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Lost: Struggling to cope with millions of unclaimed items in Tokyo

Among the millions of items that were registered with Tokyo's lost and found center last year was an urn containing someone's ashes. And yet this ...

Never forget: keeping track of belongings with technology

A Tokyo-based startup is offering a range of services to help people keep track of their belongings. Mamorio Inc. has created a small electronic tag ...

Discrimination in day care is a vexed issue

Last January, the mayor of Chiba, Toshihito Kumagai, raised eyebrows when he called for increasing the number of male staff in the city's public day ...

'Record of a Night Too Brief': Hiromi Kawakami uncoils life's mysteries with an exploration of dreams

When I met the popular author Hiromi Kawakami in London recently, I asked her thoughts about the great authors of Japan's literary past. Did she, ...

The British tradition of afternoon tea is alive and evolving in Japan

Although afternoon tea is a British tradition, Japan, too, offers an opportunity to enjoy tea time with all the luxurious trimmings. Traditional afternoon tea is ...

Sounds of silence? Trump's alpha-male body language speaks volumes

The alpha-male handshake. The deadpan reaction from NATO leaders. The presidential push to the front of the pack. Even if Donald Trump hasn't done a ...

Kyoko Sato: Curator inspired by New York's artistic energy

Kyoko Sato hit bottom soon after arriving in New York in 2002 to be with the man who was to become her husband . ...

Kunsei Lover Fumo: where food is better smoked

At Kunsei Lover Fumo, smoking , of the food, that is , is so desirable that it appears twice in the name of the restaurant, ...

Sumiba Yakitori Enza: U.S. cinema meets grilled chicken

It's not quite cinema-dark inside Enza, but it's not far off. Indeed, the cinema connection is apposite: In many ways Enza is as much about ...

Kamata feels fan support helped fuel Tochigi's run to B. League crown

Perhaps it was fitting that it was the Tochigi Brex hoisting the first B. League championship trophy at Yoyogi National Gymnasium on Saturday evening. Tochigi ...

Hone your knowledge of Japanese kitchen knives

Japanese kitchen knives have a worldwide reputation for excellent quality and artistic beauty. The trouble is, there's so much mythology and romance surrounding them, not ...

Pineapple potato chips push flavor envelope

A few years back, Japanese snack maker Koikeya released a series of fruit-flavored chips. They were billed as a “breakfast snack,” but mostly got attention ...

Magazine snares rival 'scoop thief' red-handed

In its May 25 issue, Shukan Shincho set pens a-pushing and tongues a-wagging throughout the nation by accusing rival weekly magazine Shukan Bunshun of engaging ...

G-7 leaders give U.S. more time on Paris agreement, put more pressure on North

The G-7 summit in Italy ends with a deal to give America more time to confirm its commitment to the Paris climate agreement, and to ...

Under Abe, are we heading toward a beautiful Japan or an ugly future?

Where is the beauty in downplaying the "comfort women" issue, muzzling the media, promoting patriotic education, rolling back transparency and restarting nuclear reactors?The post Under ...

'The Wages of Guilt: Memories of War in Germany and Japan': Is it fair to compare wartime experiences?

Despite regular, if sometimes half-hearted apologies, China and South Korea have repeatedly accused Japan of being unrepentant and insincere in its attitude to World War ...

'The Stakes of Exposure: Anxious Bodies in Postwar Japanese Art': Unpacking politics, protest and gender

Namiko Kunimoto's new book, “The Stakes of Exposure,” interweaves artist practices and works with key events in postwar Japan. As such, the reader will learn ...

Brex claim first B. League title

An exciting new era for pro basketball in Japan produced an appropriate final chapter to close out its inaugural season on Saturday afternoon. The first ...

Magician Ben Daggers: 'Magic has the unique ability to bring people back to a child-like state where anything is possible'

Self-described English gentleman on drinking tea and a new trick involving an audience member and a lemon.The post Magician Ben Daggers: 'Magic has the unique ...

Japan's dreaded sixth season

"I can't tell if it's hot or cold ."The post Japan's dreaded sixth season appeared first on The Japan Times.

Replanting project launched to restore pine tree forest in tsunami-hit Rikuzentakata

A project to restore a pine tree forest wiped out by the tsunami that destroyed Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, in March 2011 kicked off Saturday with ...

Brex claim first B. League title

B. League Championship Final Ed Odeven An exciting new era for pro basketball in Japan produced an appropriate final chapter to close out its inaugural ...

Peguero's grand slam helps Eagles soar above Lions

Carlos Peguero hit a grand slam and Manabu Mima worked six innings as the Pacific League-leading Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles came from behind to beat ...

Kashiwa moves atop J. League after seventh straight victory

Kashiwa Reysol stretched their winning streak to seven games Saturday, topping the J. League first division with a 4-2 defeat of last-place Omiya Ardija. Kosuke ...

