UPDATE: At least 37 homes collapse, dozens injured in Nagano quake
Helicopter surveys on Nov. 23 showed more extensive damage than previously thought from an overnight earthquake in the central mountainous Nagano area that hosted the 1998 Winter...
Former DPJ prime ministers return to humble beginnings in reaching ...
Once leader of one of the most powerful nations in the world, former Prime Minister Naoto Kan is now just one of many politicians standing outside train stations around the nation...
A customer purchases chocolates at the Godiva outlet in JR Tottori Station on Nov. 21, the first day of business. (Toshihiro Kashiwagi)
Tottori going upscale with first Godiva outlet, followed by...
TOTTORI--Tottori Prefecture residents are finally getting a taste of the finer things in urban life with the opening on Nov. 21 of a Godiva outlet at JR Tottori Station and also the upcoming launch of the first Starbucks...
Viewers watch an H-2A rocket blast off in Minamitane, Kagoshima Prefecture, on May 24. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Onslaught of tourists expected for launch of Hayabusa 2 space probe
Accommodations, transportation and other tourism-related services have rapidly sold out in and around Tanegashima island ahead of the Nov. 30 launch of the Hayabusa 2 asteroid probe there.
Even on agreement document, Japan, China quarreled over English...
Opposition parties seek unity, find disarray, ahead of election...
Scandal-tainted former ministers seek mandates in election
Nobel-winning inventors of blue LEDs celebrate with past laureates ...
Western-style Tokyo Bay fortress among candidates for heritage...
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After failures, TEPCO to use special cement to prevent...
The operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant plans to fill in trenches on the coastline in yet another attempt to prevent highly contaminated water from pouring into the sea.
Workers transfer a nuclear assembly into a transportation cask inside the No. 4 reactor building at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in November 2013. (Provided by Tokyo Electric Power Co.)
TEPCO starts transferring remaining unspent fuel from Fukushima No....
The operator of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant has started removing unspent nuclear fuel from a storage pool at the No. 4 reactor building, which was heavily damaged by an explosion following the March 2011...
Work begins in Fukushima to demolish ships stranded by 2011 tsunami
Nuclear watchdog panel: Fault under Tsuruga reactor is active
Diet passes legislation to remove nuclear waste from Fukushima in...
Fukushima rice cultivated in decontaminated fields served at...
Tsunami survivors revive rice planting dance in Fukushima
Nuclear operators push to open new plant, extend life of aging...
Dates set for sequel on Fukushima community ripped apart by...
The 51st “Hokkaido’s products and sightseeing” exhibition was inundated with shoppers when it opened at Yamakataya department store in Kagoshima on Nov. 6. (Yoshihiro Yasutomi)
JOY OF HOKKAIDO FOOD: Hokkaido food fairs big moneymakers,...
Editor’s note: Hokkaido is attracting attention for its world-class food items. This series introduces readers to delicious foods from the northern Japanese island and the people there who are producing these wonderful...
There are various sauces for okonomiyaki pancakes and stir-fried noodles in Hiroshima Prefecture. The one in the middle is Otafuku sauce. Those on the left and the right are sauces made by Mitsuwa. (Choi Chae-soo)
OMIYAGE FROM JAPAN: Local sauces complement Michelin-rated...
Editor’s note: This series showcases “omiyage” (souvenirs) from around Japan. We introduce “must-buy” items available at prefecture-operated shops in Tokyo that promote local tourism products. The series appears on...
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KYOTO GOES KAWAII: Kaori-maru incense balls are as pleasant to the ...
Mummies, mystical creatures welcome visitors to 'yokai' exhibition
ANIME NEWS: Shunji Iwai's animated prequel to 'Hana & Alice' to...
JAPANESE HOME COOKING: Skewer-grilled yellowtail in fancy Italian...
ANIME NEWS: New 'Macross Delta' series, singer auditions announced
STROLLING AROUND TSUKIJI MARKET: Festival gives birth to future...
In this Feb. 25 file photo taken by surveillance planes and released May 15 by the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs, a Chinese vessel, top center, is being used to expand structures and land on the Johnson Reef, called Mabini by the Philippines and Chigua by China, in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. (AP photo)
Chinese military officer explains need for construction in...
BEIJING--In a rare disclosure, a high-ranking Chinese military officer told foreign media about the need for construction and a base in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea.
China courts put journalist on trial, reject Uighur scholar's...
Thai embassy posts manners guide to fix 'inappropriate' tourist...
Indonesian capital gets a Christian governor
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IMF calculations show little or no inflation Abe hoped for
In-house calculations by the International Monetary Fund showed that Japan’s inflation rate, excluding the effects of foreign exchange fluctuations, has hovered around zero in 2014, sources said.
Compact device measures level and source of PM 2.5
Skymark in talks with JAL for code-sharing arrangement
ANA to slash fares for Tokyo-Hokuriku flights to compete with new...
The cluster of sunspots at differing stages around the sun from Oct. 18 to Oct. 28 (Provided by the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency)
Japanese space probe, observatory record huge sunspot activity
Images of a sunspot cluster 66 times the size of Earth were released by the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) on Nov. 19.
Study: Age-related height shrinkage in women linked to serious...
Simple blood test could lead to early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s...
After surprise discovery, researchers make mice transparent
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks at a news conference on Nov. 21 after he dissolved the Lower House. (Shogo Koshida)
EDITORIAL: Voters can judge Abe’s stance toward Constitution,...
Prime Minister Shizo Abe on Nov. 21 dissolved the Lower House for a snap election on Dec. 14, with the official campaign period starting on Dec. 2.
VOX POPULI: Snap election a costly exercise in futility if real...
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COMMENTARY: China should reduce its nuclear arsenal
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