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All the latest news on Japan

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    The Japanese government plans to withdraw its proposal for the addition of Amami-Okinawa islands to the UNESCO World Heritage List for now, with a view to resubmitting the application to the international cultural body next year after revamping it, informed sources said Wednesday. (Jiji)

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    Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai) said Thursday it fired a male employee who is alleged to have embezzled about ¥100,000 after overcharging foreign passengers for shinkansen tickets at Shin-Osaka Station on seven occasions this year. (Japan Times)

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    Tokyu Corp. announced Thursday that a new complex comprising a hotel, office and commercial space near Shibuya Station is scheduled to open in September, with the top half occupied by Google. (Japan Times)

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    At least 10 components apparently fell from a Japan Airlines plane and hit a window of a clinic and a car in Kumamoto Prefecture on Thursday, local police said, adding no one is believed to have been injured. (Japan Times)

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    Nihon University officials were questioned by the Japan Sports Agency on Thursday about a controversial dangerous tackle by a player of the university's American football team that injured an opponent player. (Jiji)

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    The balance of foreign assets held by Japan as of the end of 2017 surpassed 1,000 trillion yen for the first time ever, a government report showed Friday. (Jiji)

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    At least 331 cryptocurrency traders in Japan reported over 100 million yen in miscellaneous incomes in their tax returns for 2017, when digital currency prices spiked, National Tax Agency data showed Friday. (Jiji)

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    Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Friday set proposals that the government introduce a multipurpose "mother ship" enabling takeoffs and landings by fighter jets. (Jiji)

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    Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called on Russia to help resolve the 2 countries' territorial issue, for the sake of regional peace, stability, and economic development. (NHK)

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    The former head of a school operator at the center of a scandal involving its discounted purchase of state land was granted bail Friday along with his wife, about 10 months after being arrested on suspicion of fraudulently receiving public subsidies. (Japan Today)

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  • 05/25/18--23:12: M5.2 quake hits Nagano
  • A quake with a magnitude of 5.2 struck Nagano Prefecture on Friday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said, adding that no tsunami warnings were issued. (Japan Today)

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    Tokyo Metropolitan Police are searching for a man who bludgeoned an officer with a hammer in Shibuya Ward early Thursday, reports the Yomiuri Shimbun (tokyoreporter.com)

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    The president of Nihon University has apologized over a violent incident in an American football match earlier this month. (NHK)

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    A man was shot dead by a police officer after committing knife attacks in Kumamoto Prefecture, southwestern Japan, on Monday. (Jiji)

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    Coca-Cola has chosen Japan to launch its first alcoholic beverage, debuting on Monday a fizzy, lemon-flavored concoction called Lemon-Do that seeks to capitalize on the growing popularity of chūhai drinks. (Japan Times)

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    Eyes across Japan and Vietnam will be watching next month when a Japanese man stands trial for killing a 9-year-old Vietnamese girl who lived with her family in a city east of Tokyo. (Nikkei)

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    As Japan’s most popular showbiz personality, Takuya Kimura, 45, more commonly known as Kimutaku, has been in the public eye since 1988, when he was chosen to be one of six boys to form the new boy band SMAP, which became a Japanese phenomenon beloved by all ages. (Japan Today)

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    The Japanese government plans to ease restrictions on unskilled foreign nationals seeking to work in Japan, Nikkei learned Tuesday, as the country grapples with a serious labor shortage. (Nikkei)

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    Tokyo Metropolitan Police have launched an investigation after an infant’s corpse was found in a coin-operated locker in the Kabukicho red-light district of Shinjuku Ward, reports TBS News (tokyoreporter.com)

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    League officials have decided to expel 2 former Nihon University American football coaches over a dangerous foul that has made headlines in Japan. (NHK)

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