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6 found dead in apt. fire in Ibaraki Pref.

Jiji Press HITACHI, Ibaraki (Jiji Press) — A woman and five children were found dead after a fire in an apartment unit in Hitachi, Ibaraki Prefecture, on Fri...Oct 06, 2017

Winter is coming

The Yomiuri ShimbunSkiers and snowboarders glide downhill at Snowtown Yeti in Susono, Shizuoka Prefecture, on Friday, the opening day of the skiing season. Loc...Oct 06, 2017

Dentsu found guilty in overtime case

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — A Tokyo court on Friday ruled Dentsu Inc. guilty in a high-profile illegal overtime case in which a young female employee com...Oct 06, 2017

Off to Pyeongchang

The Yomiuri Shimbun The Shitamachi Bobsleigh, a racing sled developed by many small factories in the old town area of Ota Ward, Tokyo, is unveiled Thursday in ...Oct 05, 2017

Students shower EU official with questions

By Hiromu Namiki / Japan News Staff WriterJunior high and high school students greeted Francesco Fini, deputy head of the Delegation of the European Union to J...Oct 04, 2017

Delivery by drone to be tested in FY18

Jiji PressTOKYO (Jiji Press) — The Environment Ministry will test parcel delivery services using drones in sparsely populated areas in fiscal 2018, which beg...Oct 04, 2017

Ready for action

The Yomiuri ShimbunAhead of the House of Representatives election, preparations for shipments of potted moth orchids are in full swing at Kurousu Orchids in Mi...Oct 04, 2017

Forpheus at your service

The Yomiuri ShimbunRio de Janeiro Olympic medalist Jun Mizutani plays table tennis against the fourth generation of a table tennis robot called Forpheus during...Oct 03, 2017

Okinawa protests Osprey landings

Jiji Press NAHA (Jiji Press) — Moritake Tomikawa, vice governor of Okinawa Prefecture, on Monday protested Friday’s emergency landings of two U.S. MV-22 Os...Oct 03, 2017

[Movie] What a big girl

The Yomiuri Shimbun New footage of the giant panda cub Xiang Xiang and its mother Shin Shin was unveiled Monday by Ueno Zoo in Tokyo’s Taito Ward as the cub ...Oct 02, 2017

Japan makes sake tax-free for foreigners

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Foreign tourists now can buy sake and other alcoholic beverages tax-free at breweries and distilleries in the nation. ...Oct 02, 2017

Sun-dried delight

The Yomiuri Shimbun Rice stalks are suspended from ski lift chairs in Minami-Uonuma, Niigata Prefecture, to dry in the sun. Hanging stalks of the local special...Oct 01, 2017

Back on track

The Yomiuri ShimbunChildren run in a race during the sports day of Aozora Kodomo-en, a nintei kodomo-en early childhood center in Naraha, Fukushima Prefecture,...Oct 01, 2017

Tokyo univ. enrollment limits set

Jiji PressTOKYO (Jiji Press) — The Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry published Friday special rules aimed at limiting student enrol...Sep 30, 2017

Every dog has its year

The Yomiuri ShimbunCraftsmen draw faces and such on dog-shaped clay bells at the Musashinojindaiji-gama pottery studio in Chofu, Tokyo. Production of the bells...Sep 29, 2017

Higher speed limit on expwy from Nov.

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The National Police Agency said Thursday that it will raise the speed limit in a section of the Shin Tomei Expressway in Shiz...Sep 29, 2017

Photo of ‘abductee’ given to govt

Jiji Press SEOUL (Jiji Press) — A group of families of South Korean citizens abducted to North Korea provided a photo of a woman who is probably a Japanese a...Sep 28, 2017

NRA gives Niigata reactors initial OK

Jiji PressTOKYO (Jiji Press) — The Nuclear Regulation Authority released a draft report Wednesday concluding that the No. 6 and No. 7 reactors at Tokyo Elect...Sep 27, 2017

Victims of Mt. Ontake eruption remembered

Jiji Press OTAKI, Nagano (Jiji Press) — A memorial ceremony was held Wednesday to mark the third anniversary of an eruption of Mt. Ontake that left 58 people...Sep 27, 2017

Japan team ends Mexico mission

Jiji Press SAO PAULO (Jiji Press) — A Japanese emergency relief team completed Monday its search-and-rescue mission in Mexico City, which was hit by a magnit...Sep 26, 2017

Fukushima N-fuel removal delayed

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The government decided Tuesday to postpone its plan to remove nuclear fuel from spent fuel pools at Tokyo Electric Power Comp...Sep 26, 2017

Ueno Zoo’s panda cub named Xiang Xiang

Jiji PressTOKYO (Jiji Press) — The female giant panda cub born at Ueno Zoo in Tokyo in June has been named Xiang Xiang, the metropolitan government said Mond...Sep 25, 2017

Fishing, farming hit by fall slump

The Yomiuri ShimbunThe supply outlook for traditional autumn foods is not good, as recent poor catches of saury and salmon continued this year and farmers stru...Sep 25, 2017

