Japan

22 rare photos inside Japan's exclusive sumo wrestling training ground

For the past 1,500 years, big, burly men have been pushing each other out of circles drawn in sand — and everyone loves it.<p>Sumo wrestling is a sport that has long seeped into pop culture. Like jiggly cheesecake and a certain type of minimalism, it is uniquely Japanese. But it still somehow remains …

WWE

Decoding the Hoshinoya Tokyo Hotel Experience

The Tokyo hotel market is competitive. Hospitality standards are notoriously high. For example, even a mid-market hotel here would easily achieve the …

Mount Fuji

The Toxic Saga of the World’s Greatest Fish Market

More than 16 years and 600 billion yen later, the fate of Tokyo’s Tsukiji market is still up in the air<p><b>Tsukiji is the most exalted fish market</b> on earth, the sort of humbling place that causes the likes of globally worshipped god-chef René Redzepi to deem it one of the “seven culinary wonders of the …

Olympic Village

Huge rolling arcus cloud appears over the coast of Japan

A huge rolling cloud was spotted over the Pacific Ocean of Japan.<p>This video was taken on a ferry around the Pacific Ocean in the Tohoku area of Japan.<p>Roll clouds – also known as Morning Glory or arcus clouds – are a low, horizontal formation that can signal microburst activities such as sudden …

Oceans

Older women are saving Japan’s economy

In 2013, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe addressed the General Assembly of the United Nations on Japan’s plan to “refortify” its economy.<p>“There is a theory called ‘Womenomics,’ which asserts that the more the advance of women in society is promoted, the higher the growth rate becomes,” said Abe. …

Shinzo Abe

Traffic deaths are surging in Japan because of all the senior citizens behind the wheel

As people age, they tend to lose sharpness when it comes to reaction time, spatial awareness, and vision.<p>In Japan, where the elderly population has been swelling for the past two decades, that shift has led to an alarming trend on the road.<p>Recent data from the country's National Police Agency show …

Behind the Wheel

Lawmakers accuse Japan PM of false denial in school scandal | Miami Herald

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is being questioned in Parliament about a cronyism scandal after opposition lawmakers alleged he testified falsely …

Shinzo Abe

Scandals threaten Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe's grip on power

Once seemingly unassailable, Abe is now dogged by plunging polls and allegations of giving favours to two school operators<p>Shinzo Abe is fighting for his future as Japan’s prime minister as scandals drag his government’s popularity close to what political observers describe as “death zone” …

Shinzo Abe

Japan cuts working hours in bid to reduce suicides by 30% in 10 years

A construction worker took his own life after clocking 200 hours of overtime in the month before his death.<p>The Japanese government has approved a …

UK News

Checking In With Ladybeard After 4 Months Of 'Deadlift Lolita'

Do you hear a distinctive blend of muscle and cuteness floating through the air? On Saturday, one of Japan’s strangest exports just unveiled their first physical CD release.<p>They’re known as Deadlift Lolita, a joint effort between two performers who share a love of both bodybuilding and pastel, …

Bodybuilding

To Lure More Wine Lovers, Sake Makers Learn It's All About Rice - Bloomberg

Brewery executive Kosuke Kuji brought his best sake to a New York booze showcase 16 years ago hoping to promote high-end Japanese rice wine to a new …

As Japan Bitcoin Exchanges Cancel Shutdowns, Poloniex Leaves All Options Open

The cryptocurrency exchange Poloniex has said it “cannot commit to supporting any specific Blockchain” in the event of a Bitcoin split.<p>In an …

Bitcoin

Sticking Your Straw Through a Cheeseburger Is Now a Trend in Japan

Brilliant.<p>Last summer, people started spearing donuts on top of their iced coffee with straws, which made too much sense to hate. Not only was the snack-drink combo easy to carry, it was also an easy way to get some likes on Instagram.<p>While traditional hole-in-the-center donuts made the most sense …

Food

Line Will Top 50 Million Users in Japan This Year

Messaging service Line will total 50.2 million individuals in Japan this year, according to eMarketer’s latest forecast, increasing 10.3% from 2016. …

Japan’s Shinzo Abe Stumbles on Response to Cronyism Allegations

The prime minister is fighting for his political future after accusations surfaced that he helped a friend get approval for a veterinary school<p>TOKYO—Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reversed part of his response to allegations of cronyism and apologized for what he called a mistake, damaging an …

Shinzo Abe

What Is Edamame, and How Do I Eat It?

