Tokyo asks central govt to extend state of eme
Tokyo Governor Koike Yuriko asks the central government to extend the COVID-19 state of emergency
Emperor Naruhito plants rice seedlings at Impe
Emperor Naruhito plants rice seedlings in an annual event at the Imperial Palace.
Vaccination for Japanese athletes to start on
he Japanese Olympic Committee says the vaccination for around 1,600 Japanese athletes and related people will start on June 1.
20,000 people related to Tokyo Games to be vac
Olympic minister Marukawa Tamayo says Japan plans to offer Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccinations to about 20,000 people related to the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.
Japan reacts to U.S. advisory not to travel to
Japanese government officials react to the U.S. State Department’s raising its travel advisory on Japan to the highest level, urging people not to travel to the country.
Astronaut Hoshide Excited About Tokyo Olympics
Japanese astronaut Hoshide Akihiko said in an interview with Nippon TV that he looks forward to the Tokyo Olympics while on his upcoming mission as commander of the International Space Station.
Hayabusa2 Capsule on Display at Museum
A capsule of Japan’s Hayabusa2 space explorer is put on display at a museum near Tokyo. The container returned to Earth in December, bringing back materials from the asteroid Ryugu.
'Shooting Star' Bullet Train
A beaming bullet train running through the Kyushu area was created to mark the 10th anniversary of the Kyushu Shinkansen.
Starbucks Selling Reusable Silicone Straws
Starbucks is selling reusable silicone straws in Japan as part of efforts to reduce plastic waste, and it comes with a carrying case and washing brush.
Violin Made from Iwate's 'Miracle Pine Tree'
A violin made from the lone pine tree that survived the March 2011 tsunami in Iwate Prefecture is featured at a memorial concert held in Tokyo on the 10th anniversary of the disaster.
Japan to Provide ¥50,000 Handout to Parents
The Japanese government adopts a set of emergency measures to help parents in financial dire straits.
Fourth Batch of COVID Vaccines Arrive in Japan
Around 830,000 doses of Pfizer vaccines arrive in Japan.
Super Mario Arrives at USJ!
The Super Nintendo World featuring Mario and related characters opens at Universal Studios Japan in Osaka following two postponements due to the coronavirus.
Drone Captures Pair of Humpback Whales
Drone footage was able to pick up a pair of humpback whales swimming off coast of Okinawa Prefecture.
Dolls to Celebrate the Well-Being of Boys
A city in Shizuoka Prefecture is displaying dolls that wish for good health and well-being of boys.
Olympics Torch Kickoff Won't Allow Spectators
Sources reveal that the kickoff ceremony of the Olympics torch relay will be held without spectators.
Femtech to Fight Menstruation Issues
The femtech market is slowly expanding in Japan together with the advancement of women.
Ammonia Just May Be the Fuel of the Future
Heavy-industry manufacturer IHI Corporation is experimenting with a technology that uses ammonia to generate thermal power.
Pilgrimage Temples & Sake Brewers Join Forces
Buddhist temples that are part of the Shikoku Pilgrimage and local sake makers in southwestern Japan cooperate to overcome difficulties they face amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Fighting Unconscious Bias in Male Students
A group of university students launch a project to fight against unconscious bias.