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U.S. test of Aegis Ashore missile interceptor fails as Japan prepares to deploy system
  • Fri, 02 Feb 2018 04:35

The test came after the United States approved a plan in early January to sell four SM-3 Block IIA missiles to Japan. Japan Times latest articles

Nissan to become main sponsor of ‘Sazae-san’ anime after Toshiba drops out
  • Fri, 02 Feb 2018 04:29

Nissan Motor Co. will take over the main sponsorship of the popular television anime “Sazae-san,” sources have said.In November, strugglin...

Criminals smuggling gold into Japan concealed bars in aeroplane toilets as gangs grow more sophisticated in their tactics
  • Fri, 02 Feb 2018 00:37

Japanese authorities have warned international gold smuggling rings are becoming more sophisticated after cracking a scheme to conceal gold bars in ai...

Mario and Minions? Illumination to co-produce Nintendo film
  • Thu, 01 Feb 2018 20:26

Mario is getting together with the Minions.Video game company Nintendo Co. says a movie starring the plumber from the Super Mario franchise is in the ...

Bitcoin’s big wipeout erased $44 billion in virtual value in January
  • Thu, 01 Feb 2018 18:33

The slide is the biggest one-month loss in dollar terms in the short history of digital assets. Japan Times latest articles

Kyoto geisha and their apprentices copy sutra
  • Thu, 01 Feb 2018 16:39

A group of geisha and their apprentices in Japan's ancient city of Kyoto have copied Buddhist scriptures to learn more about traditional culture. (NHK...

Japanese and Australian researchers develop quick way to diagnose Alzheimer’s with simple blood test
  • Thu, 01 Feb 2018 16:26

Japanese and Australian researchers have developed a simple and affordable blood test to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease, they reported in the scie...

The limits of Japan's cruise missile plan
  • Thu, 01 Feb 2018 14:34

Japan's plans to acquire cruise missiles for its combat aircraft are a step forward in its ability to provide for its own defence. But these weapons w...

Japan's biggest messaging app Line is planning to launch a cryptocurrency exchange
  • Thu, 01 Feb 2018 14:29

Japanese messaging service Line Corp is expanding its reach into financial technology, or fintech, with a new company that offers a cryptocurrency exc...

Total lunar eclipse observed in Japan
  • Thu, 01 Feb 2018 12:29

People across Japan enjoyed the first total lunar eclipse in nearly 3 years on Wednesday night. (NHK) News On Japan

Fire at welfare facility in Sapporo kills 11
  • Thu, 01 Feb 2018 08:27

Eleven people died in a fire at a support facility for people on welfare in Japan's northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido on Wednesday night. (NHK) New...

Trump’s first State of the Union speech rehashes stances, reveals few new details on North Korea, trade
  • Thu, 01 Feb 2018 06:35

In his first State of the Union address, U.S. President Donald Trump branded the North Korean regime “depraved” and touted his pushback ag...

Rare ‘lunar trifecta’ battles cloud cover to make appearance in night skies over Japan
  • Thu, 01 Feb 2018 04:36

Many of the nation’s star gazers were treated to celestial show Wednesday night with the appearance of a “super blue blood moon,” a ...

Man arrested after stabbing spree with ice pick leaves 2 hurt in Gyoda
  • Thu, 01 Feb 2018 02:28

Saitama Prefectural Police on Sunday arrested a 46-year-old man who wielded an ice pick during a stabbing incident that left two people injured at a t...

Japan Atomic Energy Agency approved to operate research reactor under post-Fukushima rules
  • Thu, 01 Feb 2018 00:28

The reactor in Ibaraki Prefecture gained approval from the Nuclear Regulation Authority to resume operations and will be used to conduct research on t...

Father arrested for burning sons with hot metal
  • Wed, 31 Jan 2018 22:25

A 29-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of abusing his two sons, aged 5 and 6, at their residence in Fujinomiya, Shizuoka Prefecture. (Japan...

Kanagawa to test free smartphone rentals for tourists
  • Wed, 31 Jan 2018 20:34

Kanagawa Prefecture will test a free smartphone rental service for foreign tourists from mid-February to the end of March as the country readies itsel...

Coincheck hackers believed trying to move stolen cryptocurrency into exchanges
  • Wed, 31 Jan 2018 20:25

XEM cryptocurrency’s creator traces the ¥58 billion in stolen coins to an unidentified account, with its owner trying to move the coins to exchange...

‘Country of cowards’: Comedy duo’s political satire stands out in gun-shy Japan
  • Wed, 31 Jan 2018 18:30

In what was perhaps a make-or-break moment for their careers, comedy duo Woman Rush Hour did something on prime-time television in December that most ...

26-year prison term upheld for man over death of infant he was babysitter
  • Wed, 31 Jan 2018 14:27

The Tokyo High Court on Tuesday upheld a lower court ruling that sentenced a 29-year-man to 26 years in prison for killing a 2-year-old boy he baby-sa...

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