Tighter security didn’t stop murders 3:56 am, July 29, 2016

Tighter security didn’t stop murders
3:56 am, July 29, 2016

SAGAMIHARA, Kanagawa — Mounting concern over suspect Satoshi Uematsu’s behavior in the more than five months preceding Tuesday’s stabbing rampage prompted the installation of security cameras at…
Eco-mechanics work after class
3:43 am, July 29, 2016
The sounds of an engine rang through the school building after school. As middle school students clad in coveralls watched intently, a streamlined machine glided along a corridor in the school. Forty…
Making people’s minds, bodies sing through music therapy
2:54 am, July 29, 2016
Kyoko Wada discovered music therapy while undergoing treatment for osteoarthritis, and decided to make it her life’s work. She now helps people young and old find joy and improve their behavior thr…
Transplant of iPS cells OK’d in Kobe
1:14 am, July 29, 2016
KOBE (Jiji Press) — The ethics committee of the Kobe City Medical Center General Hospital has approved a surgery plan to transplant retina developed from donor-derived induced pluripotent stem (iPS…
Coins to be changed for e-money at Narita
11:08 pm, July 28, 2016
NARITA, Chiba (Jiji Press) — Narita Airport near Tokyo will install a new exchange machine Friday to change coins into electronic money for the first time at a Japanese airport, its operator said W…
Japanese man taken into custody by China
10:03 pm, July 28, 2016
BEIJING (Jiji Press) — A Japanese man linked to a bilateral exchange group has been taken into the custody of Chinese authorities, following a series of arrests of Japanese citizens in China, it wa…
New governor to demand halt of Sendai N-reactors
9:21 pm, July 28, 2016
KAGOSHIMA (Jiji Press) — New Kagoshima Gov. Satoshi Mitazono said Thursday that he will demand in late August or early September that Kyushu Electric Power Co. suspend the No. 1 and No. 2 reactors …
Group: We will protect you
9:11 pm, July 28, 2016
The Japanese Association of/for People with Intellectual Disabilities, organized by people with such disabilities and their families, released a message Wednesday aimed at reassuring the disabled in …
Rain, rain, gone away
8:45 pm, July 28, 2016
A woman shades herself under strong sunlight in the Ginza district of Tokyo on Thursday, when the Japan Meteorological Agency announced the end of the rainy season in the Kanto region. This year’s a…
Rampage suspect ‘suddenly changed’ in Feb.
8:42 pm, July 28, 2016
SAGAMIHARA, Kanagawa — The suspect in a mass killing Tuesday at a welfare facility for intellectually disabled people in Sagamihara, Kanagawa Prefecture, suddenly changed his attitude toward the fa…
Lawsuits filed over cervical cancer vaccines
8:25 pm, July 28, 2016
TOKYO (Jiji Press) — A total of 63 women in the nation filed damages lawsuits against the government and two drug makers on Tuesday over health problems they allege are related to cervical cancer v…
Women’s average life expectancy tops 87 years
8:13 pm, July 28, 2016
TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The average life expectancy of Japanese women topped 87 years in 2015 for the first time ever, hitting a new record for the third straight year, government data showed Wednesda…
Let’s go to the museum / Visitors able to experience Diet atmosphere
4:05 am, July 28, 2016
Kensei-kinenkan, the Parliamentary Museum in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo, is located opposite the National Diet Building. On the first floor, there is an area offering a chamber experience equipped with authe…
Tohoku bus eases access for rail fans
3:05 am, July 28, 2016
Tohoku tours by bus to visit two local railway lines beloved by camera-toting railroad enthusiasts, known as toritetsu, will begin this summer. The plan was developed by the public-private enterprise…
Feel the coolness
2:05 am, July 28, 2016
Filled with goldfish, a tank at Art Aquarium 2016 is enhanced with light and sound effects at Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall in Tokyo. The exhibition has a total of 8,000 goldfish in tanks of various sizes, r…
World of Kuroyanagi’s popular book re-created
10:30 pm, July 27, 2016
NAGANO — A facility that re-creates the world described in the best-selling autobiographical work “Madogiwa no Totto-chan” (Totto-chan: The Little Girl at the Window) by actress Tetsuko Kuroyan…
Sagamihara knife attacker targeted severely disabled
8:33 pm, July 27, 2016
All of the victims in Tuesday’s knife attack on a welfare facility for intellectually disabled people in Sagamihara, Kanagawa Prefecture, were severely disabled and most were found dead in their bed…
Long hours of TV can cause blood clot
8:18 pm, July 27, 2016
OSAKA (Jiji Press) — People who watch television for over five hours a day are far more likely to die of a lung blood clot, a condition known as pulmonary embolism or economy class syndrome, an Osa…
Sagamihara knife attack / Suspect’s background paints complex picture
8:11 pm, July 27, 2016
The man who allegedly went on a stabbing rampage at a social welfare facility for the disabled on Tuesday once dreamed of becoming a schoolteacher and practiced teaching for about a month at his forme…
Mass stabbing deadliest since World War II
8:10 pm, July 27, 2016
The Tuesday attack that killed 19 people is believed to be the worst knife attack perpetrated since the end of World War II. There have been a number of other cases that targeted many people, includ…
More public schools quake-resistant
8:05 pm, July 27, 2016
TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The education ministry said Tuesday that 98.1 percent of buildings at public primary and middle schools in the country were quake-resistant as of April 1. While the figure wa…
8 natl parks chosen for branding project
7:58 pm, July 27, 2016
TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The Environment Ministry at a meeting of an experts’ panel on Monday selected eight of the country’s 32 national parks for a project aimed at increasing foreign tourists. …
Spreading joy through music
4:05 am, July 27, 2016
The sounds of Yui Ishibashi’s trumpet and Natsuki Yukawa’s piano echoed in harmony around Ark Karajan Plaza at Ark Hills in Minato Ward, Tokyo. An open-air concert lasting about 20 minutes enterta…
