Figure Skating: Hanyu, Uno Keep Japan On Top At Team Trophy

Figure skating: Hanyu, Uno keep Japan on top at Team Trophy

A one-two finish by Yuzuru Hanyu and Shoma Uno allowed Japan to maintain its lead at the International Team Trophy on Friday, the event's second day.

Hanyu, the world champion, bounced back from a poor short program on Thursday to win the men's free skate with 200.49 points, while Uno nearly matched him with 198.49. After two days, Japan lead the competition with 81 points ahead of the United States (78) with Russia third on 74.

One Ok Rock To Make Guest Appearance At Linkin Park's Japan Concert

ONE OK ROCK to make guest appearance at LINKIN PARK's Japan concert

ONE OK ROCK will be making a guest appearance at LINKIN PARK's Japan concert to be held later this year. 

LINKIN PARK, who will be visiting Japan for the first time in four years, is scheduled to perform at Makuhari Messe on November 2, 4, and 5. ONE OK ROCK will perform at all three concerts for 60 minutes each. 

Japan Posts 1st Full-year Trade Surplus In 6 Years

Japan posts 1st full-year trade surplus in 6 years

Jiji PressTOKYO (Jiji Press) — Japan posted a customs-cleared trade surplus of ¥4.01 trillion in fiscal 2016, which ended last month, enjoying the first fiscal-year black ink since the March 2011 massive earthquake and tsunami, government data showed Thursday.

Japan's trade surplus with the United States shrank 8.2 percent from the previous year to ¥6.63 trillion, the Finance Ministry said in a preliminary report.

Japan, Australia '2+2' Discuss N.korea Threat

Japan, Australia '2+2' discuss N.Korea threat

The foreign and defense ministers of Japan and Australia have agreed to boost their cooperation with the United States due to their region's worsening security environment.

Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and Defense Minister Tomomi Inada met their Australian counterparts Julie Bishop and Marise Payne on Thursday in Tokyo in ministerial talks known as 2+2.

Japan, Australia Hold Security Talks To Discuss N. Korea Threats

Japan, Australia hold security talks to discuss N. Korea threats

Japan and Australia convened ministerial security talks Thursday to discuss ways to strengthen coordination in response to North Korea's nuclear and missile threats and China's maritime assertiveness.

In the so-called "two-plus-two" talks in Tokyo, the defense and foreign ministers of the two countries are also set to confirm cooperation with their mutual security ally, the United States, in addressing the pressing security challenges in the Asia-Pacific region, Japanese officials said.

Japan Student Sets Sights On Sea Adventures After Feats On Land

Japan student sets sights on sea adventures after feats on land

Japanese student Marin Minamiya has set her sights on sea adventures after achieving the Explorers Grand Slam by reaching the North and South poles as well as scaling the world's seven highest mountains.

"I feel happy," Minamiya, 20, told reporters in Tokyo on April 19 after she reached the North Pole on April 13, the final destination in the grand slam. "I will try globetrotting by sea routes next" and help children in need in the countries she visits, Minamiya said.

On 'inemuri' And The Possibility Of An Expat Napping On The Job In Japan

On 'inemuri' and the possibility of an expat napping on the job in Japan

Even a fleeting amount of time spent ‘in country’ should be enough to reveal that our Japanese hosts have an astonishing ability to sleep where they can be stationary for a minute or two. This might be stood on a packed train, swaying and shaking to the movement of the carriage, or even on some patch of cold and unforgiving street side concrete.  (It shouldn’t be so alarming to see a ‘salaryman’ reclined, say, on a less than discrete ledge.)  At home, the passer by might be concerned enough to check for signs of life.  Here, sleeping salaryman will at best command a cursory glance.  Sleeping on the trains can perhaps be put down to a Spartan session at the office rather than some kind of conscientious power nap.  While the same may also be said about the doing so on the street, one is tempted to speculate that alcohol was involved to some degree, although the daylight hour can be a cause for concern.

