Japan

Country Japan
Capital Tokyo
Continent Asia
Currency Yen(JPY)
Languages Japanese, Aynu itak, Ryukyuan languages, Eastern Japanese & Western Japanese

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In 1603, after decades of civil warfare, the Tokugawa shogunate (a military-led, dynastic government) ushered in a long period of relative political stability and isolation from foreign influence. For more than two centuries this policy enabled Japan to enjoy a flowering of its indigenous culture. Japan opened its ports after signing the Treaty of Kanagawa with the US in 1854 and began to intensively modernize and industrialize. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Japan became a regional power that was able to defeat the forces of both China and Russia. It occupied Korea, Formosa (Taiwan), and southern Sakhalin Island. In 1931-32 Japan occupied Manchuria, and in 1937 it launched a full-scale invasion of China. Japan attacked US forces in 1941 - triggering America's entry into World War II - and soon occupied much of East and Southeast Asia. After its defeat in World War II, Japan recovered to become an economic power and an ally of the US. While the emperor retains his throne as a symbol of national unity, elected politicians hold actual decision-making power. Following three decades of unprecedented growth, Japan's economy experienced a major slowdown starting in the 1990s, but the country remains a major economic power. In January 2009, Japan assumed a nonpermanent seat on the UN Security Council for the 2009-10 term.

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Marie Kondo and the Life-Changing Magic of Japanese Soft Power - The New York TimesMarie Kondo and the Life-Changing Magic of Japanese Soft Power  The New York Times

The tidying guru is heir to a long tradition: Japan marketing itself as spiritual foil to a soulless West.



Japan eyes informal multiparty talks over Sea of Japan name dispute - The Japan TimesJapan eyes informal multiparty talks over Sea of Japan name dispute  The Japan Times

Japan is considering holding informal talks with South Korea and other countries on a dispute over the name of the Sea of Japan, a top official has hinted,



Japan bars women from taking part in emperor’s throne handover - The Boston GlobeJapan bars women from taking part in emperor’s throne handover  The Boston Globe

Japan will exclude all female members of the imperial household from participating in one of the key rituals during the throne's handover from Emperor Akihito to ...



Japan Inc profits under siege from China slowdown - Yahoo! Finance NewsJapan Inc profits under siege from China slowdown  Yahoo! Finance News

Nidec Corp, whose tiny motors are found in phones, PCs, cars, and robots, slashed its annual operating profit outlook by a quarter on Thursday, saying the trade ...



Reporters - Japan's modern-day hermits: The world of hikikomori - FRANCE 24Reporters - Japan's modern-day hermits: The world of hikikomori  FRANCE 24

In Japan, half a million people live isolated in their bedrooms, unable to face the outside world. These modern-day hermits are known as the hikikomori.



South Korea court orders Japanese firm to pay for forced labour - Channel NewsAsiaSouth Korea court orders Japanese firm to pay for forced labour  Channel NewsAsia

South Korean protesters dressed as colonial-era Japanese soldiers. Relations between the two countries have long been overshadowed by historical issues ...



Victim-blaming outcry as Japan pop star says sorry after alleged assault by fans - The GuardianVictim-blaming outcry as Japan pop star says sorry after alleged assault by fans  The Guardian

Band manager criticised for silence after Maho Yamaguchi, a singer with NGT48, said she was attacked at her home.



Madarao: The tree skiing capital of Japan? - The Japan TimesMadarao: The tree skiing capital of Japan?  The Japan Times

The Madarao Kogen ski resort prides itself on two things: its powder snow ("Madapow!") — enjoying over 10 meters of *fresh* snow annually — and its tree skiing.



Japan satellite blasts into space to deliver artificial meteors - Channel NewsAsiaJapan satellite blasts into space to deliver artificial meteors  Channel NewsAsia

A rocket carrying a satellite on a mission to deliver the world's first artificial meteor shower blasted into space on Friday, Japanese scientists ...



Russian fighter jets collide over Sea of Japan; crews eject - Economic TimesRussian fighter jets collide over Sea of Japan; crews eject  Economic Times

The Russian military said in a statement on Friday that two Su-34 jets were performing training flights when they came into contact about 35 kilometers (22 miles) ...



