News from Japan (Kyodo)
Updated on January 7, 2016
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■ Japan affirms close ties with U.S., S. Korea over N. Korea nuke test

■ Japanese victims of 1954 U.S. H-bomb test enraged by N. Korea

■ A-bomb survivors, kin of abductees angered by N. Korean nuke test

Jan. 5

■ Business chiefs vow to do part to help Japan exit from deflation

■ Toyota to widen range of Internet-connected cars

■ S. Korea's Park sings own praises on 'comfort women' agreement

Jan. 4

■ Senior Japan, S. Korea, U.S. diplomats to meet in Tokyo in mid-Jan.

■ Japan does not intend to apply "comfort women" deal elsewhere

■ Japan airs "grave concern" over China's test flight in Spratlys

■ Nearly 90% of Japanese firms expect economic growth in 2016: Kyodo poll


■ Japan, S. Korea reach deal to resolve "comfort women" issue

Dec. 27

■ Japan, S. Korea aim to clinch "comfort women" deal

■ Japan, S. Korea leaders may meet in U.S. to settle comfort women issue

Dec. 26

■ S. Korea mulls relocation of girl statue symbolizing comfort women

■ Japan eyes new fund for ex-comfort women to settle row with S. Korea

■ Discoverer of atomic element 113 to be confirmed in January

Dec. 16

■ Top court gives mixed constitutionality judgments on marriage rules

■ Japan likely to keep 1.7% growth projection for FY 2016: sources

Nov. 27

■ Goldman Sachs appoints ex-Japan rugby coach Jones to advisory board

■ Toshiba president vows greater transparency after accounting scandal

■ S. Korea, U.S., Japan to hold nuclear talks next week in Washington

■ Increase in donations helps LDP mark biggest revenue among parties

■ Farming, forestry population falls 20% over 5 yrs in Japan

Oct. 19

■ Luxury sleeper train benefits local economy

■ Japan Pavilion at Milan expo draws 2 million visitors

Oct. 12

■ Japan, Iran foreign ministers agree on investment pact

■ China's top diplomat Yang to visit Japan this week to meet Abe, Yachi

■ U.S. reluctant of G-7 summit in Hiroshima: official

■ Okinawa to revoke approval for base relocation work on Tuesday

■ Japan's innovation fund may invest 200 bil. yen to help rebuild Sharp

Oct. 8

■ 35.4% support Abe's Cabinet reshuffle, 40.1% do not: Kyodo poll

■ Japan mulls ending tax cuts to spur business investment

■ Japan PM vows continued support for Turkey over Syrian refugee crisis

■ Japanese court rejects suits against security laws

Oct. 3

■ Pacific trade negotiators in last-minute struggle over drug patents

■ All Nippon Airways aims to up U.S. recognition with Star Wars tie-in

■ Japanese city dumps controversial designer's logo for public museum

■ 1 killed, more than 10 injured as strong storm hits Japan

Sep. 30

■ Japan, U.S., India highlight need for peaceful dispute settlement

■ Japan, U.S. agree to try to conclude Pacific trade talks this week

■ Abe promises $810 mil. in aid for Syria refugee crisis at U.N.

Sep. 28

■ U.S. media giant Comcast to buy 51% stake in USJ theme park in Osaka

■ BOJ strongly committed to overcoming deflation: Kuroda

■ Abe urges Iran to follow nuclear deal so Japan can boost investment

■ Abe, Park briefly discuss planned 3-way summit with Chinese premier

■ Thailand and Japan sign preliminary industrial development agreement

■ Sharp announces sale of head office buildings in Osaka

Sep. 25

■ Abe to visit N.Y. from Sat. for U.N. General Assembly

■ Abe to create ministerial post to tackle Japan's pressing issues

■ Japan auto parts makers weigh impact of Volkswagen scandal

■ U.S. April-June growth further upgraded to 3.9%

■ Japan, Russia officials hold informal talks in Tokyo

Sep. 24

■ Suga says California comfort women resolution "regrettable"

■ San Francisco city assembly adopts resolution on "comfort women"

Sep. 22

■ Japan set to expand SDF role in S. Sudan from May under new laws

■ S. Korea, U.S., Japan to hold talks on Sept. 29 in New York

■ Japan, Russia agree to resume talks in Oct. to move forward isles' row

■ Nissan opens Infiniti design center in San Diego

Sep. 21

■ Abe Cabinet's support rate falls, majority see higher war risk

■ U.S. expects no use of force abroad by Japan under new laws: expert

■ 100 local gov'ts in Japan report cyberattacks, mainly from overseas

Sep. 19

■ Japan enacts legislation for major shift in postwar security policy

■ U.S. hails, China, S. Korea cautious about new Japan security posture

Sep. 18

■ Japan's controversial security bills clear upper house panel

■ Protest against security bills continues at Diet as passage looms

■ Ruling, opposition parties face off as Diet set to pass security bills

Sep. 17

■ Tokyo Game Show kicks off as diverse game options on display

■ Obama expects Pacific trade pact could be concluded "in several weeks"

