Politics › Dec. 12, 2013 - 03:31PM JST
The U.S. House of Representatives voted Wednesday to punish countries that do not promptly return abducted children, upping pressure in an issue that has soured…
Crime › Dec. 12, 2013 - 03:30PM JST
Japan hanged two men on Thursday, bringing to eight the number of prisoners executed since the conservative government of Shinzo Abe came to power a…
National › Dec. 12, 2013 - 02:40PM JST
The Tokyo Metropolitan Police plan to limit pedestrian access to Shibuya's famous scramble crossing to avoid trouble from rowdy revelers on New Year's Eve.
National › Dec. 12, 2013 - 01:45PM JST
Japan is planning to earmark 100 billion yen for a storage facility for tens of thousands of tons of soil contaminated with radiation from the…
National › Dec. 12, 2013 - 06:47AM JST
Even though tap water in Tokyo is perfectly safe to drink, and in most cases indistinguishable from bottled water, the metropolitan government is concerned about…
National › Dec. 12, 2013 - 06:40AM JST
Vets in Japan have carried out knee surgery on a rare white tiger cub, fixing a leg problem the animal had been born with.
National › Dec. 12, 2013 - 06:26AM JST
Advertising giant Dentsu Inc on Wednesday released its “2013 Hit Products in Japan” report. Produced as part of a series that has been chronicling hit…
Crime › Dec. 12, 2013 - 06:45AM JST
Japanese double Olympic judo gold medalist Masato Uchishiba lost an appeal on Wednesday against a five-year jail sentence for raping a teenage student.
Crime › Dec. 12, 2013 - 06:17AM JST
A Chiba prefectural policeman has been arrested for repeatedly sending emails to his former girlfriend following their breakup.
According to police, the suspect, identified as…
Crime › Dec. 11, 2013 - 06:55AM JST
A 23-year-old Turkish man was jailed for life on Tuesday for torturing and murdering a Japanese woman in Cappadocia, a spectacular tourist site in central…
Crime › Dec. 11, 2013 - 06:03AM JST
Police in Kuki, Saitama Prefecture, said Tuesday they have arrested a 59-year-old JR employee for striking a commuter after the commuter told him to stop…
Entertainment › Dec. 12, 2013 - 07:23AM JST
A Norwegian comedy duo and South Korean rap music sensation PSY topped a list of hit videos shared at Google-owned YouTube this year.
Entertainment › Dec. 12, 2013 - 06:34AM JST
The trailer for next year’s much-needed Godzilla remake was released this week online along with a new poster for the film. The somewhat campy 1998…
Entertainment › Dec. 12, 2013 - 05:14AM JST
There's new never-before-heard music coming from Johnny Cash.
Cash's estate is releasing "Out Among the Stars," an album he recorded with Billy Sherrill in the…
Entertainment › Dec. 11, 2013 - 06:10AM JST
Manga fans have plenty to look forward to in 2014 with 16 live-action films adapted from well-loved and popular manga series being released next year.…
Entertainment › Dec. 11, 2013 - 04:37AM JST
Jim Hall, one of the leading jazz guitarists of the modern era, whose subtle technique, lyrical sound and introspective approach strongly influenced younger proteges such…
Politics › Dec. 12, 2013 - 01:40PM JST
A near-final draft of a new Japanese national security strategy calls for a stronger military to deal with a rising China and other growing risks…
Politics › Dec. 12, 2013 - 06:45AM JST
The failure to finalize a landmark trans-Pacific trade pact this year as planned has dealt a blow to President Barack Obama's policy pivot to Asia.…
Politics › Dec. 11, 2013 - 03:00PM JST
The Straits Times, one of Southeast Asia's premier newspapers, has named the leaders of China and Japan as the most prominent Asians of 2013. The…
Politics › Dec. 11, 2013 - 02:50PM JST
Talks on forming a huge U.S.-led Pacific free trade area will resume next month after the 12 prospective members Tuesday gave up on meeting Washington's…
Business › Dec. 12, 2013 - 03:10PM JST
Tokyo stocks closed 1.12% lower Thursday as investors turned their focus to next week's Federal Reserve meeting, with speculation growing that the bank will scale…
Business › Dec. 12, 2013 - 08:03AM JST
Hilton is back, and in a big way.
The hotelier, which went private in 2007, on Wednesday priced its initial public offering at $20 per…
Business › Dec. 12, 2013 - 06:40AM JST
Economists cut Japan's economic growth forecast for the second straight month, a Reuters poll showed, as a slowdown in capital expenditure and lackluster export demand…
Business › Dec. 12, 2013 - 06:24AM JST
General Motors Co said Wednesday it will stop making cars and engines in Australia by the end of 2017 because of high production costs and…
Business › Dec. 11, 2013 - 06:16AM JST
China's auto sales rose 16% in November as Japanese automakers extended a rebound in the world's biggest vehicle market, an industry group reported Tuesday.