Investors have for decades taken an 'Asia ex-Japan' approach. Some say that's 'obsolete' - CNBCInvestors have for decades taken an 'Asia ex-Japan' approach. Some say that's 'obsolete'  CNBC

The concept of "Asia ex-Japan" has been around for decades, but some experts say the approach of viewing Japan as a separate class from the rest of the ...



Influenza outbreak worsening across Japan - NHK WORLDInfluenza outbreak worsening across Japan  NHK WORLD

Japan's health ministry says an influenza outbreak is taking hold across the country. It estimates over 1.6 million people have been affected.



Japan's Osaka outlasts Hsieh to make Open last 16 - ABS-CBN NewsJapan's Osaka outlasts Hsieh to make Open last 16  ABS-CBN News

Japan's Naomi Osaka survived a massive scare to reach the Australian Open fourth round Saturday despite an error-strewn display against Taiwanese veteran ...



Saudi Arabia aim to bounce back against Japan - Khaleej TimesSaudi Arabia aim to bounce back against Japan  Khaleej Times

The Saudis will now face Japan in the Round of 16 in Sharjah on Monday.



Japan's Strategic Calculations: Constraints and Responses - Institute for Defence Studies and AnalysesJapan's Strategic Calculations: Constraints and Responses  Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses

As the East Asian regional order becomes fragmented, how is Prime Minister Shinzo Abe managing Tokyo's strategic interests within the US-Japan-China ...



Danish firm Orsted signs agreement to work on offshore wind projects in Japan - CNBCDanish firm Orsted signs agreement to work on offshore wind projects in Japan  CNBC

The offshore wind market in Japan is said to be "gaining momentum", according to Orsted.



The global decline of Japanese universities - The Japan TimesThe global decline of Japanese universities  The Japan Times

Dark clouds hang over the future of Japanese universities due to the government's failure to recognize the importance of education and research.



Japan to cease in-country assembly of F-35 jets - DefenseNews.comJapan to cease in-country assembly of F-35 jets  DefenseNews.com

MELBOURNE, Australia — Japan has confirmed it will not use in-country final assembly facilities for its next lot of Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jets.



Shadow of China looms as Japan enters earnings season - Nikkei Asian ReviewShadow of China looms as Japan enters earnings season  Nikkei Asian Review

TOKYO -- Japanese stocks rebounded on Friday, defying fears of Nidec's earnings downgrade fueling a broad sell-off, but a possible easing of.



Tokyo earthquake: 'Crazy' quake rattles Japan’s capital - Ring of Fire on alert - Express.co.ukTokyo earthquake: 'Crazy' quake rattles Japan’s capital - Ring of Fire on alert  Express.co.uk

Tokyo was hit by an earthquake at around 11.45am GMT, with the quake initially registering a magnitude of 5.8. It was later downgraded to 5.0. Shocked ...



Health insurance in Japan to exclude family abroad - Nikkei Asian ReviewHealth insurance in Japan to exclude family abroad  Nikkei Asian Review

TOKYO -- Overseas dependents of foreigners working in Japan would no longer be covered by medical insurance come 2020 under a legislative proposal tha.



Analysis | Why Ghosn's Still Jailed and What It Says About Japan - Washington PostAnalysis | Why Ghosn's Still Jailed and What It Says About Japan  Washington Post

Carlos Ghosn was until recently a jet-setting captain of industry, the brash superhero who helped save both Renault SA and Nissan Motor Co. To the shock of ...



Number of visitors to Japan by cruise ships fell in 2018 - The Japan TimesNumber of visitors to Japan by cruise ships fell in 2018  The Japan Times

The number of visitors to Japan by cruise ships in 2018 dropped 3.3 percent from the previous year to 2446000, the first fall since statistics began in 2.



A Japan hotel devoted entirely to udon noodles - CNNA Japan hotel devoted entirely to udon noodles  CNN

Udon House is a cooking school and a lodging house in Kagawa, Japan's smallest prefecture, on Shikoku Island. So enjoy those delicious udon noodles and ...



Abe praises soccer star Iniesta for promoting Japan - The MainichiAbe praises soccer star Iniesta for promoting Japan  The Mainichi

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday thanked Spanish soccer superstar Andres Iniesta, who now plays in Japan, for posting social media.



