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All the latest news on Japan

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  • 02/25/18--21:49: Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics
  • The Winter Olympics in PyeongChang just had their closing ceremony and that means the world turns it's attention to Japan. (ONLY in JAPAN)

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    The Japanese government says it will issue the J-ALERT nationwide emergency warning system in multiple languages. (NHK)

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    Saitama Prefectural Police have arrested a 68-year-old man over the fatal stabbing of his male acquaintance in Niiza City on Friday, reports TBS News (tokyoreporter.com)

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    Kanagawa Prefectural Police have arrested a 29-year-old man for allegedly stabbing his male roommate at their residence in Yokohama early Saturday, reports TV Asahi (tokyoreporter.com)

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    Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a 41-year-old man who is believed to be a notorious pickpocket who targeted victims inside rail cars. (tokyoreporter.com)

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    As residents and tourists in Kyoto complain more about higher prices, hotel shortages and crowds at train stations, shrines and temples, Kansai’s corporate leaders are searching for ways to keep visitors coming. (Japan Times)

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    A 47-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of kidnapping a 17-year-old high school girl after he took her to his home in Tokyo’s Setagaya Ward and kept her there for six days following an online correpondence, police said Sunday. (Japan Today)

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    Japan earned a total of 13 medals, including four golds, in the Pyeongchang Olympic Games, which ended on Sunday, with the total number marking a record high for the country in the history of the Winter Olympics. (Jiji)

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    The Japanese arm of German automaker Porsche says more than 28,000 email addresses have been leaked via a hack. (NHK)

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    Japan's labor ministry says additional irregularities have been found in the employee work-hour data used for Diet debate on working system reform. (NHK)

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    Sales of digital comic books exceeded that of paper-based comics in Japan last year for the first time. (NHK)

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    Japanese police on Monday searched locations linked to yakuza crime syndicate groups over their alleged organized involvement in simultaneous fraudulent withdrawals totaling 1.8 billion yen from automated teller machines in Japan in 2016. (Jiji)

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    Aichi Prefectural Police have re-arrested a 38-year-old man over the fatal robbery and attempted rape of a female relative at her residence in Mizuho Ward last month, reports the Yomiuri Shimbun. (tokyoreporter.com)

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    Rakuten applied for a cellular frequency band with Japan's communications ministry on Monday, aiming to launch service in 2019 as the country's fourth wireless carrier. (Nikkei)

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    It's an underappreciated nuance of Japanese culture that the public employment office is known as "Hello Work." It's an incredibly cute and festive name that you could easily imagine Rip Taylor shouting as he fires puffs of confetti into the air. (Japan Today)

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    The Abe government plans to make it easier for foreign nationals with expertise in animation and illustration to obtain permanent residency in a bid to attract talent and further promote Japanese pop culture overseas. (Japan Times)

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    Pictograms on how to use Japanese electric toilets have been registered as a global standard, the government said Monday, in a step aimed at making such signs more familiar to the growing number of foreign tourists visiting the country. (Kyodo)

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    The Japanese Olympic team returned home from Pyeongchang on Monday. Japan's athletes won 13 medals in all. That's the most any Japanese team has ever won at a Winter Games. (NHK)

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    Additional body parts likely belonging to a missing Japanese woman have been found in western Japan after a search based on information provided by an U.S. citizen arrested for alleged confinement of the woman, police sources said Monday. (Jiji)

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    Minpaku (private lodging) services --- in which accommodations in private residences are rented out to travelers --- are being counted on as a solution to a shortage of hotel rooms to serve the growing numbers of inbound tourists, particularly as the nation prepares to host the 2020 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Japan Times)

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