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American Student J‌ail‌ed‌ for Over 8 Months in Japan for A‌ll‌eged‌‌ly Br‌eak‌ing a Lamp

A University of Redlands student has been in ja‌‌il for the past eight months in Japan after being ar‌r‌est‌‌ed for allegedly breaking a lamp. Julian Adame, who went to Japan after studying religion in Indonesia, failed to meet his friend, Kate Emmons, in Thailand.


Trans people must still be sterilized before changing gender in Japan after top court upholds ruling

Tokyo (CNN)Japan has upheld a law effectively requiring trans people seeking to legally change their gender to be sterilized. Takakito Usui, a transgender man who wants to change the gender listed on his official documents, had appealed to the court seeking to overturn Law 111, which requires applic


Carlos Ghosn Declares His Innocence and Is Denied Bail in Japan. That’s a Pattern.

TOKYO — After Bernard L. Madoff, arguably the most notorious financial criminal of all time, was arrested for defrauding investors in a multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme, he was released on $10 million in bail the same day. Until his trial months later, he lived and slept in his Manhattan penthouse.


World's Oldest Man, Who Loved Sweets and Lived at a Hot Springs Inn, Dies in Japan at 113

The oldest living man in the world died on Sunday, according to Guinness World Records. Masazo Nonaka, who was 113 years and 179 days old at the time, passed away peacefully in his home on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido. He did not have any health problems, and the death appeared due to na


Japan cuts view of exports as U.S.-China trade war hurts trade

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan has cut its assessment of exports in January for the first time in three months due to the trade war between the United States and China in a warning that the fallout is spreading to the world’s third-largest economy.


Japanese government plans to hack into citizens' IoT devices

The Japanese government approved a law amendment on Friday that will allow government workers to hack into people's Internet of Things devices as part of an unprecedented survey of insecure IoT devices.


Classic stove train takes travelers through Japan's wintery landscapes

(CNN) — Japan's famous bullet trains may have revolutionized high-speed rail travel, but there are still many travelers who prefer a scenic slow ride on one of the country's old-fashioned regional trains.


Japan's ANA considers order of Boeing jets

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan’s ANA Holdings confirmed on Tuesday that it was considering an order of Boeing Co jets, after Reuters earlier reported that it was close to buying 30 of the new 737 MAX jets in a deal worth $3.5 billion.


Japan, not China, may be winning Asia's infrastructure investment contest

For years, Japan has been Southeast Asia's top source of infrastructure investment. With China's Belt and Road Initiative now in the picture, the Asian economic powers are competing for regional influence.


Nissan investigated by SEC after Carlos Ghosn charges in Japan

Nissan confirmed on Monday it was being investigated by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), undermining its efforts to move on from the arrest of former leader Carlos Ghosn.


Amid tensions with Japan, South Korea to boost world awareness on wartime sex abuses

DAVOS, Switzerland/SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea is committed to advancing relations with Japan but will step up efforts to share with the world its experience of Japanese wartime atrocities, including sexual violence against its women, Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha told Reuters.


Russia and Japan at odds over seven-decade-old Kuril Islands dispute

(CNN)On Tuesday, the leaders of Japan and Russia will hold talks on what remains one of the world's longest-running unresolved international disputes. The Kuril Islands, referred to as the Southern Kurils by Russia and the Northern Territories by Japan, were captured by Soviet forces following Japan


South Korea, Australia, Japan aiming to improve at Asian Cup

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- South Korea, Japan and defending champion Australia all made it through to the quarterfinals of the Asian Cup knowing there is plenty of room for improvement.


Japan to resume commercial whaling one day after leaving the IWC

Japan will resume commercial whaling for the first time in three decades immediately after it leaves the body responsible for protecting global whale populations. Media reports said a fleet would leave for the country’s coastal waters on 1 July, a day after its official exit from the International W


Japan-Themed Mini-Season of ‘Queer Eye’ Premiering in 2019

After spending a big chunk of 2018 filming Season 3 of Queer Eye in the Midwest, the members of the Fab Five are now headed to Japan to shoot a four-episode installment of Netflix’s hit lifestyle makeover show.


How to See Japan's Cherry Blossoms in 2019

Cherry blossom season in Japan is a big deal: There are blogs, news reports, special menus, talk shows, and festivals following the trees as they go into full bloom across the country. There's even a Japanese word, hanami, specifically devoted to the viewing of cherry blossoms—and picnicking beneath


Japan beats Vietnam 1-0 to reach semifinals of Asian Cup

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Four-time champion Japan was first into the Asian Cup semifinals after beating Vietnam 1-0 on Thursday. Midfielder Ritsu Doan converted from the penalty spot with a low left-foot shot in the 57th minute of the quarterfinal.


Why a military spat between Japan and South Korea could snowball into crisis

(CNN)Japan and South Korea are engaged in a heated military dispute that analysts say could damage the already tenuous geopolitical situation in northeast Asia if the two sides do not reach a resolution.


Japan Suggests Using Recycled Materials for Medals at Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

Sustainability will be at the heart of the Olympic games in Tokyo in 2020 — and now, Japanese olympic organizers have made a suggestion that will bring the focus on sustainability front and center at the summer games: They want to make medals out of recycled materials.


Naomi Osaka will soon be forced to choose whether to play for the US or Japan

After her victory at the Australian Open over the weekend, 21-year-old tennis star Naomi Osaka is being feted in Japan, which finally has its first-ever tennis player to be ranked No. 1. In less than nine months time, however, she faces a difficult choice that will determine whether she can ever pla