POINT OF VIEW/ Genichiro Takahashi: True patriots recognize the...
My son in elementary school is involved in a school project to produce a newspaper. Seeing a pile of newspapers and magazines on my desk, he asked me: “What are these? Can I read...
Traditional arts, local purveyors turn to anthropomorphic...
As conventional businesses increasingly turn to anthropomorphic anime characters as a tool to develop new markets, the roles of these "moe" cute-looking creations have expanded to...
Senior officials of the U.S. Department of Defense visit the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s Tsukuba Space Center in Ibaraki Prefecture on Oct. 10. (Yusuke Fukui)
Japan, U.S. to strengthen cooperation in space under revised...
The revised Guidelines for Japan-U.S. Defense Cooperation will not only take the security alliance around the world, but they will also bolster the partnership in outer space.
A document that is part of a lawsuit filed by a female health ministry official claiming gender discrimination is shown at an Oct. 21 news conference in Tokyo. (Sawa Okabayashi)
Longtime female bureaucrat sues government over gender...
A female health ministry bureaucrat filed a gender discrimination lawsuit against the central government on Oct. 21, saying that she has been consistently passed over for promotion after nearly two decades of service.
Act of kindness ends in tragedy after Mt. Ontakesan eruption
National treasure Shosoin Repository undergoes first renovation in ...
Suga: Kono's 1993 remarks on 'comfort women' cause 'major problem'
Japan team heading to N. Korea to pressure it on abductees, Abe...
Fire-damaged Iwate inn 'haunted' by good-luck deity solicits funds ...
U.S. Air Force band performs in gratitude for 70 years of honoring ...
ANALYSIS: Abe's ‘money in politics’ nightmare resurfaces
Workers drill into a panel of a canopy covering the damaged No. 1 reactor building at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant on Oct. 22. (Provided by Tokyo Electric Power Co.)
TEPCO starts removal work of cover over damaged Fukushima reactor...
The operator of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant started dismantling a canopy on Oct. 22 installed over the damaged No. 1 reactor building to prevent radioactive substances from entering the atmosphere.
A dinghy of the Tenyo, a hydrographic survey vessel of the Japan Coast Guard, navigates Onagawa Bay. (Yosuke Fukudome)
Nautical charts to be revised to reflect unprecedented changes...
ONAGAWA, Miyagi Prefecture--About an hour into a Japan Coast Guard hydrographic survey mission, a crew member on lookout abruptly shouted for the dinghy to stop.
Google Maps shows state of disaster recovery along Tohoku coastline
ANALYSIS: TEPCO behind schedule to eliminate contaminated water...
Plans to remove cover over damaged Fukushima reactor draws concern
Government having trouble locating landowners of planned...
Tohoku Electric Power kicks up a stink about art display at...
Bittersweet embrace for Fukushima evacuees and their pets
SPEEDI radiation forecasting dropped by NRA as primary alert system
The logo for the planned theme park Tokyo One Piece Tower ((c) Eiichiro Oda/ Shueisha, Fuji Television Network, Toei Animation)
Tokyo One Piece Tower to feature pirate ship, casino house
A theme park centered on the popular manga-anime franchise “One Piece” will open in a four-story amusement complex in Tokyo Tower in spring 2015.
Stir-fried tofu and sautéed mushrooms (Photo by Katsumi Oyama)
JAPANESE HOME COOKING: Stir-fried tempura tofu and sautéed...
Koji Sekiguchi, the proprietor of the “izakaya” (drinking establishment) Konchan in Tokyo’s Adachi Ward, introduces two dishes that will refresh the palate while eating and drinking.
Royalty-free digital diva Hatsune Miku helps everyone become music ...
ANIME NEWS: Eric Khoo selected to join Tokyo International Film...
Cat mascot helps drive out bad luck at every step in Miyawaka
ANIME NEWS: Kyoto manga-anime fair sees record turnout
JOY OF HOKKAIDO FOOD: Co-op turns farms into restaurants to...
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Jeffrey Fowle, center, smiles as he stands with his family and with attorney, Timothy Tepe, far right, at his home in West Carrollton, Ohio, on Oct. 22. (AP Photo)
ANALYSIS: North Korea's release of 1 American may not help 2...
PYONGYANG--Why did North Korea free Jeffrey Fowle, and only him, when two other Americans remain in prison there? Probably because Pyongyang considered him the most minor of the three offenders, and may believe that releasing...
North Korea frees US man; 2 more still detained
Hong Kong students, officials talk but remain far apart on demand...
Nepal vows new safety rules for trekkers after deaths of 41 killed ...
Chinese Finance Minister Lou Jiwei in Beijing (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Beijing to host headquarters of China-led global bank
SINGAPORE--Investor countries in the planned Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) have agreed to set up its headquarters in Beijing, according to sources involved in negotiations.
Foreign visitors to Japan in September set record high for the...
MHI aircraft manufacturer in Vietnam completes new plant
Fujifilm to provide free anti-virus medicine to Ebola patients in...
A loggerhead sea turtle (Provided by the Sea Turtle Association of Japan)
Ministry stepping in as concerns mount over animals feeding on sea ...
Environment Ministry officials will launch a nationwide study to look into disturbing reports of animals such as wild boars and raccoon dogs eating the buried eggs of endangered sea turtles.
Oldest fossilized vertebrate droppings in Japan found in coastal...
New robot gives surgeons a helping hand
Tokyo in the spotlight as citizen groups start generating solar...
MV-22 Osprey transport aircraft at the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in August (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
EDITORIAL: Tokyo's promise on Futenma closure rings hollow
The Japanese government's promise concerning a U.S. military installation has turned out to have zero value.
VOX POPULI: Joining forces on global scale paramount in fight...
EDITORIAL: Abe bears responsibility for Cabinet appointment debacle
VOX POPULI: LDP cannot simply blow off latest scandals
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