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February 25, 2021, 2:07 PM

Helicopters, firefighters battle 2 forest fires in Japan

A forest fire has broken out in a rural area north of Tokyo near another blaze burning for a fourth day
February 25, 2021, 2:07 PM
February 13, 2021, 5:37 PM

Strong quake hits Japan's northeast coast; no tsunami alert

A strong earthquake has hit off the coast of northeastern Japan, shaking Fukushima, Miyagi and other areas
February 13, 2021, 5:37 PM
Strong earthquake shakes Japan's northeastern coast
1 month ago

Japan scientists to study source of high heat on asteroid

Japanese space experts say they will examine soil samples brought back from a distant asteroid in an attempt to find the source of heat that altered the celestial body, in their search for clues to the origin of the solar system and life on Earth
1 month ago
Japan scientists to study source of high heat on asteroid
2 months ago

Japan adopts green growth plan to go carbon free by 2050

Japan aims to eliminate gasoline-powered vehicles in about 15 years in a plan to achieve Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s ambitious pledge to go carbon free by 2050
2 months ago
Japan adopts green growth plan to go carbon free by 2050
2 months ago

Japan delays gender equality goals in new five-year plan

Japan has adopted a plan that delays women’s advancement goals by up to a decade after failing to reach even half of the 30% target by 2020 and other measures
2 months ago
Japan delays gender-equality goals in new five-year plan
3 months ago

Suspect in Japan anime studio fire charged with murder

Prosecutors have formally filed murder charges against a suspect.
3 months ago
Suspect in Japan anime studio fire charged with murder
3 months ago

Japan 'Twitter killer' sentenced to death for serial murders

A Japanese court has sentenced a man to death for killing and dismembering nine people, most of whom had posted suicidal thoughts on social media, in a case that shocked the country
3 months ago
Japan 'Twitter killer' sentenced to death for serial murders
3 months ago

Japan PM pledges $19B to promote ecological businesses

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is pledging $19 billion to promote ecological businesses and innovation to achieve his goal of zero net carbon emissions by 2050
3 months ago
Japan PM pledges $19B to promote ecological businesses
3 months ago

Brightly burning meteor seen across wide areas of Japan

A brightly burning meteor was seen plunging from the sky in wide areas of Japan, capturing attention on television and social media
3 months ago
Brightly burning meteor seen across wide areas of Japan
3 months ago

Rights experts: Japan's handling of Carlos Ghosn was wrong

The experts urged Japan to pay the former Nissan boss compensation.
3 months ago
Rights experts: Japan was wrong to detain Carlos Ghosn
3 months ago

Spike in cases delays Singapore-Hong Kong travel bubble

Singapore and Hong Kong have postponed the start of an air travel bubble meant to boost tourism for both cities, citing a spike in coronavirus infections in Hong Kong
3 months ago
4 months ago

Japan's foreign minister says Tokyo looks to deepen US ties

Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi says Japan hopes to deepen its alliance with the United States under President-elect Joe Biden and do more to get its ally continuously committed to regional security and other key international issues
4 months ago
Japan's foreign minister says Tokyo looks to deepen US ties
4 months ago

Japan rejects nuclear ban treaty; survivors to keep pushing

Japan says it will not sign a U.N. treaty that bans nuclear weapons and does not welcome its entry into force next year, rejecting the wishes of atomic bomb survivors in Japan who are urging the government to join and work for a nuclear-free world
4 months ago
Japan rejects nuclear ban treaty; survivors to keep pushing
5 months ago

Japan, Vietnam agree to boost defense ties, resume flights

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has agreed with his Vietnamese counterpart to step up defense and security cooperation in the face of China’s expanding influence
5 months ago
Japan, Vietnam agree to boost defense ties, resume flights
5 months ago

Japan exports fall amid slow recovery from pandemic downturn

The drop in Japanese exports diminished last month.
5 months ago
5 months ago

Japan's pragmatic new PM pushes Abe's vision on SE Asia trip

Suga leaves Sunday on his first overseas trip since taking over for Abe.
5 months ago
5 months ago

