Business › Oct. 31, 2014 - 11:30AM JST
Japanese inflation slowed further in September as consumers tightened their purse strings, data showed on Friday, fuelling concerns that a tax hike this year could…
Politics › Oct. 31, 2014 - 11:00AM JST
North Korea had told Japan it intends to deepen its probe into the fate of Japanese citizens kidnapped by Pyongyang decades ago, Japanese Prime Minister…
National › Oct. 31, 2014 - 12:01PM JST
China called on Japan on Thursday to stop scrambling its jets against Chinese aircraft following a rise in the number of such operations, saying it…
National › Oct. 31, 2014 - 06:55AM JST
A scientist who helped to discover the Ebola virus says he is concerned that the disease could spread to China given the large numbers of…
National › Oct. 30, 2014 - 02:55PM JST
Crown Princess Masako attended an imperial banquet for visiting Dutch royals on Wednesday in her first such appearance since developing a stress-related illness more than…
National › Oct. 30, 2014 - 06:55AM JST
A nationwide survey conducted by the Education Ministry in May has revealed that 2,860 public schools are at risk from tsunami damage.
Following the March…
National › Oct. 30, 2014 - 06:23AM JST
The Saga International Balloon Fiesta got under way on Thursday morning. The five-day festival features 116 balloons from 15 countries, according to organizers.
Crime › Oct. 31, 2014 - 06:42AM JST
The Japan Swimming Federation has suspended Naoya Tomita until March 31, 2016 after the swimmer was allegedly caught stealing a camera at the Asian Games.…
Crime › Oct. 31, 2014 - 06:36AM JST
A 41-year-old man, who was arrested in August for abusing his 14-year-old stepson, has also been charged with coercing the boy to commit suicide.
Crime › Oct. 30, 2014 - 07:00PM JST
Prosecutors on Thursday began an investigation into a political fund scandal that forced Industry and Trade Minister Yuko Obuchi to resign shortly after taking the…
Crime › Oct. 30, 2014 - 02:59PM JST
Police in Komae City, Tokyo, on Thursday questioned the owner of a beauty salon over the murder of the salon manager whose body was found…
Crime › Oct. 30, 2014 - 06:40AM JST
A 25-year-old man who works as a host at a club in Tokyo's Kabukicho district has been arrested for trying to extort 3 million yen…
Entertainment › Oct. 31, 2014 - 06:02AM JST
In person, Shota Sometani is still and quiet, speaking in a soft, almost lackadaisical voice. His ideal acting role, he says, would be one in…
Entertainment › Oct. 30, 2014 - 06:00AM JST
If the whole point of buying an anime box set is to have everything you want in one neat package, there must have been a…
Entertainment › Oct. 29, 2014 - 02:05PM JST
Marvel unveiled plans this week for a slate of new superhero films, expanding its already wildly successful comic book universe -- and breaking ground with…
Entertainment › Oct. 29, 2014 - 06:06AM JST
New Chitose Airport in Hokkaido will host "New Chitose Airport International
Animation Festival," the world's first international animation festival
ever held at an airport, from…
Entertainment › Oct. 28, 2014 - 04:44AM JST
The latest "Fast and Furious" movie has been retitled "Furious 7."
The new title for the film, previously known as "Fast and Furious 7," was…
Politics › Oct. 31, 2014 - 07:00AM JST
Campaigning got under way Thursday for the Nov 26 Okinawa gubernatorial election, with the planned relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps’ air base at Futenma…
Politics › Oct. 30, 2014 - 06:52AM JST
China said on Wednesday it will extend all possible courtesy to Japan at next month's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting in Beijing, but gave no…
Politics › Oct. 29, 2014 - 07:00PM JST
North Korean and Japanese officials held their second and final day of talks Wednesday to assess progress in an investigation of the fates of Japanese…
Politics › Oct. 29, 2014 - 02:45PM JST
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's honeymoon with Japan's voters is fading as scandals and a slowing economic recovery take a toll on his popularity and hinder…
Business › Oct. 31, 2014 - 07:00AM JST
All Nippon Airways (ANA) said on Thursday its half-year net profit soared 78% as an expansion of one of Tokyo's airports boosted the carrier's international…
Business › Oct. 31, 2014 - 06:27AM JST
Japan IT firm NEC said on Thursday it had swung back to profitability in the six months to September, after it exited from the smartphone…
Business › Oct. 31, 2014 - 06:05AM JST
Toshiba said Thursday its half-year net profit soared about 43% from a year ago, largely owing to a weak yen and strong sales in its…
Business › Oct. 31, 2014 - 05:58AM JST
Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal, one of the world's biggest steelmakers, said on Thursday that its half-year profit slipped 2.9%, as it pointed to still-high…
Technology › Oct. 31, 2014 - 06:45AM JST
Japanese video game maker Nintendo Co Ltd will develop a device to measure a user's fatigue and map their sleep, Chief Executive Satoru Iwata said…
Technology › Oct. 31, 2014 - 06:20AM JST
Samsung Electronics Co on Thursday admitted erring in its smartphone strategy and vowed to overhaul its handset lineup after profit from those devices tumbled last…
Technology › Oct. 31, 2014 - 05:27AM JST
Strong sales in the United States helped boost the global market for tablet computers in the third quarter, tracker IDC said Thursday.
