Japan’s prime minister, Fumio Kishida, has removed ministers associated with the Unification church in a cabinet reshuffle aimed at reviving his fortunes amid a public outcry over his party’s ties to the religious movement. (theguardian.com)
Japan's population declined to 125.93 million as of Jan. 1, down by 726,342 in its biggest drop since comparable data became available in 2013, as deaths again outnumbered births and COVID-19 border restrictions kept foreign resident numbers low, government data showed Tuesday. (Kyodo)
Japanese designer Issey Miyake, famed for his pleated style of clothing that never wrinkles, has died aged 84, according to media reports in the country. (Al Jazeera)
People in Japan are remembering the victims of one of history's most catastrophic wartime attacks. Tuesday marks 77 years since the atomic bombing of Nagasaki during World War Two. (NHK)
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Aug 7

Summers in Japan always feel overbearing, and it feels like every year is hotter than the last. But that feeling is probably correct this time. This past June saw the country's highest temperatures on record for the month in an intense heatwave.


Aug 6

Huppy Hut Duy!

It's August once again, and in Japan that means its time to dust off our hat and huts to celebrate 10 August, which is known as Hat Day?or Hut Day.

In Japanese the short ?a? and ?u? sounds of English are virtually indistinguishabl...

Aug 6

Sometimes ?Atsui!? just isn't enough.

In Japanese, the word for ?hot? (as in hot weather) is atsui. But when there's a day or night that's really hot, there are actually official government terms for them.

According to the Japan Meteorological A...

Aug 5

Monetary damages ?don't matter at all? compared to the loss of life, owner says in heartbreaking video.

Kazunori Yamada runs an indoor fishing pond called Tsuribori Honpo in the town of Toki, Gifu Prefecture. When he arrived at the facility on T...

Aug 4

Within the past decade or so, many Japanese commuters sought to avoid crowded trains by adopting the use of bicycles. The increase in cyclists is so significant that it is reported in the news that many municipalities have increased patrolling wit...