Autumn glory

The Yomiuri ShimbunClimbers take in the autumn scenery alongside Shikibunuma marsh in Kamikawa, Hokkaido, on Friday. Autumn colors are now at their best in som...Sep 25, 2017

Parading in the sea

The Yomiuri Shimbun Men carry mikoshi portable shrines in waters off Isumi, Chiba Prefecture, on Saturday. Called shiofumi, this parade is the highlight of the...Sep 24, 2017

KLM plane part hits car in Osaka

Jiji Press OSAKA (Jiji Press) — A 4.3-kilogram part that dropped from a KLM Royal Dutch Airlines passenger airplane hit a moving car in Osaka on Saturday, th...Sep 24, 2017

10 mil. seen having diabetes in Japan

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The number of adults strongly suspected of having diabetes has been estimated at 10 million in the nation, a 2016 survey by t...Sep 22, 2017

Panda cub wobbles a few steps

Jiji PressTOKYO (Jiji Press) — The 100-day-old baby giant panda at Ueno Zoo in Tokyo can now wobble a few steps by itself, according to pictures and a video ...Sep 21, 2017

Mother expresses hope on abduction issue

Jiji Press KAWASAKI (Jiji Press) — U.S. President Donald Trump’s reference to the abduction of a 13-year-old Japanese girl decades ago by North Korea prese...Sep 21, 2017

Niigata N-plant green light a step closer

Jiji PressTOKYO (Jiji Press) — Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Inc. on Wednesday pledged to clarify its policy of placing safety as the top priority i...Sep 20, 2017

Following in ancient footsteps

The Yomiuri ShimbunKogen Kamahori, the chief priest at Enryakuji-issan Zenjuin temple, prays for followers greeting his return from years of ascetic practice i...Sep 20, 2017

Fishermen insuring against war, attacks

The Yomiuri ShimbunIn response to North Korea’s missile launches and the issue of the Senkaku Islands, a growing number of fishermen are taking out special i...Sep 19, 2017

Mixing it up

Heavy machines work to make 30,000 servings of soy-sauce flavored “imoni” taro stew during an annual festival dedicated to the local dish in Yamagata on Sunday. The ingredients — i...Sep 18, 2017

Typhoon kills 2; 3 missing

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Typhoon No. 18 has left at least two people dead and three missing in Japan, police and other authorities said Monday....Sep 18, 2017

Typhoon No. 18 hits Japan on 3-day weekend

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Large-scale Typhoon No. 18 slammed into southwestern Japan on Sunday, bringing heavy rain and strong winds and disrupting tra...Sep 18, 2017

Hokkaido stations’ name boards stolen

Jiji Press SAPPORO (Jiji Press) — The name boards of two unmanned stations in Hokkaido that are popular among railway enthusiasts as secluded stations have b...Sep 17, 2017

‘Kochikame’ manga returns

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — A new episode of popular manga “Kochira Katsushika-ku Kamearikoen-mae Hashutsujo,” widely known as “Kochikame,” came ...Sep 17, 2017

The pull of tradition

The Yomiuri Shimbun People pull danjiri portable shrines in Kishiwada, Osaka Prefecture, on Saturday morning at the start of the city’s Kishiwada Danjiri fes...Sep 16, 2017

Flower of hope

The Yomiuri ShimbunSunflowers begin to bloom in a field in front of the roadside rest area Farm Station Basaro in Asakura, Fukuoka Prefecture. The sunflowers, ...Sep 15, 2017

Japanese team wins Ig Nobel Biology Prize

Jiji Press NEW YORK (Jiji Press) — A team of Japanese and other researchers won this year’s Ig Nobel Biology Prize on Thursday for discovering an insect wi...Sep 15, 2017

No. of 100-year-olds sets record

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The number of centenarians in Japan totaled 67,824 as of Friday, hitting a record high for the 47th consecutive year, the Hea...Sep 15, 2017

Takarazuka raises new drop curtain

The Yomiuri ShimbunA brand new drop curtain became available for the public to see on Friday morning at the Takarazuka Revue Company’s Takarazuka Grand Theat...Sep 15, 2017

¥60 billion in pension benefits not paid

Jiji PressTOKYO (Jiji Press) — The Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry said Wednesday the “kyosai nenkin” pension program mainly for government employees ...Sep 15, 2017

Late autumn blooms

The Yomiuri ShimbunOut-of-season sunflowers are in full bloom in a 6,000-square-meter terraced paddy field in the Yamada area of Miyaki, Saga Prefecture. Eighteen local farmers sought to utilize idle farmland by planting about 100,000 sunflowers from the end ...
Nov 19, 2017

Late autumn blooms

The Yomiuri ShimbunOut-of-season sunflowers are in full bloom in a 6,000-square-meter terraced paddy field in the Yamada area of Miyaki, Saga Prefecture. Eight...Nov 19, 2017

Harumafuji questioned by sumo association

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The Japan Sumo Association questioned top wrestler Harumafuji on Sunday over his alleged assault of a lower-ranking wrestler....Nov 19, 2017

