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Osaka - Japan is falling behind other leading countries in renewable energy use, while its promotion of coal-fired plants risks hindering the competitiveness of domestic firms in a global market more concerned than ever about carbon emissions. A new diplomatic energy strategy is needed that deploys ...
Following the destruction caused by the Tōhoku tsunami in 2011, the Japanese city of Higashi Matsushima decided to rebuild its energy infrastructure using microgrids and decentralised power. More and more cities are following in its footsteps, so could microgrids provide the resilience Japan needs?
SYDNEY - Japan, Australia, the United States and India are talking about establishing a joint regional infrastructure project as an alternative to China's multibillion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative in an attempt to counter Beijing's spreading influence, the Australian Financial Review reported Monday, citing a ...

London - Japan's soft power has been boosted immeasurably by its decades-long policy of recruiting foreign graduates to come and teach in the country, according to a study by a British-based researcher. Sharleen Estampador-Hughson, from the University of Sheffield, argues that the experience of ...
On the ice -- Nao Kodaira of Japan and two-time gold medalist Lee Sang-hwa of Korea are the world's best at the 500 meter speed skate. They have finished within fractions of a second of each other for years and are constantly compared to one another. Sunday's much-watched showdown between the ...
Japan's exports grew in January for a 14th month straight led by brisk shipments of China-bound hybrid cars and electronics parts. government data showed that exports grew 12.2 percent on-year in January, beating Economists' prediction for a 10.3 percent increase. Experts said that Japan's exports will ...
The Yomiuri ShimbunGANGNEUNG -- Japan knocked off Sweden 2-1 in overtime in Pyeongchang Olympic women's ice hockey in the 5-8 classification round at the Kwandong Hockey Center in Gangneung on Sunday. With the score tied 1-1, Ayaka Toko fired in the winning goal from outside three ...
Moscow/TokyoRussia is accelerating a military buildup on islands claimed by Japan, threatening to blow a hole in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's efforts to lure President Vladimir Putin into settling the dispute. The government in Tokyo lodged a formal protest after 2,000 Russian troops held military ...
Tokyo • Palm reading could take on a whole new meaning, thanks to a new invention from Japan: an ultra-thin display and monitor that can be stuck directly to the body. The plaster-like device is only 1mm thick and can monitor important health data as well as send and receive messages, including emojis ...
Meanwhile, the ruling Liberal Democratic party and the government have become increasingly reliant on monetary easing. Pledging to bring Japan out of deflation, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe postponed a planned consumption tax hike twice while ramping up government spending. The national debt has ...
The Yomiuri Shimbun GANGNEUNG -- Japan defeated the United States 8-2 in men's curling round-robin action on Sunday morning at the Gangneung Curling Center in Gangneung. The Japanese men notched their second straight victory to improve to three wins and two losses in the round-robin stage ...
Tokyo -- Late in December, Taro Kono, the foreign minister of Japan, was hospitalized to have a ureteral stone removed. That night, he appeared at a party for the 84th birthday of Emperor Akihito. The next day, he campaigned on behalf of a mayoral candidate on the southern island of Kyushu, almost ...
Although much of corporate Japan forecasts brisk results for the year ending March, a stronger yen would erase some of their profits. The average assumed exchange rate for the January-March quarter stands at 109.50 yen per dollar for companies that close their books at the end of March. At 106.19 yen ...

Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan added a gold to his country's count with a brilliant showing in the free skate. American Nathan Chen had an even better showing, but a poor short program in the preceding round hurt his total score and he did not podium. Japan also got a silver from figure skating thanks to Shoma ...
ceramics professor and Japan enthusiast Sheri Leigh O'Connor led a group of students on this year's "Japanuary: See, Ski, Japan". This winter's travel course went to Tokyo and the northern district of Nagano, in the Japanese Alps. In Shiga Kogen, famous for powder skiing, they stayed at the Biyu no Yado ...
