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South Korea orders Japan to pay damages to group of former ‘comfort women’ over treatment in military brothels

Japan had until Friday to appeal the first such ruling in South Korea, but it refused to participate in the case, citing sovereign immunity.

23 Jan 2021 - 7:21AM

Japan had until Friday to appeal the first such ruling in South Korea, but it refused to participate in the case, citing sovereign immunity.

South Korea orders Japan to pay damages to group of former ‘comfort women’ over treatment in military brothels
Tokyo 2020 spectators not a ‘must-have’ and ‘it’s either 2021 or nothing’, says IOC’s Dick Pound

International Olympic Committee member Dick Pound says a spectator-less Games would be better than a full cancellation as public pressure mounts.

21 Jan 2021 - 1:53PM

International Olympic Committee member Dick Pound says a spectator-less Games would be better than a full cancellation as public pressure mounts.

Tokyo 2020 spectators not a ‘must-have’ and ‘it’s either 2021 or nothing’, says IOC’s Dick Pound
Japan’s Motegi takes aim at South Korea ‘comfort women’ ruling, China territorial rows

Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said South Korea’s ‘comfort women’ ruling created an ‘abnormal’ situation, while Beijing’s territorial incursions were ‘unacceptable’.

18 Jan 2021 - 8:50PM

Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said South Korea’s ‘comfort women’ ruling created an ‘abnormal’ situation, while Beijing’s territorial incursions were ‘unacceptable’.

Japan’s Motegi takes aim at South Korea ‘comfort women’ ruling, China territorial rows
Coronavirus: Japan to study cases of people infected even after vaccination

While inoculations prevent people from getting sick, it is not yet clear whether the shots prevent them from getting infected.

18 Jan 2021 - 7:44AM

While inoculations prevent people from getting sick, it is not yet clear whether the shots prevent them from getting infected.

Coronavirus: Japan to study cases of people infected even after vaccination
Japan, US greet European naval deployments in Asia as counter to China’s rise

Britain plans to deploy an aircraft carrier strike group to East Asia, as France dispatches a naval vessel to Japan and Germany sends a frigate to the Indian Ocean.

5 Jan 2021 - 2:26PM

Britain plans to deploy an aircraft carrier strike group to East Asia, as France dispatches a naval vessel to Japan and Germany sends a frigate to the Indian Ocean.

Japan, US greet European naval deployments in Asia as counter to China’s rise
Japan opposition party pushing divided Liberal Democratic Party over separate surnames for married couples

A deep divide surfaced within the LDP led by Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga as to whether to introduce such an alternative to a single surname per couple.

11 Jan 2021 - 10:44AM

A deep divide surfaced within the LDP led by Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga as to whether to introduce such an alternative to a single surname per couple.

Japan opposition party pushing divided Liberal Democratic Party over separate surnames for married couples
Japan’s government to ask experts whether to declare another coronavirus state of emergency

Japan is struggling to curb coronavirus infections with more than 3,100 new cases confirmed on Sunday.

4 Jan 2021 - 4:39AM

Japan is struggling to curb coronavirus infections with more than 3,100 new cases confirmed on Sunday.

Japan’s government to ask experts whether to declare another coronavirus state of emergency
Debate over Emperor Akihito’s evacuation to Kyoto in days after Fukushima nuclear disaster

The Imperial Household Agency dismissed the idea, saying there was ‘no way’ the emperor would do it at a time when people were not evacuating from Tokyo.

3 Jan 2021 - 9:52PM

The Imperial Household Agency dismissed the idea, saying there was ‘no way’ the emperor would do it at a time when people were not evacuating from Tokyo.

Debate over Emperor Akihito’s evacuation to Kyoto in days after Fukushima nuclear disaster
Coronavirus rains on Tokyo’s parade as Asakusa Samba Carnival postponed indefinitely

The late-summer Tokyo highlight sees high-tempo Brazilian rhythms filling the streets of Asakusa, one of the city’s most popular tourist spots.

3 Jan 2021 - 5:55AM

The late-summer Tokyo highlight sees high-tempo Brazilian rhythms filling the streets of Asakusa, one of the city’s most popular tourist spots.

Coronavirus rains on Tokyo’s parade as Asakusa Samba Carnival postponed indefinitely
Declaring a coronavirus state of emergency in Japan would impact delayed Tokyo Olympics

Tokyo joined Saitama, Chiba, and Kanagawa prefectures on Saturday in a joint appeal to the central government to declare a state of emergency.

3 Jan 2021 - 2:47AM

Tokyo joined Saitama, Chiba, and Kanagawa prefectures on Saturday in a joint appeal to the central government to declare a state of emergency.