Byodoin temple all aglow

The Yomiuri ShimbunThe Phoenix Hall of Byodoin temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Uji, Kyoto Prefecture, glows at night during a trial illumination on Fri...Nov 18, 2017

A-bomb items shown ahead of Nobel event

Jiji PressHIROSHIMA (Jiji Press) — The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum unveiled to the press on Friday four out of five items related to victims of the 1945 ...Nov 18, 2017

Standing tall in Kobe

The Yomiuri ShimbunAn about 30-meter-high hiba arborvitae — one of the largest types of Christmas tree in the world — arrives at Kobe harbor on Friday. A p...Nov 17, 2017

Planned restaurant smoking ban eased

The Yomiuri ShimbunThe Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry has compiled a draft for the Health Promotion Law revision, which will allow smoking at restaurants o...Nov 17, 2017

Visitors to mark record 28 mil.

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The total number of visitors to Japan in 2017 is expected to top 28 million, marking a record high for the fifth consecutive ...Nov 16, 2017

12% used private lodgings

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — A survey by the Japan Tourism Agency showed Wednesday that 12.4 percent of visitors to Japan used “minpaku” private lodgi...Nov 16, 2017

Govt eyes farm stays for foreign tourists

The Yomiuri ShimbunThe government plans to actively promote stays at farming villages geared toward foreign tourists. Supportive measures to begin next fiscal ...Nov 16, 2017

Beaujolais hits market amid waning demand

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — This year’s Beaujolais Nouveau wine, produced in France’s Bourgogne region, went on sale in Japan on Thursday. Now...Nov 16, 2017

Ex-marine denies intent to kill

Jiji PressNAHA (Jiji Press) — A former U.S. marine told a Japanese court on Thursday that he did not intend to kill a woman in Uruma, Okinawa Prefecture, in ...Nov 16, 2017

Harumafuji said mad at phone use

Jiji PressTOKYO (Jiji Press) — Yokozuna Harumafuji is likely to have lost his temper over smartphone use by a junior wrestler he allegedly assaulted in late ...Nov 16, 2017

Poised and red-dy

The Yomiuri ShimbunRed poinsettias fill a greenhouse at Kawate Noen farm in Edogawa Ward, Tokyo, on Tuesday. The farm has started shipments for the Christmas s...Nov 15, 2017

Police begin probe over Harumafuji assault

Jiji Press TOTTORI (Jiji Press) — Police have launched an investigation into the violence allegation against top-ranking sumo wrestler Harumafuji, informed s...Nov 15, 2017

Harumafuji pulls out amid assault case

Jiji PressDAZAIFU, Fukuoka (Jiji Press) — Sumo grand champion Harumafuji has assaulted a junior wrestler, it was learned Tuesday. Speaking to reporter...Nov 15, 2017

Step in the process

The Yomiuri ShimbunHita geta, wooden sandals made of cedar produced in Hita, Oita Prefecture, are piled high to be dried in the shade. This step in the traditi...Nov 14, 2017

200,000 pairs of glasses given to refugees

By Takeru Kise / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff WriterFuji Optical Co., the laureate of the 24th Yomiuri International Cooperation Prize, does a unique form of aid work...Nov 14, 2017

Survey: 40% positive about donating organs

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — A government survey showed Saturday that 40 percent of Japanese people are positive about donating their organs if they are p...Nov 13, 2017

Talented teen writer debuts book

By Aki Ishima / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff Writer A 14-year-old girl made her debut as a published author last month with a collection of short stories. Ruri...Nov 13, 2017

[Movie] Xiang Xiang 150 days old

The Yomiuri ShimbunNew footage of the giant panda cub Xiang Xiang was released by Ueno Zoo in Taito Ward, Tokyo, on Friday, a day after she turned 150 days old...Nov 11, 2017

All 9 victims identified in Zama case

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — All victims have now been identified in a case where dismembered bodies of nine people were found at an apartment in Zama, Ka...Nov 11, 2017

Wrappers’ delights

The Yomiuri Shimbun Staff at the Asahiamehonpo Kaguraya confectionery shop in Asakura, Fukuoka Prefecture, wrap chitose ame long stick candies in paper illustr...Nov 10, 2017

Multilingual robot test to start in Tokyo

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — A test of multilingual reception robots will start at the Tokyo metropolitan government office building next week, in anticip...Nov 10, 2017

4 Japanese tourists killed in Thai crash

Jiji PressBANGKOK (Jiji Press) — A van carrying four Japanese tourists and a Thai guide crashed into a truck in Ayutthaya, Thailand, on Wednesday, leaving th...Nov 09, 2017

Shining in gold

The Yomiuri ShimbunGingko trees regale visitors to the Meiji Jingu Gaien area in Tokyo on Wednesday. About 140 gingko trees have started to display their autum...Nov 08, 2017

Visitor numbers climb at hillside shrine

The Yomiuri Shimbun FUKUOKA — More and more people are visiting Ukiha-Inarijinja shrine in Ukiha, Fukuoka Prefecture, drawn by its striking red gates and sce...Nov 08, 2017