■ Japan aiming to promote high tech strategies for future growth

Sep. 16

■ U.S. firm in talks to buy stake in USJ in Osaka

■ U.S., Japan agree Marine base relocation in Okinawa "crucial" step

■ Japan protest Chinese gas development after confirming flares

Sep. 15

■ All listed as missing in Ibaraki flooding confirmed safe

■ Japan pledges more vessels for Vietnam's maritime security

■ BOJ cuts view on overseas economies, monetary policy unchanged

■ 150 bags of waste from Fukushima radiation cleanup lost after rain

■ Japan's immigration plan eyes broadening quotas for foreign workers

Sep. 14

■ Tourists evacuated amid volcanic eruption on Mt. Aso

■ Japan, China, S. Korea to cooperate in ensuring stable food supply

■ TEPCO dumps treated groundwater in sea to tackle toxic water buildup

Sep. 13

■ Death toll from fatal flooding reaches 7, 3,000 remain evacuated

Sep. 11

■ Over 100 still stranded in flood-hit eastern Japan city

■ Strong quake shakes Tokyo, no tsunami warning issued

■ Islamic State calls for targeting Japanese diplomatic missions

■ Japan, U.S. agree to enhance maritime surveillance from space

Sep. 10

■ River flooding in eastern Japan leaves dozens of residents stranded

■ Japanese microsatellite to be released from space station next week

■ Ruling fixed for Apple to pay patent violation damages in Japan

Sep. 9

■ Japan urged to develop Tokyo into international financial center

■ Typhoon Etau crosses into Sea of Japan after battering central Japan

■ Toyota unveils new Prius hybrid with 10% greater fuel efficiency

Sep. 6

■ Crime syndicate Yamaguchi-gumi splits up, dissidents form new group

■ G-20 vows to take action to keep economic recovery on track

■ Protesters rally in Tokyo against security bills

Sep. 5

■ Fukushima town celebrates as nuclear crisis evacuation order lifted

■ Japan, U.S. agree to conclude Pacific free trade pact early

Sep. 4

■ Toyota ties up with U.S. universities on artificial intelligence studies

■ Gov't lifts evacuation order for Fukushima town after nuclear crisis

■ Abe, opposition leaders clash over Japan security bills

■ Business lobbies vow continued support for Olympics after logo saga

Sep. 1

■ Olympics: Tokyo 2020 pulls controversial logo at request of designer

Aug. 31

■ Protesters rally across Japan against controversial security bills

■ Japan's tallest building to be built in front of Tokyo Station

■ M'bishi to fly Japan's first small passenger jet in late October

■ U.S. envoy on 6-party talks expected to quit his job: Yonhap

■ Okinawa launches undersea survey for U.S. base site

Aug. 29

■ Asakusa Samba Carnival

Aug. 28

■ Tokyo Olympic committee shows original logo design amid dispute

Aug. 27

■ Tokyo stocks rise as China concerns ebb, echoing Wall St.

■ Toyota, other automakers sued in U.S. over keyless ignition "defect"

■ Japan to test full body scanners at major airports from October

■ Japan protests Chinese navy's video on Senkakus

■ Number of newborns in Japan rises in 1st half of 2015

Aug. 26

■ Abe asks Obama to investigate alleged U.S. spying

■ Kennedy's popularity keeps Japan embassy busy: U.S. report

■ U.S. envoy to Japan Kennedy used private email for duty

■ Japanese astronaut Kanai to travel to space in 2017

■ Panasonic to shut down battery factory in Beijing

Aug. 25

■ 1 missing, dozens hurt as Typhoon Goni rips through southwestern Japan

■ Japan gang raided over toxic gas emission from waste

■ Toyota to stop Prius production in Thailand in late September

■ Fishermen OK TEPCO's plan to dump Fukushima plant water into sea

■ Foreign Ministry seeks 10.4% increase in FY 2016 budget

Aug. 23

■ Mt. Fuji, green tea, wasabi promoted at Milan expo

■ 4 small eruptions observed at Sakurajima volcano

■ Most major firms expect Japan's economy to grow by year-end: survey

■ ASEAN to "upgrade" FTAs with Japan, China and S. Korea by year-end

■ 2 Koreas resume high-level talks to defuse tensions

■ N. Korea vows to destroy enemies in "just one battle"

Aug. 21

■ New plagiarism concern, now in U.S., for Tokyo Olympics logo designer

■ U.S. Senators urge Takata to recall all cars with its air bags

■ Japan looks to expand tax-free shopping for foreign travelers

■ Japan faces shortage of Japanese school teachers abroad

Aug. 17

■ Japan marks 70th anniversary of its surrender in WWII

■ 44% positively view Abe's war statement, Cabinet support rate rises

■ Japanese firms' operations affected by deadly blasts in Tianjin, China

■ Sumitomo sells part of U.S. oil project assets for $17,000

■ State, Okinawa remain at odds over U.S. base transfer

Aug. 13

■ U.S. helicopter may have crashed after hitting crane on ship deck

Aug. 12

■ U.S. military helicopter crashes off Okinawa, 6 injured

■ Gov't, Okinawa begin "intensive" talks on standoff over U.S. base

■ McDonald's logs record net loss for first half of FY 2015

■ Vacation exodus peaks across Japan during "Bon" summer holidays

Aug. 10

■ Doubts over no-war, no-nuke policy as Nagasaki marks A-bomb anniv.

