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Danone to Sell Stake in Japan’s Yakult for $1.8 Billion

Danone to Sell Stake in Japan’s Yakult for $1.8 Billion

Reducing its stake in Yakult to about 7% from 21%
Photos: North Korean Olympic cheerleaders react to a Kim Jong-un impersonator

Photos: North Korean Olympic cheerleaders react to a Kim Jong-un impersonator

During the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, there have been reports and sightings of a man impersonating North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. He…

The Calm Before: Kei Miura’s Pandem Civic

I love it when a story like this just happens to materialize, it’s so ‘Japan’ with the unexpected occurring a little bit more often than most other places. A few days after Tokyo Auto Salon 2018

Noriaki Kasai, the Japanese Ski-Jumping Legend Going for Gold at Forty-Five

Charles Bethea writes about Noriaki Kasai, the Japanese ski jumper who is competing for gold, at age forty-five, at the Pyeongchang Games.
Dragon Ball's Bulma Has A New Voice Actress [Update]

Dragon Ball's Bulma Has A New Voice Actress [Update]

A new Japanese ad for a Dragon Ball branded bath cleaner features Vegeta and Bulma. Understandably, fans note that Bulma’s new voice sounds slightly different because Bulma’s voice actress Hiromi
Japan thinks Brexit is an 'act of self-harm', says UK's former ambassador

Japan thinks Brexit is an 'act of self-harm', says UK's former ambassador

Sir David Warren says it is time for plain speaking on the impact of Britain’s withdrawal from the European UnionJapan sees Brexit as an act of economic and political self-harm that will reduce the
Yep, chicken nuggets and french fries combined with ramen really exists

Yep, chicken nuggets and french fries combined with ramen really exists

Of all the wild food combinations one could come up with, the crispiness of chicken nuggets and fries and soupy ramen don't strike as the best of partners. Well you'd think that, but Cup Noodle in
Japanese tour firm offers virtual reality holidays  – with a first-class seat

Japanese tour firm offers virtual reality holidays – with a first-class seat

First Airlines in Tokyo offers visits to Paris and New York while on board a simulated plane Fasten your seatbelts for a flight departing to Paris – and never leave the ground. That’s exactly what 12
First Look At The Layton Anime Series

First Look At The Layton Anime Series

This spring, a Layton’s Mystery Journey anime series debuts in Japan and follows the adventures of Professor Layton’s daughter, Katrielle Layton. Read more...
Nothing Says Phantasy Star Online 2 Like Dry Scalp Shampoo

Nothing Says Phantasy Star Online 2 Like Dry Scalp Shampoo

Phantasy Star Online 2 is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game. Scalp D is a massively scalp cleansing shampoo. And soon, PS02 players can dress up their characters in Scalp D themed
TV Program Studio Set Design by Nendo [Japan]

TV Program Studio Set Design by Nendo [Japan]

Japanese design studio Nendo creates a dreamy studio set for ‘another sky’, which is a talk show variety program by Nippon Television Network Corporation. (...) Read More about TV Program Studio Set
Yui Yaegashi at Misako & Rosen

Yui Yaegashi at Misako & Rosen

Artist: Yui Yaegashi Venue: Misako & Rosen, Tokyo Exhibition Title: Summer through Winter Date: January 21 – February 18, 2018 Click here to view slideshow Full gallery of images, press release
First Look At The Layton Anime Series

First Look At The Layton Anime Series

This spring, a Layton’s Mystery Journey anime series debuts in Japan and follows the adventures of Professor Layton’s daughter, Katrielle Layton. Read more...
Japan had 20,000 applications for asylum in 2017. It accepted 20

Japan had 20,000 applications for asylum in 2017. It accepted 20

Just 0.1% of asylum seekers won the right to remain, as campaigners say ‘door has been closed’ to those in needJapan accepted just 20 asylum seekers last year – despite a record 19,628 applications –
One Way Japanese Drivers Are Polite

One Way Japanese Drivers Are Polite

I’ve been driving in Japan for over 15 years now. One of the things that always resonates is how polite people are on the road, especially the way drivers say thanks with their hazard lights. Read
The Debate Over Whether Anime-Style Characters Look Japanese

The Debate Over Whether Anime-Style Characters Look Japanese

The above image shows two characters, one done in the “anime style” and the other in an American comic book style. What follows is an explanation as to why Chie Satonaka “looks Japanese.” Read more...

Japan's Finance Watchdog to Inspect 15 Unlicensed Crypto Exchanges

The Japanese government said today that inspections will take place at 15 unlicensed cryptocurrency exchanges in light of a recent major hack.

Plyscraper city: Tokyo to build 350m tower made of wood

The $5.6bn cost of the 70-storey W350 Project is expected to be twice that of a conventional buildingA skyscraper set to be built in Tokyo will become the world’s tallest to be made of wood.The

Does HKS’s New Tsukuba Record Count?

For years, we’ve watched on from afar as the times fell. Over 10 years ago, a 55-second lap was breathtaking. Today, we’re talking about the HKS TRB-03 setting a barely believable 49.445-second lap

Period Correct Z Perfection From TA Auto

You know the cool thing about vintage cars? There’s no race to do something before anyone else for the simple fact that classic machinery is, well… old. Car culture in general seems to be be getting