Japan’s ruling party wants women – not their views – at meetings

Liberal Democratic Party proposes allowing female legislators join key party meetings as observers, amid growing complaints over sexism. After a sexism row sparked by Tokyo Olympics chief’s saying women talked too much at meetings, Japan’s ruling party has said it wants women to attend key meetings – but only if they do not talk. Under […]

Syringe shortage hampers Japan’s COVID-19 vaccination drive

Government issues urgent requests for more syringes for the inoculation drive that begins on Wednesday. Fears are growing in Japan – where an inoculation drive against COVID-19 will begin on Wednesday – that millions of doses of Pfizer vaccine could be wasted because of a shortage of special syringes that maximise the number of shots […]

Japan’s economy performed better than expected in last quarter

Japan’s recovery from its worst post-war recession slowed in the fourth quarter, a sign that households and companies have yet to fully shake off the economic hit from the coronavirus pandemic, although the pace of growth was stronger than expected. The data underscores the challenge policymakers face in keeping the economy afloat amid emergency measures […]

Japan’s Growth Rebounds, but Virus-Related Weakness Looms

This fall, while many consumers in the West sheltered in place, people in Japan were traveling, eating out and going to movies. One film, “Demon Slayer: Mugen Train,” set a domestic box-office record, outpacing the former champion in a few short months. Government subsidies for travel lifted domestic tourism, although such travel may have also […]

In Pictures: Strong quake off Japan’s Fukushima

A magnitude 7.3 earthquake off Japan’s Fukushima coast has injured dozens of people, nearly 10 years after the eastern region was hit by a huge quake that sparked a tsunami and nuclear meltdown. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said on Sunday that no deaths had so far been reported after the late-night quake, which did not […]

Blackouts, injuries as quake hits off Japan’s Fukushima coast

A magnitude 7.3 earthquake has struck off Japan’s east coast, rattling a region hit by a powerful 2011 quake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown just weeks before the disaster’s 10th anniversary. The earthquake on Saturday produced powerful shaking along the coast and was felt strongly in the capital, Tokyo, but triggered no tsunami alert. Its epicentre […]

Japan’s Suga insists delayed Tokyo Olympics will go ahead in 2021

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga began 2021 promising that the delayed Tokyo Olympics would go ahead in July, even as Japan contends with a surge in coronavirus cases and the rising cost of an event that is becoming increasingly unpopular with the public. “The Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games will be held this summer,” Suga […]

Demon Slayer becomes Japan’s top-grossing movie

Animated tale of a boy fighting human-eating demons that murdered his family takes in $313.7m over two months. Demon Slayer, the animated tale of a boy fighting human-eating demons that murdered his family, has shattered a nearly 20-year record to become Japan’s top-grossing movie, its distributor said on Monday. The film, based on a popular […]

Japan’s Shinzo Abe apologises over ‘cherry blossom’ scandal

Ex-PM says he was unaware that his office had subsidised cherry blossom viewing parties for his supporters. Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has apologised for what he said were mistakes regarding unreported political funds involving as much as 30 million yen ($289,807) and corrected statements he had made in parliament over the issue. Abe […]

Japan’s Prime Minister Apologizes Over Scandal Tarring His Term

TOKYO — Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga of Japan apologized on Thursday for what he said were unintentionally false statements about a political spending scandal that has tarred the first months of his administration. The apology came hours after Japanese prosecutors said they would seek to fine an aide to Shinzo Abe, the former prime minister, […]

Japan’s Hayabusa2 delivers rock samples from asteroid Ryugu

Japan’s space agency has retrieved a capsule carrying the first rock samples from beneath the surface of an asteroid that scientists say could provide clues to the origin of the solar system and life on our planet. The spacecraft Hayabusa2 released the small capsule on Saturday and sent it towards Earth to deliver samples from […]

Japan’s Journey to an Asteroid Ends With a Hunt in Australia’s Outback

Japan’s space agency is nearing the end of a journey of discovery that aims to shed light on the earliest eons of the solar system and possibly provide clues about the origins of life on Earth. But first, it is going to have to go on a scavenger hunt in the Australian outback. This weekend, […]