Moomin Theme Park Opens Near Tokyo

Moomin theme park opens near Tokyo

A theme park based on the popular Moomin series of children's books has opened in Saitama Prefecture, north of Tokyo.

A long line of people, including young visitors dressed as Moomin characters, formed before Saturday's opening. The park is located beside a lake in the city of Hanno.

Trial Opens For Ex-moritomo Gakuen Chief

Trial opens for ex-Moritomo Gakuen chief

A former school operator in western Japan has pleaded not guilty to charges of defrauding the central government through subsidies related to construction of an elementary school.

Former Moritomo Gakuen president Yasunori Kagoike and his wife Junko were indicted for defrauding the government, Osaka Prefecture and Osaka City, both in western Japan, out of about 1.5 million dollars in subsidies related to the school and its kindergarten.

Boating Season In Kumano-gawa Opens

Boating season in Kumano-gawa opens

Visitors and religious figures have marked the start of an annual riverboat season in western Japan.

A purification ceremony took place on Saturday on the Kumano-gawa River in Wakayama Prefecture. The river is part of the Kumano UNESCO World Heritage site.

Japan's Diet Opens Ordinary Session

Japan's Diet opens ordinary session

The Japanese Diet opens its ordinary session on Monday. The ruling and opposition parties are expected to hold heated discussions on several issues, including faulty labor surveys.

An opening ceremony is to be held with Emperor Akihito in attendance. This will be followed by a policy speech by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a plenary session of both houses.

Wetland Train Service Opens In Hokkaido

Wetland train service opens in Hokkaido

A railway operator in northern Japan has launched an annual steam locomotive service in the eastern part of Hokkaido Prefecture.

Hokkaido Railway Company operates the steam locomotive, commonly referred to as the Winter Wetlands line, that makes one roundtrip journey every day between Kushiro and Shibecha Stations.

Anime News: Kadokawa Opens Ej Anime Theater In Tokyo's Shinjuku

ANIME NEWS: Kadokawa opens EJ Anime Theater in Tokyo's Shinjuku

Kadokawa Corp. has opened a cinema specializing in anime in Tokyo's Shinjuku district that is described as Japan's only movie-showing facility equipped with a cafe and gallery space.

The EJ Anime Theater, which opened on Dec. 22, was remodeled from the Kadokawa Cinema Shinjuku, which reopened on July 28 as an anime theater.

A New Japanese Marketplace Opens In Brooklyn

A New Japanese Marketplace Opens in Brooklyn

Japan Village can claim the title of food anchor for the collection of enterprises that have settled into the Industry City development in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. It's a combination marketplace for food products and group of mostly casual dining spots spread over 20,000 square feet. Japan Village's koi logo is splashed, graffiti-like over the outside of the building facing Third Avenue. Tony Yoshida--who owns the Sunrise Mart Japanese markets and the Michelin-starred Kyo Ya kaiseki restaurant in the East Village, its spinoff Autre Kyo Ya, and other spots, with his son, Takuya, and daughter, Erina--has created this one-stop Japanese culinary destination. You may not need to schlep to Sunset Park for another bowl of ramen, but you just might be drawn first to gawk, then to munch on a bowl of katsu-don or a takoyaki octopus balls before buying freshly made tofu and yuba, sliced lotus root, some imported Japanese Wagyu or a gift-worthy bottle of Japanese whiskey to take home.


Walmart Opens Its First Online Store In Japan With Rakuten

Walmart Opens Its First Online Store In Japan With Rakuten

Walmart has announced the launch of its first online store in Japan. It has teamed up with local tech giant Rakuten for this purpose. The first e-commerce store titled Walmart Rakuten Ichiba Store has been opened on the Rakuten Ichiba internet shopping mall. The collaboration combines Walmart’s expertise in delivering U.S. branded products and Rakuten’s dominant position in the online market to bring new shopping experiences to customers in Japan.

This digital store follows the strategic alliance between Rakuten and Walmart earlier this year.
Japanese consumers will be able to access a wide variety of high quality U.S. branded products through this online store. The products include outdoor goods, toys, and fashion apparel. There will be around 1,200 products from many prestigious brands available on the store initially.

Meeting On Nuclear Disarmament Opens In Nagasaki

Meeting on nuclear disarmament opens in Nagasaki

International experts are discussing nuclear disarmament at a meeting hosted by the Japanese government. Many participants expressed concern about a US plan to leave the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia.

The third meeting of the Group of Eminent Persons opened in Nagasaki on Wednesday. The southwestern Japanese city suffered an atomic bombing during World War Two.

First E-sport Facility In Hokkaido Opens

First e-sport facility in Hokkaido opens

A gaming center exclusively for the increasingly popular e-sports has opened in Hokkaido. It's the first of its kind in Japan's northern-most prefecture.

The new facility opened on Friday in an amusement area in the Susukino district of Sapporo City. It has 23 state-of-the-art game machines. Many customers turned out for the opening day.

Film Festival Showing Japanese Anime Opens In La

Film festival showing Japanese anime opens in LA

A festival of animated films from Japan has opened in the US city of Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles Anime Film Festival is sponsored in part by the Japan External Trade Organization. The organizers say the annual event, launched last year, is North America's biggest film festival featuring Japanese animations.