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News This Month (April '14)

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Tuesday, 1st April 2014
Haneda Airport has doubled its capacity for international flights.
Monday, 31st March 2014
The second half of April is the best time to travel to Mount Takeo
Avoid embarrassing yourself when you get to Japan
New simulator gives up to date information on the cherry blossoms in Japan
Sunday, 30th March 2014
Keep your head above the table in an 'all you can drink' culture
Wednesday, 26th March 2014
Exiled Tibetan leader may have time to take in the cherry blossoms
NTT will work to digitalise 3,000 manuscripts over the next four years
Thursday, 20th March 2014
New headset will bring virtual reality to PlayStation 4
Japan sees tourism figures for February rise to a new record high
Tuesday, 18th March 2014
Japan's startup technology scene could soon be competing with Silicon Valley
New anime details get fans excited
Celebrate Buddha's birthday in Japan this year
Sunday, 16th March 2014
Cherry blossoms are on schedule, Japan Weather Association confirms
Tuesday, 11th March 2014
New international hotel opens in major Japanese city
The world recalls the devastation left by the 2011 earthquake
Monday, 10th March 2014
Pokerface singer to take Japan by storm this August
Thursday, 6th March 2014
Osaka continues to challenge Tokyo for business and tourism
Bullet train to get footbath and bar to help passengers relax
Wednesday, 5th March 2014
Cat cafes are the latest thing in London, but they've been in Japan for five years already
Okinawa Prefecture archipelago recognised for beauty and whale watching
Secret bar sues website as review spoils its exclusive atmosphere
Prestigious castle in Kyoto opens its doors for meetings and events
Tuesday, 4th March 2014
Kyoto phoenix statues restored to their original gold leaf
A Japanese beach that is popular with US servicemen now has a tattoo ban
On-board wi-fi set for take-off in the near future
Monday, 3rd March 2014
Nara temple torches light up the night sky
Live it up during the Tokyo Girls Collection fashion event
Tuesday, 25th February 2014
The PS4 launch line-up gets a good response, but what about the industry itself?
Friday, 21st February 2014
Plant lovers will adore the Bunkyo Azalea festival
Popular snow festival in Sapporo includes Sochi dedication
Thursday, 20th February 2014
More people flock to Japan for Lunar New Year
Tuesday, 18th February 2014
Newly uncovered Meiji documents could help understanding of the period
Monday, 17th February 2014
Elation in Japan following first Sochi gold
Friday, 14th February 2014
Those in Kanto should stay up to date with travel alerts
Valentine's Day in Japan is a very different affair to the Western World
Thursday, 13th February 2014
Japan is the most visited Asian country when it comes to using Google Street View
Enjoy the start of spring with the locals at the Daruma Doll Fair this March
Wednesday, 12th February 2014
Marathon runners in training for big Tokyo event
Tuesday, 11th February 2014
More expats needed to make up the construction sector labour force in Japan
Line dominates in social networking preferences for the Japanese
Monday, 10th February 2014
Japanese plum blooms for mid-February
Tokyo sees largest snowfall in 45 years
Governor Masuzoe promises great things for Tokyo
Friday, 7th February 2014
Ueno Zoo runs annual escape drill with the aid of a keeper in a gorilla suit
Fans delight as Studio Ghibli announces new TV series
Thursday, 6th February 2014
R&B single from Namie Amuro set to debut at number three on the Oricon chart
Wednesday, 5th February 2014
Free Wi-Fi will be available in Osaka to anyone with a valid email address
Successful Japanese singer to wed Italian partner
Tuesday, 4th February 2014
Dumpling champion was the largest consumer of gyoza in 2013
All 23 of Tokyo's wards have received snowfall of up to three centimetres
Monday, 3rd February 2014
Cherry blossoms are on schedule for spring this year
New guidelines will see English appear on many Japanese street signs
Tuesday, 28th January 2014
Weak yen is performing at the perfect value against the dollar, analysts say
Monday, 27th January 2014
Ancient Japanese capital ignites mountainside for annual ritual
One of the sole surviving buildings of the Hiroshima detonation will be reinforced against earthquakes
Friday, 24th January 2014
Tourists hoping to climb Mount Fuji this year will be asked to pay a fee
Haneda to take more international flights for Olympic expansion
Toyota comes out on top in terms of cars sold in 2013
Thursday, 23rd January 2014
Japanese capital will see Hollywood film stars descend upon it next week
Wednesday, 22nd January 2014
Japanese pop star will visit Europe, Asia and America on new world tour
Tuesday, 21st January 2014
Starbucks in talks to open shop in the Tottori prefecture
Monday, 20th January 2014
2013 saw annual visitor numbers to Japan rise about ten million for the first time
Friday, 17th January 2014
Extraordinary ice structure draws photographers to Yatsugatake mountains
Thursday, 16th January 2014
American singer Chris Hart to release first single entirely in Japanese
Enjoy some natural beauty on your trip to Japan
Tuesday, 14th January 2014
Newly declared adults enjoy celebrations around Japan for this national holiday
Monday, 13th January 2014
Shrine carries out traditional Luckiest Man race
Elite sumo wrestlers welcome in the New Year with stomping session at Meiji shrine
Friday, 10th January 2014
Popular Japanese clothing brand moves into Ikebukuro
Thursday, 9th January 2014
Holidaymakers flock to Japan as weak yen reduces travel costs
Wednesday, 8th January 2014
Players indulge in ancient game played by noblemen at Kyoto's Shimogamo Shrine
Japanese temples prepare to usher in the first day of spring
Tuesday, 7th January 2014
Building hopes to be a cultural exchange location for tourists
Takeshi Kitano airs his Olympic ambitions to mixed views
Monday, 6th January 2014
Consider the implications before travelling in Japan over New Year
Head of Japanese monarchy conveys best wishes to all for New Year
New year prayer-goers turn up in their thousands at the Meiji Shrine
Thursday, 2nd January 2014
Women flock to shrines throughout Japan thanks to major reconstruction work
Tuesday, 31st December 2013
Tokyo airport to get extra capacity in March
Tuesday, 24th December 2013
Folk singer Bob Dylan will be performing in Japan next year
Famous conductor says he will never give up music
LED lights released in Otaru Canal for festival
Monday, 23rd December 2013
Emperor Akihito celebrates his birthday at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo
Thursday, 19th December 2013
New bullet trains to transport commuters from Tokyo to Osaka by 2025
Wednesday, 18th December 2013
Kabuki paddle market gets going in Asakusa
Tuesday, 17th December 2013
Popular Tokyo landmark to open for Emperor's birthday
Monday, 16th December 2013
Geishas take to streets of Gion to welcome in the New Year
Ancient Osaka landmark to be the setting of magnificent light show
Friday, 13th December 2013
NYE party-goers will have difficulty getting to the Shibuya crossing for the countdown
Thursday, 12th December 2013
Japanese banks agree to dispense yen to foreign visitors
Wednesday, 11th December 2013
New island formed 1,000 kilometres of Tokyo is here to stay
Who will be crowned Miss International this year?
Tuesday, 10th December 2013
Popular landmark rewards 10 millionth visitor and his family
Japanese companies consider technological innovation in the kitchen to be the final frontier for the industry
Monday, 9th December 2013
Toka Ebisu is an annual Japanese festival centred around wealth and luck.
Friday, 6th December 2013
Port city remembers Great Hanshin Earthquake in style
Thursday, 5th December 2013
Japanese cookery methods immortalised by UNESCO
New Year will see a huge influx of travelling across Japan as many people return to their hometowns
Wednesday, 4th December 2013
Critics continue to heap praise on Japanese capital for food culture
Hollywood celebrity graces Roppongi Hills at press event
Tuesday, 3rd December 2013
Japan's latest island continues to expand following eruption on November 20th
Osaka city sees first snowfall since 1989
Monday, 2nd December 2013
UNESCO considers Japanese cuisine for Intangible Cultural Heritage list
New bullet train to serve Tokyo and Japan Sea coast
Thursday, 28th November 2013
Small towns will likely construct casinos to attract tourists
Laox opens new duty-free shop in central Tokyo district
Wednesday, 27th November 2013
Fans get ready to ride the Hogwarts Express straight to Hogsmeade
Tuesday, 26th November 2013
Kabuki actors in Kyoto for the close of the year announced in traditional fashion
Monday, 25th November 2013
Japanese artist to adapt second episode of award-winning BBC series
Friday, 22nd November 2013
Hikari no Saiten to illuminate Motofuchie Park once more
Thursday, 21st November 2013
Volcanic activity creates island off the coast of Japan
Wednesday, 20th November 2013
New images of Miyazaki manga send fanatics into a frenzy
Tuesday, 19th November 2013
Famous Asakusa temple lantern gets makeover
Classic Japanese legend 47 Ronin to get Hollywood makeover
Monday, 18th November 2013
Internationally acclaimed anime continues to pull fanatics to exhibitions, even overseas
Friday, 15th November 2013
Japanese fans are delighted the country has inspired a Katy Perry song
Thursday, 14th November 2013
Renowned animator simply can't give up drawing
Wednesday, 13th November 2013
New laws will take action against dishonest menus in establishments across Japan
Tuesday, 12th November 2013
Winter arrives in the Utsunomiya, Tochigi and Gunma prefectures, among others
Haneda Airport will require a new train line to deal with the tourist influx, experts say
Monday, 11th November 2013
Festival to commemorate Japan's best-known tale of loyalty
Osaka Beatle fans turn out in their thousands to welcome ex-Beatle
Friday, 8th November 2013
Foreign visitors to Japan will be able to enjoy more tax breaks next year
Japan's Cat Island is a must-visit for feline lovers
Thursday, 7th November 2013
Japanese boats start pulling in winter delicacy
Wednesday, 6th November 2013
The Tokyo Motor Show is likely to be an exciting event
Disney commences daily Christmas parades in both its Tokyo venues
Tuesday, 5th November 2013
Japan's influence on the world stage is considered the most positive
Evangelion fans flock to themed sword exhibition based on their favourite anime
Friday, 1st November 2013
Visitors to Kyoto should see the city's Imperial Palace while it is open to the public
Thursday, 31st October 2013
Japan knows how to celebrate a holiday
Akita's Bonden-Sai festival is something for travellers to look forward to
Wednesday, 30th October 2013
Prepare to experience the Japanese art scene in a festival of delights
Tuesday, 29th October 2013
Classic western cartoon series will be transformed into anime format for Japanese audience
Japan Airlines gets set to provide passengers with in-flight connectivity
Monday, 28th October 2013
Japan's citizens are getting into the Halloween spirit
Dance fanatics mustn't miss this Tokyo dance event
Friday, 25th October 2013
The Japanese have set a number of records worth tweeting about
Thursday, 24th October 2013
Joy of Sake festival celebrates the origins and merits of the drink
Japan National Tourism Organisation releases revealing figures
Wednesday, 23rd October 2013
The number of three Michelin star restaurants in Japan has risen to 28.
Tuesday, 22nd October 2013
Temple in the former capital transformed to highlight breast cancer awareness month
New braking system should help bullet trains come to a stop sooner in the event of a major earthquake
Monday, 21st October 2013
Fukushima chorus prompts tears at renowned New York City concert hall
New wearable device could help tourists find their way around Tokyo
Friday, 18th October 2013
Tokyo International Film Festival kicks off in the capital
Monday, 14th October 2013
Downtown Tokyo gets set for a festival celebrating good fortune
Friday, 11th October 2013
Teen heartthrob goes shopping in trendy Shibuya
Thursday, 10th October 2013
K-pop star brings tour to Japan
Wednesday, 9th October 2013
Festival will lift the lid on Japan's ritualistic tea ceremonies
Wii console will no longer be made in Japan
Tuesday, 8th October 2013
Japan's PM claims his consumption tax hike will restore the country's economy to its former glory
Monday, 7th October 2013
It is thought the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo will boost a number of major industries in Thailand.
Residents of the UAE will be able to apply for new multiple visas to Japan from next week.
Friday, 4th October 2013
Tokyo gadget show reveals what the future may hold for consumer electronics
Wednesday, 2nd October 2013
Security changes will help visitors pass through Narita Airport more quickly
Monday, 30th September 2013
Sazae-san will go fully digital in October, a move it has been trying to make since 2005
Friday, 27th September 2013
Japanese conductor receives international acclaim for his life's work
Thursday, 26th September 2013
Japanese north coast gets inflatable concert hall
Wednesday, 25th September 2013
Japanese production of Wicked musical receives high praise from creator
Tuesday, 24th September 2013
Japan Matsuri 2013 to bring the country to the very heart of London
Monday, 23rd September 2013
Tokyo sumo tournament is sure to delight and thrill tourists
Friday, 20th September 2013
The Tokai Eco Festa is taking place in Aichi this weekend.
Thursday, 19th September 2013
Further details of the Tokyo International Film Festival have been announced.
For the first time since 2008, land prices in Japan's three largest cities have risen.
Wednesday, 18th September 2013
Anthony Gormley said the UK could learn from Japan's culture of philanthropy.
Tuesday, 17th September 2013
Tokyo Game Show to welcome more than 180 individual exhibitors this week
Monday, 16th September 2013
Japanese and Philippine officials confirm new flights for commercial and tourism boost.
Friday, 13th September 2013
Beer fanatics will be flocking to Ebisu or Yokohama port tomorrow
Thursday, 12th September 2013
Japanese capital starts planning for tourist influx
Apple fanatics are already queueing for Apple's new offerings to the smartphone market
Wednesday, 11th September 2013
Tourists seeking bargains in Japan drives yen
Tuesday, 10th September 2013
New tour for model turned recording artist Kyary Pamyu Pamyu
Preparations are already underway for Tokyo 2020
Monday, 9th September 2013
A Chinese airline is looking to operate flights to Tokyo from next May.
The Japanese capital saw off competition from Madrid and Istanbul to win the right to host the 2020 Olympic Games following a International Olympic Committee vote Saturday.
GDP grew by 0.9 per cent between April and June this year, with the figure being revised upwards from an earlier estimate of 0.6 per cent
Friday, 6th September 2013
This weekend sees the annual Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair get underway
Kirobo, a robot designed to keep astronauts company on long missions, has broadcast his first message back home from the International Space Station
Thursday, 5th September 2013
Architect Kenzo Tange built some of Japan's most iconic buildings
The number of climbers on Mount Fuji fell by 14,000 this climbing season compared to last year
Wednesday, 4th September 2013
Hayao Miyazaki announces retirement following latest film
Monday, 2nd September 2013
Tokyo citizens are in favour of hosting the 2020 Olympic Games
Friday, 30th August 2013
Magnetic floating train tests successfully hit 505 kilometres per hour.
Louis Vuitton opens high-tech art exhibition.
Dance through the streets of Asakusa to the infectious rhythms of the samba[full stop]
Tokyo's nightlife will be very different from September.
Wednesday, 28th August 2013
Ukraine and Japan agree a partnership that will see the fallout from Chernobyl and Fukushima observed via satellite imagery.
Studio Ghibli film could at last have a sequel.
Tuesday, 27th August 2013
Tokyo's satellite launch ambitions dealt a blow following rocket launch failure.
Ritual to placate Mount Fuji delights tourists.
Friday, 23rd August 2013
The Japanese are keen to host the Games in 2020.
Thursday, 22nd August 2013
Japanese baseball player Ichiro Suzuki made the 4,000th hit of his career on Wednesday (August 21st).
Wednesday, 21st August 2013
Japan has attracted a greater number of tourist arrivals than expected in the first half of this year.
Tuesday, 20th August 2013
American firm Hanford Engineer Works is to provide expertise to Tepco to help it clean up the Fukushima site.
Monday, 19th August 2013
A volcanic eruption near the south-western Japanese city of Kagoshima covered the city in a layer of ash.
Friday, 16th August 2013
The Japanese economy appears to be on the up.
Thursday, 15th August 2013
The Japanese economy is on the up, figures suggest.
Wednesday, 14th August 2013
Photographer Jeffrey Martin has made a vast panorama of Tokyo's skyline.
Tuesday, 13th August 2013
Residents of Kesennuma have voted to break up the Kyotoko Maru No 18 for scrap.
Tokyo is a wonderful city for shopping - especially if you want to experience another side of Japanese culture.
Monday, 12th August 2013
For the first time in eight years, more than 70 per cent of Japan's population claims to be happy with their quality of life.
A heatwave has caused temperatures in Japan to reach their highest for six years
Friday, 9th August 2013
Yoshihide Kiryu and Ryota Yamagata are hoping that strong performances at the upcoming athletics World Championships can help boost Tokyo's 2020 Olympic bid.
Two towns are encouraging tourists to discover their ninja heritage
Thursday, 8th August 2013
Nara Buddha statue cleaned up for Obon
Wednesday, 7th August 2013
Prime minister Shinzo Abe commits public money to Fukushima clean-up
New Japanese warship is said to be the army's largest since WW2
Tuesday, 6th August 2013
Eastwood embraces Unforgiven adaptation from Japanese filmmakers
Wednesday, 31st July 2013
A third of the funds allocated to rebuilt tsnumai-hit areas of Japan remains unspent
Profits rise at Tepco despite bad press surrounding handling of Fukushima following reactor meltdown
The number of people learning Japanese has neared the 4m mark
Angelina Jolie talks about rape in war zones at special screening of her new film
Princess Kako to visit America for a month in August
New research shows Mt Fuji's eruptions
Japanese anime film divides critics
A fall in industrial output and household spending has been announced in Japan
Wheat imports from US to Japan set to resume
Climbers from South Korea found dead after attempting to climb Japan Central Alps
Tuesday, 30th July 2013
Japanese are stranded after severe downpours hit large areas of the country
Thursday, 25th July 2013
Tourist numbers to Japan are on the rise
Universal Studios Japan file charges against students who distrupted park with their antics
Tuesday, 23rd July 2013
White lion cubs displayed by Japanese zoo
Wednesday, 17th July 2013
A ballerina from Tokyo to join Russian ballet school
Tuesday, 16th July 2013
Women's softball World Cup won by Japanese team
Bank of Japan suggests economy is in recovery
Wednesday, 10th July 2013
A world champion figure skater from Japan performs for first time since giving birth
Tuesday, 9th July 2013
Kerama Islands are to be given National Park status
Wednesday, 3rd July 2013
Google Street View records images of Japan's Hashima Island
Shin Shin, the giant panda on loan to Tokyo's Ueno zoo is back in her enclosure following false pregnancy scare
Officials at Okayama University Hospital have hailed an operation to transplant part of a mother's lung to her son a success
Tuesday, 2nd July 2013
The Nikkei share average crept above the 14,000 mark today.
Monday, 1st July 2013
The Japanese finance minister has claimed a lack of English language skills helped save the nation's banks.
Friday, 28th June 2013
Tennis star makes history books by becoming eldest player to make third round of Wimbledon
Cancer centre in Japan links bacteria in gut to increased incidence of cancer in overweight people
Report raises questions about Japan's investment in education
Thursday, 27th June 2013
The British Museum is to exhibit Japanese erotic art
Prices of fresh water eels are rising due to overfishing
Wednesday, 26th June 2013
The IOC evaluation commission report identifies strengths and weaknesses of comepting host cities
Japan's Envrionment ministry forced to change advice to women in offices where air-conditioning is kept off
Wednesday, 19th June 2013
Tokyo highlights safety of city at Association of National Olympic Committee's general assembly
Temperatures in western Japan reach 37.9 degrees Celsius as heatstroke victims rise
Expert brought over from China in anticipation of panda at Ueno zoo giving birth
Tuesday, 18th June 2013
Buses in some districts in Tokyo will run between 1am and 5am from December
Japanese women fear being viewed as unattractive if they study science at university
Monday, 17th June 2013
Prefectures in Japan will trial charging for climbing Mount Fuji
Wednesday, 12th June 2013
Economic think-tank suggests Japan's economy is advancing
From London to Japan by train in less than two weeks may become reality after authorities agree on new track
A panda housed at Ueno zoo in Tokyo may be pregnant
Tuesday, 11th June 2013
Mitsubishi has joined forces with Nissan to produce a minicar for the Japanese market
Train travellers warned not to text while walking on platforms
AirAsia Japan and All Nippon Airways reported to be parting company
Monday, 10th June 2013
Japanese man walks 40,000 km around the world
Friday, 7th June 2013
Joggers at Tokyo's Imperial Palace asked to abide by rules
Wednesday, 5th June 2013
Budget airline Jetstar Japan will undertake international flights within two years
Japan draws with Australia to become first qualifyng team for 2014 World Cup
Tuesday, 4th June 2013
Central Japan Railway officials test model of magnetic levitation train
Japan launches its Super Cool Biz campaign in bid to get offices to stop using air-con
Wednesday, 29th May 2013
Jiro Fukuda, director of the All Japan Judo Federation, is accused of sexual assault
A female climber from Japan has perished attempting to scale Nepal's Dhaulagiri peak
Tuesday, 28th May 2013
Students who do not fare well academically will be refused a student loan
Yubari melons fetch eye-watering sum at Japanese market
Friday, 24th May 2013
An 80-year-old Japanese man has become the oldest person to successfully scale Everest
Thursday, 23rd May 2013
Council for education proposes teaching English to Japanese pupils from a younger age
Wednesday, 22nd May 2013
Exports rise and the Bank of Japan suggests economy's "picking up"
Tuesday, 21st May 2013
The number of female students leaving college with a job is increasing
As Yokohama announces it has cut its nursery waiting list to zero, Japan needs to assess the situation in the rest of the country
Yahoo Japan Corp may have had secruity breach
Wednesday, 15th May 2013
Experts test the so-called Atomic Bomb Down for how resistant it would be in an earthquake
Project highlights good visibilty of Mount Fuji from Tokyo
Japan has nearly doubled the number of visas it has issued in 2012 compared to 2011
Tuesday, 14th May 2013
Research shows men and women are giving up work to care for elderly relatives
Japanese business wins Mongolian airport contract
Save the Children's index on mothers puts Japan 31 on the list
Ovum bank recruits nine would-be donators
Wednesday, 8th May 2013
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gives Hideki Matsui People's Honour award
The Japanese arm of underwear giant Triumph has come up with a Branomics bra which is a light-hearted joke about the country's so-called Abenomics policy
Palme D'Or could be won by Japanese director
The issue of corporal punishment has raised its head after a report surrounding the suicide of a teenager suggested corporal punishment at the school may have been overlooked
Tuesday, 7th May 2013
New scholarship scheme to help Japanese students travel abroad
Japanese minister visits Chernobyl to learn lessons about receovery following a nuclear disaster
Technology company from Japan develops higher speed downloads
Granite mass found by Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology may be land mass buried millions of years ago
A Japanese author who has not made a public appearance for 18 years breaks his silence
Wednesday, 1st May 2013
Japan's highest mountain is to be given World Heritage status
Wednesday, 24th April 2013
Japanese ministry discusses limiting fertitlity funding for those aged 40 and over
Sales of clothes at Japanese supermarkets increase
Tuesday, 23rd April 2013
Six day school week touted by Japanese Minstry
Japanese brewery uses elephant dung to produce beer
Prime Minister of Japan vows to stop nursery waiting times
Wednesday, 17th April 2013
Tokyo Disneyland has been open for 30 years
Japan Airlines offers food on-demand service
Japanese cinemagoers to take advantage of 4DX format
Monday, 15th April 2013
The company's shares fell by 5.6 per cent on the Nikkei.
Thursday, 11th April 2013
Almost 3.5 million cars are being recalled to Japan after a fault was found in a part which deploys the airbag.
The death penalty returned in Japan in March last year, with ten people being executed since then.
Wednesday, 10th April 2013
The industry took US$4.6 billion in the fiscal year for 2012.
Tuesday, 9th April 2013
Alex Ramirez is hoping to be the greatest foreign star Japanese baseball has seen.
The Japanese government has blamed the situation on "sabotage".
The Japanese boxer won after a technical knockout in the ninth round.
Monday, 8th April 2013
The Bank of Japan has begun its latest stimulus programme, which has affected the trading price of the yen against the dollar.
The feat was reached during the BayStars' 6-3 victory over Tokyo Yakult Swallows.
Japan has put missile interceptors in place.
Friday, 5th April 2013
The number of Ferraris sold in Japan hits record high
White tiger cubs born at Japanese zoo are kept with their mother
Thursday, 4th April 2013
Tokyo's Olympic bid receives support from American sporting legend
Wednesday, 3rd April 2013
Tokyo honours World Autism Awareness Day
Tuesday, 2nd April 2013
Mayor of Yamamoto takes part in ceremony for new housing in tsunami hit area
Tokyo's streets overtaken by zombies
Electronics giant Sony makes April Fool's joke about technology for animals
The heat is on as Japan reaches high temperatures in March
Wednesday, 27th March 2013
The Japanese government has entered into talks with the European Union over free trade.
Tuesday, 26th March 2013
The Japanese government has entered into talks about free trade with China and South Korea.
Friday, 22nd March 2013
Japanese retailing giant Rakuten has announced that it is leaving the Indonesian market
A Japanese man in his 80s plans to climb Everest for the third time
Air pollution is spreading into Japan from China.
Thursday, 21st March 2013
The new government faces a tough challenge to turn around the country's economy.
The Japanese architect created the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in London.
It is the record-equalling earliest start to the season.
Wednesday, 20th March 2013
Power has been resotred to the Fukushima nuclear plant after a two-day outage.
Japan will not make it three World Baseball Classic wins in a row.
Wednesday, 13th March 2013
Pandas have been mating at a zoo in Tokyo
Japan Tobacco is accused by the ASA of displaying misleading ads
Employees at Yahoo Japan Corp are set for pay rises
Index reveals Japanese women are not being treated equally to men
Tuesday, 12th March 2013
Japan announces is has harnessed alterntive energy source
Japan remembers its dead two years after earthquake and tsunami killed thousands
The UFC is hoping to put on more Asian events this year and in the future.
Monday, 11th March 2013
The Nikkei has hit a four-and-a-half year high after positive news from the US drove investment
Japan can still defend their WBC title in 2013.
Thursday, 7th March 2013
Dan Carter has denied he is moving to Japan.
The Japanese government is continuing its dedicating to clean energy.
Wednesday, 6th March 2013
Miss Universe Japan 2013 suggests she wants to draw Manga cartoons
Samsung set to invest in Sharp
A gold replica of Lionel Messi's left foot will go on sale in Japan tomorrow.
So-called miracle-pine used as part of momument for tsunami struck area
University of Tokyo highest in Asia but slipping in worldwide rankings
Tuesday, 5th March 2013
Japan are hoping to claim their third World Baseball Classic.
Big business in Japan is ready to back the Tokyo 2020 bid.
Wednesday, 27th February 2013
Monetary easing policy proposed by the Bank of Japan is given support
Asia's 50 Best Restaurants competition has ruled that Les Creations de Narisawa in Tokyo is the best place to eat
AKB48 have yet another single which hits 1m sales in its first week
Northern Japan experiences record snowfall
Tuesday, 26th February 2013
All Nippon Airways has cancelled all its Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet until the end of May
Australians are flocking to Japanese ski resorts
Japanese car manufacturers are looking to Mexico for cheap production
Japanese tourists are reported to be among the dead from the hot air balloon crash near Luxor, Egypt
Misao Okawa, an 114-year-old Japanese woman is set to be given the title of oldest living woman
Thursday, 21st February 2013
A cup bearing Lady Gaga's lipstick marks has raised money for 2011's tsunami victims
Japanese researcher Yoshihisa Okumura recognised for his contribution to engineering
Japanese Wrestling Federation urges Olympic medallists to join fight to keep sport in 2020 Games
Wednesday, 20th February 2013
Leonardo DiCaprio's latest role is in a Jim Beam advert which is being aired in Japan
Japanese chefs are given Michelin stars
Japanese player's decision to move back to New York Yankees described by him as a no-brainer
Japanese children who are born outside of wedlock should be given the same inhertiance rights as those born within marriage, law makers suggest
Tuesday, 19th February 2013
Japanese ministers to disucss possibility of free education for Japanese children
The Cabinet Office is looking to compile predictions for the largest possible earthquake in the nation.
The striker played seven times for Southampton in the Championship.
Guam is a popular tourist destination for Japanese citizens thanks to its gun ranges
Toyota's Lexus branded most reliable car
Japanese team of scientists have grown a pancreas inside a pig
A chain of Japanese supermarkets is said to be first to sell beef imported from US which is 30 months or younger
Thursday, 14th February 2013
The Red Devils are one of the best-supported clubs on the planet, with a massive fan base in Asia.
Wednesday, 13th February 2013
Japanese officials express dissapointment at IOC's decision to drop wrestling from the Games
McDonald's Japan announces fall in profits
Turtle receives new artifical limb suit
The latest BlackBerry is not being produced in Japan
More than 30,000 runners will take part in the Tokyo Marathon which will see athletes take on a challenging 42 km course.
Tuesday, 12th February 2013
Japan holds security meeting following North Korea nuclear test
Wednesday, 6th February 2013
Nude statues cause embarrasement among residents of small Japanese town
Sapporo Snow Festival hits its 64th year
Scientists have discovered how to keep oysters fresher for longer
Japan has experienced its first hacking contest
Japan Airlines states its priority is to get its fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliners back into the air
Tuesday, 5th February 2013
Video shows the harsh reality of becoming a sushi chef
Head coach and the man who hired him resign as Japanese women's judo team abuse scandal gathers pace
It's official, Tokyo is the most expensive city in the world
Nissan exec suggests electric vehicles charged by battery may not be the future of motoring
Some ten per cent of young Japanese women continue smoking while pregnant
Thursday, 31st January 2013
Boeing is asked to provide full operating history of lithium-ion batteries used on All Nippon Airways owned 787 Dreamliners
Wednesday, 30th January 2013
Japan's head coach for the women's national team has hit members of the squad, it has been revealed
Japanese men celebrate Love Your Wife day
Tuesday, 29th January 2013
Japanese easing of US beef imports welcomed by American cattle farmers
Japanese scientists invent visor to trick face recognition software
Japanfails to hit 2012 tourism targets but figures are nearly at pre-earthquake levels
Wednesday, 23rd January 2013
Nuclear facilities in Japan face tougher regulations following proposals for new safety measures
Tokyo cyclists will be prosecuted for running through red lights
Tuesday, 22nd January 2013
The Bank of Japan readjusts its inflation target to two per cent
Japanese citizens are confirmed among the dead from the Algerian hostage crisis
Japan's oldest elephant celebrates birthday at Inokashira Park Zoo in western Tokyo
Wednesday, 16th January 2013
Boeing 787 Dreamliner planes owned by Japanese airlines are grounded following latest incident
A former employee of NHK is set to file a lawsuit against the broadcaster after claiming she was unfairly dismissed
Toyota beats General Motors to become top-selling car manufacturer in 2012
Tuesday, 15th January 2013
Thousands of travellers are stuck at Tokyo's Narita International Airport following snow storms
Another fuel leakage problem with a Japan Airlines-owned Boeing 787 Dreamliner has resulted in an investigation by authorities
Learning English could land employees with big bonus, Softbank suggests
Wednesday, 9th January 2013
Record-breaking price achieved for Bluefin tuna
Tom Cruise meets Japanese fans at Haneda airport
Man dies following mistake by emergency services worker which leads to ambulance being sent to wrong address
Tuesday, 8th January 2013
As Tokyo makes its bid for the 2020 Olympic Games Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gives the city his support
Panama tops list of happiest nations, while Japan has to settle for mid-way through table, according to Gallup poll
A dreamliner 787 owneed by Japan Airlines caught fire after it had landed at Boston's Logan International Airport
A compound found in hops may help combat a virus which causes breathing difficulties in children
A symposium between Kyoto University and the University of Bristol is set to take place in the UK on January 9th
Thursday, 3rd January 2013
The car industry is far from a mature market, Akio Toyoda of the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association states
The Japan Cricket Association has set up a game between the national side and Scotland to raise funds for tsunami victims
The Ministry for Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology proposes new system for splitting up term time for university students
Tsukiji fish market relocation delayed
Choking hazard of sticky rice cakes highlighted as deaths reported over new year period
Wednesday, 2nd January 2013
Japanese population falling, statistics reveal
Emperor Akihito thanks those involved in supporting tsunami victims
Fukushima residents are not exercising, leading to rising obesity levels, as ban on outdoor activity designed to protect locals backfires
Mental health problems rising among Japan's teachers
Japan's bid for hosting the 2020 Olympic games begins
Monday, 31st December 2012
The Amami Black rabbit, or 'midnight bunny', has been removed from the endangered species list.
