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Japan to cease in-country assembly of F-35 jets

MELBOURNE, Australia — Japan has confirmed it will not use in-country final assembly facilities for its next lot of Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jets. A spokesperson from the U.S. ally’s Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Agency, or ATLA, told Defense News it will instead acquire aircraft importe


Japan’s robot hotel lays off half the robots after they created more work for humans

It turns out that even robots are having a tough time holding down a job. Japan’s Henn-na “Strange” Hotel has laid off half its 243 robots after they created more problems than they could solve, as first reported by The Wall Street Journal.


Victim-blaming outcry as Japan pop star says sorry for alleging fans assaulted her

Japan’s harsh treatment of its female celebrities has again come under scrutiny following outcry over the music industry’s handling of an alleged assault on a member of a popular girl band.


Japan Intercepts 2 Russian Nuclear-Capable Fighter-Bombers

The Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) scrambled fighter jets to intercept two Sukhoi Su-24 nuclear-capable strike attack aircraft over international waters in the Sea of Japan on January 16, according to the Japan’s Ministry of Defense (MoD). The Russian aircraft reportedly did not enter Japanese


Japan's Hitachi freezes British nuclear project

Hitachi said Thursday it would freeze construction of its stalled nuclear power station in Wales due to financing problems, a blow to Britain's nuclear strategy and a costly decision for the Japanese firm.


Football: Sint Truiden sign former Japan under-19 forward Kinoshita

Belgian top flight club Sint-Truiden on Friday announced the signing of former Japan under-19 forward Kosuke Kinoshita from Swedish second-tier side Halmstads BK. The 24-year-old Kinoshita, who stands 190 centimeters tall, will join compatriots Wataru Endo and Takehiro Tomiyasu at the club owned by


Japan kicks off G-20 chairmanship, eyeing to bridge US-China rift

TOKYO -- Japan is positioning itself as an intermediary between the U.S. and China as the host of this year's Group of 20 summit, aiming to use its alliance with Washington and improving ties with Beijing to bring some resolution on trade and other issues.


An Art Duo’s Ingenious Movie About US Military Bases in Japan

TOKYO — The Japanese art duo Kyun-Chome’s newest work Making a Perfect Donut — an hour-and-a-half-long documentary — explores the various conflicts of interest that surround US military bases in Okinawa. The bases are a vestige of American occupation and are highly concentrated in the prefecture com


Japan-South Korea Tensions Grow Over Radar Lock-on Incident

Relations between Japan and South Korea have deteriorated further in the wake of an incident involving a Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Kawasaki P-1 maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) and a Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) destroyer.


The world’s first artificial meteor shower is set to fly over Japan tonight

The world is filled with strange and wonderful things, both real (see: Maine’s spinning alien ice disk) and fake (see: Thailand’s artificial rain and China’s fake moon). Now you can add to that list an artificial meteor shower set to launch over Japan tonight/tomorrow (ugh, time zones).


A Japanese firm is creating space fireworks with artificial meteors

In November each year, the Leonid meteor shower sends bright sparks shooting through the night sky, as space dust from the Tempel-Tuttle comet burns up in the atmosphere. But in 2001, observers on Earth were treated not just to a shower, but a storm – thousands of shooting stars were visible in the


Suga Shrine Staircase

Shinto shrines in Japan are often about ritual, quiet reflection and purchasing small charms of good fortune. Visit the Suga Shrine in Tokyo however, and you’re likely to encounter groups of people taking pictures—of the staircase.


Japan's listed companies double shareholder returns over 5 years

TOKYO -- Total shareholder returns, including dividends and share buybacks, for Japan's listed companies are expected to top 15 trillion yen ($137.9 billion) in fiscal 2018, through March this year, setting a record and doubling from the figure from five years earlier.


Smash Bros. Ultimate Has Already Outsold Smash 3DS In Japan After Just Five Weeks

You may have heard about this little game called Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, correct? Well, Japanese sales data has revealed that the game has already outsold its 3DS counterpart despite only being on sale for five weeks.


Carlos ‘The Ghost’ Ghosn and His Lawyer ‘The Grey Fox’ Spook Japan’s Prosecutors

TOKYO—Who would want to take on a battle with only a 1-percent chance of winning? No one in their right mind would, but sometimes you don’t have a choice. Carlos “The Ghost” Ghosn, the former chairman of Nissan and the Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi Alliance who is facing multiple criminal charges in Jap


Japan's GDP down 0.7% in November: JCER

TOKYO -- Japan's real gross domestic product declined 0.7% on the month in November, the Japan Center for Economic Research said Tuesday. This marked a a downturn from the October reading of zero. Private-sector capital investment, consumer spending and exports decreased.


Kelsea Ballerini Puts a Dreamy Spin on Shawn Mendes' 'Lost In Japan': Listen

Kelsea Ballerini released a jazzy cover of Shawn Mendes' "Lost In Japan" on Wednesday (Jan.16). The Spotify Single highlights Ballerini's silky smooth vocals as she adds a dash of country to the R&B-inspired track. But instead of bringing in a banjo, Ballerini kept some of the tune's original funk b


Xtreme Microbes Found in Crystals Buried 200 Feet Beneath the Sea of Japan

Buried hundreds of feet under the ocean bottom in the Sea of Japan, where bone-chilling temperatures and intense pressure discourage most forms of life, there live some very hardy microbes. Their deep-sea secret? They hunker down in pockets inside tiny mineral grains, which are then sealed into deep


Two suspected North Korean fishermen rescued off northern Japan

TOKYO: Two men claiming to be from North Korea were found aboard a wooden fishing boat drifting off northern Japan and have been detained, an official said on Monday (Jan 14). The wooden vessel was spotted some 1.5km off Aomori prefecture in the Sea of Japan on Sunday, according to the Japanese coas


Japan's November machinery orders stall in worrying sign over business spending

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan’s core machinery orders slowed sharply in November in a sign corporate capital expenditure could lose momentum as a bruising U.S.-China trade war spills into the global economy.