Hiker falls off Mt. Fuji while live-streaming steps from summit, rescuers yet to find him

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Japan film festival scraps screening of comfort women movie

A film festival that began over the weekend in Kawasaki has decided not to show a documentary focused on debates over the issue of comfort women.(Japan Times)

Pickpocket warning for Shibuya Halloween revelers

Tokyo police are warning Halloween revelers to be on the alert for pickpockets in the Shibuya district.(NHK)

About 2,000 people have taken part in a parade in the ancient Japanese capital of Kyoto. Its one of the citys major festivals.(NHK)

Government to put Japanese family names first when using Roman alphabet from Jan. 1

The government will write family names first when using the Roman alphabet for Japanese names on official documents from Jan. 1, the education minister said Friday.(Japan Times)

Kyushu professor accused of stalking Tokyo sex worker

Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a professor from the Kyushu Institute of Technology for allegedly stalking a sex worker in the capital, reports NHK (Oct. 29).

Japan film festival scraps screening of comfort women movie

A film festival that began over the weekend in Kawasaki has decided not to show a documentary focused on debates over the issue of comfort women.

Emperor, Empress to visit ritual sites next month

The Imperial Household Agency says Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako will visit three prefectures in western Japan next month for ceremonies related to the Emperors enthronement.

Rare views of Mount Fuji: Japans last sent artists

For her graduation thesis, Mizuki Tanaka, then an art history student at Meiji Gakuin University, chose to explore how the motif of Mount Fuji evolved into the most commonly used in murals decorating sent (public bathhouses) dotting the capital.

Japanese police on Friday were looking for a stolen diamond worth 200 million yen after the pricey piece was discovered missing from a jewelry trade show in Yokohama.

Japanese railways, TEPCO assess typhoon damage

Major Japanese railway and utility companies expect a recent series of typhoons to hit their business hard.

Filet-O-Fish to take one less trip to the freezer in Japan

McDonalds (Japan) has reworked how it prepares the popular Filet-O-Fish sandwich for the first time in 25 years, freezing the fish just once instead of twice to preserve more of the original texture and flavor.

SoftBank takes 80% stake in WeWork with $9.5bn bailout

WeWork announced on Wednesday that it had accepted a $9.5 billion rescue package from Japans SoftBank Group that would give its biggest investor an over 80% economic interest in the troubled office space company but not voting control.

SoftBank enters unprecedented unicorn restructure with WeWork

The board of WeWork decided Tuesday to accept a $9.5 billion rescue package from SoftBank Group that would offer the coworking startup a much-needed lifeline, but also put the Japanese conglomerate on an unprecedented quest to restructure and revive a battered unicorn.

Ghosn to plead not guilty on all charges in pay scandal

Former Nissan Motor Chairman Carlos Ghosn is preparing to plead not guilty to all charges in the pay scandal that led to his ouster from the Japanese automaker.

Japan to delay mandatory charges for plastic bags

Japans government has decided to delay the introduction of mandatory charges for plastic bags at supermarkets, convenience stores and all other retail outlets for three months to July next year. It cites the need for time to prepare for the change.

Japans industry minister Isshu Sugawara has resigned over reports of a possible electoral law violation.

90% of homes flooded in typhoon ineligible for govt support

Flooding at levels of less than 1 meter made up more than 90 percent of the approximately 68,000 homes damaged by the destructive Typhoon Hagibis, the government said Wednesday, making the homeowners unlikely to receive financial support under current law.

Emperor Naruhitos enthronement free of tensions that surrounded his fathers ceremony

Emperor Naruhito officially declared his enthronement to world representatives on Tuesday in a ceremony that was conducted amid relative peace and calm.

Emperors enthronement set to bring world to Japan

Political leaders and royal families from around the world will gather in Japan on Tuesday to witness the enthronement of Emperor Naruhito, who will formally declare his accession.

Government to put Japanese family names first when using Roman alphabet from Jan. 1

The government will write family names first when using the Roman alphabet for Japanese names on official documents from Jan. 1, the education minister said Friday.

