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July 28, 2021, 7:00 AM

Tokyo governor urges youth to get vaccinated to slow surge

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike has urged younger people to cooperate with measures to bring down the high number of infections and get vaccinated, saying their activities are key to slowing the surge during the Olympics
July 28, 2021, 7:00 AM
Tokyo governor urges youth to get vaccinated to slow surge
July 26, 2021, 11:57 PM

Discontent over Fukushima nuclear disaster response casts shadow over Tokyo Olympics

Japan has plans to release more than a million tons of wastewater into the sea.
July 26, 2021, 11:57 PM
How the Fukushima nuclear disaster looms large over Tokyo Olympics
July 8, 2021, 2:30 PM

UN nuclear agency to help monitor Fukushima water release

The United Nations’ nuclear watchdog says it has reached an agreement with Japan on helping monitor and review the release of treated radioactive water from the wrecked Fukushima plant into the Pacific Ocean
July 8, 2021, 2:30 PM
UN nuclear agency to help monitor Fukushima water release
July 7, 2021, 7:57 AM

Massive soil mound on slope seen as worsening Japan mudslide

Officials say the mudslide that destroyed dozens of homes in a Japanese seaside resort started from an area with a history of land alternations and a massive soil mound there broke off and amplified the damage
July 7, 2021, 7:57 AM
Massive soil mound on slope seen as worsening Japan mudslide
July 6, 2021, 1:29 AM

Japan searches for dozens missing in mudslide; 4 dead

Rescue workers are digging through sludge and debris looking for dozens of people who may be trapped after a a torrent of mud, trees and rocks ripped with a roar through a Japanese seaside resort town
July 6, 2021, 1:29 AM
July 6, 2021, 1:11 AM

Japan searches for 24 unaccounted for in mudslide; 4 dead

A giant landslide ripped through a Japanese seaside resort town.
July 6, 2021, 1:11 AM
July 5, 2021, 11:33 AM

Japan searches for dozens missing in mudslide; 4 dead

Rescue workers are digging through sludge and debris looking for dozens of people who may be trapped after a a torrent of mud, trees and rocks ripped with a roar through a Japanese seaside resort town
July 5, 2021, 11:33 AM
1 month ago

Americans apologize to Tokyo court for role in Ghosn escape

Two Americans charged in Japan with helping Nissan's former chairman, Carlos Ghosn, jump bail and escape Japan for Lebanon have apologized in a Tokyo court
1 month ago
1 month ago

Rampaging bear in Japan injures 4 before being fatally shot

The bear wounded four people.
1 month ago
Rampaging bear in Japan injures 4 before being shot dead
1 month ago

Japan considering Myanmar soccer player's asylum request

A member of Myanmar’s national soccer team who played a 2022 World Cup qualifier in Japan has refused to return home and is seeking asylum, a request the government is considering taking into account unrest in his country following a coup
1 month ago
Japan considering Myanmar goalie's asylum request
2 months ago

Rights group urges Japan to update law on changing gender

An rights group is urging Japan to change a law that it says puts “abusive and outdated” burdens on transgender people seeking to have their gender change legally recognized, including sterilization surgery and a psychiatric diagnosis
2 months ago
Rights group urges Japan to update law on changing gender
2 months ago

Japan expands state of emergency, approves 2 more vaccines

Japan has expanded a coronavirus state of emergency hours after it approved the use of two more vaccines in an effort to contain a worrying surge in infections nine weeks ahead of the opening of the Tokyo Olympics
2 months ago
Japan approves 2 new vaccines ahead of emergency expansion
3 months ago

Japan's Toyota says profit soared in Jan-March amid pandemic

Toyota says its profit more than doubled to 777 billion yen, or $7 billion, in the last quarter as the Japanese automaker’s sales recovered from the pandemic
3 months ago
3 months ago

Girl's death in Japan prompts probe of alleged bullying

A Japanese city will reinvestigate alleged bullying that was denied by education officials two years ago after a 14-year-old girl was found dead in a neighborhood park
3 months ago
3 months ago

Japan's ruling party loses 3 key elections in blow to Suga

Japan’s ruling party lost all three parliamentary by-elections Sunday, loosening Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s grip on power ahead of national elections later this year
3 months ago
Japan's ruling party loses 3 key elections in blow to Suga
3 months ago