Friday, 28th December 2012
Japan and Singapore should both benefit from an exchange programme involving the countries' leading young bowlers.
Thursday, 27th December 2012
Japan's new Cabinet has been sworn in as Prime Minister Abe underlined his intention to revitalise the economy.
Monday, 24th December 2012
Speculation is mounting over who will join Japan's new cabinet.
Japan has announced who will be competing on the country's behalf at the world figure skating championships next year.
Japan-China relations are likely to dominate Shinzo Abe's first weeks in office.
Friday, 21st December 2012
Gender pay gap is worse in Japan than in other developed countries
A government report suggests Japanese economy is not getting worse
Mitsubishi forced to recall more vehicles due to fault which causes oil leakage
Thursday, 20th December 2012
Les Miserables Tokyo premier attended by Crown Prince Naruhito
A spokesman for Starbucks Coffee Japan has suggested customer feedback has led to less coffee in cups to avoid spillages
A waste disposal worker in Japan hands in ten million yen found at site to police
Nuclear Regulation Authority send scientists to Higashidori nuclear plant in Aomori prefecture
Why is fish waving a sign of success in Japan?
Shinzo Abe and his Liberal Democrat Party wish to increase public spending.
Corinthians have won the Club World Cup in Japan, the first time it returns to South America since 2006.
The star striker speaks after Hiroshima come fifth in the Club World Cup.
Tuesday, 18th December 2012
Young people are changing the drinking culture in Japan, a report by Wine Intelligence suggests
Shinzo Abe Japan's Liberal Democratic Party leader hints of mistrust of party
Central Council for Education in Japan suggest tests for high school children
Business women in Japan are struggling to cope with work and children
Wednesday, 12th December 2012
University of Tokyo researchers take another step closer to making Robots that mimic humans
Researchers at the Industrial Technology Centre in Japan's Fukui Prefecture have harnessed technology to make clothes generate energy
Japanese schoolchildren are good at maths and science but lack enthusiasm, report shows
Latest earthquake in Japan stronger than initial rating showed
Japanese travel agent sets up charter airline in Thailand
Tuesday, 11th December 2012
Chelsea fans get excited over footballers' visit to Yokohoma Starbucks
Shohei Otani has decided to play for Japan's Nippon Ham Fighters instead of a Major League Baseball team
The deserted island of Hashima nine miles off the coast of Japan features in latest Bond film
Japan's tourism set to hit 30 million high during holiday break
Wednesday, 5th December 2012
Goal-line technology to be used at Japanese football tournament
Japanese baseball star feels the pinch after failing to perform
Kanzaburo Nakamura has died aged 57 after suffering from cancer
Tuesday, 4th December 2012
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visit Kyoto
Research by scientists at Kyoto University may hold key to more targeted cancer treatments
Moscow has been treated to some Japanese culture during its annual festival
Friday, 30th November 2012
A new cloud service allows people to check their skin using their smart phones.
Peach Aviation Limited has announced that it has carried over one million passengers on their airline.
Prime minister Yoshihiko Noda has approved a second round of stimulus worth 6.7 billion for Japan.
The Japanese government intentionally swells support for the death penalty in its opinion surveys, stated an information science professor at Shizuoka University.
Journalist Daisuke Nakajima finally got his Rangers story after a long six day, 6,000 mile journey.
A new dog pedometer has been launched by Fujitsu Laboratories that tracks whether pets are getting enough exercise.
Japan is set to welcome its first mega-solar power plant on the island of Kyushu.
Thursday, 29th November 2012
Toto, Japan's high-tech toilet manufacturer has supplied its product, Washlet, to over two-thirds of Japanese households in the country. However world domination eludes them, for now.
Japanese parents-to-be can now get a three-dimensional model of their unborn baby to show their family and friends.
JR Tokai, otherwise known as Central Japan Railway Company has revealed that it is planning on debuting a 310 miles per hour maglev train in 2027.
Popular South Korean music acts, also known as K-pop, have been dropped from Japan's New Year's Eve television show.
Wednesday, 28th November 2012
Seiren has claimed that they have invented a range of pants that neutralise the smell of flatulence.
Tuesday, 27th November 2012
The NHK Trophy on Sunday (November 25th) saw Russia's Yuri Larionov and Vera Bazarova win the pairs in the free skate.
Tokyo's Santa Claus Academy attracts students who want to put the Ho! Ho! Ho! into Christmas.
Monday, 26th November 2012
Japan's Kansai Electric Power Company has officially submitted a request today (November 26th) to the minister of Economy, Trade and Industry for permission to raise electricity rates for all customers, effective from April 1st, 2013.
Wednesday, 21st November 2012
An oversubscription of employees from Japan's Sharp Corporation and major Sharp consolidated subsidiaries have applied to receive voluntary retirement from the firm.
A tetrapod robot has been developed by the Japan's Toshiba Corporation that can enter high-risk areas, such as the Fukushima Power Plant.
Snow-monitoring equipment has been installed on the viewing deck of Tokyo Skytree in Sumida Ward, Tokyo.
Around 200 old houses in Japan are being restored to their grand old glory every year and yielding up to 80 per cent in profits.
One of Japan's biggest manufacturers of snacks, Calbee Inc, has announced a country-wide recall of all packets of Kataage potato crisps yesterday (November 20th).
Tuesday, 20th November 2012
People around Japan can now buy the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite, which began shipping yesterday (November 19th).
Monday, 19th November 2012
Nintendo's Wii U console was launched in the US yesterday (November 18th) and is the first new home video game system to hit the market in six years.
Japanese astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, along with two other crew members have safely returned to earth and landed in Kazakhstan, toughing down at 07:56 local time on November 19th.
Friday, 16th November 2012
Italian manager Alberto Zaccheroni stated that he was happy with the Japanese football team's win over Oman.
Thursday, 15th November 2012
Rakutan, the world's third biggest e-commerce company, has announced that it will acquire Alpha Direct Services (ADS), a French e-commerce logistics business.
In a bid to boost the economy, the Bank of Japan has announced that it will give the nation a US$138 billion (87 billion) package.
Tuesday, 13th November 2012
The festival of Shichigosan is usually celebrated around Japan on November 15th, or the nearest Sunday.
Monday, 12th November 2012
A national vote could soon be in the offing
The Japanese city has developed an innovative photo booth
Friday, 9th November 2012
Darvish declines Word Baseball Classic offer to play for Japan
Thursday, 8th November 2012
Seiyu confirms that it faked employee pharmaceutical work experience logs
Wednesday, 7th November 2012
Oxford Museum to host first ever Meiji period exhibition.
Tuesday, 6th November 2012
Japanese family members are less likely to give cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for cardiac arrest than friends, colleagues and strangers, new research suggests.
Monday, 5th November 2012
Supermarket chain allegedly falsified employee documents
Japanese chocolatier awarded twice in a row in Paris, France.
Friday, 2nd November 2012
There is no need to halt the administration of the vaccine for Japanese encephalitis, even though two children who received the jabs died this year.
Thursday, 1st November 2012
Japan is recovering from aftermath of 2011 earthquake, with tourism numbers rebounding.
Wednesday, 31st October 2012
Hawaiian Airlines look to increase their presence in Japan with new non-stop flight to Sapporo.
Tuesday, 30th October 2012
Explore the island of Hashima while visiting Japan.
ANA announces non-stop daily flights between Delhi and Tokyo, with big demand for the new route.
High demand for passenger flights has led to a resurfaced debate over Yokota Air Base.
Architect firms shortlisted for the redesign of the Kasumigaoka National Stadium, which will be the centrepiece of the 2020 Games if Tokyo is selected.
The Japanese automaker is on track to be the world's biggest car manufacturer this year.
Monday, 29th October 2012
Film lovers and industry enthusiasts headed to Tokyo last week
Friday, 26th October 2012
KLM is going to start flying to Fukoka in Japan.
A special night of mixed martial arts has been planned for New Year's EVe in Japan.
Thursday, 25th October 2012
New projections are released regarding worst-case scenario nuclear meltdowns
A new Japanese justice minister has been announced
Tuesday, 23rd October 2012
Japanese politician resigns amid allegations of links to the mob
Baseball player Matsuzaka offered DeNa BayStars contract.
Monday, 22nd October 2012
New robot suit invented to handle radiation exposure
Friday, 19th October 2012
Technological innovation has come up with a car that avoids hitting pedestrians.
Money found under vacant house by demolition workers
Expansion plans set for Thailand
Thursday, 18th October 2012
As part of this year's Visit Japan project, the Japanese Tourism Association (JTA) will be working with the Watami International restaurant chain to promote the country to its foreign fans.
Wednesday, 17th October 2012
A French television host has officially apologised for displaying a doctored photograph of Japanese goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima.
Apple has lodged an appeal in the Tokyo courts regarding the case against Samsung.
Tuesday, 16th October 2012
Visit Japan with hello Kitty is a new iPhone app that is intended to boost tourism in Japan.
Brazil fought and won against Japan in today's (October 16th) friendly match
Nobel Prize winning scientist may receive billions of yen in research funds
Monday, 15th October 2012
Japan beat European champions France 1-0 for the first time ever.
Friday, 12th October 2012
Japanese tennis player the first home talent to make semis in Osaka
Thursday, 11th October 2012
A smartphone app has been launched for Hello Kitty to welcome visitors to Japan
A smartphone app has been launched for Hello Kitty to welcome visitors to Japan
Travellers are increasingly valuing package holidays, research shows
Wednesday, 10th October 2012
Toyota has been forced to recall more than 7.4 million vehicles worldwide
Tuesday, 9th October 2012
Kei Nishikori achieved home glory at the Japan Open
Japan is providing funding to help boost infrastructure in Jakarta
Monday, 8th October 2012
Nobel prize awarded to John Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka
Friday, 5th October 2012
Scientists in Japan make fertility breakthrough
Andy Murray progresses to semis in the Japan Open
Thursday, 4th October 2012
The quarter finals of the Japan Open take place on Friday (October 3rd)
Wednesday, 3rd October 2012
Japanese snails prove savvy when staving off snake attacks
Tuesday, 2nd October 2012
A Japan tech show has opened its doors to demonstrate the potential of smartphones
Monday, 1st October 2012
Japan is experiencing the grip of a typhoon dubbed 'Jelawat'
Japanese air travellers subject to random body searchers
Friday, 28th September 2012
A study has highlighted the need for many to travel
Consumers in Japan will soon be able to withdraw cash simply with the touch of their palm
Thursday, 27th September 2012
Mongolian sumo wrestler Ozeki Harumafuji officially became the 70th ever yokozuna.
Efforts to boost Japan's renewable energy sector appear to be working, figures show
Fukuoka will host round two of the World Baseball Classic (WBC) in 2013.
Wednesday, 26th September 2012
A man who posed as a doctor and examined 2,300 patients was arrested on Monday, September 24th.
Former prime minister Shinzo Abe has won Japan's main opposition party leadership election today (September 26th).
Tuesday, 25th September 2012
Burger King Japan creates bamboo and squid ink Whopper
Japan's hi-tech giant, Hitachi, has revealed a prototype device that can store digital information for more than 100 million years.
Scientists in Japan have a developed a tooth patch that could be used to whiten smiles
Deer missing from Nagoya zoo, possibly stolen
Monday, 24th September 2012
Mongolian ozeki Harumafuji defeated yokozuna Hakuho and was titled winner of the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday September 23rd.
Friday, 21st September 2012
A three-month long celebration of all things anime and manga is set to descend on the Kyoto prefecture over the next week.
Mr Noda won the leadership contest by a clear majority
Thursday, 20th September 2012
Kasumi Ishikawa has been withdrawn from the China Open
Wednesday, 19th September 2012
The gaming event is set to see thousands descend on the Mihamaku ward
Tuesday, 18th September 2012
The Tik Tok singer was in Japan recently
Wine lovers could soon be heading to the Shibuya area of Tokyo
Monday, 17th September 2012
There are now over 50,000 Japanese centenarians
Akihiro Yamagucch broke the record set at the London Olympic Games
Friday, 14th September 2012
Japan to take on Israel at the Davis Cup for the first time ever
Thursday, 13th September 2012
Japan is spending 150 million yen trying to preserve a 'miracle pine' tree
Saori Yoshida hopes to achieve her 13th consecutive global win
Wednesday, 12th September 2012
Japan are making good progress in the World Cup qualifiers
Tuesday, 11th September 2012
East Japan Railway is set to launch free internet access
Deceased Japanese minister to be accused of scandal
Monday, 10th September 2012
Milla Jovovich hits Japan's capital for movie debut
Japan suffered poor economic results for the second quarter
Friday, 7th September 2012
There are a host of attractions and events to draw visitors to the Yamagata prefecture
Thursday, 6th September 2012
Automaker in Japan creates new device for improving driver performance
Young Nadeshiko has lost out on a place in the finals of the under-20s Fifa Women's World Cup
A Japanese car company is making its biggest UK investment in a decade
Tuesday, 4th September 2012
Japanese hammer thrower may have missed IOC commission opportunity
Japan's capital city will see its population halve by 2100
Monday, 3rd September 2012
Japanese motor sales perform poorly in August
Japan's government is stepping up its efforts to open some of the country's least-visited islands up to both national and international tourists
Japanese cartoon caper used to promote Google app
Japanese toilet company launches motorbike fuelled by animal waste
Friday, 31st August 2012
Kagawa has been called up to the Japan squad, but will have to concede his favoured position to Honda.
Thursday, 30th August 2012
Medical centres in Japan are to trial a new testing method for Down's syndrome
Wednesday, 29th August 2012
Japan and North Korea have held their first talks since 2008
A man in China ripped the Japanese flag from an ambassador's vehicle
Tuesday, 28th August 2012
Japanese baseball side takes Little League World Series title
Friday, 24th August 2012
A 63-year-old former engineer may be Japan's last remaining ninja
A Japanese sushi chain has been sold to European investors
Thursday, 23rd August 2012
Young Japanese baseball teams gets closer to LLWS title
Japanese artist "gives Columbus his own apartment" in NYC
Wednesday, 22nd August 2012
A Japanese vehicle maker is supporting a multi-million dollar talking car project
The Japanese economy suffered export losses in July
Tuesday, 21st August 2012
Japanese reporter shot dead in Syria
Monday, 20th August 2012
Half a million people lined Ginza's streets to welcome home Japan's Olympians
Young Nadeshiko secure opening game in Women's World Cup
Friday, 17th August 2012
Study shows Japan has a healthier ocean than many in the world
The man behind 'Wallace and Gromit' is to be an honorary president at a Hiroshima festival
Thursday, 16th August 2012
Holidaymakers prepared to take more risks overseas
US rapper to touch down in Japan
Wednesday, 15th August 2012
Nadeshiko receive same flight privilege as men on return home
Japan ranked among world's healthiest countries
Tuesday, 14th August 2012
Traditional Toyama dance festival to run for three days in September
Japanese comedian to run nine-day marathon for Fukushima survivors
Monday, 13th August 2012
Japan earn an honourable 38 medals at Games
Japanese prime minister moves to double sales tax by 2015
Friday, 10th August 2012
US teacher impressed by Japanese students' routine
US triumph over Nadeshiko for Olympic gold
Thursday, 9th August 2012
Japan suffers further population declines
Mitsubishi to test new use for regenerative power
Wednesday, 8th August 2012
Japan trials new identification system for air travel
Japan?s men?s football team lose 3-1 in the semi-finals
Tuesday, 7th August 2012
Japanese schools moving towards total ban on smoking
Women's football team bumped up after securing place in finals
Monday, 6th August 2012
Women?s table tennis team to take home first Olympic medal
Japan took a one-minute silence to mark the anniversary of the atomic bombing
Friday, 3rd August 2012
Reports highlights Japan?s lack of innovative thinking
Nagoya residents are backing the women?s football team
Thursday, 2nd August 2012
Japanese motor industry continues to recover
Almost a third of UK holidaymakers would rather take a break outside of Europe
Wednesday, 1st August 2012
Coach says draw was good result to avoid traveling for quarter-finals
Tuesday, 31st July 2012
Honda begins to recover after Great Earthquake last year
Female judoka takes Japan's first gold at Olympics
Monday, 30th July 2012
Japanese suffer 4-0 loss in women?s hockey
Japan?s men?s football squad make it through to quarterfinals of the Olympics
Friday, 27th July 2012
Longevity of Japanese women slips to world's second highest
Japanese robotic baby set to demonstrate human development
Thursday, 26th July 2012
Reliability survey sees Japanese brands dominate
Wednesday, 25th July 2012
Students honour Japanese Olympians
Tuesday, 24th July 2012
The Japanese Olympics team is geared up for the Games
Monday, 23rd July 2012
US fighter jet pilot saved by Japanese authorities
Thursday, 19th July 2012
Three men arrested in Japan for trying to climb a Unesco World heritage Site
Wednesday, 18th July 2012
A new e-reader is set to be launched in Japan
Women's World Cup winners fly economy to 2012 Games
Tuesday, 17th July 2012
Task force unveils top five potential Japanese capitals
Monday, 16th July 2012
The eccentric singer's first scent will make its worldwide debut in Tokyo.
Friday, 13th July 2012
Could Tokyo be home to the world's priciest one-bed apartment?
Bieber pays tribute to Japanese fans during trip to Tokyo
Thursday, 12th July 2012
Japanese motorist caught for speeding after posting footage on YouTube
Wednesday, 11th July 2012
A baby giant panda has sadly died at Ueno Zoo
Japanese footballer prepares for place at Man United
Tuesday, 10th July 2012
Japanese farm invests $10m in retired race horse
Japanese consumers are preparing to dine in on iced noodles this summer
Tokyo's bid to host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games is being supported by all of Japan's athletes.
Monday, 9th July 2012
Japanese consumer confidence hits five-year high
All Blacks player Sonny Bill Williams has signed a contract to play rugby in Japan.
Demonstrators take to Tokyo's streets to oppose new copyright legislation
Friday, 6th July 2012
Japan's giant panda Shin Shin has given birth to Ueno Zoo's first panda cub for 24 years
The love of all things cute has generated a $30 billion cartoon character industry in Japan, according to the Yano Research Institute
Thursday, 5th July 2012
Many famous athletes have been spotted wearing strange coloured tape while competing in major sporting events recently, and it is all down to Dr Kenzo Kase from Japan
Public toilets have been upgraded 2,300m up Mount Fuji as authorities look to preserve ecology in a bid to secure World Heritage Site status
Wednesday, 4th July 2012
A law passed in Tokyo to help prevent children accessing inappropriate manga publications is working, officials say
Tokyo governor Shintaro Ishihara has suggested that the bureaucratic burden on the Japanese capital could be reduced by sharing urban functions with Osaka
Japanese carmaker Toyota has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Germany's BMW in a partnership to develop new technologies
Tuesday, 3rd July 2012
The first ever offshore wind farm in Japan could go live in January, according to government officials
A family of Olympic gymnasts will leave their sibling bonds at the door when they each go in hunt of a gold medal at London 2012
Researchers from the National Centre of Neurology and Psychiatry in Japan have identified a link between lack of sleep and mental performance
Monday, 2nd July 2012
The laws surrounding the preparation and sale of the potentially deadly fugu or pufferfish are being relaxed, but officials say it will not cause more fatalities
Domestic businesses are growing in optimism, according to the Bank of Japan's most recent Tankan survey
Friday, 29th June 2012
A new report has named Toyota the greenest brand in the world, with fellow Japanese carmaker Honda in third place
A major deposit of valuable rare earth minerals has been discovered at the bottom of the Pacific by Japanese researchers
Thursday, 28th June 2012
Doshisha University in Kyoto is aiming to help build peace in Afghanistan with a forum between Taliban and Afghan government officials
Wednesday, 27th June 2012
A science teacher in Japan has collected over 1,000 pairs of protective eclipse-viewing glasses as a donation to Samoa
Tuesday, 26th June 2012
Cars capable of driving themselves could be seen on the streets of Japan within a decade after a government announced a programme to realise the goal
Monday, 25th June 2012
Japanese electronics rivals Sony and Panasonic have agreed to work together on the joint development of new television screens
The Japan Football Association have extended Alberto Zaccheroni's contract as national coach with World Cup 2014 qualification within grasp
Friday, 22nd June 2012
Japanese computer game giant Nintendo has lifted the lid on the latest addition to its line-up with a super-size version of its best-selling 3DS
The Japanese government is considering toughening the law on internet piracy so that it carries criminal penalties and possible jail terms
Thursday, 21st June 2012
A zoo in Japan is hunting a gang of runaway squirrels who escaped during the recent typhoon
Wednesday, 20th June 2012
To say 'thank you' for Russia's help after the March 11th disasters, Japan has given President Vladimir Putin a cute Akita puppy
Kayakers in Washington believe they have found parts of a Japanese house washed up on the US coast's remote beaches
Tuesday, 19th June 2012
British supermarket giant Tesco has announced it will withdraw from Japan after it failed to establish its presence in the country
A baby seal was found swimming in the Sagamigawa river of the Kanagawa Prefecture
Monday, 18th June 2012
A newly-opened shop in Tokyo is giving locals and tourists alike the chance to embrace their inner child.
New figures released by MasterCard show that Tokyo is the second-fastest growing visitor destination in the world
The health ministry in Japan is cracking down on the sale of legal highs by reclassifying several kinds of drugs as illegal narcotics
Friday, 15th June 2012
Following a tough domestic season and an imminent move to Manchester United, the Japanese FA has decided to let Shinji Kagawa rest over summer
Dikembe Mutombo is leading the NBA's bid to get more overseas youngsters playing basketball with a series of clinics in Japan as part of the Basketball Without Borders programme
Thursday, 14th June 2012
Pop star Seiko Matsuda has announced that she has tied the knot for the third time
From July, restaurants in Japan will be unable to serve raw beef liver after the Japanese health ministry banned its sales due to concerns over food poisoning
Wednesday, 13th June 2012
Japan look likely to secure a place at their fifth consecutive World Cup after their draw with Australia made it seven points from three games
Japanese fashion retailer Uniqlo has plans to become the world's number one clothing brand
Tuesday, 12th June 2012
Traditionally used as a hunting weapon in the Borneo rainforest, blow darts are fast becoming one of the most popular pastimes for Japan's older generation
A team of scientists in Japan have created a human liver using stemcells
The Japanese government wants to cut the proportion of adults smokers down to 12 per cent of the population
Monday, 11th June 2012
Japan's hope of successfully defending their Pacific Nations Cup on home turf were brought crashing to the ground with a 20-24 loss to Tonga in Tokyo
Japan's now infamous runaway penguin is back on public display after being missing in action since March
Friday, 8th June 2012
Japan's biggest all-girl pop group AKB48 has named Yuko Oshima as its new leader after a hotly-fought public election
Sarah Outen's solo rowing attempt brought to an end as she is rescued from the Pacific by the Japanese coastguard
Thursday, 7th June 2012
The United Nations World Food Programme has received a major boost after Japan announced it was donating 700,000 to the Papua School Meals Initiative
Once a specialist vehicle with a poor reputation, Toyota's Prius hybrid is now the third biggest-selling car in the US
A 20m dock that was torn from a port in Japan during last year's tsunami has washed up on the coast of Oregon 5,000 miles from home
Wednesday, 6th June 2012
Midfielder Shinji Kagawa has become the most revered footballer in Japan following the 17 million deal that will take him from Borussia Dortmund to Manchester United
Emperor Akihito's cousin Prince Tomohito of Mikasa has died of throat cancer at the age of 66
Friday, 1st June 2012
The country is now ready to host the rugby tournament.
Thursday, 31st May 2012
Japanese police have arrested a man suspected of selling video game piracy devices
A coin designed by a nine-year-old boy in Japan has been approved by the government for one of its six memorial coins
Wednesday, 30th May 2012
More than a million people have visited the Tokyo Sky Tree since its opening, but its popularity has proved too much for some, with long queues to buy tickets
Tuesday, 29th May 2012
The agriculture, forestry and fisheries ministry has named a renowned 100-year-old doctor its 'Green Ambassador'
The Video Games singer has apologised to fans after exhaustion forced her to cancel a concert in Tokyo, Japan
Monday, 28th May 2012
Saori Yoshida has suffered a blow ahead of the London Olympics after a shock loss saw her 58-match winning run brought to an abrupt halt
Friday, 25th May 2012
The fugitive penguin that escaped from the Tokyo Sea Life Park in March has been captured and returned home after 82 days on the run.
The American hotel operator has officially opened its new 227-room Hilton DoubleTree hotel in Naha, Okinawa.
Thursday, 24th May 2012
Players from the US Major League Baseball have donated $310,000 to help the Hands on Tokyo non-profit's tsunami and earthquake relief effort
Wednesday, 23rd May 2012
Japan won a warm-up game against Azerbaijan 2-0 ahead of World Cup qualifications.
Japan thrashed Hong Kong 67-0 in Tokyo to maintain 100 per cent record in competition
Tuesday, 22nd May 2012
A retired office worker from Japan has become the oldest woman to climb Mount Everest at the age of 73
High winds may have caused a problem for the Skytree's elevators, but the official public opening of the world's tallest tower in Japan was never going to be overshadowed
Monday, 21st May 2012
City staff in Fukuoka have been told to stop drinking alcohol for a month after two drink-related scandals prompted the mayor to take drastic action
The Japanese men's football team have been training with a triangular 'rice ball' to hone their skills ahead of this summer's Olympics in London
Friday, 18th May 2012
The Japanese internet giant has announced it is investing $100 million in the rapidly-growing US social networking site Pinterest
Sales of solar power cells climbed 38 per cent in the first quarter of 2012, figures from the Japan Photovoltaic Energy Association have revealed
Thursday, 17th May 2012
Official figures appear to show that an economic recovery is underway in Japan, with GDP growing by one per cent in the first quarter of 2012
Two months after first escaping from the Tokyo Sea Life Park, Japan's runaway Humboldt penguin has been caught on camera frolicking in Tokyo Bay
Wednesday, 16th May 2012
People in the south of Japan will get the rare chance to see a 'ring of fire' solar eclipse next week
Officials from Japan are meeting with their Chinese counterparts to discuss the future of disputed islands in the East China Sea
Tuesday, 15th May 2012
A public toilet in Japan has been causing quite a stir after officials in Ichihara City claimed it was the largest in the world
Japanese technology giant Panasonic has revealed record-breaking losses of nearly $10 billion
Monday, 14th May 2012
Officials at Tokyo Disney Resort have confirmed that same-sex weddings can take place at the theme park
With the 2012 Fifa U-20 Women's World Cup in Japan just months away, the official emblem and ambassadors for the tournament have been unveiled
Friday, 11th May 2012
The nation of Japan will theoretically die out in 1,000 years if the birth rate continues on its current decline.
Thursday, 10th May 2012
Universal Studios will open its Wizarding World of Harry Potter set in Japan in 2014.
Wednesday, 9th May 2012
Lady Gaga has landed in Tokyo ahead of her concerts in the city.
A bra that has been made containing ice packs has been unveiled at an event in Japan.
Tuesday, 8th May 2012
Japan's emperor Akihito is to make a rare trip to the UK in time for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
Beer company Asahi has announced it is to buy out soft drinks maker Calpis in a bid to boost its flagging sales.
Friday, 4th May 2012
A budgie that got lost after his owner left the cage open has been returned home after reciting his address and telephone number to authorities in Japan
Rice has long been a staple food in Japan but new figures show that sales are falling as consumers' taste for western foods increases
Thursday, 3rd May 2012
The Japanese technology giant's 'millimetre-wave radar teachnology' can sense people and other obstacles and could revolutionise in-car traffic safety systems
Wednesday, 2nd May 2012
A teacup used by pop superstar Lady Gaga in Japan has attracted bids in excess of $50,000 after the diva put it up for a charity auction
Japan Airlines is preparing for an initial public offering on the Tokyo Stock Exchange
The town of Taiji became famous for dolphin hunting because of Oscar-winning documentary The Cove, but now officials are planning to build a huge sanctuary at the site
Tuesday, 1st May 2012
A Harley Davison motorbike with Japanese plates that washed ashore on a Canadian beach could be from the March tsunami
The Japanese prime minister has met President Obama in Washington for bilateral talks aimed at reinforcing their allegiance.
Taiwan airline Eva's Hello Kitty-themed planes are still flying high
Monday, 30th April 2012
Hirotaka Kato overcame Ryuta Ishii to pick up his first ever national judo crown in Japan and put the favourites to shame
The Japanese car manufacturer Toyota will reveal annual profits of $4.3 billion when it publishes its full-year results in May
Friday, 27th April 2012
Government figures show that the 4.5 per cent rate of unemployment in Japan stayed flat during March
The Japanese airline ANA has revealed it achieved record profits of $1.2 billion in the year to March
Thursday, 26th April 2012
A transformation is taking place in the Shibuya ward of the Japanese capital, starting with the opening of the Hikarie retail and entertainment centre.
The Japanese car manufacturer has revealed that full year fiscal profits increased by 53.2 per cent following a cost cutting programme
Wednesday, 25th April 2012
The Japanese pitcher came out on top when he went up against fellow countryman Hiroki Kuroda, as the Texas Rangers took on the New York Yankees
Astronomers in Japan have used a giant telescope in Hawaii to look back in time at the most-distant cluster of galaxies ever seen
Six fresh faces will appear in the Japan rugby squad for the game against Kazakhstan this weekend after coach Eddie Jones give his side a spring clean
Tuesday, 24th April 2012
Japanese star Keisuke Honda could line up against Azerbaijan in the last friendly before the final round of World Cup qualifiers
Having just launched its Boston route with the new Boeing 787, Japan Airlines is considering using the fuel-efficient aeroplanes to fly to Madrid and Berlin
Monday, 23rd April 2012
Japanese golfer Ai Miyazato won her eight LPGA title at the LPGA Lotte Championship in Hawaii
A teenager in Japan who lost his football when his house was washed away in the tsunami was contacted this weekend by a couple who found it in Alaska
Friday, 20th April 2012
A group of small and medium-sized businesses in Japan have commemorated the opening of the Tokyo Sky Tree by building their own electric car
A Japanese man bit off slightly more than he could chew when taking advantage of the latest Whopper deal from Burger King in Japan.
Thursday, 19th April 2012
Japanese electronics manufacturer Sharp has unveiled an 80-inch TV - the largest LCD television available from retailers in the country
A declining birth rate saw the population in Japan fall by over 250,000 in 2011
Wednesday, 18th April 2012
Researchers from Tokyo University of Science have successful implanted bioengineered hair follicles into mice paving the way for a baldness cure
A British woman preparing to row from Japan to Canada will set off on her epic expedition this week
Tuesday, 17th April 2012
A new law coming into force in Japan could spell the end of the country's famous cat cafes
Monday, 16th April 2012
The government in Japan is discussing whether to lend the International Monetary Fund $60 billion
Speaking to reporters in Tokyo, the social network's chief executive officer Dick Costolo revealed Twitter will boost its sales staff in Japan
Friday, 13th April 2012
The Ogaki Kyoritsu Bank is preparing to roll out a series of biometric cash points with palm readers as well as card slots
Already preparing to become the oldest Olympics athlete at London 2012, Japan's equestrian Hiroshi Hoketsu feels that he is still getting better, despite being 71-years-old
Thursday, 12th April 2012
Keepers from the Tokyo Sea Life Park in Japan have been searching for a missing penguin for the last month but have now abandoned their hunt
Researchers from Kyoto University have successfully bred a mouse using sperm that had been freeze-dried.
