Japan begins charging for plastic bags
Tokyo shoppers react after retailers in Japan begin charging for plastic bags, a move aimed at curbing Japanese consumers' love for packaging and finally bringing the country in line with other major economies.
Japanese shoppers stock up on supplies over coronavirus fears
A supermarket in Tokyo is packed with shoppers Friday morning and many shelves are emptied as Tokyo's governor urges people to stay home this weekend, warning of a possible "explosion" of the coronavirus after scores of new cases were discovered this week.
Tokyo governor says no change to plan to hold Olympics from July 24
Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike said on Thursday there has been no change to plans for Japan to hold the Summer Olympic Games from July 24. She said she believed there would not be an option for cancelling the Games, amid speculation it could be postponed or cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Toilet paper panic spreads to Tokyo as pharmacy shelves emptied
Residents in Tokyo say they cannot buy toilet papers as panic-buying empty shelves in pharmacies amid the coronavirus outbreak. Japan has called for nationwide school closures as the virus has infected at least 230 people across Japan and been linked to six deaths.
Tokyo: Culture vibes in Japan's new era
When people think of Japan they often think of harmony, tranquility and rules but also manga, Hello Kitty, Pokémon and rainbows. Cuteness, which translates as "kawaii" in Japanese, has become Japan's worldwide image. But the host country of the 2020 summer Olympics has so much more to offer. FRANCE 24's culture editor Eve Jackson takes viewers to Tokyo to check out the vibrant cultural scene in the world's largest city.
Rising coronavirus death toll raises concern for Tokyo 2020 Olympics
Tokyo 2020 Olympic organizers have said the games will go as planned despite the rift rumours that this year’s 2020 Games might be canceled or postponed because of the spread of the coronavirus.
Tokyo opens new Olympic arena amid coronavirus fears
Tokyo opens a new Olympic arena, which will host the venue for volleyball and wheelchair basketball events, as governor Yuriko Koike promises to implement "thorough measures" to protect people from the deadly coronavirus in the run-up to the games this summer.
Daily struggle: 7.5 billion trips in the world's most congested cities
Tokyo, Nairobi, Rome, Cairo, Bogota, humans around the world make a collective 7.5 billion journeys on average every day, whether that be on foot, by bike, in cars or on public transport.
Japan's 'hidden darkness': The detention of unwanted immigrants
The Japanese government puts undesired immigrants in deportation detention centers for prolonged periods of time. That is not about to change even after a hunger strike death, says Martin Fritz from Tokyo.