Gay couple to join legal challenge in Japan after marriage bid fails - Japan TodayGay couple to join legal challenge in Japan after marriage bid fails  Japan Today

A couple who failed in an attempt to register their same-sex marriage in Japan vowed on Friday to take legal action to force the country to legalize gay weddings.



Japan's consumer inflation slows to 7-month low, adds to BOJ's travails - ReutersJapan's consumer inflation slows to 7-month low, adds to BOJ's travails  Reuters

Japan's annual core consumer inflation slowed to a seven-month low in December as soft household spending kept firms from raising prices, a further sign of the ...



Suicides in Japan continue to decline - NHK WORLDSuicides in Japan continue to decline  NHK WORLD

The number of suicides in Japan fell in 2018, marking a ninth straight year of decline.



Many boats likely from N Korea left neglected on Sea of Japan coast - Japan TodayMany boats likely from N Korea left neglected on Sea of Japan coast  Japan Today

Many wooden boats believed to have drifted from North Korea to the Sea of Japan coast in the northeast have been left neglected on site against the desire of ...



Amid a challenging financial landscape, Japan's young female investors seek diverse portfolios - The Japan TimesAmid a challenging financial landscape, Japan's young female investors seek diverse portfolios  The Japan Times

For years, retail currency investors were known as "Mrs. Watanabes," a reference to the metaphorical housewife who invests family savings mostly in foreign.



Japan’s Cherry Blossoms Are Predicted to Arrive Early This Year — Here’s When You Can Expect to See Them - Travel+LeisureJapan’s Cherry Blossoms Are Predicted to Arrive Early This Year — Here’s When You Can Expect to See Them  Travel+Leisure

Japan's famed cherry blossoms are expected to bloom early once again in 2019, according to the first forecast for 2019 released by the Japan Meteorological ...



Japanese companies to set up a mini Japan in Khoraj - Times of IndiaJapanese companies to set up a mini Japan in Khoraj  Times of India

GANDHINAGAR: The Gujarat government welcomed Japanese industries and said that they can create a mini Japan in the Japan Industrial Township ...



Why some Canadian farmers may soon tower 'head and shoulders' above their U.S. rivals in Japan - CBC NewsWhy some Canadian farmers may soon tower 'head and shoulders' above their U.S. rivals in Japan  CBC News

With a new Asia-Pacific trade deal slashing tariffs, Canada's pork and beef producers see even more potential in a lucrative Japanese market.



Why a pop idol's stand against her assault sparked outrage in Japan - CNNWhy a pop idol's stand against her assault sparked outrage in Japan  CNN

It was a meant to be a happy occasion to launch the New Year -- a meet and greet between a Japanese pop idol and her fans.



Japan's optimistic millennials shed frugal habits and lift spending - Nikkei Asian ReviewJapan's optimistic millennials shed frugal habits and lift spending  Nikkei Asian Review

TOKYO -- For Japan's young people, among Asia's most cautious consumers for some years now, the pessimism that weighed on their spending is lifting in.



Volcano erupts on Japan's Kuchinoerabu island - Aljazeera.comVolcano erupts on Japan's Kuchinoerabu island  Aljazeera.com

Eruption sends smoke into the air over sparsely-inhabited southern island, but there is no evacuation warning.



Japan increasingly turning to Israel for high-tech solutions - YnetnewsJapan increasingly turning to Israel for high-tech solutions  Ynetnews

Officials hail 'milestone' in ties as Japanese economy minister visitsJewish state with Tokyo's largest business delegation to date.



How a cartoon raccoon started a biological invasion in Japan - Mother Nature NetworkHow a cartoon raccoon started a biological invasion in Japan  Mother Nature Network

A cartoon pet raccoon named Rascal the Raccoon started a pet craze that is still wreaking havoc in Japan, even decades later.



Migration experts in UK and Japan focus on post-Brexit labour challenge - University of BirminghamMigration experts in UK and Japan focus on post-Brexit labour challenge  University of Birmingham

Migration experts from the University of Birmingham and Waseda University are launching a major new research partnership that will examine a shortage of ...



Panel slams Japan's labor ministry for years of sloppy data that shortchanged 20 million people - The Japan TimesPanel slams Japan's labor ministry for years of sloppy data that shortchanged 20 million people  The Japan Times

Government panel members Thursday slammed the labor ministry over irregularities in its monthly labor survey used to calculate unemployment benefits and ...