■ Antinuke cyclists pedal around Washington on Nagasaki A-bomb day

■ Ex-PM Murayama warns Abe not to cause "skepticism" toward Japan

Aug. 7

■ B-29 pilot asked pope to support Nagasaki atomic bomb victims

■ Chinese groups accept Mitsubishi Materials' settlement proposal

■ U.S. official says "moved" by Hiroshima 70th anniv. commemoration

Aug. 6

■ Hiroshima marks 70th A-bomb anniv. amid fears of eroded pacifism

■ Diary shows Eisenhower had misgivings about A-bomb attacks on Japan

■ Japan, U.S. discuss maritime cooperation amid S. China Sea tension

Aug. 3

■ Japan demands U.S. explanation over alleged spying

■ Abe aide wants Cabinet approval of PM's war anniv. statement

■ Italian developer tried to sell hacking software in Japan

■ TPP nations fail to secure deal, next ministerial eyed in Aug.

■ Japan, S. Korea to hold 1st working-level defense meeting in 2.5 years

Jul. 30

■ Japanese women top in life expectancy for 3rd year

■ 2 Japanese long-running magazines to end in August

■ JAL, ANA both report group net profit more than doubled in April-June

Jul. 29

■ Another ward in Tokyo to recognize same-sex couples

■ Ex-PM Murayama criticizes Abe over gov't security bills

■ Empress showing signs of possible heart disease

Jul. 28

■ Tour guide using self-made models of Hiroshima A-bomb site

■ New Yorkers pay most smartphone fees, Tokyoites middle among 7 cities

■ Volcanic alert raised for Mt. Meakandake in Hokkaido

Jul. 27

■ 3 killed as small plane crashes into homes in western Tokyo

■ Mitsubishi Motors to end U.S. vehicle production in late November

■ Canon cuts 2015 outlook on weak digital camera demand

Jul. 25

■ Japan to propose 70,000-ton tariff-free import quota for U.S. rice

■ Dancers from Japan's quake-ravaged regions on stage at Milan expo

Jul. 24

■ "Pepper"-installed housing showroom gives feel of living with robot

■ Meiji Yasuda to buy StanCorp Financial for over 600 bil. yen

Jul. 23

■ New crew, including Japanese, arrives at space station on Soyuz

■ Chinese, M'bishi Materials to settle wartime compensation claims

■ Japan to host G-7 foreign ministers' meet in Hiroshima next April 10-11

■ Hiroshima to urge world leaders to "foster trust" on A-bomb anniv.

■ Japan seeks "constructive" Chinese action to fix E. China Sea gas row

Jul. 21

■ NTT Docomo, KDDI to offer family discounts to same-sex couples

■ Japan's investment in China falls 16% in 1st half

Jul. 20

■ Mitsubishi Materials makes historic apology to ex-POW forced laborers

■ Toshiba's irregular accounting "systematic" wrongdoing: panel

■ PM Abe vows to promote better understanding of security bills

■ Tokyo gov. lashes out at gov't, lawmakers for Olympic stadium turmoil

Jul. 17

■ Typhoon Nangka rips through western Japan

■ Yoichiro Nambu, Tokyo-born Nobel laureate in physics, dies at 94

■ Father of idol group Arashi's Sakurai slated to be new vice minister

■ Panasonic launches 3-D figurine portrait service in Osaka

Jul. 16

■ Japan lower house OKs security bills amid opposition boycott

■ Thousands protest around Diet as security bills passed by lower house

■ FOCUS: Security bills expose gap with public, risk to Abe's political capital

■ Q&A: How will the government bills change Japan's security policy?

Jul. 15

■ 7 more seniors die in Japan's weeklong heat wave

■ Ruling camp rams security bills through lower house panel

■ Thousands rally near Diet as security bills pass lower house panel

■ 342,000 hybrid vehicles subject to recalls in Japan

■ China tells Japanese war orphans friendly ties important

Jul. 13

■ Small satellite developed by Japan, Singapore students to be launched

■ Okinawa assembly passes ordinance to hinder U.S. base relocation

■ Nintendo president Iwata
dies at 55

■ 16 Asia-Pacific nations seek to agree on tariff elimination targets

Jul. 12

■ Minister defends Okinawa reclamation approval for base as "flawless"

■ U.S. airs concern about possible delay in Okinawa base relocation

■ Japan Day event at Milan expo stirs up excitement over Tohoku

■ 5 Japanese students win awards at Physics Olympiad

■ Toshiba president to resign over accounting irregularities

Jul. 10

■ Aomori is Japan's top festival destination, Kyoto 2nd: survey

■ Hurdles left in Japan-U.S. TPP talks, ministers to handle key issues

■ 5 die, 50 injured in fire at Japanese cosmetics plant in Indonesia

Jul. 6

■ Japan sites gain UNESCO listing after agreement with S. Korea

■ Japan protests China's gas development in East China Sea

Jul. 5

■ U.S.-Australia military drill starts, joined by Japan, N.Z.

