Japan

Spring 2017: When and where to see the cherry blossoms in Japan

Time to celebrate <i>sakura</i>-lovers – Japan’s annual cherry blossom forecast for 2017 is out!<p>This is definitely one of the most anticipated forecasts for …

Kyoto

Japan Explores Ways For Emperor To Abdicate The Throne

Months after Japan's Emperor Akihito hinted that he would like to step down from the throne, a government panel has come up with ways for the monarch to abdicate his powers — something that's not provided for in Japanese law.<p>Drawing on research and interviews about Japan's constitution and …

Monarchy

Traditional Japanese Craftsmanship: Tatami in the 21st Century

Posted on January 23, 2017<p>by Lisa Yamashita Allen<p><b>An interview with award-winning tatami craftsman, Mitsuru Yokoyama</b><p>Tatami is a rush-covered straw mat …

Kyoto

Designer Visit: A Garden Inspired by Japan, in Westchester County, New York

When Peter Blum and his wife, Rita, had a modern house built in Irvington, New York, they hired a landscape architect to turn the existing grounds into an informal meadow landscape. But they saved one large patch of construction dirt for a different designer—Marc Peter Keane, a specialist in …

Landscaping

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is still pitching Trump on TPP

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday he believed U.S. President Donald Trump understood the value of free trade and that he would keep pitching a multinational trade pact that Trump's administration has vowed to exit.<p>"I believe President Trump understands the …

Shinzo Abe

Japanese Emperor's Abdication Moves a Step Closer

TOKYO—There is a strong case for allowing Japan’s 83-year-old Emperor Akihito to step down, a government panel said on Monday, giving Parliament a green light to permit the first abdication in the nation’s modern history.<p>The emperor expressed his desire to abdicate in August, citing his age, …

World News

As Trump takes control of nukes, Hiroshima’s ex-mayor urges him to meet atomic-bomb survivors

Another voice has joined the chorus of those pleading with newly inaugurated President Trump to exercise restraint when it comes to use of nuclear weapons by the United States — this time from a Japanese city that has seen firsthand the devastating effects of an atomic bomb.<p>Tadatoshi Akiba, the …

Hiroshima

China Slams Abe for Dividing ASEAN

China is not happy with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's high-profile visits to the Philippines, Australia, Indonesia and Vietnam over concerns …

South China Sea

Japan enters uncharted waters as emperor's abdication pondered

| TOKYO<p>Japan is moving to adopt a law allowing its octogenarian Emperor Akihito to abdicate but many touchy topics, such as his title and duties, remain to be settled before the monarch can retire in a step unprecedented for two centuries.<p>Japanese law does not currently allow an emperor to give up …

Music Monday: The Watanabes

The Watanabes have about as much in common with the popular Japanese surname as the English band The Smiths have with, well, Smith. The 80s English …

Japanese Culture

Japan Moves Into Sumo's Top Tier After Two-Decade Absence

TOKYO—Japan’s national sport of sumo, racked by scandals in recent years and dominated by Mongolian wrestlers, is finally getting a local champion again.<p>On Monday, an advisory panel to the Japan Sumo Association recommended the elevation of Kisenosato to the rank of yokozuna, or grand champion, the …

Majority of Japan firms plan no wage hike, a blow to Abenomics: Reuters poll

TOKYO (Reuters) - Nearly two-thirds of Japanese companies do not plan to hike their workers' wages this year, a Reuters poll showed, a blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's campaign for higher pay to spur a recovery and a way to end two decades of deflation.<p>The Reuters Corporate Survey, conducted …

Shinzo Abe

Japan ETFs Still Merit Attention

Japanese equities and the corresponding exchange traded funds have been among the most solid developed markets options over the past several months, a trend that is continuing to start 2017, though on a modest scale. For example, the iShares Currency Hedged MSCI Japan ETF (NYSEArca: HEWJ) is up …

Stocks

Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka won't pitch for Japan in World Baseball Classic

The Japanese right-hander said so on Monday<p>Yankees ace right-hander Masahiro Tanaka won't pitch in the upcoming World Baseball Classic, the AP reports. "[T]aking various things into consideration, it would be difficult so I will not participate," Tanaka said on Monday.<p>Tanaka, 28, is coming off a …