Simple statistical error puts Japan economic data in doubt - Financial TimesSimple statistical error puts Japan economic data in doubt  Financial Times

Mistakes in wage data fed into calculation of GDP and assessment of Abe's policies.



Qatar, Japan advance in Asian Cup with perfect records - INQUIRER.netQatar, Japan advance in Asian Cup with perfect records  INQUIRER.net

AL AIN, United Arab Emirates — Qatar finished the group stage of the Asian Cup with a third straight win, beating three-time champion Saudi Arabia 2-0 on ...



As Japan Tries Out Immigration, Migrant Workers Complain Of Exploitation - NPRAs Japan Tries Out Immigration, Migrant Workers Complain Of Exploitation  NPR

A Vietnamese laborer tells NPR he was led to believe he would learn construction work but ended up cleaning up the Fukushima nuclear site. Migrant ...



Lions welcome back Kwagga, Combrinck and Vorster from Japan stint - Sport24Lions welcome back Kwagga, Combrinck and Vorster from Japan stint  Sport24

With preparations for the 2019 Super Rugby season in full swing, the Lions have welcomed back three players from a stint in Japan.



Nissin Foods' and BANDAI NAMCO announce Jump to Japan Sweepstakes - ShacknewsNissin Foods' and BANDAI NAMCO announce Jump to Japan Sweepstakes  Shacknews

BANDAI NAMCO and Nissin Foods have banded together to create a unique contest for fans of the upcoming JUMP FORCE game.



Malaysia-Japan ties to soar to a new level - MalaysiakiniMalaysia-Japan ties to soar to a new level  Malaysiakini

Malaysia-Japan relations, which saw tremendous progress since the establishment of diplomatic ties in 1957, will be elevated to a new level, with the Look East ...



Extreme Microbes Found in Crystals Buried 200 Feet Beneath the Sea of Japan - Live ScienceExtreme Microbes Found in Crystals Buried 200 Feet Beneath the Sea of Japan  Live Science

Beneath the ocean bottom are minerals that grow inside crystals. And researchers recently discovered unknown microbes sealed in the minerals.



Banksy artwork 'discovered' in Tokyo as Japanese officials rush to verify graffiti - The IndependentBanksy artwork 'discovered' in Tokyo as Japanese officials rush to verify graffiti  The Independent

Japanese officials have claimed a new piece of graffiti discovered in Tokyo could be the work of Banksy. The drawing bears a striking similarity to “Umbrella rat”, ...



Renault posts record sales as Ghosn successor sought - Japan TodayRenault posts record sales as Ghosn successor sought  Japan Today

French carmaker Renault unveiled record sales Friday of nearly 3.9 million vehicles last year, even as it prepares to turn the page on the era of chief executive ...



The North Face Purple Label Is Finally Available Outside Japan - GQ MagazineThe North Face Purple Label Is Finally Available Outside Japan  GQ Magazine

Your exclusive first look at the cult favorite Japanese label's debut international collection.



The Rin: A New Currency Unit for Japan - Nippon.com / EnglishThe Rin: A New Currency Unit for Japan  Nippon.com / English

I first arrived in Japan on July 15, 1971, as an American college student beginning a year abroad. Though I already knew a certain amount about the country and ...



Juvenile justice across continents: Research compares youth centers in Japan and the US - News - Illinois State University NewsJuvenile justice across continents: Research compares youth centers in Japan and the US - News  Illinois State University News

Working with young people to give them a second chance can look different in the United States and Japan, according to Associate Professor of Criminal Justice ...



Gas prices weigh on Japan's CPI growth - NHK WORLDGas prices weigh on Japan's CPI growth  NHK WORLD

Japan's key gauge of inflation rose in December, marking a 24th straight monthly increase. But the rate of growth slowed due to lower gasoline prices.



Rent-a-sister: Coaxing Japan's young men out of their rooms - BBC NewsRent-a-sister: Coaxing Japan's young men out of their rooms  BBC News

At least half a million young men in Japan are thought to have withdrawn from society, and refuse to leave their bedrooms. They're known as hikikomori.