Hanyu hails from Sendai in northeastern Japan, an area that was devastated by an earthquake and resulting tsunami in 2011. He was 16 at the time, and was training when the earthquake struck; it's said that he ran outside in his skates. When he won at Sochi in 2014, his program was imbued with ...
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has positioned himself as an enthusiastic advocate of promoting equality in Japanese society. In a recent session of the Japanese Diet's Budget Committee, Noriko Horiuchi, a member of Mr Abe's Liberal Democratic party, credited the prime minister's championing of ...
Japan is being afflicted by ever stronger typhoons, and rainfall levels rise every year. In one river breach scenario, the government projects more than 6,000 deaths. "To be frank, these measures are not enough," says Nobuyuki Tsuchiya, the former chief civil engineer of Tokyo's flood-prone Edogawa ward.
Kuroda's reappointment was a sign of premier Shinzo Abe's confidence over the governor's efforts to pull Japan's economy out of stagnation. Tokyo also nominated Masazumi Wakatabe, a professor at Waseda University, as deputy governor. The other deputy governor post went to BOJ Executive Director ...
One asylum seeker's lawyer said the policy of Japan's government was punishing genuine applicants. Photograph: Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images. Japan accepted just 20 asylum seekers last year - despite a record 19,628 applications - drawing accusations that the country is unfairly closing its ...
Defense authorities in Japan say they will hold computer simulated drills with the United States this month to intercept ballistic missiles. The joint staff chief of the Self-Defense Forces, Katsutoshi Kawano, announced the plan on Thursday. Kawano said the SDF and US forces will carry out the drills on Friday ...
Japan has made a new law. Increased speed limits now say we can all drive up to 200 km per hour on any street. Furthermore, if you can afford to buy a Ferrari, there is no speed limit, you can drive as fast as you want, and its legal. Toko Shirakawa's opinion in piece in the Feb. 8 edition ("Challenges to the ...
But "despite Japan's best efforts," the results of the deal "have not been what we expected," Sugiyama said. Though South Korea agreed to explore removing a statue of a young girl memorializing comfort women that sits in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul, it remains in place. Similar statues have ...
Japan, he said, believed the UK's participation in the world's biggest trading bloc for goods strengthened its economy and gave it a more powerful voice in the UN, G7 and NATO. "Japan sees power projection as heavily dependent on economic clout. Brexit is therefore regarded in Japan as an act of medium ...
Under information disclosure rules in Japan, if investors are likely to propose increasing shareholder returns or executive appointments, they are required to say so in their filings. Activist investors stepped up their activities in Japan in the mid-2000s. U.S. investment fund steel Partners, which demanded ...
Amamiya, a career BOJ official, has been involved in most of the monetary policy decisions carried out under Japan's long-running deflation. He was there in 2001 when quantitative easing was introduced. He was also present in 2010 when the BOJ adopted comprehensive monetary easing, which ...
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump agreed to keep up pressure on North Korea until Pyongyang abandons its nuclear and missile programmes, Japan's foreign ministry said on Thursday. The two leaders confirmed in phone talks on Wednesday night that there would be ...
The new entity, set to launch April 1, will link the Japan Blockchain Association, which was founded around the country's top digital currency market player bitFlyer, and the Japan cryptocurrency business association, whose membership includes Osaka-based virtual currency trading service provider Tech ...
Zao Onsen, Japan (CNN) -- As the cable car glides up the mountain in Japan's Yamagata Prefecture, the snow-covered fir trees below begin to transform, taking on a bulkier appearance as their green coats disappear under a mass of white. Soon they become unrecognizable, completely engulfed in fluffy ...
ReutersGANGNEUNG (Reuters) -- Japan carried the day on Wednesday when the longtime national rivalry with North Asian neighbors North and South Korea spilled on to Olympic ice, beating Korea's unified women's ice hockey team 4-1 in a game of firsts for both teams. For the Japanese, it marked their ...
Sara Benz and Team Switzerland danced their way to a 3-1 victory against Team Japan Sunday at Kwandong hockey Center. Benz, 25, registered two power-play goals as the Swiss improved to 2-0-0 in the preliminary round and secured a spot in the quarterfinals. Alina Muller also lit the lamp, her ...
