Japan

Exploring Japan's 'genderless' subculture

<b>(CNN) —</b> In the narrow alleys of Tokyo's ultra-trendy Harajuku district, a growing number of Japanese men who self-identify as "genderless" are boldly broadening their sartorial and cosmetic choices. With faces expertly made up, hair dyed and stylishly coifed, eyebrows plucked and painted, they …

Gender

8 Must-See Places for a Day Trip in Tokyo

Chances are that your journey will begin and end with Tokyo, or even if it doesn’t then you will probably still have a trip to Tokyo included in your …

Cherry Blossom

Japanese City Triggers Emergency Broadcast System After Supermarket Accidentally Sells Deadly Blowfish

The Japanese city of Gamagori in the Aichi Prefecture went into full alert mode earlier today after a batch of potentially deadly fugu fish was sold …

Fish

The Best Time to Visit Japan for Cherry Blossoms

<b>In the cherry blossom’s shade, there’s no such thing as a stranger” ~ Kobayashi Issa.</b><p>The new year is upon us and if the last was anything to go by, …

Asia Travel

Japanese Pottery Shard from 2,000 Years Ago Etched With Kanji Characters Reveals Fascinating Glimpse of Ancient Language

Archaeologists working on a Japanese island discovered an ancient shard of earthenware pottery featuring Kanji, the logographic characters that …

Archaeology

Mar-a-Lago, President Trump's 'Winter White House,' Has Been Cited for Poor Maintenance

Broken staircases, improper food storage and inadequate smoke detectors — President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Resort in Palm Beach was cited for …

Donald Trump

Japan city uses emergency system to recall blowfish packages

TOKYO (AP) — A city in central Japan has used its emergency loudspeaker system to recall four packages of blowfish meat after discovering a fifth one contained the potentially deadly liver.<p>No one has died. The fish known as fugu is an expensive winter delicacy but requires a license because of the …

News

7 Cutest Foods At Hello Kitty World In Tokyo We Want To Try ASAP

Never underestimate the power that food can have on your decision of whether or not to visit a place. The sites are great, and an obvious draw as …

Emergency Alert in Japan After Supermarket Accidentally Sold Extremely Toxic Fish

"Please return your deadly purchase to the store."<p>Health authorities in the Japanese city of Gamagori were forced to activate an emergency warning …

Fish

Japan News Issues North Korea Missile Launch Alert—But It's a False Alarm

Japanese public broadcaster NHK issued a North Korean missile launch alert on Tuesday evening—but, like a warning issued in Hawaii over the …

North Korea

Japan’s Intellectual Property Revenue Is Soaring

From Super Mario to Hello Kitty and robotics advances by Fanuc Corp., Japan’s intellectual property is generating soaring income. The country’s IP …

Super Mario

A Guide to the Best Ninja Attractions in Japan

01 of 04<p>Iga-ryu Ninja Village and Museum<p>The Ninja Museum of Igaryu is located in the Mie prefecture of Japan, about two hours via train from Osaka …

Ninja

Japan blasts food recall over loudspeakers after people buy potentially lethal fugu fish

Japan has the reputation of being highly efficient, and here is another example of why. When a supermarket in the city of Gamagori realized on Monday …

Product Recalls

Here's when Tokyo Kitty, the downtown karaoke bar inspired by 'Lost in Translation,' opens

A downtown karaoke bar inspired by the Bill Murray film "Lost in Translation" (2003) from the owners of the Overlook Lodge and Video Archive is …

Karaoke

Public Citizen: Trump Presents 'Unprecedented Conflicts of Interest' in First Year

President Donald Trump's refusal to cleanly separate himself from his business empire while serving as commander in chief has set up a series of …

Donald Trump

Step Inside Veggie Heaven’s New Quirky Restaurant Yoshi Ramen

Relocated vegetarian haven <b>Veggie Heaven</b> is debuting its new restaurant today: <b>Yoshi Ramen</b> (née Yoshi Kitchen) is now <b>open</b> in Hancock on Harmon Avenue, though with limited hours.<p>For now, Yoshi is open for dinner today and tomorrow, Tuesday, January 16 and Wednesday, January 17, from 5 to 9 p.m. During …

Texas

Japan’s leading dictionary has added in a definition of LGBT, but it’s not quite right

Japan’s leading dictionary may have added a definition of LGBT to the dictionary for the first time, but it appears that the term has been …

LGBTQ

Little boy adorably gives his mother epic advice: 'You can do anything that you want!'

A little boy adorably proved he's wise beyond his years.<p>One young boy was sitting on the couch when he decided his mom needed to hear some encouraging words. After referencing the events of his favorite movie "Jumanji," he explained that she could do whatever she sets her mind to.<p>"You can do …

AOL

Japanese PM lands in Romania as leader he is to meet resigns

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrived in Bucharest on Tuesday for key talks on North Korea and investment, but landed in a Romanian political crisis prompted by the prime minister's unexpected resignation.<p>Just as Abe was arriving in Romania at the end of his …

World News

U.S. Stocks Too Expensive? Try Japan

The stars have aligned for Japan’s stock market. And things look set to stay that way.<p>Japan’s stock market took in more money from global investors than any other in 2017, deservedly so: Japan’s economy has expanded for eight quarters, one of its longest stretches of growth in over two decades. …

Economy

Ramen Heads documentary takes viewers inside the world of Japanese noodles

While sushi spots have mushroomed across the Lower Mainland over the past few decades, a rapid growth of ramen joints across the Lower Mainland is …

Lower Mainland

Japanese city on alert after deadly blowfish portions go missing

<b>London:</b> A Japanese city has warned its residents to be vigilant after lethal blowfish were accidentally sold at a supermarket.<p>The store in Gamagori …

Brisbane

US, allies meet to find diplomatic way out of North Korea crisis

VANCOUVER: Foreign ministers from 20 nations have begun crisis talks on North Korea's ballistic missile and nuclear weapons programs, though China's …

North Korea

N Korea sanctions start to bite: Turnbull

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says sanctions on North Korea are starting to bite, as he prepares to discuss regional security with his Japanese …

North Korea

JNTO Promotes Tohoku With Web Series

<i>WHY IT RATES: Japan is encouraging visitors to explore beyond its major cities.—Janeen Christoff, Senior Writer.</i><p>MORE Destination & Tourism<p>6 Awesome …

Los Cabos

Tourist spending in Japan surges to record high

Tourist spending in Japan surged to a record ¥4.4tn ($40bn) in 2017 as the weak yen drove the nation’s travel boom to new heights.<p>Spending rose 17.8 …

Economy

Japan Is Trying to Avoid China's Bike-Sharing Mess

Bike sharing has a lot going for it. It’s mass transit that’s ultra-cheap, burns body fat instead of fossil fuels and is adored by venture …

Business

Tourism Surge Brings in $40 Billion for Japan

TOKYO—The number of foreign visitors to Japan rose 19% to nearly 29 million last year to set a record on the road to the government’s target of 40 million by 2020, when Tokyo plays host to the Summer Olympics.<p>Spending by visitors rose 18% to ¥4.4 trillion ($40 billion), according to the official …

World News

Tokyo: the latest stock market darling

Top Japanese dividend stocks are in demand for the first time in a generation, thanks to increasing profits and a cheap yen. Investors, who complain …

Economy

Japan broadcaster sends false missile alert

Japan's national broadcaster NHK sent a false text alert reporting that North Korea had launched another missile. The broadcaster corrected itself moments later. The false alert comes days after Hawaii sent a similar mistaken message.

North Korea