Universal language of pictograms spreading

By Miwa Uehara / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff WriterPictograms (see below), used to indicate the location of such things as restrooms and emergency exits, convey impo...Nov 07, 2017

Icons ensure safety of tourists in Kyoto

By Yuto Yoshida / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff WriterKYOTO — Police have put up banners bearing pictograms to warn the growing number of tourists about traffic acci...Nov 07, 2017

Fuji Optical honored for helping refugees

The Yomiuri ShimbunFuji Optical Co. will be awarded the 24th Yomiuri International Cooperation Prize for its steady efforts to provide free eyeglasses for refu...Nov 07, 2017

Winter break

The Yomiuri Shimbun White-fronted geese take off from Izunuma pond as they search for food in the morning sunshine on Tuesday, the first day of winter in the t...Nov 07, 2017

Noguchi chosen for 2nd long stay in ISS

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said Tuesday that astronaut Soichi Noguchi has been chosen as a crew member of a long-...Nov 07, 2017

Police: 1 of 9 Zama victims identified

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — One of the nine murder victims found at an apartment in Zama, Kanagawa Prefecture, last week has been identified as a 23-year...Nov 07, 2017

Trump, wife pay visit to Emperor, Empress

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Visiting U.S. President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, had an audience with the Emperor and Empress for the first time a...Nov 07, 2017

Abductee’s son hopes for progress

The Associated PressTOKYO (AP) — Koichiro Iizuka only knows her as Yaeko-san, a pretty woman smiling in an old photo and in stories told by his relatives. A ...Nov 05, 2017

[Movie] Bigger every day

The Yomiuri ShimbunNew footage of Xiang Xiang, the female giant panda cub born at Ueno Zoo in Tokyo, was released on Oct. 31 to mark her turning 140 days old. ...Nov 05, 2017

Floating pillars

The Yomiuri Shimbun The famed “blue pond” tourist attraction is lit up at night, lending a mysterious glow to the withered larch trees and glassy water sur...Nov 04, 2017

Autumn glow

The Yomiuri Shimbun Japanese momiji maple trees are lit up at Eikando Zenrinji temple in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto, on Thursday night during a lighting test. The templ...Nov 03, 2017

18,000 police set to patrol Trump visit

The Yomiuri ShimbunIn preparation for U.S. President Donald Trump’s visit to Japan from Sunday, the Metropolitan Police Department will be on full alert prim...Nov 02, 2017

30,000 elderly drivers show dementia signs

Jiji PressTOKYO (Jiji Press) — A total of 30,170 drivers aged 75 or older in Japan showed signs of dementia in tests conducted from March, when the revised R...Nov 02, 2017

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Zama man discarded victims’ belongings

Jiji PressTOKYO (Jiji Press) — A 27-year-old unemployed man arrested Tuesday after body parts of nine people were discovered in his apartment in Zama, Kanaga...Nov 01, 2017

Tokyo wards’ land row to go to court

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — A decades-old dispute between two Tokyo wards over the ownership of a reclaimed island to be used as a venue for the 2020 Tok...Oct 31, 2017

Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed

The Yomiuri ShimbunPotters add color and other final touches to ceramic dogs — next year’s animal in the Chinese zodiac — at Tosen Mingei, a pottery in K...Oct 31, 2017

Body parts of 9 people found at apartment

Jiji Press ZAMA, Kanagawa (Jiji Press) — Body parts of at least nine people have been discovered at an apartment in Zama, Kanagawa Prefecture, as police were...Oct 31, 2017

Number of manhole cards issued tops 1 mil.

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — A total of more than 1 million “manhole cards,” featuring pictures of manhole covers with unique local designs, have been...Oct 31, 2017

Winds of winter

The Yomiuri Shimbun People walk amid strong wind in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo, on Monday morning. Cold wind from the north buffeted many locations across the country...Oct 30, 2017

Govt plans perks for foreign filmmakers

The Yomiuri ShimbunThe government is planning to introduce incentives for filmmakers that shoot their movies in Japan, offering subsidies and tax breaks, accor...Oct 30, 2017

Typhoon No. 22 downgraded off Japan

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Typhoon No. 22 was downgraded to an extratropical low-pressure system off northeastern Japan at midnight on Sunday after movi...Oct 30, 2017

69th Shoso-in exhibition begins

The Yomiuri ShimbunNARA — The 69th Annual Exhibition of Shoso-in Treasures opened at the Nara National Museum in Nara on Saturday, with items symbolizing the...Oct 28, 2017

Govt ordered to pay for asbestos harm

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The government and four construction materials makers were ordered Friday to pay a total of ¥370 million in damages to 62 fo...Oct 28, 2017

Planning to begin on abdication rites

The Yomiuri ShimbunThe government will begin in earnest preparation for an Imperial succession associated with the Emperor’s abdication. Issues such as how t...Oct 28, 2017

