Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu doesn't miss a beat, leads Autumn Classic after short program

Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu seized the lead with a fluid skate in the men's short program on Friday at the Autumn Classic International. Hanyu is skating in his first competition since becoming the first man to repeat as Olympic champion since Dick Button in 1952. Hanyu scored 97.74 points, putting him well ahead of second-place finisher […]

'We can't use Korean names': Japan's large pro-Pyongyang diaspora lives amid suspicion & isolation

Thousands of ethnic Koreans living in Japan pledge loyalty to Pyongyang. Many of them have never actually been in North Korea but, against all odds, still consider its leaders as their own and the communist country as homeland. About 150,000 Japanese Koreans remain loyal to Pyongyang, which makes up around a quarter of the local […]

Osaka: Japan's second city is full of secrets, ancient rituals and adventure

GETTY Osaka is not beautiful but its surroundings truly are It’s the second time she’s told me this and it’s no more convincing but it temporarily distracts me from the fact that I’m about to get naked with a group of strange men. It’s all about experiencing the authentic bathing ritual at “onsen”, hot spring […]

Russia blocks Japan's UN draft on 30 day extension of Syria chemical probe mission

Published time: 17 Nov, 2017 23:38 Edited time: 17 Nov, 2017 23:46 The UN Security Council has failed to adopt a new resolution on the extension of the UN-OPCW The Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) on chemical weapons attacks in Syria. Russia and Bolivia voted against Japan’s new draft. The draft envisioned a “technical” extension of […]

Japan's Kobe Steel loses customers, finds cheating was more widespread

TOKYO — Kobe Steel sank deeper into crisis on Friday as the embattled company said it had lost some customers to competitors because of widespread data falsification that had extended to its mainstream steel sheet business. Japan’s third-largest steelmaker, which supplies the world’s top airline and automobile manufacturers, also said it had violated statutory standards […]

U.S. Open: Japan's Osaka stuns defending champ Kerber in 1st round

Angelique Kerber left the U.S. Open last year on top of women’s tennis, with a second Grand Slam title and the No. 1 ranking. She leaves this year after one match — unsure of exactly what went wrong during a season-long slump. The sixth-seeded German was beaten by Naomi Osaka of Japan 6-3, 6-1, the first defending […]

Japan's labour market is tight. So why aren’t wages rising?

TRIMLY DRESSED deliverymen, polite and punctual, are ubiquitous in Japan. So it was shocking to see one of them kicking his parcels and hurling his trolley outside a block of Tokyo flats after apparently finding no one at home. Captured on a camera phone last December, this incident of “parcel rage” went viral, forcing Sagawa […]

Panasonic is building the solar roof for Japan's Prius plug-in

Panasonic has developed a full-length solar roof available on the Japanese version of the Toyota Prius Prime plug-in hybrid. According to Panasonic, the roof is a significant improvement over past solar automotive solar panels due to its significantly improved output. The panel is capable of producing 180 watts of electricity, which is apparently enough to […]