Trial Tour Of Russia-held Islands Begins

Trial tour of Russia-held islands begins

A group of Japanese people has begun a trial sightseeing tour of two of the four Russian-held islands claimed by Japan.

The Japanese government organized the first tour of its kind as part of efforts to promote joint economic activities by Japan and Russia on the four islands.

Question And Answer Session Begins In The Diet

Question and answer session begins in the Diet

Party leaders took to the podium to raise questions about Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's policy speech in the Lower House session on Monday.

Opposition Constitutional Democratic Party leader Yukio Edano led off the session by raising the payoff scandal involving Kansai Electric Power Company.

Ohtani Begins Rehabilitation After Knee Surgery

Ohtani begins rehabilitation after knee surgery

Shohei Ohtani of the Major League Baseball team, the Los Angeles Angels, has begun rehabilitation three days after undergoing knee surgery.

Ohtani had the operation in Los Angeles on Friday. He had experienced pain in his left knee this season.

Kddi Begins Operating Base Station Ship Off Chiba

KDDI begins operating base station ship off Chiba

A Japanese telecom company has begun operating a vessel that enables people to use mobile phone services in typhoon-hit Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo.

Mobile phone services remain unavailable across the southern and other parts of the prefecture, partly due to massive power outages caused by Typhoon Faxai. The storm struck the greater Tokyo area a week ago.

Danjiri Festival Begins In Kishiwada

Danjiri Festival begins in Kishiwada

Crowds have crammed into Kishiwada City in Osaka Prefecture, western Japan, to cheer on teams of men as they raced 4-ton festival floats through the streets.

The Kishiwada Danjiri festival began more than 300 years ago as an annual offering to the gods, held in the hope it would deliver a plentiful autumn harvest.

Japan-s.korea Exchange Event Begins In Seoul

Japan-S.Korea exchange event begins in Seoul

An annual Japan-Korea exchange festival has begun in Seoul amid worsening ties between the countries.

Children from both countries celebrated the opening of the 15th edition of the festival on Sunday. They took to the stage and sang songs of their countries together.

Aomori Nebuta Float Festival Begins

Aomori Nebuta float festival begins

One of Japan's most popular summer festivals began on Friday in the northern city of Aomori.

The annual Aomori Nebuta Festival features a procession of colorful floats called Nebuta that depict historic warriors.

Diet Renovation Begins For Barrier-free Access

Diet renovation begins for barrier-free access

Workers began renovating Japan's Upper House to accommodate two new lawmakers who rely on large motorized wheelchairs.

Yasuhiko Funago and Eiko Kimura won seats in the July 21 Upper House election. Both represent a new party called Reiwa Shinsengumi. Funago has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, while Kimura can hardly move her limbs.

One-year Countdown To Tokyo Olympics Begins

One-year countdown to Tokyo Olympics begins

Wednesday marks one year until the start of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, with preparations for the event progressing on schedule.

Japan will welcome people from around the world from July 24 to August 9 next year for its first summer Olympics since 1964. Over the course of 17 days, thousands of athletes will compete in a record 339 events across 33 sports.

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.

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.