All About Japan

A Grand Mask That's Worth a Grand

As wearing a face covering has become essential in the COVID-19 era, one mask specialty store has opened in Tokyo, showing off a dazzling mask with a 100,000 yen (US$940) price tag!

A Quick Look at Abe’s Diplomatic Prowess

Outgoing Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo has managed to make some impressive friends for his nation. NTV24 takes a look at two of those special relationships.

Kirin to Sell Japan’s First No-Carb Beer

Kirin Brewery announced Japan’s first zero-carbohydrate beer, hitting the shelves on October 6.

Post-Abe PM Contender Suga Masks on the Rise

A Japanese rubber mask manufacturer anticipates greater demand for masks of leading post-Abe PM contender Suga Yoshihide.

No Halloween Gathering in Shibuya in 2020

Officials of Tokyo’s Shibuya Ward have decided to ask people not to visit the iconic Scramble Crossing to celebrate Halloween this year, for fears of spreading COVID-19.

Suga Elected LDP President

Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga Yoshihide has been elected president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, and is set to become Japanese prime minister on September 16.

The Association of the Most Beautiful Villages

The Association of the Most Beautiful Villages in Japan is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and preserving the most interesting and beautiful rural towns in Japan. There are truly some hidden gems on this list!

Uniqlo Launching Line of Recycled Jackets

In an effort to boost sustainability, major Japanese clothing retailer UNIQLO will be selling recycled down jackets.

Japan Airlines Testing Remote Customer Service

Japan Airlines is providing customer service remotely using an avatar on a trial basis.

Cool Tech for Buildings in the Age of COVID-19

Japanese giant conglomerate Softbank Group has unveiled a building in Tokyo upgraded with technologies in line with the “new normal” imposed by the pandemic.

Tokyo Games to Be Simplified in 50-60 Areas

Organizers of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics plan to simplify the postponed games in around 50 to 60 areas to cut additional costs.

Honda Unveils New Compact Electric Vehicle

Honda is showing off its first compact electric vehicle equipped with state-of-the-art digital technology.

Japan's Tallest Skyscraper to be Built by 2027

Real estate developer Mitsubishi Estate revealed plans to build Japan’s tallest skyscraper by 2027.

Getting to Know Japan's Daikannon

Some of Japan's tallest and most interesting statues represent the deity Kannon. The Goddess of Mercy is the centerpiece of many religion sites in Japan, several of which are easily accessible from Tokyo, and are perfect for a day or weekend trip!

Abe Resigns As PM Over Health

Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo is not resigning for the first time. He also stepped down due to a chronic illness 13 years ago.

2020 Olympics Bringing New Bus Line to Tokyo

Tokyo is getting a new bus line that will facilitate transit between the bay area and the city center during the Olympics.

Prime Minister Suga's Plans for Japan

Incoming Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga held his first news conference as Japanese Prime Minister, pledging to continue pursuing his predecessor’s policies.

Pandemic Drives Vending Machines Boom in Japan

A growing number of businesses in Japan are turning to vending machines to sell their products as the COVID-19 pandemic lingers on.

Introducing the Suga Administration

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga unveils the composition of his administration.

Get Your Gyoza From This Unmanned Store

An unmanned store in Tokyo sells frozen gyoza dumplings around the clock as part of efforts to prevent close human contact amid the coronavirus epidemic.

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