Technology › Dec. 12, 2013 - 02:09PM JST
A Seoul court rejected Samsung's claim that iPhone and iPad models violated three of its patents, another setback for the South Korean electronics giant in…
Technology › Dec. 12, 2013 - 07:27AM JST
Spotify extended its free music streaming service to smartphones and tablets on Wednesday, ramping up a challenge to rivals such as Pandora.
Spotify released applications…
Technology › Dec. 12, 2013 - 07:00AM JST
An outage at Yahoo Mail stretched into its second day on Wednesday, prompting the US Internet pioneer to apologize to unhappy users.
Yahoo would not…
Technology › Dec. 12, 2013 - 06:06AM JST
Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd on Wednesday announced that it has developed technology that enables access to home computer files from anywhere using a smart device.
Technology › Dec. 12, 2013 - 12:26AM JST
Microsoft says more than 2 million of its Xbox One consoles have been sold since the system's launch 18 days ago.
That works out to…
Sports › Dec. 12, 2013 - 01:16PM JST
Major League Baseball plans to eliminate home plate collisions, possibly as soon as next season but no later than by 2015.
New York Mets general…
Sports › Dec. 12, 2013 - 06:49AM JST
Japanese tennis star Kei Nishikori said on Wednesday he has signed up former French Open champion Michael Chang of the United States as a coach…
Sports › Dec. 12, 2013 - 06:00AM JST
Arsenal sneaked into the last 16 of the Champions League by the narrowest of margins while Napoli dramatically missed out as the group stage concluded…
Sports › Dec. 12, 2013 - 03:55AM JST
AC Milan says Japan forward Keisuke Honda will join the club in January from CSKA Moscow and will wear No. 10.
It has long been…
Sports › Dec. 11, 2013 - 01:00PM JST
Rakuten Eagles President Yozo Tachibana says no decision has been made on whether star pitcher Masahiro Tanaka will be made available to Major League Baseball…
World › Dec. 12, 2013 - 01:20PM JST
Former Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva was indicted for murder Thursday in connection with a deadly military crackdown on mass opposition protests in Bangkok three…
World › Dec. 12, 2013 - 11:52AM JST
Australia's High Court on Thursday struck down gay marriage in the nation's capital where dozens have wed under a landmark law, ruling that parliament must…
World › Dec. 12, 2013 - 10:48AM JST
Spare a thought for New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, or as he is known in the rest of the world, the "unidentified guest."
World › Dec. 12, 2013 - 06:45AM JST
South Africa's deaf community on Wednesday accused the sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela's memorial of being a fake, who had merely flapped his arms…
World › Dec. 12, 2013 - 06:40AM JST
Pro-EU Ukrainian demonstrators dug in on Wednesday night as domestic and international pressure mounted on President Viktor Yanukovych to end a three-week standoff over his…
Lifestyle › Dec. 12, 2013 - 06:02AM JST
A year later, inside a big house in Newtown, dolls fill the shelves of a living room and flowers and rainbows decorate a kitchen window,…
Lifestyle › Dec. 11, 2013 - 06:53AM JST
Mitsumi Fujishita, a professor at Tokai University in Kumamoto City, conducted a study to assess students’ basic knowledge of astronomy, asking nine questions about things…
Lifestyle › Dec. 11, 2013 - 06:27AM JST
Tokyo Disneyland is a magical place, what with all the joyous rides, concerts utilizing incredible animatronics and performers who seemingly never tire, mostly not-terrifying mascots…
Lifestyle › Dec. 10, 2013 - 06:27AM JST
We all know there ain’t no such thing as a free lunch, but in Japan, you might just be able to get free tour rides,…
Lifestyle › Dec. 09, 2013 - 06:24AM JST
When you live in a country for long enough, it’s easy to forget the things that set it apart and really make it special. In…
Arts & Culture › Dec. 12, 2013 - 06:21AM JST
There are thousands of interesting shops selling traditional goods in Kyoto. But now there are a few that are standing head and shoulders above the…
Arts & Culture › Dec. 11, 2013 - 05:39AM JST
Tokyo welcomes most foreign visitors to Japan, but bustling, friendly Osaka is making a bid to be a major international gateway and attraction for foreign…
Arts & Culture › Dec. 10, 2013 - 06:10AM JST
As you may know, people in Japan are pretty serious about their baths. Not only have they developed an entire bathing culture, there is also…
