On-site Inspection Begins At Kyoto Anime Studio

On-site inspection begins at Kyoto anime studio

Police officers and firefighters have begun inspecting the site of an arson attack that killed 33 people in Kyoto, western Japan.

Police and fire department vehicles arrived at the Kyoto Animation studio around 9 a.m. on Friday. Investigators are inspecting the three floors of the building.

Hayabusa2 Probe Begins Descent Onto Asteroid

Hayabusa2 probe begins descent onto asteroid

Japan's space agency says the Hayabusa2 probe has begun its descent onto an asteroid. It is attempting a groundbreaking mission to collect rock samples from beneath the surface of an asteroid.

At around 10:46 a.m. Japan time, the Hayabusa2 started its descent from an altitude of 20,000 meters onto the asteroid Ryugu.

Party Leaders Appeal For Votes As Campaign Begins

Party leaders appeal for votes as campaign begins

Official campaigning is underway in Japan's Upper House election set for July 21st. It may prove to be

a barometer of public opinion on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's six and a half years in power.

Leaders Appeal For Votes As Campaign Begins

Leaders appeal for votes as campaign begins

Official campaigning is underway in Japan's Upper House election set for July 21. It may prove to be a barometer of public opinion on the current administration's six and a half years in power.

The ruling coalition consists of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic Party and its junior partner, Komeito.

Campaigning For Upper House Election Begins

Campaigning for Upper House election begins

Candidates for Japan's Upper House election are officially kicking off their campaigns, with voting set for July 21.

The election may prove to be a barometer of public opinion on the current administration's six and a half years in power.

State Banquet Begins

State banquet begins

A state banquet in honor of US President Donald Trump and the First Lady has started.

Trump is the first foreign leader to be welcomed by Emperor Naruhito since he took the throne at the start of the month.

Cormorant Fishing Season Begins On Nagara River

Cormorant fishing season begins on Nagara River

Tourists gathered at the Nagara River in central Japan on Saturday to witness the season's opening of traditional fishing using trained waterfowl.

Fishermen in the city of Gifu use cormorants to catch sweetfish in a tradition dating back more than 1,300 years.

Climbing Season Begins For Japan's Kamikochi

Climbing season begins for Japan's Kamikochi

Climbing season is open on the scenic Kamikochi plateau, one of Japan's most popular alpine destinations.

About 3,500 people gathered on Saturday in Kamikochi, Nagano Prefecture. They attended an annual ceremony marking the start of the mountaineering season.

Undersea Search Begins For Asdf Fighter Jet

Undersea search begins for ASDF fighter jet

Japan's Defense Ministry says an undersea search has begun for an Air Self-Defense Force fighter jet that crashed off Aomori Prefecture on Tuesday.

Debris from the F-35A was found on Wednesday morning, but the pilot remains missing.

Osaka Mint Begins Cherry Blossom Viewing Event

Osaka mint begins cherry blossom viewing event

On Tuesday, the day a redesign of Japan's banknotes was announced, thousands of people are flocking to a cherry blossom viewing event at the Japan Mint.

The annual event at the headquarters of the mint in Osaka, western Japan, dates back more than 130 years.

Vote Counting Begins In Japan's Local Elections

Vote counting begins in Japan's local elections

Ballot counting is just getting underway in Japan.
Thousands of seats are up for grabs across the country, including for governors, mayors and local assembly members.

National parties have campaigned fiercely framing the local elections as a bellwether for Upper House elections this summer.

Hayabusa2 Begins Descent To Make Artificial Crater

Hayabusa2 begins descent to make artificial crater

Japanese space probe Hayabusa2 is making a descent toward the asteroid Ryugu in a new mission to create an artificial crater for a study of the celestial body's interior. The asteroid is located 340 million kilometers from Earth.

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, says the probe began its descent toward Ryugu from an altitude of 20,000 meters at around 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, Japan time.

Japan's New Era 'lighty Salted': Rush Begins To Cash In On Reiwa

Japan's new era 'lighty salted': Rush begins to cash in on Reiwa

The start of the new era is still a month away, but businesses are already jumping aboard the "Reiwa" bandwagon with new products, including candies, potato chips, chopsticks and a board game, to capitalize on consumers' celebratory mood.

Within minutes after the April 1 announcement of a new era name, confectioners started kneading and pulling sugary dough to hand-craft a commemorative version of "Kintaro ame" candies at Kintaroame Honten in Tokyo's Taito Ward.