Hibakusha Thurlow to attend Nobel fete

Jiji Press NEW YORK (Jiji Press) — Setsuko Thurlow, an 85-year-old hibakusha atomic bomb survivor, will attend the award ceremony for the 2017 Nobel Peace Pr...Oct 27, 2017

1,000 days to go

The Yomiuri Shimbun1,000 days to goToday marks 1,000 days until the start of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Construction is continuing on the new Natio...Oct 27, 2017

Nankai Trough quake early warnings planned

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The Japan Meteorological Agency said Thursday it will work to disclose its assessment of abnormal phenomena that could possib...Oct 27, 2017

ICAN member praises efforts by hibakusha

Jiji PressHIROSHIMA (Jiji Press) — Akira Kawasaki, a Japanese member of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), praised antinuclear eff...Oct 26, 2017

Shogi prodigy Fujii opts for high school

The Yomiuri ShimbunSota Fujii, the youngest professional shogi player, has made clear his intention to move on to high school after finishing junior high, aban...Oct 26, 2017

[Movie] Work progressing in Henoko

The Yomiuri ShimbunWednesday marked six months since the beginning of shore protection work in the Henoko district in Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, in preparation ...Oct 26, 2017

[Movie] Xiang Xiang playful on 130th day

The Yomiuri ShimbunA video released by Tokyo’s Ueno Zoo on Oct. 21 shows the female giant panda cub Xiang Xiang, born 130 days ago at the zoo, growing more c...Oct 26, 2017

Toshiba to continue walking tightrope

By Ryuichi Washio and Shota Mizuno / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff WritersDifficulties remain for Toshiba Corp., despite its shareholders voting at an extraordinary ge...Oct 25, 2017

New cancer program targets prevention

Jiji PressTOKYO (Jiji Press) — The government adopted at a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday a new cancer control program that emphasizes the importance of preventi...Oct 25, 2017

Fresh picks

The Yomiuri Shimbun A farmer harvests Akihime strawberries grown in greenhouses in Gamagori, Aichi Prefecture, on Wednesday for the first day of their shipment...Oct 25, 2017

Fido takes flight

The Yomiuri ShimbunA craftsman makes traditional Japanese kites in Takomo Honten, a long-established kite store in Nishi Ward, Nagoya. Made of bamboo and Mino ...Oct 24, 2017

4 killed as typhoon hits central Japan

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Typhoon No. 21 hit Shizuoka Prefecture in the small hours of Monday and moved across the eastern Kanto region including Tokyo...Oct 24, 2017

Typhoon No. 21 set to hit Honshu

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Huge Typhoon No. 21 was expected to hit the Honshu mainland Monday after causing heavy rain and strong winds in many parts of...Oct 22, 2017

Bigger market eyed for fully farmed tuna

The Yomiuri ShimbunIt is likely that completely farm-raised bluefin tuna (see below) will soon reach home dining room tables. Two major fisheries produc...Oct 22, 2017

Hokusai makes waves

The Yomiuri ShimbunVisitors enjoy Western paintings and Japanese ukiyo-e at the “Hokusai and Japonisme” exhibition that kicked off at the National Museum o...Oct 21, 2017

More of Joban line reopens in Fukushima

Jiji Press TOMIOKA, Fukushima (Jiji Press) — Train operations were resumed Saturday on a Joban Line section in Fukushima Prefecture after a suspension follow...Oct 21, 2017

Cover-up found at Kobe Steel plant

Jiji PressTOKYO (Jiji Press) — Kobe Steel Ltd. said Friday that supervisory employees at one of its plants had covered up data fabrication during internal ch...Oct 21, 2017

Getting to the core of art

The Yomiuri ShimbunA 17-meter-long, 9-meter-wide artwork made using about 35,000 apples is revealed at Hirosaki Park in Hirosaki, Aomori Prefecture, on Friday....Oct 20, 2017

JAXA data shows cave under surface of moon

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — An international research team, including the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, said Wednesday that it has found a...Oct 20, 2017

Autumn chill

The Yomiuri ShimbunPeople walk in cold rain on Thursday morning in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo, as the Kanto region saw its coldest temperatures so far this autumn due...Oct 19, 2017

Rakuten rides power surge past SoftBank

The Yomiuri ShimbunThe Climax Series final stage openers got under way on Wednesday night with the Central League champion Hiroshima Carp defeating the Yokoham...Oct 19, 2017

ASDF fighter catches fire at Ibaraki base

Jiji Press OMITAMA, Ibaraki (Jiji Press) — An Air Self-Defense Force F-4 fighter jet caught fire as it approached a runway for takeoff for a training flight ...Oct 19, 2017

Virtual currency boss held for fraud

Jiji PressTOKYO (Jiji Press) — Police arrested a 31-year-old man on Wednesday for allegedly swindling money he collected from a customer while operating an e...Oct 18, 2017

Yokota pins high hopes on Trump meeting

Jiji Press KAWASAKI (Jiji Press) — The mother of a Japanese woman abducted to North Korea four decades ago pinned high hopes on Tuesday on a planned meeting ...Oct 17, 2017