The Kikai Caldera, located to the south of Japan's main islands, devastated a large swathe of the Japanese archipelago when it spewed upwards of 500 cubic kilometres (120 cubic miles) of magma during the Akahoya eruption some 7,000 years ago - and scientists have just confirmed evidence of new ...
It's quite a sight to behold - and is just one of many fascinating pit stops on Intrepid's new 14-day Cycle Japan trip. Blending moderate exercise with cultural visits, this guided tour sees you pedal between 10km and 75km per day, crossing some of Honshu's most varied landscapes. The route starts in Osaka ...
Airbnb is the overwhelming leader in Japan's home-sharing market with about 60,000 listings and roughly 5 million guests a year. But competitors like Rakuten and KDDI are setting up their own platforms as Japan gets ready to legalize the practice. Support for landlords appears to be shaping up as a ...
Various police precincts in Kyoto, Shizuoka, Mie, Shimane, and Yamaguchi Prefectures of Japan have been working together to arrest Chinese citizens who are working to put all of this illegal material online, with all of the suspects averaging in their 20s, including a few students as well. They're supposed ...
This month, Associate Editor Mariella Moon humblebrags about her vacation to Japan. But that's not what she's going to discuss. Hailing from a country where Google Maps is lacking in detail (and metro details), she didn't expect much. However, even after installing several rival map and guidance apps, ...
Drinking with colleagues, not leaving work before your boss does, employing painstaking levels of honorifics in everyday communication--the list of professional do's and don'ts in Japan runs long. Even Valentine's Day gets the corporate treatment in Japan. Every year on Feb. 14, women are expected to ...
08 February 2018, Baghdad/Rome : Vulnerable families in areas recently retaken from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) will soon have the means to produce fresh and nutritious vegetables thanks to generous support from the government of Japan. Japan's support of $1.5 million will benefit 3 ...
As hordes of commuters and tourists crowd the famous Shibuya crossing in Tokyo, a Japanese celebrity coated in gold gazes down on them, emblazoned on a huge billboard. The eye-catching poster is the latest ad for a cryptocurrency exchange in Japan and a striking illustration of the country's ...
Tourists and residents in Japan who don't speak Japanese no longer need to be concerned about missing out on earthquake and tsunami alerts. Thanks to a new feature added on Feb. 1 to an app offered by NHK World, an English news channel provided by the public broadcaster, travelers or residents ...
Although Japan is home to video game giants like Nintendo Corp., Sony Corp. and Bandai Namco, massive game fans as well as individual star game players, it's surprisingly behind the rest of the world in esports -- professional game-playing recognized as a sport that's vibrant in the U.S. and Europe.
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea -- The period of Japanese colonial rule in Korea, from 1910 until 1945, was characterized by executions, forced labor, systematic rape of so-called "comfort women," and other human rights atrocities. Japan's whitewashing of this time period in their history books today is a ...
That was made apparent to me on a recent visit to Tokyo, where gray-haired individuals far outnumbered children in the streets. But the hustle and bustle also revealed that Japan does not accept that its aging population means its economic prospects must diminish. On the contrary, Japan is harnessing ...
Japan's women's hockey team rightfully earned the nickname 'smile Japan' after having fun during the 2014 Winter Olympics, despite finishing last in the eight-team tournament. However, this year they head to PyeongChang with a different mindset and are no longer satisfied with only qualifying for the ...
According to Nintendo Japan and Europe, it will be possible to pay with My Nintendo Gold Points starting early this March. As of writing, Nintendo US has yet to make this announcement official. The change will come via a future update, allowing people to use Gold Points they've acquired to buy Switch ...
Japan has always been a favourite destination for Hongkongers because of its diverse natural environment and its rich cultural heritage. From temples, shrines and castles, to islands and villages, Japan has it all. We've picked five must-see Unesco attractions from a remarkable total of 21 Unesco World ...


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