Kyushu hot spring towns join forces
3:05 am, July 27, 2016
Two hot spring towns in Kyushu, where tourism has declined due to the Kumamoto Earthquake, are jointly conducting a promotional campaign titled Yume-tsunagu 200-nichi (Connecting dreams for 200 days)…
Sagamihara knife attack / Neighbors, families express fear, shock
9:04 pm, July 26, 2016
Tuesday’s fatal attack at a welfare facility for intellectually disabled people in Sagamihara was a virtually unprecedented rampage in Japan, leaving at least 19 residents of the facility dead. Be…
World’s 1st hair follicle regeneration project eyed
8:35 pm, July 26, 2016
A research team including RIKEN and Kyocera Corp. recently launched a study to develop a treatment for age-related hair thinning conditions such as male pattern baldness by utilizing regenerative med…
‘Pokemon Go’ accidents total 36
8:16 pm, July 26, 2016
TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The number of traffic accidents involving people playing the “Pokemon Go” smartphone game has reached at least 36 in Japan, according to National Police Agency data. None…
19 murdered in knife attack / Ex-employee held over nocturnal assault on social welfare facility
6:38 pm, July 26, 2016
SAGAMIHARA — A 26-year-old man intruded into a social welfare facility for intellectually disabled people in Sagamihara and stabbed 19 residents to death with a knife early Tuesday morning, police s…
Hiroshima kids pray for peace with paper cranes
10:55 pm, July 25, 2016
HIROSHIMA (Jiji Press) — About 500 primary and middle school students in Hiroshima, at a ceremony to wish for world peace on Monday, offered 1,000 orizuru paper cranes to a statue symbolizing child…
Athletes look ahead to Tokyo Games
10:13 pm, July 25, 2016
Seven panelists, including a past Olympic medalist and up-and-coming young athletes, talked about their enthusiasm for the Games at a countdown event at Haneda Airport on Sunday, held to mark four ye…
My 2nd Life / Engineer turns his R&D skills to making jam
9:07 pm, July 25, 2016
Fresh fruit from the Boso Peninsula that would otherwise be unmarketable because it is malformed is being successfully sold as additive-free jam. The jam is the brainchild of Shinobu Isobe, 58, of Ta…
Govt to recommend Nagasaki churches as World Heritage site
8:54 pm, July 25, 2016
TOKYO (Jiji Press) — A Japanese council for cultural affairs endorsed on Monday Christian churches and related sites in Nagasaki and Kumamoto for addition to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 2018….
Theft, accidents reported amid ‘Pokemon Go’ fever
8:52 pm, July 25, 2016
A series of incidents involving ardent players of the smartphone game “Pokemon Go” were reported Saturday and Sunday across Japan. In Mizuho Ward, Nagoya, a 22-year-old female university studen…
Move over birthdays — 10,000th-day celebrations take hold
8:46 pm, July 25, 2016
As a new way of marking the stages of a person’s life, some people have started celebrating the arrival of every 10,000th day. Unlike regular birthdays, these life milestones are unique because t…
Rental car services draw increasing complaints
8:22 pm, July 25, 2016
Users are increasingly complaining about rental car service companies, including people who say they had to pay for repair costs they were not responsible for or suddenly experienced a tire blowing o…
Let’s go to the museum / Museum ‘like a dream world’ for Snoopy fans
8:17 pm, July 25, 2016
Snoopy is one of the world’s best-known characters. The Snoopy Museum Tokyo exhibits original drawings and precious vintage items related to the beloved cartoon dog. The first thing to attract vis…
Storytelling still weaves spell for children
4:05 am, July 25, 2016
Japan’s low birthrate is reflected in various aspects of society, including volunteer activities aimed at reading picture books aloud to children at a library in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture. The…
Stay-cool bento boxes offer sense of food security in summer
3:05 am, July 25, 2016
With this summer’s school holidays under way, many families have to prepare bento lunches for children more often. As children are not served school meals, parents need to prepare lunches when thei…
Museum ghost stories
8:58 pm, July 24, 2016
A storytelling event featuring kaidan ghost stories was held on Saturday at the Edo-Tokyo Museum in Sumida Ward, Tokyo, as part of the ongoing exhibition “From Eery to Endearing: Yokai in the Arts o…
Student wins U.S. piano competition
8:11 pm, July 24, 2016
TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Ryota Yamazaki, a 17-year-old Japanese high school student, has won first prize at the Thomas & Evon Cooper International Competition for pianists, held in Cleveland, it was le…
5-year cancer survival rate rises to 62%
8:08 pm, July 24, 2016
TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The estimated five-year relative cancer survival rate stood at 62.1 percent in Japan, according to the latest survey by the National Cancer Center. The rate from the survey, …
Death from dengue fever confirmed
8:07 pm, July 24, 2016
TOKYO (Jiji Press) — A Japanese woman in her 30s who returned this month from a two-week stay in the Philippines has died of dengue fever, according to the health ministry. It was the first death …
U.S. airman held for drunken driving
8:02 pm, July 24, 2016
NAHA (Jiji Press) — The Okinawa prefectural police arrested a U.S. airman of Kaneda Air Base on Saturday night on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol in the prefecture. The suspect, …
Enhance sweat gland function to reduce odors
2:14 pm, July 24, 2016
In summer, sweat odors become more noticeable. What can be done to avoid that unpleasant sour smell? Prof. Hiroo Yokozeki at Tokyo Medical and Dental University, an expert in dermatology, said, “Sw…
Researchers decode genome of endangered bird
3:05 am, July 24, 2016
A research team has succeeded in mapping the genome of the endangered Yanbaru kuina, or Okinawa rail, which lives only in the Yanbaru area in the northern part of Okinawa Island. This is the first ti…
Game-linked mishaps abroad
9:29 pm, July 23, 2016
