr 20
Tokyo Metropolitan Police arrested a boss of the Yamaguchi-gumi organized crime group for the repeated extortion of a 49-year-old IT executive, reports the Sankei Shimbun. (Tokyo Reporter)
Apr 19
Police in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward said Saturday they have arrested a 21-year-old university student on suspicion of molesting a 9-year-old girl. (Japan Today)