■ Top Japan, U.S. military officers to meet in mid-July

■ Debts possible motive of man's "self-immolation" on shinkansen: sister

■ Abe apologizes for LDP lawmakers' anti-media remarks

■ Abe, Prayut expect Myanmar economic zone to boost Japan-ASEAN ties

Jul. 2

■ Japan, U.S. to resume bilateral TPP talks next week

■ Japan takes Brazil to WTO over tax breaks for Brazilian-made autos

■ U.S. military to strengthen partnership with Japan, others

■ Japanese automakers post steady half-year sales gains in U.S.

■ Some employees to wear robot suits at Tokyo airport

■ 24% of households comprise people aged 65 and over: survey

Jul. 1

■ Man in shinkansen suicide blaze complained about pension

■ Debate on security in spotlight after self-immolation on bullet train

■ Japanese population posts largest annual decline on record

■ Visitors to Milan expo's Japan Pavilion reach 540,000

Jun. 30

■ Man dies in shinkansen suicide blaze, killing woman, hurting 26 others

■ Free Wi-Fi service for foreign climbers to start on Mt. Fuji

■ Moomin-themed amusement park to open in Japan in 2017

■ Japan aims for 2020 fiscal reform goal through robust growth

Jun. 29

■ Solar Impulse 2 takes off after long-awaited departure

■ Curiosity is Japanese researcher's driving force

■ Shrine known for hydrangeas, toothbrush "memorial service"