The central and local governments, railway companies and other organizations have called for “Pokemon Go” players to be aware of safety as reports of trouble and accidents involving players overs…
Making virtual reality even more realistic
8:26 pm, July 23, 2016
With companies exploring new ways to use virtual reality (VR) technologies, more people are entering virtual worlds that, although created with computers, unfold right before your eyes. VR simulations…
‘Pokemon Go’ catches more players on day 2
8:26 pm, July 23, 2016
“Pokemon Go,” a smartphone game that arrived in Japan on Friday riding waves of explosive worldwide popularity, has brought with it both excitement and anxiety over this new style of gaming. Peo…
5.3% of culprits identified by camera images
10:08 pm, July 22, 2016
TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Culprits were identified by footage mainly from security cameras in 5.3 percent of the criminal cases Japanese police detected in January-June, according to the National Police…
‘Pokemon Go’ debuts in Japan
8:48 pm, July 22, 2016
Smartphone game “Pokemon Go” made its debut in Japan on Friday morning. The app — which was distributed in Western markets prior to its release in Japan and surged in popularity — is also lik…
Rio 2016 / Olympic exhibition opens at Haneda
8:40 pm, July 22, 2016
Museum of architectural miniatures opens
8:16 pm, July 22, 2016
A warehouse museum called Archi-Depot, which exhibits about 250 architectural miniature models, recently opened in the Higashi-Shinagawa district in Shinagawa Ward, Tokyo. An architect proposed the …
Easy shared parking growing in popularity
8:13 pm, July 22, 2016
Parking space sharing services that enable users to search for available parking spots at individuals’ houses and in monthly parking lots are becoming popular. Using these services, drivers can rese…
Smartphone app looks to make mountaineering safer
3:05 am, July 22, 2016
A smartphone app has been developed that not only allows people to apply for climbing registration and travel insurance, but automatically activates when a person approaches the start of a mountain tr…
Public condos misused as minpaku facilities
10:55 pm, July 21, 2016
At least 80 rental condominiums operated by the Urban Renaissance Agency (UR) were misused by tenants as minpaku rental facilities, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned. An independent administrative co…
Regional areas key to tourist spending
8:55 pm, July 21, 2016
The number of foreign tourists is expected to top 20 million in 2016, but their spending per person is declining. Chinese tourists’ “bakugai” shopping sprees for expensive goods have been slowin…
Nikko steam train to run after half-century
8:46 pm, July 21, 2016
For the first time in half a century, a steam locomotive will travel along Tobu Railway Co.’s Kinugawa Line in Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture, next summer. Japan Railways companies will provide railway c…
Report: Dhaka attack suspect list includes longtime resident of Japan
8:17 pm, July 21, 2016
TOKYO (Jiji Press) — A longtime resident of Japan appears on a list of “10 high-value suspects” issued by the Bangladeshi government in connection with the terror attack in the Bangladeshi capi…
Crime headed for record low
8:13 pm, July 21, 2016
TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The number of criminal offenses is on track to fall below one million for the first time ever this year, National Police Agency data showed Thursday. The current lowest level…
Light rail transit points to post-car society
4:05 am, July 21, 2016
Some urban planning initiatives are in the spotlight for their efforts to make cars less essential to daily life, thus reducing emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases that contribute …
Recycling bento boxes becoming more popular
3:05 am, July 21, 2016
Recycling bento boxes, which are sold mainly at lunchtime, is becoming more common across the nation. The packages are being modified to facilitate recycling in the aim of reducing waste and CO2 emi…
Newspark turns over new leaf
9:30 pm, July 20, 2016
The newly refurbished Japan Newspaper Museum, also known as Newspark, reopened Wednesday. The museum had been closed since celebrating its 15th anniversary last August. A highlight of the exhibitio…
J.League nets major broadcast deal
9:04 pm, July 20, 2016
TOKYO (Jiji Press) —The J.League said Wednesday it has concluded a huge 10-year broadcast rights deal, set to start in 2017, worth about ¥210 billion with major British online sports content distri…
Foreign visitors hit record high
8:45 pm, July 20, 2016
TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The estimated number of visitors to Japan in January-June grew 28.2 percent from a year before to a record 11,713,800, topping the 10-million threshold for the first time ever …
Onishi talks to reporters from ISS
8:14 pm, July 20, 2016
TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Astronaut Takuya Onishi expressed his eagerness to work hard at the International Space Station, at his first press conference from the ISS on Tuesday night. “The ISS is an…
Eel imports peaking
8:12 pm, July 20, 2016
NARITA, Chiba (Jiji Press) — Imports of eels are peaking ahead of the July 30 Day of the Ox, when many people in the country enjoy grilled eel in the belief the dish helps them cope with the summer…
Obituary / Kyosen Ohashi / Show host
8:09 pm, July 20, 2016
TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Kyosen Ohashi, who cut a distinctive figure in the television industry as show host, writer and entertainer, and briefly entered politics in later years, died on July 12, it wa…
Let’s go to the museum / Step back in time at Edo period village
4:05 am, July 20, 2016
Chiba Prefectural Boso-no-Mura in Sakae, northern Chiba Prefecture, is a hands-on type of museum in which merchant houses, samurai residences, farmer’s homes and other buildings from the Edo period …
Better disaster support needed for disabled kids
3:05 am, July 20, 2016
Three months have passed since Kumamoto Prefecture and its surrounding areas were jolted by earthquakes, a disaster that forced the evacuation of severely disabled children, including those who recei…
Straw boats arrive at Iriomotejima
8:27 pm, July 19, 2016