Declaring a coronavirus state of emergency in Japan would impact delayed Tokyo Olympics
Japan gave US and UK intelligence on China’s crackdown on Uygurs in Xinjiang: source

Based on the information, Washington stepped up criticism against Beijing’s alleged crackdown on Uygurs, said a source close to US-Japan ties.

29 Dec 2020 - 1:19PM

Based on the information, Washington stepped up criticism against Beijing’s alleged crackdown on Uygurs, said a source close to US-Japan ties.

Japan gave US and UK intelligence on China’s crackdown on Uygurs in Xinjiang: source
Japan-South Korea ties remain cold, five years after ‘comfort women’ agreement

The neighbours’ differences over wartime labour compensation are deep, and they are unlikely to fundamentally resolve the issue, observers say.

28 Dec 2020 - 10:11AM

The neighbours’ differences over wartime labour compensation are deep, and they are unlikely to fundamentally resolve the issue, observers say.

Japan-South Korea ties remain cold, five years after ‘comfort women’ agreement
In Japan, Donald Trump supporters, QAnon fans still think Joe Biden lost US election

At a Tokyo rally held last month, some supporters say ‘the outgoing US president is the only person who can resist China’s Xi Jinping.’

26 Dec 2020 - 7:31PM

At a Tokyo rally held last month, some supporters say ‘the outgoing US president is the only person who can resist China’s Xi Jinping.’

In Japan, Donald Trump supporters, QAnon fans still think Joe Biden lost US election
Military deployed as Japan snowfall leaves thousands without power, vehicles stranded

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said the military is being deployed to help residents after 10,000 households lost electricity and 1,000 vehicles got stuck on roads.

17 Dec 2020 - 10:16PM

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said the military is being deployed to help residents after 10,000 households lost electricity and 1,000 vehicles got stuck on roads.

Military deployed as Japan snowfall leaves thousands without power, vehicles stranded
Japanese man who cyberbullied Terrace House star Hana Kimura referred to prosecutors

The man is suspected by police of making anonymous posts directed at Hana Kimura such as, ‘Is there any value to your life?’.

17 Dec 2020 - 11:17AM

The man is suspected by police of making anonymous posts directed at Hana Kimura such as, ‘Is there any value to your life?’.

Japanese man who cyberbullied Terrace House star Hana Kimura referred to prosecutors
Japan’s ‘Twitter killer’ Takahiro Shiraishi sentenced to death for nine murders

Takahiro Shiraishi had confessed to murdering, dismembering and storing the bodies of nine people who had posted suicidal thoughts on social media.

16 Dec 2020 - 1:58PM

Takahiro Shiraishi had confessed to murdering, dismembering and storing the bodies of nine people who had posted suicidal thoughts on social media.

Japan’s ‘Twitter killer’ Takahiro Shiraishi sentenced to death for nine murders
Japan to build two ships equipped with Aegis missile defence system

Earlier this year, Japan scrapped plans to deploy the US-developed Aegis Ashore defence systems, designed to counter the North Korean missile threat.

9 Dec 2020 - 4:07PM

Earlier this year, Japan scrapped plans to deploy the US-developed Aegis Ashore defence systems, designed to counter the North Korean missile threat.

Japan to build two ships equipped with Aegis missile defence system
Support for Japanese PM Yoshihide Suga’s cabinet plunges over coronavirus resurgence

A survey found the approval rate for Japan’s cabinet fell over 10 points, while there is also discontent over former PM Shinzo Abe’s account of a funding scandal.

7 Dec 2020 - 8:00AM

A survey found the approval rate for Japan’s cabinet fell over 10 points, while there is also discontent over former PM Shinzo Abe’s account of a funding scandal.

Support for Japanese PM Yoshihide Suga’s cabinet plunges over coronavirus resurgence
Japan spacecraft Hayabusa2 drops capsule to Earth with Ryugu asteroid samples

The capsule is due to re-enter Earth’s atmosphere early Sunday before landing in a southern Australian desert.

5 Dec 2020 - 8:52PM

The capsule is due to re-enter Earth’s atmosphere early Sunday before landing in a southern Australian desert.

Japan spacecraft Hayabusa2 drops capsule to Earth with Ryugu asteroid samples
Coronavirus antibodies remain in body for at least six months, Japanese study finds

Yokohama City University studied 376 former Covid-19 patients and found 98 per cent had neutralising antibodies, suggesting vaccines would last some time.

