Tourist Boom Making Seafood Bowls Too Pricey for Many Japanese

Booming numbers of foreign visitors to Japan are driving up prices at restaurants near tourist spots, as a weaker yen makes the country a bargain destination and local wages struggle to keep up with a broader rise in costs. Emblematic of this is the ¥6,980 ($46.52) sashimi-topped rice bowl at Toyosu Senkyaku Banrai, a new retail … Read more

Japanese chipmaker Renesas to buy software firm Altium in $5.9 billion deal

A Renesas Electronics Corp. central processing unit (CPU) board and microcontrollers. Kiyoshi Ota | Bloomberg | Getty Images Japanese semiconductor firm Renesas Electronics said Thursday that it would acquire Sydney-listed software company Altium for 9.1 billion Australian dollars ($5.89 billion) in cash, as it seeks to streamline its electronics design process. Renesas said it would … Read more

Seiji Ozawa, groundbreaking Japanese conductor, dies at 88

Seiji Ozawa, the shaggy-haired, high-voltage Japanese maestro who served as music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra for almost 30 years and was widely considered the first Asian conductor to win world renown leading a classical orchestra, died Feb. 6 at his home in Tokyo. He was 88. The Seiji Ozawa International Academy Switzerland announced … Read more

Japanese fans excited to see Taylor Swift perform in Tokyo just after record Grammy win

TOKYO — Some Taylor Swift fans in Tokyo spent thousands of dollars to attend the pop superstar’s first performance Wednesday after her latest Grammy win and the announcement of a new album. After not seeing her idol in concert for five years, Chiyuki Fujii bought six VIP tickets, including one for each of Swift’s four … Read more

China orders a Japanese fishing boat to leave waters near Japan-held islands claimed by Beijing

BEIJING — China’s coast guard said Saturday its officers ordered a Japanese fishing vessel and several patrol ships to leave waters surrounding tiny Japanese-controlled islands in the East China Sea. It marked the latest incident pointing to lingering tensions between the sides. China says the islands belong to it and refuses to recognize Japan’s claim … Read more

Ukrainian-born Miss Japan rekindles old question: What does it mean to be Japanese?

TOKYO — Crowned Miss Japan this week, Ukrainian-born Carolina Shiino cried with joy, thankful for the recognition of her identity as Japanese. But her Caucasian look rekindled an old question in a country where many people value homogeneity and conformity: What does it mean to be Japanese? Shiino has lived in Japan since moving here … Read more

Photo shows Japanese spacecraft landed on its side on the moon

The Japanese robotic spacecraft that touched down on the moon’s surface on Friday did so despite an engine malfunction, but it still was able to land at its intended site, the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) announced Thursday. While still intact, the spacecraft, which had no one on board, came to a rest on its … Read more

Man convicted of murder for arson attack at Japanese anime studio that killed 36

TOKYO — A man was convicted of murder and other crimes Thursday for carrying out a shocking arson attack on an anime studio in Kyoto, Japan, that killed 36 people and drew an outpouring of grief from anime fans worldwide. The Kyoto District Court said it found Shinji Aoba mentally capable to face punishment for … Read more

Shaq Delos Santos says influx of Japanese coaches good for PVL

Cignal HD Spikers coach Shaq Delos Santos huddles his team during a timeout in the PVL All-Filipino Conference semifinals against the Choco Mucho Flying Titans on December 9, 2023.–MARLO CUETO/INQUIRER.net MANILA, Philippines — With Japanese coaches bolstering the program of other professional Philippine clubs, Cignal coach Shaq Delos Santos and his fellow local coaches got … Read more

Korean Air plane bumps parked Cathay Pacific aircraft at a Japanese airport but no injuries

TOKYO — A Korean Air plane carrying 289 people hit a parked Cathay Pacific aircraft while taxiing to a runway at northern Japan’s New Chitose Airport but caused no fire or injuries Tuesday, a local fire department said. The incident happened only two weeks after a high profile collision between a Japan Airlines airliner and … Read more