With Donald Trump having taken office as U.S. president, Japan and other Asian countries are awaiting a clearer picture of his policy for a region where China, the United States' strategic rival, is increasing its clout.
U.S. President Donald Trump's resolve to kill the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal has knocked out a pillar of Japan's growth strategy, but analysts say the country's best chance at overcoming the setback lies in tapping into the business-oriented mind of Trump himself.
As more foreigners choose Japan as a holiday destination, the country's toilet manufacturers have joined forces in an effort to simplify the sometimes complicated business of washing and drying -- Japanese style. The Japan Sanitary Equipment Industry Association said recently they will introduce eight standardized pictograms for the multifunction toilet seats, including icons depicting warm water washing, drying and seat heating.
A sake brewery with over a century of history has turned to crowdsourcing to help revamp its whisky distillery -- the only one in the Hokuriku region near the Sea of Japan -- and bring in tourists. Wakatsuru Shuzo located in Tonami, Toyama Prefecture, has been raising money via crowdfunding and other sources to refurbish the dilapidated distillery, which has fallen on hard times since the company branched into whisky-making more than 60 years ago.
A fire broke out at an oil refinery in the western Japanese prefecture of Wakayama on Sunday, prompting authorities to urge nearly 3,000 local residents to evacuate, firefighters and local city officials said.
Japan's ambassador to South Korea will remain in Japan for some time, government sources said Thursday, as Seoul has yet to do anything to address Tokyo's concern about the erection of a statue in Busan memorializing Korean women forced to work in Japan's wartime brothels.
An All Nippon Airways (ANA) plane overshot the runway at New Chitose Airport here while landing at around noon on Jan. 19, plowing into nearby snow. According to the Chitose fire department, no injuries were reported among the 25 passengers and crew aboard Flight 1831 out of Akita.
Novelist Sumito Yamashita has won the prestigious Akutagawa Prize for up-and-coming authors, while the Naoki Prize for popular fiction has been awarded to writer Riku Onda, the selection committee said Thursday. Yamashita, 50, who also leads a theater troupe, won the 156th prize for his autobiographical novel "Shinsekai" (New World), which is based on his experience of joining an acting school.
Akira Ishikawa often uses his restored classic cars and motorcycles to spice up dates with his wife. His sweetheart, however, thinks that his hobby has gotten out of control. But Ishikawa, 69, has no intention of stopping.
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has pledged to work for peace and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region. He made the comment during a speech he gave in Hanoi, at the end of a tour to the Philippines, Australia, Indonesia and Vietnam.
There was no letup in Japan's snowy spell on Jan. 16 as frigid temperatures gripped the country, with the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) projecting continued snowfall until the winter pressure system weakens on the afternoon of Jan. 17. The agency warned of damage to transportation systems and icy roads, and called on people to exercise caution when clearing snow.
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has been forced to conduct another survey of the Toyosu wholesale market site that is due to replace the capital's Tsukiji market, after levels of toxic chemicals far exceeding environmental standards were recently detected in groundwater at the site.
A 21-year-old former Nagoya University student on trial for a murder and poisoning former classmates, among other accusations, denied that she didn't care if the victims died when she gave them the poison, as her hearing began at the Nagoya District Court here on Jan. 16.