2 Dec 2020 - 11:31PM

Yokohama City University studied 376 former Covid-19 patients and found 98 per cent had neutralising antibodies, suggesting vaccines would last some time.

Coronavirus antibodies remain in body for at least six months, Japanese study finds
Japan’s Crown Prince Fumihito ‘approves’ of daughter Princess Mako’s marriage to university boyfriend Kei Komuro

Fumihito reiterated that Komuro’s mother must solve a money dispute she is involved in first.

30 Nov 2020 - 11:29AM

Fumihito reiterated that Komuro’s mother must solve a money dispute she is involved in first.

Japan’s Crown Prince Fumihito ‘approves’ of daughter Princess Mako’s marriage to university boyfriend Kei Komuro
Japan condemns China’s renewed Diaoyu claim days after Wang Yi’s comments

Foreign Minister Motegi rejected as ‘totally unacceptable’ his Chinese counterpart’s remarks claiming Beijing’s sovereignty over the Tokyo-administered islands.

27 Nov 2020 - 9:19PM

Foreign Minister Motegi rejected as ‘totally unacceptable’ his Chinese counterpart’s remarks claiming Beijing’s sovereignty over the Tokyo-administered islands.

Japan condemns China’s renewed Diaoyu claim days after Wang Yi’s comments
Japan netizens support death penalty for man who butchered suicidal victims

Prosecutors have sought capital punishment for Takahiro Shiraishi, 30, who admitted to killing, dismembering and storing the bodies of nine people.

26 Nov 2020 - 3:25PM

Prosecutors have sought capital punishment for Takahiro Shiraishi, 30, who admitted to killing, dismembering and storing the bodies of nine people.

Japan netizens support death penalty for man who butchered suicidal victims
What’s in a surname? Japanese PM Suga stirs hopes that married women can depart from convention

Japan’s civil code requires married couples to have the same surname, but the prime minister’s recent comments suggest change is afoot.

22 Nov 2020 - 10:52PM

Japan’s civil code requires married couples to have the same surname, but the prime minister’s recent comments suggest change is afoot.

What’s in a surname? Japanese PM Suga stirs hopes that married women can depart from convention
Obama ‘not in a position to criticise’ Japan’s politics in memoir: analyst

The ex-US president described Tokyo’s politics as ‘aimless’ during his term, but a Japanese professor said Obama should consider some of his own policy failures.

18 Nov 2020 - 3:37PM

The ex-US president described Tokyo’s politics as ‘aimless’ during his term, but a Japanese professor said Obama should consider some of his own policy failures.

Obama ‘not in a position to criticise’ Japan’s politics in memoir: analyst
Senkaku Islands fall under Japan-US security pact, defence chiefs confirm

Japan’s Nobuo Kishi and US acting defence secretary Christopher Miller discussed the uninhabited islands, known as Diaoyu in China.

14 Nov 2020 - 2:08PM

Japan’s Nobuo Kishi and US acting defence secretary Christopher Miller discussed the uninhabited islands, known as Diaoyu in China.

Senkaku Islands fall under Japan-US security pact, defence chiefs confirm
China’s military aims to use AI to dominate in cyber and outer space, Japanese think tank warns

Defence ministry think tank says Beijing wants to match the US by transforming PLA with the help of advanced technologies.

14 Nov 2020 - 10:49PM

Defence ministry think tank says Beijing wants to match the US by transforming PLA with the help of advanced technologies.

China’s military aims to use AI to dominate in cyber and outer space, Japanese think tank warns
Asian-Americans hope for less racism, a more inclusive society under Joe Biden

Even those who don’t agree with the Democrat’s policies are looking forward to having a president who does not actively incite racism and division.

11 Nov 2020 - 9:51PM

Even those who don’t agree with the Democrat’s policies are looking forward to having a president who does not actively incite racism and division.

Asian-Americans hope for less racism, a more inclusive society under Joe Biden
Coronavirus: Japan mulls exempting overseas visitors for Olympics from quarantine

International travellers currently face 14-day quarantine period.

11 Nov 2020 - 1:33AM

International travellers currently face 14-day quarantine period.

Coronavirus: Japan mulls exempting overseas visitors for Olympics from quarantine
Japanese mayor ‘Jo Baiden’ welcomes internet fame after US election

Yutaka Umeda, mayor of Yamato in Kumamoto Prefecture, was caught by surprise when his family told him that the alternative reading of his name.

12 Nov 2020 - 6:28PM

Yutaka Umeda, mayor of Yamato in Kumamoto Prefecture, was caught by surprise when his family told him that the alternative reading of his name.

Japanese mayor ‘Jo Baiden’ welcomes internet fame after US election