IRIOMOTEJIMA, Okinawa (Jiji Press) — Two straw boats, in an academic project to re-create a voyage believed to have brought early settlers to the Japanese archipelago about 30,000 years ago, arrive…
S. Korean man gets 4 years in prison for Yasukuni blast
8:26 pm, July 19, 2016
TOKYO (Jiji Press) — A court sentenced a South Korean man on Tuesday to four years in prison with no probation for an explosion at Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo last year. The act by the 28-year-old m…
Corbusier works get nod from UNESCO
9:30 pm, July 17, 2016
ISTANBUL — The Le Corbusier-designed National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo was named a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site on Sunday, following the recommendation in May by the International Coun…
How to become a beer head master
8:33 pm, July 17, 2016
This is the time of year when many yearn for a nice cold beer. The white head that forms when beer is poured is not only beautiful, but also plays an important role in determining the flavor. Th…
Kazuki Tomita wins Bach competition
7:57 pm, July 17, 2016
BERLIN (Jiji Press) — Kazuki Tomita won first prize in the organ category at the International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in Leipzig on Friday. Tomita, 27, from Settsu, Osaka Prefecture, b…
Straw ships depart to recreate old voyage
7:54 pm, July 17, 2016
YONAGUNI, Okinawa (Jiji Press) — Two straw boats departed from the island of Yonaguni Sunday morning under a project to reproduce a voyage believed to have brought early settlers to the Japanese ar…
Father misses smile of Okinawa victim
7:53 pm, July 17, 2016
NAHA (Jiji Press) — The father of the 20-year-old victim in a high-profile murder case, in which a former U.S. marine is accused of the crime, mourned the loss of his daughter in a comment released…
Prayers for quake victims in Kumamoto, 3 months on
10:30 pm, July 16, 2016
MINAMI-ASO, Kumamoto — People prayed for the victims of the Kumamoto Earthquake in Minami-Aso, Kumamoto Prefecture, on Saturday, three months after the magnitude-7.3 main quake jolted the prefectur…
Niigata quake remembered
10:29 pm, July 16, 2016
KASHIWAZAKI, Niigata (Jiji Press) — A memorial service was held in Kashiwazaki in Niigata Prefecture on Saturday to mark the ninth anniversary of a powerful earthquake that struck the prefecture. …
Consult physician before buying a hearing aid
9:12 pm, July 16, 2016
Hearing ability declines with age. If you need to use a hearing aid, consult an otologist and carefully choose one that suits your lifestyle. As you age, the cells that sense sound and the nerves th…
New cancer cases expected to exceed 1 mil. in 2016
9:08 pm, July 15, 2016
TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The number of people who will be diagnosed with cancer in Japan this year is expected to total 1,010,200, up by about 28,000 from the previous year and topping the one-million …
Attack in Nice worries Japanese travelers
8:43 pm, July 15, 2016
Following the horrific attack in the French resort city of Nice, Japanese travel agencies scrambled to confirm the safety of travelers participating in tours of the area, while tourists heading for t…
Amending Imperial House Law no easy task
8:40 pm, July 15, 2016
If the Emperor is to abdicate, it will be necessary to amend the Imperial House Law, among other issues. There are many issues to be settled in realizing his abdication, such as in what circumstance…
Imperial couple may take additional rest in August
8:37 pm, July 15, 2016
The Emperor and Empress are scheduled to take more rest than usual this summer, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned through interviews with an Imperial Household Agency source. It has been reported that…
Ishinomaki fisherman turns catch into art
4:05 am, July 15, 2016
New ways to easily store emergency supplies
3:05 am, July 15, 2016
Young people offered ¥10,000 to get passport
2:05 am, July 15, 2016
Abdication challenges include Emperor’s subsequent status
9:05 pm, July 14, 2016
Careful consideration for constitutional position needed
8:58 pm, July 14, 2016
Political parties would respect intention to abdicate throne
8:54 pm, July 14, 2016
47 Japanese leave
8:51 pm, July 14, 2016
Emperor hopes to abdicate; timing, legal status unclear
8:46 pm, July 14, 2016
Govt team mulls details
8:45 pm, July 14, 2016
Long-lasting lunches beat company canteens / Bento meal options support employees’ work, lifestyles
4:05 am, July 14, 2016
Travel agent makes trips easier for disabled
3:05 am, July 14, 2016
Population falls 7 years in a row
8:58 pm, July 13, 2016
Restored hall opens
8:25 pm, July 13, 2016
Holy site for manga fans to be rebuilt
8:22 pm, July 13, 2016
Court rejects objection to reactor injunction
8:21 pm, July 13, 2016
60% of households feeling hardship
8:18 pm, July 13, 2016
NRA to not review ground motions
8:14 pm, July 13, 2016
A lush carpet
8:42 pm, July 12, 2016
Joban Line section in Fukushima Pref. reopens after 5 years
8:08 pm, July 12, 2016
Husband in disaster-hit area realizes late wife’s dream diner
7:33 pm, July 12, 2016
Tokyo ward rethinks role of centers for children / Drop in school-aged kids puts focus on toddlers, parents
3:05 am, July 12, 2016
Obituary / Rokusuke Ei / TV and radio writer
8:43 pm, July 11, 2016
Cyberstalking via SNS sites on increase
4:05 am, July 11, 2016
Foam hand soaps help fend off food poisoning
3:05 am, July 11, 2016
Healthy school recipes a hit at home
2:05 am, July 11, 2016
Lucky charm
11:12 pm, July 10, 2016
Ex-Takarazuka stars head to N.Y. to stage all-female ‘Chicago’ show
11:10 pm, July 10, 2016
Firms offer incentives to attract youths
11:04 pm, July 10, 2016
Wrong voting slips issued
10:57 pm, July 10, 2016
Fix child safety seats firmly to prevent accidents
3:05 am, July 10, 2016
‘Bookstart’ founder enjoys books with babies in Kamagaya
9:30 pm, July 09, 2016
Soyuz carrying Onishi docks with space station
8:46 pm, July 09, 2016
Soybeans seen as longevity’s key ingredient
8:29 pm, July 09, 2016
Kinkakuji discovery hints at pagoda 100 meters tall
8:27 pm, July 09, 2016
KYOTO — A fragment that can be regarded as part of a legendary pagoda over 100 meters in height was found at Kinkakuji temple (see below) — known for its Golden Pavilion — in Kyoto, local author…