IDC said tablet…
Technology › Oct. 30, 2014 - 03:00PM JST
Food giant Nestle said Wednesday that its Japan unit would "hire" 1,000 robots as sales clerks at stores across the country.
The first batch of…
Technology › Oct. 30, 2014 - 08:23AM JST
A mobile payment service backed by Wal-Mart, Best Buy and other leading retailers is defending its practice of prohibiting its members from accepting alternatives such…
Sports › Oct. 31, 2014 - 12:00PM JST
The Boston Red Sox have signed Koji Uehara for two more years, committing $18 million to the reliever who closed out the 2013 World Series…
Sports › Oct. 31, 2014 - 06:28AM JST
The Chicago Cubs have declined their option for next season on reliever Kyuji Fujikawa, making him a free agent.
A longtime closer in Japan, the…
Sports › Oct. 31, 2014 - 06:00AM JST
Despite being one of the smallest players on the Tour, Kei Nishikori's performances are not going unnoticed at home.
Nishikori, who is bidding to become…
Sports › Oct. 31, 2014 - 04:54AM JST
The family of injured Formula One driver Jules Bianchi said Thursday he is still in critical condition but stable one month after his crash at…
Sports › Oct. 31, 2014 - 03:57AM JST
Game 5 of Japan Series
Softbank Hawks 1, Hanshin Tigers 0
Hawks win best-of-seven series 4-1.
World › Oct. 31, 2014 - 07:20AM JST
A vanguard force of Iraqi peshmerga troops entered the embattled Syrian border town of Kobani from Turkey on Thursday, part of a larger group of…
World › Oct. 31, 2014 - 07:14AM JST
A nurse defied Maine's voluntary quarantine for health care workers who have treated Ebola patients, leaving her home Thursday for a bike ride. The governor…
World › Oct. 31, 2014 - 06:50AM JST
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry hit out Thursday at reported insults by an American official leveled against the Israeli prime minister, saying it was…
World › Oct. 31, 2014 - 06:38AM JST
Fourteen people were killed in a machete attack by Ugandan rebels in the Beni region in the restive eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, where nearly…
World › Oct. 31, 2014 - 06:37AM JST
U.S. embassies in the Gulf and Egypt are calling for vigilance after a post on a jihadist website encouraged attacks on American and other international…
Lifestyle › Oct. 31, 2014 - 06:00AM JST
Emerging Asian nations are finding out what developed ones did years ago: money — and the stuff it buys — brings happiness.
Levels of self-reported…
Lifestyle › Oct. 30, 2014 - 07:00AM JST
As a Japanese schoolgirl in the 1970s, Kazumi Kaminaga had never seen something as cute as Hello Kitty when she first laid eyes on the…
Lifestyle › Oct. 30, 2014 - 06:56AM JST
It might not surprise anyone to learn that China’s state-owned broadcaster CCTV America more or less ignored Hong Kong’s democracy protestors, except to note police…
Lifestyle › Oct. 29, 2014 - 06:35AM JST
Over the years, Japan has earned a reputation for its awkward command of English, with results ranging from the perplexing to downright hilarious. The country’s…
Lifestyle › Oct. 28, 2014 - 06:18AM JST
In the West, India's Kama Sutra most often evokes an exotic bible of sexual positions regularly consulted for blush-inducing tips in glossy magazines.
Arts & Culture › Oct. 31, 2014 - 06:02AM JST
Marty Garrett and Salumeh Eslamieh gave up their garage for Hello Kitty.
The married couple turned the garage of their San Francisco home into a…
Arts & Culture › Oct. 30, 2014 - 06:28AM JST
There are several traditional crafts that Japan is known for, such as "urushi" lacquerware or Nishijin weaving. Perhaps not as widely known, but just as…
Arts & Culture › Oct. 29, 2014 - 06:31AM JST
Anna Kendrick is in the holiday spirit.
