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.
Nuclear Fuel from Fukushima Daiichi #3 Removed
Tokyo Electric Power Company removes all 566 nuclear fuel rods from their No. 3 reactor at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi.
Ticket Holders React to Olympics Announcement
People abroad who have tickets to the Tokyo Olympics express understanding over the Japanese government’s plan not to allow spectators from overseas to visit and take in the competition at venues.
Companies Encourage Everyday Sustainable Goals
As countries around the world aim to attain the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) to improve society, companies in Japan are thinking of ways to incorporate SDG efforts into people's everyday lives.
State of Emergency Lifted in 6 Prefectures
The Japanese government has ended the state of emergency in six prefectures at the end of February, a week ahead of schedule.
Delivery Robots Take a Trial Lap Around Tokyo
Project officials have begun testing in Tokyo the use of delivery robots that handle orders from multiple stores.