New Ishinomaki beers bubbling up

The Yomiuri ShimbunISHINOMAKI, Miyagi — Two new brands of craft beer made with hops from Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, have recently been unveiled. A...Oct 17, 2017

Organizers blamed for deadly snow accident

Jiji Press UTSUNOMIYA (Jiji Press) — A snow mountain accident that killed high school students during mountaineering training in Nasu, Tochigi Prefecture, in...Oct 16, 2017

Strut your stuff

The Yomiuri ShimbunModels walk during a fashion show for Yohei Ohno, the opening brand for the 2018 spring-summer Tokyo Fashion Week, which kicked off on Monda...Oct 16, 2017

Kuroshio meander cuts into fishing hauls

The Yomiuri ShimbunFor the first time in 12 years, the “great meander of the Kuroshio current” has affected catch-es of shirasu whitebait. Shirasu catch-es...Oct 16, 2017

Mythological masterpiece

The Yomiuri ShimbunVisitors look at a 3.9-meter-tall papier-mache sculpture of Yamata no Orochi, a mythical eight-headed serpent, made using newspaper at Hamad...Oct 16, 2017

Koto harp lessons start near Tokyo Station

By Yuka Kumakura / Japan News Staff Writer A monthly koto harp workshop for foreigners interested in traditional Japanese culture was launched on Saturday at a...Oct 14, 2017

Haneda gets ready for facial recognition

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The Justice Ministry on Friday unveiled unmanned facial recognition gates that will be introduced at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport...Oct 14, 2017

Yomiuriland dazzles with 5.5 mil. LEDs

The Yomiuri Shimbun Yomiuriland amusement park in Inagi, western Tokyo, kicked off a festive illumination display using light-emitting diodes (LEDs) on Thursda...Oct 13, 2017

Bundling up

The Yomiuri ShimbunPeople don coats and scarves as they walk in a chilly rain in Tokyo’s Ginza shopping district on Friday afternoon, after the temperature d...Oct 13, 2017

Onaga inspects crash site

Jiji Press HIGASHI, Okinawa (Jiji Press) — Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga on Thursday inspected the site of Wednesday’s crash-landing of a CH-53 U.S. military ...Oct 12, 2017

ICAN urges Japan to sign N-ban treaty

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — A Japanese member of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, or ICAN, the winner of this year’s Nobel Peace ...Oct 12, 2017

Falling into autumn

The Yomiuri Shimbun The Ryuzu no Taki falls are surrounded by Mongolian oak, maple, azalea and other trees whose leaves have turned yellow and red in the Oku-N...Oct 12, 2017

Danish crown prince breaks eggs

The Japan News Denmark’s Crown Prince Frederik started up a new egg-breaking machine, manufactured by a Danish company, on Thursday at Mayoterrace, a Tokyo e...Oct 12, 2017

[Movie] A new look

The Yomiuri ShimbunNew footage of the giant panda cub Xiang Xiang was released by Ueno Zoo in Taito Ward, Tokyo, on Wednesday, a day before she turned 120 days...Oct 12, 2017

Kirishima volcano erupts

The Yomiuri Shimbun A small-scale eruption was observed at the Shinmoedake peak of the Kirishima volcano group straddling Kagoshima and Miyazaki prefectures at...Oct 11, 2017

Inmate arrested for alleged murder

Jiji Press YOKOHAMA (Jiji Press) — The Kanagawa prefectural police served a fresh arrest warrant on Tuesday to a 37-year-old man imprisoned for an indiscrimi...Oct 10, 2017

Govt, TEPCO ordered to pay damages

Jiji Press FUKUSHIMA (Jiji Press) — A district court on Tuesday ordered the government and Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. to pay a total of ¥500...Oct 10, 2017

Kabuki actor Ennosuke breaks arm

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Kabuki actor Ichikawa Ennosuke broke his left arm at a Tokyo theater on Monday, right after his performance of an episode the...Oct 10, 2017

A little off the top

The Yomiuri ShimbunA man portraying a Shinto priest trims the antlers of a deer at an annual event in Nara. A facility called Rokuen, which protects the deer i...Oct 08, 2017

600,000 would be stranded by Tokyo quake

The Yomiuri ShimbunAlthough 920,000 people are expected to have difficulty returning home if a major earthquake strikes directly beneath Tokyo, only about 320,...Oct 08, 2017

Agency over-reported research publications

The Yomiuri ShimbunThe Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) over-reported the number of research papers it published in the last five...Oct 08, 2017

A boatload of fun

The Yomiuri ShimbunPerformers rotate a decorative float representing a Portuguese ship as the Nagasaki Kunchi festival, which began in the Edo period (1603-186...Oct 08, 2017

Orders flood publisher for Ishiguro novels

Jiji PressTOKYO (Jiji Press) — Following Kazuo Ishiguro’s winning of the Nobel Prize in Literature for 2017 the previous day, Hayakawa Publishing Corp., wh...Oct 07, 2017

