Activist Fund Pressures Japan's Softbank

Activist fund pressures Japan's SoftBank

A powerful activist investor has built a stake in SoftBank Group, potentially pressing the Japanese tech giant to make changes to boost its share value.

US media say Elliott Management has amassed a 2.5-billion-dollar-stake in SoftBank Group.That's about 3 percent of the Japanese firm's shares.

Japan's Transport Ministry Monitors Cruise Ships

Japan's transport ministry monitors cruise ships

Officials at Japan's transport ministry say they have talked by phone with five Japanese nationals on board the cruise ship, Westerdam.

The ship was refused permission to dock at several destinations including Japan after leaving Hong Kong amid fears of the spreading coronavirus.

Japan's Olympic, Paralympic Uniforms Unveiled

Japan's Olympic, Paralympic uniforms unveiled

The uniforms that Japanese athletes will wear for the opening ceremonies and other official events of the Summer Olympics and Paralympics were unveiled at an event in Tokyo on Thursday.

Six athletes appeared in the uniforms for the opening ceremonies. The uniform comprises a white jacket and a red skirt or trousers. The colors are based on Japan's national flag.

Japan's Justice Ministry Refutes 'hostage Justice'

Japan's Justice Ministry refutes 'hostage justice'

Japan's Justice Ministry has responded to criticism of the country's criminal justice system by offering a point-by-point explanation on its website.

A section on frequently asked questions features 14 questions and answers in Japanese and English.

Japan's Diet Convenes Ordinary Session

Japan's Diet convenes ordinary session

The Japanese Diet convened its ordinary session on Monday. The governing and opposition parties are expected to hold heated debates, as the opposition camp is set to step up an offensive over scandals, including an alleged bribery case over planned integrated resorts.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will address the plenary session of both houses in the afternoon.

Japan's Justice Minister Refutes Ghosn

Japan's justice minister refutes Ghosn

Japan's justice minister says former Nissan Motor Chairman Carlos Ghosn's criticism of Japan's justice system was mostly abstract, unclear or baseless.

Masako Mori rebutted Ghosn's remarks in a news conference shortly after 9 a.m. Japan time on Thursday.

Japan's Princess Kako Turns 25

Japan's Princess Kako turns 25

Japan's Princess Kako, the second daughter of Crown Prince and Crown Princess Akishino, turned 25 on Sunday.

Princess Kako graduated from International Christian University in Tokyo last spring. She took part in various activities over the past year, including ceremonies related to Emperor Naruhito's accession to the throne.

Japan's Anime Market Hits Record High

Japan's anime market hits record high

Japan's anime market hit a record high in 2018 for the 6th consecutive year. Overseas markets accounted for nearly half of the total.

The Association of Japanese Animations determines the annual market size by surveying sales figures for about 150 animation-related companies in Japan.

Koizumi Highlights Japan's Efforts At Cop25

Koizumi highlights Japan's efforts at COP25

Japan's Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi has highlighted the country's efforts to tackle global warming at the UN climate conference in Madrid.

Koizumi took part in a ministerial-level meeting that began on Tuesday at the COP25 summit.