Japan

World’s First Tatami-Style Starbucks to Open in Kyoto

a <i>noren</i> curtain hangs outside the new Kyoto Starbucks locationStarbucks first international market outside of North America began in Tokyo in 1996 and …

Japanese Culture

US sailors who 'fell sick from Fukushima radiation' allowed to sue Japan, nuclear plant operator

A US appeals court has ruled that hundreds of American navy personnel can pursue a compensation suit against the government of Japan and Tokyo Electric Power Co. for illnesses allegedly caused by exposure to radioactivity in the aftermath of the 2011 accident at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant.<p>…

Military

Readers recommend: share your 'high' songs

Make your nomination in the comments and a reader will pick the best eligible tracks for a playlist next week – you have until Monday 26 June<p>Up, up and away we go with another week seeking your recommendations. For more on how readers are interpreting the theme, keep an eye on the comments.<p>You have …

Mount Fuji

Scandal clouds outlook for Japan's Abe, Tokyo poll may give clues

TOKYO (Reuters) - Just a few months ago, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe looked to be cruising to a third term that would make him Japan's longest serving leader and put him on track to achieving his dream of revising its post-war, pacifist constitution.<p>But suspicions he may have helped a friend get …

Shinzo Abe

Japan, U.S. Fail to Shoot Down Dummy Missile in Test - Bloomberg

Japan and the U.S. failed to shoot down a dummy ballistic missile in a test off Hawaii, just as Japan’s Defense Ministry is reportedly moving toward …

North Korea

Here is an incredible video of Tom Brady sumo wrestling in Japan

Tom Brady is currently touring Asia with Under Armour and as a result we are now treated with a fabulous video of the GOAT sumo wrestling.<p>After being awed by the strength of the wrestlers, Brady stripped off his shirt, got in the ring, and gave it a go.<p>Brady also posed for a photo with his son and …

Tom Brady

Permanent residency in Japan to be easier for foreigners with anime-related jobs

The changes would be implemented in 2018 and it will loosed the requirements for permanent residency for people working in anime-related fields.The …

Philippines

Watch: Brady fails to budge sumo wrestler in Japan

Tom Brady continued his tour through Asia this week, going from throwing footballs at the Great Wall of China to training with sumo wrestlers in …

Tom Brady

W.T.F. Japan: Top 5 odd ways Japanese people beat the summer heat【Weird Top Five】

Try some of these out the next time you need to <b>cool off</b>.<p>Summer in Japan can be brutal. High temperatures combined with high humidity can make you not …

Okinawa

Spider-Man Cosplayers Fill Airplane

Budget carrier Jetstar unveiled a <i>Spider-Man</i> themed plane in Japan and filled it with Spider-Man cosplayers.<p>This is part of Jetstar’s summer campaign, …

Comics

Kofukuji

Kofukuji is a Buddhist temple which was founded in 669 CE and relocated to its present location in Nara, Japan in 710 CE. It was the main Buddhist …

Ancient History

In This Corner of the World: a Japanese film caught between past and present

In This Corner of the World – Kono sekai no katasumi ni (2016) – is a film caught between worlds. It is caught between the desire to represent a …

Anime

Japan's Joseph makes eight changes for Ireland, Leitch back as captain

Japan coach Jamie Joseph has made eight changes to the starting 15 ahead of Saturday's second test against Ireland at the Ajinomoto Stadium in Tokyo.<p>Shota Horie and Fumiaki Tanaka were among the senior players dropped to the bench as the Brave Blossoms seek to restore some pride after a …

Rugby Union

Tom Brady tries to take on sumo wrestler, fails miserably

TOKYO — New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady got a quick lesson in the ancient sport of sumo during a visit to Japan.<p>Brady, who visited China …

New England

Boys for Sale – gaining a community’s trust to shoot a two-year documentary project in Japan

Boys for Sale is a feature documentary about <i>urisen</i>, mostly straight male sex workers in Tokyo’s Shinjuku 2-chome, an area with connections to the sex …

Shinjuku

Canada ousts Japan in Yukigassen final – Jasper's source for news, sports, arts, culture, and more

N. Veerman photos<p>For a split second, Saturday, it looked like a Japanese team would win the Canadian Rockies Snow Battle, securing itself a spot in …

Canada

Summer Music Festival Frenzy 2017

People in Japan have the luxury of living in the world’s second-largest music market. This means artists cater to customers in the form of a surfeit …

Music

Watch Brady sumo wrestle in Japan. Yes, you read that right

Tom Brady has been in the NFL for 17 seasons now, so he is probably pretty used to getting slammed by enormous men at this point. Even so, the Pats …

New England

Rear admiral to investigate fatal Navy collision off Japan

A rear admiral has been named to head the U.S. Navy's investigation into a collision off Japan that took the lives of seven sailors aboard the USS …

U.S. Navy

You Too Can Smell Like A Sumo Wrestler With This Fragrance

Look at your perfume or cologne rack. You’ve got Givenchy, Gucci, Prada, Yves Saint Laurent, and if you’re in Japan, quite possibly Sumo? Yes, “sumo” …

Geek

China peddles into Japan with bike-sharing giant service

Chinese bicycle-sharing startup Mobike Technology Co Ltd will expand its services into the overseas market and launch in Japan later this …

Tencent

GE wins 66MW order in Japan

JAPAN: GE Renewable Energy will supply the turbines for the 66MW Akita Katagami wind project in the Akita prefecture in the north of Honshu.

Turbines

Japanese superstar Takuya Kimura turns himself in for police investigation after causing chain collision - From Around The World

Japanese superstar Takuya Kimura has turned himself in to the police for investigations after he allegedly caused a chain collision while driving in …

Evidence That Cakes, Chocolate And Coffee Descend From Japan

Coffee beans, according to a lot café signboards, originates in places such as Kenya and Colombia. Brewing methods we normally presume have descended from Europe, hence names such as Viennese and a plethora of Italian-language drink titles. Put your cup down. The brew in it may have been dripped …

Taipei

Japan Wants Tourists, Except Those in Mario Costumes Driving Go-Karts

TOKYO—On their recent honeymoon in Japan, Jason and Nicole Francis savored the temples of the ancient capital of Kyoto and unwound at a resort with a private hot spring. Later they dressed up as a lime-green dinosaur and an Italian plumber and sped through the streets of Tokyo in go-karts.<p>“I picked …

World News

‘Wonder Woman’ Partners With Hello Kitty in Japan for Adorable Promotion

In Japan, “Wonder Woman” will get some help from homegrown hero Hello Kitty to promote the DC Comics film.<p>The promotion marks the first time Hello …

Comics

Tokyo's Summer Festivals You Don't Want to Miss!

Update: 29 April 2017<p>In June, famous shrines in Tokyo hold matsuri (summer festivals) following age old traditions. With many events that both kids …

Festivals

Thousands of Japanese Woodblock Prints Just Became Available Online

Detail from “The Warrior Fujiwara Hidesato Battling the Giant Centipede” by woodblock artist Katsukawa, Shuntei, 1770-1820. The woodblock print is …

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