Japan’s Nikkei hit a 20-month low after US stocks took a dive amid unrest, fear stoked by Trump

Yohei Fukai/Kyodo News via AP Japanese stocks plunged Tuesday and other Asian markets declined following heavy Wall Street losses triggered by President Donald Trump’s attack on the U.S. central bank. The Nikkei 225 fell by an unusually wide margin of 5.1 percent to 19,147.45 points. The Shanghai Composite Index lost 2.1 percent to 2,473.75. Benchmarks […]

Japan’s Nikkei crashes 5% as US markets see worst December since Great Depression

Japan’s Nikkei 225 and Topix indices have both tumbled by roughly 5% to a 20-month low after US markets suffered their worst Christmas Eve crash on record. On the heels of the US markets crash, Nikkei 225, which has been slowly sliding downward over the past weeks, dropped sharply to 19,144 on open Tuesday, down […]

Japan’s Hayabusa 2 mission lands on target asteroid

After months of hovering around its target, Japan’s Hayabusa 2 mission has made contact. Two of the host spacecraft’s landers (ROVER-1A and 1B) have touched down on the surface of the asteroid 162173 Ryugu and have already been hopping around as they take photos (like the one above) and gauge the space rock’s temperature. As […]

Japan’s largest warship trains with US naval strike group in contested South China Sea

Japan’s newest helicopter carrier, Kaga, has trained with the USS Ronald Reagan Strike Group, showcasing its military might during a tour in the contested South China Sea, amid tensions between Beijing and US-backed Tokyo. The two navies practiced sailing in formation and joint maneuvering on Friday. The ships also trained in replenishment-at-sea procedures. The drill […]

Are Japan’s Part-Time Employees Working Themselves to Death?

On a sunny morning in June, a middle-aged lawyer named Yoshimasa Obayashi heard his telephone ring once, and nearly ring again, before he rushed to snatch the phone’s receiver from its cradle. It was an unexpected call, from an unknown caller, who confessed that he feared he was working himself to death. In Japan, this […]

Northrop Grumman is trying to squeeze Lockheed Martin out of Japan’s F-3 stealth fighter program

Reuters Northrop Grumman Corp is eyeing a Japanese jet fighter project that could pit it against Lockheed Martin Corp, three sources said, and has already held preliminary talks with Japanese defense industry officials. Northrop Grumman has provided Japan with a menu of technologies it could contribute to the next-generation F-3 fighter project, but not yet made any […]