Tag: Japan

  • One dead as heavy snow and record cold hit Japan

    One dead as heavy snow and record cold hit Japan

    Tourists revelled in wintry scenes across Japan on Wednesday, as much of the country was blanketed by snow in a cold snap that has killed at least one person and disrupted travel. “These temperatures are some of the coldest we’ve seen in a decade,” Japan Meteorological Agency official Takafumi Umeda told AFP. Record lows were logged […]

  • 18 missing, 4 rescued after cargo ship sinks off southwest Japan | Weather News

    18 missing, 4 rescued after cargo ship sinks off southwest Japan | Weather News

    Search and rescue efforts are under way after a cargo ship carrying lumber capsizes between Japan and South Korea. Japan and South Korea are searching for 18 crew members of a cargo ship that capsized in rough weather. A spokesperson for the Japanese Coast Guard said four crew members were rescued on Wednesday after the […]

  • Japan PM says tackling birth rate crisis ‘cannot wait’

    Japan PM says tackling birth rate crisis ‘cannot wait’

    Japan’s low birth rate and ageing population pose an urgent risk to society, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Monday, pledging to address the issue by establishing a new government agency. Birth rates are declining in many developed countries, but in Japan the issue is particularly acute because it has the world’s second-highest proportion of people […]

  • ‘Now or never’: Kishida says Japan has to act on population drop | Politics News

    ‘Now or never’: Kishida says Japan has to act on population drop | Politics News

    Kishida says government will take steps to tackle the slowing birth rate, which fell to a record low in 2021. Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida says Japan must take urgent steps to address the country’s declining birth rate, and that it was “now or never” for the world’s oldest society. “Our nation is on the […]

  • Japan firm defends owning Van Gogh’s Sunflowers amid lawsuit | Arts and Culture News

    Japan firm defends owning Van Gogh’s Sunflowers amid lawsuit | Arts and Culture News

    Famous painting at the centre of a legal battle after the former owner’s family files a US lawsuit demanding its return. A Japanese company has defended its ownership of Van Gogh’s Sunflowers, obtained at auction in 1987, after the family of its former owner filed a US lawsuit demanding its return. The artwork – one […]

  • Pacific Islands urge Japan to delay release of Fukushima waste | News

    Pacific Islands urge Japan to delay release of Fukushima waste | News

    Japan’s planned release of wastewater from the Fukushima power plant raises concerns in Pacific Island nations that are still grappling with the legacy of nuclear testing decades ago. Pacific Island nations have urged Japan to delay the release of wastewater from the Fukushima nuclear power plant over fears it could contaminate fishing grounds. The appeal […]

  • Japan shrugs as Gwen Stefani’s ‘cultural appropriation’ roils US | Music News

    Japan shrugs as Gwen Stefani’s ‘cultural appropriation’ roils US | Music News

    Tokyo, Japan – When Eriko Sairyo, a 30-year-old professional who lives in Shizuoka, Japan, saw that American pop singer Gwen Stefani was being accused of “cultural appropriation” in Western media, she couldn’t understand the controversy. “I personally think that it’s pretty cool that people want to incorporate Japanese styles into their fashion,” Sairyo, who works […]

  • Japan, US and Europe must act together on China, PM Kishida says | Politics News

    Japan, US and Europe must act together on China, PM Kishida says | Politics News

    If Russia’s use of force against Ukraine goes ‘unchallenged, it will happen elsewhere in the world, including Asia’, Japan’s prime minister says. Japan, the United States and Europe must act in unison on China, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said in Washington, DC, during a visit aimed at enhancing Tokyo’s alliance with the US in […]

  • Japan racks up new security deals with eyes on China

    Japan racks up new security deals with eyes on China

    Space defence, US troop deployments and a “hugely significant” deal with Britain: Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is collecting more than souvenirs on his whirlwind diplomatic tour. Defence has dominated his agenda this week in meetings with Group of Seven allies in Europe and North America, as the Japanese leader seeks to draw friends closer […]

  • Biden hosting Kishida as US, Japan bolster ties in face of China | Joe Biden News

    Biden hosting Kishida as US, Japan bolster ties in face of China | Joe Biden News

    US President Joe Biden is hosting Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida at the White House, as Kishida ends a week-long, diplomatic push to bolster partnerships with Group of Seven (G7) allies in Europe and North America in the face of growing pressure from China. The high-level talks in Washington, DC, on Friday come a day […]

  • Japan prosecutors indict man for murder over Abe assassination

    Japan prosecutors indict man for murder over Abe assassination

    Japanese prosecutors on Friday indicted the man accused of killing former prime minister Shinzo Abe for murder and violation of gun control laws, local media said. Tetsuya Yamagami was detained immediately after the former Japanese premier was gunned down last July while giving a campaign speech in the western city of Nara. Abe’s last moments […]

  • Japan prosecutors indict man for ex-PM Shinzo Abe murder: Media | Crime News

    Japan prosecutors indict man for ex-PM Shinzo Abe murder: Media | Crime News

    Suspect Tetsuya Yamagami, 42, was indicted on murder charges and violating gun laws for alleged shooting of Shinzo Abe in July 2022. Japanese prosecutors have indicted the man suspected of killing former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe following confirmation that he was competent to stand trial, local media outlets have reported. Public Prosecutors Office in Nara […]

  • Japan says Fukushima water release to start in ‘spring or summer’ | Fukushima News

    Japan says Fukushima water release to start in ‘spring or summer’ | Fukushima News

    Controversial plan will see some 1 million tonnes of water used to cool the ruined plant’s reactors released into the Pacific. The Japanese government has said it will start releasing contaminated water from Fukushima, the nuclear power plant devastated by a tsunami in 2011, into the ocean sometime “around this spring or summer”. Spring usually […]

  • US, Japan agree to strengthen security ties amid China worries | Military News

    US, Japan agree to strengthen security ties amid China worries | Military News

    The United States and Japan have unveiled plans to strengthen security cooperation in the face of shared worries about China. In a joint statement issued on Wednesday in Washington, DC after talks between the US and Japanese foreign and defence ministers, the two countries said China presented an “unprecedented” threat to international order and pledged […]

  • Japan, UK sign ‘hugely significant’ defence deal | Politics News

    Japan, UK sign ‘hugely significant’ defence deal | Politics News

    Japan and the United Kingdom have signed a “hugely significant” new defence deal as Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, who recently unveiled his country’s biggest military buildup since World War II, seeks to bolster security ties with G7 partners amid worries about China’s growing power. Kishida and the UK’s Prime Minister Rishi Sunak signed the […]