‘Infra-tourism’ floodgates open
8:15 pm, July 09, 2016
Funerals for Dhaka terrorist attack victims held in Tokyo
8:07 pm, July 09, 2016
Nursing care leave rules to be eased
8:02 pm, July 09, 2016
Blood sampling for iPS cell stock OK
7:58 pm, July 09, 2016
Indefinite jail time sought in murder
7:56 pm, July 09, 2016
Man arrested over mutilated body found in Tokyo park
7:55 pm, July 09, 2016
Hiroshima to promote peace through donation system
10:11 pm, July 08, 2016
[Movie] Soyuz successfully blasts off; Message for Onishi from Haneda
9:23 pm, July 08, 2016
Former colleagues of Takuya Onishi at All Nippon Airways, where the astronaut used work as a copilot, deliver a message for him at Haneda Airport. [Released on July 8, 2016] <div align=”center”><sc…
Onishi unable to vote for upper house from ISS
9:13 pm, July 08, 2016
We have liftoff
8:55 pm, July 08, 2016
Hitomi found slow gas flows in galaxy cluster
8:30 pm, July 08, 2016
New wheat variety meant for homegrown pasta
8:19 pm, July 08, 2016
Adult ‘school trips’ offer blast from the past / Special tour packages, hotel services a big hit
8:15 pm, July 08, 2016
Setting rules when kids are home alone / Communication, planning vital for emergency situations
3:05 am, July 08, 2016
Cruise ship calls at Kumamoto port
9:30 pm, July 07, 2016
Suppon turtle added to intl endangered list
8:47 pm, July 07, 2016
Teacher pay cut over anthem backed
8:46 pm, July 07, 2016
Top court orders family deportation
8:42 pm, July 07, 2016
Soyuz carrying Onishi launched successfully
8:42 pm, July 07, 2016
Ex-U.S. marine denies intent to kill
8:40 pm, July 07, 2016
FTC warns 9 textbook publishers over rewards
8:39 pm, July 07, 2016
‘Crying’ ex-assemblyman found guilty
8:37 pm, July 07, 2016
Akita dogs’ ‘profound spirit’ wins admirers
8:35 pm, July 07, 2016
Aiming to grow Tokyo vegetable sales
4:05 am, July 07, 2016
Japanese residents in Dhaka shaken by terrorist attack
8:57 pm, July 06, 2016
Great umbrellas to weather the storm
8:53 pm, July 06, 2016
Jakuchu to be honored at Kyoto festival
8:44 pm, July 06, 2016
45 years of dedication
4:05 am, July 06, 2016
Exhibit shows place of yokai in arts of Japan
3:05 am, July 06, 2016
Restaurant open 24 hours to be launched at Narita Airport
2:05 am, July 06, 2016
Astronaut Onishi fulfilling his dream on Tanabata day
11:30 pm, July 05, 2016
Robotics contest planned for Fukushima Pref. in ’20
10:30 pm, July 05, 2016
Guidelines mulled to prevent minpaku trouble
9:30 pm, July 05, 2016
Plan eyed to replace confusing symbols
8:44 pm, July 05, 2016
Caskets of terror victims come home
8:41 pm, July 05, 2016
Ex-U.S. marine seeks trial in Tokyo court
8:37 pm, July 05, 2016
[Movie] Bodies of Japanese killed in Dhaka attack return home
8:21 pm, July 05, 2016
The bodies of seven Japanese who were killed in a terrorist attack on a restaurant in Dhaka, Bangladesh, last week arrived at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport at about 5:50 a.m. on July 5. Bereaved family mem…
Tense atmosphere engulfs exclusive residential area
11:53 pm, July 04, 2016
Victims held passion for aiding developing nations
9:41 pm, July 04, 2016
Mitaka city unveils yurukyara bestiary
9:00 pm, July 04, 2016
Everyday Exploration / Food drives spread awareness of poverty, food waste
8:21 pm, July 04, 2016
My 2nd Life / From cop to crops: Farming blueberries at 60
8:17 pm, July 04, 2016
Guide dog trainers bridge animals, users
3:05 am, July 04, 2016
Summer sailing
2:05 am, July 04, 2016
Terrorists kill 7 Japanese / Bangladesh attack claims lives of JICA project workers
8:39 pm, July 03, 2016
Firms strengthen security measures
8:25 pm, July 03, 2016
Working to develop Bangladesh
8:24 pm, July 03, 2016
Paleolithic ruins under excavation
8:06 pm, July 03, 2016
Japanese nationals involved in multiple hostage incidents
9:30 pm, July 02, 2016
Chiyoda Ward officials tackle English with tailored learning material
9:07 pm, July 02, 2016
Get your shots and avoid serious illnesses
8:18 pm, July 02, 2016
Govt predicts large quake risks in Chugoku region
8:18 pm, July 02, 2016
GPIF incurs investment loss of over ¥5 tril.
12:07 am, July 02, 2016
Police to set up disaster command units
11:13 pm, July 01, 2016
Surge in land values attributed to tourists
9:45 pm, July 01, 2016
Roadside land values up for 1st time in 8 years
9:38 pm, July 01, 2016
Picture book tells tale of ‘Totoro’s tree’
9:27 pm, July 01, 2016
A word to the rise
8:36 pm, July 01, 2016
Chinese shopping sprees behind sharp rise in Ginza
8:32 pm, July 01, 2016
Light drinking trend proves popular with younger crowd / Cafes, food chains add beers, wines to affordable meal sets
8:05 pm, July 01, 2016
Time runs out on 2,270 criminal cases
6:01 am, July 01, 2016
Ex-inmate granted retrial over 1985 murder
9:36 pm, June 30, 2016
Kitano invited to join U.S. film academy
9:28 pm, June 30, 2016
Concerns rise over economic impact
9:20 pm, June 30, 2016
Nihonium: Scientific milestone for Japan
8:49 pm, June 30, 2016
Tokens of a president
8:40 pm, June 30, 2016
The buyers that got away
9:30 pm, June 29, 2016
Ogasawara birds make a comeback
9:15 pm, June 29, 2016
Ishihara named NHK board chair
7:54 pm, June 29, 2016
JAL pilot arrested for assaulting cop
7:53 pm, June 29, 2016
Plan to digitize textbooks raises concerns / Parents worried over health impact on kids, cost of tablets
4:05 am, June 29, 2016
Metal objects found in rock monuments
11:30 pm, June 28, 2016
Govt to enable use of IoT to prevent diabetes
10:30 pm, June 28, 2016
The glories of summer
10:15 pm, June 28, 2016
1.81 mil. citizens vote early through Sunday
9:30 pm, June 28, 2016
Hokutosei dining car turned into restaurant
8:40 pm, June 28, 2016
Japan ATM fraud linked to hacking of South African bank
8:35 pm, June 28, 2016
Clinical study aims to help restore hair
8:34 pm, June 28, 2016
3 China ships enter waters off Senkakus
8:27 pm, June 28, 2016
Police correct info on Okinawa arrest
8:25 pm, June 28, 2016
Nankai Trough earthquake measures to be boosted
8:23 pm, June 28, 2016
Hiroshima students send paper cranes to U.S.
7:55 pm, June 28, 2016
Obama visit inspires more foreigners to seek out Hiroshima museum
7:54 pm, June 28, 2016
[Movie] Flooding hits Hiroshima Pref.
