Latest news, in-depth features and opinion on Japan, covering politics, economy, society, the country's relationships with China, North Korea and South Korea and the legacy of World War Two in Asia.


New book argues Tokyo’s ‘quiet leadership’ may be rock of stability in part of world fought over by an increasingly unreliable America, aggressive China and dangerous North Korea.

  • Brown bears usually feast on salmon, but a rise in ocean temperatures has resulted in a delay in the migration pattern of the fish species
  • With their traditional food sources drying up, there are concerns that hungry bears will soon start to venture into urban areas and encounter local residents

Ramsey Khalid Ismael, a 23-year-old who goes by the screen name Johnny Somali, was arrested in late August after allegedly breaking into a construction site in Osaka.

Japan’s low interest rates, weak currency and rapid post-pandemic return to the office have fuelled overseas investor interest in its real estate sector.

Hong Kong was the world’s fourth-largest source of global property capital in the first half, according to Colliers, but it was not among the top 10 markets for inward investment.


Paint your nails with swirling Ainu designs, try on salmon-skin shoes, sample Ainu food or stay at a themed hot-springs hotel – Hokkaido in Japan is belatedly celebrating its indigenous people.

Maison Margiela’s signature split-toe Tabi shoes have been spotted on the feet of Olivia Rodrigo, Dua Lipa and SJP – but how exactly did they come into being?

It’s no easy feat to find truly exquisite contemporary Japanese restaurants in Hong Kong, but The Peninsula’s offering is a strong contender – and discerning diners will appreciate its omakase menus

In New York, PM Fumio Kishida is to outline major plans to entice foreign wealth management firms, looking at the likes of tax, tech, AI and helping female and foreign staff to thrive.


The Wasabi Company in Britain supplies 1.5 tonnes of fresh wasabi to restaurants in the UK and Europe. The CEO and his son talk about the challenges involved, and how Japanese expertise helped them.

South Korea has asked Japan to investigate a case of a Korean woman who had acute food poisoning after she was served water containing bleach at a Tokyo restaurant.


The Philippines is considering filing a case against China over alleged dead corals in the South China Sea, saying it has enough evidence of the ecological damage.

Japan’s Crown Prince Fumihito and his wife Princess Kiko arrived in Hanoi on Wednesday for a six-day trip, their first official visit since 1999.

China had previously placed a buoy in the same area of Japan’s exclusive economic area in 2018, according to a Japanese foreign ministry official.


BYD, China’s biggest EV maker, has launched its Dolphin compact hatch in Japan, where imported cars account for a small slice of the market. The base model is priced at US$24,560.

Why is it so hard for global lifestyle fashion brands or retailers to break into the Japanese consumer market? Industry insiders break it down, from partnerships and government regulations to local tastes.