Tokyo Olympics sullied by bid-rigging, bribery trials more than 2 years after the Games closed
The bid-rigging trial around the Tokyo Olympics is playing out in a Japanese courtroom — more than two years after the Games closed — with advertising giant Dentsu and five other companies facing criminal charges.
Search for military personnel continues after Osprey crash off coast of southern Japan
Japanese authorities say they have handed over pieces of the wreckage from an U.S. Air Force Osprey that crashed off southwestern Japan to the U.S. military, as the search continued for seven missing servicemembers.
Japanese actor-director Kitano says his new film explores homosexual relations in the samurai world
Japanese actor-director Takeshi Kitano says he wanted his new film “Kubi” to show the world of samurai in ways that mainstream movies have rarely done before, by portraying the homosexual, love-hate relationship of warlords in one of Japan’s best known historical episodes.
G7 nations urge 'urgent action' to help civilians trapped in Gaza, including pauses in the fighting
Top diplomats from the Group of Seven leading industrial democracies have called for “urgent action” to help civilians trapped in an increasingly dire situation in Gaza, including pauses in the fighting to allow aid in and people out, in announcing a unified stance on the Israel-Hamas war.
Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant starts 3rd release of treated radioactive wastewater into the sea
The tsunami-damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant began its third release of treated and diluted radioactive wastewater into the sea after Japanese officials said the two earlier releases ended smoothly.
Residents and fishermen file a lawsuit demanding a halt to the release of Fukushima wastewater
Fishermen and residents of Fukushima and five other prefectures along Japan’s northeastern coast have filed a lawsuit demanding a halt to the ongoing release of treated radioactive wastewater from the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea.
Japanese ministers eat Fukushima fish to show it's safe after nuclear plant wastewater is discharged
Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and three Cabinet ministers have eaten Fukushima fish sashimi at a lunch meeting in an apparent effort to show that fish is safe following the release of treated radioactive wastewater from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
Japan asks China to urge citizens to halt harassment after start of Fukushima wastewater release
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has asked China to urge its citizens to halt acts of harassment, including crank calls and stone throwing at Japanese diplomatic facilities and schools, in response to Japan's release of treated radioactive wastewater from the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant.
Japanese government pledges long-term support for fisheries during Fukushima plant water release
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has promised his government’s full support for fishing communities during the decades-long process to release treated radioactive wastewater from the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea.
Stock market today: Asian stocks mixed as traders await Fed conference for interest rate update
Asian stocks are mixed as traders look ahead to the Federal Reserve’s summer conference for signs of whether the U.S. central bank thinks inflation is under control or more interest rate hikes are needed to cool inflation.
Japan's Kishida to visit Fukushima plant before deciding date to start controversial water release
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida says he will visit the tsunami-wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant on Sunday before setting a release date for its treated radioactive wastewater, as his government continues working to promote understanding over the controversial plan at home and abroad.
Japan's Kishida hopes to further strengthen strategic cooperation with US and South Korea at summit
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida says he has high hopes to discuss further strengthening of three-way strategic cooperation with the United States and South Korea at a summit hosted by President Joe Biden at Camp David later this month.
Japan raises alarm over China's military, Russia ties and Taiwan tensions in new defense paper
The Japanese government has stepped up its alarm over Chinese assertiveness, warning in a report that the country faces its worst security threats since World War II as it plans to implement a new strategy that calls for a major military buildup.
Japan records steepest population decline while number of foreign residents hits new high
Japan's population has declined in all of its 47 prefectures for the first time in a record drop, while its population of foreign residents reached a new high of almost 3 million people, highlighting the increasing role that non-Japanese people play in the shrinking and aging country.
Former teen performers accuse an agent of sexual assault. They're hoping it's Japan's #MeToo moment
At least a dozen men have come forward this year to say they were sexually assaulted as teenagers by Johnny Kitagawa, a boy band impresario who was one of the most powerful people in Japanese entertainment for decades.