Sports

Japanese banks agree to not call in some Toshiba loans early for now - sources

TOKYO (Reuters) - Main Japanese lenders of Toshiba Corp have agreed to not call in some of their loans early for now even as recent downgrades of the troubled firm's credit ratings violate some provisions in debt agreements, two people with direct knowledge of the matter said.<p>Toshiba on Jan. 10 …

Banking

Japanese government panel leans to one-off law for emperor's abdication

TOKYO (Reuters) - A Japanese government panel suggested on Monday that a one-off law allowing Emperor Akihito to abdicate was the preferable way to let the octogenarian monarch step down, rather than revising the Imperial House Law to also let future emperors retire.<p>An interim report by the panel …

World News

Japan's Mitsubishi Regional Jet maker again delays first delivery

TOKYO (Reuters) - Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp on Monday confirmed deliveries of Japan's first passenger jet in half a century would be delayed by another two years because the plane's electrical systems need to be reconfigured.<p>The postponement of the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ), the fifth since the …

21st Century

The photographs of pioneering Japanese surrealist Kansuke Yamamoto

<i>A photograph by Kansuke Yamamoto, 1950.</i> <br>Future photographer Kansuke Yamamoto’s father, Goro Yamamoto, was a talented photographer himself. The elder …

Japanese Art

Japan finance ministry, BOJ discuss the start of Trump's tenure

TOKYO (Reuters) - Top officials from Japan's finance ministry, central bank and financial regulator met on Monday to exchange views on global financial markets, the finance ministry said.<p>The meeting comes amid uncertainty about how financial markets will respond to U.S. President Donald Trump, who …

Business

Shinzo Abe: Trump is "trustworthy"

[H]is appearance, according to the people familiar with Mr. Trump's thinking, went too far, in the president's opinion. <b>— New York Times</b><p>Putting …

Shinzo Abe

Japan government keeps its economic assessment in January

Japan's government has kept unchanged the overall assessment of the economy made last month - that it is recovering gradually though pockets of weakness remain.<p>Wages and labour conditions are improving, the government said while warning of uncertainties in the global economy plus fluctuations in …

Bank of Japan

Japan to continue talks with Russia on joint economic activity on Kuril Islands

TOKYO, January 23. /TASS/. Japan plans to continue talks with Russia with the goal of creating a "special system" for carrying out a joint economic …

Russia

Aichi cops identify suspect in love hotel murder as victim's boyfriend

AICHI (TR) – Aichi Prefectural Police have identified the 24-year-old male suspect in the murder of a teenage girl inside a room of a love hotel in …

Crime

Planning for Japan: 2017

It looks like we have a bit of an itinerary for this year’s trip to Japan! To avoid overloading ourselves with too many destinations, we’ve narrowed …

Japan Travel

Convenient Tatami Beds – 27 Examples

Posted in Bedrooms | 0 comments<p>A gorgeous and cozy neutral bedroom with sign and black and white framed photograph and cool tatami bed<p>Awesome tatami …

Kyoto

Prime Minister Shinzō Abe Supports Loosening Restrictions on Foreigners Working in Japan

Since 2002, the Japanese government (specifically, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry) has promoted Japan's wealth of cultural exports — …

Anime

Adult colouring book from Japan lets you add colour to famous kabuki scenes and characters

A <b>Japanese manga artist</b> and a <b>legendary kabuki actor</b> worked together to produce this <b>visually stunning</b> new release.<p>If you’re looking for a way to make …

Japanese Art

After the Bomb: 16 Amazing Vintage Photographs That Show Japan’s Rebirth From the Rubble

The second world war left Japan scarred and broken. A new show charts its recovery in the decades after Hiroshima, as street urchins gave way to …

World War II

Niigata school apologizes for 6-month inaction over bullying of Fukushima evacuee

NIIGATA (TR) – The principal of a middle school apologized on Sunday for failing to take action over the bullying of a female student over the …

Fukushima

Evacuation Orders For Thousands as Fire Breaks Out at Japanese Plant

Authorities orders the evacuation of at least 3,00o people after a petrochemical plant fire in the city of Arida, Japan.

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