Wednesday, 11th April 2012
Leading Japanese department store Takashimaya is eyeing international expansion as domestic sales slow
A 73-year-old woman from Japan is to attempt to become the oldest woman to scale the world's tallest mountain
Tuesday, 10th April 2012
UK politicians visiting their Japanese counterparts on a trade mission to Japan are set to sign a space research collaboration agreement
The world's most expensive baseball player made a shaky Major League debut but the Texas Rangers still ran out winners against the Seattle Mariners
Thursday, 5th April 2012
A pair of pandas at a zoo in Japan have mated and all eyes are now on the female in the hope that she may be pregnant
The WBA bantamweight champion retained his belt following a unanimous points win over Indonesian fighter Nouldy Manakane at the Yokohama Arena in Japan
Wednesday, 4th April 2012
Scientists in Japan have developed a solar battery that is so thin it can be wrapped around a hair
The Tateyama Mountains are officially home to the first glacier in the history of Japan
Tuesday, 3rd April 2012
A popular Tokyo computer game store may have leaked the official launch date for Nintendo's latest console - the Wii U
A 17-year-old high-school pupil from Japan has broken the country's national 400m medley record while qualifying for the London 2012 Olympics
Monday, 2nd April 2012
The Japanese women's football team missed the chance to make it three wins in a row against the US after Alex Morgan's equaliser cancelled out Yukari Kinga's opener
Japan's 27-year-old figure skater Akiko Suzuki is looking to the future after winning her battle with anorexia to win a world championships medal
Friday, 30th March 2012
Nearly 23,000 winners have been announced following a competition to become part of the first group of visitors to the Tokyo Sky Tree's observation level
Thursday, 29th March 2012
New figures from the Japanese Trade Ministry showed a 3.5 per cent increase in retail sales, suggesting the country's economy is on its way to recovery
Wednesday, 28th March 2012
The pandas at one of Japan's zoos have been taken from display as they have been showing signs of wanting to mate.
The Tokyo subway is soon to offer mobile connections while passengers travel between stations.
Tuesday, 27th March 2012
A Japanese train operator has renamed a central station after the famous noodle dish
Google has been ordered to remove autocomplete from its search function after a Japanese man complained it breached his privacy
Monday, 26th March 2012
Japan's number one tennis player Kei Nishikori will face world number two Rafael Nadal in the Sony Ericsson Open after defeating Lukas Rosol
Friday, 23rd March 2012
Foreign ministry announces it will shut its embassy in Syria as the authorities continue their campaign of violence
As the number of people heading to cinemas slides in the west, the strength of the Japanese box office is helping support the film industry.
Thursday, 22nd March 2012
Japan Airlines has confirmed that delivery of its new Boeing 787s is imminent
An Iranian gallery has loaned the Tokyo National Museum of Modern Art a $250 million Jackson Pollock painting
Wednesday, 21st March 2012
The 46-year-old Japanese pop icon Miwa Yoshida has married rockstar Juan Kamata, 27
Discussions between Japan, the EU and US are to take place as leaders look for alternatives to the rare earth commodities monopolised by China
Tuesday, 20th March 2012
A third consecutive Olympic gold medal at this year's London games would put Japanese wrestler Saori Yoshida alongside the sport's all time greats
Monday, 19th March 2012
The Japanese foreign minister has signalled Japan's intention to raise its diplomatic influence by announcing plans to expand the number of embassies overseas
The popularity of Facebook is rising in Japan and it could soon overtake Mixi - the country's most popular social network
Friday, 16th March 2012
Hundreds of train lovers in Japan gathered at Tokyo Station to say sayonara to the 300-series bullet rain as it set out on its farewell journey
The Basketball Japan League has adopted a tough new stance on drugs after the arrest of a star player
Thursday, 15th March 2012
The biggest baseball team in Japan could be investigated for breaching the league's salary cap
Japan's number one clothing brand Uniqlo opens its biggest store in the Tokyo fashion district Ginza
Wednesday, 14th March 2012
With the London Olympics on the horizon, a Japanese mathematician has predicted the probability of the nation's women's soccer team triumphing
The Japanese government has submitted an application to UNESCO that could see the traditional 'washoku' cuisine recognised as a cultural heritage asset
Tuesday, 13th March 2012
Two of the biggest pop acts from Japan are heading across the Pacific to play concerts in Washington
The iPhone 4S helped Apple become the top-selling smartphone manufacturer in Japan for the first time
Monday, 12th March 2012
One year after the terrible natural disasters, singer Cyndi Lauper is urging the world to show support for Japan
The Japanese marathon team for the London 2012 Olympic Games has been finalised
Friday, 9th March 2012
The WTTC has predicted that the country's tourism economy will bounce back in 2012.
The equestrian will be 71 when he competes at the London Olympics.
Between late March and early April, cherry blossoms bloom!
Thursday, 8th March 2012
Japan women lose 4-3 to Germany in a nail-biting Algarve Cup Final
Wednesday, 7th March 2012
Maruyama Zoo in Sapporo has turned to traditional Japanese drums in a bid to encourage its lethargic alligators to mate
An aquarium in Japan appears to be closing in on its escaped penguin after numerous sightings of the runaway bird
Tuesday, 6th March 2012
A Japanese scientist famous for his work with spider silk has woven violin strings with a "soft and profound timbre" from the material
Monday, 5th March 2012
Already the oldest person to ever compete for Japan in the Olympics, horse rider Hiroshi Hoketsu has qualified for the 2012 London Games
A penguin is on the loose in Tokyo after escaping from the Japanese capital's aquarium
Friday, 2nd March 2012
New figures released by the Health, Labour and Welfare Ministry in Japan have revealed that deaths from cancer, stroke and heart disease are at the lowest level for over 50 years
Sales of vehicles in Japan jumped in February as the government's subsidy for green vehicles provided a boost for the industry
Thursday, 1st March 2012
Casinos could appear in Japan within five years if a cross-party group of lawmakers backing the move to legalise gambling succeeds in its aims
Optimism is growing that Japan's economy could return to growth this quarter
Wednesday, 29th February 2012
Work on the Tokyo Sky Tree, the highest communications tower and second-tallest building in the world has finished in Japan
Japan are through to the final round of qualification for the 2014 FIFA World Cup but failed to finish top of their group after narrowly losing 1-0 to Uzbekistan
Tuesday, 28th February 2012
Ridley Scott and Fuji TV have joined forces for the Japan in a Day project to record the daily life of the country on the first anniversary of the devastating Great East Japan Earthquake
Monday, 27th February 2012
Michael Kipyego won the 2012 Tokyo Marathon after beating the legend Haile Gebrselassie and Japanese Olympic hopeful Arata Fujiwara
Ahead of a World Cup Qualifier match next week Japan had a perfect warm-up, beating Iceland 3-1 in a friendly
Friday, 24th February 2012
Celebrating his 52nd birthday, Crown Prince Naruhito used his speech to suggest that following a series of operations, his father should reduce his official duties
Thursday, 23rd February 2012
With its Tokyo Sky Tree set to become the tallest building in Japan, Japanese construction firm Obayashi Corp has suggested building a carbon nanotube elevator that would take tourists into space
Wednesday, 22nd February 2012
Sumo wrestling is facing another crisis after debts of almost 50 million were amassed in 2011 following a match-fixing scandal
The most-expensive pitcher in Japanese history took part in his first training session at the Texas Rangers after sealing his switch across the Pacific
A Japanese nurse who cycles around the world volunteering has thanked people in China who took to social networks after his bike was stolen
Tuesday, 21st February 2012
The on-loan Arsenal teenager Ryo Miyaichi could be in line for his first senior national call up after the JFA contacted Bolton
Yasunaga Ogita intends to be the first Japanese adventurer to complete a solo expedition to the Arctic when he sets off in March
Monday, 20th February 2012
Plans to restore Nagoya Castle to its former glory have been met with mixed emotions from local citizens
The emperor has undergone successful heart bypass surgery and could be home within two weeks after being discharged from the ICU
The Japanese games giant Nintendo has revealed that it has sold five million of its 3DS consoles in less than a year, making it the fastest-selling console in its history
Friday, 17th February 2012
The emperor is to undergo a five-hour heart bypass operation at Tokyo Hospital after tests showed his arteries were narrowing
Japan's All Nippon Airways has adopted a new business strategy that will see it boost international flights by 22 per cent
Fluffy seals called Paro are being given to victims of the Japan tsunami to help keep their spirits up while living in temporary housing
Thursday, 16th February 2012
A report issued by the Cabinet Office is quietly optimistic regarding the Japanese economy as consumer spending holds firm
Japan's famous Series 300 bullet trains are to be retired in March following 20 year's of service
Wednesday, 15th February 2012
Ten new Boeing 787 Dreamliners have been ordered by Japan Airlines as the company looks to extend its international services
David Fincher's adaptation of the hit Stieg Larsson novel topped the Japan box office charts following a successful opening weekend
Cabinet ministers in Japan are due to discuss the possibility of using money in dormant bank accounts to help fund the tsunami and earthquake reconstruction efforts
Tuesday, 14th February 2012
Once the iconic image of the 1970 World Exposition, Taro Okamoto's Golden Mask is to go on display in the capital for the first time at the Edo-Tokyo Museum
After problems emerged with Uzbekistan's bid to host the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, Japan has been officially unveiled as the new host country
Monday, 13th February 2012
Following the Japan Davis Cup side's defeat to Croatia, the country's number one tennis player Kei Nishikori has said it is his fault the team did not offer a sterner test for Croatia
78-year-old Emperor Akihito is to have heart bypass surgery
Friday, 10th February 2012
A futuristic robot controlled by humans wearing special equipment has brought the world of Avatar closer to reality
Thursday, 9th February 2012
Having made it to the World Group stage of the Davis Cup for the first time since 1995, Japan take on Croatia in the tennis tournament this weekend
A new five-year plan proposed in Japan will set the target of 18 million visitors to the country should it get cabinet approval
Wednesday, 8th February 2012
Soft Drinks company Asahi is to deploy 10,000 WiFi vending machines across Japan in the next five years that offer users free internet access for 30 minutes
Researchers in Japan have discovered that the Bryan's shearwater seabird is in fact alive and well on the Ogasawara islands, having been presumed extinct for around 20 years
Tuesday, 7th February 2012
The world's biggest carmaker Toyota saw sales and revenues slump after last year's natural disasters but recovery is on the horizon according to its latest financial results
17-year-old ballerina Madoka Sugai has scooped the prestigious Prix de Laussane competition in Switzerland
Monday, 6th February 2012
More and more Japanese firms are securing foreign acquisitions in an effort to widen their global reach.
Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama brings her new exhibition to London.
Pharmaceuticals firm Venus Remedies has been granted a Japanese patent for a new medical drug.
Thursday, 2nd February 2012
Sony announced losses of 1.3 billion in the third financial quarter of 2011.
Wednesday, 1st February 2012
There are plenty of opportunities to fish in Japan's urban centres, a travel writer has said.
The Imperial Hotel in Tokyo has been rated as one of the city's top ten establishments.
Tuesday, 31st January 2012
The population of Japan is expected to fall by a third in the next 50 years.
The north of Japan offers exciting winter sports opportuntiies
Monday, 30th January 2012
Japanese camera maker Canon has reported a rise in its full year profits.
Friday, 27th January 2012
Japan has submitted applications to UNESCO that would see Mount Fuji and the ancient city of Kamakura added to the UNESCO World Heritage Site list
A new panel will convene next month to discuss the prospect of lowering the voting age from 20 to 18
Thursday, 26th January 2012
The governor of Osaka has announced plans to turn a 2km stretch of river into an international swimming pool
The world's biggest car maker is hoping to lead the first team to Le Mans victory using a hybrid vehicle
Wednesday, 25th January 2012
Two American-born brothers have reunited in Japan following almost 60 years apart
Snow on Monday and Tuesday caused major disruption for commuters in Tokyo as trains and roads came to a standstill
Tuesday, 24th January 2012
Having been elected as the youngest-ever female mayor in the history of Japan, Naomi Koshi has revealed that one of her priorities is to improve the lives of women in the country
Monday, 23rd January 2012
Naomi Koshi became the youngest-ever female mayor in the history of Japan when at 36-years-old she became the mayor of Otsu in the Shiga Prefecture
Kei Nishikori has become the first Japanese tennis player to reach the Australian Open quarter-finals in 80 years after beating Jon-Wilfried Tsonga
Friday, 20th January 2012
As the government in Japan announced a new subsidy system to encourage the uptake of renewable energy it was revealed that wind power capacity in the country increased by 11.7 per cent last year
A new console has been launched by the Tokyo-based company that encourages men to play while urinating
Thursday, 19th January 2012
A former deputy police chief has pleaded not guilty to professional negligence following his role in a 2001 incident in which 11 people were crushed to death following a fireworks display
Japan's star pitcher has agreed a move to the Texas Rangers in a deal worth $111 million, making him the most expensive Japanese ball player in history
Wednesday, 18th January 2012
As circulations in the West continue to fall, the demand for newspapers in Japan is as strong as ever
Tuesday, 17th January 2012
Acclaimed Japanese pop princess Ayumi Hamasaki it to file for divorce from her actor husband Manuel Schwarz after just 12 months of marriage
Japanese speedway star Hiromi Sakai has died in a training accident just months after becoming the first woman to compete in the sport for over 40 years
Monday, 16th January 2012
Friday, 13th January 2012
The Texas Rangers boss Nolan Ryan has revealed he is "optimistic" that the MLB side will reach agreement with Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish
The Louvre museum in Paris is to send more than 20 works of art to Japan for an exhibition in disaster hit prefectures including Fukushima
Thursday, 12th January 2012
Corn imports to Japan from Europe look set to break the record as the world's biggest importer of the grain doubles its supply from the region
Researchers at a Tokyo university have discovered how dogs manage to stay warm when standing on frozen ground
Wednesday, 11th January 2012
An incredible tree that looks like a dragon is attracting visitors to the disaster-hit prefecture of Miyagi
Japan is witnessing one of the best early ski seasons on record with more than ten metres of snow falling in Niseko already
Tuesday, 10th January 2012
The captain of the Japanese women's football team has won the FIFA Women's World Player of the Year 2011 after scoring the most goals at the World Cup to help her side lift the trophy
Monday, 9th January 2012
The Number of young people in Japan coming-of-age today declined for a fifth consecutive year
Three North Korean men whose fishing boat drifted to Japan have been returned home following informal talks between the two nations
Friday, 6th January 2012
Land flooded by the March tsunami is to be farmed by robots in a futuristic experiment announced by the Japanese agriculture ministry
Automobile sales in Japan climbed 24 per cent in December, helping the industry recover from the disruption of the twin disasters in March
Thursday, 5th January 2012
The Kiyomura K.K sushi chain has smashed the world record for the highest price paid for a bluefin tuna after paying 56 million yen for a 269kg fish at an auction in Tokyo
Wednesday, 4th January 2012
The Japanese international forward Tadanari Lee is expected to sign for the English Championship side Southampton after arriving in England for a medical
Following a week of poor sales, Japanese retailers have slashed the price of the Sony PlayStation Vita in a bid to spur sales as the Nintendo 3DS continues to fly of the shelves
Tuesday, 3rd January 2012
Following a spate of cyber attacks, the Japanese Defence Ministry has developed a $2.3 million cyber weapon capable of monitoring and defending against hackers
Friday, 30th December 2011
The ruling Democratic Party of Japan have agreed to hold off a sales tax increase following opposition to the plan
Thursday, 29th December 2011
More than three-quarters of all plastic waste in Japan gets recycled, figures from the country's Plastic Waste Management Institute reveal
Wednesday, 28th December 2011
A doctor who quit her job in medicine to follow her dream of becoming a manga author has become the first Indonesian woman to have her work published in Japan
Friday, 23rd December 2011
Turning 78, Japan's Emperor Akihito used his annual birthday speech to give a heart-warming account of his pride at the strength of the Japanese people in the face of much adversity
Japanese PM Yoshihiko Noda is to lobby China to loan giant pandas to the Yagiyama Zoological Park in Sendai
Free agent Hisashi Iwakuma expects a decision on his future in the MLB to be made soon
Thursday, 22nd December 2011
The Japanese car maker Toyota has predicted sales growth of 20 per cent for 2012 which would help the manufacturer regain the throne as the world's biggest car company
Police in Japan have reconstructed the major car crash which saw 14 of the world's most expensive vehicles involved in a pile-up
The two-time world Champion figure skating Mao Asada is to make an emotional return to the national championships following the death of her mother
Wednesday, 21st December 2011
Former moguls World Cup winner Aiko Uemura has set her sights on returning to the FIS World Cup return after a second placed finish in Colorado
Some 325,000 Sony PSP Vitas were sold at the weekend as Japanese gamers headed to stores in their droves for the launch of the handheld games console
Tuesday, 20th December 2011
Japanese Lolita Girls began as a subculture but the fashion trend announced its mainstream arrival at the Japan Fashion Week
Researchers in Japan excavating a site in Kahihara have uncovered what is believed to the be an ancient sixth century pond referred to in historic Japanese texts
Tsuneyasu Miyamoto, the footballer nicknamed 'Batman' who captained Japan at two consecutive FIFA World Cups, has announced his retirement from the sport
Monday, 19th December 2011
Festive shoppers in Japan are helping the country's economy recover following the devastating disasters in March
President of the Japanese Football Association has said the nation will bid to host the FIFA World Club Cup again after the huge success of this year's tournament
Friday, 16th December 2011
Japanese PM Yoshihiko Noda today told the world that a full 'cold shutdown' at Fukushima has stabilised the stricken nuclear power plant
Thursday, 15th December 2011
The European champions Barcelona reached the final of the Japan 2011 FIFA World Club Cup against Santos at the Yokohama stadium despite losing David Villa to a broken leg
A one-year-old baby in Tokyo, Japan, has survived a fall from a tenth floor apartment
Wednesday, 14th December 2011
Santos expected to play Messi and Barcelona in final of FIFA World Club Cup 2011 in Japan after Neymar scores wonder goal
Sales figures for the Nintendo 3DS show that the handheld console has shipped over three million units as the release of Mario Kart 7 helped boost demand
Tuesday, 13th December 2011
Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games bid receives endorsement from Japan government
Zac Efron arrived in Tokyo today, coming to Japan to promote his new movie New Year's Eve
The first ever cafe to be officially endorsed by Italian football club AC Milan has opened in Nagoya, Japan
Monday, 12th December 2011
A 'Miracle Pine' which was the only one of 70,000 30m trees to survive the tsunami appears destined to die because of saline contamination
Friday, 9th December 2011
Saint Nick stops off at Kamaishi primary school to spread Christmas spirit to kids
Japan?s gross domestic product growth estimate has been lowered to 5.6 per cent
Thursday, 8th December 2011
Yu Darvish has revealed he will be using the posting system to try get a place in the MLB
A new film is due to be released in Japan marking the events of Pearl Harbour
Wednesday, 7th December 2011
The world?s oldest living dog, based in Japan, has finally passed away at the age of 26
Researchers have discovered the March 11th tsunami was formed of two waves
Tuesday, 6th December 2011
A pile-up of at least 12 luxury cars in Japan could be the country?s most expensive road accident
Researchers have discovered humans and chimps associate certain pitches with light and dark
Monday, 5th December 2011
A majority of the Japanese population is opposed to the consumption tax increase, poll suggests
Friday, 2nd December 2011
Big news in Japanese baseball as the Yomiuri Giants snag Phillies? pitcher and Sanada is open to bids from MLB teams
Leftover contaminated debris is due to be washed by a cleaning plant near Fukushima
Thursday, 1st December 2011
The Japanese prime minister has ordered the next budget to be drawn up
Car makers from Japan are set to exhibit ways vehicles can be used to produce household energy
Wednesday, 30th November 2011
Prince Akishino has called for a reconsideration of the imperial retirement age following his father?s recent illness
Tuesday, 29th November 2011
Tokyo has remained the world?s cuisine capital for the fifth year in a row
Japan?s finance minister has promised to improve the position of the yen
Monday, 28th November 2011
Japanese scientists believe a species of fish displays monogamous behaviour
Japan have topped the table of Group C after their London 2012 qualifier victory over Syria
A new mayor and governorl have been elected in Osaka
Friday, 25th November 2011
A leading men?s basketball team in Japan has appointed its first female head coach
The Japanese women?s football team has debuted in a hot 20 products list
Thursday, 24th November 2011
Tourists have shown a renewed interest in visiting Japan in the wake of the tsunami tragedy
Japan was not badly affected by two separate earthquakes that hit its shores on Thursday
Emperor Akihito?s 18-day hospital stay has come to an end following treatment for mild bronchial pneumonia
Wednesday, 23rd November 2011
A Japanese astronaut has set a national record after spending 167 days on a space station
Japan has pledged 67 billion yen to Iraq to help with infrastructural improvements
Tuesday, 22nd November 2011
The two Japanese stock exchanges are due to become one from 2013
A leading pitcher has turned down the opportunity to compete in the Pacific League this season
Monday, 21st November 2011
Three boys separated after the March 11th disaster have been reunited at a noodle eating competition
The Japanese government has approved a third financial injection to improve the nation?s economic conditions
Friday, 18th November 2011
Japan?s job market is proving boisterous as the employment rate recently increased
Japan?s emperor Akihito is being hospitalised in Tokyo for mild pneumonia
Thursday, 17th November 2011
The Fukuoka Softbank Hawks have entered into a tie break after beating the Chunichi Dragons 2-1 in the Japan Series
The Japanese women?s volleyball team has won their latest match in their efforts to qualify for London 2012
Wednesday, 16th November 2011
Japanese record breakers create world's largest rice cracker
Japanese golfer makes his second appearance at the Presidents Cup
Yokohama is due to host an exciting theme park event this Christmas period
Tuesday, 15th November 2011
Japan has experienced its greatest economic results since the March 11th disaster
Japanese football fans receive cool reception in Pyongyang as their side is defeated
Monday, 14th November 2011
The launch of three new low-cost airlines could make travelling through Japan cheaper
Friday, 11th November 2011
A Japanese aid worker has described her survival story after the Turkey quake
Thursday, 10th November 2011
Leading Kabuki star commended for his contribution to Arts and Philosophy
Pitt-Jolie family appeared to have an enjoyable time in Japan as Brad promoted his new movie
Wednesday, 9th November 2011
A Czech sumo star has received a warning from the Japan Sumo Association for injecting insulin
Tuesday, 8th November 2011
A rare species in the Okinawa prefecture is under threat from vehicles passing through the area
Japanese researchers have created a robot dog that could prove useful to the blind
Monday, 7th November 2011
Tennis star performs impressively at indoor championships in Switzerland
Friday, 4th November 2011
A controversial wrestling competition in Tokyo celebrates its 20th year as disabled wrestlers compete for top titles
Thursday, 3rd November 2011
The Chunichi Dragons beat the Yakult Swallows 2-1 in the first game of the Central League Climate series
Taiwanese choose to holiday in Japan, while sculptor unveils tribute to March 11th volunteers
Wednesday, 2nd November 2011
Tourists visiting Japan in December must visit the Chichibu Night Festival.
Tuesday, 1st November 2011
Yasuhiro Sonoda has drunk water from a puddle at the Fukushima power plant, to help convince the public over decontamination efforts.
Monday, 31st October 2011
Japan has once more intervened in the currency markets to keep the strengthening yen in check.
Friday, 28th October 2011
Japan has experienced a slight population growth due to foreign residents
Thursday, 27th October 2011
A 72-year-old fish peddler has returned to her village to revive her business in the aftermath of the March disasters
Japanese football fans could head to North Korea to watch their nation play their first game there in 22 years
Tourists to Japan this winter might like to take a trip to the Sapporo Snow Festival
Wednesday, 26th October 2011
An iconic actress has been honoured at the Tokyo International Film Festival
Boeing's 787 Dreamliner made its debut landing in the Japanese capital
Three key figures in Japanese soccer have been nominated for FIFA awards
Tuesday, 25th October 2011
Japanese exports climbed 2.4 per cent in September, representing the second month of growth since the tsunami disaster
Tokyo students enjoy the Week of Taste as they learn to appreciate the quality of good food
Japanese boxer takes WBA minimum weight title from Thai champ
Monday, 24th October 2011
Princess Mako celebrated becoming an adult after turning 20 at the weekend
Friday, 21st October 2011
Japan's Ibaraki Airport has won a low-cost airport accolade.
The Tokyo film festival starts on Saturday October 22nd.
Thursday, 20th October 2011
Judi Dench was one of five Praemium Imperial Award recipients.
Japan is the new hotspot for food lovers.
Wednesday, 19th October 2011
Teruyuki Kagawa will begin Kabuki performance after being inspired by a reunion with his late father
Tuesday, 18th October 2011
Japan has asked China for two giant pandas for the Miyagi Prefecture
Japan is known for its delicious gourmet cuisine
Monday, 17th October 2011
A Japanese artist has become an internet sensation for his banana sculptures
Two Japanese celebrities have been made deputy governors of Kagawa prefecture
Friday, 14th October 2011
Residents felt relief after suspect radiation levels turned out to be luminous paint ingredients
John Kirwan has announced he will step down as Japanese rugby coach
Thursday, 13th October 2011
Karl Pilkington filmed the last episode to the second series of his travel show in Japan
Some 10,000 tourists could benefit from free flights to Japan
Wednesday, 12th October 2011
Jonathon Ross shows support for Japan at embassy event
Tuesday, 11th October 2011
The Chunichi Dragons beat the Yakult Swallows 3-1 on Monday (October 10th)
Monday, 10th October 2011
Ballerina set to come to Tokyo to raise funds for the relief effort
Friday, 7th October 2011
The Japanese government has approved plans for recovery budget worth $156 billion
Japanese researchers have uncovered a new treatment for diabetes using stem cells
Thursday, 6th October 2011
The government has issued a draft bill for designated high risk disaster zones
Japan's tourism industry is recovering from the tragic events of March 11th
Wednesday, 5th October 2011
Animal rescuers in the Fukushima prefecture are striving to reunite lost pets with their rightful owners
Japan's Createc technology exhibition has unveiled startling innovations
Monday, 3rd October 2011
Most Japanese not in favour of tax to fund relief effort
Major manufacturers have anticipated an improvement in market conditions
Friday, 30th September 2011
Japan has approved an additional fund to stabilise the yen
Thursday, 29th September 2011
A move by the Japanese government to lift an evacuation order could attract the return of locals
Wednesday, 28th September 2011
A man arrested has been arrested for offences relating to endangered falcons and goshawks
New research shows that a soy-based diet could reduce the effects of ageing.
Sebastian Vettel could win the F1 World Championship in Japan.
Tuesday, 27th September 2011
Japan exited the Rugby World Cup with heavy hearts after drawing with Canada 23-23
The classic Japanese novel 'The Tale of Genji' has been re-imagined on film
Monday, 26th September 2011
Japan will face Canada in their final Rugby World Cup 2011 game
Friday, 23rd September 2011
The Fukushima prefecture has experienced a surge in feral dogs
Thursday, 22nd September 2011
Japan's loss to a strong Tongan side has sent them out of the Rugby World Cup 2011
A typhoon has left at least 16 people dead or missing but bypassed Fukushima nuclear plant
Tuesday, 20th September 2011
Japan is hoping its efforts in the Rugby World Cup will make it the most improved team
Monday, 19th September 2011
Six Japanese swimmers paid tribute to Taiwan for its contributions to the relief effort
Friday, 16th September 2011
Bite-Size - a major new exhibition celebrating Anglo-Japanese textiles comes to Kyoto next year.
City in eastern Japan launches geisha training scheme to preserve the ancient art form.
Thursday, 15th September 2011
Japanese music group The Bawdies are set to hit the big time
New research reveals that the Japanese natural disaster earlier this year has resulted in a change of attitudes among young Japanese people.
Asia's biggest annual gaming convention, the Tokyo Game Show, arrives in Japan.
Wednesday, 14th September 2011
The new prime minister of Japan has vowed to restore public confidence
Tuesday, 13th September 2011
An ex-sumo wrestler has swapped the ring to patrol the streets as a policeman
Monday, 12th September 2011
The majority of Japanese people were pleased with the army's response to the tsunami in March
Japan lost their first Rugby World Cup 2012 game to France
Friday, 9th September 2011
Japan will face France in their opening game at the Rugby World Cup 2011
Thursday, 8th September 2011
The Japanese women's soccer team have qualified for the 2012 Olympic Games
Yoshihiko Noda has made his debut visit to Fukushima since becoming prime minister
Wednesday, 7th September 2011
A new book written by children provides accounts of their experiences of the tsunami
Tuesday, 6th September 2011
A leading South-Korean TV star returned to Japan to promote the release of his latest TV drama on DVD
Monday, 5th September 2011
The new prime minster's cabinet is already proving popular with the public
The men's marathon team secured second place in the World Cup
A typhoon that swept through Japan has left 26 people dead and more than 50 missing
Friday, 2nd September 2011
Japan's new prime minister vows to combat public fears over nuclear safety
Yu Darvish was integral to taking the Fighters to victory on Wednesday
Japan has applied to UNESCO to make two of its sites World Heritage cultural sites by 2013
Thursday, 1st September 2011
An annual jazz festival is coming to Tokyo this weekend
Japan has continued its traditional annual Disaster Prevention Day despite the twin tragedy in March
Japanese tennis stars have suffered a series of injuries at the US open
Wednesday, 31st August 2011
Factory production up marginally but outlook for September is less hopeful.
A typhoon due to hit Japan this Friday (September 2nd) could push back one of the country's World Cup qualifier games
A major British supermarket chain has announced it is pulling its business out of Japan
People in Japan can expect to live for longer than those in any other country in the world
Tuesday, 30th August 2011
Japanese unemployment has risen for the second consecutive month
The first batch of rice produced near Fukushima has been shipped after it was found to be free of contamination
Mounted archers with deadly accuracy set to entertain thousands near Kamakura.
Athlete becomes oldest ever hammer thrower to win gold.
The new prime minister of Japan has been announced
Friday, 26th August 2011
Mr Kan says his tenure was plagued by 'severe circumstances'
Thursday, 25th August 2011
Rating agency announced Japan is now AA3 nation
Wednesday, 24th August 2011
Nagoya's first loss since July leaves space for Osaka to overtake
Tuesday, 23rd August 2011
University of Tokyo will look into cross-breeding resistant strains
Former foreign minister launches campaign
Monday, 22nd August 2011
DPJ to elect new leader on August 29th
Friday, 19th August 2011
Maya Sato is just 19, but she is already making waves on Japan's Auto Racing scene.
More than 2 billion has so far been raised by the Japanese Red Cross Society for the country's recovery.
Thursday, 18th August 2011
More than 50 million discovered in the debris in Japan's north-eastern region has been handed in.
A new poll suggests the next PM could struggle to win over Japan's electorate.
Wednesday, 17th August 2011
It is not yet clear what Japan will do with its energy mix in the future.
Tuesday, 16th August 2011
Nintendo cut price by 40 per cent and shift more units
Yoshida Masahito heading to Shanghai
Monday, 15th August 2011
Former champions capitulate at Jubilo Iwata
Friday, 12th August 2011
H&M is to double the number of stores it has in Japan over the next 12 months
Drinking Japan released worldwide last week
Thursday, 11th August 2011
Metropolitan Museum will host exhibition
Japanese prime minister will leave when current bills go through the Diet
Wednesday, 10th August 2011
Win symbolically dedicated to recently-deceased Naoki Matsuda
Tuesday, 9th August 2011
Asahi trying to purchase Independent Liquor
Kirin Holdings will have to wait to find out if they can acquire Schincariol
Monday, 8th August 2011
New Paul W S Anderson film to kick of festival
Friday, 5th August 2011
Japanese government seeks to distance itself from nuclear lobby
Comedian announces marriage which took place in June
Thursday, 4th August 2011
Naoki Matsuda dies after training ground heart attack
BOJ sells around one trillion yen
Wednesday, 3rd August 2011
Food festival organisers aim to do something 'a little different' this year
Former international Naoki Matsuda in 'extremely critical' condition
Tuesday, 2nd August 2011
Nadeshiko given People's Honour Award by Japanese government
Monday, 1st August 2011
No injuries or damage to buildings as yet reported
Reysol draw means Nagoya Grampus are closing in
Friday, 29th July 2011
Female longevity stays top despite a drop since last year
Analysts warn number may not show full extent of problem
Thursday, 28th July 2011
Girl group perform to around 90,000 people
Bronze statues go red for a day
Wednesday, 27th July 2011
Tourist attraction reopens its doors to guided tours
Bronze medal is the team's first in the tournament
Tuesday, 26th July 2011
First Japanese production of Dracula, the Musical, coming to Tokyo
Monday, 25th July 2011
Japan and USA will compete for the World Cup of Softball on Monday July 25th.
The 26-year-old won her second Evian Masters title this weekend.
Friday, 22nd July 2011
Show will include Tokyo Jazz Super Guitar Session
Thursday, 21st July 2011
Two floors will be split between cafe and restaurant
Designated hitter scores 168th in the MLB
Wednesday, 20th July 2011
Kaio Hiroyuki had won over 1,000 matches
Yuki Otsu leaves Kawasaki Frontale for Monchengladbach
Tuesday, 19th July 2011
The technology will help deliver emergency electricity to those most in need.