■ China's senior leader says ties with Japan changing for better

Jun. 28

■ Majority of teens intend to vote when age lowered next year

■ Passage of security bills at stake amid anti-media remarks, public woe

Jun. 27

■ Abe's party punishes junior members for group's anti-media meeting

■ China urges Japan to accept its rise for better ties

■ Japan to launch new body to study extraterrestrial materials

■ Milan expo visitors try flower arrangement at Japan Pavilion

Jun. 25

■ Takata chief apologizes in 1st appearance since massive recalls

■ Over 10,000 people with dementia reported missing in 2014, 98% found

■ Patissier shows East-West fusion sweets at Milan expo

Jun. 23

■ Okinawa marks 70th anniv. of WWII battle, opposes Futenma base move

■ Late Japanese actor Mifune to be honored on Hollywood Walk of Fame

■ Japanese patrol plane flies over South China Sea off Philippines

Jun. 21

■ 15,000 women surround Diet building in Tokyo to protest security bills

■ 56.7% say security bills unconstitutional: Kyodo poll

■ MSDF plane lands on S. China Sea island for drills with Philippines

■ Putin says necessary to hold meeting with Abe

■ Japan, S. Korea foreign ministers meet amid rows over WWII issues

Jun. 18

■ Volcano on southwestern Japan island erupts again

■ U.S. Jan.-March current account deficit at $113 bil., up for 3rd qtr

■ Hometown of Japan diplomat who saved 6,000 Jews to seek UNESCO listing

■ Toyota's female exec arrested over drug importation

Jun. 16

■ Volcanic tremors continue at Mt. Asama after small eruption

■ Japan's parliament enacts law lowering voting age from 20 to 18

■ Abe, Okada clash over constitutionality of security bills

■ U.S. House postpones revote on key trade legislation

Jun. 16

■ Mt. Asama erupts for 1st time in 6 years: weather agency

■ Decommissioned U.S.-Japan satellite re-enters atmosphere

■ 75% of married people say obstacles exist to having 2nd child: survey

■ Toyota wins OK for unique shares to attract long-term investors

Jun. 13

■ Japan to increase "white hat hackers" to counter cyberattacks

■ U.S. lawmakers to reconsider Pacific trade agenda next week

■ Honda confirms U.S. woman's death from Takata air bag

■ Japan to define Japanese sake, wine to enhance brand power

Jun. 11

■ Volcanic alert
raised for Mt. Asama

■ Japan, Russia agree on 70% cut in salmon, trout quota for Japan

■ Traffic law revised to bar elderly drivers with dementia

Jun. 9

■ Ex-PM Murayama urges Abe to uphold 1995 war statement

■ Japan plans probe to bring back samples from Martian moons

■ "Japanese sake" to be defined as home-brewed rice wine

■ Japan eyes producing hydrogen from Australian brown coal

Jun. 8

■ G-7 watching out for volatile currency rates amid yen's sharp fall

■ G-7 opposes S. China Sea reclamation, urges Ukraine cease-fire

■ Japan, Philippines to conduct joint drill amid S. China Sea tensions

■ Japan, Australia, India agree to boost maritime cooperation

Jun. 4

■ Japan to set up new education institutions meeting business needs

■ Maryland governor takes test ride on maglev train in Japan

■ Aeon begins selling farm-raised tuna at some supermarkets in Tokyo

■ Steam bursts weaken
at Mt. Hakone

■ Ex-PM Koizumi slams Abe's policy of continuing use of nuclear power

Jun. 3

■ Nissan appoints ex-Toyota Europe exec as executive vice president

■ Aquino sees Japan ties key to maritime security amid China tensions

■ Japan, Australia vow to step up defense cooperation

■ Japan aims to launch unmanned lunar lander in 2nd half of FY 2019

Jun. 2

■ Japan to require drinking water, portable toilets in elevators

■ A-bomb exhibit to be held in U.S. sister city of Nagasaki

■ 30 Japan companies to launch cybersecurity cooperation body soon

Jun. 1

■ Keidanren hopes Abe statement on WWII anniv. will get int'l nod

■ U.S. to prevent unforeseen clashes in S. China Sea, continue patrols

■ Abe says Japan could give U.S. forces logistical support in Mideast

■ 81% say gov't not explaining security bills sufficiently: Kyodo poll

■ Yaskawa Electric sets up "robot village" in southwestern Japan

■ Ex-Japan Foreign Minister Machimura dies at 70


■ Japanese pay least attention to owed vacation days: survey

■ N. Korean nuclear test draws protest in Japan, Korean schools wary

■ Mitsubishi Motors to close U.S. plant after giving up buyer search


■ S. Korean gov't to go ahead with "comfort women" white paper

■ Tsukiji fish market holds last start-of-year auction

■ New Year's 1st calligraphy event
in Tokyo


■ Japan's major insurers eager to actively pursue M&A deals abroad

■ Half of jobs in Japan can be conducted by AI, robots: study

■ Gov't eyes regular ferry service between Haneda airport, Akihabara

■ Students promote tricky sake cup dating back to feudal era


■ Park hopes "comfort women" deal marks reset of bilateral ties


■ Support rating for Abe Cabinet up 1.1 points at 49.4%

■ Figure skating: Miyahara captures 2nd straight national title, Asada 3rd


■ Central Japan city to recognize same-sex partnerships from April

■ Okinawa sues central gov't over Futenma base relocation

■ New Year fish, sushi and treading lightly at Tsukiji


■ Japan to keep level of financial support for U.S. military

■ Noodle playing cards withdrawn over political correctness concern


■ Japan's jobless rate hits
20-yr low in Oct.

■ Figure skating: Hanyu rewrites world record score to lead NHK Trophy

■ Acting legend Setsuko Hara of Ozu film "Tokyo Story" dies at 95

■ Hot-spring resort town hands tourists sweets after warning lifted

■ New Muscle Suit reduces burden on lower back


■ Body scanner tested at western Japan airport

■ Japan to remove tariffs on 30% of sensitive farm items under trade deal


■ Japanese inmate in Indonesian jail commits suicide

■ Athletics:
Fukushi 4th in Chicago Marathon

■ Physical fitness of elderly in Japan continues to improve: survey

■ Fashion Week Tokyo

■ Red-crowned cranes in Hokkaido



■ Tokyo office vacancy rate falls in Sept. for 5th straight month

■ Toyota aiding U.S. probe into how Islamic State acquires trucks, SUVs

■ Star Wars-themed sand art featured near Tottori Sand Dunes

■ Kumamoto Castle most popular Japanese castle for 3rd straight year


■ Woman makes progress 1 year after world's 1st iPS cell transplant

■ Lawyers call for more gov't support for Fukushima radiation-hit people

■ Japan to restart 2nd reactor on Oct. 15 under post-Fukushima rules

■ Brighten up world with
bald heads


■ Japan remains 6th on competitiveness list topped by Switzerland

■ Japan, S. Korea, U.S. agree to cooperate over N. Korea issues

■ Fashion show on Japanese indigo dying held in Tochigi Pref.


