Japan
Follow the latest Japan news, videos, and analysis from ABC News.
September 24, 2020, 1:38 PM

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
September 24, 2020, 1:38 PM
Tiny Rubik's Cube goes on sale in Japan for anniversary
September 17, 2020, 10:33 AM

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
September 17, 2020, 10:33 AM
Japan's new PM begins 1st full day, vows to push reforms
September 14, 2020, 11:48 AM

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
September 14, 2020, 11:48 AM
Yoshihide Suga wins party vote for Japan prime minister
September 4, 2020, 8:03 PM

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
September 4, 2020, 8:03 PM
Japan bracing for dangerously powerful typhoon
September 4, 2020, 7:39 AM

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
September 4, 2020, 7:39 AM
Abe's assistant and spokesman seen as favorite successor
1 month ago

Abe says 'gut wrenching' resignation leaves goals unfinished

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

Abe says 'gut wrenching' resignation leaves goals unfinished

Shinzo Abe, Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, is resigning because of a chronic illness
1 month ago
Abe expresses intent to step down due to health
1 month 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
1 month ago
1 month 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.
1 month ago
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to resign
1 month 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.
1 month ago
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to resign for health reasons
1 month 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
1 month ago
Japan's leader goes to hospital, raising health concerns
2 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
2 months ago
Japan court recognizes atomic bomb 'black rain' victims
2 months ago

Photos: Scenes of devastation from floods in Japan

Photos: Scenes of devastation from floods in Japan.
2 months ago
Photos: Scenes of devastation from floods in Japan
3 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.
3 months ago
Dancing robots cheer at baseball game in Japan
3 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
3 months ago
40 dead in Japan floods, as more areas warned of heavy rain
3 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
3 months ago
Japanese island remembers 75 years since Battle of Okinawa
3 months ago

Japan opens baseball season after 3-month pandemic delay

Japanese baseball has managed to do what American baseball has not
3 months ago
Japan opens baseball season after 3-month pandemic delay
5 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
5 months ago
Low-tech Japan challenged in working from home amid pandemic
5 months 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
5 months ago
6 months 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
6 months ago
Popular Japanese comedian dies from the coronavirus
6 months 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
6 months ago
6 months 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
6 months ago
Death penalty ordered for mass killing at care home in Japan
6 months ago

Some Japanese fret more over economy and virus than Olympics

The future of the Tokyo Olympics is in doubt over the coronavirus outbreak.
6 months ago
Some Japanese fret more over economy and virus than Olympics
6 months 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
6 months ago
Japan nuke reactor taken offline due to delayed safety steps
6 months 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
6 months ago
Japan marks tsunami anniversary, no govt memorial amid virus
8 months 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
8 months ago
8 months 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.
8 months ago
Japan's environment minister shocks the nation by taking paternity leave
9 months 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.
9 months ago
Prosecutors issue arrest warrant for former Nissan executive's wife
9 months ago

Japan executes first foreigner in 10 years in family murder

Wei Wei, 40, was hanged Thursday at a detention center in Fukuoka.
9 months ago
Japan executes first foreigner in 10 years in family murder
9 months 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.
9 months ago
Okinawa gov. renews demand to stop US base relocation plan
10 months 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.
10 months ago
10 months ago

Fukushima melted fuel removal begins 2021, end state unknown

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

Heavy rains flood areas of Japan recovering from typhoons

Torrential rain has caused flooding and mudslides in towns east of Tokyo, prompting concerns over new damage in areas still recovering from recent typhoons
1 year ago
Torrential rain in eastern Japan causes flooding near Tokyo
1 year ago

Japan's Emperor Naruhito hosts tea party for foreign royals

Japanese Emperor Naruhito is hosting a tea party at his residence for royals from other countries, thanking them for celebrating his enthronement at a palace ceremony the day before
1 year ago
Japan's Emperor Naruhito hosts tea party for foreign royals
1 year ago

Japan braces for 2 more storms after deadly typhoon

Japan is bracing for two more storms heading its way a week after a typhoon devastated the country's central and northern regions
1 year ago
Japan braces for 2 more storms after deadly typhoon
1 year ago

Japan searches for North Korean boat crew who fell into sea

The Japanese coast guard is searching for seven crew members who went missing after a wooden North Korean fishing boat carrying 14 people capsized off Japan's northwestern coast
1 year ago
Japan searching for N. Korean boat crew who fell into sea
1 year ago

Flooded bullet trains show Japan's risks from disasters

Flooded bullet trains show Japan's risks from natural disasters as climate change brings weather extremes
1 year ago
Flooded bullet trains show Japan's risks from disasters
1 year ago

Deadly typhoon in Japan claims 33 lives, 19 gone missing

Plus, a home invasion caught on tape from doorbell surveillance; a 3-year-old is kidnapped from her birthday party in Alabama; and Simone Biles sets a new record for most medals.
1 year ago
Deadly typhoon in Japan claims 33 lives, 19 gone missing
1 year ago

Typhoon leaves as many as 33 dead as Japan continues rescue efforts

Rescue efforts for people stranded in flooded areas have begun.
1 year ago
1 year ago

The Latest: Typhoon leaves up to 33 dead in Japan

Rescuers in Japan are continuing to help people in the aftermath of a ferocious typhoon, as the death toll from the storm climbed to as high as 33.
1 year ago
1 year ago

Japanese whalers complete first commercial hunt in 31 years

Japan is ending its first commercial whaling season in 31 years.
1 year ago
Japan whaling ship returns home after first commercial hunt
1 year ago

Abe wants summit with North Korea, keeps distance from South

Abe wants the meeting despite recent North Korean missile tests.
1 year ago
Abe wants summit with North Korea, keeps distance from South
1 year ago

Japan court: TEPCO execs not guilty of nuke crisis liability

The ruling ended the only criminal trial related to the Fukushima disaster.
1 year ago
Japan court: TEPCO execs not guilty of nuke crisis liability
1 year ago

Japanese officials cautious on prospects for US trade deal

President Trump recently said he was prepared to sign a pact soon.
1 year ago
Japanese officials cautious on prospects for US trade deal
1 year ago

Asics employee's lawsuit highlights paternity leave in Japan

A worker claims he was given worse duties for taking paternity leave.
1 year ago
In Japan, a court case highlights paternity leave issues
1 year ago

Japan briefs diplomats on Fukushima nuclear water concerns

Japan has reassured foreign diplomats about the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant's safety amid concerns about massive amounts of treated but radioactive water stored in tanks
1 year ago
Japan briefs diplomats on Fukushima nuclear water concerns
1 year ago

Japan urges nuke plants to prepare for decommissioning era

Twenty-four commercial reactors are designated for or are being decommissioned.
1 year ago
Japan urges nuke plants to prepare for decommissioning era
1 year ago

New documents show Japan's wartime emperor had deep regrets

Emperor Hirohito repeatedly felt sorry about World War II.
1 year ago
New documents show Japan's wartime emperor had deep regrets
1 year ago

Japan's exports fell in July for 8th straight month

Worries continue about Trump's trade policies denting Asian economic growth.
1 year ago