A Japanese company is enjoying soaring sales thanks to its innovative product.
The national women's football team has been thanked for encouraging recovery in Japan with their World Cup win.
Monday, 18th July 2011
Japan have won the women's world cup after beating USA on penalties.
The country is concerned that animal feed may have been contaminated following the nuclear meltdown.
The Japanese tsunami was higher than Rio's Christ the Redeemer statue.
Friday, 15th July 2011
Hailed as a momentous occasion in scientific development
Forest fire-fighting vehicle gets Gold award
Thursday, 14th July 2011
A video-sharing website has become the inspiration for a new innovative club in Tokyo
sumo wrestler breaks world record in maturity of his career
Shiho hopes her book will show that 'beauty is what lies underneath'
Even the beleaguered PM is joining the celebrations
Wednesday, 13th July 2011
A Tokyo University graduate has been rewarded the honour of world-class Lego builder
Rock paper scissors to decide which of the 47-strong group is chosen
Fans left waiting before stunning strike
Tuesday, 12th July 2011
British stars bag Japanese arts prize
Singaporean number-one seed beats Japan's Ai Fukuhara in the final
Monday, 11th July 2011
Snake on a train is a problem for Shinkansen vehicle
Nadeshiko knock out current champions and holders, Germany
Friday, 8th July 2011
Fraudulent emails sent in Japanese nuclear reactor scandal
Japan is considering withdrawing their Olympic bid plans
The 2011 Nachi Fire Festival will take place this July
Thursday, 7th July 2011
Tiger Woods to appear in Japanese advert for heat-rub cream
Japan progress into the World Cup quarter finals despite losing to England
Wednesday, 6th July 2011
15-year-olds from Japan score highly in OECD survey
AKB48 gets new member with a difference
Tuesday, 5th July 2011
Newsreader set to focus on family life
Yuji Imaizumi signed up to be head sushi chef
Monday, 4th July 2011
Club complete turnaround to beat Kawasaki 2-1
Banana Yoshimoto bags Capri Prize
Friday, 1st July 2011
Horse wins qualification for Breeders' Cup
Painting exhibition at MOMAT until July 31st
Thursday, 30th June 2011
Young photographer posts her pictures at Yowa Yowa Camera Woman
Prime Minister Kan creates two new positions to aid recovery
Serial texter will get punished by underground group
Wednesday, 29th June 2011
Japan's factory output increased again in May
Season finale of time travel drama gets over 26 per cent of Japan tuning in
2-1 win against New Zealand puts team top of group
Tuesday, 28th June 2011
Fans will be able to buy artists' belongings
Art Informel show to shut down after two more weeks
Monday, 27th June 2011
Usami moves to Bayern Munich in first big Japanese transfer of the year
42 per cent want the prime minister to leave immediately
Friday, 24th June 2011
Capital reached temperatures of over 30 degrees
Annual event returns for its third year
Thursday, 23rd June 2011
Arts centre in Japan's capital to show Monet, Cezanne, Renoir
Wednesday, 22nd June 2011
Huge event to take place at the end of August
Tuesday, 21st June 2011
Team take a 3-1 win to the second leg in Kuwait
Monday, 20th June 2011
August's weekend festival is growing
Adaptation to open at the Imperial Garden Theatre
Friday, 17th June 2011
Yokohama to play host to the Month of France
Jimmy Eat World and more coming to Naeba Ski Resort
Thursday, 16th June 2011
Hayabusa probe gets award for returning to Earth with asteroid matter
Device can be used post-natural disasters
Wednesday, 15th June 2011
Hop-heads will visit Kyocera Dome again next month
Katsuya Kitamura banned from competition for two years
City's 'excellent funding' could prove important
Tuesday, 14th June 2011
Watermelon native to Toma sells for big money in auction
Competition may even help rehabilitation of Japan
Loans to help small businesses are part of the deal
Monday, 13th June 2011
Shizen also set to be shown at Bordeaux's Vinexpo
Japan tour set to take in youth set-up, ticketing and security
Material was saved and cleaned by workers
Friday, 10th June 2011
Next week, the Yokohama theatre scene is due to host the country's first Broadway musical as put on by a Japanese director.
A colourful and energetic lantern festival will be taking place in a northwestern Japanese city this weekend.
Thursday, 9th June 2011
A new device, which responds to brainwaves, can reflect your mood via a pair of flurry cat ears.
Hokkaido's star pitcher extended his hot streak to three games last night.
Wednesday, 8th June 2011
After 35 years together, Hello Kitty will have to say goodbye to long-time companion Cathy, as a result of a legal dispute that was settled this week.
Seven top baseballs stars have visited the earthquake-struck region of Tohoku to help encourage recovery efforts.
Tuesday, 7th June 2011
The national tourist board has listed its top ten reasons to visit Japan this summer.
Earlier working days, informal office wear and less air conditioning are all ways in which Japan's businesses are aiming to cut their energy usage this summer.
Monday, 6th June 2011
Japan's baseball interleague saw impressive wins for both the Fighters and the Swallows this weekend.
A survey of Japanese adults has found that the majority believe that the March 11th earthquake will make the country stronger in the long run.
Friday, 3rd June 2011
The Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament will be televised by NHK this summer.
The Japanese port town of Yokohama will be celebrating an annual festival this weekend.
Thursday, 2nd June 2011
The summer music festival season is due to get underway in Nagano this weekend.
Next month's sumo tournament is to be the first in a new period of regular meets, the government has said.
Wednesday, 1st June 2011
Sendai will host the third All-Star baseball game of the summer, it has been announced.
A major cruise operator will be returning to Japan in August, as scheduled.
Tuesday, 31st May 2011
Animal loving travellers visiting Kagoshima will be able to see a new pair of white Bengal tigers at the city's zoo.
Expressway tolls could be waived for six months in the Tohoku region under the next emergency budget.
Friday, 27th May 2011
Plans to force teachers to stand up for the singing of the national anthem have been submitted to the Osaka prefectural government.
For the first time in more than two years, consumer prices have inched up in Japan.
Thursday, 26th May 2011
Essential public services in Japan, such as trains and hospitals, will not be subject to electricity limits this summer.
For the first time in the history of modern sumo, a losing wrestler has been promoted to a higher division.
A slightly warmer than average summer has been predicted for many southern parts of Japan.
Wednesday, 25th May 2011
An international study into the quality of life in industrialised countries has deemed Japan to be a safe and healthy nation.
A new low-cost airline will offer domestic and region flights from Japan's Kansai airport next year.
An Osaka derby finished 1-0 last night, with Cerezo going through to the last eight of the Asian Champions League.
Tuesday, 24th May 2011
A major airport in the earthquake-stricken north eastern region of Japan is due to start receiving international flights from next month, it has been announced.
A team of local scientists is aiming to re-grow a forest in Iwate prefecture from the one tree that survived the March 11th tsunami.
This autumn will see the world volleyball and gymnastics championships being staged in Japan, as scheduled, it has been confirmed.
Monday, 23rd May 2011
A Mongolian sumo wrestler has equalled the record for most tournaments won in a row after a Tokyo test meet.
Subway passengers in Tokyo will be able to access the internet from 2012 onwards.
Hotels and inns are due to open their doors to foreign students on a free tour of the country, with the aim of promoting holiday hotspots.
Friday, 20th May 2011
A report into the world of sumo wrestling has reached some damning conclusions.
Business leaders and tourism organisations have joined forces to promote Japan as a safe holiday destination.
Thursday, 19th May 2011
Official government figures have showed that Japan's economy shrunk in the first quarter of 2011.
A new electric car, with a range in excess of 300km, has been unveiled in Japan.
Wednesday, 18th May 2011
A dramatic opener to the interleague baseball schedule ended 6-5 last night.
A major Japanese rock festival has confirmed that it will be going ahead without any earthquake-related cancellations.
Tuesday, 17th May 2011
The prime minister of Japan has said that the second earthquake reconstruction budget will be delayed by around two months.
China's premier Wen Jiabao has said he will visit earthquake-stricken Fukushima during his visit to Japan this weekend.
Monday, 16th May 2011
A unique Tokyo restaurant offers private dining for solo travellers look for a peaceful meal.
Volcanic activity in the Mount Aso range in Kyushu has been upgraded from level one to level two.
Reigning Japan Series baseball champions the Chiba Lotte Marines beat the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 4-0 this weekend.
Friday, 13th May 2011
Works by professionals and amateurs alike will be on display in a Tokyo photography exhibit later this month.
A Japanese hotel is running a special spa break promotion all this month.
A violent robbery in the suburbs of Tokyo has resulted in the largest amount of cash ever stolen in the country being taken in one raid.
Thursday, 12th May 2011
A major art fair will be taking placing in the Japanese city of Kyoto next week.
An American batter hit a match-winning homerun in the Japanese baseball league last night.
Japanese manufacturing giant Toyota has posted a steep drop-off in its quarterly profits.
Wednesday, 11th May 2011
The seaside town of Otsuchi held its breath this week as a large catamaran was lifted off the roof of a two-story building.
The prime minister of Japan has vowed to forgo most of his premium salary until the nuclear crisis is over.
Tuesday, 10th May 2011
Japan's top sumo wrestlers have been told that there will be no prizes at stake in this month's spring test meet.
The fashion scene in Tokyo is due to spring back into life this weekend with a charity runway show.
A top Japanese politician has stepped down from his role on the disaster task force after being spotted playing golf last week.
Monday, 9th May 2011
Two teams are tied for first place in the Japanese Pacific League of baseball after an exciting weekend of sport.
In response to the cancellation of the Japanese coastal whaling season, the drive hunting of dolphins has been sanctioned for an extra month.
A historic golden temple is one of the Japanese sites that have been put forward for inclusion in the Unesco World Heritage list.
Friday, 6th May 2011
An ill thought-out game of golf is likely to land three major Japanese politicians in hot water.
A survey of foreign residents in Japan has found that the majority want to stay and help the country recover from the March 11th earthquake.
A landmark run from Michihiro Ogasawara was not enough to carry the Yomiuri Giants to victory over the Hanshin Tigers last night.
Thursday, 5th May 2011
A prominent sumo wrestler, who was once the fourth best in Japan, has announced his retirement.
Finance minister Yoshihiko Noda has refused to say whether or not he will intervene again to stem the rise of the yen.
The quake-stricken town of Ishinomaki was treated to a touch of cartoon-character excitement today.
Wednesday, 4th May 2011
A regional development bank has claimed that Japanese businesses will recover from the March 11th tsunami by the end of the summer.
Hairdressers and barbers have been allowed to set up temporary shops for cutting hair in earthquake-hit regions of Japan.
Off-shore whaling in the earthquake-stricken north east of Japan will not go ahead this year, it has been announced.
Tuesday, 3rd May 2011
A popular theme park has re-opened in Japan, offering more treats for visitors to the country.
The local baseball team in the earthquake damaged region of Tohoku managed a 3-1 victory in their first home game of the season.
Japan's emergency budget for funding earthquake reconstruction efforts has passed through parliament.
Thursday, 28th April 2011
Fast-food giant McDonalds has confirmed that it will be closing several of its restaurants in Japan after last month's earthquake.
Chiba's local baseball team took full advantage of a shoreline wind to beat Orix Buffaloes 12-1 yesterday.
Wednesday, 27th April 2011
Japan's national credit rating has been cut for the second time in three months.
A major summer festival is due to go ahead in Tohoku prefecture, despite the impact of the March 11th earthquake.
Last month's earthquake has resulted in a ten per cent decline in restaurant sales in Japan, it has been announced.
Tuesday, 26th April 2011
Defending sumo champion, Hakuho, has spoken of his conflicting feelings before the upcoming test meet.
A major train route out of Tokyo, which was opened just one week before the March 11th earthquake, has resumed operations on a limited basis.
Thursday, 21st April 2011
Next month's sumo wrestling tournament is not due to be shown on television, but travellers can attend the event for free.
Most of the foreign embassies have re-opened in Tokyo as diplomats decide that it is safe to return.
The Emperor has met the Australian prime minister to discuss how her country can help with disaster relief projects.
Wednesday, 20th April 2011
Fishy business is on the rise in Tokyo, with the city's main fresh fish market reporting that sales are back to pre-quake levels.
Tokyoites appear to be taking to bikes after the March 11th earthquake sparked a new transport trend.
Tuesday, 19th April 2011
Japan's economic growth forecasts could be downgraded again, a regional development bank has said.
Tokyo Yakult Swallows earned their first win of the season in the Japanese Baseball League last weekend.
The Japanese capital hosted a mass brainstorming session last weekend to come up with ideas for earthquake relief fundraising.
Monday, 18th April 2011
Foreign visitors have been advised that the current situation in Japan poses no health or safety risks.
Workers across Japan are returning to Toyota factories today as the car-making giant gets back to business.
Friday, 15th April 2011
A popular cherry blossom display at the Osaka Mint Bureau has attracted hundreds of visitors on its opening day.
Evacuees in Asahi city have had a visit from Emperor Akihito, who offered moral support and consolation to those who have lost their homes.
Japanese tourism has been boosted by news that direct flights from Sydney to Tokyo will resume next week.
Thursday, 14th April 2011
The northern Japanese island of Hokkaido is predicted to have a mild spring, leading to an earlier than usual cherry blossom.
Government officials have declared that radiation levels in Tokyo have fallen back to levels last seen before last month's natural disasters.
Wednesday, 13th April 2011
Much of Japan is open for business and safe for tourists to visit, it has been claimed.
Hotel reservations have been severely affected by last month's natural disasters.
Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles beat Chiba Lotte Marines 6-4 on the opening day of the Japanese baseball season.
Tuesday, 12th April 2011
The Japanese professional baseball season is due to get underway today, 18 days later than planned.
Japan's economy is predicted to grow by just 1.4 per cent this year, according to the IMF.
Monday, 11th April 2011
Local elections in Tokyo have resulted in the governor being re-elected for his fourth successive term in office.
Earthquake-stricken Sendai airport is due to resume commercial services later this week, according to reports.
A local newspaper has claimed that Tokyo's Disneyland resort is due to open its doors once again on Friday.
Friday, 8th April 2011
Worldwide air operator Air France has announced that its direct flights from Paris to Tokyo will resume tonight.
Hundreds of unidentifiable safes have been salvaged by police in Iwate Prefecture.
Thursday, 7th April 2011
A controversial Taiwanese comedy show has apologised after parodying the Japanese Emperor in a sketch.
The someiyoshino cherry trees in Tokyo have been declared to be in full bloom by the national meteorological office.
The British government has recently updated its travel advice concerning non-essential travel to Tokyo.
Wednesday, 6th April 2011
The next major sumo wrestling tournament in Japan could be free to attend, it has been reported.
The Japanese government is expected to approve a three trillion yen earthquake rebuilding budget later this month.
Tuesday, 5th April 2011
Martial arts legend Jackie Chan has spoken of his desire to do more to help with Japan quake relief efforts.
The Bank of Japan should take further action to prop up the national economy, the government has claimed.
Japan's sumo wrestling premier league has seen three key resignations after February's match-fixing scandal.
Monday, 4th April 2011
Japanese rescue services have saved a dog that was found floating on the remains of a house two kilometres off the shore of Kesennuma.
Daily flights from Honolulu to Osaka will be launched in July as planned, despite last month's natural disasters.
Japan's historical and modern attractions have been highlighted by the national tourist board.
Friday, 1st April 2011
Sports men and women alike are doing their bit to raise money for the victims of the March 11th earthquake.
The motoring giant Nissan plans to have all of its plants reopened before the end of the month.
The possibility of nuclear contamination in sushi has been dismissed by a haematology expert.
Thursday, 31st March 2011
One of Japan's top golfers has said he will donate all of his 2011 earnings to the earthquake rebuilding effort.
Wednesday, 30th March 2011
After a three-year absence, Ueno Zoo in Tokyo is due to unveil a new pair of giant pandas later this week.
Japan has received more than one billion yen in quake relief donations, the government has announced.
Tuesday, 29th March 2011
Skymark Airlines has announced that it will cancel all six of its flights to and from Ibaraki Airport for the next five days.
The earthquake rebuilding effort calls for an unavoidable rise in taxes, the government has admitted.
Monday, 28th March 2011
The clocks could be going forward an hour in Japan under government proposals to revert to daylight savings time.
Residents of the Japanese capital have welcomed in the spring as the city's cherry blossom has come into bloom.
Friday, 25th March 2011
Quake evacuees have been offered a helping hand by a Tokyo hotel, which was due to be demolished.
The Japanese Olympic Committee has dismissed claims that it has decided not to bid for the 2020 Olympic Games.
Thursday, 24th March 2011
A pet shop owner from Sendai has saved a stranded porpoise and returned it to the ocean, a local newspaper has reported.
Tokyo's Narita airport will see regular flights from Lufthansa recommencing tomorrow, it has been announced.
Wednesday, 23rd March 2011
Revised reports suggest that the earthquake rebuilding effort could cost as much as 25 trillion yen, although investors remain optimistic.
Leafy vegetables including cabbage and broccoli have been advised against in the latest government health warning.
Tuesday, 22nd March 2011
A bank in Miyagi prefecture is reported to have lost 40 million yen from its vaults after the March 11th tsunami broke the vault door.
Visitors to Japan should avoid eating spinach or drinking milk after the government issued a public food ban.
Monday, 21st March 2011
Seven major factories are due to be re-opened in north Japan this week, it has been reported.
Japanese horse racing got back underway this weekend and three major wrestling events are due to go ahead next month.
Friday, 18th March 2011
Rock stars and musicians across Japan are coming up with numerous ways to raise money for the victims of last week's earthquake.
Visitor's to Osaka's Kyuhoji Ryokuchi Park for Happy Earth Day 2011 will be encouraged to donate towards the tsunami relief fund.
Thursday, 17th March 2011
An overwhelming response from the Japanese people has led to a surplus of blood donors after last week's earthquake.
A tsunami relief fund has been launched by Inside Japan Tours, with the aim of raising 25,000 for the Tohoku region.
Wednesday, 16th March 2011
The Japanese people need to "treat each other with compassion" after the Sendai earthquake, the Emperor has said.
The Japanese launch of the iPad 2 has been postponed indefinitely, an Apple spokesperson has confirmed.
Tuesday, 15th March 2011
A major candidate has withdrawn from the Tokyo gubernatorial election in light of last week's earthquake.
A major rescue and relief effort has got underway in north-east Japan, with over 91 countries offering to help.
Monday, 14th March 2011
Japan's economy could recover from the Sendai earthquake in less than a year, economic analysts have claimed.
The Japanese sporting calendar has been severely affected by Friday's earthquake, but this month's international football friendlies are due to go ahead.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has advised against all non-essential travel to Tokyo as the country braces itself for a possible aftershock within the next two days.
Friday, 11th March 2011
Travel industry experts have said that Japan is the 'best equipped' to deal with today's earthquake, which hit Sendai this morning.
A number of Japanese football players have confirmed their commitment to forming a union to call for better working conditions and rights.
Private equity firm Advent International is set to close its Tokyo-based office following a fall in opportunities.
Thursday, 10th March 2011
A funding scandal has lead to a change in Japan's foreign minister post holder.
A Japanese 16-year-old skater has performed well at the recent world junior ice skating championships.
Tourists should consider visiting Japan during the famous cherry blossom season, suggests the Japan National Tourism Organisation (JNTO).
Wednesday, 9th March 2011
Popular Japanese comedian Kato Cha has confirmed that he plans to continue in the business for the foreseeable future despite celebrating his 68th birthday.
A Japanese military official has confirmed that the country could produce a prototype stealth fighter by 2014.
Tuesday, 8th March 2011
Japan-based Toyota is planning to look at emerging markets to encourage growth over the next decade.
The annual Japan Flower and Garden Show is set to be held in Tokyo at the end of March.
Monday, 7th March 2011
Japan Airlines has shown support for a special day in the Japanese culture - Hinatmatsuri (Doll's Festival).
Fast-food chain Wendy's/Arby's has confirmed that it plans to return to Japan despite leaving the market in 2009.
A 19-year-old boy arrested for cheating on a university entrance exam via the internet is could face severe punishments.
A new bullet train has debuted in Japan and will connect Tokyo and Aomori two times a day.
Friday, 4th March 2011
One of Japan's first non-Asian geishas has revealed how easy it is to slip into a kimono.
The largest tyre retailer in Britain has been sold to Japan-based Itochu Corporation for £637 million.
Thursday, 3rd March 2011
Japan's government are calling for universities to introduce a ban on mobile phones in entrance exams to combat cheating.
A pagoda that was built around 1,300 years ago has finally been opened to the public.
Wednesday, 2nd March 2011
Japan Airlines (JAL) has revealed plans for a new logo as it continues to update its image and long-term prospects.
A new camera has been launched that can help to improve the appearance of the subject.
Tuesday, 1st March 2011
Residents of the Japanese fishing village of Taiji have all been given a copy of a 2010 Oscar-winning film.
Japan's industrial output has increased for the third-month running although the level was below market forecasts.
Monday, 28th February 2011
The new Nintendo 3DS console has been launched in Japan - one month before heading markets in Europe and the US.
A new survey has revealed that 71 per cent of Japanese girls believe there are overweight.
Figures showed that prices in Japan have fallen again although the rate of deflation is easing.
Friday, 25th February 2011
A London Wasps rugby player has been linked with a move to Japan to play for the Mitsubishi Dynamos.
Japan and Canada have agreed to consider the benefits of a free-trade agreement, according to the Canadian federal trade minister.
The Sony Ericsson's Xperia Arc mobile phone is set to be launched in an exclusive pink colour for the Japanese market.
Thursday, 24th February 2011
Japan-based Kyowa Hakko Kirin (KHK) has succeeded in purchasing a Scottish biotech firm.
Arsene Wenger is believed to be planning to take his team on a pre-season tour of Japan this summer.
British Airways has started its new flight service to Haneda airport from London Heathrow.
Wednesday, 23rd February 2011
One of the Chilean miners trapped underground in 2010 is planning to complete the forthcoming Tokyo Marathon.
New trains aimed at tourists are to be launched in Kyushu by the local railway company.
A Japanese television presenter is set to become Japan's "osakana taishi" - fish ambassador.
Tuesday, 22nd February 2011
Japan's government has upgraded the country's economic forecast for the second month running.
Japan has started excavation the site of a former army medical school that was linked to possible WWII experiments.
The arrival of two pandas at a Tokyo zoo has led to panda fever across the nation.
Monday, 21st February 2011
Four robots are currently training to complete a special marathon at the end of the month.
A number of Japan-based automakers have reported an increase in demand for hybrid and electric vehicle sales.
Japan's Daisuke Takahashi has won the Four Continents Figure Skating Championship.
Friday, 18th February 2011
Japanese soft animal owners are beating the recession by taking advantage of a new travel option.
American Airlines has begun new flights between New York and Tokyo due to increase demand.
Japan is set to import coffee from a wider range of markets as part of efforts to expand trading links.
Thursday, 17th February 2011
Guitarist Takahiro Matsumoto has received a Grammy for best pop instrumental album at the recent awards.
Ongoing investigations by the Tokyo police could lead to the arrest of more sumo wrestlers.
Japan must open its markets to overseas trade in order to ensure long-term competitiveness, claims the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
Wednesday, 16th February 2011
Japan could be home to the world's fastest train following a new announcement from the Central Japan Railway Company.
Japan Tobacco has confirmed that it plans to increase its overseas profits as the domestic market remains weak.
It is suspected that around 950 school children in Japan could have fallen ill due to food poisoning.
Tuesday, 15th February 2011
The capital city of Japan has begun planning for the forthcoming marathon, which is set to attract a record number of runners.
Japan has celebrated Valentine's Day for a number of years but has the event has an unusual twist compared to many other countries.
A number of Japanese citizens are hoping to have a 19th century law overturned that forces them to share the same surname as their partner.
Monday, 14th February 2011
Japan's emperor Akihito has been diagnosed with arteriosclerosis in his cardiac blood vessels.
Japan's Metrological Agency has warned that further snow is expected to fall in many areas of Japan and could cause additional disruption for travellers.
A new budget airline is set to offer low fares to passengers taking flights from Japan and other destinations.
Friday, 11th February 2011
Match-fixing has been around for sometime within the sport of sumo, claims an ex-wrestler.
Japan-based brewer Sapporo Holdings is set to diversify into new markets by increasing its stake in a soft drinks company.
Thursday, 10th February 2011
Consumer confidence could be returning to Japan, according to new figures.
It has been confirmed that Japanese emperor Akihito is to undergo medical tests concerning a heart problem.
Wednesday, 9th February 2011
Japan-based automaker Toyota has announced that its profit for the nine months to December has increased significantly.
A rally has been held in Tokyo to highlight the lack of job opportunities for young people in Japan
Tuesday, 8th February 2011
The new 2011 Winter Campaign has been launched by the Japan Tourism Agency (JTA).
The governor of the Bank of Japan is forecasting that the country's economy could recovery from its current downturn shortly.
Monday, 7th February 2011
Record labels in Japan are becoming more successful in the western world, it has been claimed.
Friday, 4th February 2011
Travellers planning a trip to Japan may find that the country's capital city, Tokyo, offers an ideal mix of traditional Japanese culture and forward thinking.
Japan's space agency has announced it is to deal with potentially dangerous space debris by casting a huge fishing net to catch any rubbish orbiting the earth.
Thursday, 3rd February 2011
Allegations of match-fixing have been admitted.
A five-year strategy has received support from Japanese authorities.
Wednesday, 2nd February 2011
Many Chinese people have booked Japan holidays to take advantage of the Lunar New Year.
Allegations of match-fixing are affecting Japan's national sport.
Tuesday, 1st February 2011
Japan's tourist board has compiled a list of the best places to experience manga art.
Tickets between Japan and north America will be sold together by the two airlines.
Monday, 31st January 2011
Japan's credit rating has been downgraded from AA to AA- by one of the world's largest credit rating agencies.
Japan has won the Asian Football Cup for the fourth time after defeating Australia.
Japan-based Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) has revealed its new handheld games console, which is set to be on sale before the end of the year.
Friday, 28th January 2011
Mount Shinmoe, which features in a James Bond movie, has erupted causing major disruption in the region.
Japan saw a record number of foreign visitors last year, according to new figures.
Three ex-sumo fighters have been arrested following investigations into illegal gambling.
Thursday, 27th January 2011
Japan's national football team have reached the final of the Asian Cup.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is set to increase its exposure in Japan.
Toyota has announced that it will recall 1.7 million vehicles worldwide in order to repair faulty parts.
Wednesday, 26th January 2011
A 99-year-old writer in Japan has made her debut on the bestseller lists.
Fishing fans in Japan could be excited by the announcement a leading toy maker is to release a virtual rod.
The Bank of Japan has opted to keep its monetary policy unchanged as it believes the country's economy is improving.
Tuesday, 25th January 2011
The largest chain of burger restaurants in Japan is set to increase in operations into Europe and the US.
A Japanese glass maker has revealed a new product that is six times stronger than standard glass.
Japanese debt yields have dropped to their lowest point in nearly two years and could lead to a bond sell-off.
Monday, 24th January 2011
Japan and India are set to increase trade relationships with a new agreement.
College students in Tokushima Prefecture, Shikoku Island, have designed a new astronomy card game to help promote the subject
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has managed to launch an unmanned cargo transporter successfully.
Friday, 21st January 2011
A Japanese firm has revealed its new environmentally-friendly electronic rickshaw.
There has been a decline in the amount of so-called secret savings held by Japanese housewives.
Thursday, 20th January 2011
NASA is planning to show the flights of an unpiloted Japanese cargo ship delivering supplies to the International Space Station.
Fast food chain McDonald's has reintroduced its successful 'Big America' campaign in Japan
Wednesday, 19th January 2011
Scientists in Japan could create a woolly mammoth using a special cloning technique.
Japanese students graduating in spring have failed to find employment as career schemes shrink.
The coach of Japan's national football team believes they are growing in confidence and could win the Asian Cup
Tuesday, 18th January 2011
There has been a decline in beer shipments in Japan as demand amongst consumers continues to fall.
University graduates in Japan should consider a career outside of the banking industry, according to business executives.
Japan saw heavy snowfall over the weekend that has resulted in severe disruption.
Monday, 17th January 2011
Nintendo has announced details of its new 3DS titles that will be revealed at the forthcoming Japanese launch of the console.
Automaker Toyota has warned that the company could move production outside of Japan if the yen remains strong.
There has been a decline in the sex drive of young men Japan, according to a recent study.
Friday, 14th January 2011
A number of key companies in Japan have confirmed plans to help support the development of fuel-call car market within the next five years.
Order levels for core machinery in Japan's private sector fall in November - the third month in a row.
Thursday, 13th January 2011
Japan's current account surplus fell for the first time in three months following import growth in November.
A Japan-based firm has launched a new mirror thermometer that is capable of easily identifying if someone has a fever.
Japan Airlines and American Airlines have announced plans to join forces to increase efficiency for travellers.
Wednesday, 12th January 2011
A recent number of anonymous gifts to underprivileged children have led to reports that a comic book hero could be present in Tokyo.
Daimler has expanded its stake in the Japanese-based Mitsubishi Fuso Truck & Bus Corp as it seeks to explore new markets.
Tuesday, 11th January 2011
The number of young Japanese adults fell to a record low in 2010 as the country continues to see a declining birth rate.
Rolls-Royce has revealed record sales in 2010 as it continues to enjoy success in the Asian markets.
Monday, 10th January 2011
Prime minister Naoto Kan has been ordered to reshuffle his cabinet before the end of January.
Twitter users in Japan set a new record as they welcomed in the New Year.
Friday, 7th January 2011
A public-private initiative is set to invest in overseas projects that aim to build so-called 'green cities'.
A bluefin tuna sold for a record £254,000 at the world's largest fish market.
Thursday, 6th January 2011
For the first time in seven years annual car sales have increased in Japan.
Around 3,000 people took part in a special annual calligraphy competition to celebrate the New Year.
Wednesday, 5th January 2011
As 2011 begins in Japan, thousands have gathered to pray for a successful business year.
Japan's government is planning to agree a new military pact with South Korea to encourage shared supplies and services.
Tuesday, 4th January 2011
The recent snowy weather in parts of Japan led to significant traffic problems on New Year's Eve.
The population of Japan fell by a record number in 2010 as the country's demographics continue to change.
Friday, 31st December 2010
A number of companies connected to Japan's animation industry are planning to boycott an industry fair and hold their own event.
Wednesday, 29th December 2010
Nintendo Japan has warned parents that their forthcoming 3DS console could have a negative impact on the eyes of young children.
Japan's sushi industry is to launch a new initiative designed to improve the reputation of the unique cuisine.
Friday, 24th December 2010
The number of foreign students studying in Japan has reached a record high, while the number of Japanese studying overseas has declined.
There is a growing trend amongst Tokyo's white-collar workers to seek advantage over fellow colleagues by gaining extra qualifications.
An aftershock has been reported in Southern Japan following the recent earthquake in the regio
Thursday, 23rd December 2010
Export growth in Japan has increased for the first time in nine months, according to official figures.
Toshiba has launched a new television that will allow users to view 3D images without having to wear special glasses.
Bamboo wheelchairs are to be used at Japanese airports to allow users to pass easily through security.
Wednesday, 22nd December 2010
Scientists in Japan have produced a mouse that is capable of tweeting like a bird.
Japan's government has apologised to the residents of Okinawa Island for not removing a US military base from the region.
Japan's government is set to decide this month about the introduction of a national carbon emissions trading system.
Toyota has agreed to pay $32.4 million to the US government after failing to follow rules about recalling vehicles.
A budget airline in Japan has confirmed it plans to increase its fleet to include Airbus superjumbos.
Tuesday, 21st December 2010
Fans of a Japanese anime series have raised concern about an imitation robot at a Chinese theme park.
The Bank of Japan could be planning to keep interest rates close to zero until summer 2012, claim financial experts.
The Minnesota Twins has confirmed that it has signed a Japanese baseball hitter in a three-year deal.
Monday, 20th December 2010
Sharp Corp has announced it is considering a new production line at one of its plants in Japan to make LCD displays for smart phones.
People travelling to Japan for medical treatment are to be given extended visas from January.
Friday, 17th December 2010
A leading US baseball figure has raised concerns about Japanese players demanding large amounts to play in a key competition.
Japan is set to increase the tax on fossil fuel use to help reduce carbon emissions, according to the ministry of economy, trade and industry.
