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China launches first domestically built aircraft carrier

1 hour 44 min ago
China launched its first indigenously built aircraft carrier Wednesday in a move that showcases the country’s growing maritime clout amid simmering tensions over the disputed ...

U.S.-Japan drills shifting to new ‘normal’

1 hour 46 min ago
For Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump, crisis could breed opportunity. As the impasse with nuclear-armed North Korea reaches a critical juncture, ...

High court rejects appeal by teachers refused work for not standing and singing national anthem

1 hour 58 min ago
The Tokyo High Court on Wednesday rejected an appeal by three former school teachers who claimed it was unreasonable they were banned from working part ...

NASCAR star Earnhardt Jr. to retire after 2017 season

1 hour 59 min ago
Dale Earnhardt Jr. abruptly announced his retirement at the end of the season Tuesday, a decision that will cost NASCAR its most popular driver as ...

Time to act on insights from landmark survey of Japan’s foreign residents

2 hours 55 min ago
Government's attempt to understand the foreign experience of Japan produces valuable data despite some blind spots.

Help for those seeking left-behind parents in Japan

2 hours 56 min ago
Two adult daughters contacted Lifelines hoping to get help with issues related to their fathers.

Abe-Putin summit in Russia to spotlight territorial dispute and North Korean threat

3 hours 1 min ago
From North Korean missiles to scallop and sea urchin farming, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin have a wide range of items ...

Emergence of new generation bodes well for Summer Basho

3 hours 15 min ago
I was honored to be asked by The Japan Times to write a sumo column as part of the 120th anniversary revamp. This paper was ...

The Democratic Party in disarray

3 hours 25 min ago
The DP leadership needs to take the revolt and defection of its members seriously and rebuild the party before it's too late.

North Korea: Is a ‘grand bargain’ possible?

3 hours 27 min ago
The U.S. calculus that the cost of pursuing a military solution outweighs the cost of tolerating the Kim regime is changing.

Abe’s dreams and nightmares

3 hours 27 min ago
The issue of North Korea is instructive for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Japan because the room for maneuver is limited and Japan is trapped.

Mogi, Peguero hit it off for high-flying Eagles

3 hours 28 min ago
Eigoro Mogi and Carlos Peguero have been one of the most dynamic duos in Japanese baseball so far this season. They’ve been the driving force ...

New documentary turns the lens on photographer Robert Frank

4 hours 21 min ago
In 1957, aspiring photographer Robert Frank met Jack Kerouac at a party for the writer’s recently published novel “On the Road.” Frank himself had just ...

‘Blade of the Immortal’: Film version of manga hit goes overboard in its execution

4 hours 22 min ago
Based on Hiroaki Samura’s long-running (1993-2012) manga, the samurai swashbuckler “Blade of the Immortal” promises the sort of fun, over-the-top action that has long been ...

Ryuichi Sakamoto resists the prettier path on ‘async’ and comes out stronger

4 hours 22 min ago
In the liner notes for “async,” his first solo album in eight years, Ryuichi Sakamoto lists some of the strategies he employed during the recording ...

Aoki’s first three-hit game of year lifts Astros

4 hours 26 min ago
Norichika Aoki had his first three-hit game of the season and drove in the game-tying run as the Houston Astros beat the Cleveland Indians 4-2 ...

Pachinko industry raises money for low-income students, but critics call it a marketing stunt

4 hours 30 min ago
The pachinko industry is urging customers to donate steel balls from their winnings to help put hard-up students through university. But anti-gambling activists have dismissed ...

Seeking synergy with Nissan, Mitsubishi Motors opens plant in Indonesia

4 hours 39 min ago
Mitsubishi Motors Corp. opened an assembly plant Tuesday in Indonesia capable of producing 160,000 vehicles a year, as it strives to almost double its share ...

New Zealand spied on Japan to help U.S. at 2007 whaling confab: report

4 hours 44 min ago
New Zealand spied on Japan to help the United States at an international whaling meeting in 2007, local media reported Wednesday, citing a classified U.S. ...

Fujioka building big reputation

5 hours 28 min ago
She is big, strong, tough, smart, and can do everything. Youngster Manami Fujioka could be the next floor leader and star guard for the Japan ...