Japan

Japanese people live longer than the rest of us – so what's their secret?

It’s the age old question (pun intended), and one that has given rise to an anti-ageing industry that is estimated to grow to $216.52 billion by 2021: how can we, mere mortals that we are, live longer?<p>According to recent studies, the answer could well lie in Japan. The Japanese top the global table …

Strange Vending Machines That Japanese People Find Surprising

Deserved or not, Japan has long had a reputation for its weird vending machines. What do Japanese people think about vending machines in other countries?<p>Deserved or not, Japan has long had a reputation for being the home of weird and wacky vending machines. What is not as commonly understood, …

How to Make a Japanese Egg Salad Sandwich

Around this time last summer-meets-autumn, I was on a train from Kyoto to Nara telling a friend about an indulgent <i>omakase</i> dinner I'd had in Tokyo earlier that week. The sushi chef, who'd been in the biz for a measly 30 years, put a slick of wasabi under a triangle of fatty tuna (caught that …

Brunch

Spectacular shots of Japanese summer fireworks

Japan's many summer fireworks festivals have inspired enthusiasts who specialize in photographing <i>hanabi</i> (literally "flower-fires"), and Keisuke is …

Fireworks

The Food Lab: Japanese-Style Tempura

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Shire edges closer to launch of ADHD drug for adults in Japan

British drugmaker Shire has stepped closer to launching an ADHD drug for adults in Japan, in a boost to its $2.5bn (£1.9bn) turnover neuroscience division ahead of a likely spin-out and stock market listing.<p>The FTSE 100 firm said a clinical trial for its hyperactivity drug Intuniv in patients aged …

ADHD

Architecture: House Yorii located in Saitama Prefecture, Japan

It's been a little while since our last article about architecture, how about a minimal house located in Saitama Prefecture, Japan. At less than 30km …

Architecture

South Korea’s Leader Will Be Odd Man Out in Meeting With Trump and Shinzo Abe

SEOUL, South Korea — When President Moon Jae-in of South Korea sits down with President Trump and the Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, in New York on Thursday, he will be meeting two of his strongest allies in pressuring North Korea over its nuclear and missile programs.<p>But Mr. Moon will also …

North Korea

Delta Abandons Guam, Further Cuts Tokyo Narita Hub - Live and Let's Fly

Delta is giving up on Guam, ceding the Tokyo Narita to Guam route to United and JAL. It is also cutting service between Narita and Shanghai. The …

Airlines

Japan gives clarity on which international grads can stay -- and which can't

TOKYO -- International students graduating in Japan could find it easier to launch their careers here if they fit into one of the categories spelled …

Students

'This Is All We Can Do': How the Japanese Are Preparing for a North Korean Nuclear Attack

The wail of the emergency siren reverberates across the school's playing field, conjuring a primal fear even before the words “Missile launched! …

North Korea

DAWA judge profile: Hiroki Matsumoto

Hiroki Matsumoto, a wine specialist from Japan, is a judge in the Decanter Asia Wine Awards (DAWA).<p><b>Hiroki Matsumoto</b><p>Tokyo-based Hiroki Matsumoto was …

Wine

Japan's Abe promises 'daring' policies to boost economy

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged on Wednesday to implement "daring policies" targeting taxes, the budget and …

World Economy

Japan’s Abe May Perform a Tax U-Turn For Snap Election

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has won two elections by promising to put off a tax hike. Now he’s betting that doing the opposite will lead to …

Economy

Women are banned on this sacred Japanese island

The sacred Japanese island, Okinoshima, was recently added to UNESCO’s prestigious World Heritage Site list. While the island itself is certainly …

LDP struggles to reach consensus on Article 9 revision ahead of snap election

Senior lawmakers of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party agreed on Wednesday that while the party may include constitutional revision as an official …

Snap Election

The Pros and Cons of an Early Japanese Election

Japanese equities rose 2.0% on 19 September, buoyed in part by expectations Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may call an early election next month. Abe’s …

Bond Market

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi | Waking Up: A Girl of the Kōka Era (1844–1848) | Japan | Meiji period (1868–1912) | The Met

The series that made Yoshitoshi a noted artist was one of the most important Meiji series of ukiyo-e prints of beauties. The lady cleans her teeth …

Art Museums

Japan's Abe using North Korea's threats to boost election chances

Pyongyang's recent nuclear test and missile launches over Japan have made the public nervous. With an election expected to be announced in October, …

North Korea

Tennis: Japan's Date has no immediate plans to coach

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Kimiko Date has no immediate plans to turn to tennis coaching but is keen to contribute in some other way to the sport she quit last month, the 46-year-old said.<p>The former world number four retired for good after her first round loss in the Japan Women's Open two weeks …

Tennis

Japan’s leisure sector offers Las Vegas casinos little relaxation

A night out in Japan can swirl alluringly from karaoke bar to Michelin-starred restaurant and back to an <i>onsen</i> hot spring, but from a stock investor’s …

Las Vegas

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Sneakers

How Did Capybaras Become Japan’s Favorite Animal?

Capybaras, relatives of the adorable guinea pig, are the world’s largest rodents, native to the tropical warmth of South America. You may not have …

Culture

Balance of Power: Trump Warning Drags Iran Back Into Spotlight

President Donald Trump wants the festering dispute between a Saudi-led coalition and Qatar ended, quickly.<p>So when it looked like the kingdom was …

Business

Finding peace amongst calamity | The Brothers Brick

Jizō or Kshitigarbha statues are a unique part of Japanese culture,standing quietly around temples or cemeteries like little beings — tiny guardians …

Lego

Japan Exports Jump 18% on Strong Car Demand

Japanese exports jumped 18.1% in August from a year ago, helped by exports of semiconductors, cars and auto parts, the latest data from Japan's …

Economy

FOREX-Dollar trades sideways as investors await Fed's policy signals

* Yen unmoved by Trump's fiery North Korea rhetoric at the U.N.<p>* Fed seen announcing plans to trim bond holdings<p>* Strong euro driving a rift between …

Economy

Chōbunsai Eishi | Three Gods of Good Fortune Visit the Yoshiwara; or “Scenes of Pleasure at the Height of Spring” | Japan | Edo period (1615–1868) | The Met

Chōbunsai Eishi, an artist of samurai descent who also created prints, illustrated several handscrolls showing patrons traveling to the pleasure …

Art Museums

Abe Won't Waver on Sales Tax in Election, Economic Adviser Says

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won’t waver from his current stance to raise the sales tax if he calls a snap election, according to Motoshige …

Business

Kawaii Harajuku Street Fashion w/ Galaxxxy, 6%DOKIDOKI, ACDC Rag & Swimmer Japan

Chami is a 21-year-old art school student whose kawaii Japanese street style caught our eye in Harajuku.<p>Chami’s colorful look features layered tops …

Japanese Street Fashion