7:14 pm, June 23, 2016
Flooding is seen in residential areas of Fukuyama, Hiroshima Prefecture, after the nearby river overflowed on June 23. Western Japan was hit by heavy rains from June 22 through the next day, and a tra…
3,600 housing units needed in Kumamoto
10:30 pm, June 14, 2016
2 months after quake, they still can’t go home
8:33 pm, June 14, 2016
Hachiko reunites lovers in same grave / Final wish of owner’s common-law wife fulfilled
9:00 pm, June 10, 2016
Hachi, widely known as the “loyal dog Hachiko” (see below), has brought his family back together again, as the remains of the common-law wife of Hachiko’s owner were recently placed in the same …
Kumamoto Castle repair work starts
7:44 pm, June 08, 2016
Light of hope
8:51 pm, June 02, 2016
Hiroshima a starting point for change
11:52 pm, May 28, 2016
Obama makes origami cranes for Hiroshima
8:30 pm, May 28, 2016
Homeowners unhappy with local govts’ quake damage evaluations
3:05 am, May 26, 2016
Damage from Kumamoto quakes up to ¥4.6 trillion
3:27 am, May 25, 2016
Keeping close watch
9:47 pm, May 24, 2016
Foreigners residing in Kumamoto aid recovery
8:08 pm, May 21, 2016
Race against time in Kumamoto
8:36 am, May 18, 2016
G-7 ministers agree to support female scientists
8:40 pm, May 17, 2016
School lunch resumes in quake-hit town
11:15 pm, May 16, 2016
80% of SDF big choppers couldn’t fly for Kumamoto
8:06 pm, May 16, 2016
Kumamoto Prison gives shelter to locals
4:18 am, May 16, 2016
Tokyo method to cut emissions
4:06 am, May 16, 2016
Environmental concerns linked to economic issues
4:05 am, May 16, 2016
Quake-hit area leaders worried about housing
9:14 pm, May 15, 2016
1 month on, quakes top 1,430; more expected
9:08 pm, May 14, 2016
Stepping forward with prayers
9:00 pm, May 14, 2016
[Movie] 1 month on
6:03 pm, May 14, 2016
70% of evacuees lack plans to exit shelters
9:09 pm, May 13, 2016
Kumamoto Earthquake / 70 designated disaster shelters unusable
8:42 pm, May 13, 2016
Earthquake-ready homes / A one-week stockpile of rations recommended / Store goods underneath bed
8:10 pm, May 13, 2016
Earthquake-ready homes / Quake resistance key to home safety
4:05 am, May 13, 2016

[Movie] The damage up close
8:34 pm, May 12, 2016
Earthquake-ready homes / Keep furniture from toppling over
12:04 am, May 12, 2016

All public schools reopen in quake-hit Kumamoto
9:30 pm, May 11, 2016
Key hospital in Kumamoto village, hit by quake, to close
9:04 pm, May 09, 2016
Kumamoto quakes cause negative effects on medical research
9:12 pm, May 08, 2016
Welcome back, Kumamon
8:50 pm, May 06, 2016
¥170 bil. infrastructure damage seen in Kumamoto
9:30 pm, May 04, 2016
Kumamoto to improve shelters
8:53 pm, May 03, 2016
Donations to Kumamoto made easier
10:58 pm, May 02, 2016
591 students evacuated outside Kumamoto Prefecture
8:30 pm, May 01, 2016
From Kyoto to Kumamoto
8:26 pm, May 01, 2016
Rare photograph shows Hachiko relaxing alone at Shibuya Station
12:00 am, May 01, 2016
A rare, 80-year-old photo has been found of Chuken Hachiko (see below), an Akita dog famous for its unshakable loyalty to his master, that shows it lying on its stomach in front of Tokyo’s Shibuya…
70% still evacuees due to fear of aftershocks
8:42 pm, April 29, 2016
Sites for cauldron proposed
8:30 pm, April 29, 2016
Temporary home construction starts for quake victims
8:17 pm, April 29, 2016
Quakes top 1,000 in Kumamoto, Oita prefs
10:15 pm, April 28, 2016
Quakes disrupted flows of Kyushu groundwater
8:45 pm, April 28, 2016
[Movie] Wish for recovery
7:42 pm, April 28, 2016
Few anti-derailment devices installed for Kyushu Shinkansen
9:30 pm, April 27, 2016
Tremor detectors not useful for all quakes
9:29 pm, April 27, 2016
Many shelters unable to provide spots for disabled
9:30 pm, April 26, 2016
[Movie] A drone films the damaged Uto City Hall in Kumamoto Prefecture
5:22 pm, April 26, 2016
[Movie] A drone films the damaged Kumamoto Castle
5:19 pm, April 26, 2016
Quake resistance in spotlight
8:50 pm, April 24, 2016
2016 Junior Summit / 28 teenagers earnestly discuss global issues
4:07 am, April 24, 2016
Drone confirms serious damage to castle
8:58 pm, April 23, 2016
Key Kyushu Shinkansen route restored
8:33 pm, April 23, 2016
Safety suggestions to help prepare for a nighttime earthquake
10:17 pm, April 22, 2016
Search for missing resumes
8:38 pm, April 22, 2016
Shinkansen service to partially resume Saturday
8:37 pm, April 22, 2016
Kumamoto volunteer effort gathering pace
8:32 pm, April 22, 2016
Evacuee living brings deadly health risks
10:55 pm, April 21, 2016
Aftershock forecasts halted
9:30 pm, April 21, 2016
[Movie] White walls
9:02 pm, April 21, 2016
Kumamoto quake rescue suspended due to heavy rain
8:51 pm, April 21, 2016

11 indirect deaths in Kumamoto
9:19 pm, April 20, 2016
Artists aid victims via Kumamon
9:18 pm, April 20, 2016
Tourism hit in Kyushu
9:15 pm, April 20, 2016
Special unit tends to those displaced
9:07 pm, April 20, 2016
Academic tests canceled in Kumamoto
10:39 pm, April 19, 2016
Another major quake hits Kumamoto
9:54 pm, April 19, 2016
Flights on Kumamoto routes resume
9:20 pm, April 19, 2016
2 more ferries eyed for quake evacuee accommodations
8:52 pm, April 19, 2016
Clots threaten health of quake evacuees
8:39 pm, April 19, 2016
Kumamoto quake death toll rises to 46
8:38 pm, April 19, 2016
Exercises help prevent embolism
7:53 pm, April 19, 2016
Poor planning hinders relief efforts
7:32 pm, April 19, 2016

Another strong quake hits Kumamoto region
6:19 pm, April 19, 2016
[Movie] A drone captures traces of fault movement in Kumamoto Prefecture
5:00 pm, April 19, 2016
[Movie] A drone shows a landslide-hit area in Kumamoto Prefecture
5:00 pm, April 19, 2016
U.S. Ospreys start relief operations
8:48 pm, April 18, 2016
NRA sees ‘no safety problem’ with nuclear plants
8:33 pm, April 18, 2016
Seismic activity spreads southwest
8:31 pm, April 18, 2016

