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Why “Dream Yosakoy” should be on your Japan festival itinerary

Held in Tokyo since 2002 “Dream Yosakoy” (the organizer’s spelling, not ours - ???????????) has been spreading its mass across a number of locations in the Japan capital annually, with some 800,000 spectators gravitating to its spectacle of bold dance, bolder costumes and louder cries of passion. Show More Summary

Gender bias seen as challenge in tapping potential of women in workforce

TOKYO - As Japan has yet to fully use the potential of women to boost its economic growth, raising awareness of "unconscious gender bias" is gaining importance, according to the head of an international trade body.Arancha Gonzalez, executive...Show More Summary

Japan's "black widow" serial killer sentenced to death

KYOTO - A serial killer dubbed Japan's "black widow" received a death sentence Tuesday for the murders of her husband and two common-law partners, as well as the attempted murder of an acquaintance, between 2007 and 2013.The Kyoto District...Show More Summary

5 fun Okinawan activities for kids!

When you think of great places to take a tropical vacation, you might think of Hawaii, or perhaps Fiji or Vanuatu. What you might not know (and what I certainly didn’t before moving to Japan) is that this country has a tropical paradise of its own. Show More Summary

PHOTO ESSAY: An Authentic Taste of Osaka's Merchant History at Kuromon Market.

Mention Osaka and fish market in the same breath and many first thoughts are likely to wander towards the much famed 4:15am tuna auction, and the early morning hustle and bustle at the city's Central Fish Market in Noda.Kuromon Market in Nipponbashi however, offers a slightly more laid back alternative. Show More Summary

Sniffer dog cancer tests yield results but require trainers, funds

TATEYAMA, Japan - With trial sniffer dog cancer screenings being carried out in a Japanese town, researchers are hoping to one day make the noninvasive health checks widely available across Japan.But experts say securing experiencedShow More Summary

Police identify first body in Japan serial murder case

TOKYO - Police said Monday they have identified one of the nine dismembered bodies found at an apartment near Tokyo and plan to serve a fresh arrest warrant for murder against the man they arrested last week.The police said Aiko Tamura, 23, from Tokyo suburb Hachioji was the first victim to be identified through DNA analysis. Show More Summary

Ginkgo seed gathering

?After reading @genkidesu 's post about seeing the ginkgo leaves change, it reminded me of something I found amusing between Japan and the states. In the states, if someone has a fruit tree growing in their yard, and the branches reach...Show More Summary

How to buy online without credit cards in Japan?

Shopping online is very useful to foreigners in Japan, especially; if Japanese is not a language you’re familiar with. Through it, we avoid awkward conversations that mostly consist of nods and gestures. Shopping on the internet gives...Show More Summary

Guinness record set for most people in simultaneous rice ball making

KAWASAKI, Japan - A Guinness World Record was set Sunday for the most people making rice balls simultaneously, with 1,876 taking part in the event in Kawasaki near Tokyo, said to be the place of origin of triangular-shaped rice balls.The...Show More Summary

Speaker made from vegetable in Japan hitting the right notes for listeners

UTSUNOMIYA, Japan - A speaker made from bottle gourd in Tochigi Prefecture, north of Tokyo, has been attracting listeners with its good acoustics and a cute appearance that makes it look like an animation character.A car audio system...Show More Summary

"Craft Crossings in Tokyo" eyes modern role for Japan’s traditional crafts

Craft Crossings in Tokyo brings together traditional crafts, craftsmanship, and the people behind it from across Japan in a celebration of tradition, technique and passion. Encompassing four venues across Tokyo's Marunouchi district Craft Crossings in Tokyo runs until Nov. Show More Summary

Tokyo in Technicolor - a one day itinerary for maximum fun!

If you're living in Tokyo, it's likely that you'll have family and friends come to visit you while you're here -- and naturally, you'll need to have a bit of an itinerary planned with some fun spots to show them. Perhaps you're just seeking some suggestions for sightseeing in the big city yourself. Show More Summary

Staying warm at home in the Japanese winter

October has ended and winter is coming closer and closer. Depending on the area you are staying at in Japan, it can get very cold, just thinking of the northern parts with walls of snow that are several meters high. Luckily I am notShow More Summary

Trump in Japan on 1st leg of Asia trip, regional security a focus

TOKYO - U.S. President Donald Trump arrived in Japan, the first leg of his Asian trip, on Sunday for a three-day visit in which he will look to put on show with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe the strength of their countries' defense alliance in the face of the North Korea threat while promoting their shared values.Air Force One touched down at the U.S. Show More Summary

How to stay motivated on a fitness journey during winter in Japan

Winter is cold. It is often rainy or even snowy. It is most often miserable outside. But don’t let the lack of sunlight and warmth make you miserable too. Keep yourself going by keeping yourself on a fitness path, or start your fitness journey now. Show More Summary

Turkish director's sci-fi film wins top prize at Tokyo film fest

TOKYO - The 30th Tokyo International Film Festival came to an end Friday, with a sci-fi film by Turkish director about a near-future world suffering food shortage and other crises winning the top prize."Grain," directed by Semih Kaplanoglu,...Show More Summary

30,000 elderly drivers in Japan may be suffering dementia: police

TOKYO - The results of stricter screenings of drivers aged 75 or older in Japan showed that about 30,000 of them may be suffering dementia, the National Police Agency said Thursday.The 30,000 drivers represent about 3 percent of theShow More Summary

Apple launches iPhone X in hope of gaining handset sales momentum

TOKYO - Apple Inc's long-awaited iPhone X made its global debut on Friday, with customers lining up at stores to get their hands on the company's new flagship handset.About 550 people were waiting in line for the Apple store in Tokyo's...Show More Summary

Ivanka Trump calls for reforms to help working women

TOKYO - The United States and Japan must overcome "traditional and rigid business culture" that disproportionally affects female workers in order to truly empower women, U.S. presidential senior adviser Ivanka Trump said Friday in Tokyo."While...Show More Summary

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