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With just a sheet of paper, Japanese artist brings an octopus to ‘real life’

We sometimes can be tricked by our own eyes. This delicate octopus artwork is one among the cases when we may initially mistake it as a drawing before realizing it as a masterpiece of hand-crafted...

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Can Japan attract migrant workers?

Facing an ageing and shrinking population, Japan - one of the most closed countries to immigration - is trying to entice migrant workers to join its labor force. But there are challenges, like no path...

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PlayStation plans new service to take on Xbox Game Pass

Sony Group Corp.’s PlayStation division is planning a new subscription service to compete with rival Microsoft Corp.’s popular Xbox Game Pass, according to people familiar with Sony’s plans and...

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Toy poodle selected as police dog in western Japan

A toy poodle has been selected as a commissioned police dog in Okayama, western Japan. (Nippon TV News 24 Japan)

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Japanese brews ‘space sake’ that tastes ‘like a small universe’ from yeast...

A brewery in Japan’s eastern Fukushima prefecture has created a one-of-a-kind sake using yeast that came from space. (South China Morning Post)

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Sumo's former yokozuna Hakuho recognized for 5 Guinness world records

Sumo elder Magaki, the 36-year-old recently retired former yokozuna Hakuho, has had five records recognized by Guinness World Records, the Japan Sumo Association announced Friday. (Kyodo)

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Opposition party sets sights on expense allowances

One of the big winners of the Oct. 31 Lower House election was the Osaka-based Nippon Ishin no Kai, which tripled the number of seats it occupies in parliament, thus making it the second biggest...

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JAL and ANA will once again accept inbound reservations

Major Japanese air carriers Japan Airlines (JAL) and All Nippon Airways (ANA ) said they will resume accepting new bookings for inbound flights to Japan from Saturday, NHK reported Friday. (Japan Times)

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The Subscription List EXPLAINED・Kanjinchō (1840)

Ichikawa Danjūrō I made a kabuki adaptation of the noh play Ataka as soon as 1702, but it was Namiki Gohei III's 1840 version, created for Ichikawa Danjūrō VII, that became one of the most beloved...

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Education ministry seeks to iron out wrinkles over school history syllabus

History, the orphan child of Japanese education, will acquire new status next year. “Modern global history” is to be made a compulsory subject in senior high schools. (Japan Times)

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Get Your Lucky Charm for the Coming Year!

We went to Japanese traditional market to buy the good luck charm for coming year! (Kimono Mom)

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Japan to introduce speedy drug approval for emergencies

The health ministry has presented an outline for new pharmaceutical approval rules in emergencies, in what it says would make the procedure as speedy as those in Europe and the United States. (Japan...

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Riding the Brand New First Class Bullet Train in Japan (Tokyo→Shin-Osaka)

N700S Series went into service in July 2020. This time, I took First Class seat(green seat) from Tokyo to Shin-Osaka. (Kuga's Travel)

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Baseball: Ichiro surprise guest for Matsuzaka retirement ceremony

Recently retired pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka bid farewell in a speech Saturday at the Seibu Lions' fan appreciation day, where Ichiro Suzuki surprised him and presented his former opponent and Japan...

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Another Japanese punch for China | Japan cancels China bond market.

Japan’s Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF) has announced that it will not invest in Chinese government bonds. (TODAY NEWS)

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Japan cautiously enters year-end party season amid omicron concerns

Japan is entering its end-of-year party season with most COVID-19 restrictions lifted based on low numbers of cases, but concerns about the emergence of the omicron coronavirus variant are likely to...

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Japan to step up vaccine aid to developing nations

Japan plans to step up its support for the delivery of coronavirus vaccines to developing countries in response to global spread of the Omicron variant. (NHK)

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Japan asks airlines to submit data daily on inbound flight bookings

Japan's transport ministry has asked each air carrier to submit data every day on bookings for inbound international flights as the country steps up efforts to keep out the Omicron coronavirus variant,...

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Japan expands tougher quarantine rules to India, Greece, Romania

India, Greece and Romania, as well as four U.S. states, will be added Sunday to Japan's list of places from which returning Japanese nationals and foreign residents will be subject to stricter...

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Coming-of-age events held for Princess Aiko

Princess Aiko, the daughter of Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako, attended coming-of-age celebratory events on Sunday. (NHK)

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Snowboarder Iwabuchi wins World Cup Big Air event

Japanese snowboarder Iwabuchi Reira has won her first World Cup Big Air title of the season. (NHK)

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Why Are Chikan Common in Japan? | The Japan Report

Why are there many chikan in Japan? What should we do to fix this chikan problem? (Japanese Comedian Meshida)

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Japan is Dying by its Student Loan Crisis

In this day and age, it's so difficult to earn money enough to pay back student loans which many college students here don't realize, so they borrow a lot. (Nobita from Japan)

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Inside Japan's Coolest Store! This Place Has Everything!

Today we get exclusive access to what just might be Japan's coolest and craziest store. A shop focused on finding the most interesting products, both Japanese, and from abroad, and gathering them all...

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Japan decides to forbid duty-free purchases by foreign students

Foreign students in Japan will no longer be permitted access to duty-free purchases in response to suspected cases of reselling and complaints of cumbersome eligibility checks. (lokmat.com)

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