Stories By Japan Bureau Chief Michiyo Ishida
122 Aug 2014 Fri
Despite having no diplomatic ties, a Japanese politician is set to organise a two-day wrestling festival in North Korea.
221 Aug 2014 Thu
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, which is aimed at raising awareness and funds for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis - also known as Lou Gehrig's disease - is spreading around the world. In Tokyo, former sports stars and corporate leaders were among those who took up the challenge on Thursday (Aug 21).
320 Aug 2014 Wed
According to Japan's Trade Ministry, the market for "smart homes" will be worth nearly US$34 billion (S$42.4 billion) in six years' time.
419 Aug 2014 Tue
Islamic State militants have confirmed the capture of a Japanese man in northern Syria, according to Japan's Kyodo news agency. It is not known whether he has been harmed or not, and there are conflicting reports on what he was doing in Syria.
519 Aug 2014 Tue
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to dispatch his study team to the US and Singapore as a review of the legislation to legalise casinos is set to go into full swing in the upcoming parliamentary session.
614 Aug 2014 Thu
Tokyo lodged a strong protest with Moscow on Thursday (Aug 14) after Russia started a large-scale military drill on a northern Pacific island chain which Japan also claims as its own.
708 Aug 2014 Fri
Japan's committed to actively engage with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on security issues exacerbated by tension in the South China Sea. It also seeks ASEAN's support in its negotiations with North Korea on the possible release of Japanese kidnapped in the 70s and 80s.
805 Aug 2014 Tue
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is pushing a plan to promote the empowerment of women in the work force - he wants at least 30 per cent of managerial posts to be held by women by 2020. But it is an ambitious target.
904 Aug 2014 Mon
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to reshuffle his cabinet for the first time in September, and he has said that he will try to keep women in the cabinet as he looks to set an example in his drive to boost female workforce participation.
1025 Jul 2014 Fri
The United Nations has called on developing nations to further develop the infrastructure and social protection systems to guard against the threat of disasters and conflict.