Foreign population in Japan breaks record with 2.82 million

A record 2,829,416 foreign people were registered as residents at the end of June as more and more technical interns and workers enter Japan amid a severe labor shortage, government data showed Friday.

Japanese Bonsai Trees have been a part of Japanese culture for over 1000 years going back to the Heian Era. Today, well visit the Omiya Bonsai Art Museum in Saitama to see some amazing tree! One in particular is a 1000 year old Ezo Spruce that has a lot of personality.

Kindergarten staffer accused of assaulting pupil

Fukuoka Prefectural Police have arrested a staff member at a kindergarten in Munakata City over the alleged abuse of a male pupil earlier this year, reports Kyodo News (Oct. 21).

Number of foreign students seeking jobs in Japan after graduation hits record high

The number of foreign students who changed their visa status to work in Japan after graduating from universities or vocational schools hit a record high in 2018, immigration authorities said Wednesday, amid a chronic manpower shortage in the nation.

NTT Docomo to discontinue decades-old i-mode, worlds first mobile internet service, in 2026

NTT Docomo Inc. said Tuesday it will discontinue i-mode, an internet-capable mobile phone system introduced in 1999, at the end of March 2026 due to a dwindling number of users.

Japans Environment Minister is telling children not to touch any unusual ants if they see one. The warning comes after at least 50 queens of a poisonous species of fire ant were found in a Tokyo port facility.

The new norm: Japanese experts warn of more rain, raging rivers and submerged homes

With torrential rain, raging rivers and submerged homes, the havoc wrought by Typhoon Hagibis was a grim reminder that extreme weather may now be the new norm in this disaster-prone nation.

EVs, short-range cars take spotlight at Tokyo Motor Show

Electric vehicles and cars designed for short trips are in the spotlight at the Tokyo Motor Show as automakers face growing pressure to address vehicle emissions and develop a growth strategy that will help them to overcome Japans shrinking market.

Tokai Univ. solar car comes 2nd in cross-continent race in Australia

The first solar-powered cars to complete a 3,000-kilometer endurance race across Australia reached the finish line in Adelaide on Thursday, with Japans Tokai University Solar Car Team coming in second place.

Badminton standout Nozomi Okuhara reaches No. 1 in womens singles world rankings

Nozomi Okuhara has become the second Japanese to be ranked No. 1 in womens singles, according to the Badminton World Federations latest list released on Tuesday.

Japan lose to South Africa in RWC quarterfinal

South Africa beat Japan 26 to 3 in the Rugby World Cup quarterfinals on Sunday.

Land of the rising scrum: World Cup fever sweeps Japan

Long queues for replica shirts, desperate searches for tickets and TV stations showing Japans wins on a loop: excitement is building ahead of the host nations historic Rugby World Cup quarterfinal against South Africa.

Tokyo Olympic marathons headed to cooler Sapporo

The International Olympic Committee is considering moving the marathons and race walking events for the 2020 Summer Games from Tokyo to the northern island of Hokkaido amid concerns about the Japanese capitals stiflingly hot weather.

Rugby: Brave Blossoms dedicate win to typhoon victims

Japan captain Michael Leitch said Sundays historic win over Scotland at the Rugby World Cup was the Brave Blossoms way of helping the nation in the aftermath of Typhoon Hagibis and thanking those that helped put the game on.

Hiker falls off Mt. Fuji while live-streaming steps from summit, rescuers yet to find him

Last words before slipping are This part is dangerous.

Pickpocket warning for Shibuya Halloween revelers

Tokyo police are warning Halloween revelers to be on the alert for pickpockets in the Shibuya district.

About 2,000 people have taken part in a parade in the ancient Japanese capital of Kyoto. Its one of the citys major festivals.

Tourists in Kyoto will no longer be able to take pictures in privately-owned alleys near one of the most photographed spots in the city. Locals say the ban has come after disrespect shown by some visitors.

Shibuyas tallest skyscraper to open on Nov. 1

The crowded skyline of one of Tokyos most famous neighborhoods has a new addition. The Shibuya Scramble Square building is the areas tallest skyscraper and is set to offer visitors hundreds of new shopping and dining options.

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Nishiki Market: Exploring Kyotos 400-Year-Old Kitchen

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