Tokyo is to host next year's rugby Pacific Nations Cup in July.
Many Japanese shipbuilding companies are having to accept more orders in dollars because of the strong yen.
Thursday, 16th December 2010
A scientist has claimed to have discovered a Japanese salmon that is believed to have been extinct for seven decades.
A new bill could be introduced to control the sale of certain manga comics and films within the city of Tokyo.
There has been a fall in confidence among Japanese businesses for the first time in two years.
Wednesday, 15th December 2010
Apple is facing demands from Japanese publishers to cease the sale of illegal digital copies of novels.
Japan's reputation as a holiday destination has increased as travellers opt to explore the country's wide choice of attractions, claims the National Tourism Organisation.
Tuesday, 14th December 2010
Japan's leading speed skater has won another title at the World Cup.
Corporate tax in Japan is to be reduced by five per cent from April in an attempt to encourage more competitiveness within the economy.
Monday, 13th December 2010
Japanese athletes have performed well on the first day of the Grand Slam Tokyo judo event.
A non-profit animal shelter in western Japan has appealed for support to help its continuing work.
Japan is to partner with Russia to build a liquid national natural gas (LNG) plant in Vladivostok.
A new five-year plan for Japan could see an increase in the use of Patriot missiles and submarines.
Friday, 10th December 2010
Japanese auto-maker Toyota Motor Corp is undertaking research in an attempt to increase ethanol production.
Spacecraft Akatsuki has failed to enter the orbit of Venus and will have to try again in six years' time.
Thursday, 9th December 2010
A leading Japanese theatre actor has publically apologised for his recent drunken behaviour.
An investigation into DeNA Co is to be made by the Japan Fair Trade Commission about possible anti-competitive practices.
Wednesday, 8th December 2010
Popstar Christina Aguilera has jetted off to Japan to promote her new movie.
A chain of stores in Japan has withdrawn a Nazi party outfit from its shelves after receiving a complaint from a Jewish human rights group.
Tuesday, 7th December 2010
Japan-based Mazda Motor Corp has confirmed that it is planning aggressive measures to help find new growth opportunities.
Pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma is to return to Japan to play with the Rakuten Golden Eagles after failing to reach an agreement with the US-based Oakland A's.
Monday, 6th December 2010
Japan's Tohoku 'Shinkansen' bullet train network has been extended in the north of the country.
Nissan Motor Company has announced that it will launch its new electric vehicle on December 20th.
Friday, 3rd December 2010
Japanese toy maker Tomy Co is hoping to break the US market this Christmas.
Japan and the US have confirmed they are to hold a joint military drill at the end of the week.
Thursday, 2nd December 2010
An eel is set to be the main attraction at Tokyo's Sunshine International Aquarium this holiday period.
Japan has confirmed that it will not support the extension of the Kyoto Protocol when it concludes in 2012.
Wednesday, 1st December 2010
Nintendo has now sold more than four million copies of New Super Mario Bros for the Wii in Japan.
Industrial production has fallen for the fifth month running as the country's economy shows signs of a recovery slowdown.
Tuesday, 30th November 2010
Japanese automaker Toyota has confirmed that it will repair around 650,000 Prius cars because of a fault.
A new low-cost bus service between Narita Airport and key areas of Tokyo could appeal to tourists visiting the city.
Sharp has confirmed that it will launch its Galapagos e-reader device on the Japanese market before Christmas.
Monday, 29th November 2010
A key think-tank has urged Japan's government to consider relaxing current immigrations law to help boost the country's population and encourage economic growth.
Consumer prices have fallen for the 20th consecutive month in Japan.
Japan is preparing for a final presentation in Zurich at the start of next month as part of its bid to host the 2022 World Cup.
Friday, 26th November 2010
New data shows that Japan's export growth has slowed for the eighth consecutive month.
Sony has confirmed it plans to re-launch its e-reader device in Japan in December.
Baseball player Kazuo Matsui is to return to Japan to play with the Rakuten Eagles.
Thursday, 25th November 2010
Tokyo has more top-rated restaurants than other city in the world, according to the latest Michelin Guide.
China has resumed exporting rare earth minerals to Japan after a two-month cessation.
Officials in Japan have announced that the country could introduce tougher sanctions against North Korea.
Wednesday, 24th November 2010
Japan has won a gold medal in the women's 100 metre sprint at the Asian Games.
Sales of digital music in Japan fell by five per cent in volume during the first nine months of 2010.
Tuesday, 23rd November 2010
Japanese tennis star Kimiko Date Krumm has announced that she plans to retire from competition in 2011.
Japan may double its military presence on the Nansei Islands as part of an ongoing dispute with China.
A seven-year-old Chihuahua called Momo is one of 32 new police dogs joining a police search and rescue team in Japan.
Monday, 22nd November 2010
Hawaiian Airlines has confirmed the introduction of a new direct service from Honolulu to Haneda Airport in Tokyo.
Sunday, 21st November 2010
Japan's Olympic swimmer has admitted he has been disappointed by his results at the Asian Games.
Friday, 19th November 2010
Japan-based auto-maker Toyota has revealed its new line-up of eco-friendly vehicles.
A key figure in Japan's biggest yakuza organisation has been arrested.
Thursday, 18th November 2010
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has obtained cosmic rock dust from a sample collected by the Hayabusa space probe.
Japan has confirmed that it will send representatives to the forthcoming Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo.
Wednesday, 17th November 2010
Japanese car-maker Honda has announced that it will halt sales of its Civic model in Japan due to decreasing demand.
The lower house of Japan's parliament has passed an economic stimulus package worth $62 billion (£39 billion).
Tuesday, 16th November 2010
US president Barack Obama has visited the Japanese city of Kamakura during his short-break to the region.
Monday, 15th November 2010
The president of the British Judo Association is set to be honoured by Japan.
A Japanese triathlete has secured the country's first gold at this year's Asian Games.
The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum has begun in Yokohama, Japan.
Friday, 12th November 2010
Mitsubishi Motors has been forced to recall close to 250,000 cars in Japan following concerns over oil leaks.
Japanese hotels may opt to focus on providing services to families to help boost profit levels.
Thursday, 11th November 2010
A coast guard has admitted leaking video footage of a collision between a Chinese trawler and Japanese patrol vessels.
A new scheme could enable Japanese teachers to travel abroad to improve their English language skills.
Triumph Japan has revealed a special bra to help promote the country's tourism industry.
Wednesday, 10th November 2010
Telecommunications company Vodafone has confirmed that it plans to sells its remaining interest in the Japanese market.
A number of stores in Chiba Prefecture have held special sale events to mark the local baseball team's recent victory in the Japan Series.
Tuesday, 9th November 2010
A Japan-based budget airline has placed an order for a number of Airbus A380s.
Japan's government is calling for domestic firms to invest in overseas operations and benefit from the current strength of the yen.
Monday, 8th November 2010
A baseball game has ended in a draw despite being the longest game ever played in the Japan Series.
Japan has confirmed that it will participate in talks with the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
Authorities have confirmed that internet video clips of the collision between Japanese patrol boats and a Chinese fishing trawler are genuine.
Friday, 5th November 2010
Domino's Pizza in Japan is advertising a new job that will pay 2.5 million yen (£19,000) for an hour's work.
Japanese automaker Toyota is recalling around 135,000 cars due to a steering fault.
Thursday, 4th November 2010
Wednesday, 3rd November 2010
UK driver Rob Huff has finished in the top three at the latest touring car championship race in Japan.
Conductor Seiji Ozawa has been made an honorary member of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.
Tuesday, 2nd November 2010
Confidential police data may have been shared online, according to Japanese sources.
New figures show that sales of vehicles in Japan have fallen by more than a quarter over the past year.
Japan and Vietnam agree rare earth deal
Monday, 1st November 2010
The unemployment rate in Japan fell from 5.1 per cent to five per cent during September ? the third drop in three months.
Friday, 29th October 2010
The central bank of Japan has revised its economic growth forecasts and maintained interest rates close to zero.
Nintendo has announced losses for the six months to September following a decline in sales.
The weather bureau of Japan has issued a number of weather warnings as a typhoon continues to head towards the region.
Thursday, 28th October 2010
Baseball player Shuichi Murata has confirmed he is considering leaving the Yokohama BayStars All-Stars.
A Diet committee has received footage of an incident between Japan Coast Guards and a Chinese trawler.
Japan's prime minister Naoto Kan has announced plans to help developing nations protect the environment.
Wednesday, 27th October 2010
Japanese car maker Nissan has revealed its first hybrid vehicle.
Japan's cabinet has approved plans to help boost the country's economy and avoid a further recession.
Tuesday, 26th October 2010
Japan's prime minister has announced plans for a new economic partnership agreement with India.
Boxer Rendall Munroe has failed to become the new WBC super-bantamweight champion in Japan.
Seiji Maehara, Japan's foreign minister, will meet Hillary Clinton during a forthcoming trip to Hawaii.
Japan Craft Beer Support (JCBS) and the Brewers' Club are organising the forthcoming Nippon Craft Beer Festival.
Japanese ice skater Daisuke Takahashi has won the NHK Trophy for the third time.
Monday, 25th October 2010
A number of remains have been found on the site of the Battle of Iwo Jima.
Friday, 22nd October 2010
The Japanese government has announced that the country's supplies of rare earth minerals could run out by March or April.
Japan's Haneda airport has opened its new international terminal and a new 2,500 metre runway to meet growing global demand.
Thursday, 21st October 2010
Japanese car maker Mazda has confirmed that it will continue to work with Ford Motor Company.
A new report reveals that Japan is a large importer of rare animals despite the trade being heavily restricted.
More than 500 fans of the Hanshin Tigers have helped to harvest rice from a special paddy in Mimasaka, Okayama Prefecture.
Wednesday, 20th October 2010
Japan's government has downgraded the country's economic forecast for the first time since February 2009.
A two-week long United Nations conference has begun in Nagoya, Japan.
Internet telephone service Skype has announced a new agreement with a Japanese telecommunication company.
Tuesday, 19th October 2010
Japan's government has announced plans to recruit overseas workers to help improve tourist information for non-Japanese speakers.
Monday, 18th October 2010
Thailand's Tamarine Tanasugarn has won the women's Japan Open tennis title.
Japan's transport minister has confirmed the increase in international flight handling at Haneda airport may help to boost tourism.
A German minister has confirmed the country is to work with Japan to gain access to vital rare earth minerals.
Friday, 15th October 2010
Japanese firm Sony has confirmed that it will delay the latest version of its Gran Turismo game until later in the year.
Scientists in Japan have revealed a life-sized robot that is designed to sing and dance.
Thursday, 14th October 2010
Figures show Japan has seen an increase in machinery orders during August.
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has confirmed that it provide the trapped Chile mines with special underwear.
Wednesday, 13th October 2010
The popular Japanese actor Ryo Ikebe has died at a Tokyo hospital as a result of blood poisoning.
Tuesday, 12th October 2010
Rafeal Nadal has managed a straight-sets win in the Japan Open tennis final.
Car maker Honda has begun sales of its new Fit Hybrid car in Japan.
Monday, 11th October 2010
Sebastian Vettel won the Japanese Grand Prix for the second consecutive year on Sunday (October 10th).
British Airways has added an additional route to its Japan services due to increased demand from UK travellers.
Japan's cabinet has approved new economic stimulus measures worth 5.05 trillion yen (£38.2 billion).
Members of the Yakuza have been banned from starting businesses and buying property in certain areas of the Hyogo Prefecture.
Friday, 8th October 2010
The former secretary general and leader of the Democratic Party of Japan has confirmed that he has no plans to leave the party.
The US department of transportation has approved a joint venture between Japan Airlines and American Airlines.
Thursday, 7th October 2010
Mark Webber is keen to impress at the forthcoming Japanese Grand Prix.
Eiichi Negishi and Akira Suzuki have won the 2010 Nobel Prize in chemistry.
Wednesday, 6th October 2010
The Bank of Japan has revealed plans to increase liquidity in the country's economy.
Japan is looking to develop a free trade deal with the European Union in order to boost mutual trade levels.
Tuesday, 5th October 2010
Japan may become the new owner of three special spy planes as part of attempts to keep track of China's military movements.
The market has seen Japan's government five-year bonds fall to their lowest levels in just over seven years.
Monday, 4th October 2010
Japan's prime minister Naoto Kan has promised to implement a number of new policies to help lower deflation and control the yen.
Oil company Exxon Mobil is planning to sell the rights to Japanese marketing and distribution operations.
Casey Stoner has won the Japanese Grand Prix on a Ducati motorcycle.
Friday, 1st October 2010
Japan's smokers are stocking up on tobacco products ahead of a planned tax increase.
Japanese-controlled oil developer Inpex Corp has confirmed that it will cease its operations in Iran's largest onshore oil project.
Thursday, 30th September 2010
Confidence within the Japanese business sector has continued to rise, according to a new survey.
Nintendo has announced its new 3D console will be released in February next year.
Wednesday, 29th September 2010
Toyota has confirmed that it is planning to join forces with Daihatsu to compete in Japan's mini car market.
Research suggests that 6,800 people in Japan die each year from conditions caused by passive smoking.
Iwakiyama has confirmed that he will not be returning to the sumo arena after suffering from a minor stroke.
Tuesday, 28th September 2010
New figures show that Japan's export growth slowed down for the sixth month running amid concerns about the country's economic recovery.
Sharp has announced it plans to launch a new e-book service and device to compete with the Apple iPad and Sony Reader.
Monday, 27th September 2010
A new project in Japanese schools will involve the introduction of digital textbooks.
There are estimated to be around five million vending machines in Japan designed to meet nearly every need.
Pokemon Black and White are officially the two fastest selling Nintendo DS games.
Friday, 24th September 2010
Japan's under-17 women's football team have successfully made it through to the Fifa World Cup final.
It is reported that China has placed an unofficial ban on the export of some metals to Japan following a dispute between the two nations.
Thursday, 23rd September 2010
The Bank of Japan's governor has defended the decision to try to control the strength of the yen.
Steven Tyler, the singer of rock bad Aerosmith, is planning to release his first solo single in November.
The boss of the Japan Football Association is hoping that new technologies could play an important part in ensuring the country hosts the 2022 World Cup.
Wednesday, 22nd September 2010
Paris Hilton has been delayed by immigration in Japan following her recent legal trouble.
AirAsia X has revealed it plans to offer a direct route from Kuala Lumpur to Tokyo by the end of the year.
British Airways has announced a new route to Haneda in Japan
Tuesday, 21st September 2010
Japanese boxer Kohei Kono has failed to take the World Boxing Council (WBC) super flyweight title.
Japan's third-largest car maker is planning to increase its Chinese production capacity.
Monday, 20th September 2010
Japan's reshuffled cabinet appears to have received public backing in a new survey.
Brazilian driver Helio Castroneves has won the IndyCar Series Indy Japan 300 title.
Friday, 17th September 2010
Seiji Maehara has been named as the new foreign minister for Japan as part of a cabinet reshuffle in the country.
Japanese authorities could take more action to weaken the country's currency, finance minister Yoshihiko Noda has asserted.
Thursday, 16th September 2010
Senior politicians could find themselves in new roles shortly as a cabinet reshuffle looks likely to take place.
Japan will continue to intervene in the currency markets if the yen needs further weakening, the country's government has indicated.
Fashion retailer Top Shop looks set to boost its Japanese store offerings.
Wednesday, 15th September 2010
The Japanese currency has fallen on global markets after the country's government intervened to stop its rise.
Tuesday, 14th September 2010
Sebastian Ogier has won the Rally of Japan title in a Citroen vehicle as the competition continues to hot up.
A new GPS satellite could help to boost coverage across the country.
Monday, 13th September 2010
The Incubator Bank of Japan has filed for bankruptcy after the failure of an ambitious expansion programme.
A key Japanese baseball player has announced his intention to retire at the end of this year's season.
A tomb in Asuka, Nara Prefecture, is thought to be that of an empress and her daughter.
Friday, 10th September 2010
All Nippon Airways (ANA) has announced plans to create Japan's first budget airline carrier.
Diplomatic relations are under threat after Japanese authorities arrested a Chinese fisherman.
One of Japan's prime ministerial candidates has confirmed he will not be visiting Japan's Yasukuni war shrine.
Thursday, 9th September 2010
Leading goalkeeper Seigo Narazaki has announced his retirement from Japan's international squad.
New figures show that machinery orders in Japan have once again increased.
Wednesday, 8th September 2010
The Bank of Japan has opted to leave interest rates unchanged amid signs of a slow recovery.
Eri Fukatsu has won the best actress award at the Montreal World Film Festival.
Tuesday, 7th September 2010
Japan has taken the strange step of adding around 1,200 pages to textbooks amid concerns that the country's academic standards are slipping.
The majority of Japanese citizens wish for Naoto Kan to remain as prime minister, according to a new poll.
Monday, 6th September 2010
The tenth round of this year's FIA World Rally Championship will be held in Japan as the competition continues to hot up.
Japan has confirmed that it is to introduce new sanctions against Iran concerning the country's nuclear programme.
Friday, 3rd September 2010
Temperatures have soared to record levels in Japan over recent months.
The strength of the yen is encouraging more Japanese executives to travel overseas, claims the president of Delta airline.
Thursday, 2nd September 2010
New sports materials have been donated by the Japanese government to help the development of Judo in Angola.
The extension of a subsidy plan for eco-friendly home appliances by the Japanese government could boost demand for new devices.
Wednesday, 1st September 2010
Around one third of jobs could be cut at Japan Airlines (JAL) after a company-wide restructurin
Moves are being made to ensure that Japan's national sport is cleaned up before the forthcoming national autumn tournament.
Tuesday, 31st August 2010
The world's first touchable 3D television system has been developed in Japan.
An experimental textile block house designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright could be moved from California to Japan.
Friday, 27th August 2010
Yuki Abe is set to move from Urawa Red Diamonds to Leicester City football club, although the deal still has to be fully finalised.
Thursday, 26th August 2010
Figures have revealed that export growth in Japan has slowed for a fifth consecutive month.
Wednesday, 25th August 2010
The yen has reached a 15-year high against the US dollar as the Japanese currency remains strong on the international market.
Japanese car manufacturer Toyota has introduced a new device aimed at making its popular hybrid car louder.
Tuesday, 24th August 2010
The Tokyo Jazz Festival is set to prove a popular event with tourists and Japanese locals next month.
Air France has announced that it plans to increase the number of services to Japan following the expansion of the carrier's fleet.
Monday, 23rd August 2010
Japanese officials have ordered the removal of a six-metre replica Statue of Liberty.
Tokyo's Asakusa district is set to host the Japanese Rio Carnival at the end of the month.
Friday, 20th August 2010
Japanese gamers will be able to pick up an exclusive PS3 console in Titanium Blue.
Thursday, 19th August 2010
Stocks on a number of Japanese stock exchanges have risen today
Japan's response to economic troubles will have repercussions for the next 50 years, an expert says
Wednesday, 18th August 2010
Japanese prime minister Naoto Kan considers more economic stimulus
Japanese car manufacturer Mazda has announced it is to recall 300,000 cars in North America and Mexico
Tuesday, 17th August 2010
August's giant lantern festival is a must-see for those travelling to Japan
The Japanese economy has once again faltered in the wake of market uncertainty over stimulus measures
The Chinese economy has overtaken the Japanese economy to become the world's third biggest
Monday, 16th August 2010
Second world war veterans have marked the anniversary of Japan's surrender
Japanese prime minister Naoto Kan avoids controversial war shrine on VJ Day
The Japanese economy has unexpectedly slowed, new data shows
Friday, 13th August 2010
Japanese car manufacturer Toyota has stopped all exports to Iran following US and UK sanction action
Japanese officials have begun a search for citizens allegedly aged more than 100
Just why is the Japanese yen so strong compared to the dollar?
Thursday, 12th August 2010
The continuing strength of the Japanese yen is having an impact on a number of markets
Customers in Japan affected by a problem with overheating iPods will be offered replacements, Apple has said
A BBC documentary is to explore the life of a girl from the Isle of Man who became an internet sensation in Japan
Wednesday, 11th August 2010
The opening of a new railway stop at Haneda airport could make getting into central Tokyo easier for travellers
Stock values on a number of Asian stock exchanges, including the Topix in Japan, have fallen
A rise in core machinery orders in Japan has not been as positive as expected by market analysts
Tuesday, 10th August 2010
Technology firm Apple is to make improvements to website warnings about a problem with iPod nanos.
While Japan may be better known for sake, its whisky is growing in popularity around the world.
The Japanese prime minister has issued an apology to South Korea over its colonial rule of the nation
Monday, 9th August 2010
Financial firm Goldman Sachs has revised its outlook for the Japanese economy
Ceremony in Nagasaki marks 65th anniversary of the bombing of the city
Weak data from the US has seen shares in Japanese firms drop on the stock exchange
Friday, 6th August 2010
Sales of the Toyota Prius in Japan topped one million by the end of July this year
A female baseball player in the US is gaining a huge following
A Japanese engineer and a computer programmer from the US claim to have calculated pi to five trillion places
Thursday, 5th August 2010
The Toyota hybrid Prius has topped the list of best selling cars in Japan for the 15th year in a row.
Microsoft could be putting together an objection against a new deal between Yahoo! Japan and Google.
UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon is in Japan ahead of the anniversary of the Nagasaki and Hiroshima bombings
Wednesday, 4th August 2010
The discovery that some of Japan's reputed oldest citizens are either deceased or missing has prompted authorities to carry out investigations.
Japanese ten-year yields fall below one per cent for the first time in years.
Japanese prime minister Naoto Kan is considering more economic stimulus measures.
Tuesday, 3rd August 2010
Shares on Japanese stock exchanges have risen on the back of new US data and an overnight rally on Wall Street.
Doubt has been shed on the validity of Tokyo's reputed oldest woman as she has in fact been missing for decades, according to her daughter.
A Japanese Twitter user has made history after writing the website's 20 billionth tweet.
Monday, 2nd August 2010
Toyota, the world's biggest car maker, has announced a fresh batch of product recalls.
The US ambassador to Japan will be in attendance at an upcoming Hiroshima memorial ceremony.
Friday, 30th July 2010
New figures show the Japanese economy is still in a fragile state, with factory production levels dropping and more people out of work.
Thursday, 29th July 2010
A Japanese oil tanker is damaged after being hit by a "freak" wave off the coast of Oman.
Wednesday, 28th July 2010
Software firm Microsoft has spoken out about a deal announced between Yahoo! Japan and Google.
Tuesday, 27th July 2010
Yahoo! Japan could soon be teaming up with its search engine rival Google.
Monday, 26th July 2010
Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie seen arriving at Tokyo's Narita Airport after flying in from Russia.
Friday, 23rd July 2010
The Japanese media and some members of the opposition party have raised questions over a visit to Japan by a former North Korean spy.
Thursday, 22nd July 2010
A FIFA delegation in Japan to look at the country's football facilities had high praise for a stadium outside Tokyo.
The Japanese yen is now trading at its highest level in the past seven months.
Wednesday, 21st July 2010
The value of 20-year bonds in Japan have fallen for the third day in a row.
Tuesday, 20th July 2010
A former North Korean spy has travelled to Japan to meet the families of people kidnapped by the regime in the 1970s and 1980s.
Stock values for a number of Japanese firms have fallen sharply on the back of a strong yen and US economic performance.
A special kind of jelly made from a subtropical plant could be subject to new safety guidelines, the Japanese government has said.
Monday, 19th July 2010
The Japanese women's squad have been beaten during the World Cup by Nigeria.
A delegation from FIFA is in Japan this week to check out the country's facilities, after the nation put itself in the bidding race for both the 2018 and 2022 World Cup.
A new high-speed rail service could help travellers to Japan get to the centre of Tokyo from Narita International Airport in just over half an hour.
Friday, 16th July 2010
The UK is keen to form strong economic ties with Japan, foreign secretary William Hague has said while visiting the nation.
The recovery of the Japanese economy will be slow and moderate, according to new figures from the country's central bank.
Thursday, 15th July 2010
The International Monetary Fund has urged Japan to go ahead with plans to put up taxes in order to tackle its huge debt.
William Hague is to meet with the Japanese foreign minister Katsuya Okada today.
Wednesday, 14th July 2010
Japanese car maker Nissan have been hit by a production delay following a hold-up in getting parts from Hitachi.
The Japanese government has revealed plans to cut spending on policy by ten per cent in a bid to tackle its growing national debt.
The majority of voters in Japan still want prime minister Naoto Kan to lead the nation, despite sharp falls in his popularity.
Tuesday, 13th July 2010
The new prime minister of Japan has suffered a blow in the polls which has left his party without a majority in the upper house.
Stocks on a number of Japanese stock exchanges have fallen on the back of a strong yen and ongoing property restrictions in China.
Japanese car manufacturer Nissan is to move production of its new March car to Thailand.
Monday, 12th July 2010
Brewery Asahi takes the top spot in the Japanese beer market for the months between January and June.
Japanese teen sensation Ryo Ishikawa fails to make an impact at the Scottish Open.
Wholesale prices in Japan have risen, new figures have shown.
Friday, 9th July 2010
A change to the rules over women taking their husband's surname is being considered by the Japanese government.
There are many places in Japan ideal for hiking as well as the traditional route to the top of Mount Fuji, travellers have been advised.
Why not check out a Japanese pod hotel on a trip to the country? Capsule accommodation can be found all over Japan and is particularly popular in Tokyo.
Student on summer trip to Japan talks about her trip for college travel blog.
Thursday, 8th July 2010
A Japanese space craft tasked with finding out about asteroid life in the solar system may have been able to collect dust from the surface of one such rock.
Shares on several Japanese stock exchanges have risen on the back of a Wall Street rally.
Core machinery orders, seen as a key indicator of the state of the Japanese economy, fell sharply in May, new figures have revealed.
Wednesday, 7th July 2010
An anti-whaling protestor from New Zealand has been given a suspended two year jail sentence after he was arrested after boarding a whaling boat.
Upcoming coverage of a sumo event has been removed from Japanese TV schedules following a scandal involving a top player and a coach.
Teenage golf sensation Ryo Ishikawa is heading to the Scottish Open hoping to become the youngest player ever to win the event.
Tuesday, 6th July 2010
A Japanese space probe has revealed some interesting findings about the rocks beneath the surface of the moon.
Top Japanese sumo wrestler Kotomitsuki fired over illegal betting reports.
Japanese car manufacturer Toyota is to recall more than 90,000 cars in Japan and some 270,000 worldwide.
Monday, 5th July 2010
Japanese car manufacturer Toyota has announced further vehicle recalls.
Japan's new prime minister Naoto Kan has seen his popularity among voters fall sharply in his first few weeks in office.
Japan has been hit by a earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale, but there are no reports of damage or injury.
Friday, 2nd July 2010
The central bank of Japan is to revise its current forecast for this fiscal year on the back of improved data.
The Japanese national squad is set to get a new coach following its exit from this year's World Cup tournament.
Japanese electronics firm Toshiba is to team up with Mitsubishi Motors to create a new type of battery for electric cars.
Thursday, 1st July 2010
The level of confidence among firms in Japan is at a two-year high, new figures show.
A firm in Japan has announced it is to make English the first language of its staff.
A group of anti-nuclear weapons protestors have spoken out over talks between Japan and India.
Wednesday, 30th June 2010
Japan are out of the World Cup after a penalty shootout defeat to Paraguay.
Tuesday, 29th June 2010
The jobless rate reached 5.2 per cent last month.
Monday, 28th June 2010
Takeshi Okada says his team will relish being Asia's sole representatives in the last 16.
Toyota, Nissan and Honda all saw outputs rise in May.
Friday, 25th June 2010
Mitsutomo Furuichi has been arrested for suspected extortion.
Goals from Keisuke Honda, Yashuito Endo and a third from Shinji Okazaki were enough for Japan.
Thursday, 24th June 2010
Apple stores across Tokyo were filled with eager shoppers.
Morten Olsen claims the new system has benefited Japan.
Wednesday, 23rd June 2010
One Japanese company has been chosen by Nintendo to provide technology for its new handheld console.
After two years of discussions an agreement is yet to be reached.
Naoto Kan visited apologised on the 65th anniversary of the end of the Battle of Okinawa.
Tuesday, 22nd June 2010
Makoto Hasebe says Japan are confident ahead of Thursday's clash with Denmark.
Prime minister Naoto Jan wants to tackle the national debt head on.
The Japanese foreign affairs minister has had a phone meeting with the US secretary of state to reaffirm the two countries' close ties.
Monday, 21st June 2010
A Japanese woman is now the number one-ranked golfer on the LPGA circuit after a recent win.
Friday, 18th June 2010
An earthquake measuring 6.3 has struck off the coast of the main northern island of Japan.
Thursday, 17th June 2010
Stocks on a number of Japanese stock exchanges have fallen on the back of a still strong yen.
Japan prepare for the second game of the World Cup, which will see them take on the Netherlands.
Japanese minister to avoid whaling meeting, blaming the foot and mouth crisis.
Japanese firm Takeda Pharmaceutical Co launches three new products.
Wednesday, 16th June 2010
The majority of Japanese investors with defaulted Argentinian debt have taken advantage of a new bonds and cash deal.
Japanese firms see rise in stock prices following a day of good performance on Wall Street.
Tuesday, 15th June 2010
The Bank of Japan is to offer low interest loans to commercial banks in a bid to boost the country's economic recovery.
Japan scores a surprise win over Cameroon in its first game of this year's FIFA World Cup in South Africa.
A rugby player has made the move from a Welsh team based in Cardiff to the Sanyo Wild Giants in Japan.
Monday, 14th June 2010
A Japanese space craft has landed back on earth after spending seven years in space.
Japanese officials have been accused of offering money to smaller nations to garner support for its controverisal whaling hunts.
A remote village in the mountains of Japan is getting behind Cameroon in today's World Cup fixture between the two nations.
Friday, 11th June 2010
The Japanese national football team play against Zimbabwe in a hastily arranged pre-World Cup friendly.
The Japanese minister for postal reform Shizuka Kamei is to resign from his post.
A Japanese space craft which has been gathering information on asteroids is due to land back on earth this weekend.
Thursday, 10th June 2010
Japanese prosecutors are asking for a whaling protestor to be given a jail term if he is found guilty of charges including assault.
90 per cent of people in Japan still read a newspaper everyday, a trend which defies the slump seen in print journalism around the world.
Support for the new Japanese cabinet is increasing, new figures show.
Wednesday, 9th June 2010
The new Japanese prime minister has promised to reduce the nation's debt.
The Japanese squad is to play another friendly game this week, ahead of the start of the FIFA World Cup.
A number of showings of a movie about dolphin hunting in Japan have been cancelled after protests.
Tuesday, 8th June 2010
The new Japanese cabinet has been revealed following the resignation of the country's prime minister last week.
A Japanese space vessel collecting information on asteroids is heading back to earth.
Japanese car maker Honda is hit by more staff strikes following last week's widespread walk out action.
Monday, 7th June 2010
The new Japanese cabinet is to be revealed this week, following Yukio Hatoyama's shock resignation.
Japanese footballer Shunsuke Nakamura says he is not sure how much of a part he will play in this summer's World Cup.
Worries over the state of a number of European economies has led to falls on Japan's main stock exchanges.
Friday, 4th June 2010
Japanese finance minister Naoto Kan has been revealed as the nation's latest prime minister.
A strike by Chinese workers at a number of Honda factories is continuing to impact the Japanese car firm.
Japan's national football team are set to use oxygen tanks to get them used to the playing conditions they will face in South Africa.
Thursday, 3rd June 2010
The ongoing economic crisis in Europe could spell bad news for the Japanese market, it has been warned.
Japanese finance minister Naoto Kan is being widely tipped as the country's next prime minister.
Japan's international team are set to face the Ivory Coast this week, following a string of defeats.
Wednesday, 2nd June 2010
Yukio Hatoyama, the Japanese prime minister, has announced he is to step down from his post.
Shares on several Asian stock exchanges have fallen on the back of news regarding the resignation of the Japanese PM.
The Japanese premiere of Sex and the City 2 has been held in Tokyo.
Tuesday, 1st June 2010
Australia takes Japan to the Hague over its traditional whaling season hunt.
Friday, 28th May 2010
The trial of a protestor who boarded a Japanese whaling ship earlier this year has begun in Tokyo.
Thursday, 27th May 2010
A large rise in Japanese exports helps support the country's economic recovery.
