Tag: Japan

Facing US trade uncertainty, China seeks closer ties with neighbours

China made overtures on trade to Japan and South Korea and offered support for an infrastructure initiative as it hosted the leaders of its two neighbours this week amid strained ties with the US. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said Wednesday at a meeting with Japanese...

Japan could release Fukushima radioactive water into environment

A Japanese government agency has proposed releasing radioactive water from the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant into the environment, as storage space runs out. The plant suffered a meltdown about nine years ago after it was hit by an earthquake-triggered tsunami. About a million tonnes of...

Japan govt ordered to pay damages over transgender toilet ban

A Tokyo court on Thursday ordered the Japanese government to pay compensation to a transgender official who was refused use of the women's bathroom at work. "The Tokyo district court ordered the accused to pay 1.3 million yen ($12,000) in damages," a court spokesman told...

Cherry blossoms prompt full-blown scandal for Japan’s PM

by Kyoko HASEGAWA It might be the most Japanese of political scandals: a furore over Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's guest list at a party to mark the annual cherry blossom season. As scandals go, it has plenty of juicy elements -- alleged mafia guests, disappearing evidence,...

Katy Perry celebrates Thanksgiving in Japan with Orlando Bloom

American pop singer Katy Perry celebrated Thanksgiving with her fiance and Hollywood star Orlando Bloom and his eight-year-old son. Perry took to Instagram to show the couple having a great time in a hotel. Perry and Bloom were spotted in the photo sitting on pillows on...

Japanese punctuality on display at the world’s most punctual mega airport—Tokyo’s Haneda

Airport delays are some of the most stressful hiccups to deal with when you're travelling. A delayed flight—especially a connecting flight—can throw a wrench in your plans and ruin everything. Besides the hassle of rebooking flights, possibly shelling out more money, and wrangling schedules,...

Japanese restaurants rocket to top of best in world list

by Fiachra GIBBONS Two Japanese restaurants have shot to the top of the La Liste ranking of best places to eat in the world, with a third one getting the second highest mark from the authoritative "guide of guides". Yosuke Suga's tiny Tokyo restaurant Sugalabo, which...

‘A friendly hand’: pope urges more help for Fukushima victims

by Catherine MARCIANO / Hiroshi HIYAMA Pope Francis on Monday urged renewed help for victims of Japan's 2011 earthquake, tsunami and Fukushima disaster, warning "nobody can start over alone" as he noted "concern" over nuclear power. On the penultimate day of his Japan trip, the pontiff...

Religion in Japan: it comes naturally

by Miwa SUZUKI As Pope Francis, the head of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics, prepares to visit Japan, AFP looks at the religions the Japanese have followed for centuries. What's the main religion? There is no state religion in Japan but the nation's principal religions are Shinto...

Pope Francis carries anti-nuclear message to Japan

by Catherine MARCIANO / Richard CARTER Pope Francis arrives in Japan on Saturday, where he is expected to deliver a robust anti-nuclear message of peace in the only country to have suffered an atomic bomb attack. The 82-year-old Argentine is fulfilling a long-cherished ambition to preach...