■ 115-year-old becomes Japan's oldest after another 115-year-old dies

■ Over 70% of nuclear fuel likely melted at Fukushima reactor: study

■ FOCUS: Japan to employ foreign help to boost female workforce

■ Bereaved families mourn victims on 1st anniv. of Mt. Ontake eruption

■ Drone crashes, bursts into flames at bicycle race in eastern Japan

■ "Pyramid stupa" in Nara opens to public permanently


■ Japan to provide 480 mil. yen in aid for refugee crisis

■ Japan-made dishes, cutlery shown at Milan expo

■ Apple's new iPhones go on sale
in Japan

■ Sony showcases VR game headset at Tokyo show

■ Noboribetsu Hell Festival held
in Hokkaido


■ Customs officials check prized mushrooms from Canada at airport

■ Colorful autumn leaves cover Mt. Daisetsu range in Hokkaido


■ Toshiba shareholders urged to reject reappointments of 3 executives

■ U.N. chief rings Japanese peace bell marking U.N.'s 70th anniversary

■ FOCUS: 30 yrs after Plaza Accord, currency intervention goals evolve

■ Guinness record set in Japan for most people twirling batons


■ Man admits to crashing drone into Himeji Castle

■ Hourglass in Japan recognized by Guinness as world's largest

■ Heaviest pumpkin harvested in Shodoshima, Japan


■ Gov't to revise SDF's rules of engagement in line with new laws

■ Contentious Japanese security laws draw protesters' ire


■ Japan, U.S., Canada, Mexico to resume TPP auto talks Monday

■ Architect Hadid gives up on new Tokyo Olympic stadium design

■ Osaka gov't, convenience stores to help find missing dementia patients


■ Japan household assets hit record high on rising stocks

■ Opposition camp struggling to block vote on security bills

■ 2,200 people still evacuated in Ibaraki after last week's floods


■ Honda hits milestone, builds 30 million vehicles in North America

■ Citizens step up demand for end to security bills

■ Food event held in Kyoto for people in need of help for swallowing


■ U.S. hopes Okinawa base plan on track despite governor's opposition

■ Japanese gov't to allow high school students' political activity

■ Mt. Aso continues spewing smoke day after eruption

■ Nintendo's popular Super Mario Brothers game marks 30th anniv.

■ People observe stunning mist on sea off Takaoka, central Japan


■ Okinawa gov. vows to revoke approval for base relocation work

■ Search continues after massive flooding in eastern Japan

■ Protesters surround Diet building, opposing security bills


■ Maestro Ozawa conducts Beethoven's 9th at Nijo Castle


■ Osaka, London, 3 other cities mull hosting expo in 2025

■ Honda shifts Giorno mini motorbike production to Japan from China

■ Mt. Hakone alert level lowered as volcanic activities recede

■ Ichiro guns down Mets player, his 115th assist overall


■ Haruki Murakami's new essay hits bookstores in unconventional way

■ No. of child pornography victims hits record high in Japan

■ Japanese craftsmanship finds new market via musical instruments


■ Sony to revamp high-end Walkman lineup in Oct.

■ FamilyMart to buy midsize convenience chain Cocostore

■ Peru's Machu Picchu to ink friendship pact with Fukushima village


■ Baseball: Aoki season in jeopardy due to post-concussion symptoms

■ Baseball: Yankees' Tanaka and wife expecting 1st child

■ Volleyball: Japan ends World Cup in 5th after defeat to China


■ G-20 to share concern about slower-than-expected global growth

■ Baseball: Wada returns for Cubs in blowout win over Diamondbacks


■ 28 municipalities, businesses receive Japan's 1st toilet awards

■ Abe shows eagerness to hold summit with S. Korea's Park

■ Rice ball with cultured trout growing popular in Hiroshima

■ Transfer of castle tower
starts in Hirosaki


■ Japan public disappointed, angry as Tokyo 2020 logo scrapped


■ Japan, S. Korean education ministers hold 1st meeting in 15 years

■ Osaka mayor aiming to launch new party with allies in Oct.

■ Local food specialties seen as the key to boosting tourism

■ "Udon," olive oil from Kagawa showcased at Milan Expo Japan Pavilion

■ Hydroponic farm aims to make perilla new local specialty


■ Japanese march to support security bills


■ "Flying pumpkins" ripe
in northern Japan


■ American man served arrest warrant for murder of Japanese woman

■ Asahi Kasei completes acquisition of U.S. battery parts maker

■ No. of juvenile criminal suspects in Japan hits record low

■ Goldfish scooping competition
in Nara Pref.

■ Visitors grind green tea leaves at Japan's Expo Milano pavilion


■ Toyota to resume output in Tianjin after big blasts

■ Hitachi develops warehouse robot that can grab goods with 2 arms

■ Designer disputes Belgian claim against Sano's Tokyo Olympic logo

■ Judo: Matsumoto, Ono win gold at world championships

■ Ichiro makes 10,000th major league plate appearance


■ Osaka Gov. Matsui to visit Milan Expo over possible Osaka expo

■ Japan's unmanned cargo ship arrives at International Space Station

■ Shimane train stationmaster makes, sells soba noodle lunch boxes

■ New "Pocky" with enhanced flavors to hit shelves ahead of 50th anniv.

■ Old festival revived
in tsunami-hit area


■ Man arrested over murder of Osaka girl sent to prosecutors

■ Young Japanese protesters rally against controversial security bills

■ Russian PM visits disputed island off Japan's Hokkaido

■ Kerry hints at visiting Hiroshima A-bomb park: Japan official

■ High school students dance hula
in contest

■ Sumo wrestlers, children
clean beach


■ Caution urged over Sakurajima volcano as another eruption observed

■ Japan, Africa to hold development summit in Kenya in 2016

■ N. Korea declares "quasi-state of war" as tensions rise with S. Korea

■ Tourist train featuring motifs from traditional Ishikawa crafts


■ Residents evacuate as major eruption possible for Mt. Sakurajima

■ High tech Kabuki performance amazes crowd on Las Vegas Strip

■ Olympics: Tokyo 2020 organizers slam Belgian logo designer

■ Ex-major leaguer Johnson meets with disaster-hit children

■ Ex-major leaguer Johnson meets with disaster-hit children


■ Sumo-related exhibit being held at skyscraper ahead of special bouts


■ Takata proposes testing replacement kit inflators for air bags

■ Defense Ministry mulling SDF's expanded role in S. Sudan

■ Japan reboots reactor for 1st time under tighter post-Fukushima rules

■ Sumitomo Life to acquire U.S. life insurer Symetra for $3.73 billion


■ Experts on Mideast call for abolition of security bills

■ Japan set to restart nuclear reactor Tuesday morning

■ Japanese fermented food, noodles introduced at Milan


■ Abe to reinstate non-nuclear principles in A-bomb ceremony speech

■ White House cautious about possibility of Obama visit to Hiroshima

■ Small volcanic eruptions observed on Iwoto Island (Iwo jima)


