Soccer: Japan's Women Beat S. Korea In 5-goal E. Asian Tourney Thriller

Soccer: Japan's women beat S. Korea in 5-goal E. Asian tourney thriller

Mana Iwabuchi hit a late winner as former women's world champions Japan edged South Korea 3-2 in their opening game of the E-1 Football Championship on Friday night.

Japan were twice pegged back after leading through goals from Mina Tanaka and substitute Emi Nakajima at a rain-hit Fukuda Denshi Arena, but Iwabuchi settled the contest for good in the 83rd minute.

Japan's Para Alpine Skiing Trio Aim To Sweep Podium At Pyeongchang Games

Japan's para Alpine skiing trio aim to sweep podium at Pyeongchang Games

Three Japanese Paralympic medalists are aiming to sweep the podium in the men's para Alpine skiing sitting category at the Pyeongchang Games that kick off in less than 100 days.

Sochi gold medalists Takeshi Suzuki and Akira Kano are on course to defend their titles, while consecutive World Cup overall champion Taiki Morii is looking to claim a Paralympic gold medal for the first time.

Japan's Influence On Author Angela Carter Revealed In New Biography

Japan's influence on author Angela Carter revealed in new biography

A biography of renowned British author Angela Carter sheds new light on the influence Japan had on her writing while also detailing the role she played as a mentor to Nobel Literature Prize Laureate Kazuo Ishiguro.

Carter, an acclaimed author of feminist and magical realist fiction from the 1960s until her early death from lung cancer in 1992, was named in 2008 as the 10th greatest postwar British writer by The Times newspaper, a list that also included Ishiguro at 32nd and "Harry Potter" creator J.K. Rowling at 42nd.

Jenson Button Will Race For Honda In Japan's Super Gt Series Next Year

Jenson Button Will Race For Honda In Japan's Super GT Series Next Year

Having taken the 2017 season off, Jenson Button has announced that in 2018 he will race in the Japanese Super GT series.

The 2009 Formula 1 World Champion is no stranger to the series, as he made his Super GT debut in August and has since reached a deal with Honda to race for the entire 2018 season, which kicks off on April 7-8 at Okayama.

Japan's Supercar Culture Is Unlike Anywhere Else

Japan's Supercar Culture Is Unlike Anywhere Else

The car culture in Japan is unlike anywhere else in the world, filled with locally-produced sports cars, the latest and greatest supercars, and a tuning industry that’s more prolific than anywhere else on earth.

On a recent trip to Japan, New Zealand drifting star Mad Mike decided to create a documentary highlighting Japan’s custom supercar culture and the video is well worth a watch.

U.n. Adopts Japan's Nuke Abolition Motion, But Support Down

U.N. adopts Japan's nuke abolition motion, but support down

The U.N. General Assembly on Monday endorsed a Japanese antinuclear resolution by a wide margin, although fewer countries backed it than in previous years amid perceptions of its backpedaling on disarmament.

The motion, submitted by Japan for the 24th year in a row, was supported by 156 nations, down 11 from last year. It was opposed by the same four nations as last year -- China, North Korea, Russia and Syria -- while 24 abstained, up by eight.

Japan's Whaling Draws Fire For Possible Violation Of Int'l Treaty

Japan's whaling draws fire for possible violation of int'l treaty

Japan was under fire for its "research" whaling in the Northwest Pacific as a possible violation of an international treaty on endangered species, while Tokyo's ivory trading practice was also questioned.

During a five-day meeting of a standing committee on monitoring wildlife trade in Geneva through Friday, Japan drew criticism over its hunting of sei whales in the sea from anti-whaling countries, with Australia pointing out that the research whaling could be for commercial purposes.

Ski Jumping: Japan's Takanashi Misses Chance For World Cup Wins Record

Ski jumping: Japan's Takanashi misses chance for World Cup wins record

Japan's Sara Takanashi missed the chance to set the record for all-time ski jumping World Cup wins at the women's season-opening event in Lillehammer, Norway on Friday, placing fourth.

The 21-year-old from Hokkaido was looking to capture her 54th World Cup title, one better than Austrian men's ski jumper Gregor Schlierenzauer, whose record she had tied in February in South Korea.

Japan's Emperor To Abdicate On April 30, 2019

Japan's emperor to abdicate on April 30, 2019

A special panel to discuss key issues regarding the Japanese imperial family decided Friday to set the date for Emperor Akihito's abdication as April 30, 2019, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said, paving the way for the nation's first imperial succession from a living emperor in about 200 years.

Based on the decision of the Imperial House Council involving lawmakers, the judiciary and imperial family members, Abe's Cabinet is expected to formally approve on or around Dec. 8 a government ordinance setting the octogenarian emperor's abdication date and succession to the throne by his elder son Crown Prince Naruhito on May 1, 2019.

Japan's Longest-serving Town Assembly Member Resigns

Japan's longest-serving town assembly member resigns

An 89-year-old town assembly member in northeastern Japan has resigned after serving for nearly 58 years, the longest in Japan for a town or village assembly member, according to the council secretariat and a national body of local legislature heads.

Hitoshi Tanaka, a male assembly member in Shikama town, Miyagi Prefecture, stepped down Monday due to "personal reasons" including concerns about his health, 26 months before his present four-year term expires, the assembly secretariat said.

Japan's Emperor Welcomes Luxembourg Grand Duke On 90th Anniv. Of Ties

Japan's emperor welcomes Luxembourg grand duke on 90th anniv. of ties

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko held a welcome ceremony for Luxembourg's Grand Duke Henri at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Monday, as the two countries mark the 90th anniversary of diplomatic ties.

During their 15-minute meeting, the 83-year-old emperor asked Luxembourg's head of state, who has visited Japan more than 10 times, about his predecessor and father Jean, according to the Imperial Household Agency.

New Nissan Serena Nismo Arrives On Japan's Roads

New Nissan Serena NISMO Arrives On Japan's Roads

A little over a month after premiering at the Tokyo Motor Show, Japanese sales of the Nissan Serena Nismo have commenced.

Priced from 3,419,280 yen ($30,397), the minivan receives a host of modifications that give it that characteristic Nismo flare and is sure to be popular among Japanese enthusiasts who often love to turn heads with their rides.