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All the latest news on Japan
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    Japan's Defense Ministry will raise the age limit of applicants for Self-Defense Forces members and cadets from the current 26 to 32 as early as October, ministry officials said Tuesday. (Jiji)

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    Overall pay for workers in Japan in June posted the steepest growth in over 21 years in real terms, as bonuses increased on upbeat corporate earnings, the labor ministry said Tuesday. (Jiji)

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    Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito is set to make an official visit to France on Sept. 7-15. (Jiji)

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    Kei Komuro, whose marriage to Japanese Princess Mako has been postponed, left Japan on Tuesday to study at Fordham University's law school in New York. (Jiji)

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    More than 70,000 people have been taken to hospitals across Japan since late April with symptoms of heatstroke. (NHK)

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    Tokyo Medical University has admitted to tampering with entrance exam scores to raise the bar for women and for men who failed such exams several times. (NHK)

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    Facial recognition software is to be introduced at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games for the first time in the history of the event. (NHK)

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    A strong typhoon is expected to come very close to Japan's eastern Pacific coast from Wednesday through Thursday, bringing strong winds and heavy rain. (NHK)

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  • 08/09/18--00:05: Okinawa Governor Onaga dies
  • Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga has died. He was 67. (NHK)

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    People in Japan are observing 73 years since American forces carried out their second atomic bomb attack on the country during World War Two. (NHK)

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    A typhoon making its way up Japan's Pacific coast has been downgraded to a severe tropical storm but officials say conditions could still be dangerous. (NHK)

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    Saitama Prefectural Police and Tokyo Customs on Thursday announced the bust of a marijuana smuggling ring that has netted 12 persons, reports the Sankei Shimbun (tokyoreporter.com)

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    Local organizers announced the road cycling courses for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Thursday and declared them "extremely difficult." (Kyodo)

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    The government plans to upgrade the Justice Ministry’s Immigration Bureau to an affiliated agency in April next year in preparation for accepting more foreign workers, sources said Wednesday. (Japan Times)

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    In what appears to be an unusual mix, tech giant Sony Corp. opened a “park” in the middle of the Tokyo’s ritzy Ginza district on Thursday with four subterranean levels. (Japan Times)

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    The operator of Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear reactors said Thursday it had stopped selling a souvenir at the plant after facing a storm of online criticism saying it was inconsiderate. (Japan Today)

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    Hokkaido Prefectural Police on Tuesday arrested an officer for exposing himself to women in Sapporo earlier this year, reports Jiji Press (tokyoreporter.com)

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    The parents of Princess Mako of Japan have informed the mother of her commoner fiancé that they will not permit the wedding to go ahead until a financial dispute within his family is solved. (smh.com.au)

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    A Gunma Prefectural Government rescue helicopter crashed in the mountains Friday and the bodies of eight of the nine passengers have been found, the prefectural police said. (Japan Times)

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    Izakaya Japanese-style pubs are bringing in a new kind of customer, foreign tourists. (Nikkei)

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    Japan's SoftBank Group has agreed to invest an additional $1 billion in shared-office company WeWork, where SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son sees the potential for a repeat of his lucrative bet on Alibaba Group Holding. (Nikkei)

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    Tokyo topped a list of the world's most innovative cities on Friday, leapfrogging London and New York after embracing the"globe-shaking trends of robotics and 3D manufacturing". (Japan Today)

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    The life and times of Japan's first golfer: Amsterdam 1605 (thesamuraigolfer.com)

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    Japanese police carried out a climbing safety campaign on Mount Fuji on Mountain Day on Saturday. (NHK)

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    A Japanese man has recently been taken into custody in North Korea, government officials said Saturday as Tokyo tried to obtain information on the case. (Japan Times)