■ FOCUS: S. China Sea dispute still a thorn in side of ASEAN chair

■ Magnitude 5.2 quake hits eastern Japan, no tsunami reported

■ Elderly accounted for 80% of fraud victims in 1st half of 2015


■ Key piece of debris removed from one of damaged Fukushima reactors

■ Body found on ferry after fire off Hokkaido likely missing crewman

■ Fukuoka launches experiment to farm "sandless clam" on land

■ "Nebuta" featuring Star Wars unveiled

■ "Uchimizu" event in Tokyo's Ginza shopping district

■ Japan, U.S. close to reaching agreement on TPP beef, pork safeguards

■ Ichiro has
2,900th career hit

■ English-speaking taxi service begins in Osaka


■ Sharp failed to report 10.3 bil. yen in income over 3 years

■ Japanese New Year dishes introduced at Milan expo

■ Pacific trade talks in final stretch as ministers meet in Hawaii


■ Over 7,000 people rushed to hospitals amid summer heat last week

■ Gov't OKs revised business plan for TEPCO, ensuring more aid

■ Women carry portable shrines in Osaka parade prior to summer festa


■ Experts start talks on Japan PR centers to be set up overseas

■ First overseas Anpanman shop to open in Taiwan this fall

■ Japanese fans flock to Seoul hotel where S. Korean actor Bae set to wed


■ Over 10,000 farmed bluefin tuna die at typhoon-hit western Japan town

■ Annual Fireworks
over Sumida River


■ Mitsubishi Motors to end U.S. car production: sources

■ Customary eel-eating day
in Japan


■ Japan, U.S. eye tariff snapbacks in TPP auto talks

■ Coffee drinks carrying essays by comedian-author being sold in Japan

■ 79% feel anxiety about terrorism in Japan: gov't poll

■ Organizations in 35 nations buy hacking software from Italian firm

■ Oita Toilennale art festival
kicks off


■ Toshiba chief steps down over accounting scandal

■ Police officers sing song to warn elderly of fraud targeting them


■ Police start onsite probe into fatal electric fence accident

■ Woman in western Japan confesses to abandoning bodies of 5 babies

■ Japanese man finishes 10,000km north-south Africa trek

■ Shirarahama Beach
in western Japan


■ Japan top SDF officer says bills not meant to expand military power

■ Japan, China agree top-level dialogue vital for improved ties

■ Japan to review Olympics stadium plan "from scratch": Abe

■ Tokyo stadium cost increase 'not due to design': architect


■ Gist of Japan's security bills to expand SDF role overseas

■ U.S. official welcomes Japan parliament panel passing security bills

■ Typhoon poised to hit western Japan island of Shikoku

■ Architect Ando fends off criticism over Olympic stadium costs


■ Japan agrees to buy 5 Osprey planes from U.S. for $332 mil: report

■ Honda U.S. unit to compensate for alleged car-loan discrimination

■ Sharp introduces washer-dryer with new stain removal system

■ Hotel offering
near-futuristic experiences

■ Soft serve ice cream claimed to be Japan's longest


■ Prescription medication seen differently in Japan, U.S.