Huobi Resumes Trading in Japan as FSA-Licensed Exchange - CointelegraphHuobi Resumes Trading in Japan as FSA-Licensed Exchange  Cointelegraph

News. Cryptocurrency exchange Huobi — currently the world's 7th largest by daily traded volume — has relaunched as a fully licensed platform in Japan after ...



Samurai sunrise: Japanese bank MUFG is the new go-to financier for who's who of India Inc - Economic TimesSamurai sunrise: Japanese bank MUFG is the new go-to financier for who's who of India Inc  Economic Times

Japan's MUFG Bank ( formerly Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ) has great expectations of India. UPL chief executive Jai Shroff experienced this after Japan's ...



New Volcanic Japanese KitKats - Japan TodayNew Volcanic Japanese KitKats  Japan Today

After snaring exclusive rights to the world's first ruby chocolate last year, Nestlé Japan has been continuing their pursuit for the world's rarest chocolates, and this ...



Japan Intercepts 2 Russian Nuclear-Capable Fighter-Bombers - The DiplomatJapan Intercepts 2 Russian Nuclear-Capable Fighter-Bombers  The Diplomat

The Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) scrambled fighter jets to intercept two Sukhoi Su-24 nuclear-capable strike attack aircraft over international waters in ...



Kisenosato, Japan's last remaining sumo champion, retires - BBC NewsKisenosato, Japan's last remaining sumo champion, retires  BBC News

Japan's last remaining home-grown sumo champion has announced his retirement after a string of tournament losses. Kisenosato Yutaka said he had been ...



The Cutest Pokémon Starters According To Fans In Japan - KotakuThe Cutest Pokémon Starters According To Fans In Japan  Kotaku

Pokémon starters are so cute. But which ones are the cutest? In a recent poll, fans in Japan voted for the most adorable ones.



BAILLE GIFFORD JAPAN: A trust that aims to grow savers' money over the long term - Daily MailBAILLE GIFFORD JAPAN: A trust that aims to grow savers' money over the long term  Daily Mail

What does it do? The Japan Trust from Scottish fund manager Baillie Gifford aims to grow savers' money over the long term, rather than focusing on giving them ...



Courts Asia gets buy offer from Japan retailer Nojima at $0.205 apiece; share price up 31.6% after midday break - The Straits TimesCourts Asia gets buy offer from Japan retailer Nojima at $0.205 apiece; share price up 31.6% after midday break  The Straits Times

SINGAPORE - Japanese electronics retailer Nojima Corp is making a conditional cash offer for Courts Asia at $0.205 per share as it seeks to gain a strong ...



Japan’s robot hotel lays off half the robots after they created more work for humans - The VergeJapan’s robot hotel lays off half the robots after they created more work for humans  The Verge

It turns out that even robots are having a tough time holding down a job. Japan's Henn-na “Strange” Hotel has laid off half its 243 robots after they created more ...



A Japanese Magazine Apologized for Ranking Universities by How Easily the Women Are Coaxed Into Sex - TIMEA Japanese Magazine Apologized for Ranking Universities by How Easily the Women Are Coaxed Into Sex  TIME

A Japanese tabloid apologized for ranking universities on how easily men can coerce the female students into having sex.



Asian Cup 2019 5 Points: Shomurodov dazzles but Japan ooze class to go top - FOX Sports AsiaAsian Cup 2019 5 Points: Shomurodov dazzles but Japan ooze class to go top  FOX Sports Asia

Japan were a class apart as they sealed a 2-1 win over Uzbekistan to claim Group F top spot at the AFC Asian Cup 2019. Onto the knockout stages we go!



Japan’s Olympics Chief Faces Corruption Charges in France - The New York TimesJapan’s Olympics Chief Faces Corruption Charges in France  The New York Times

LONDON — The president of Japan's Olympic Committee has been indicted on corruption charges in France after an investigation into the bidding process that ...



Carlos Ghosn, Former Nissan Chairman, Is Denied Bail in Japan - The New York TimesCarlos Ghosn, Former Nissan Chairman, Is Denied Bail in Japan  The New York Times

TOKYO — A Tokyo court on Tuesday denied bail to Carlos Ghosn, the former Nissan chairman detained since November on allegations of financial misconduct.