A recent tweet jumped out revealing a great deal about the culture of sleep in Japan.  At least the outsider’s interpretation of it.  Composer of said tweet was remarking that a colleague (a fellow expat) had sufficiently assimilated to working life in Japan such that they felt it acceptable to fall asleep at the office.  Now, thoughts of Japan’s workforce getting some shut eye while they’re on duty might be hard to conjure.  If we think we know anything about the Japanese before spending any time here, it’s that they have an extraordinary capacity for work.  This is hard to question if we take the indicator of work capacity as being time spent at the office, so it comes as a surprise to read about a culture of sleep that has found its way out of the bedroom and onto the desk.  

Figure Skating: Uno Leads Japan At Team Trophy

Figure skating: Uno leads Japan at Team Trophy

Shoma Uno won the men's short program, pushing Japan into a narrow lead at the International Team Trophy on Thursday despite a world-record score from Russian women's world champ Evgenia Medvedeva.

Uno just barely failed to match his personal best short program with 103.53 points but it was enough to leave him top of the men's field in the six-nation competition at Yoyogi Gymnasium. World champion Yuzuru Hanyu, however, flubbed his lines in the short program for the second straight competition and finished seventh among 12 skaters with 83.51.

Japanese Peacekeepers To S.sudan Return To Japan

Japanese peacekeepers to S.Sudan return to Japan

The first batch of Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force personnel withdrawing from a UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan have returned to Japan.

A plane carrying about 70 members of a GSDF engineering unit arrived at an airport in Japan's northern city of Aomori before noon on Wednesday. They mostly belong to a division headquartered in Aomori and were greeted by senior GSDF officers and others.

Series Of Film Shorts Screened On The Largest Led Display In Japan

Series of film shorts screened on the largest LED display in Japan

A series of short films created by an international cast of actors and directors is currently being screened on Japan's largest LED display in Shinjuku, Tokyo.  In a celebration of the film short, Shinjuku Cinema Square 21 by ShortShorts will see five works screened until mid-May on the Yunika Vision (ユニカビジョン) screen, not far from the east exit of Shinjuku Station.  Each film short is scheduled to run for one week, with screenings every night at 9 pm.  

Shinjuku Cinema Square 21 opens with 2011's 'Pitch Black Heist' (Japanese title: 暗闇の金庫 / Kurayami no Kinko) starring Academy Award nominated actor Michael Fassbender. In the short, two professional safe crackers (played by Fassbender and co-star Liam Cunningham) come together on a job which goes south when a light-sensitive alarm system results in the pair having to work in the pitch dark.

Japan Fugitive Accused Of Fraud Nabbed After Extradition From Thailand

Japan fugitive accused of fraud nabbed after extradition from Thailand

A woman wanted by local police in southern Japan for operating an illegal investment scheme was arrested Wednesday after being extradited from Thailand.

Setsuko Yamabe, 62, a native of Kumamoto Prefecture, was placed under arrest by Kumamoto Prefectural Police shortly before arrival by plane at Haneda airport in Tokyo.

Initial Lexus Lc Orders In Japan Exceed Three Year Sales Goal

Initial Lexus LC Orders in Japan Exceed Three Year Sales Goal

The 2018 Lexus LC is already a big hit in Japan — pre-orders for the new flagship coupe have reached 1,800 units, or 3,600% higher than the sales goal of 50 units a month. The split between the LC 500 & LC 500h is approximately 55/45.

For perspective, in the unlikely event that Lexus does not increase production to match demand and all orders are honored, the waiting list for the LC coupe in Japan is now three years long.

Japan, Us, Agree To Promote Economic Dialogue

Japan, US, agree to promote economic dialogue

Japan and the United States have agreed to promote dialogue in three areas, including common strategies in trade and investment rules, and to hold their second economic dialogue by the end of this year.

Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso and US Vice President Mike Pence held a news conference on Tuesday after their first economic dialogue in Tokyo.