Evacuee shelters overcrowded
8:08 pm, April 18, 2016
Earthquakes’ shallow focus led to violent tremors
2:20 am, April 18, 2016
Japan in Depth / Seismic activity stretched 100 kilometers
8:40 pm, April 17, 2016

Aso Shrine buildings collapse
8:39 pm, April 17, 2016
Search for missing intensifies
8:26 pm, April 17, 2016

Kumamoto hit again; dozens die in M-7.3 quake
9:59 am, April 17, 2016

JMA: Quake on Saturday ‘main’ shock
8:48 pm, April 16, 2016
Experts: Mt. Aso link unlikely
8:39 pm, April 16, 2016
Student apartments collapse
8:32 pm, April 16, 2016
Complex geology behind Kumamoto jolt
8:27 pm, April 16, 2016

9 killed, over 780 hurt in Kumamoto Earthquake
9:00 pm, April 15, 2016
Railways, roads, homes hit hard
8:38 pm, April 15, 2016

Abe pledges utmost support for disaster-stricken Kumamoto
8:18 pm, April 15, 2016
Similarities to Hanshin quake observed
6:39 pm, April 15, 2016

Experts doubt quake will impact volcanoes
6:36 pm, April 15, 2016
G-7 host cities seize moment in spotlight
8:47 pm, April 09, 2016
Shima gears up to attract more foreigners
8:44 pm, April 09, 2016
Fingerprints to be tested as ‘currency’
12:00 am, April 09, 2016
Starting this summer, the government will test a system in which foreign tourists will be able to verify their identities and buy things at stores using only their fingerprints. The government hopes…
So, what do you think?
10:20 pm, April 08, 2016
[Movie] Massive whirlpools
7:54 pm, April 07, 2016
[Movie] A palatial sight
9:20 pm, April 06, 2016
[Movie] Hurry up and wait
10:33 pm, March 31, 2016
Runners carrying drinking glasses and a bottle filled with water on trays compete in the Waiters’ Race in Osaka on March 25. The competition is part of Umekita Festival 2016, which started on the da…
[Movie] Nippon Sharyo rolls ahead, making railway cars since 1896
4:37 pm, March 28, 2016
Nippon Sharyo, Ltd., which started operations in Nagoya in 1896, has manufactured more than 150,000 railway cars, including steam locomoitives, diesel and electric trains. The company produced the fi…
[Movie] Queen Elizabeth comes into Osaka Port
9:24 pm, March 23, 2016

AI-written novel passes literary prize screening
12:00 am, March 23, 2016
A short-form novel “coauthored” by humans and an artificial intelligence (AI) program passed the first screening process for a domestic literary prize, it was announced on Monday. However, the boo…
Olympic authorities call foul on logo use / Some say limits on Games references are too strict
8:50 pm, March 16, 2016
[Movie] Winter marches on
8:58 pm, March 15, 2016
Snowcapped Mt. Fuji looms behind the Ashinoko lake and the tourist resort area of Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture, on Tuesday morning. Unseasonable snowfall on Monday blanketed the area in white.
[Movie] 5 years after the Great East Japan Earthquake / White sandy beach restored
8:36 pm, March 11, 2016
RIKUZEN-TAKATA, Iwate — It took nearly five years to restore the beautiful white sandy shore of the Ono beach to its former glory after the severe damage caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake. …
[Movie] 5 Years after the Great East Japan Earthquake / Stopped clocks show quake scars
8:48 pm, March 10, 2016
TOMIOKA, Fukushima — Clocks that stopped ticking tell the story of what happened five years ago — the strong shaking and the tsunami triggered by the Great East Japan Earthquake as well as the nuc…
[Movie] 5 years after the Great East Japan Earthquake / Gas station sign bears tsunami traces
10:47 pm, March 08, 2016
The vivid red signboard at a gas station stands out on a road that runs along the coast of Rikuzen-Takata, Iwate Prefecture. Attached is a blue arrow and text explaining that the tsunami triggered by…
[Movie] 5 years after the Great East Japan Earthquake / Nowhere to go for contaminated soil
9:40 pm, March 07, 2016
IITATE, Fukushima — Piles of black bags sit in what used to be farmland in the Hiso district of Iitate, Fukushima Prefecture, as if to block the sunlight coming through the clouds. The bags conta…
[Movie] 5 years after the Great East Japan Earthquake / Light of hope returns
2:18 am, March 06, 2016
KAMAISHI, Iwate — Light from a housing complex shines in the dark night. The light comes from a seven-story reinforced-concrete public housing block built for disaster victims from 126 households. …
[Movie] 5 years after the Great East Japan Earthquake / Barricades cast cold light on town
9:21 pm, March 04, 2016
OKUMA, Fukushima — A bus full of workers travels down National Highway Route 6 at the crack of dawn on Friday morning. Five kilometers away is Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear p…
[Movie] 5 years after the Great East Japan Earthquake / School bag of a special little one
2:14 am, March 04, 2016
KAMAISHI, Iwate — Kenichi Suzuki, 72, gently stroked an orange school bag hanging on the wall of the entrance of a temporary house in Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture, where he lives now. Suzuki said hi…
[Movie] 5 years after the Great East Japan Earthquake / Market battles to keep fishery items in stores
9:12 pm, March 03, 2016
IWAKI, Fukushima — Gathering at the Onahama fish market twice a week, middlemen wait impatiently for the arrival of trucks carrying marine products caught in test fishing. Among the catch on Feb…
[Movie] 5 years after the Great East Japan Earthquake / 2011 tsunami left car on 3rd floor
9:13 pm, March 01, 2016
KESENNUMA, Miyagi — An overturned car is seen on the third floor of the Miyagi Prefectural Kesennuma Koyo High School in Kesennuma, left by the 2011 tsunami. When the Great East Japan Earthquake…
[Movie] Frosty reception
2:22 am, February 24, 2016
A white sheet of drifting ice covers waters in the coastal area of Abashiri, Hokkaido. The ice finally reached the coast on the Sea of Okhotsk on Monday — the latest it has ever done so, according t…
