Japan: Typhoon Hagibis leaves a trail of destruction
At least 35 people have died in Japan after one of the worst typhoons to hit the country in more than half a century. Search and rescue operations are underway as locals struggle to come to terms with the carnage.
Naomi Osaka chooses Japanese citizenship for 2020 Tokyo Olympics
Naomi Osaka chooses Japanese Citizenship for 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The tennis star has decided to represent Japan over the U.S. in the upcoming games. Osaka, who was born in Japan but raised in the U.S., holds dual citizenship to both countries. Japan requires those with dual citizenship to relinquish one before turning 22. I think I will be able to put more of my emotion into it by playing for the pride of the country. , Naomi Osaka, via NHK. The 2020 Summer Olympics kick off on July 24
'Nothing but rugby' for Japan's elderly players
Japan may have been seen as a leftfield choice to host the Rugby World Cup but if you want a sense of the country’s long love affair with the game, you could do worse than to get along to Tokyo’s Fuwaku club.
Japan-South Korea dispute shows no signs of abating
The animosity between Tokyo and Seoul has continued to rise at a time when regional cooperation is critical. This growing rift could soon have very negative consequences for both countries.
Countries vote to protect endangered mako sharks
Mako sharks have practically disappeared from the Mediterranean, and their numbers have plunged in other seas, too. Japan and China opposed a global initiative to save them from extinction but most countries endorsed it.
High-end rebrand revives Japan's 'ice farmers'
Japan has few remaining "ice farmers", who eschew the ease of refrigeration for open-air pools to create a product that is sold to high-end shaved ice shops in trendy Tokyo districts.
Japan: Nagasaki mayor tells PM Abe to adopt nuke-ban treaty
Nagasaki's mayor has urged Japan's government to adopt the UN’s 2017 nuclear arms prohibition treaty. Speaking on the 74th anniversary of the atomic bombing, he also slammed the US and Russia for developing new warheads.
To avoid Olympic chaos, Tokyo tells workers: stay home
Japan's workers spend more hours at the office than employees in almost any other country. But to avoid traffic chaos at next year's Olympics, authorities have a message: stay home.