"I want it to be Christmas already! I just want to throw a soiree," the bubbly actress said…
Arts & Culture › Oct. 28, 2014 - 06:35AM JST
Every year, a small number of Japanese tourists in Paris are struck by an extreme form of culture shock. This psychological distress, caused by the…
Arts & Culture › Oct. 27, 2014 - 06:34AM JST
"Can't stay at home, can't stay at school! Old folks say: 'Ya poor little fool!'"
Punk pioneer Joan Jett doesn't give a spit if you…
Kuchikomi › Oct. 31, 2014 - 07:00AM JST
The reduced purchasing power of the Japanese yen -- part of the anti-deflationary strategy espoused by Abenomics -- is to be blamed for higher prices…
Kuchikomi › Oct. 27, 2014 - 06:19AM JST
Now in their 23rd year, the Ig Noble awards accord worldwide recognition to the efforts of mad scientists and wacky research projects that "First make…
Kuchikomi › Oct. 23, 2014 - 06:24AM JST
There must be many people in war-shattered Syria who would give a great deal to be in peaceful, prosperous Japan. What quest drove Yoshifumi Uzawa…
Kuchikomi › Oct. 19, 2014 - 06:00AM JST
Trouble is brewing among taxi firms in the Kansai region. Asahi Geino (Oct 23) reports on the recent proliferation of what it calls "yakuza taxis"…
Kuchikomi › Oct. 15, 2014 - 06:02AM JST
At what point do treasured possessions become clutter? At what point does collecting become manic?
It’s a matter of individual judgment, but if you’re 45…
Executive Impact › Oct. 27, 2014 - 06:57AM JST
For many Japanese, the image of Britain used to be a Dickens-like image of fog, gray, great castles, Beatrix Potter and rose gardens. But that’s…
Executive Impact › Oct. 20, 2014 - 06:20AM JST
Of all the subjects one can study in university, Sanskrit might be the most difficult. Yet Guy Henriques is not one to back down from…
Executive Impact › Oct. 13, 2014 - 06:40AM JST
With a more than 50-year history in Japan, there probably aren’t many consumers who don’t know the name Heinz. Surprisingly, while ketchup might be the…
Executive Impact › Oct. 06, 2014 - 06:37AM JST
The Japan Professional Football League (J.League) has an ambitious goal and a 100-year vision – to build a richer sporting environment for Japan by nurturing…
Executive Impact › Sep. 29, 2014 - 06:05AM JST
Iceland may be one of the world’s smallest countries by population. But when it comes to the management and sustainability of its ocean resources, the…
New Products › Oct. 31, 2014 - 06:55AM JST
Fujifilm is going to release a new Cheki camera called instax WIDE 300 on November 21 from their instant camera "instax" series.
The Cheki instax…
New Products › Oct. 30, 2014 - 06:39AM JST
Landport is releasing earmuff-style headphones - Music Earmuff Bluetooth - in early November.
On the headphones, there are operation buttons for volume control, playback, pause,…
New Products › Oct. 29, 2014 - 06:49AM JST
Yamaha has released a stylish stand-alone audio system ISX-803 from their Restio series.
ISX-803 can play music from other Bluetooth compliant devices wirelessly as well…
New Products › Oct. 27, 2014 - 06:40AM JST
Canon is going to release a new compact HD video camera with improved auto focus function - EOS C100 Mark II - from their CINEMA…
New Products › Oct. 25, 2014 - 06:36AM JST
Casio is going to release the rugged BABY-G BGA-1400 on November 28.
Not only is it fashionable, but it also has beneficial functions for traveling.…
Travel › Oct. 31, 2014 - 06:50AM JST
Autumn is a great season to visit Kyoto, to enjoy its many historical monuments, framed by the changing leaves. Let's take a walk on the…
Travel › Oct. 30, 2014 - 06:14AM JST
United Airlines has launched daily direct flights between South Korea and Guam for the first time, serving a market that helped boost Guam's tourism industry…
Travel › Oct. 29, 2014 - 06:35AM JST
There are 8 million rhythms in the naked city.
New York is a center for blues, jazz, folk, rock, hip-hop, punk, classical and other musical…
Travel › Oct. 28, 2014 - 06:40AM JST
I spent two winter seasons working in the hospital emergency room (as a translator) in Niseko, a popular Hokkaido snow holiday destination for foreigners. While…
Travel › Oct. 27, 2014 - 05:15AM JST
Hokkaido Air System (HAC) has become a subsidiary of Japan Airlines (JAL) after JAL completed a qualifying transaction to hold up to 51.2% of the…