Tokyo Stock Exchange resumes trading after technical outage

The Tokyo Stock Exchange has resumed normal trading after it was closed all day Thursday due to what officials said was a computer hardware and systems malfunction
5 months ago
Outage freezes Tokyo Stock Exchange, world's 3rd largest
5 months ago

Tiny Rubik's Cube goes on sale in Japan for anniversary

A tiny but playable Rubik’s Cube, so little it fits on your fingertip, has gone on sale in Japan for 198,000 yen, or about $1,900, for delivery starting in December
5 months ago
Tiny Rubik's Cube goes on sale in Japan for anniversary
6 months ago

Japan new PM begins 1st full day, vows to push reforms

Japan’s new Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has started his first full day in office with a resolve to push forward popular reforms
6 months ago
Japan's new PM begins 1st full day, vows to push reforms
6 months ago

Suga wins party vote, all but assuring election as Japan PM

Yoshihide Suga has been elected as the new head of Japan’s ruling party, virtually guaranteeing him parliamentary election as the country’s next prime minister
6 months ago
Yoshihide Suga wins party vote for Japan prime minister
6 months ago

Japan bracing for dangerously powerful typhoon

Japan is bracing for a dangerously powerful typhoon approaching its southern regions this weekend on the heels of an earlier storm that injured dozens of people in the country and on the Korean Peninsula
6 months ago
Japan bracing for dangerously powerful typhoon
6 months ago

Abe's assistant and spokesman seen as favorite successor

Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, a longtime loyal assistant and the public face of outgoing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in daily media briefings, has emerged as a favorite to succeed him in an upcoming internal party vote
6 months ago
Abe's assistant and spokesman seen as favorite successor
6 months ago

Abe says 'gut wrenching' resignation leaves goals unfinished

Shinzo Abe, Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, is resigning because of a chronic illness
6 months ago
Abe says 'gut wrenching' resignation leaves goals unfinished
6 months ago

Abe says 'gut wrenching' resignation leaves goals unfinished

Shinzo Abe, Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, is resigning because of a chronic illness
6 months ago
Abe expresses intent to step down due to health
6 months ago

World leaders praise Japan PM Abe's contributions to ties

World leaders are wishing Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe a rapid recovery and praising his contributions to bilateral relations during his years as Japan’s longest-serving leader
6 months ago
6 months ago

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to resign

The 65-year-old has suffered from the disease ulcerative colitis, a chronic condition impacting the large intestine.
6 months ago
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to resign
6 months ago

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to resign for health reasons

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will step down as the country’s leader on Friday due to chronic health issues.
6 months ago
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to resign for health reasons
7 months ago

Japan's leader visits hospital, raising health concerns

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has visited a hospital for what Japanese media say was a regular health checkup, although the visit generated renewed concerns about his health
7 months ago
Japan's leader goes to hospital, raising health concerns
7 months ago

Hiroshima court recognizes atomic bomb 'black rain' victims

A Japanese court has recognized people exposed to radioactive “black rain” that fell after the U.S. atomic attack on Hiroshima as atomic bomb survivors
7 months ago
Japan court recognizes atomic bomb 'black rain' victims
8 months ago

Photos: Scenes of devastation from floods in Japan

Photos: Scenes of devastation from floods in Japan.
8 months ago
Photos: Scenes of devastation from floods in Japan
8 months ago

Dancing robots cheer at baseball game in Japan

Japanese baseball team Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks installed dancing robots in the stadium to support the team as fans are not allowed to attend games due to coronavirus restrictions.
8 months ago
Dancing robots cheer at baseball game in Japan
8 months ago

40 dead in Japan floods, as more areas warned of heavy rain

The death toll from three days of heavy rain and flooding in southern Japan has risen to 40, including 14 who drowned at a riverside nursing home, as rescuers search for 10 missing people and rain threatens wider areas of the main island of Kyushu
8 months ago
40 dead in Japan floods, as more areas warned of heavy rain
8 months ago

Japanese island marks 75 years since Battle of Okinawa

Okinawans have marked the 75th anniversary of the end of the Battle of Okinawa with prayers for peace and remembrances of lost loved ones
8 months ago
Japanese island remembers 75 years since Battle of Okinawa
9 months ago

Japan opens baseball season after 3-month pandemic delay

Japanese baseball has managed to do what American baseball has not
9 months ago
Japan opens baseball season after 3-month pandemic delay
10 months ago

