Japan

Everything you need to know about the Conan Japan special

As crowded as the television landscape is these days, the sheer number of new, canceled and ongoing late night programs is quite high by its own right. Broadcast and cable staples like The Tonight Show, The Late Show and The Daily Show remain, though challengers new and old like Full Frontal,...

Monday, November 26, 2018 - 1:30pm

North Korea fires missile over Japan, sharply escalating tensions

North Korea fired a missile that flew over Japan and landed in waters off the northern region of Hokkaido early on Tuesday, South Korean and Japanese officials said, marking a sharp escalation of tensions on the Korean peninsula. The test, which experts said appeared to have been a recently...

Monday, August 28, 2017 - 9:12pm

10 secret islands totally off the tourist circuit

While the secret is out about popular islands like Bali and Santorini, these islands are still under-the-radar—but not for long. Escape the crowds of tourists on these 10 idyllic islands the locals love (and you probably never heard of). YAEYAMA ISLANDS When thinking about Japan,...

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 9:56pm

George Takei calls for 'American terrorist' and 'chaos President' Donald Trump to resign

Actor and activist George Takei has some strong words for President Donald Trump.“Trump can profess a principle and then go blatantly against it. He is ignorant, and because of his ignorance, he is fearful. Actually, the real terrorist is Donald Trump. He's the American terrorist,” Takei said in...

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 6:28pm

Japan's PM stole the Olympics with his Super Mario disguise

It's official: The 2016 Olympics are over, and it's time to look east toward Tokyo.Sunday night marked the final day of the summer gamesin Rio, when the official International Olympic Committee flag was passed off to Japan during a spectacular closing ceremony performance.But the real hero of the...

Monday, August 22, 2016 - 6:42pm

It's been Rio: Olympics wrap up with spectacular closing ceremony [Photos]

Rio knows how to throw a party...and we're not just talking about Carnival.Brazil said 'farewell' to Olympic athletes at its closing ceremonies Sunday, in a stunning show that included dancers, acrobats, musicians, models, celebrities and international dignitaries.The 2016 Games brought uscrazy...

Monday, August 22, 2016 - 5:51pm

Restaurant owner, chef looks to open Japanese-style fish market in Brooklyn

One Brooklyn restaurant owner and chef is looking to make buying and preparing fish a lot easier for New Yorkers.Yuji Haraguchi of Brooklyn’s Okonomi and Yuji Ramen is looking to open a Japanese-style fish market later this summer just blocks away from his restaurant located at 150 Ainslie St. in...

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - 3:30pm

Boston museum to re-examine the case of 'Kimono Wednesdays'

A promotion at the Museum of Fine Arts that inflamed protestors last year will find itself back in the spotlight in 2016.Critics of the MFA’s so-called “Kimono Wednesdays” events, which offered viewers the chance to pose for pictures in an elaborate Japanese garment, said they amounted to cultural...

Friday, January 8, 2016 - 5:00am

Japanese women can now pay hot guys to wipe away their tears

At first glance a new Japanese website looks like it could be the latest online dating portal, but it’s actually offering women a unique service — attractive men who will help them shed some tears.The Tokyo-based service, called Ikemeso Danshi, rents out the good-looking men as a form of therapy,...

Monday, September 21, 2015 - 11:05am

PHOTOS: Japan remembers Hiroshima atomic bomb 70 years later

Bells tolled and thousands bowed their heads in prayer in Hiroshima on Thursday at ceremonies marking the 70th anniversary of the world's first atomic bombing while survivors warned about Japan's moves away from its pacifist constitution.Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his government are pushing...

Thursday, August 6, 2015 - 1:18pm

Baseball bats for place on Tokyo 2020 Olympics program

Reuters –Baseball and softball officially applied for inclusion in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on Thursday as they look to earn back their spot in the Games they lost after 2008.The two sports, united under the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) to boost their chances of an Olympic return,...

Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 2:30pm

Germany urges G7 leaders to tackle climate change with new targets

Reuters –German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Group of Seven (G7) leaders to commit to tough goals to cut greenhouse gases at the final day of their summit in the Bavarian Alps on Monday.Merkel, once dubbed the "climate chancellor", hopes to revitalize her green credentials by getting the G7...

Monday, June 8, 2015 - 2:49pm

Chinese behaving like Nazis in South China Sea, says Philippines president

Reuters –Philippine President Benigno Aquino made a veiled comparison on Wednesday between China's activities in the South China Sea and Nazi Germany's expansionism before World War Two, echoing similar remarks he made last year that outraged Beijing.Aquino, who is expected to agree beefed up...

Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 4:26am

Congress fast tracks Obama Pacific trade deal, world's largest trade pact

Reuters –Senior U.S. lawmakers reached agreement on Thursday on the wording of a bill aimed at giving the White House "fast track" authority to negotiate a Pacific trade pact that is central to President Barack Obama's strategic shift toward Asia.The agreement, over six months in the making, sets...

Friday, April 17, 2015 - 4:12am

Military to exhume 388 Pearl Harbor bodies to identify US fighters

Reuters –The remains of as many as 388 "unknown" U.S. military members who died when the USS Oklahoma was sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor will be exhumed in Hawaii in an effort to identify them, the Department of Defense said on Tuesday.The remains of the sailors and Marines will be...

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 5:15am

While you were sleeping...

Good morning!As you lay in your bed, most people in Vanuatu had lost theirs. The country's president blamed the disaster on climate change.John Kerry worked with Iran to avert a very different sort of man-madedisaster. A man was busted for the Ferguson cop shooting, and Dolce & Gabbanna faced a...

Monday, March 16, 2015 - 4:08pm

Eery Japanese village replaces lost residents with scarecrows

Reuters – Tsukimi Ayano made her first scarecrow 13 years ago to frighten off birds pecking at seeds in her garden. The life-sized straw doll resembled her father, so she made more. And then couldn't stop.Today, the tiny village of Nagoro in southern Japan is teeming with Ayano's hand-sewn...

Monday, March 16, 2015 - 3:01pm

While you were sleeping...

Good morning! Before you even woke up, ISIS gave Jordan until sunset to trade a terrorist for hostages. Israel said Hezbollah militants sent them a verbal olive branch, while a U.S. agency says North Korea could be hatching plans to make nuclear bombs.We learned that the pioneering inventor of the...

Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 2:55pm

ISIS gives new sunset deadline for Jordan to swap bomber for hostage

Reuters –An audio message purportedly from a Japanese journalist being held by Islamic State militants said a Jordanian air force pilot also captured by the group would be killed unless an Iraqi female prisoner in Jordan was released by sunset on Thursday.The message appeared to postpone a previous...

Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 12:59pm

News worth knowing while it wasn't really snowing...

Good morning!While you slept off your disappointment that you didn't get to build a snowman yesterday , Apple celebrated record profits. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un planned a trip to Russia, while the U.S. planned to threaten Russia with tougher sanctions and ISIS threatened to kill two...

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 4:18pm