Taking part in his first-ever Winter Olympics four years ago, Yuto Totsuka was seen as a dark horse for a medal in the halfpipe competition. Things were looking pretty good until the…

Japan’s daily coronavirus count topped 18,000 on Thursday, four times higher than the same day a week ago. In Tokyo, the number exceeded 3,000 for the first time since September 2, 2021.…

Few cults have left as nightmarish a legacy as Aum Shinrikyo in Japan. A doomsday group led by near-blind yogi Shoko Asahara, it unleashed a deadly sarin gas attack on Tokyo subway…

In the first news roundup of the year, we report on the tiger attack at Nasu Safari Park in Tochigi Prefecture. There’s the latest on the Omicron variant as cases surge nationwide,…

No trip to Japan, even if it’s your second or third time, is complete without a stop in Kyoto. As travel returns to Asia over the next few years, the ancient capital…

There has never been a better time to get into Japanese books. 2022 is ripe with newly translated gems of both contemporary and classic authors, as well as works originally written in…

In this week’s news roundup we report on the American embassy’s warning about racial profiling in Japan, Yusaku Maezawa’s trip to space and the announcement of a same-sex partnership system in Tokyo…

Vincent Fichot made international headlines in July after staging a hunger strike near the Tokyo Olympic Stadium in an attempt to regain access to his kids. He was back in the news this…

When one foreign official recently had the gall to call Japan’s new border policies “flexible,” I presumed he had taken leave of his senses. Rather, the “eased” rules have saddled hopeful arrivals…

Is Netflix’s live-action Cowboy Bebop (2021) a faithful adaptation of the 1998 anime? No. Absolutely not. It mostly looks the part but with all the things it gets wrong, the set pieces and…

Knife attacks appear to be on the rise in Japan. The latest incident involved a 14-year-old boy who stabbed to death a fellow student at a school in Aichi Prefecture. The crime occurred…

In this week’s news roundup we have the latest on the disappearance of tennis player Peng Shuai. There’s yet another individual award for Shohei Ohtani and a crucial win for Japan in their…