Robot caregivers to help elderly
8:38 pm, February 23, 2016
“Please move your body along with me and say ‘banzai.’ Ready?” A 40-centimeter-tall robot led the activities for about 30 elderly people gathered in a hall at Do Life Shinagawa, a day care n…
Public seeks Olympic safety / Counterterrorism measures, medal haul top poll wish list
9:40 pm, February 22, 2016
Firms increasingly eager to hire athletes with disabilities / Eyeing Tokyo Paralympics, support starts expanding
9:20 pm, February 22, 2016
[Movie] PAC-3 deployed
10:19 pm, February 04, 2016
PAC-3 surface-to-air missile systems are deployed at the Ground Self-Defense Force’s Camp Narashino Exercise Area in Chiba Prefecture and Asaka Exercise Area in Saitama Prefecture to shoot down a po…
’64 murals to welcome visitors again in 2020
9:30 pm, February 04, 2016
SEIZE THE WORLD / CEO: Department store stage for Japan beauty
12:00 am, February 01, 2016
Thanks to an increasing number of overseas visitors, particularly Chinese tourists on mass shopping sprees, department stores in Japan are being blessed with profits. As the 2020 Olympics are expected…
SEIZE THE WORLD / Yamamoto: Skill of Japanese craft workers revered globally
12:00 am, February 01, 2016
Even at the age of 72, fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto continues to surprise, just as he shocked the Western fashion world when he made his Paris debut in 1981 with oversized, partly frayed black clo…
Teachers head overseas to gear up for Olympics
9:20 pm, January 29, 2016
Woman battles muscle disease for spot in Rio
4:10 am, January 29, 2016
Hotel planned for Haneda’s intl terminal
9:00 pm, January 23, 2016
‘Olympic hospitals’ prep for international patients
8:43 pm, January 12, 2016
Eyes on the future ’16 / Olympics bring joy to people’s lives
9:00 pm, January 11, 2016
Tokyo to get new exhibition space before 2020 Games
10:45 pm, December 26, 2015
Star dog blazes trail for long-haired Akitas
3:40 am, November 14, 2015
Long-haired Akita dogs have stepped into the spotlight thanks to the popularity of a dog named Wasao (see below). Wasao, a large white long-haired Akita, is famous for appearing on TV shows and in…
[Movie] Explosion occurs at U.S. Army depot in Sagamihara
12:00 am, November 01, 2015
An explosion occurred early Monday morning at a U.S. Army depot in Chuo Ward, Sagamihara, with the ensuing fire destroying most of a one-story warehouse. The explosion took place at 12:45 a.m. at t…
[Movie] An ocean of waste
12:00 am, November 01, 2015
A temporary waste disposal area is covered by a massive amount of debris from the Kinugawa river flooding in Joso, Ibaraki Prefecture, on Wednesday. Six of these areas are already full of debris, prom…
[Movie] 1st snow
12:00 am, November 01, 2015
Snow was observed on top of Mt. Fuji on Sunday afternoon for the first time this autumn from a Yomiuri Shimbun helicopter. According to the Kofu Meteorological Office, this year’s first snow on Mt. …
[Movie] Mother monkey raises her own child, adopts another
12:00 am, November 01, 2015
A mother monkey at the Takasakiyama Natural Zoological Garden in Oita city has attracted attention by raising her own child together with another young monkey abandoned by a negligent parent. The 9-y…
[Movie] Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route ablaze with autumn colors
12:00 am, November 01, 2015
Autumn foliage is now at its height along Tateyama Alpine Route, which runs through the Northern Japan Alps straddling Toyama and Nagano prefectures. This video was taken from a Yomiuri Shimbun helic…
[Movie] Takeda Castle floats on the clouds
12:00 am, November 01, 2015
The stone walls of the ruins of Takeda Castle floated on a sea of clouds in Asago, Hyogo Prefecture, on the morning of Oct. 16, as if they were part of the floating island of Laputa. Feudal warlord Y…
[Movie] Parade featuring famous cars held ahead of Tokyo Motor Show
12:00 am, November 01, 2015
About 80 iconic and new models of cars were showcased in a parade around Tokyo’s Hibiya Park on Oct. 24, ahead of the Tokyo Motor Show to be held from Oct. 30 through Nov. 8. The cars, which parade…
[Movie] Honda, Nissan and Toyota at the Tokyo Motor Show
12:00 am, November 01, 2015
The 44th Tokyo Motor Show opened on Oct. 29. Cars presented by Nissan, Honda and Toyota feature in this video clip taken by the Digital Media Bureau’s streaming team. [Released on Oct. 29] <div a…
[Movie] Tokyo Motor Show press preview
12:00 am, November 01, 2015
Watch the Oct. 28 press preview for the 44th Tokyo Motor Show in this video clip taken by the Digital Media Bureau’s streaming team. [Released on Oct. 28] <div align=”center”><iframe style=”max-w…
Alcohol abuse rises in region hit by quake / Support groups seek out those at serious risk
10:03 pm, October 18, 2015
Alcoholism and related problems are becoming serious in the three Tohoku prefectures severely affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 2011. The deaths of loved ones or the stress of a pro…
Program for gifted kids bears fruit / Children with poor social skills show special ability
7:45 pm, October 11, 2015
Students participating in an educational program for children who have extraordinary talent held their first meeting in Tokyo on Sept. 29 and 30, to report on their activities over the past year. The…
Ambulances to get Olympic upgrades
8:47 pm, August 27, 2015
The Fire and Disaster Management Agency will begin to develop ambulances equipped with an automatic voice translation system starting in fiscal 2016, to deal with a rapid increase of inbound foreign t…
Sakurajima evacuation advisory lifted
9:28 pm, August 22, 2015
KAGOSHIMA — Kagoshima city authorities rescinded an evacuation advisory for the area around Sakurajima on Saturday, citing a lower risk of a major eruption. The decision affects 77 people in 51 hou…
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