<b>Edamame</b> is young soybeans, usually still in the pod. Because the beans are young and green when they are picked, edamame soybeans are soft and …

Japanese Food

Japan launches 'telework' campaign to ease Tokyo 2020 congestion

TOKYO: Japan on Monday (Jul 24) launched a national exercise to encourage tens of thousands of commuters to work from home, in a bid to ease rail and …

Shinzo Abe

Japan PM revises when he knew about friend's vet school application

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday revised when he first knew about a friend's application to open a veterinary school at the center of a suspected cronyism scandal, saying he only became aware of the plan after it was approved.<p>Abe, whose ratings have plunged below 30 …

Shinzo Abe

Line crowned as undisputed market leader in Japan by eMarketer

eMarketer has crowned Tokyo-based mobile messaging app Line as the undisputed market leader in Japan, with the market research company predicting …

Facebook Messenger

Fancy a siesta? Tokyo capsule hotel offers three-hour stays

TOKYO -- A planned capsule hotel in Tokyo will target not only overnight guests but also women seeking a place to take a quick nap during the day, by …

Hotels

A Toyota 86 Fit For A Japanese Superhero

Japan’s biggest superhero Ultraman is no stranger to cars. In the early 1970s, <i>Return of Ultraman</i> featured a rotary engine powered Mazda Cosmo Sports. …

Toyota

Tokyo to begin seeking names for star giant panda cub

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's capital says it will start collecting suggestions this week for the name of a recently born giant panda cub.<p>Tokyo's Ueno Zoo, Japan's oldest, has not shown the cub directly to the public. But it released a video of the cub born on June 12 showing the squeaky baby snuggling with …

Giant Pandas

The 13 lessons Australia needs to learn from Japan

Play Video<p>Replay Video<p>Play Video Don't Play<p>Japan - View from Above<p>Travel to Tokyo'€™s metropolitan skyline, Kyoto's shrines and temples, Fuji'™s …

Cherry Blossom

Airbnb, Mizuho-Backed Venture Team Up to Offer Japan-Only Perks - Bloomberg

Airbnb Inc. is looking to deliver experiences in Japan that they can’t get anywhere else, by offering customers the opportunity to stay in temples, …

FinTech

'No, no, no!' – What do top Japanese chefs make of Britain's high-street sushi?

Supermarket sushi sales are booming – even though a new study says Brits have no idea about the fish they are eating. So how authentic are our best-selling convenience brands? We asked two masters of the cuisine to give us their view<p>As the sticker rips on the third of our sushi lunch boxes, chef …

Made in Japan: the TRUTH about the retro gaming and technology market in Japan

It is not a surprise that the retro gaming phenomenon that has grown massively over the last 15 years or so has now, in terms of hype and cult …

Gaming

Peruvian & Japanese Cuisines Meld At Sen Sakana, The City's First Nikkei Restaurant

fullscreen<p>A new restaurant that fuses the cuisines of Peru and Japan brings the city's first "nikkei" offerings to Midtown with the opening of Sen …

New York City

What Prevents Esports From Taking Off In Japan

Esports is big business. Yet in Japan, home to many talented players, it has yet to reach the same money-making heights.<p>While the recently founded …

For Japan’s Abe, future of eponymous policy hinges on wage growth

To shore up his ailing premiership, Japanese leader Shinzo Abe is vowing to focus on the economy. But instead of unleashing yet more stimulus, analysts say Mr. Abe needs to take a hammer to an old chestnut: moribund wage growth.<p>Facilitating salary increases would boost household income, and for Mr. …

Economics

Flood kills 250,000 honeybees at Fukuoka apiary

Heavy rain in the northern part of Kyushu earlier this month killed all 250,000 honeybees kept at an apiary in the city of Asakura, Fukuoka …

Weather