Wednesday, 26th May 2010
Kimiko Date Krumm pulls of unexpected win against former world number one.
Tuesday, 25th May 2010
Yukio Hatoyama faces more criticism over his handling of a decision over the location of a US military base.
Monday, 24th May 2010
Ryuichi Kiyonari secures his first win at Cadwell track.
The Japanese national team are to play South Korea in a World Cup warm up this week.
Japanese prime minister Yukio Hatoyama makes a decision on a controversial military base on the island of Okinawa.
Friday, 21st May 2010
Japan has launched a space probe set to land on Venus and collect information about the conditions on the planet, which is the same size as earth.
Toyota is under fire once more after it is claimed that the firm is failing to carry out investigations into recent recall problems.
Public servants in a town in Japan have been banned from sporting facial hair after complaints from locals.
Thursday, 20th May 2010
The Japanese economy grew in the first quarter of this year, new figures have shown.
Chinese prime minister Wen Jiabao is due to visit Japan this week as part of a wider Asian tour.
A decision on the new location of a controversial US military base in Japan should be decided by the end of May.
Wednesday, 19th May 2010
Japan promises ultra high-tech coverage of the World Cup in 2022, if it is successful in securing the hosting rights.
US secretary of state Hillary Clinton is due to visit Japan this week, as part of a trip to Asia.
Japanese car firm Toyota has been hit by another wave of car recalls.
Tuesday, 18th May 2010
Japanese car marque Nissan has unveiled the price of its new electric model, the Leaf.
A foot and mouth outbreak in Japan has led to a state of emergency being declared.
Japanese manufacturer Sony has hinted it may one day release a tablet computer similar to the iPad.
Monday, 17th May 2010
Core machinery orders in Japan rose by by 5.3 per cent in March , new figures show.
Apple has announced its new iPad will only be offered on one network in Japan.
A couple in Japan have been married by a robot at a restaurant in a Tokyo park.
Friday, 14th May 2010
The Japanese team at the Thomas Cup have been defeated by the 13-time winners from Indonesia.
Two large Japanese financial firms have scrapped plans for a merger which would have created the nation's sixth-largest bank by assets.
The Japanese prime minister's popularity has fallen to lower than 20 per cent, compared to the 70 per cent seen after he was elected.
Shares in Japanese electronics firm Sony have fallen after its latest profit forecast.
Thursday, 13th May 2010
Japanese manufacturer Sony has revealed an improved profit outlook which it hopes will be bolstered by 3D TV sales.
Underwear firm Triumph reveals interesting bra concept which wearers can use to grow rice.
Shares on the Japanese stock exchange have risen on the back of cash boosts to European markets.
Wednesday, 12th May 2010
The editor of Asahi Shimbun has written to the Japanese prime minister over an ongoing US military base conflict.
Japanese golfer Yuko Mitsuka has been fined a record two million yen and will sit out 11 upcoming tournaments.
Ichiro Ozawa to face more questions over funding scandal which has hit the ruling party in Japan.
Tuesday, 11th May 2010
The Toyota Prius car has once again topped a list of the best selling motors in Japan.
Japanese car marque Toyota has revealed a rise in annual profits.
Shares on the Tokyo stock exchange have seen mixed performance on the back of economic woe in Europe.
Monday, 10th May 2010
The central bank of Japan has given funding to help ease global market tension in the wake of the financial crisis in Greece.
Japanese and Chinese online platforms team up for new business deal.
Another meeting is to take place between Japan and the US, in the hope of solving an ongoing disagreement over the location of a Marine base.
Friday, 7th May 2010
Japanese firm Toshiba has posted improved figures for the past financial year.
The central bank of Japan has injected billions into the country's economy, in a bid to keep more crisis at bay.
Japanese gaming giant Nintendo has been hit by profits drops after its Wii console fell in popularity.
Thursday, 6th May 2010
Japan has been criticised for its child custody laws, which some in the US claim are denying overseas parents access to their children.
A reactor in Japan has opened after being closed down for more than 14 years, following a fire.
Wednesday, 5th May 2010
Japanese prime minister Yukio Hatoyama has admitted that it is unlikely that a US base will be completely moved off Okinawa, despite promising to do this in his election campaign.
The number of children aged 15 and under in Japan has fallen to a record low, government figures show.
Japanese golfer Ai Miyazato sets out her targets for the rest of the season - and has the number one spot in her sights.
Tuesday, 4th May 2010
Japan Football Association to focus on the 2022 World Cup, rather than the 2018 event.
Japanese prime minister Yukio Hatoyama under yet more pressure to make a decision on the location of a controversial US Marine base.
The oldest woman in the world has died in Japan, a few days short of her 115th birthday.
Friday, 30th April 2010
A number of Japanese firms are heading to the Shanghai Expo to showcase their products.
The board at the central bank of Japan have voted to keep the country's interest rates steady.
Thursday, 29th April 2010
New affordable store opens in glitzy Tokyo shopping district.
Japan Airlines to cut more routes as part of overall restructuring plan.
Wednesday, 28th April 2010
Top US envoy heads to Japan for more talks over relocation of controversial base.
The population of the Japanese capital, Tokyo, has passed 13 million for the first time.
Tuesday, 27th April 2010
A number of online retailers in Japan have stopped selling Apple products, at the firm's request.
The Japanese prime minister has revealed plans to reduce the number of public servants by half.
Four electric taxis are being trialled on the streets of Tokyo.
Monday, 26th April 2010
Japanese car manufacturer Toyota is looking into launching small, affordable cars in China.
Electrical giant Sony has announced it is to stop producing floppy disks in Japan.
Thousands of people in Japan attend protest over location of US military base.
Four large Japanese firms, including NEC and Sharp, are to team up and develop a new technology to be used in all their mobile phone models.
A world famous Japanese theatre is set to close its doors next month.
Friday, 23rd April 2010
Baby singer Justin Bieber has spoken about how much he loves visiting Japan.
Thursday, 22nd April 2010
Microsoft is gearing up to release a limited-edition Xbox 360 bundle in Japan next week.
Wednesday, 21st April 2010
A Tokyo department store has expanded its offering of green beauty products.
Tuesday, 20th April 2010
Imax plans to build a total of five new giant 3D screens in Tokyo and western Japan within the next two years.
The Grand Prix of Japan has been postponed due to volcanic ash in European airspace.
Monday, 19th April 2010
Urawa Reds have taken the top spot of the J League in Japan after a 3-0 victory over Kawasaki Frontale.
Friday, 16th April 2010
European minister launches new haiku book.
More and more people are heading off on trips in search of interesting food and drink.
Loyal Japanese fans queue to buy the latest installment in a popular book series.
Thursday, 15th April 2010
Japanese car firm Toyota hit by more safety scandals after US magazine publishes negative review.
Japanese bullet train technology to be used in new Vietnam railway link.
Wednesday, 14th April 2010
Pop star Lady Gaga has arrived in Japan for two concerts in Yokohama and Kobe.
Japan and Russia once again discuss rule of four islands off the coast of Hokkaido.
Tuesday, 13th April 2010
Japan to investigate a sighting of Chinese warships and submarines in the waters off Okinawa.
This year's Japanese whaling haul is much depleted after the hunt was disrupted by activists.
Monday, 12th April 2010
Brave Japanese men ride logs down steep slope as part of onbashira celebrations.
Pikachu and others are to return to gaming this year, with the new Pokemon game set to hit the shelves in Japan in the autumn.
The last of Japan's whaling ships has returned to port after this year's fishing season.
Friday, 9th April 2010
Japanese stomachs found to be rich in bacteria perfect for digesting sushi.
Nara 1300th anniversary set to include music and lights shows, as well as a large parade.
Representatives from Japan and the States are to meet to discuss a long-standing US beef import ban in Japan.
Thursday, 8th April 2010
Internal Toyota memo suggests top executive urged firm to come clean over safety problems.
Japanese national squad defeated by Serbian team ahead of the World Cup.
Core machinery orders in Japan have once again fallen, new figures show.
Wednesday, 7th April 2010
A female Japanese astronaut is making waves on a mission to the International Space Station.
The Bank of Japan has voted to keep interest rates in the country at the current level.
Ailing carrier Japan Airlines is set to cut thousands of jobs.
Tuesday, 6th April 2010
Cheerleaders take to the streets to perk up glum Japanese.
A woman in Japan claims to stay slim by making mini versions of her favourite desserts instead of eating the real-life puds.
The Toyota Prius continues to be the best-selling car in Japan.
Thursday, 1st April 2010
Japanese firms growing in confidence, new survey shows.
Scottish singing star Susan Boyle is surprised by a birthday party when visiting Japan.
The release of a new electric car has caused excitement among Japanese motorists.
Wednesday, 31st March 2010
Japanese postal service plan revealed by government.
Japanese gas firm Tokyo Gas announces partnership with the Australia-based BG Group.
Tuesday, 30th March 2010
Production levels in the Japanese industrial sector have fallen for the first time in a year.
Monday, 29th March 2010
Japanese architect duo win prestigious award.
Friday, 26th March 2010
Daisuke Takahashi wins gold medal in figure skating at the World Figure Skating Championships.
Thursday, 25th March 2010
Two Japanese department stores have cancelled long-standing plans to merge.
Teachers in Tokyo get new handbook filled with advice on dealing with over-zealous parents.
Wednesday, 24th March 2010
Exports out of Japan have risen, as the country's economy continues to recover.
Shares in Nintendo have risen after the firm announced plans for a new DS gaming console.
Tuesday, 23rd March 2010
Legendary Japanese director Akira Kurosawa honoured by Google search engine cartoon.
Japanese manufacturer Toshiba is to expand one of its factories to keep up with rising global chip demand.
Monday, 22nd March 2010
Nintendo boss reveals Japanese school plan.
Shareholders in troubled Japanese car firm Toyota announce plans to sue the company.
Friday, 19th March 2010
Japanese fisherman welcome decision over bluefin tuna ban.
Nissan announces new electric car plan, which will see the eco cars built in Sunderland.
The Japanese Paralympic ice hockey team has beaten host Canada in a shock victory.
Thursday, 18th March 2010
Honda suffers another blow with more car recalls, this time over allegedly faulty brakes.
Japanese researchers show off new super fast scanner capable of reading 200 pages per minute.
Japan's famous cherry blossom blooming season makes March and April ideal months for a holiday to the country.
Wednesday, 17th March 2010
Wildlife photographer snaps Japanese snow monkeys.
More and more fund managers are heading into the Japanese market.
Tuesday, 16th March 2010
Japanese ringtones claim to scare off cows and cure hangovers.
Japanese firms join council to push electric car sector forward.
Japanese PM Yukio Hatoyama suffers drop in favour, according to new poll.
Monday, 15th March 2010
Japan has been hit by an earthquake, the second to shake the country in a matter of weeks.
Could Japanese car marque Toyota be expanding Prius production?
Friday, 12th March 2010
An anti-whaling protestor who boarded a Japanese ship has been arrested.
Japanese car maker Toyota has been hit by fresh scandal on the back of a leaked memo.
Thursday, 11th March 2010
Japanese car manufacturer Daihatsu reveals vehicle recall.
A new airport has been opened in Japan, the country's 98th air terminal.
Japanese crown prince Prince Naruhito arrives in Kenya as part of Africa tour.
Wednesday, 10th March 2010
Machinery orders have fallen in Japan, new figures have shown.
Japan confirms US nuclear ships agreement - rumours of a pact had been rife for years.
Japanese president Yukio Hatoyama has made a number of changes to the way in which politicians go about their work.
Tuesday, 9th March 2010
Japanese insects could help control the spread of Japanese knotweed in the UK.
Sony is set to make two 3D televisions available in Japan from June this year.
Monday, 8th March 2010
A renewable energy project in New Mexico is receiving input from a Japanese agency.
Japanese Crown Prince Naruhito has arrived in Ghana for a three-day state visit.
Friday, 5th March 2010
Toyota boss Akio Toyoda addresses Japanese workforce.
Japanese ministers are set to meet to discuss the controversial moving of a US military base.
Thursday, 4th March 2010
Traditional doll festival held in Japan.
Starbucks announces new product launch in Japan.
Japanese stocks have fallen in value for the first time in five days.
Wednesday, 3rd March 2010
Japanese foreign minister Katsuya Okada has said he is in support of the idea of a so-called Robin Hood tax.
Japanese car maker Nissan has announced it is to recall 540,000 vehicles.
Japan Airlines uniforms become surprise black market seller.
Tuesday, 2nd March 2010
Japanese car marque Toyota has been hit by more vehicle fault issues.
The number of people out of work in Japan has fallen, it has been announced.
A Japanese astronaut is shown making hand-rolled sushi while aboard the International Space Station.
Monday, 1st March 2010
Japanese Meteorological Agency apologies for tsunami warning.
Japanese golfer Ai Miyazato putts to victory in Singapore event.
Toyota chief Akio Toyoda heads to China following safety scandal.
Friday, 26th February 2010
The Japanese are a nation obsessed with fish, it has been noted.
Thursday, 25th February 2010
Japan makes offer to Iran over uranium enrichment.
Wednesday, 24th February 2010
Exports in Japan rose by 40 per cent in January compared to the same month last year.
Toyota have been warned over being too casual about safety issues in the future.
Tuesday, 23rd February 2010
Is Nintendo set to shock gaming world with shaky DS2?
Exports out of Japan drop after scandal hit Toyota called to US Congress.
Monday, 22nd February 2010
Japanese car firm Toyota may have to make changes to its car recall processes.
Japanese insurance firm Dai-Ichi will sell more than a trillion yen worth of shares to raise funds.
Friday, 19th February 2010
Toyota president called up in front of US Congress following car safety scandal.
Stocks on the Japanese exchange fall after Federal Reserve announcement on emergency bank loans.
Kevin Rudd warns Japan to put an end to its annual whale hunt or face potential legal action.
Thursday, 18th February 2010
Toyota could be planning to recall its most popular model, the Corolla.
Japanese mobile phone network firm announces it is to file for bankruptcy.
Japanese bank urging customers to bet on cherry blossom bloom.
Wednesday, 17th February 2010
Toyota reveals a new braking system to combat safety problems in its cars.
Japan reveals targets for inflation levels.
Tuesday, 16th February 2010
Japanese football coach Takeshi Okada criticised after team's performance in Asian contest.
The death toll from accidents contributed to by faults with Toyota models has hit 34 in the US, it has been claimed.
Japanese skaters win silver and bronze in 500-metre speed event.
Japanese firm secures contract for Zurich airport development.
US senator Jim Webb wades into arguement over location of military base.
Monday, 15th February 2010
Anti-whaling protestor gets on board a Japanese whaling ship.
Japan is still the world's second biggest economy, figures have shown.
Kazuhiro Kokubo criticised over sloppy attire on arrival in Canada for the Winter Olympics.
Friday, 12th February 2010
Japanese fisheries minister criticises anti-whaling action.
New York Mets sign another player from Japan.
Huge Japanese spider crab ti live at UK aquarium until March.
Thursday, 11th February 2010
Japanese shoe company looks to Paris capital for design inspiration.
Japanese minister says sorry to Korea for colonial rule.
Wednesday, 10th February 2010
Honda announces more car recalls over problems with airbags.
Machinery orders on the rise in the Japanese market.
Tuesday, 9th February 2010
Japan Airlines accepts American Airlines bid.
Japanese car maker Toyota recalls more cars.
Fifth taste ingredient comes to UK stores from Japan.
Monday, 8th February 2010
Toyota estimates cost of recalled cars.
A young girl from the Isle of Man has become an internet hit in Japan.
Shares in several big Japanese firms fall on the stock exchange.
An earthquake has struck off the coast of the Japanese island of Miyakojima.
Friday, 5th February 2010
The true highlights of a holiday to Japan could appear mundane on first thought.
Thursday, 4th February 2010
Sumo wrestler reveals retirement from Japanese sport.
Japanese manufacturer sees rise in quarterly profits.
Chinese activist returns home after 90 days in Japanese airport.
Wednesday, 3rd February 2010
Japan Airlines gets new management team after filing for bankruptcy protection.
Software giant Microsoft releases new XBox 360 onto the Japanese market.
Toyota told to investigate alleged fault with breaks on new Prius model.
Tuesday, 2nd February 2010
Japanese car firm Honda has announced a recall of a number of models.
Toyota executives voice concerns over lasting impact of car recalls.
A Japanese firm has revealed a machine which can make shredded waste paper into toilet rolls.
Monday, 1st February 2010
Tokyo is not as expensive as people may think, it has been claimed.
Thousands of Japanese protestors take to the streets of Tokyo.
Japanese prime minister Yukio Hatoyama has been criticised by the opposition leader in the country.
Friday, 29th January 2010
Toyota reveals job cuts in the UK in the wake of economic downturn.
Thursday, 28th January 2010
Japanese economy suffers another confidence blow.
Wednesday, 27th January 2010
Japanese car firm suspends sales of eight of its US models.
Tuesday, 26th January 2010
The Bank of Japan has announced it is to keep interest rates at their current level.
House of Representatives accepts extra budget bill.
Monday, 25th January 2010
A new Hello Kitty laptop has been released onto the Japanese market.
More fuel added to base relocation fire by election of new mayor for Okinawa.
Japan meets with Asian nations to discuss trade pact.
Friday, 22nd January 2010
A trip to Tokyo or the former capital of Kyoto has been described as having something for all tastes when it comes to a holiday.
Japan's economy is predicted to have contracted, while China reveals larger than anticipated growth.
Thursday, 21st January 2010
Rudd comments on wartime incident between Japan and Australia.
Japanese whisky praised for being such high quality.
UK sends first batch of nuclear waste to Japan.
Representatives from 17 Asian nations meet in Tokyo to discuss nuclear security.
Wednesday, 20th January 2010
Asian carrier files for bankruptcy protection, with routes and jobs both to be cut.
Japan could be a great place for those on a gap year to jet off to.
Women in Japan dipping into savings as a result of hard economic times.
Japanese finance minister Nyoto Kan warns over a potential double dip recession.
The Japanese city of Kyoto has been highlighted as a great place for foodies to visit.
Tuesday, 19th January 2010
Asian airline expected to file for bankruptcy in "matter of hours".
50th anniversary of Japan US tie marked.
The Japanese government has donated millions to a fund for Ethiopia.
Monday, 18th January 2010
Shares in Japan Airlines have fallen to a record low on the back of bankruptcy fears.
Support for the Japanese prime minister has fallen, according to a new opinion poll.
Japanese car firm to dissolve joint Ford project.
Friday, 15th January 2010
Nintendo are launching a new DSi in Europe this year.
Japanese make-up firm Shiseido announces plans to buy US brand.
A date has been set for the restructuring of ailing carrier Japan Airlines.
Thursday, 14th January 2010
Japanese stock exchanges on the up.
Machinery order levels in Japan have fallen, new figures show.
Wednesday, 13th January 2010
Sony has announced it is to delay the release of the new Gran Turismo Playstation game.
Shares in Japan Airlines have fallen by 81 per cent today (January 13th).
A Japanese food firm has created the world's longest instant noodle, which is a metre long.
Tuesday, 12th January 2010
Hillary Clinton arrives in Japan to talk with secretary of state Katsuya Okada over US air base.
The level of bank lending in Japan is currently at its lowest for four years.
Shares in Japan Airlines have dropped by 45 per cent today (January 12th).
Monday, 11th January 2010
A traditional Japanese ink festival has been held in western Japan.
Japan Airlines is set to file for bankruptcy.
Friday, 8th January 2010
The Toyota Prius was the top selling car in Japan in 2009.
US special envoy to visit Japan to discuss North Korea.
Thursday, 7th January 2010
A new finance minister has been appointed in Japan, after the previous minister resigned due to bad health.
Japanese engineers stop working on Dubai Metro over pay dispute.
Japanese whaling boat crashes into protest vessel.
Wednesday, 6th January 2010
Japanese stock exchange rises due to weak yen.
A man who survived the dropping of both the Hiroshima atomic bomb and the Nagasaki bomb has died.
Tuesday, 5th January 2010
Japan has been praised as a great place to take a honeymoon.
Tokyo hosted Japan's 46th annual calligraphy contest on Tuesday, January 5th.
Japanese finance minister offers to quit over health and exhaustion fears.
Korean team given permission to head to Japan for football event.
Monday, 4th January 2010
Japan Airlines receives another government loan to try and keep its head above water.
The Japanese embassy in Yemen has been closed due to security fears following the Christmas Day bomb plot.
Thursday, 31st December 2009
Wine being made in Japan is proving popular with experts in the US and Europe.
Japanese government reveal base decision deadline.
Wednesday, 30th December 2009
Japanese prime minister Yukio Hatoyama unveils economic plans.
Shares in Japanese carrier fall by 24 per cent over finance fears.
Tuesday, 29th December 2009
Japanese New Year's Eve show to feature UK star Susan Boyle.
The Japanese finance minister has been admitted to hospital with exhaustion.
Thursday, 24th December 2009
The governor of the Bank of Japan has given his speech to the board of councillors in Tokyo about the past year and challenges ahead.
Wednesday, 23rd December 2009
A Japanese space mission provides the rare opportunity to transmit a message to inner planet Venus.
Tuesday, 22nd December 2009
A memorable trip to Japan could require some planning - and now may be the perfect time to begin.
Monday, 21st December 2009
Japan's Soichi Noguchi is among the astronauts heading for the International Space Station in the run-up to Christmas.
Japanese researchers are looking to nanotechnology for the future of drug delivery.
Flights to Japan need not cost the Earth.
Friday, 18th December 2009
Final Fantasy game sells over a million copies on its first day of release in Japan.
Hatoyama urges nations to put their own agendas aside in order to come to an agreement over climate change.
Thursday, 17th December 2009
Japanese prime minister puts off US military base decision.
The new installment of popular gaming series Final Fantasy has been released in Japan.
Wednesday, 16th December 2009
Nomura, the Japanese investment bank, is to buy London-based Tricorn Partners for an undisclosed fee.
A robot maker in Japan is offering two doppelganger robots at 28 stores across the country.
A Japanese chef has revealed how to make the perfect macaroons in a new book.

Tuesday, 15th December 2009
Japanese and Chinese leaders meet as part of ongoing efforts to improve relations.
The Australian prime minister has landed in Japan to meet with Japanese leaders.
Nintendo announces new colours for its Wii controllers.
Monday, 14th December 2009
Japanese car firm announces new plug-in vehicle plans.
Panasonic designed eco home opens in Tokyo Bay.
A visit to a Japanese gym has one holidaymaker mesmerised.
Friday, 11th December 2009
Wendy's fast food chain has announced it is to pull out of the Japanese market.
New game for Wii becomes fastest selling game ever in Japan.
Thursday, 10th December 2009
Japan wins big at the East Asian Games.
Machinery orders fall in Japan.
Hello Kitty is a cartoon character much loved by children and adults across the world.
A new sushi machine has been unveiled by a Japanese firm.
Wednesday, 9th December 2009
German and Japanese car marques team up in new deal.
Growth in Japan has slowed in the quarter leading up to September.
Tuesday, 8th December 2009
Pearl Harbor anniversary marked across globe.
Beer brewed from barley housed on the International Space Station for five months has been released by a Japanese firm.
Shares on the Japanese stock exchange have fallen after a six day run of rises.
Monday, 7th December 2009
Marathon winner in Fukuoka Tsegave Kebede ran a personal best this weekend in Japan.
Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi is scheduled for lift-off on December 21st.
Friday, 4th December 2009
Mizuho Fukushima has once again been voted in as the leader of the Social Democratic Party.
Thursday, 3rd December 2009
American Airlines has made an offer to Japan Airlines which it claimed is better than the amount offered by rival Delta.
Japanese Google results show Dragon Quest IX most popular search term for this year.
Wednesday, 2nd December 2009
Japanese film festival kicks off in Burma.
Japanese car manufacturer opens new pop-up stores across world.
The Japanese painter Ikuo Hirayama dies at the age of 79.
Tuesday, 1st December 2009
The number of cars sold in Japan has risen for the fourth month in a row.
The Bank of Japan has announced a number of new economic stimulus measures.
Film maker heads to Japan for promotional tour.
Monday, 30th November 2009
Output in Japan has risen for the eighth month in a row.
Japanese adopt decorating craze for mobile phones and make up cases.
Friday, 27th November 2009
Prices have once again fallen in Japan.
A chance to ask questions about budget requests has seen Japanese 'flock' to a debate.
Thursday, 26th November 2009
A Japanese man has married a character in a Nintendo video game.
Japanese prime minister warns of the possibility of a double dip recession.
Wednesday, 25th November 2009
Mobile phone firm reveals Japanese job losses.
Export rate falls slows in Japan.
Tuesday, 24th November 2009
Hitachi to build UK railway carriages, it has announced.
Japanese carrier seeks fourth bailout since 2001.
Monday, 23rd November 2009
Japanese government look into buying 40 fighter jets.
Japan teams up with Asian nations over food safety.
Friday, 20th November 2009
Japanese economy suffers from deflation once again.
The Japanese football team are improving, it has been noted.
A Japanese bank has come up with an interesting way of attempting to tackle the country's falling birth rate.
Thursday, 19th November 2009
Japanese food lovers head to eating event with unlimited sushi.
A Chinese man has been living in a Japanese airport for two weeks.
Wednesday, 18th November 2009
Baseball player given the accolade of most valuable player.
Sports brand open new Tokyo store.
Athlete announces plan to set up own vegetable farm.
Tuesday, 17th November 2009
An aquarium in Japan is getting into the festive spirit early with a Christmas visitor.
Tokyo now has more three star Michelin eateries than Paris, the city's latest guide states.
Monday, 16th November 2009
US president comes under fire over Japan greeting.
A Japanese ski resort has been hailed as a well-kept secret.
Japanese firm cuts pro players from team.
Friday, 13th November 2009
Japan Airlines has posted a loss for the year ending September 2009.
Two Japanese WWII subs have been discovered in the sea off an island in Hawaii.
Thursday, 12th November 2009
Japanese emperor marks 20 years on the throne.
Japanese design firm makes shopping more fun for customers in the country.
Wednesday, 11th November 2009
The newly elected ruling party in Japan is losing favour with the people, it has been suggested.
Hello Kitty products released to mark the iconic cat's 35th birthday.
Toyota is to close 300 dealerships in Japan, it has been reported.
Tuesday, 10th November 2009
Japan makes announcement on aid for Afghanistan.
Japanese mobile phones are often more hi-tech than those seen in the West.
Monday, 9th November 2009
Japan is becoming a popular destination for British skiers.
A Japanese pop star has appeared in court on drugs charges.
Tens of thousands of Japanese attend protest over US base.
Friday, 6th November 2009
Japanese carrier announces it is cutting 16 air routes.
The Toyota Prius is once again the top selling car in Japan, for the sixth month in a row.
Thursday, 5th November 2009
Initial sales of the new operating system from Windows have been good in Japan.
The Japanese foreign minister has met with a top US aide.
Japanese car mark posts improved profit figures.
Wednesday, 4th November 2009
The Japanese prime minister has cancelled a visit to the US to meet with Hillary Clinton.
Japanese firm deals another blow to Formula One.
George W Bush visits Japan and throws ceremonial pitch at baseball game.
Tuesday, 3rd November 2009
A single recorded by the Japanese prime minister could be set to hit the top of the charts in the country.
The Wii and PS3 are both popular with Japanese gamers, the Nintendo president has said.
Visitors to Japan could soon see windfarms in the Sea of Japan.
A new pedestrian crossing at Oxford Circus draws on Japanese designs.
Monday, 2nd November 2009
Japanese-American rescuers meet with veterans.
A Japanese space freighter has re-entered the atmosphere after completing a mission to the ISS.
Japanese tyre manufacturer pulls out of Formula One.
Friday, 30th October 2009
Japanese forests are becoming increasingly uninhabitable for black bears, it has been noted.
The number of people unemployed in Japan has fallen, figures suggest.
Thursday, 29th October 2009
Japanese firm posts losses for first half of this year.
Japanese car manufacturers Mazda and Mitsubishi have both posted losses in their latest financial reports.
Wednesday, 28th October 2009
Japan has tested its third missile interceptor since 1998, in a joint operation with the US.
Brits are increasingly looking to save cash by going on long-haul breaks to Asia.
A Japanese ship has collided with a vessel from South Korea in the Kanmon Strait.
Tuesday, 27th October 2009
The Toyota Prius has won the Japanese Car of the Year award.
Car manufacturer Honda has announced a much-improved earnings forecast.
President Obama urged to visit atomic bomb hit cities in Japan.
Japanese star appears in court over drug offence.
Monday, 26th October 2009
Japan Airlines is to be taken over by the state in a bid to prevent it from collapsing, a report from the Nikkei business daily has revealed.
Japan's new prime minister has pointed to the importance of tackling the country's ailing economy as the key priority of his new government.
Friday, 23rd October 2009
A Japanese university has announced plans for a manga library.
Thursday, 22nd October 2009
English church replica opens in Osaka.
The US secretary of defense Robert Gates meets with Japanese prime minister to discuss US military presence in the country.
Wednesday, 21st October 2009
Tokyo Motor Show to open for public admission this week.
A new survey has revealed high levels of poverty in Japan.
Tuesday, 20th October 2009
A Japanese manga comic has been released in a version which can be read on iPhones and iPods.
Japanese men are increasingly concerned with their personal grooming, it has been said.
Monday, 19th October 2009
Stars walk down a green carpet at the eco-themed Tokyo Film Festival
The Japanese First Lady has impressed the fashion press with her love of jeans.
Japan has been praised for the wide range of food it offers visitors, from high-end restaurants to street stalls.
Friday, 16th October 2009
A new bicycle simulator is to go on sale in Japan, Honda has revealed.
Ryan Hall travelled to Japan for custom running shoes to be made ahead of the New York Marathon.
Thursday, 15th October 2009
Social networking site Twitter has revealed its mobile offering in Japan.
Japan has announced it is to withdraw naval support for US and UK forces in Afghanistan.
18-year-old Japanese pitcher Yusei Kikuchi is attracting interest from a number of high-profile US teams.
Wednesday, 14th October 2009
Ex-Japanese PM Junichiro Koizumi has scooped a voice role in a new superhero film.
Japan have beaten Togo by 5-0 in an international friendly.
Tuesday, 13th October 2009
Japan has announced it will vie to hold the World Cup.
Hiroshima and Nagasaki team up for 2020 Olympics bid.
Monday, 12th October 2009
Japan is looking to CG character Astro Boy in its bid to host the World Cup in 2018 or 2022.
Friday, 9th October 2009
Japan and South Korea have come to an agreement over how to deal with North Korea, after the country pulled out of nuclear talks.
Japanese astronauts can choose from 29 native dishes on the International Space Station.
Thursday, 8th October 2009
The first tropical storm to hit Japan in two years has reached the main island Honshu.
Newly elected Japanese PM seeks to continue good relations with other Asian nations.
Wednesday, 7th October 2009
Japan has come tenth in a ranking of the best places to live in the world.
The first tropical storm to hit Japan in two years is due to arrive in the country later this week.
Tuesday, 6th October 2009
Tennis player crashes out of Japan Open.
A number of Scottish national squad players have pulled out of an international match against Japan.
Japanese car maker reveals new concept model.
Monday, 5th October 2009
Japanese food staples are 'a gateway to global cuisine'
Former finance minister found dead at his home.
Friday, 2nd October 2009
Japan will today find out whether its Olympic bid has been successful.
Japanese Grand Prix practice hit by heavy rain, leading a number of drivers to sit out.
The number of people unemployed in Japan is at its lowest level for seven months.
Thursday, 1st October 2009
Andy Murray has announced he will not play in the upcoming Japan Open.
Japanese finance minister says rising yen not up for discussion at finance summit.
Wednesday, 30th September 2009
The level of factory output in Japan has risen for the sixth month in a row.
Japan hit by rising deflation as is struggles to emerge from a deep recession.
Tuesday, 29th September 2009
Lewis Hamilton has told of his excitement of taking to the Sukuza racetrack in Japan this weekend.
Japanese tennis star scoops first major win in 13 years.
Monday, 28th September 2009
Liberal Democratic Party of Japan to elect new leader.
Jensen Button says he is confident about the next event on the Formula One calender, the Japanese Grand Prix.
Friday, 25th September 2009
A new unicycle has been unveiled by Japanese motoring company Honda.
A Japanese telecommunications company has built a mobile phone made from wood.
