In first for Japan, Shibuya Ward passes ordinance for same-sex...
Tokyo’s Shibuya Ward on March 31 became Japan’s first local government to adopt an ordinance establishing same-sex partnership certificates to protect the rights of sexual...
Wreaths for reconciliation—Hopes of a veteran journalist
I recently sent for a book from Japan that a friend recommended, titled "The Day President Obama Lays a Wreath at Hiroshima." It was written six years ago by Fumio Matsuo, a former...
The main entrance to Okunoin, the final resting place of the revered monk Kukai, at Kongobuji temple in Koya, Wakayama Prefecture (Provided by Kongobuji temple)
Mount Koyasan, a hub of foreign tourists, to celebrate 1,200-year...
KOYA, Wakayama Prefecture--Mount Koyasan is bracing for some 300,000 visitors during a 50-day special service starting April 2 to commemorate the 1,200-year anniversary of its founding as a monastery for Buddhist training.
Koyuki Higashi, left, and Hiroko Masuhara, second from left, celebrate the passage of a same-sex partnership certificate system by the Shibuya Ward assembly on March 31. (Sayaka Yamaguchi)
Shibuya certificates raise hopes among sexual minorities for...
It’s not legally binding, and the harshest punishment of “shaming” will only be used as a last resort. But the certificate system for same-sex couples adopted by Tokyo’s Shibuya Ward has raised hopes for changes in...
World's oldest person dies in Osaka at 117
Onaga coming to Tokyo to resolve crisis over Futenma survey work
Japan draws a blank in latest secret talks with North Korea on...
Disaster plan seeks to mitigate damage from magnitude-7 quake in...
INSIGHT: Fear of angering Washington forced Tokyo to stay out of...
Decades-long restoration of ancient 1,000 Kannon statues nearing...
Re-creations of sliding door 'fusuma' masterpieces on display at...
A young girl is checked for internal radiation exposure using the Baby Scan device in Minami-Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, in September 2014. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Fukushima residents suing government for lifting evacuation...
MINAMI-SOMA, Fukushima Prefecture--Hundreds of residents here plan to sue the central government for lifting evacuation advisories near the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, saying the decision endangered their lives because...
Local government representatives are briefed by TEPCO officials about the leakage of water from a storage tank of contaminated water at Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in April 2014. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
TEPCO to come clean on radiation levels, allow checks by outside...
Embattled Tokyo Electric Power Co. pledged to disclose all data on radiation levels at its stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant after it was taken to task for delaying by nearly a year in reporting the state of...
Tsunami-hit JR Senseki Line nearing full operations in Miyagi
Radioactive soil finally moved to Futaba site
AKB48 members continue to bring smiles to disaster-hit areas...
Costs in problem-plagued struggle at Fukushima plant near 600...
Meet the 12-year-old Fukushima girl who is braving it alone at...
Team develops method to estimate thyroid radiation dosage soon...
Survey by Fukushima students seeks to address radiation fears
Hideaki Anno, left, and Shinji Higuchi (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
'Evangelion' director to bring Godzilla back to big screen in 2016
The director of the hit "Evangelion" anime series will produce a Godzilla movie scheduled for release in the summer of 2016, movie production house Toho Co. announced April 1.
Fried and simmered chicken and freeze-dried tofu (Photo by Katsumi Oyama)
JAPANESE HOME COOKING: Fried and simmered freeze-dried tofu...
“Koya-dofu,” or freeze-dried tofu, is a preservative food that is perhaps a bit low-key, but it is rich in protein, iron and calcium.
Tokyo history museum takes a modern approach to its exhibits
In quest for fame, underground idol groups slog it out with just a ...
ANIME NEWS: 'Yokai Watch' merchandise set for global marketing...
All-Saitama production team aims to promote Urawa Ward to anime...
'Evangelion' producer hopes anime museum will put world spotlight...
JOY OF HOKKAIDO FOOD: Bean expert on a mission to spread appetite...
OMIYAGE FROM JAPAN: 'Washi' toilet paper rolls feature traditional ...
Cho Hyun-ah on Dec. 12, 2014 (AP Photo)
Korean Air chief’s daughter seeks leniency in ‘nut rage’...
SEOUL--The former Korean Air Lines executive jailed for her outburst over in-flight service, known as the "nut rage" case, asked for leniency during an appeal hearing on April 1 as she sought to reduce her one-year prison term.
South Korea charges attacker of U.S. envoy with attempted murder
Pyongyang slams U.S.-South Korean military joint drills
Japan to extend sanctions against N. Korea, seeks progress in...
Panasonic Corp. President Kazuhiro Tsuga in Kadoma, Osaka Prefecture, on March 31 (Photo by Mihoko Takizawa)
Panasonic eyes additional sales of 1 trillion yen in...
Struggling electronics giant Panasonic Corp. plans to expand into energy-related businesses with the aim of generating an additional 1 trillion yen ($8.4 billion) in annual sales from 2030 onward.
Bandai Namco to free up characters and music of its 1980s products
Tankan survey finds corporate outlook cautious, capital spending...
Cherry blossoms drawing more Chinese visitors than during New...
Osaka prefectural officials in protective suits transport a person in an Ebola emergency drill in November. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Researchers successfully test vaccine for more effective treatment ...
Japanese and U.S. researchers have successfully tested an Ebola vaccine on a monkey species in what could be a silver-bullet breakthrough in the fight against the deadly disease.
Study: Coal-fired plants to raise Japan’s carbon dioxide...
Scientists develop technique to track flu virus without killing...
Researchers employ interactive robots to help children with...
Police officers try to remove protesters in front of the gate to the U.S. Marine Corps Camp Schwab in Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, on March 30. The Okinawa residents oppose the planned relocation of Futenma air base to Nago’s Henoko district. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
EDITORIAL: Okinawa must not be sacrificed for Tokyo's agenda
Fisheries minister Yoshimasa Hayashi on March 30 temporarily invalidated Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga’s instruction to the Defense Ministry’s Okinawa Defense Bureau to suspend work on the relocation of the U.S. Marine...
VOX POPULI: Young need to be savvy about dangers posed by the...
EDITORIAL: Regular updates, flexibility needed for earthquake...
VOX POPULI: Quotes from March, a time for reflection and renewed...
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