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All the latest news on Japan

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    Volcanic tremors have forced rescuers to suspend their search for victims of a deadly eruption and avalanche at a central Japanese ski resort. (abc.net.au)

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    On a chilly, wet Saturday in November, I made my way over to Senzoku Gakuen, a renowned private all-girls junior and senior high school located almost equal distance between Tokyo and Yokohama. I had been invited to assist at a college fair sponsored by the school together with a nonprofit that does these things — the U.S. College Alumni Network of Japan (USCANJ). (Japan Times)

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    Tokyo prosecutors have served the president of a supercomputer venture with a fresh arrest warrant on suspicion of corporate tax evasion. (NHK)

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    The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has held its first tourism promotion event in Moscow. (NHK)

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    Organizers of an international lunar probe contest say the competition is likely to end in March without a winner, as none of the participating teams will be able to meet the deadline. (NHK)

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    Japan has released images of a suspected violation of UN Security Council resolutions by a North Korea-registered tanker. (NHK)

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    A Japanese team competing in an international lunar probe contest says it will keep working to become Japan's first team to reach the Moon, separate from the event. (NHK)

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    It’s often said that the three most important things in real estate are location, location, and location. That goes double for land-scarce Japan, making location the top six priorities, but the important question then becomes what makes a good location? (Japan Today)

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    Mystery surrounds the Tokyo prison life of Chizuo Matsumoto, the guru of the now-defunct Aum Shinrikyo doomsday cult, even as he appears to be approaching the gallows. (Jiji)

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    Police in Kurume City, Fukuoka Prefecture, have arrested three teenagers on charges of inflicting injuries on a 16-year-old girl after they forced her to jump off a bridge. (Japan Today)

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    The deadly eruption of Mount Motoshirane in Gunma Prefecture, eastern Japan, the previous day was highly likely a phreatic explosion in which groundwater was vaporized by magma and burst out, the Meteorological Agency said Wednesday. (Jiji)

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    Police and firefighters have resumed search operations at a ski resort at Mount Kusatsu-Shirane, which erupted on Tuesday, killing one and injuring 11. (NHK)

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    Tokyo experienced its coldest day in 48 years on Thursday when the temperature fell to minus 4 degrees in the morning. (Japan Today)

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    The Japanese and Chinese governments are in the final stage of discussions on a social security agreement aimed at resolving the issue of double payments of pension premiums by Japanese and Chinese employees dispatched to each other’s countries, it has been learned. (the-japan-news.com)

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    Starting Monday, Tokyo Metro Co. will experiment with playing background music on their trains in a bid to provide a more comfortable travel experience for passengers. (Japan Times)

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    Japan will relax hotel regulations later this month to kill two birds with one stone -- catering to international tourists' desire to experience Japanese life and culture and making use of vacant old homes. (Nikkei)

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    Satoshi Uematsu, awaiting trial for the 2016 deadly attack on a facility for the mentally disabled in Sagamihara, Kanagawa Prefecture, has told Jiji Press that he planned to assault another such facility in the same prefecture on the same day. (Japan Times)

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    Tokyo’s ambulance service experienced its busiest day in more than 80 years, officials said Thursday, amid icy conditions as the Japanese capital shivers through its coldest temperatures in decades. (Japan Times)

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    E-commerce giant Rakuten and retail behemoth Walmart are taking aim at Amazon in a partnership that will see the two companies launch an online grocery delivery service in Japan while offering e-readers, e-books and audiobooks to American Walmart customers. (Japan Times)

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  • 01/26/18--20:21: Consumer prices up in 2017
  • Japan's Consumer Price Index for the year 2017 rose for the first time in 2 years. (NHK)

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