Thursday, 24th September 2009
Japanese exports fell in August, the second month in a row in which a drop was recorded.
Gaming giant Sony has revealed its new controller at a gaming event in Tokyo.
Wednesday, 23rd September 2009
Japanese music fans have helped digitally remastered versions of classic albums by the Beatles to sell well around the globe.
New Japanese prime minister appoints justice minister with strong views against the death penalty.
A 74-year-old bodybuilder from Japan has come top of a senior category in a tournament.
Tuesday, 22nd September 2009
New statistics from the Japanese government have revealed an ageing female population.
Japan has given the world a number of interesting cultural phenomenons, which are not all linked to video games and gaming, it has been said.
Monday, 21st September 2009
Hiring people to pose as friends or family members is becoming increasingly popular in Japan.
The Japanese prime minister has landed in New York to begin a week of meetings with world leaders including Barack Obama.
Friday, 18th September 2009
Japan Airlines has recieved a bid from a consoritum of three of its rival carriers.
A Japanese spaceship which set off for the International Space Station last week has arrived on time.
Thursday, 17th September 2009
29 railway stations in Japan are to be fitted with brand new LED lighting in a bid to boost people's mood.
The Bank of Japan has said that there are some signs of economic recovery in the country.
Wednesday, 16th September 2009
The newly-elected Japanese prime minister has been officially sworn in as the country's new leader today.
Visitors to Japan may find that using the country's famous bullet train may allow them to explore a wide range of places in just a couple of weeks.
Tuesday, 15th September 2009
Japanese baseball star breaks long-standing record.
Japan Airlines has announced thousands of job losses as it continues to be hit by the ongoing impact of the recession.
The newly-elected Japanese prime minister has been choosing members of his team.
Monday, 14th September 2009
The Japanese island of Yakushima is an ideal getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life.
US airbases in Japan could see reduced numbers of jet fighters under new plans.
Friday, 11th September 2009
A new survey has revealed that there are now more than 40,000 Japanese people aged 100 or over.
Japan launched its latest spaceship yesterday, which is now on its way to the International Space Station.
Thursday, 10th September 2009
Japanese firm announces it is in talks to buy a soft drink firm.
Travellers to Japan could be interested in paying a visit to this month's Tokyo Game Show.
Sales of the Playstation 3 have risen dramatically after a new version of the console was released.
Wednesday, 9th September 2009
The Democratic Party of Japan has announced it will team up with two other parties to form a coalition.
The Japanese release date for the next installment of the Final Fantasy franchise has been announced.
Tuesday, 8th September 2009
Toyota has announced it will take on hundreds of extra staff in October of this year.
Report shows mobile phone usage levels in Japan and other parts of Asia.
A pop single released by the Japanese prime-minister elect has sparked a bidding frenzy online.
Monday, 7th September 2009
A new online game in which players can inhabit a world full of Sanrio characters has launched in the US.
Japanese prime minister-elect pledges to cut the country's carbon emissions.
Friday, 4th September 2009
The Walkman has outsold the iPod for the first time in years.
The Toyota Prius has topped the best selling list in Japan for the four month in a row.
Japanese cuisine is varied and interesting, and could be a surprise for Brits taking a trip there.
Thursday, 3rd September 2009
The new Japanese first lady has raised a few eyebrows with comments made in a book.
Cyclist tackles South Asia on a bike to highlight the impact of climate change.
Wednesday, 2nd September 2009
Japanese company launches survival kit to help pets in the country cope with earthquakes.
Lexus releases pictures of its latest concept vehicle ahead of the Frankfurt Motor Show.
Japanese player who has been compared to Ronaldo catches the eye of Sir Alex Ferguson.
Tuesday, 1st September 2009
Democratic Party of Japan win Japanese election.
A couple from Japan have won a tango dance competition in Argentina.
Friday, 28th August 2009
The current Japanese PM has responded to his falling popularity in opinion polls.
Japanese car manufacturer announces it is pulling out of US factory.
Festival set to showcase the interesting world of Japanese arts.
Japanese experts have revealed a robot nurse to help lift patients.
Japanese artist Okamoto Mitsuhiro is set to showcase at the Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery.
Thursday, 27th August 2009
The level of goods exported from Japan has fallen for the tenth month in a row.
Japan's next election brought up to date with the use of modern social networking sites.
Japanese electronics firm announces redundancies.
Wednesday, 26th August 2009
Eco-firm aims to help Japanese businesses lower their energy use.
Tuesday, 25th August 2009
The Democratic Party could give the BOJ more independence.
Hitachi Data Systems has announced a new data centre in Japan which could be the industry's greenest and most reliable.
Jamie Oliver is set to bring his Italian restaurant to Japan.
More western acts have been drawn to Japan with the help of Creativeman Productions.
Monday, 24th August 2009
Japan Airlines could be joining forces with a rival firm after seeing its profits fall.
Lifeguards from Australia make the trip to Japan to help with seaside safety.
Japanese car marque recalls hundreds of thousands of cars.
Friday, 21st August 2009
The Japanese opposition party is set to be victorious at the next election, opinion polls suggest.
The Japanese stock exchange sees a sharp drop after the yen gains strength.
Thursday, 20th August 2009
Japanese still remaining cautious over signs of economic recovery.
Japanese power plant estimates the cost of its shutdown after the country was hit by three earthquakes.
Japan has announced another aid package for typhoon-hit island Taiwan.
Wednesday, 19th August 2009
Japan's role in the space race is established, with a number of launches each year.
Farmland in Africa and South America is helping Japan ensure it can meet food requirements in the years to come.
A Japanese baseball team has seen two of its players and its coach hit by swine flu.
Tuesday, 18th August 2009
Cooking in the Robata tradition brings "crazy-good flavour" to food.
Monday, 17th August 2009
Positive news is reported by Japan's Cabinet Office.
An earthquake in Japan caused no damage on Monday.
Friday, 14th August 2009
A new anime film could prove to be a big hit in the US.
Thursday, 13th August 2009
Japan has been hit by another eartquake, the third to rock the country in a week.
The leader of the Japanese Happiness Realization Party has spoken about the upcoming election.
Wednesday, 12th August 2009
The University of Loughborough gets ready to welcome visitors from Japan.
Leader of Japanese opposition pledges to improve ties with China.
Wholesale prices drop sharply in Japan.
Tuesday, 11th August 2009
Japanese business sector gets good news over machinery orders.
Japan is rocked by another earthquake, the second to hit the country in two days.
Monday, 10th August 2009
Scottish designer turns heads as Tokyo Fashion Week.
Japan has been hit by an earthquake, the strongest so far this year.
Missing Japanese pop star is found and arrested.
Friday, 7th August 2009
Japan Airlines sees its profits fall in the last few months.
Japanese actress and singer goes missing after police arrest husband.
Thursday, 6th August 2009
Japanese car manufacturers join forces over electric car standards.
The skills behind an interesting Japanese trend for rice field art have been revealed.
Japan could be an ideal place for families with children to take a holiday.
Wednesday, 5th August 2009
A summit attracting manga-mad cartoon fans has been held in Japan.
Many famous Asian sports stars are given interesting nicknames by the press, it has been noted.
Tuesday, 4th August 2009
Nintendo DSi users can now upload pictures taken with the device on to social networking site Facebook.
Scientists in Japan unveil a robotic suit aimed at helping those with weak limbs and poor mobility.
One writer notes the weird and experimental ice cream flavours that visitors to Japan may want to enjoy.
Monday, 3rd August 2009
Japanese car manufacturer Nissan has launched a new electric vehicle.
First criminal trial held in Japan since WW2, after overhaul of judicial system.
Friday, 31st July 2009
A pair of pants belonging to a Japanese astronaut are to be tested by scientists.
One DJ has told of his love of the Japanese dance music crowd.
New Wii game gets a good response from gaming fans.
Gaming company Nintendo sees a fall in sales.
Thursday, 30th July 2009
Japanese manufacturing output is up for the fourth month in a row.
A Japanese dance group is set to wow audiences in the UK this week.
An art festival in Japan is continuing this week, with artists from all over the world set to attend.
Brits who are fans of water sports could consider a holiday to Japan to check out a surf festival.
Wednesday, 29th July 2009
Japan has won the bidding to be the host nation of the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
Japanese car marques post surprising results.
A new craze for reading novels on mobile phones is emerging in Japan.
Tuesday, 28th July 2009
The final stage of work on the Japanese Space Station has been completed.
The interesting culture of Japan has long fascinated the British, it is noted.
Flying pass for Asia could help eastern tourists save cash.
A job as a hostess in Japan is a role that is increasingly popular among young women, it has been said.
Monday, 27th July 2009
Japanese tourists could be interested in two traditional festivals which are due to be held in the country next month.
A Japanese golfer is celebrating after winning the Evian Masters tournament.
Friday, 24th July 2009
The Japanese city of Fukuoka has an interesting arts and music scene, it has been revealed.
Japanese railway workers are set to be checked for chirpiness by a new Smile Scanner.
The 2009 Fuji Rock festival begins today (July 24th).
Thursday, 23rd July 2009
Nintendo is set to release a Jackson 5 themed karaoke game.
Japanese car marques come top of reliability test.
Japanese inspired art gallery set to open.
Wednesday, 22nd July 2009
Disney Japan have announced they are to release films on memory card.
Tuesday, 21st July 2009
Japan is set to be the major country with the highest number of people aged 100 and over by 2050.
The Sea of Japan is set for another influx of giant jellyfish.
Monday, 20th July 2009
Travel writer enthuses about Tokyo, calling it a futuristic and varied place to visit.
Friday, 17th July 2009
Japanese-Americans awarded honorary degrees decades after attending university.
Thursday, 16th July 2009
A group from Tokyo is set to watch world class swimmers in action in Rome tomorrow.
Anime convention set to see Japanese culture fans flock to Baltimore.
Wednesday, 15th July 2009
The Emperor and Empress of Japan have arrived in Hawaii for the last leg of a US tour.
Tuesday, 14th July 2009
A new video game has sold millions on its first weekend of release in Japan.
Monday, 13th July 2009
One food writer has called Osaka the greatest city to eat in across the world.
Tokyo has topped a list of the most expensive cities for expats to make a new life.
Friday, 10th July 2009
A suburb in Tokyo has been fitted out with almost 1,000 lights.
Thursday, 9th July 2009
A 18-metre tall robot has been unveiled in Tokyo, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of a popular Japanese TV show.
Japanese football fixtures for 2010 warm-up announced.
Wednesday, 8th July 2009
Actor Richard Gere has spoken of the story of a faithful Japanese dog.
Japan's Formula 1 racing is at risk as the recession has forced its cancellation for next year.
Tuesday, 7th July 2009
The Japanese Emperor has arrived in Canada for a 21 day tour of the country.
Monday, 6th July 2009
One writer has spoken of one of the more peculiar interests of many Japanese.
Friday, 3rd July 2009
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko are to visit Canada and Hawaii on a goodwill tour.
Japanese car makers are facing accusations that their silent-running hybrid cars are dangerous to pedestrians.
Thursday, 2nd July 2009
Japan has labelled North Korea's decision to test short-range missiles as "provocative".
A Japanese businessman has acquired a majority share at Plymouth Argyle.
Wednesday, 1st July 2009
Japanese prime minister Taro Aso has appointed two new cabinet ministers.
Two Japanese banks are to merge due to pressures from the economic downturn.
The organisers of the Rugby World Cup have recommended Japan as the host of the 2019 tournament.
Tuesday, 30th June 2009
The Japanese space probe Kaguya has discovered evidence of uranium on the surface of the moon.
The Japanese government is to contribute to a £1 billion cash injection for the chip manufacturer Elpida.
Monday, 29th June 2009
Teenage golfer Ryo Ishikawa has qualified for The Open with victory at a Japanese tournament.
Japanese consumers have queued in the streets of Tokyo for the launch of the new iPhone model.
Friday, 26th June 2009
Japan is paying its respects to Michael Jackson following the singer's sudden death.
Japanese midfield player Daisuke Matsui has completed his transfer to French club Grenoble.
Thursday, 25th June 2009
Defending champions Gamba Osaka have been knocked out of the Asian Champions League by Kawasaki Frontale.
A new face recognition system has been installed in a Tokyo electronics store as part of a new security trial.
Wednesday, 24th June 2009
Japanese exports have suffered a downturn compared to 2008.
Miyazaki mayor Hideo Higashikokubaru has announced his intention to become a candidate for the leadership of Japan's Liberal Democratic Party.
Tuesday, 23rd June 2009
Japan has commemorated the 64th anniversary of the Battle of Okinawa.
The Japanese swimmer Ryosuke Irie has had his world record backstroke time annulled due to his choice of swimsuit.
The Japanese government has stated that Google Street View does not violate the country's privacy laws.
Monday, 22nd June 2009
Nissan is to open a production facility for electric cars in America, according to a newspaper.
The fossilised teeth of what could be an ancestor of the tyrannosaurus have been discovered in Japan.
Friday, 19th June 2009
The world's oldest man has died in Japan age 113.
The Japanese military has been given expanded jurisdiction to take action against Somali pirates.
Tokyo has presented its bid for the 2016 Olympic Games to the International Olympic Committee.
Thursday, 18th June 2009
A Japanese rail company has unveiled the country's fastest-ever bullet train.
The Japanese finance minister has stated his expectation that the country's economy has reached its lowest point.
Wednesday, 17th June 2009
Japanese scientists are designing new underwater sponge devices to harvest uranium from the water.
The Japanese government has banned all exports to North Korea for nearly a year in response to the communist state's latest nuclear tests.
Japan lost their final World Cup qualifying match against Australia in Melbourne.
Tuesday, 16th June 2009
Celtic midfielder Shunsuke Nakamura is to leave Scotland for a move to Spain or Japan, according to reports.
Groundbreaking Hawaiian sumo wrestler Jesse Takamiyama is to retire today at the age of 65.
Monday, 15th June 2009
Japan's opposing Democratic Party has won a landslide victory in a local election.
The Japanese environment minister has met with Chinese and Korean representatives to discuss green issues.
Japan's Prince Hitachi has visited Peru as part of a celebration of Japanese emigration.
Friday, 12th June 2009
Japan's internal affairs minister has resigned from the cabinet after a row over the running of the postal service.
The Japanese and Indian space agencies are to collaborate on a photosynthesis research project.
Thursday, 11th June 2009
A new report has revealed that Tokyo is the second most expensive place in the world.
The Japanese economy has contracted by a record 14.2 per cent in the first quarter of 2009.
A new pancake-cooking robot has been unveiled at a technology exhibition in Japan.
Wednesday, 10th June 2009
Japan have ended Qatar's chances of qualifying for the World Cup with a 1-1 draw.
Japanese prime minister Taro Aso has announced "ambitious" new environmental targets for the next decade.
Japanese waters have been inundated by swarms of colossal jellyfish.
Tuesday, 9th June 2009
The new Transformers movie, Revenge of the Fallen, has made its worldwide debut in Tokyo.
The Japanese lunar probe Kaguya is to collide with the moon later this week.
Monday, 8th June 2009
Japan have claimed their place at the 2010 World Cup by beating Uzbekistan 1-0.
Mitsubishi has unveiled its brand new i-MiEV all-electric vehicle, which can be charged using a standard plug socket.
Friday, 5th June 2009
Coca Cola Japan is to introduce a new green tea flavoured version of the drink.
A hybrid car has topped the Japanese auto sales charts for the second month in a row.
The stars of Terminator Salvation have visited Tokyo for the Japanese premiere of the film.
Thursday, 4th June 2009
The Japanese Olympic team has announced that it will be based in Loughborough during the 2012 Games.
Japan and China are to enter into discussions to tackle the issue of copyright piracy.
Wednesday, 3rd June 2009
Sony has revealed the PSP Go, a new smaller version of its handheld games console.
Japan has been invited by to participate in the 2010 Copa America by hosts Argentina.
Japan Airlines may be about to receive a 100 billion yen loan.
Tuesday, 2nd June 2009
Japanese swimmer Ryosuke Irie has stated his frustrations over the swimwear debate that has placed his world record 200m time in doubt.
A Tokyo jewellery store is giving away free diamonds as part of a promotional campaign.
Monday, 1st June 2009
Japanese archaeologists believe that they may have discovered the burial site of the legendary Queen Himiko.
Japan have beaten Belgium 4-0 to claim the Kirin Cup.
Friday, 29th May 2009
Acclaimed author Haruki Murakami has release his secretive new novel 1Q84.
Students at a Tokyo university are being given free iPhones to monitor attendance.
Tokyo's Olympic committee will appeal to the Japanese crown prince to publically support its 2016 bid.
Thursday, 28th May 2009
An online archive of Akira Kurosawa memorabilia has been launched.
Japanese scientists have bred fluorescent monkeys to further the study of genetic disease.
The Japanese retail sector has reported decreased sales for the eighth consecutive month.
Wednesday, 27th May 2009
Ryo Ishikawa will not play in the US Open after performing poorly in the qualifying event.
Japan cruised to a 4-0 victory in their Kirin Cup clash against Chile on Wednesday.
Japan's exports grew in April, but remain well below the level of 12 months ago.
Tuesday, 26th May 2009
Japan's recession may be close to an end.
Tomoaki Makino's new hairstyle is the subject of much discussion in Japan.
Friday, 22nd May 2009
The Tokyo String Quartet will be among the performers at this year's Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan.
Japanese women enjoy the highest life expectancy of females across the world, new statistics show.
A Japanese engineer who broke the world record for the longest flight of a paper aeroplane wants to take his passion to another whole level.
Thursday, 21st May 2009
Chiba Lotte Marines fans are using silence and huge signs to show their support for their team's manager.
Businesses in Osaka are better equipped than most to ride out the storms of the current economic crisis, one expert has claimed.
Economic factors have led to Porche and Maserati withdrawing from this year's Tokyo Motor Show.
Wednesday, 20th May 2009
Global food firm Nestle has launched a new research unit in Tokyo as part of its plans to advance nutrition research in Japan.
More than 4,000 educational institutions in Japan have been shut as a result of swine flu, new reports state.
Visitors can find Tokyo's best hamburgers - with a local twist - in the fashionable district of Harajuku, if one writer is to be believed.
One of Japan's biggest football stars could be returning to the J-League after Yokohama F Marinos confirmed they have begun moves to re-sign Shunsuke Nakamura.
Kawasaki Frontale will face Gamba Osaka in the first knockout round of the 2009 Asian Champions League after slipping to defeat in their final group match.
Mazda has announced that it plans to resume full production at its Japanese plants from next month.
Tuesday, 19th May 2009
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has urged Japan to set an example for the rest of the world in how it deals with the swine flu outbreak.
The area of Japan known as Ura-Nihon is a "hitchhiker's paradise" and perfect for those who like meeting new people, one travel writer states.
Japanese banks are considering agribusiness as an opportunity to grow their funds, it has emerged.
Monday, 18th May 2009
Japanese mask makers performed well in the financial markets over the weekend as the swine flu outbreak hit the country.
Toyota has set itself the target of selling 10,000 units of its third-generation Prius model every month in Japan.
Friday, 15th May 2009
Hundreds of tents are among the humanitarian assistance being delivered to Sri Lanka by the Japanese government, it has emerged.
Thursday, 14th May 2009
Complaints over privacy have prompted Google to retake photographs for its Street View service in Japan.
Sumo wrestler Asashoryu has recovered from defeat earlier this week to beat Takekaze at the Summer Grand Sumo tournament.
The annual procession to commemorate the first Shogun in Japan, Tokugawa Ieyasu, is to take place at the Toshogu Shrine in Nikko on Sunday (May 17th).
The hometown of celebrated manga illustrator Osamu Tezuka is to be promoted by one of his most well-known creations.
Wednesday, 13th May 2009
Japanese electronics maker Hitachi has revealed a net loss of more than 787 billion yen (£5.41 billion).
Over 50 million tourists visited the Japanese city of Kyoto last year, new figures have revealed.
Tuesday, 12th May 2009
Visitors to the Japanese city of Fukuoka between July 1st and 15th will be able to enjoy the annual spectacle of the Hakata Gion Tamakasa Festival.
Ryo Ishikawa, Japan's teenage golfing sensation, is to take part in the Professional Golf Association (PGA) Championship.
Monday, 11th May 2009
Ichiro Ozawa is to resign as the leader of the main opposition Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) amid a political funding scandal.
Hakuho, the Mongolian grand champion, has clinched his second victory at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament.
Friday, 8th May 2009
Japan is to launch a database of people overseas who are interested in visiting the country, it has emerged.
Japan has submitted a bid to host the Rugby World Cup in 2015 or 2019, it been revealed.
Thursday, 7th May 2009
Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to descend on the Japanese town of Itako for the annual Iris Flower Festival.
Despite the impact of the economic downturn on people's disposable income, Japan's conveyor sushi restaurants are doing booming trade.
Wednesday, 6th May 2009
Hideo Ko, the Japanese singer famous for pioneering the chanson form of French singing, has died of pneumonia at the age of 90.
The mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki have thrown their full support behind US president Barack Obama's call for a world free of nuclear weapons.
Tuesday, 5th May 2009
Holidaymakers visiting Japan in July will be able to witness a tenth-century spectacle in Soma City.
Asashoryu, the Mongolian sumo grand champion, has been given permission to live permanently in Japan, it has emerged.
Friday, 1st May 2009
Thousands of people have gathered in Tokyo today (May 1st) for the annual May Day celebrations.
A food fair has begun in the Japanese city of Osaka.
Thursday, 30th April 2009
Japan's economy received a boost this week as new figures revealed that industrial output rose during March.
Visitors to Japan will be able to experience a spectacular fire festival in July.
Japan has introduced an inspection system for all pigs imported into the country in the wake of the outbreak of swine influenza across the world.
Wednesday, 29th April 2009
Veteran Hollywood legend Clint Eastwood has been named as one of the foreign recipients of Japan's annual spring honours.
Taro Aso, the prime minister of Japan, has arrived in the Chinese capital Beijing on an official trip.
Next month sees the annual festival of Mifune Matsuri take place in the Japanese city of Arashiyama.
Tuesday, 28th April 2009
Today (April 28th) sees the start of the La Folle Journee classical musical gala in Japan.
Japan has announced it is to suspend visa-entry for Mexican nationals attempting to enter the country.
Around 1,000 people are expected to take part in the All Japan Poker Championship (AJPC), which begins next month.
Monday, 27th April 2009
Japan's largest car manufacturers have seen an increase in vehicle production for the first time since the downturn in the market began, it has emerged.
Narita Airport in the Japanese capital Tokyo has begun testing passengers for swine flu following an outbreak of the condition in Mexico.
Friday, 24th April 2009
A halt in the decline of golf club memberships in Japan has been proposed as a potential indicator that an economic recovery is on the way.
Sumo wrestlers in Japan are preparing for one the six Grand Tournaments of the year - the May Basho.
Thursday, 23rd April 2009
Music lovers are now able to watch music video clips for free at the MTV Japan website, it has been announced.
Japan's official weather forecaster has predicted that weather in the country will be hotter than usual over the next three months.
Taiwanese people would rather visit Japan than any other country, a survey has indicated.
Wednesday, 22nd April 2009
Japan's national football league is set to scrap transfer fees for out-of-contract players.
Japanese whisky is developing a reputation to rival that of the more established international brands, it has emerged.
Tuesday, 21st April 2009
Visitors to Tokyo who find themselves in need of somewhere to go and chill out with a cool beverage may want to head for the Absolut Icebar.
Taro Aso, the prime minister of Japan, has sent an offering to one of the country's most controversial war shrines.
Monday, 20th April 2009
A series of sketches are among the exhibits on display at a Tokyo show dedicated to legendary manga illustrator Osamu Tezuka.
Crown Princess Masako performed her first official duty outside Tokyo for more than a year yesterday (April 20th).
Friday, 17th April 2009
Rie Kaneto of Japan has set a new national record for the breaststroke.
A two-day festival aimed at increasing awareness of environmental issues begins in Yoyogi Park tomorrow (April 17th).
Nearly 2,000 people from all walks of life turned up for a special garden party hosted by Japan's top royals yesterday (April 16th).
Thursday, 16th April 2009
The trial version of the new Playstation 3 game, "Final Fantasy XIII", has become available in Japan.
A ride based on the 2001 Disney film Monsters, Inc has been launched at the Tokyo Disneyland resort.
Plans are afoot for Japan to launch dozens of micro-satellites to help predict natural disasters, it has emerged.
Wednesday, 15th April 2009
The Summer Sonic music festival takes place in Tokyo and Osaka from August 7th to 9th.
A Japanese restaurant chain is to open 170 new outlets this financial year, it has been announced.
Tuesday, 14th April 2009
The world's first ever robotic supermodel has been unveiled at Tokyo Fashion Week.
The University of Tokyo has been ranked 11th in a list of institutions cited in global research papers, it has been revealed.
Thursday, 9th April 2009
A ban on people riding bicycles with two children is to be lifted, the National Police Agency (NPA) has announced.
A UK woman has embarked on a journey from London to Tokyo.
Wednesday, 8th April 2009
The Toyota Prius has been named the most fuel efficient car by the organisers of the E-Mileage Awards.
Tuesday, 7th April 2009
Visitors to the Heian Jingu Shrine in June will be able to enjoy an open-air theatrical spectacle.
Japan has lost its place as one of the world's top two leaders when it comes to solar photovoltaic capacity, it has emerged.
The number of people using the internet in Japan has hit 90 million, new figures have shown.
Monday, 6th April 2009
The Japanese government has given its backing to US president Barack Obama's call for a nuclear-free world.
Japan is hoping to land a walking robot on the moon by 2020, it has emerged.
Friday, 3rd April 2009
The most efficient supercomputer in the world has begun operating in Japan, it has emerged.
The Kyoto International Manga Museum will be hosting a number of events over the next few weeks for fans of the iconic Japanese animated films.
Thursday, 2nd April 2009
Ale enthusiasts may be interested to learn that the Great Japan Beer Festival takes place from June 6th to 7th.
A record number of people have visited Japan's Disney parks, it has been announced.
Speed limits on Japanese roads could soon be changed following a review by the National Police Agency (NPA).
Wednesday, 1st April 2009
Japanese singers Misono and Kumi Koda staged a surprise performance outside Shinjuku railway station yesterday (March 31st).
A 17-year-old schoolgirl has become the first female to play professional baseball in Japan alongside men.
Starting today (April 1st), smoking will be banned at East Japan Railway stations in the Tokyo area.
Tuesday, 31st March 2009
The Tokyo Lesbian and Gay Film Festival takes place in the Japanese capital this July.
Chinese diva Jane Z made her Japanese debut at the Duo Music Exchange club in the trendy Tokyo district of Shibuya on Sunday (March 29th).
Monday, 30th March 2009
Social networking site MySpace has launched a karaoke service for its Japanese users, it has emerged.
Japan may begin subsidising sales of eco-friendly vehicles, a senior government figures has suggested.
Friday, 27th March 2009
Worldwide sales of Nintendo's Wii video game console have now topped the 50 million mark since it was launched in 2006.
Japan's justice ministry is to allow citizens to marry same-sex partners in countries where the ceremonies are legal, it has been confirmed.
Thursday, 26th March 2009
The remains of what may have been a palace built in the third century have been unearthed in Sakurai, Nara Prefecture.
A non-profit organisation based in Tokyo has been spreading its eco-friendly, anti-pollution message outside Japan, it has emerged.
Wednesday, 25th March 2009
A Japanese man has become the first person to be officially certified as a survivor of the atomic bomb blasts at both Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.
Japanese films were the big winners at this year's annual Asian Film Awards, with Tokyo Sonata scooping the prize for best picture.
Tuesday, 24th March 2009
A ban on smoking in public places is set to be announced by the Japanese government next month, it has emerged.
The Japanese festival of Takayama Matsuri takes place from April 14th to 15th.
This year's Tokyo Motor Show will be a much smaller affair, as car manufacturers reduce their marketing budgets amid the economic downturn.
Monday, 23rd March 2009
Japan has beaten the US 9-4 to make it through to the final of the World Baseball Classic.
Cherry blossoms in Tokyo and Nagasaki prefectures bloomed on Saturday (March 21st), it has emerged.
Friday, 20th March 2009
Defending champions Japan have dumped Cuba out of the World Baseball Classic in San Diego with a 5-0 victory.
Hugo Chavez, the left-wing president of Venezuela, is to visit Japan next month to meet prime minister Taro Aso, it has been announced.
Thursday, 19th March 2009
There are only a few days left for visitors to Japan to catch the annual Festival/Tokyo, which is taking place at various venues across the Japanese capital.
Buildings that can withstand even the strongest of earthquakes could be coming to a street in Japan soon, it has emerged.
Wednesday, 18th March 2009
Japan hopes to increase its worldwide share in the production of solar cells to more than one-third by 2020, it has been announced.
More than 130 All Nippon Airways (ANA) flights were cancelled following industrial action by pilots, it has emerged.
Tuesday, 17th March 2009
Sumo star Yokozuna Asashoryu clinched a second consecutive title victory after beating Kyokutenho on the first day of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament.
Japan has announced it is to provide 490 billion yen (£3.5 billion) worth of loans to developing nations for them to invest in green projects.
Monday, 16th March 2009
A Japanese astronaut is about to become the first person from the country to spend an extended period of time on the International Space Station.
Chocolates made using traditional Japanese ingredients are proving to be a big hit in the UK, it has emerged.
Friday, 13th March 2009
Japan's teenage golf sensation Ryo Ishikawa said he is ready to bounce back from an unspectacular start to his US PGA Tour debut.
Hollywood star Tom Cruise flew dozens of fans to the Japanese city of Osaka for the premiere of his new film, it has been revealed.
Mancunian rockers Oasis will be performing in Japan next week as part of a tour promoting their most recent album, Dig out Your Soul.
Thursday, 12th March 2009
A Japanese version of the popular board Monopoly is proving a popular purchase during the economic downturn.
More than 100 couples have been invited to Japan's Imperial Palace next month as part of the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko.
Wednesday, 11th March 2009
Veteran rocker Rod Stewart is embarking on his first tour of Japan for 13 years.
Japan's famous bullet trains will begin offering broadband services to their passengers from March 14th, it has emerged.
Tuesday, 10th March 2009
Tom Cruise landed at Narita International Airport at the weekend along with wife Katie Holmes and daughter Suri.
Japan's Sakurajima volcano has erupted, sending clouds of debris into the sky.
March 15th will see St Patrick's Day celebrations taking place throughout the world and Tokyo will be no exception.
Japan should spearhead efforts to launch a common currency throughout Asia, a thinktank has claimed.
Monday, 9th March 2009
Fans of Barbie who are planning to tie the knot in Japan may be pleased to learn that a new bridal range based on the famous doll is to be launched in the country soon.
Japan is to provide billions of yen to pay the wages of Afghan police officers in an effort to help the rebuilding effort in the country, it has emerged.
Champion sumo wrestler Asashoryu has made his debut as a fashion model at a show in Tokyo.
Friday, 6th March 2009
A Japanese astronaut is attempting to undertake a series of bizarre tasks when he takes off into space later this month.
A growing number of Buddhist temples throughout Japan have enacted smoking bans, it has emerged.
Thursday, 5th March 2009
Japan will launch its World Baseball Classic (WBC) campaign today (March 5th) against China at the Tokyo Dome.
The vibrant religious festival of Kanda Matsuri takes place in the Shitamachi district of downtown Tokyo from May 7th to 15th.
Wednesday, 4th March 2009
Rock group The Wedding Present are to return to Tokyo next week for the first time in 16 years for a series of performances.
The Japanese parliament has approved a plan to give a cash hand-out to every resident in an attempt to kickstart spending during the economic downturn.
Tuesday, 3rd March 2009
More than 5,000 people, including some prominent Japanese athletes, walked across Tokyo's Rainbow Bridge recently to promote the cities bid for the 2016 Olympic Games.
Sales of new cars in Japan fell by nearly one-third last month as consumers tightened their belts, new figures have shown.
Crown Princess Masako of Japan has a rare solo appearance outside of the Imperial palace walls.
Monday, 2nd March 2009
A Tokyo music store staffed by musicians is reportedly attracting the attention of young music fans in the city.
This month will see record reductions in toll fees on Japan's highways as the government launches a new system for taxing motorists.
Friday, 27th February 2009
The Japanese government has announced it will increase the amount of food aid it sends to Nepal.
Japan Airlines has announced it has improved the standard of meals on its flights to European destinations.
