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10 Crazy Things You Can Only Find in Japan

If you spot blue traffic lights and sweet potato Kit Kats, you're probably in Japan.<p>Construction can be unpleasant to look at, so might as well make …

Japanese pickles are the key to getting kids to eat greens, Danish gastrophysicist says

A prominent Danish gastrophysicist has made a bold claim: He believes he can get children to not only eat broccoli but enjoy it too.Having spent ...

Japan Works to Win Friends and Influence the Region

For seven decades, the United States has been Japan's most important bilateral ally. During U.S. President Donald Trump's visit to Japan this week, …

Japan PM Abe aide Honda says inappropriate to reappoint BOJ governor Kuroda | Reuters

TOKYO (Reuters) - Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda should not be reappointed when his term ends next April, as the central bank needs a new leader to achieve its inflation goal of 2 percent, a contender for the job, and close aide to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, said.<p>FILE PHOTO - Etsuro Honda, …

A Beginner’s Guide to Goshuincho: How To Get One and How to Use It

The goshuin stamp and goshuincho book is a trend that has been developing in Japan over the last few years, and is particularly popular among women. …

13 Reasons Why Japan Is the World’s Most Unique Country

Japan has always had a reputation for its distinctive culture and unique traditions. As an island nation with a long history of isolation, many …

Falling Hard for Japanese Whisky

An excerpt from top spirits writer Dave Broom’s new book, ‘The Way of Whisky: A Journey Around Japanese Whisky.’<p>This is how my first-ever day in …

What Japan’s Worker Shortage Means for Investors

Japanese real wages remain stagnant: adjusted for inflation, wages fell 0.1% in September compared with a year earlier, the fourth consecutive …

These Japanese Robots Are Multilingual, Designed To Assist 2020 Olympics Visitors

Japan is known for its cultural quirks. Be it the food, the growing gaming culture or the expanding robot arsenal, Japan never fails to set your …

Japan Is Getting Yet Another Cool Starbucks

Does Japan have a monopoly on cool Starbucks? It can seem that way. Later this year, the country is getting yet another neat-looking one.<p>[Image: …

Great Tokyo wine bars and restaurants

It blends old with new in seamless fashion, and is home to some of the world’s finest restaurants. Below, local journalist Akihiko Yamamoto picks …

5 ways traveling through Japan can be cheaper than you think

Japan may not be the most expensive country on the planet, but it’s definitely on the upper end. When compared with its neighbors, it’s not even a …

PUNCH | Is Japanese Gin the Next Big Thing?

“Japanese gin”: for contemporary American bartenders, a more pure phrasal catnip couldn’t be engineered in a lab. It combines the world’s most …

Whiskey

17 Cool Things to Do in Tokyo

Tokyo is a city like no other. Sure, you can visit museums, temples, and eat at one of the thousands of delicious restaurants, but you can also do …

The Chillest City with the World's Best Coffee

There is not a single better place in the world right now to feed a low-key coffee addiction.<p>You could forgive Kyoto a degree of second city syndrome, if it had it. Kyoto, after all, has a third of the land area of Tokyo, one-sixth its population, and one one-hundredth the number of bright, loud, …

Japan households' financial assets rising thanks to Abenomics: survey | Reuters

TOKYO (Reuters) - An improving job market driven by Japan’s economic recovery and booming stock prices helped increase households’ net worth this year, a survey showed, suggesting the benefits of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s reflationist “Abenomics” policies are broadening.<p>FILE PHOTO: Shinzo Abe, …

Nighttime Photos of Tokyo Under the Glow of Neon Lights

German-French graphic designer Matthieu Bühler has been shooting gorgeous nighttime photos of Tokyo, Japan, focusing his attention on the …

Ramen Hill: A brief tour of Capitol Hill’s ramen goodness

The recipe that has peaked the summit of Ramen Hill has some recurring ingredients: A legendary Japanese ramen house brings its proprietary broth …

Top Five Coolest Hotels in Tokyo

When you think of the best, coolest hotels in Tokyo, you think of the ultramodern, of stunning neon-lit skyscrapers, pop-culture and maybe cherry …

Despite a stellar run, Tokyo stocks still have room to rise

by Lex<p>Technology stocks in the US have taken over the world.<p>The total market value of the Faangs — Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google …

Post-war home in Kyoto brilliantly renovated to blend modernity with tradition

Japanese architecture is known for its minimalist sophistication and this beautiful renovation of a pre-war home in Kyoto is a shining example. …

Everyday life in Tokyo

Japan's Abe in Philippines for the 4th time

MANILA - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday arrived in the Philippines to attend the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) …

The size of Japan compared with New Zealand. More size comparison maps

The world as 100 people over the last 200 years.<p>Europeans are divided along ideological lines in their views of the EU, but this division is not a …

United Nations

Japan's Abe Meets Taiwan Envoy Hours After Xi Warning

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held a meeting with a Taiwanese politician Sunday, hours after Chinese President Xi Jinping warned him not to …