Big birthday, big balloon

The Yomiuri Shimbun A balloon-like mobile concert hall is inflated at Tokyo Midtown in Minato Ward, Tokyo, on Thursday. The “Ark Nova” hall is about 18 met...Sep 14, 2017

NRA conditionally approves TEPCO

Jiji PressTOKYO (Jiji Press) — The Nuclear Regulation Authority approved on Wednesday Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Inc. as a nuclear power plant op...Sep 14, 2017

Dark side revealed

The Yomiuri ShimbunVisitors inspect the surface of the moon as it appears on the Geo-Cosmos, a large spherical display, at the National Museum of Emerging Scie...Sep 13, 2017

Japan education spend worst in OECD

Jiji PressTOKYO (Jiji Press) — Japan ranked at the bottom among 34 comparable Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development member countries in publi...Sep 13, 2017

Such a big girl

The Yomiuri ShimbunGiant panda Shin Shin takes care of her 3-month-old female cub in a photo released by Tokyo’s Ueno Zoo on Tuesday. The cub now has four ca...Sep 13, 2017

Embargoed seafood sold in Chinese city

Jiji Press DANDONG, China (Jiji Press) — In the northeastern China city of Dandong, Liaoning Province, which borders North Korea over the Yalu River, seafood...Sep 12, 2017

Kiwanis head addresses poverty, bullying

By Takeshi Kuroiwa / Japan News Staff WriterJane Erickson, president of Kiwanis International, a worldwide community service organization that focuses on helpi...Sep 12, 2017

Princess Kako departs for study in Britain

Jiji PressTOKYO (Jiji Press) — Princess Kako, a granddaughter of the Emperor and Empress, left Tokyo on Tuesday to study at the University of Leeds in Britai...Sep 12, 2017

Kagoike and his wife indicted again

Jiji PressOSAKA (Jiji Press) — The Osaka District Public Prosecutors Office’s special investigation team indicted Yasunori Kagoike, former head of scandal-...Sep 12, 2017

Research: Pokemon Go reduces work stress

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The smash-hit smartphone game Pokemon Go eases stress and depression in workers when played for at least a month, according t...Sep 12, 2017

Village stops study on direct democracy

Jiji Press OKAWA, Kochi (Jiji Press) — Okawa Mayor Kazuhito Wada announced Monday that his depopulated village in Kochi Prefecture, has stopped its study on ...Sep 11, 2017

U.S. eel poaching spikes on Asia demand

By Hiroshi Arimitsu/Yomiuri Shimbun CorrespondentNEW YORK — The price of young American eels has surged amid high demand for the fish in Asia, prompting poac...Sep 09, 2017

Auroras seen due to solar flare

The Yomiuri Shimbun The National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) has released a video of auroras that are believed to have appear...Sep 09, 2017

Labor ministry asks panel for advice on

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The labor ministry asked Friday a government panel for advice on a planned bill for work style reforms, including new overtim...Sep 09, 2017

TEPCO worker exposed to radiation

Jiji Press FUKUSHIMA (Jiji Press) — Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. said Friday that a worker who was demolishing a contaminated water tank at its...Sep 09, 2017

Strong quake hits Akita

The Yomiuri Shimbun A stong earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 5.3 on the Richter scale jolted Akita Prefecture on Friday night, according to the Japan ...Sep 08, 2017

U.S. carrier leaves base in Yokosuka

Jiji Press YOKOSUKA, Kanagawa (Jiji Press) — The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan left Yokosuka naval base on Friday for a surveillance mis...Sep 08, 2017

MV-22 Osprey blows smoke again

Jiji Press OITA (Jiji Press) — An MV-22 Osprey transport aircraft of the U.S. military blew smoke at Oita Airport on Thursday after experiencing similar trou...Sep 08, 2017

Targeted email attacks down 70%

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The number of targeted email attacks using viruses to steal information from companies and other organizations plunged about ...Sep 07, 2017

¥59 mil. stolen in virtual currencies

Jiji PressTOKYO (Jiji Press) — Police recognized 23 cases of virtual currency theft by account hacking in January-June, with the amount of damage totaling ¥...Sep 07, 2017

‘One Piece’ spoiler blog operator held

Jiji Press KUMAMOTO (Jiji Press) — Police have arrested a 31-year-old man for allegedly posting images of One Piece on his blog before the official release o...Sep 07, 2017

13-year-old allegedly sells computer virus

Jiji Press NARA (Jiji Press) — The Nara prefectural police Tuesday reported to a child consultation center in the prefecture about a 13-year-old boy who alle...Sep 06, 2017

Prince Hisahito turns 11

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Prince Hisahito, the only grandson of the Emperor and third in line to the Chrysanthemum Throne, turned 11 on Wednesday....Sep 06, 2017

Moo-ving into the spotlight

The Yomiuri Shimbun Students from Miyazaki Prefectural Kobayashi Shuho High School shampoo a heifer named Rena in Takaharu in the prefecture. The 15-month-old,...Sep 05, 2017