Japan declares 3rd state of emergency for Tokyo, elsewhere ahead of Summer Olympics

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has declared a third state of emergency for Tokyo and three other urban prefectures to curb the spread of COVID-19.
3 months ago
Japan declares 3rd state of emergency for Tokyo, elsewhere ahead of Summer Olympics
4 months ago

Japan to start releasing Fukushima water into sea in 2 years

Japan’s government has decided to start releasing treated radioactive water from the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean in two years
4 months ago
4 months ago

Japan imposes new virus measures in Tokyo ahead of Olympics

The move comes ahead of the summer Olympics.
4 months ago
Japan imposes new virus measures in Tokyo ahead of Olympics
4 months ago

Japan extends its own North Korean sanctions another 2 years

Japan extended its own sanctions against North Korea for another two years as Pyongyang continues to develop its nuclear weapons without any progress in resolving the abductions of Japanese nationals
4 months ago
4 months ago

Japan's PM aims to calm China-Taiwan tension on US visit

Japan's PM aims to calm the China-Taiwan tension on the U.S. visit.
4 months ago
4 months ago

Japan's famous cherry blossoms bloom early as climate warms

Japan’s famous cherry blossoms have reached their flowery peak in many places earlier this year than at any time since formal records started being kept nearly 70 years ago, with experts saying climate change is the likely cause
4 months ago
4 months ago

Japan charges Americans with helping Ghosn flee, jump bail

Japanese prosecutors have charged two Americans, Michael Taylor and his son Peter, in connection with the escape of former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn to Lebanon
4 months ago
4 months ago

Japan to end virus emergency in Tokyo despite rebound fears

Japan says it will end a monthslong state of emergency in the Tokyo area set up to curb the spread of the coronavirus
4 months ago
Japan to end virus emergency in Tokyo despite rebound fears
5 months ago

Japan PM to US in April for 1st in-person summit with Biden

Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is preparing for a visit to Washington next month for his first face-to-face summit with President Joe Biden after he and his entourage complete their COVID-19 vaccinations
5 months ago
Japan PM to US in April for 1st in-person summit with Biden
5 months ago

Timeline of Japan's 2011 quake, tsunami and nuclear disaster

Thursday marks the 10th anniversary of a massive earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster that struck Japan's northeastern coast
5 months ago
5 months ago

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
5 months ago
6 months ago

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
6 months ago
Strong earthquake shakes Japan's northeastern coast
6 months 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
6 months ago
Japan scientists to study source of high heat on asteroid
7 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
7 months ago
Japan adopts green growth plan to go carbon free by 2050
7 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
7 months ago
Japan delays gender-equality goals in new five-year plan
7 months ago

Suspect in Japan anime studio fire charged with murder

Prosecutors have formally filed murder charges against a suspect.
7 months ago
Suspect in Japan anime studio fire charged with murder
7 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
7 months ago
Japan 'Twitter killer' sentenced to death for serial murders
8 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
8 months ago
Japan PM pledges $19B to promote ecological businesses
8 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
8 months ago
Brightly burning meteor seen across wide areas of Japan
8 months ago

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

The experts urged Japan to pay the former Nissan boss compensation.
8 months ago
Rights experts: Japan was wrong to detain Carlos Ghosn
8 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
8 months ago
8 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
8 months ago
Japan's foreign minister says Tokyo looks to deepen US ties
9 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
9 months ago
Japan rejects nuclear ban treaty; survivors to keep pushing
9 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
9 months ago
Japan, Vietnam agree to boost defense ties, resume flights
9 months ago

Japan exports fall amid slow recovery from pandemic downturn

The drop in Japanese exports diminished last month.
9 months ago
9 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.
9 months ago
10 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
10 months ago
Outage freezes Tokyo Stock Exchange, world's 3rd largest
10 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
10 months ago
Tiny Rubik's Cube goes on sale in Japan for anniversary
10 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
10 months ago
Japan's new PM begins 1st full day, vows to push reforms
10 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
10 months ago
Yoshihide Suga wins party vote for Japan prime minister
1 year 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
1 year ago
Japan bracing for dangerously powerful typhoon
1 year 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
1 year ago
Abe's assistant and spokesman seen as favorite successor
1 year 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 year ago
Abe says 'gut wrenching' resignation leaves goals unfinished
1 year 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 year ago
Abe expresses intent to step down due to health
1 year 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 year ago