An online survey about IVF in Japan conducted in January and February 2021 received responses from roughly 47,000 national public employees. It showed 1.8 percent were undergoing fertility treatment. 10.1 percent, meanwhile, said…

Hokkaido held on to its title as Japan’s most attractive prefecture in the Brand Research Institute’s annual survey. Conducted in the summer, around 35,000 respondents were asked 89 questions regarding recognition of…

When Fumio Kishida was sworn into office on October 4, it was rather boring for several reasons. Firstly, the man himself has the charisma of an automated answering machine. Secondly, he will…

On Monday, October 4, the committee review meeting to discuss the proposal for over-the-counter access to the emergency contraceptive pill (a.k.a. EC, or the morning-after pill) was held at the Japanese Ministry…

Tokyo is the best big city in the world. That is the view of readers of Condé Nast Traveler, a multiple award-winning luxury and lifestyle magazine that has both American and UK…

Domestic news this week was dominated by the LDP presidential election won by Fumio Kishida. We’ve covered that here, so in this article we’ll be looking at the other stories that made…

In this week’s news roundup, we report on the two ballistic missiles North Korea fired into Japan’s exclusive economic zone. There’s also the latest on the upcoming LDP leadership election as Shigeru Ishiba pulls…

You’ve probably seen a lot of extraterrestrial content coming out of the US, but what about UFOs in Japan? We’ll get to that, but first, let’s talk about the shift from conspiracy…

Musician and actor Gackt will be going on a hiatus for an indefinite period. The 48-year-old singer has dysphonia (vocal disorder) and has been told by doctors it would be impossible to…

British comedian, writer and actor BJ Fox will be familiar to many in the international community for his work with the Stand-Up Tokyo comedy collective, but now Fox is teaming up with…

On August 19, the world said goodbye to Shinichi Chiba, Sonny Chiba, Sadaho Maeda and Rindo Wachinaga. Of course, we are talking about the same person, just one who used various names…

In a shock announcement on Friday, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said he wouldn’t be running in the upcoming LDP election, effectively ending his term as the country’s leader. The 72-year-old Akita Prefecture-native…