New Bus Service for Travelers to Japan
An airport limousine operator started a new bus service for travelers to Japan on December 16 to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Skytree Marks 100 Days to Olympic Torch Relay
The world's tallest tower, Tokyo Skytree, was lit up in pink gold on December 15 marking the start of a 100-day countdown until the Olympic Torch Relay.
Hayabusa2 Returns with Asteroid Samples
Japan’s Hayabusa2 space explorer brought 5.4 grams of substances believed to be from the asteroid Ryugu on a capsule that returned to Earth earlier this month.
Pfizer Applies for Vaccine Approval in Japan
U.S. drugmaker Pfizer asked the Japanese government for approval to manufacture and sell its coronavirus vaccine in the country.
Getting the Dirt off Buddha's Shoulders
The annual ritual of dusting Buddha statues took place at Horyuji, a temple registered as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
18-Meter Gundam Robot Unveiled in Yokohama
An 18-meter-tall MOVING Gundam robot was unveiled in Yokohama.
Postponement of Olympics Costs ¥300 Billion
The postponement of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics by a year due to the coronavirus pandemic is expected to cost around ¥300 billion in additional expenses.
Fugaku Reigns as World’s Fastest Supercomputer
Riken institute said Japan’s Fugaku remains the world’s fastest supercomputer in international rankings released twice a year.
Adorable Capybaras Enjoy Relaxing Soak
In search of a spirit animal? Check out these capybaras as they enjoy a hot bath at an animal park in Shizuoka Prefecture, southwest of Tokyo.
Architectural Techniques to Join UNESCO Ranks
Japan’s traditional wooden architectural techniques are set to be recognized by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage.
Honda to Sell World 1st Level 3 Automated Car
Honda Motor plans to start selling the world’s first commercially available Level 3 automated cars by the end of March 2021. Level 3 vehicles can drive autonomously by detecting the environment around them, not needing driver input.
Train Station Now Playing Music from 'Totoro'
Fans of Studio Ghibli's film “My Neighbor Totoro” will immediately recognize this famous tune now playing at a Saitama train station.
Persimmons: Only $1,000 Each!
One of the weird and fun things about Japan are insanely expensive fruits. Including a box of persimmons that fetched 100,000 yen in the season’s first auction in Ishikawa Prefecture.
13.000 Wintering Cranes Headed to Kagoshima
More than 13,000 cranes are flocking to Izumi Plain in Kagoshima Prefecture, southwestern Japan.
Tokyo Reports Record High of COVID-19 Cases
Tokyo reports a record daily high 493 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on November 18. The metropolitan government plans to raise its coronavirus alert to the highest level.
See How Trees Get Their Winter Rope Umbrellas
Have you ever wondered how the gardeners at Kenroku-en put up ropes on the trees to protect them from snow this winter? We've got just the video for you.
An Inside Look at the Next-Gen Bullet Train
The press got to join a test-run of East Japan Railway Company's next-generation bullet train, ALFA-X, on October 27.
Niigata Craft Gin to Promote Sustainability
A man in central Japan is working on promoting sustainability and boosting local tourism by making gin.
Tech That Measures Congestion in Indoor Areas
Officials tested a system at Tokyo Dome that uses state-of-the-art technology to measure congestion in indoor arenas.
Crown Prince Next in Line of Succession
Emperor Naruhito proclaimed his younger brother, Crown Prince Fumihito, as the first in line to Japan’s Chrysanthemum Throne on November 8.