Arts & Culture › Dec. 09, 2013 - 06:27AM JST
The central police station in Nagano Prefecture is revamping its image by introducing a new pair of mascot characters. But unlike the jiggling yellow blobs…
Arts & Culture › Dec. 07, 2013 - 06:08AM JST
It’s December again in Japan, and that means that Christmas trees are sprouting up outside store fronts while festive advertisements of cakes adorn the trains…
Kuchikomi › Dec. 12, 2013 - 07:00AM JST
For nearly two decades, Ms Sugiyama (a pseudonym, as are the other women profiled in this article) moved back and forth between Tokyo and Osaka,…
Kuchikomi › Dec. 07, 2013 - 06:20AM JST
It is certainly not news that the number of "sento" (public baths) in Japan have been on the decline for quite some time. For instance,…
Kuchikomi › Dec. 04, 2013 - 06:41AM JST
Respect for the elderly is a Confucian virtue Japan was once famous for. Whose fault is it if the virtue has weakened? Young people’s, because…
Kuchikomi › Dec. 01, 2013 - 06:10AM JST
"There are no supermarkets, drugstores or other shops selling necessities within walking distance of my home," says Kentaro Hayami, a 32-year-old salaryman living in a…
Kuchikomi › Nov. 29, 2013 - 06:30AM JST
Poverty in the midst of riches is a persistent and widening Japanese theme. “Japan Inc” stumbled badly in the 1990s and has yet to right…
Executive Impact › Dec. 09, 2013 - 06:48AM JST
For busy people, shopping for food online is a big convenience. Finding quality food products online is another matter.
Yoichiro Iwata and Taro Sasaki, two…
Executive Impact › Dec. 02, 2013 - 06:56AM JST
Life around Australian entrepreneur Melanie Brock is never dull. Always on the go, Brock has just finished an assignment as regional manager, Japan, for Meat…
Executive Impact › Nov. 25, 2013 - 06:09AM JST
The business of public relations has changed in recent years as companies seek a more comprehensive marketing presence that includes a digital as well as…
Executive Impact › Nov. 18, 2013 - 06:42AM JST
Investing in real estate can be a hassle in Japan, but when you use the services of a company like Premium Value Bank (PVB), it…
Executive Impact › Nov. 11, 2013 - 06:20AM JST
Pierre de Villeméjane, CEO of WWRD, sees the launch of Waterford in Japan as an exciting new challenge.
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New Products › Dec. 12, 2013 - 05:47AM JST
NTT Docomo has released Fujitsu's new Android 4.2 smartphone Disney Mobile on docomo F-03F.
Disney Mobile is a series of Disney-themed smartphones that Fujistu manufactures…
New Products › Dec. 11, 2013 - 06:45AM JST
Casio Computer Co will release a new line of calculator models, JW-200T/JW-100T/DW-200T/MW-100T, on Dec 20. This series is equipped with two unique keys that allows…
New Products › Dec. 09, 2013 - 06:44AM JST
Canon officially will release new mirrorless camera EOS M2 from their EOS M series in mid-December.
Canon has developed the advanced autofocus technology Hybrid CMOS…
New Products › Dec. 07, 2013 - 06:38AM JST
Sanwa Supply just released the simple & light Bluetooth 4.0 apt-X headset - Bluetooth Headset 400-HS033BK - for 5,980 yen.
The Bluetooth headset weights only…
New Products › Dec. 05, 2013 - 05:41AM JST
It is said that stimulating pressure points on your head is effective in healing your tiredness and stress. Now, Thanko has a clever product called…
Travel › Dec. 12, 2013 - 06:27AM JST
The head of a tiny Pacific airline that pioneered a fare system based on passengers' weight said Wednesday the move had been so successful the…
Travel › Dec. 11, 2013 - 05:53AM JST
Air Canada is to launch daily flights between Toronto-Pearson and Tokyo-Haneda from next July 1, using Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft.
This is the first deployment…
Travel › Dec. 10, 2013 - 06:27AM JST
Hertz has produced its first comprehensive global car rental guide for travel agents in Asia.
Catering to all travel agents in 24 Asian countries, the…
Travel › Dec. 08, 2013 - 06:12AM JST
Unable to get to that must-see tourist site but can't bear for your teddy to miss out? Then Japan has just the thing for you…
Travel › Dec. 06, 2013 - 05:52AM JST
United Airlines has completed an extensive redesign of 15 Boeing 757-200s.
The revamped aircraft now offer 28 180-degree flat-bed United BusinessFirst seats, offering up to…