■ Strong earthquake shakes southern Japan, no tsunami risk

■ U.S. volunteer aid group members visit nursery in northern Japan

■ Osaka University team generates hydrogen using waste silicon


■ Tourists flock to Japan's new industrial heritage sites

■ Takata refuses U.S. senator's bid for victim's compensation fund

■ Japan calls on U.S. to expand beef imports with low tariff in TPP

■ Abe to express "deep remorse" over WWII in anniv. statement

■ Stacked tanks contain
5,000 goldfish


■ Japan eatery chain to open high-end tempura restaurant in New York

■ Japan aims to lift No. of foreign students in Japan 50% by 2020

■ Manga creator Matsumoto tells of Galaxy Express 999 train project


■ New Honda chief sets eyes on innovative cars amid spate of recalls

■ Soccer: Japan miss 2nd straight Women's World Cup title with U.S. defeat


■ China raps Japan for draft defense paper's S. China Sea assessment

■ Duskin to open donuts museum, hoping to benefit from tourism boom

■ Soccer: Ahead of day of destiny, Sasaki confident champions Japan can repeat

■ Aizen Festival
starts in Osaka

■ Earthenware vertical coffins discovered in Nara


■ Crown prince, princess head to Tonga, her 1st trip abroad in 2 yrs

■ Japan court orders Google to remove past arrest reports

■ Low-dose radiation exposure slightly increases leukemia risk: study

■ Maestro Ozawa
conducts in Paris

■ Food, culture from Mie pref. introduced at Milan Expo

■ Woman wins unique contest in flipping table, venting anger


■ Small-scale eruption occurs again at Mt. Hakone: weather agency

■ $80 high-performance Japanese masks are all the rage amid MERS fear

■ Big manufacturers' business sentiment improves: BOJ's Tankan

■ Gion Festival
starts in Kyoto


■ China announces completion of S. China Sea reclamation work

■ Mt. Hakone erupts southwest of Tokyo, alert level raised

■ Obama gains power to press ahead on Pacific Rim free trade pact

■ Japan aid agency signs loan deal for Iraq infrastructure projects


■ Japan hopes AIIB will meet standards fitting for int'l body

■ Obama to sign crucial trade bill on Monday: White House

■ Japan' household assets hit record high on weak yen, rising stocks

■ "Ninja" hometown shows off local food at Milan expo


■ Harvest season for largest Japanese butterburs in Hokkaido

■ Funeral service for stationmaster cat Tama


■ Pick of Hiroshima as G-7 venue aimed at encouraging nuke disarmament

■ Honda cuts FY 2014 net profit on additional air bag recall costs

■ Man sentenced to death over 2012 random killings in Osaka

■ U.S. human rights report addresses "maternity harassment" in Japan


■ Ornamental square watermelon shipments begin with prices 10,000 yen

■ U.S. Congress finally passes key bill for Pacific free trade pact

■ Abe, Putin affirm Putin trip to Japan this year


■ Ex-envoy Niwa heads body for Japan-China friendship

■ 770,000 tons of solar panels to end up in garbage in FY2040

■ Micro helicopter with video camera displayed at Tokyo toy show


■ Honda confirms U.S. woman's death in 2014 from Takata air bag

■ 1st batch of Softbank's humanoid robot sell out instantly

■ Japan's "Sarusuberi" wins jury award at animation festival in France

■ Tennis: Nishikori retires to hand Seppi place in Gerry Weber final

■ Lupines in full bloom
in Hokkaido


■ Picture book themed on Japan quake produced in U.S., to aid victims

■ Mountain climbing accidents in Japan reach another high in 2014

■ LED-powered lettuce farm in Fukushima faces high electricity bills

■ International toy show
begins in Tokyo


■ China-led AIIB may attract as many as 70 members in near future

■ Auto law revised to allow gov't inspection of auto parts makers

■ Gov't organizing contests to promote comfortable toilets

■ Sony plays trump card with new games in lifting earnings


■ Chinese research ship found operating in Japan's EEZ near Senkakus

■ Unstable atmospheric conditions cause strong wind north of Tokyo

■ Multi-language guide app for central Japan region on display

■ 3-D printing technology
produces ceramics


■ Chinese army mulls use of drones to assert claims over Senkakus

■ 67% of elderly in Japan have no or little access to Internet: survey

■ Soccer friendly between Japanese, S. Korean lawmakers

■ Actor Naito acts as feudal warlord at summer festa in central Japan


■ Torrential rain hits Kumamoto, Nagasaki in southwestern Japan

■ Shanghai film fest abruptly removes Japan anime "Attack on Titan"

■ Tokio Marine to acquire U.S. insurer for $7.5 billion


■ Apple to start new streaming music service Apple Music on June 30

■ Antiwhaling group agrees to pay $2.55 mil. to Japan's whaling body

■ Japan to boost development of next-gen thermal power technology

■ M4.7 quake hits Tokyo,
surrounding region


■ "Kyoto Week" fascinates visitors at Milan expo

■ "King and I" musical starring Ken Watanabe bags 4 Tony Awards

■ Rainy season
starts in central Japan

■ Baseball: Fujikawa to play for hometown Kochi for free


■ ASDF chopper in Naha near-collision incident took off against order

■ Human-shaped cushions with cellphone holders in head to hit stores

■ Japan space agency to renovate launch facility for new rocket

■ Okinawa governor, U.S. gov't officials split over Marine base plan

■ U.S. heeding A-bombed cities' voice over Manhattan Project park plan


■ McDonald's Japan to allow children to cook burgers in its kitchens

■ Liquefied stimulant drugs shipped to Japan disguised as sesame oil

■ Japanese cartoon Doraemon film purrs to top of China's box office

■ "Umbrella Festival" begins at store in western Japan


■ Quake-proof rate for public schools in Japan rises to 95.6%

■ 1st Canadian sumo wrestler
in 30 years

■ Solar plane on round-world trip lands in Japan to avoid bad weather


■ 700-kg giant kite crashes into crowd,
injures 4

■ Japanese artisans show off Arita pottery at Milan expo

■ Japan's pavilion at Milan expo welcomes many visitors in 1st month

■ Volcano evacuees briefly return home for 1st time since eruption

■ Baseball: Fujikawa heads home to Kochi to play independent baseball

■ Giant 'Nebuta' float loaded onto truck for festival