Unicef: Japanese Dads Spurn Childcare Leave

UNICEF: Japanese dads spurn childcare leave

UNICEF says Japan offers generous childcare leave for fathers, but very few use it. The UN body says the country's labor shortage and workplace culture is to blame.

The United Nations Children's Fund released a report on Thursday on "family-friendly policies" in 41 industrialized countries.

Heavy Rains Leave Climbers Stranded In Yakushima

Heavy rains leave climbers stranded in Yakushima

More than 260 hikers are stranded on a mountain in southern Japan after record rainfall.

Officials in Yakushima Town, Kagoshima Prefecture, say at least 262 people who were descending the mountain on Saturday became stranded after landslides and fallen trees blocked roads.

Alonso To Leave Toyota Wec Team After 24 Hours Of Le Mans

Alonso to leave Toyota WEC team after 24 Hours of Le Mans

LONDON — Fernando Alonso will be replaced by New Zealander Brendon Hartley in the Toyota World Endurance Championship (WEC) team after the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June, the Japanese manufacturer announced on Wednesday. Toyota said Formula One two-time champion Alonso "will explore new motorsport adventures within the Toyota Gazoo Racing family." No details were given, but the Spaniard recently tested a Toyota Dakar Rally car in South Africa. The next edition of that race will be held in Saudi Arabia in January 2020. Alonso won Le Mans with Toyota last year and will be trying to win the Indianapolis 500 with McLaren later this month to become only the second driver to complete the so-called "Triple Crown of Motorsport." "Now is a good time to take on new challenges, and there are many interesting opportunities to explore within Toyota Gazoo Racing," said the 37-year-old, who left Formula One last year. "We still have two important races remaining as we are still in the fight to become WEC World Champions, and I will be pushing hard to win both of them." Hartley won Le Mans with Porsche in 2017 and is a two-time World Endurance champion. He raced in Formula One with Toro Rosso last year. "I believe I am returning to WEC an even stronger driver following my experience in Formula One," he said. The 2019-20 WEC season starts at Silverstone on Sept. 1 and runs to Le Mans on June 14, 2020.

Abe To Leave For Tour Of Europe, Us, Canada

Abe to leave for tour of Europe, US, Canada

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is leaving on Monday for a tour of Europe and North America in preparation for the G20 summit to be held in Osaka in June.

The prime minister will visit France, Italy, Slovakia, Belgium, the United States and Canada and meet with the leaders of those countries.

Why Did Ghosn Leave Detention In Disguise?

Why did Ghosn leave detention in disguise?

Former Nissan Motor chairman Carlos Ghosn walked out of detention wearing work clothes, a cap and a surgical mask after he was released on bail on Wednesday.

Sources say Ghosn's lawyers told the detention house that they wanted him dressed in a work uniform and driven away in a small van.

Abe To Leave For Russia To Meet Putin

Abe to leave for Russia to meet Putin

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to leave for Russia on Monday for talks with President Vladimir Putin.

Abe is determined to promote discussions on signing a peace treaty that would include a solution to the issue of four Russian-held islands.

Osaka Officials Leave For Paris For 2025 Expo

Osaka officials leave for Paris for 2025 Expo

Top Osaka officials have left for Paris, France, to rally support for their bid to host the 2025 World Expo.

Osaka Governor Ichiro Matsui and Osaka mayor Hirofumi Yoshimura left Kansai International Airport for the French capital on Monday.

Yuimetal To Leave Babymetal


It's been announced that YUIMETAL (Scream, Dance) will be leaving BABYMETAL. SU-METAL (Vo, Dance) and MOAMETAL (Scream, Dance) will continue their activities as a two-member group. 

YUIMETAL had been taking a break from her activities after not participating in the group's live at Hiroshima Green Arena last December due to poor health. The members and staff had been supporting her to make a comeback at their upcoming Japan tour 'BABYMETAL WORLD TOUR 2018 in JAPAN,' which starts on October 23, but YUIMETAL has decided to leave the group. 

Six Members To Leave Ebisu Muscats

Six members to leave Ebisu Muscats

Ebisu Muscats will hold a live called 'Fuyu no Sotsugyoushiki ~Ittokukedo Watashitachi Zutto Muscats Sukidakara SP~' on December 15 at Stella Ball in Tokyo. 

The following six members will graduate after this live: Kamisaki Shiori, Kogawa Iori, Su-bu, Tamori Misaki, Natsume Hanami, and Minato Riku. A total of 37 members are scheduled to perform at this concert to see off the graduating members.

Abe To Leave For Us To Meet Trump

Abe to leave for US to meet Trump

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is to visit the United States to reaffirm close cooperation ahead of President Donald Trump's summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Abe is to leave Tokyo on Wednesday afternoon and will meet Trump on Thursday in Washington.

Prince, Princess Akishino Leave For Hawaii

Prince, Princess Akishino leave for Hawaii

Japan's Prince and Princess Akishino have left for Hawaii, where they'll commemorate the 150th anniversary of Japanese immigration to the islands.

A plane carrying the couple took off from Narita Airport near Tokyo on Monday night.

Yajima Akiko To Leave Her Role In Crayon Shin-chan

Yajima Akiko to leave her role in Crayon Shin-chan

On June 1, it was announced that voice actress Yajima Akiko will be leaving the role of Nohara Shinnosuke in anime 'Crayon Shin-chan.'

Yajima has been in charge of the voice of Shinnosuke since the anime started on April 13, 1992. Her last episode will be June 29, and it hasn't been decided who will take her place.