Hakuho wraps up 38th championship

Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho defeated ozeki Terunofuji on Saturday to capture a record-extending 38th career title with a day to spare at the Summer Grand Sumo ...

Momota makes return to sport

Fallen Japanese badminton star Kento Momota made his competitive comeback Saturday after his ban for illegal gambling was lifted earlier this month. Momota, whose suspension ...

Kanter lashes out over Turkish arrest warrant

Enes Kanter, the Turkish NBA star whose home country has revoked his passport, on Friday expressed disdain on social media at reports that Turkey's government ...

Cheetahs blow out Sunwolves

The Sunwolves failed to pick up their second win of the Super Rugby season on Saturday after a 47-7 defeat to South Africa's Cheetahs. The ...

Abe, Macron vow to advance trade, forge ahead on defense

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron agreed Friday in their first bilateral summit to push ahead with cooperation in trade ...

Limiting universities in Tokyo

The government needs better ideas than limiting universities' expansion options if it wants to halt the population flow into the Tokyo area.The post Limiting universities ...

Burton Watson, noted translator, remembered

Burton Watson, the foremost translator of Chinese classics and poetry into English, chose to live much of his long life in Japan.The post Burton Watson, ...

Meiji Era juvenile prison in Nara to be converted to hotel

A defunct prison dating from the Meiji Era in the city of Nara will be turned into a hotel as part of the central government's ...

GSDF completes withdrawal from South Sudan

The last part of the Ground Self-Defense Force unit deployed to volatile South Sudan returns safely to Japan, ending its longest U.N. mission ever.The post ...

Shibuya indicted in slaying of Vietnamese girl in Chiba

The former head of an elementary school parents' association is indicted for allegedly murdering a Vietnamese girl who attended the school in Chiba Prefecture.The post ...

Pikotaro joins Koike to promote LED exchange program in Tokyo

Pikotaro pitches free LED upgrades Jiji , Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike , with a little help from comedian Pikotaro , is promoting energy savings by ...

Nishikori upset in semis

Top seed and defending champion Stan Wawrinka on Friday reached the Geneva clay court final, where he'll face German outsider Mischa Zverev, who stunned Kei ...

Yankees fall despite strong performance from Tanaka

Masahiro Tanaka threw seven-plus strong innings and had a major league career-high 13 strikeouts Friday, but it was not enough to stop the New York ...

Robust JGB income helps BOJ log first jump in surplus in two years

The Bank of Japan has posted the first rise in its surplus in two years, thanks to a rise in interest income from its massive ...

Osaka commodity exchange to request permanent listing of rice futures

The Osaka Dojima Commodity Exchange plans to apply with the agriculture ministry to get rice futures, which are being traded on a trial basis, permanently ...

JAL eyes boost in Aussie and Hawaiian flights while reducing flights to France, South Korea

Japan Airlines is looking to open new routes to Australia and Hawaii this fall, sources said. The move comes after the transport ministry ended supervision ...

Philippines forces hit militants; civilians wave white flags

Philippine military jets fired rockets at militant positions Saturday as soldiers fought to wrest control of a southern city from gunmen linked to the Islamic ...

Texas governor draws criticism for joke about shooting journalists

Texas Governor Greg Abbott joked about shooting journalists while visiting a gun range on Friday to sign a bill lowering the cost of a handgun ...

Pikotaro joins Koike to promote LED exchange program

Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike — with a little help from comedian Pikotaro — is promoting energy savings by offering free upgrades to LED lights. Koike ...

Chiba prosecutors indict former school association head Shibuya in murder of Vietnamese third-grader

Public prosecutors on Friday indicted Yasumasa Shibuya, 46, a former head of the parents' association at an elementary school in Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture, for allegedly ...

Oregon man hurling racial slurs kills two, injures one on train

Two people died Friday and another was hurt in a stabbing on a Portland light-rail train by a man who yelled racial slurs at two ...

Japan troops complete pullout from U.N. mission in South Sudan

All of the Ground Self-Defense Force members engaged in the U.N. peacekeeping mission in South Sudan have returned to Japan, ending their five-year operation in ...

Insecure storage of nuclear waste poses threat to U.S., scientists warn

The reluctance of U.S. federal regulators to require operators of nuclear reactors to spend $5 billion to enhance the security of spent fuel rods that ...

Egypt launches airstrikes in Libya after Christians killed

Egyptian fighter jets carried out strikes on Friday directed at camps in Libya which Cairo says have been training militants who killed dozens of Christians ...

Carter national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski, who helped bring Mideast peace deal and normalize relations with China, dies at 89

Zbigniew Brzezinski, who helped topple economic barriers between the Soviet Union, China and the West as President Jimmy Carter's national security adviser, died Friday. He ...

New Montana congressman faces court over alleged assault

Montana's new congressman hasn't even been sworn into his first public office, but people are already talking about his prospects in 2018 and even 2020. ...