Local elementary students walk on the Haneda Nihonbashi Bridge at Haneda Airport's International Terminal in Tokyo's Ota Ward during the bridge's opening ceremony Aug. 28. (Hiroyuki Kamisawa)
Half-sized Nihonbashi bridge welcomes travelers at Haneda’s international terminal
Inspired by Japan's most famous bridge, a new wooden replica has been built inside Tokyo's Haneda Airport to give travelers a taste of the past.
Bunyo Ishikawa during a recent interview (Tomoya Ishikawa)
Documentary highlights 50-year anti-war crusade by photojournalist
Just as the government approved sweeping changes to Japan's postwar security policy, a timely documentary film on the career of renowned photojournalist Bunyo Ishikawa, who spread an anti-war message through his coverage of the Vietnam War, started hitting the big screen across the nation.
(Illustration by Mitsuaki Kojima)
Morning dream--
Amazon Japan's largest distribution center in Odawara, Kanagawa Prefecture, in September 2013 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Book publishers shout foul over Amazon Japan's new ratings
Online retail giant Amazon Japan introduced a new system this summer to rank book publishers, a decision that has not gone down well with its business partners.
The multi-nuclide removal equipment ALPS (advanced liquid processing system) at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant undergoes an inspection due to system troubles last November. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
More ALPS equipment approved for use at Fukushima plant
Additional decontamination machines will be installed at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant to treat the hundreds of tons of radioactive groundwater collected at the facility daily, the Nuclear Regulation Authority said Aug. 27.
A lava mound inside a volcanic vent on an islet connected to Nishinoshima island belches noxious gases Aug. 26. (Provided by Japan Coast Guard)
Coast guard warns explosion could occur on volcanic islet in Ogasawara chain
A new islet created by volcanic activity in the Ogasawara chain south of Tokyo could be in danger of blowing up, the Japan Coast Guard says.
South Korean President Park Geun-hye at a news conference (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan, South Korea talks possible next month as momentum builds to improve ties
Japan and South Korea are coordinating closely to arrange the first "strategic dialogue" between the two sides since South Korean President Park Geun-hye took office.
Ginza Mitsukoshi department store in Tokyo's Chuo Ward (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Airport-style duty-free store to open in Tokyo’s Ginza
Foreign tourists as well as Japanese travelers headed for international destinations will be able to start their duty-free shopping in central Tokyo from next year.
Former Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
China: 'No change' policy in improving ties with Japan
BEIJING--China on Aug. 28 rejected remarks by former Japanese prime minister Yasuo Fukuda that Beijing had expressed willingness to improve ties between Asia's two biggest economies, and said there was "no change" in its policy on Tokyo.
Shinjuku Station, shown here viewed from the south, figures prominently in Haruki Murakami's latest novel to be translated into English. (Louis Templado)
DRAWER OF MEMORIES: Shinjuku Station becomes stage for Haruki Murakami's latest novel
Editor's note: This article is part of The Asahi Shimbun AJW's series on internationally acclaimed writer Haruki Murakami. The article is titled "Drawer of Memories," intended to depict his younger days and places associated with his works.
Remains of a bunker and a building found at the Soviet troops’ Matad position in Mongolia (Yasuji Nagai)
Details of former Soviet positions in Mongolia unveiled
Years ahead of the Soviet Union’s last-minute entry into war against Japan towards the end of World War II, the country massively fortified its position along the border area between Mongolia and Manchuria.
Love, a South American sea lion at Takeshima Aquarium in Gamagori, Aichi Prefecture, strikes a pose of "reflection" after failing to perform a trick. (Yoshinobu Matsunaga)
PHOTO: Sea lion strikes pose of regret after flubbing trick
GAMAGORI, Aichi Prefecture--On a recent summer day, a sea lion was frolicking and putting on a show for a delighted crowd gathered at Takeshima Aquarium.
An artist's rendition of a mobile bunraku puppet play theater (Provided by the Nippon Foundation)
Foundation supports building mobile bunraku theater
As Japanese traditional puppet theater struggles to connect with modern audiences, the art is getting a helping hand from the Nippon Foundation.
A demonstrator protests the new basic energy plan approved by the Abe Cabinet in front of the prime minister’s office on April 11. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
EDITORIAL: Abe administration ignoring public comment at its peril
A system, no matter how well designed, serves little purpose unless it is put into effective use with the intention of benefiting from it.
A woman stands in front of debris left by a series of Israeli airstrikes in the eastern part of Gaza on Aug. 5. (Yukie Yamao)
VOX POPULI: Online challenge raises awareness about Gaza
The Ice Bucket Challenge is a campaign to promote awareness of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Participants dump a bucket of ice water on their heads and nominate others for the dare. Videos of celebrities around the world, dripping wet, have gone viral and helped raise substantial donations for ALS research.
Matsuo Basho (Provided by Kakimori Bunko)
Basho lavishes praise on a pupil in a letter written in final year of his life
ITAMI, Hyogo Prefecture--Famed haiku poet Matsuo Basho (1644-1694) raved over his disciple for a linked verse he composed along with his peers in a newly discovered letter, a rare find that documents a show of Basho's emotions.
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
India's Modi eyes breakthrough nuclear pact on Japan trip
NEW DELHI--India is hoping to win Japanese backing for a nuclear energy pact during a visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and lure investment into its $85 billion market while addressing Japan's concern about doing business with a nuclear-armed country.
In this photo released by China's Xinhua news agency, Vietnamese special envoy Le Hong Anh, left, poses with Liu Yunshan, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, prior to a meeting in Beijing on Aug. 27. (AP Photo)
China says it wants to mend ties with Vietnam
BEIJING--China's President Xi Jinping told a special envoy from Vietnam on Aug. 27 that both countries should be "friendly to each other" to help mend ties after a flare-up over sovereignty in the South China Sea, the official Xinhua news agency said.
Hare Natori succeeds in keeping his egg intact on June 14 in Tokyo's Meguro Ward. "It originally had four wings, but it lost one when it hit the ground," he said. (Hikaru Uchida)
Egg drop contests: Plummeting 'cackle fruit' sparks students' creativity
On a Saturday in June, kids and their parents crowded into a research center in Tokyo to participate in Japan's newest craze: the egg drop contest.
Yusuke Iseya speaks in his adopted tongue English for this interview. (Hiroyuki Maegawa)
Actor, entrepreneur Yusuke Iseya feels affinity to ‘Rurouni’ character
Actor, filmmaker and entrepreneur Yusuke Iseya says playing a swashbuckling Meiji Restoration era swordsman bound by a sense of vengeance in the latest film adaptation of the popular period manga and anime “Rurouni Kenshin,” touches on an issue he can relate to.

More AJW