Japan has an ambitious plan to send men to the moon by 2030 as part of a multinational mission and is determined they'll have a ride when they get there. Japan's space agency JAXA and partner Toyota have revealed that the pressurized, manned lunar rover — announced earlier this year — should be ready to launch by 2029. The six-wheeled vehicle will carry two people up to 6,200 miles using solar power and fuel cell technology. At 20 feet long, 17 feet wide and 12 feet tall, it'll have 140 square feet of habitable space. Thanks to the pressurization, astronauts won't need spacesuits while inside. The timeline is pretty busy, and considering the challenges of developing tech for human space exploration, Toyota and JAXA will do well to meet their deadlines. The official plan runs for three years, up to 2022, with a tentative plan for a push toward launch between 2022 and 2029.
Japan's southern prefecture of Okinawa is commemorating the 74th anniversary of the end of a fierce ground battle during the final stages of World War Two.
Bereaved families and others have been gathering since early Sunday morning at the Peace Memorial Park in the city of Itoman to pay their respects.
May 5 is Children's Day in Japan. But the number of children in the country has declined for 38 straight years since 1982, and is now at an all-time-low.
The Ministry of Internal Affairs says the number of children under 15 years old totaled 15.33 million as of April 1 -- 7.85 million boys and 7.48 million girls.
Japanese government statistics from the 30 years of the Heisei era highlight the country's population getting smaller and greyer, and the rapid spread of the Internet. The Heisei era, which started in 1989, will end on Tuesday with the abdication of Emperor Akihito.
Statistics from the internal affairs ministry show Japan's population has been shrinking since 2011, after peaking at 128 million in 2008. In 2015, the number of people 75 years old and above exceeded that of people 14 years and younger for the first time.
Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force has sent a vessel to China for the first time in more than seven years in a sign of improving relations between the two countries.
The destroyer Suzutsuki arrived in the port city of Qingdao in Shandong Province on Sunday ahead of an international naval review that will be held on Tuesday to mark the 70th anniversary of the Chinese Navy.
More than 16,000 people are still living in temporary housing three years after a series of devastating earthquakes began in and around Japan's southwestern prefecture of Kumamoto on April 14, 2016.
Kumamoto prefectural officials say 16,519 people in 7,304 households were residing in temporary units as of the end of March. The figure is down about 65 percent from the peak of more than 47,000.
People in Uki City, Kumamoto Prefecture, have renewed their preparedness for natural disasters one day before the third anniversary of the deadly quake that hit the region.
About 80 people, including Buddhist monks from nearby temples, gathered at a public hall in the city on Saturday. They first observed a moment of silence to mourn the victims.