The International Fantastic Film Festival 2009 opened in Yubari City yesterday (February 26th).
Budding athletes who failed in their bid to run in this year's Tokyo Marathon can take part in a much less physically demanding way, it has emerged.
Classical music fans may be interested to learn that the annual La Folle Journee gala will be taking place at the Tokyo International Forum soon.
Props used in during the making of the upcoming Terminator film are to go on display at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Tokyo next month.
Japan's big three car manufacturers have reported a sharp drop in vehicle production yesterday.
Thursday, 26th February 2009
Jazz lovers visiting downtown Tokyo may want to keep an eye out for a unique taxi service that plays jazz tunes while taking passengers of 90-minute tours of the city.
Wednesday, 25th February 2009
Japanese prime minister Taro Aso's visit to meet with the US president Barack Obama has been met with mixed reponses in Japan.
Motoaki Inukai, head of the Japan Football Association (JFA), has said he hopes Japan could still host the World Cup in 2018 or 2022, even if it is not successful in its bid to host the 2016 Summer Olympics.
The annual Grand Festival of Spring takes place at Nikko City's Toshogu Shrine in Tochigi Prefecture this May.
The yen fell broadly in foreign exchange trading today (February 25th) staying close to three-month lows against the dollar.
The Japan Fine Arts Exhibition takes place at the Osaka Municipal Museum of Art throughout next month.
Tuesday, 24th February 2009
Scientists in Japan are developing an innovative type of wallpaper that can be turned into a TV screen, it has emerged.
Taro Aso, the prime minister of Japan, is to become the first foreign leader to visit President Obama at the White House today (February 24th).
Monday, 23rd February 2009
Japanese film Departures has scooped the prize for best foreign language feature at this year's Oscars.
Heavy snowstorms have disrupted train services and led to flight cancellations across Japan, local authorities have reported.
Friday, 20th February 2009
Ryo Ishikawa, Japan's teenage golfing sensation, has been feeling the pressure as he makes his debut on the US PGA tour.
More than 200 Japanese kids attended an event to demonstrate their robot-building skills with Lego and learn more about climate change.
A trade agreement was signed between Japan and Switzerland yesterday (February 19th) in an effort to counter what officials described as increasingly protectionist policies around the world.
Thursday, 19th February 2009
The number of people using bicycles to get around Japan's towns and cities is on the rise, new research has found.
Tadashi Yanai, the president of clothing giant Fast Retailing, has topped a list of Japan's richest people for the first time.
Wednesday, 18th February 2009
Animation fans may be interested to learn that the Tokyo International Anime Fair takes place in the Japanese capital from March 18th to 21st.
Japanese author Haruki Murakami has become the first non-European-language writer to be presented with the prestigious Jerusalem Prize.
Tuesday, 17th February 2009
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (Jaxa) and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries have unveiled a new space rocket which, it is hoped, will boost the prestige of the country.
Ryo Ishikawa, Japan's 17-year-old golfing sensation, is preparing to make his debut on the US PGA circuit.
Monday, 16th February 2009
US secretary of state Hilary Clinton has arrived in Japan today (February 16th) on her first diplomatic trip since taking up office.
Friday, 13th February 2009
Visitors to Japan who find themselves in the mood for a cocktail and some relaxing live jazz may want to take a visit to the Park Hyatt Tokyo's New York Bar.
The Tokyo 2016 Olympic bid organising committee yesterday (February 12th) promised to stage the "most compact Olympic Games" in the history of the sporting tournament if its bid is successful.
Japanese electronics manufacturer Pioneer has announced it is to abandon its production of flat-screen TVs amid a growing financial crisis at the company.
Thursday, 12th February 2009
People across Japan will be getting ready to celebrate Valentine's Day on Saturday (February 14th), however the Japanese version of the event is somewhat different to our own.
The metropolitan government of Tokyo is reportedly planning to boost its chances of being awarded the 2016 Summer Olympic Games by making greater use of green energy sources.
Wednesday, 11th February 2009
Japan has been named the best holiday destination in the world by Wanderlust Travel Magazine.
Hilary Clinton, the US secretary of state, has requested a meeting with Ichiro Ozawa, the leader of the main opposition Democratic Party of Japan, when she visits the country next week.
Japanese electricals company Sanyo has announced it will invest ten billion yen (£77,000,000) in a new solar cell plant in Osaka Prefecture.
Hollywood star Will Smith was in Tokyo on Monday (February 9th) for the premiere of his latest film Seven Pounds.
Tuesday, 10th February 2009
The number of new mobile phones sold in Japan fell in 2008 for the first time in four years, new figures have shown.
Japanese scientists have successfully identified an enzyme that could be used to suppress breast cancer.
Monday, 9th February 2009
Japanese pop singer Ami Suzuki celebrated her 27th birthday with a special performance at the Shibuya-Ax live house yesterday (February 8th).
Taro Aso, the prime minister of Japan, is to tell his minister[s] to draft a "Green New Deal" to help the country take on the twin challenges of the economic downturn and climate change, it has emerged.
Friday, 6th February 2009
Pop band Coldplay will be taking to the stage at Japan's Saitama Super Arena on February 11th and 12th.
Japan's benchmark Nikkei increased by 1.9 per cent in trading today (February 6th).
Thursday, 5th February 2009
Japanese car manufacturer Honda has begun selling the cheapest hybrid vehicle on the market.
The annual Sapporo Snow Festival has begun, with one of this year's highlights being a reproduction of the Namdaemun Gate in Seoul made entirely from snow.
Wednesday, 4th February 2009
It has finally been confirmed that Hilary Clinton, the new US secretary of state, will visit Japan on February 16th.
Tuesday, 3rd February 2009
Visitors to Japan next month could be in with a chance to see some of the world of sumo wrestling biggest names battling it out at the March Grand Sumo Tournament.
The governments of Japan and Iraq have signed a bilateral agreement aimed at forging closer economic and cultural links between the two nations.
Monday, 2nd February 2009
Mount Asama, which crosses Japan's Gunma and Nagano prefectures, erupted today (February 2nd) at 01.51 local time, it has been reported.
Hilary Clinton, the new US secretary of state, could pay a visit to Japan within the next few weeks, it has emerged.
Friday, 30th January 2009
Japan is among a number of Asian countries who are expected to bid to host the 2018 World Cup, it has been reported.
Japan is a great place to embark on a music-buying excursion, particularly after going to see a gig, it has been claimed.
Thursday, 29th January 2009
Tokyo's Kubuki-za is set to be refurbished to feature new offices on top of a new 2,000-capacity theatre wing.
A new solar power plant is to be constructed near Tokyo as Japan continues to press ahead with its advancement into the global renewable energy market.
The Asia-Pacific 'super series' has been rocked after the Japan Golf Tour Organisation (JGTO) slammed the organisation surrounding the event.
A new health service is being launched by Nintendo for its popular Wii games console.
Wednesday, 28th January 2009
Japanese tennis player Ai Sugiyama and her Slovakian partner Daniela Hantuchova have made it through to the semi-finals of the women's doubles at the Australian Open.
Taro Aso, Japan's prime minister pledged today (January 28th) to create 1.6 million jobs in the country over the next two years.
Courtney Love, the controversial rocker and ex-wife of the late Kurt Cobain, has spoken of her obsession with Japan on MySpace blog.
Tuesday, 27th January 2009
UK fashion chain Burberry Group has announced it intends to open at least 50 new stores across Japan over the next five years.
Visitors to the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation are being invited to go on a unique, three-dimensional journey through space.
Visitors to Japan's famous tuna auctions have been asked to respect the serious business that occurs at what is an increasingly popular tourist attraction.
Monday, 26th January 2009
Three Japanese insurance firms have announced they intend to merge into a single entity, it has emerged.
US singer Janet Jackson, 42, has postponed her tour of Japan citing the global economic downturn as the main reason, it has emerged.
Friday, 23rd January 2009
Two Japanese firms have developed a prototype robot which could be used to apprehend criminals.
Japan launched the first satellite to monitor carbon dioxide emissions today (January 23rd), it has been reported.
Thursday, 22nd January 2009
Survivors of the atomic bombings on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 have expressed their hope that the new president of the US Barack Obama will work towards the goal of a nuclear-free world.
Temples throughout Japan are likely to be packed on April 8th this year as Buddhists celebrate the date on which Buddha is said to have been born.
Wednesday, 21st January 2009
A scientist in Japan has made a breakthrough that could pave the wave for nicotine-free cigarettes.
Travellers visiting Japan may be able to pick up an electronic items or a piece of furniture at a bargain price thanks to the supermarket chain Seiyu.
Tuesday, 20th January 2009
On the day of his historic inauguration, yet more Barack Obama-related news emerges from Japan after new figures show a book of his speeches has become a bestseller in the country.
Monday, 19th January 2009
The government of the Japanese city of Obama has been deluged with gifts from the country's admirers of Barack Obama who will be inaugurated as the 44th president of the US tomorrow (January 20th).
Travellers planning a visit to Tokyo may be glad to learn that the city's Tsukiji fish market has agreed to readmit sightseers.
Friday, 16th January 2009
Japan has strongly condemned a Israeli military attack that badly damaged UN relief aid compound.
The well-known Japanese probiotic drink Yakult could be the ideal thing to help people get back into a healthy eating routine now that the festive period is over, it has been suggested.
Thursday, 15th January 2009
Crime in Japan fell for the sixth consecutive year in 2008, reinforcing the country's image as one of the safest places to go travelling.
Ryo Aono of Japan has claimed victory in World Cup snowboard halfpipe event which took place yesterday (January 14th).
Japan's love of robots in renowned and new sales figures suggest many people are turning to cyber pets to cheer them up during the global economic downturn.
Wednesday, 14th January 2009
Several Japanese baseball legends were elected to the sport's hall of fame yesterday (January 13th).
Rising indie music stars Glasvegas will be performing at Tokyo's Liquid Room on January 20th.
The Irish premier Brian Cowen is currently leading the largest trade delegation in his country's history to Japan, the world's second biggest economy.
Tuesday, 13th January 2009
Pressure is growing on Japanese prime minister Taro Aso after a former reform minister quit the ruling Liberal Democrat party (LDP), it has been reported.
The Fuji Rock Festival is due to take place at the Nauba Ski Resort in Niigata, Japan, this July.
Monday, 12th January 2009
The popularity of the US president-elect in Japan seems to be on the increase, if sales of Obama masks are anything to go by.
Celtic midfielder Shunsuke Nakamura is expected to play in Japan's World Cup qualifier against Australia next month despite suffering from a groin strain at the weekend.
Sections of Japan's ageing population are turning to a diet rich in collagen in an effort to stay youthful, it has emerged.
Sunday, 11th January 2009
An array of up-and-coming designer talent is expected to go on show when Japan Fashion Week takes place in March.
Grand champion sumo wrestler Asashoryu is due to make his return to the rind at this weekend's New Year Grand Sumo Tournament in Tokyo.
Friday, 9th January 2009
Scientists in Japan have announced the first successful cloning of a bull renowned for producing a luxury brand of beef.
Thursday, 8th January 2009
A performer known by some as the Japanese Bob Dylan is appealing for a new guitar after his last one was run over by a market vendor.
The ancient sport of equestrian archery is alive and well in Japan, it has emerged.
Holidaymakers visiting the Senso-ji Temple in Tokyo next month will be able to bid farewell to winter and usher in spring at a traditional Japanese ceremony which will be held on February 3rd.
Wednesday, 7th January 2009
Hamburgers made with local ingredients and culinary specialities are growing in popularity throughout Japan, it has emerged.
Japanese astronaut Satoshi Furukawa has spoken of his excitement about his first trip into space.
A shortage of mocha beans is hitting coffee shops across Japan and forcing them to develop new blends of the beverage to satisfy demand from customers, it has emerged.
Tuesday, 6th January 2009
Japan's monarch, Emperor Akihito, marks two decades on the throne today (January 6th).
The pyrotechnical extravaganza that is the Kushimoto Fire Festival will be taking place on January 25th.
Monday, 5th January 2009
Tuna has soared to an eight-year high on the first day of auction trading in Tokyo, confirming the growing demand for the fish.
Japanese carmakers are currently racing to build a vehicle that emits no carbon dioxide and will be available on the open market, it has emerged.
Friday, 2nd January 2009
Future generations of Japanese are to be encouraged to be fluent in English under new plans from the country's government.
Wednesday, 31st December 2008
Around 60 flights to and from airports in Hokkaido have been cancelled today (December 31st) as a result of heavy snowfall, it has been reported.
Tuesday, 30th December 2008
Ryo Ishikawa, the Japanese teenage golf star, has been named the country's most valuable performer of the year.
Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 has finished 42 per cent down in trading at the end of the year.
Major department stores throughout Japan are trying to tempt shoppers through their doors by promoting so-called 'lucky bags' during the New Year.
Monday, 29th December 2008
Japan-based users of the popular Wii games console will soon be able to order food and watch movies on the device, it has emerged.
The New Year travel plans of thousands of people in Japan were disrupted by a glitch in the computer system on which the country's bullet trains rely.
Wednesday, 24th December 2008
A Swiss-born, bilingual monk is helping foreigners to gain a greater understanding of Buddhism in the sacred area of Koyasan, it has been reported.
Taro Aso, the prime minister of Japan, has ruled out calling a snap general election any time soon.
Brits are being urged to wrap their Christmas presents in the traditional Japanese style - using old pieces of cloth and fabric.
Tuesday, 23rd December 2008
The Tokyo Tower, one of the most potent symbols of Japan's resurgence following the Second World War, celebrates its 50th birthday today (December 23rd).
Japan's emperor Akihito celebrates his 75th birthday today (December 23rd).
Monday, 22nd December 2008
Japanese car giant Toyota expects to make its first full year loss in 67 years, it has announced.
Manchester United added new silverware to their trophy tally at the weekend when they won the Club World Cup in Yokohama.
Friday, 19th December 2008
The Bank of Japan (BOJ) has cut interest rates from 0.3 per cent to 0.1 per cent today (December 19th) in an attempt to stimulate the country's financial system.
Thursday, 18th December 2008
Passengers travelling on Japan's bullet train system from next year will be able to hook up to the internet during their journey.
Japan Airlines has announced it is to be the first carrier in Asia to carry out a test flight using biofuel.
Winter flights between Japan and Alaska have resumed following the intervention of Alaskan governor and former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.
Manchester United have made it through to the final of the Club World Cup Final after defeating Gamba Osaka 5-3 in a classic encounter.
Wednesday, 17th December 2008
The original model of Japan's famous bullet trains has been retired after 44 years of service.
The price of shares in the operator of a Japanese social networking site have soared as they made their debut on Tokyo's stock exchange.
The US is to deploy a dozen F-22 stealth fighter jets to Okinawa in Japan next year, it has been reported.
Tuesday, 16th December 2008
The perilous state of the US car manufacturing industry could have major implications for the Japanese auto sector, it has emerged.
Toshihide Maskawa, the Japanese Nobel physics laureate, has said he intends to bury his medal in the ground.
In news that could validate decades of Les Dawson jokes, new research suggests that living with the in-laws can seriously damage your health, particularly if you are a Japanese woman.
Monday, 15th December 2008
Premier League club Manchester United have received a rapturous reception after touching down in Japan to take part in the Club World Cup.
Friday, 12th December 2008
Japan's land ministry is planning to increase the number of dams in the country by about 100 in order to guard against the possibility of major floods, it has been reported.
Japan's first ever freestyle Olympic gold medalist Ai Shibata has announced her retirement from swimming.
A new 23 trillion yen (£169 billion) package to help stimulate Japan's economy has been announced by prime minister Taro Aso.
Thursday, 11th December 2008
Rail passengers running to catch their trains at Tokyo station will be doing a lot more than just saving time.
Students in Japan may be in for a treat ahead of their entrance examinations as food manufacturers in the country increase the number of so-called "lucky" products, according to the Mainichi Daily News.
A condominium complex's home management body and a number of residents in a Tokyo suburb have filed a lawsuit against a professional shogi player, according to the Associated Press.
Wednesday, 10th December 2008
The emperor of Japan may have to amend his official schedule over the coming weeks as he battles with ill health.
Tuesday, 9th December 2008
Japan's biggest discount carrier Skymark Airlines will get back into profit in the next fiscal year, it been claimed.
Venezuela's Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra (SBYO) will playing before audiences in Japan from December 17th to 19th.
The presence of lean beef on Japanese menus could be on the increase as news emerges that the meat is rising in popularity.
Monday, 8th December 2008
Emperor Akihito, Japan's monarch, resumed his official duties today (December 8th) after last week being diagnosed with an irregular pulse.
Moves are afoot to limit the number of taxis driving around some areas of Japan, it has been revealed.
Saturday, 6th December 2008
A schoolgirl has become the first professional baseball player in Japan after signing a contract with Kobe 9 Cruise.
It has confirmed that next year's Japanese Grand Prix will take place at the country's Suzuka circuit as planned, despite news that Honda is quitting Formula One.
Visitors to the Japanese city of Fukuoka this winter will have numerous delicious options available to them in order to warm their cockles, none more so than a bowl of ramen.
Friday, 5th December 2008
More children born out of wedlock to foreign women and Japanese men will be granted citizenship thanks to a new law that was passed today (December 5th).
A Japanese government official has called for mobile phones to be banned in public schools, claiming they they result in the loss of humanity among those who use them.
Academics at Japan's Shizuoka University have come up with a way to recycle a carbon fibre plastic used in sporting goods, it has been reported.
Thursday, 4th December 2008
A Japanese organisation dedicated to studying toilets throughout the world is urging people to help in the fight against climate change by using less toilet paper.
Yoko Ono is to perform at a charity concert in memory of her late husband, John Lennon, on December 8th.
Masakazu Murakami, a disaster management officer in Miyagi, said the earthquake caused no damage to the area's utilities, such as electricity, gas, water and phone lines.
Visitors to Japan hoping to pick up a fishy purchase may be disappointed.
Toshiba has announced it plans to build its first carbon-capture plant in Japan.
Japan joined forces with around 100 other countries to sign a treaty in Oslo yesterday (December 3rd) banning the use of cluster bombs.
Tuesday, 2nd December 2008
Japanese TV formats are becoming increasingly popular around the world, it has emerged.
Almost half (46 per cent) of Japanese businesses want the government to intervene if the yen continues to rise, a new survey by the Reuters news agency has found.
Visitors to Tokyo on January 18th might want to pay a visit to the Senso-ji Temple to witness the annual Moja Okuri (Driving out the Devil) ceremony.
Monday, 1st December 2008
Stocks and shares fell in Japan as investors braced themselves for key US data later this week.
A Japanese schoolboy has become the youngest player to win 100 million yen (£710,263) in the country's professional golf tour.
Sunday, 30th November 2008
The five year presence of Japan's Self-Defence Force in Iraq is set to come to an end, following the government's decision on Friday (November 29th) to withdraw all such personnel.
Mobile company Nokia has announced that it will discontinue marketing its phones in Japan, with the exception of its luxury Vertu line.
Friday, 28th November 2008
Taro Aso, the occasionally controversial prime minister of Japan, has caused fresh controversy by saying that elderly people are a burden on the taxpayer.
Thursday, 27th November 2008
A price war among IT retailers has seen the cost of computers in Japanese retail outlets being slashed to around 30,000 yen (£200).
Sales of the popular Nintendo Wii computer console in Japan have exceeded the seven million mark, new figures released yesterday (November 26th) show.
Yahoo has been named as the most searched-for word online in Japan for the month of September.
Wednesday, 26th November 2008
Japanese zoo officials who were puzzled at the failure of two polar bears to mate have finally solved the mystery - they are both female.
Japan's third-largest shopping mall opened its doors for the first time today (November 26th) in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture.
Sumo wrestler Ama is celebrating after being promoted to the sport's second-highest rank of ozeki today (November 25th).
Tuesday, 25th November 2008
The appointment of Timothy Geithner as president-elect Barack Obama's Treasury chief has been seen as a positive development from a Japanese perspective.
Holidaymakers planning to spend New Year in Japan will have the opportunity to join the throngs of Japanese natives who will be heading off for the annual day of purification at the country's temples.
Monday, 24th November 2008
Christians from across Japan have gathered to commemorate the killing of 187 Roman Catholics in the 17th century.
Local authorities in Yamanashi Prefecture are proposing to begin charging people to climb Mount Fuji, it has emerged.
Friday, 21st November 2008
A company in Japan has come up with an interesting way to make its operations greener - working outdoors.
Thursday, 20th November 2008
A Japanese director of anime films has said he is somewhat embarrassed by the prime minister's attempts to improve his street credibility by saying he loves the genre.
A Japanese schoolgirl has been accepted into a team in an all-male baseball league, it emerged this week.
A Japanese professor has won a prestigious accolade rewarding his work on the social intelligence of chimpanzees.

Wednesday, 19th November 2008
Although figures from the Japan National Tourist Organisation showed that fewer people had travelled abroad from the Far Eastern country up until September, that may be about to change thanks to the rebound of the yen.
Critically acclaimed Japanese film director Takeshi Kitano has been given a top accolade at a Greek film festival.
Sumo wrestler Hakuho is well on his way to becoming champion of the sport after a successful win at a tournament held in Japan on Wednesday (November 19th).
Tuesday, 18th November 2008
Sumo wrestler Yokozuna Hakuho remains on course for this third consecutive Emperor's Cup at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament after defeating fellow Mongolian Asasekiryu yesterday (November 17th).
Decisions on key legislation in Japan have been brought to an effective standstill by a boycott carried out by the opposition party.
Food lovers might have taken note of this week's award of one of the dining world's most prestigious honours on a number of Tokyo restaurants.
Monday, 17th November 2008
Japan's economy has followed many of those in Europe by officially falling into recession.
One of the largest-scale exhibitions of art by Pablo Picasso is on show at the Suntory Musuem in Tokyo until December 14th.
Friday, 14th November 2008
US singer-songwriter Carole King is to perform at the Tokyo International Forum this month, it has been announced.
Japan's third-biggest car manufacturer Nissan has announced it is to cut production for the second time in as many weeks.
Thursday, 13th November 2008
Japanese prime minister Taro Aso is set to announce the donation of $100 billion to the International Monetary Fund.
Wednesday, 12th November 2008
Greenhouse gas emissions in Japan reached a record high in the 12 months leading up to March, meaning the country could fall short of its Kyoto objectives, it has been reported.
More than 500 homes in the Japanese city of Ota have received free solar panels as part of a government scheme to prevent electricity blackouts.
Tuesday, 11th November 2008
Astronaut Naoko Yamazaki, 37, is due to become the second Japanese woman to go into space, it has been announced.
Crown Princess Masako of Japan participated in an official welcome ceremony for Spanish king Juan Carlos and queen Sofia yesterday (November 10th).
This month sees one of the biggest sumo wrestling events in Japan take place in Tokyo.
The Nikkei 225 stock average fell by three per cent yesterday as the downturn in the US economy affected global markets.
Monday, 10th November 2008
The annual Wankosoba National Tournament took place in the city of Morioka over the weekend.
Friday, 7th November 2008
US fitness expert Billy Blanks is to return to Japan to promote his Billy's Bootcamp in Japan event in Osaka.
In a phone call yesterday (October 6th) with Japan's prime minister Taro Aso, the US president-elect Barack Obama pledged to strengthen ties between the two countries.
Japanese electronic firms Panasonic and Sanyo are in talks about a possible takeover, it has emerged.
Thursday, 6th November 2008
A giant killing has contributed to destroy hopes of a historic treble by J League side Oita Trinita.
The Japanese fishing town of Obama has been celebrating the victory of its namesake in the US presidential election.
Wednesday, 5th November 2008
The man they call the 'Flying Squirrel' has been arrested by police in Japan.
Tuesday, 4th November 2008
The Japanese city of Sapporo experienced its first flurry of snow today (November 4th), according to the Sapporo District Meteorological Observatory.
Public support for the cabinet of Japanese premier Taro Aso has dropped even further, a new poll has found.
Monday, 3rd November 2008
The case for Japan to host the rugby World Cup is gathering momentum, it has been claimed.
Japan's air force chief of staff is to be sacked after controversial remarks he made about the country's role in the second world war.
Friday, 31st October 2008
Works by the artist Akira Ito are currently on display at the Hiratsuka Museum of Art.
Japanese interest rates have been cut for the first time in seven years.
Thursday, 30th October 2008
Whoever wins the US presidential election next week will have to strike a fine diplomatic balance between Japan and China, according to an expert.
Japan has announced a 27 trillion yen (£166 billion) stimulus package for the country's economy.
Wednesday, 29th October 2008
Now could be the best time to bag a bargain while visiting Japan.
A former manager at the Ministry of Defence could be the first transsexual geisha in Japan.
Tuesday, 28th October 2008
Prince Charles has called for a global effort to build a low-carbon society while on a visit to Japan.
The Nikkei, Japan's benchmark stock index, has rebounded by more than six per cent after falling to a 26-year low.
Monday, 27th October 2008
Japan's stock market, the Nikkei, has fallen to a 26-year low, after losing more than six per cent.
Archery enthusiasts visiting Tokyo on November 4th will want to make space in their itinerary for the Meiji Shrine Autumn Festival which takes place in Shibuya Ward.
Friday, 24th October 2008
Torrential rain and thunder storms are expected to hit eastern and northern regions of Japan tonight, the country's meteorological agency has warned.
A tribute to a deceased cartoonist is being held in Japan.
Thursday, 23rd October 2008
Taro Aso, the prime minister of Japan, has rejected criticism of his luxurious, fun-loving lifestyle.
There has been a sharp drop in Japan's trade surplus signalling bad times ahead for the country's economy.
Wednesday, 22nd October 2008
The historic race for the White House has had millions of people all over the world enthralled - and Japan is no exception.
Next month sees the internationally acclaimed art event Design Festa come to Tokyo.
Tuesday, 21st October 2008
The Tokyo International Film Festival (Tiff) has opened in the Japanese capital celebrating this year's theme: "Ecology = Preservation of Earth's Environment".
Japan could help its neo-Stalinist neighbour North Korea dismantle its nuclear programme, a government spokesman has said.
Monday, 20th October 2008
A Japanese delicacy could save millions of people from starvation, it has been claimed.
A new subway line that has been five and half years in the making opened in Osaka yesterday (October 10th).
Approval ratings for Japan's prime minister Taro Aso have slipped to an all-time low of 36 per cent.
Friday, 17th October 2008
Fans of early Italian art can enjoy an exhibition of work by Giotto di Bondone at a Tokyo museum.
A small satellite manufactured by students at the Tokyo Metropolitan College of Industrial Technology is to be launched next year.
A former party chief from the Democratic party feels that the opposition stand a great chance of toppling the current regime.
Thursday, 16th October 2008
The Bank of Japan has said it will offer unlimited free credit in an attempt to inject liquidity into the money markets.
Pilot shows there's life after sumo

A former sumo wrestler has shown there is life outside the ring by becoming a commercial airline pilot.
Wednesday, 15th October 2008
Japan's environment ministry has begun trials of a new points system that rewards people for eco-friendly behaviour.
Japan has some way to go if it is to fully exploit the opportunities that tourism presents, it has been claimed.
Tuesday, 14th October 2008
Jacques Chirac, the former president of France, has thrown his support behind Tokyo's bid for the 2016 Olympic Games.
Japan's Nikkei soared a record 14 per cent by the close of trading on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
Japanese prime minister Taro Aso has said that he is unwilling to allow the country to give energy aid to North Korea.
Monday, 13th October 2008
Public backing for the newly installed Japanese prime minister Taro Aso has fallen to 46 per cent, a new opinion poll published today (October 13th) has found.
Enjoy the Tokyo bath house experience

Visitors to Tokyo who want to experience the traditional side of the city and get clean after a day of sightseeing can do so at the Kamparu-yu Bath House.
Friday, 10th October 2008
All eyes with an interest in gaming have been glued on the goings on at the Tokyo Game Show this week, where some mouth-watering developments have been unveiled.
The Central League baseball title was retained today by the Yomiuri Giants.
Thursday, 9th October 2008
Prince Charles is planning a low-key visit to Japan together with his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, it has emerged.
A Japanese scientist has won the Nobel Prize for chemistry along with his two American colleagues, it has emerged.
Paralysed individuals may soon be able to benefit from a new robotic suit to help them walk again, it has been claimed.
Sumo wrestling champion Yokozuna Asashoryu has pulled out of the autumn tournament in Tokyo, it has emerged.

Wednesday, 8th October 2008
Shoichi Nakagawa, finance minister of Japan, has expressed caution on the recent strength of the yen.
Tuesday, 7th October 2008
Japan must be prepared for a slow and cautious financial climate before the country's economy shows sign of recovery, it has been suggested.
Japanese women are flocking to join local firefighting groups on a voluntary basis, it has emerged.
Monday, 6th October 2008
Japan's prime minister Taro Aso has dismissed talk of a snap election, instead calling for focus on recovering the country's economy.
One of Japan's top sumo wrestlers retired on Sunday before court proceedings begin this week relating to the death of a junior wrestler at his former stable.
Friday, 3rd October 2008
A group of researchers from Japan has scooped the Ig Nobel Prize for weird science.
Thursday, 2nd October 2008
Weather warnings have been kept in place throughout Japan as Tropical Storm Jangmi changes direction and begins to fade.
Japanese beer giant Sapporo Breweries has begun brewing what its calls the world's first "space beer".
Wednesday, 1st October 2008
The Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery is hosting an exhibition of paintings by the legendary artist Hiroshi Asada (1931-97).
A Japanese yachtsman has embarked on a voyage to circumnavigate the world.
Japan has launched a bid to host its first ever rugby World Cup.
Tuesday, 30th September 2008
Overweight dolphins at a marine park in western Japan have been put on a low fat diet after piling on the pounds.
The cream of the motor racing world will be descending on Japan next month when the Formula One grand prix takes place in the country on October 10th.
Monday, 29th September 2008
Japanese people are among the happiest in the world, according to the results of a new poll.
Tokyo is to host an exhibition of Japanese and Iranian art works next month.
Friday, 26th September 2008
The ranks of the Japanese Communist Party (JCP) have been swelled by young workers disillusioned with government policies, it has emerged.
Bike enthusiasts are in for a treat this November when the Japan International Cycle Show takes place at the Tokyo Big Sight.
Thursday, 25th September 2008
More than 260,000 people have applied to run in next year's Tokyo Marathon, it has been reported.
Film stars and movie directors will be converging on Japan next month for the annual Tokyo International Film Festival (Tiff) which takes place from October 18th to 26th.
Wednesday, 24th September 2008
Next month sees a range of annual events taking place in Japan that will give visitors to the country a taste of Japanese culture and custom.
Taro Aso, the newly elected leader of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), has become the new prime minister of Japan.
The AIG Japan Open Tennis Championships take place in Tokyo from September 29th until October 5th.
Tuesday, 23rd September 2008
A rise in the number of people hitting the road in Japan for fun and adventures has led to a surge in sales of a miniature camper van.
Women are to be allowed to serve aboard Japanese destroyers from next year, it has been announced.
Monday, 22nd September 2008
Taro Aso, the outspoken former foreign minister, won a landslide poll to take over from Yasuo Fukuda as leader of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and the next prime minister of Japan.
Friday, 19th September 2008
Tomoji Tanabe, the oldest man in the world, has celebrated his 113th birthday in the Japan.
The Japanese military has successfully shot down a dummy missile in testing of a possible new defence shield.
Thursday, 18th September 2008
Proposals to promote an area of downtown Tokyo as the Japanese capital's very own Chinatown have sparked controversy.
A man has been arrested for hurling fire extinguishers laden with explosives at Japan's Imperial Palace, local police have said.
Wednesday, 17th September 2008
Japan's defence ministry has said it mystified about the appearance of an unidentified submarine off the country's coast.
Heavy rain, flooding and storm surge alerts have been issued as Tropical Storm Sinlaku heads towards to southern Japanese islands of Okinawa and Kyushu.
Tuesday, 16th September 2008
Japanese boxer Nobuo Nashiro has retaken the World Boxing Association (WBA) super flyweight title from fellow countryman Kohei Kono.
Japanese non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have strengthened their international presence in the last few years, it has been claimed.
A Japanese scientific foundation has claimed the world is edging ever closer to en ecological crisis.
Monday, 15th September 2008
The Japanese financial markets closed today in honour of the national holiday, Respect for the Aged Day.