How Aging Japan Defied Demographics and Revived Its Economy - Wall Street JournalHow Aging Japan Defied Demographics and Revived Its Economy  Wall Street Journal

Japan encouraged the elderly and women to work and broke a longstanding taboo against immigration, offering lessons for other advanced economies facing ...



Japan confirms it will quit IWC to resume commercial whaling - The GuardianJapan confirms it will quit IWC to resume commercial whaling  The Guardian

Japan will resume hunting in its waters in July but will end controversial expeditions to the Southern ocean.



Explaining 'Manual Keigo,' the Code of Japan's Clerks - CityLabExplaining 'Manual Keigo,' the Code of Japan's Clerks  CityLab

Throughout Japan, store clerks and other *service* industry workers are trained to use the elaborate honorific speech called “manual keigo.” But change is ...



Japan shrinking as birthrate falls to lowest level in history - The GuardianJapan shrinking as birthrate falls to lowest level in history  The Guardian

In 2018 there were 921000 births and 1.37m deaths, with government efforts failing to encourage families to have more children.



Japan’s Nuclear Export Struggles Narrow the Field of Suppliers - Greentech Media NewsJapan’s Nuclear Export Struggles Narrow the Field of Suppliers  Greentech Media News

Only a handful of nations now seem capable of building new reactors, with the ability of the U.S. also in doubt.



Here's How Much Japan's New Tourist Tax Will Cost You - Travel+LeisureHere's How Much Japan's New Tourist Tax Will Cost You  Travel+Leisure

Japan's National Tax Agency Ministry in Finance announced that it will be implementing an “International Tourist Tax” (also known as a “sayonara tax”)



Japan's abdicating emperor calls for young to be taught about horrors of war - The GuardianJapan's abdicating emperor calls for young to be taught about horrors of war  The Guardian

Akihito expresses relief for peaceful era in last birthday address before stepping down from the throne.



Karaoke for one: Japan's surging singles give rise to solo business boom - The GuardianKaraoke for one: Japan's surging singles give rise to solo business boom  The Guardian

Eighteen million single households help spawn their own industry, from karaoke booths and ramen bars to bowling alleys.



Japan 'to leave whaling commission to resume hunting' - BBC NewsJapan 'to leave whaling commission to resume hunting'  BBC News

Japan plans to leave the International Whaling Commission (IWC) to resume commercial hunting, media reports say. The government told its MPs of the ...



A test rocket for the world's first artificial meteor shower in 2020 flew over Japan tonight - Fast CompanyA test rocket for the world's first artificial meteor shower in 2020 flew over Japan tonight  Fast Company

The world is filled with strange and wonderful things, both real (see: Maine's spinning alien ice disk) and fake (see: Thailand's artificial rain and China's fake ...



Japan's Population Is In Rapid Decline - NPRJapan's Population Is In Rapid Decline  NPR

New figures from the government show that the estimated count of babies born in 2018 has dropped to a historic low. "We know we must address the birthrate," a ...



Japan's exit from whaling group may benefit whales - Science MagazineJapan's exit from whaling group may benefit whales  Science Magazine

Japan's 26 December 2018 announcement that it will withdraw from the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and resume commercial whaling in its own ...



Japan's Nikkei drops 5 percent after Wall Street slide deepens - CNBCJapan's Nikkei drops 5 percent after Wall Street slide deepens  CNBC

Japan's Nikkei retreated to a 20-month low on Tuesday after a slide on Wall Street deepened with a series of unnerving U.S. political developments. The Nikkei ...



Japan suffers biggest natural population decline ever in 2018 - CNNJapan suffers biggest natural population decline ever in 2018  CNN

Japan suffered its biggest natural population decline ever this year, government statistics show.



Inside the Japanese town that pays cash for kids - CNNInside the Japanese town that pays cash for kids  CNN

The series on Japan's demographic reckoning is funded by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. None of the material in this series may be reproduced ...



Japan's Emperor Akihito begins countdown to abdication - NBCNews.comJapan's Emperor Akihito begins countdown to abdication  NBCNews.com

Japanese Emperor Akihito waved to throngs of well-wishers eager to see the final New Year's appearance of his reign Wednesday just months before he ...