Low-tech Japan challenged in working from home amid pandemic

When the Japanese government declared an emergency to curb the spread of the coronavirus and asked people to work from home, crowds rushed to electronics stores
10 months ago
Low-tech Japan challenged in working from home amid pandemic
1 year ago

Many answer Abe's 'stay home' call with reminder: They can't

Perhaps the best that can be said about a “stay home” message from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is that it has inspired bored copycats who are at home waiting out the coronavirus
1 year ago
1 year ago

Popular Japanese comedian dies from the coronavirus

Popular Japanese comedian Ken Shimura, who drew inspiration from the American comedic icon Jerry Lewis, has died from the coronavirus, becoming Japan's first known celebrity victim of the disease
1 year ago
Popular Japanese comedian dies from the coronavirus
1 year ago

Tokyo marks 25th anniversary of subway nerve gas attack

Relatives of victims prayed silently to observe the 25th anniversary of a nerve gas attack on Tokyo's subways that killed 13 people, but a larger commemoration was canceled because of the coronavirus outbreak
1 year ago
1 year ago

Worker at Japan care home sentenced to hang for mass killing

A Japanese court has sentenced a former care home employee to hang for knifing to death 19 disabled people and injuring two dozen others in the deadliest mass attack in post World War II Japan
1 year ago
Death penalty ordered for mass killing at care home in Japan
1 year ago

Some Japanese fret more over economy and virus than Olympics

The future of the Tokyo Olympics is in doubt over the coronavirus outbreak.
1 year ago
Some Japanese fret more over economy and virus than Olympics
1 year ago

Japan nuke reactor taken offline due to delayed safety steps

The operator of a nuclear power plant in southern Japan was forced to shut down one of its reactors because of a failure to meet the deadline for adding anti-terror safety facility made mandatory after the Fukushima disaster
1 year ago
Japan nuke reactor taken offline due to delayed safety steps
1 year ago

Japan marks tsunami anniversary, no govt memorial amid virus

Some residents along the Japanese northern coast stood on roadsides overlooking the sea, offering silent prayers for their loved ones lost in a massive earthquake and tsunami nine years ago Wednesday
1 year ago
Japan marks tsunami anniversary, no govt memorial amid virus
1 year ago

Japanese warship heads to Middle East to protect tankers

A Japanese warship has departed for the Middle East to ensure the safety of the country's oil tankers in waters where tensions between the U.S. and Iran are high
1 year ago
1 year ago

Japan's environment minister is taking paternity leave and the country is shocked

Japan's environment minister announced he is taking paternity leave after the birth of his first child, and the news garnered international headlines.
1 year ago
Japan's environment minister shocks the nation by taking paternity leave
1 year ago

Tokyo prosecutors issue arrest warrant for Nissan ex-chair Carlos Ghosn's wife

Prosecutors in Tokyo have issued an arrest warrant for Carlos Ghosn's wife, Carole Ghosn, approximately a week after the former Nissan executive fled the country.
1 year ago
Prosecutors issue arrest warrant for former Nissan executive's wife
1 year ago

Japan executes first foreigner in 10 years in family murder

Wei Wei, 40, was hanged Thursday at a detention center in Fukuoka.
1 year ago
Japan executes first foreigner in 10 years in family murder
1 year ago

Okinawa gov. renews demand to stop US base relocation plan

A U.S. Marine base is set to move to a less developed area of the island.
1 year ago
Okinawa gov. renews demand to stop US base relocation plan
1 year ago

Historical documents show Japan's role in WWII sex slaves

Imperial Army asked the government to provide 1 sex slave for every 70 soldiers.
1 year ago
1 year ago

Fukushima melted fuel removal begins 2021, end state unknown

Details on how the nuclear plant complex should look at the end remain unknown.
1 year ago
1 year ago

Searchers look for man seen on YouTube falling on Mount Fuji

Japanese police say they have found a body on Mount Fuji and are verifying whether it is that of a man who was seen falling down a snow-covered slope while livestreaming his climb up the mountain on YouTube
1 year ago
Searchers look for man seen on YouTube falling on Mount Fuji