Blood test to help detect Alzheimer’s

Jiji Press KYOTO (Jiji Press) — A team of researchers including Takahiko Tokuda, professor at Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine, have developed what t...Sep 05, 2017

Dive into night seascape at aquariums

By Nao Yako / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff WriterVisiting aquariums at night has become popular, with some aquariums offering experiences for adults that are differen...Sep 05, 2017

Hiroshima, Nagasaki mayors express anger

Jiji Press HIROSHIMA/NAGASAKI (Jiji Press) — The atom-bombed cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were infuriated by a North Korean nuclear test on Sunday....Sep 04, 2017

Student rider gears up for higher level

The Yomiuri ShimbunCHIBA — Student motorcycle racer Kyosuke Okuda, 22, has made it his mission to grab a win at the All Japan Road Race Championship series, ...Sep 04, 2017

Princess Mako, Komuro announce engagement

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The Imperial Household Agency announced on Sunday the informal engagement of Princess Mako, the first grandchild of the Emper...Sep 04, 2017

Royal marriages reflect their time

The Yomiuri ShimbunThe marriage of Princess Mako, whose informal engagement to former university classmate Kei Komuro was announced on Sunday, will be the eigh...Sep 03, 2017

Fiance-to-be honest, polite

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Acquaintances of Kei Komuro, the fiance-to-be of Princess Mako, agree that he is honest and polite. Komuro, 25, who gr...Sep 03, 2017

Princess Mako’s engagement announced

The Yomiuri ShimbunThe Imperial Household Agency on Sunday made an announcement of the informal engagement of Princess Mako and Kei Komuro, a former university...Sep 03, 2017

Taste of autumn

The Yomiuri ShimbunSweet chestnut cakes are made at a long-established shop in Nakatsugawa, Gifu Prefecture. Workers at the Japanese confectioner mold steamed ...Sep 02, 2017

[Movie] Panda healthy at age of 80 days

The Yomiuri Shimbun A female giant panda cub at the Ueno Zoo in Taito Ward, Tokyo, is looked after by staff on Friday. The zoo released the video clip to mark ...Sep 02, 2017

Emperor meets with British PM May

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The Emperor met with visiting British Prime Minister Theresa May at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Friday morning. Me...Sep 01, 2017

Govt holds quake drill in Tokyo

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The government held a large-scale drill on Friday, Disaster Prevention Day, in preparation for a huge earthquake in Tokyo, wi...Sep 01, 2017

Show and tell

The Yomiuri ShimbunChildren show off their summer projects at the beginning of a new school term on Friday at Itabashi Daiichi Elementary School in Itabashi Wa...Sep 01, 2017

Ripe for the picking

The Yomiuri ShimbunApple trees are bearing lots of fruit at the Kafuka Ringoen orchard in Koka, Shiga Prefecture, which just opened for apple picking. It is ha...Aug 31, 2017

New strokes for foreigners

The Japan News“Think of this as musical notation,” master calligrapher and Yomiuri Shohokai calligraphy society executive Goju Ushikubo told participants f...Aug 31, 2017

Missile evacuation drill held

Jiji Press WAJIMA, Ishikawa (Jiji Press) — Local residents took part in an evacuation drill on Wednesday in the city of Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture, to pract...Aug 30, 2017

J-Alert info not passed on in some areas

By Ryohei Fuji / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff WriterProblems remain to be solved in how municipalities convey information obtained from the J-Alert nationwide early w...Aug 30, 2017

How can child abuse deaths be prevented?

The Yomiuri ShimbunEach year, more than 50 children die as a result of abuse at the hands of parents and others. The Yomiuri Shimbun’s recent series portraye...Aug 30, 2017

Judge postpones ruling in 2014 kidnapping

Jiji Press SAITAMA (Jiji Press) — The presiding judge in the trial of a man accused of the 2014 high-profile kidnapping of a girl who was found safe in March...Aug 30, 2017

SDF conducts PAC-3 missile defense drills

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The Air Self-Defense Force conducted rapid deployment drills of Patriot Advanced Capability-3, or PAC-3, ground-to-air missil...Aug 29, 2017

Tourism forum held in Shibuya

The Japan News An international forum on tourism culture for the Shibuya area was held at Tokyo’s Cerulean Tower Noh Theatre on Monday, in anticipation of th...Aug 28, 2017

Student volunteers sought for Games

The Yomiuri ShimbunThe Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games will work with universities across the nation to recruit tens of thousand...Aug 28, 2017

Fond farewell

The Yomiuri ShimbunPeople gather around a row of giant torches on Saturday during the traditional Yoshida Fire Festival that ran till Sunday in Fujiyoshida, Ya...Aug 27, 2017

1st domestic trial sought for ES cells

The Yomiuri ShimbunA research team from the National Center for Child Health and Development (NCCHD) plans to apply to the government this fiscal year to condu...Aug 27, 2017

88 anime ‘pilgrimage’ locations chosen

Jiji Press CHIBA (Jiji Press) — The Anime Tourism Association has announced 88 locations closely related to Japanese animation works, including Hida, Gifu Pr...Aug 27, 2017





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