Japan’s ‘King of Tuna’ Pays Record $3 Million for Bluefin at New Tokyo Fish Market - The New York TimesJapan’s ‘King of Tuna’ Pays Record $3 Million for Bluefin at New Tokyo Fish Market  The New York Times

The first tuna auction of the year at Tokyo's new fish market set a record price — more than $3 million — for a giant bluefin tuna, a critically endangered species.



Fading ink: Japan's 'hand-carved' tattoo masters fight to keep their art alive - CNNFading ink: Japan's 'hand-carved' tattoo masters fight to keep their art alive  CNN

The centuries-old art of tebori faces an uncertain future in today's Japan.



Brexit: Japan's PM says 'wish of whole world' to avoid no-deal - BBC NewsBrexit: Japan's PM says 'wish of whole world' to avoid no-deal  BBC News

The "whole world" wants the UK to avoid a no-deal Brexit, Japan's PM has claimed, after talks with Theresa May. Shinzo Abe pledged "total support" for the ...



Examining Japan's traditional paper trail - The Japan TimesExamining Japan's traditional paper trail  The Japan Times

As temperatures drop across the country, washi makers nationwide enter their peak production season.



36 of Japan's most stunning places - CNN36 of Japan's most stunning places  CNN

What's to see in Japan? For starters, gorgeous seaside settings, idyllic mountains and soul-inspiring temples. Check out CNN Travel's 36 most stunning places.



Japan’s new empress thrust back into the spotlight - South China Morning PostJapan’s new empress thrust back into the spotlight  South China Morning Post

For the past 15 years, Crown Princess Masako has been battling a stress-related illness and often shied away from public engagements.



Japan's departure tax launched - NHK WORLDJapan's departure tax launched  NHK WORLD

Japan has launched a departure tax for Japanese and foreigners leaving Japan, from January 7th.



Japanese magazine apologises over university 'sex listing' - BBC NewsJapanese magazine apologises over university 'sex listing'  BBC News

A magazine apologises after ranking universities on how easy it is to convince students to have sex.



Japan's Active Defenses - Council on Foreign RelationsJapan's Active Defenses  Council on Foreign Relations

The Abe cabinet announced its new ten-year defense plan this week, promising to spend 27 trillion yen ($240 billion) over the next five years on Japan's ...



Japan’s cash addiction will not be easily broken - Financial TimesJapan’s cash addiction will not be easily broken  Financial Times

The state's vision of a cashless society must overcome a visceral mistrust of surveillance.



Japan: Stop Slaughtering Whales - The New York TimesJapan: Stop Slaughtering Whales  The New York Times

There is no commercial, cultural or scientific justification for killing these magnificent creatures.



J-Pop Star Apologizes After Speaking Out on Alleged Assault - TIMEJ-Pop Star Apologizes After Speaking Out on Alleged Assault  TIME

A member of a popular Japanese girl group apologized to fans on Thursday for speaking out about an assault allegation, telling audience members during one ...



New era approaches, but Japan's dwindling Imperial line clouds future - The Japan TimesNew era approaches, but Japan's dwindling Imperial line clouds future  The Japan Times

With the first Imperial abdication in about 200 years looming, Japan has yet to address concerns about the future of the Imperial line and the shortage of royals ...



Why Japan's exit from international whaling treaty may actually benefit whales - Science MagazineWhy Japan's exit from international whaling treaty may actually benefit whales  Science Magazine

TOKYO—Japan's 26 December 2018 announcement that it will withdraw from the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and resume commercial whaling in ...



Japan executes two more prisoners, taking annual total to highest in a decade - CNNJapan executes two more prisoners, taking annual total to highest in a decade  CNN

Two death-row inmates were hanged in Japan on Thursday, taking the number of executions in the country this year to 15 -- the highest annual total since 2008.



Japan’s latest home robot isn’t useful — it’s designed to be loved - The VergeJapan’s latest home robot isn’t useful — it’s designed to be loved  The Verge

The latest home robot is Lovot, a Japanese bot built by Groove X. It's like a Furby with flippers, scooting around on wheels and chirping at users. It's not ...



Japan's grand plans to mine deep-sea vents - BBC NewsJapan's grand plans to mine deep-sea vents  BBC News

Rich mineral reserves at extinct deep-sea vents could help solve the metals shortage for renewable energy technologies, but the environmental price may be ...