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Tokyo Olympics Sponsorship Scandal Widens With More Arrests
September 06, 2022

Tokyo Olympics Sponsorship Scandal Widens With More Arrests

By Yuri Kageyama
The latest allegations center on 76 million yen a former Tokyo Olympics organizing committee member received from Tokyo-based publishing company Kadokawa.

US-South Korea-Japan Strengthen Joint Commitment in Face of Possible 7th North Korean Nuclear Test
September 02, 2022

US-South Korea-Japan Strengthen Joint Commitment in Face of Possible 7th North Korean Nuclear Test

By Mitch Shin
The national security advisors from the three countries met in Honolulu this week to discuss a coordinated response to the growing North Korean threat.
What Will Kishida Say on August 15 at Japan’s National Memorial Ceremony for the War Dead?
August 13, 2022

What Will Kishida Say on August 15 at Japan’s National Memorial Ceremony for the War Dead?

By Mindy Kotler
Kishida has an opportunity to demonstrate his independence now that Abe is gone. Will he return to the legacy of the Murayama statement?

Japan Prime Minister Purges Cabinet After Support Falls Over Church Ties
August 11, 2022

Japan Prime Minister Purges Cabinet After Support Falls Over Church Ties

By Mari Yamaguchi
Kishida said it was important to gain people's trust and that the new Cabinet included only those who agreed to strictly review their ties to the Unification Church.

Japan Truckmaker Hino Says Emissions Data Faked for 20 years
August 02, 2022

Japan Truckmaker Hino Says Emissions Data Faked for 20 years

By Yuri Kageyama
Teams that were developing engines knew they couldn't meet targets and felt so pressured they falsified test results.

Is Japan’s Postwar Pacifism Dead?
July 15, 2022

Is Japan’s Postwar Pacifism Dead?

By Ulv Hanssen
Japan’s defense spending plan shows how far the state has departed from postwar pacifism.

Ardern-Kishida Meeting: Stepping up the New Zealand-Japan Strategic Partnership
July 01, 2022

Ardern-Kishida Meeting: Stepping up the New Zealand-Japan Strategic Partnership

By Tadashi Iwami
The New Zealand prime minister's visit to Japan was a strategic move to reconnect with a close partner to deal with expanding security issues in the Indo-Pacific region. 
Japan Top Court: Government Not Responsible for Fukushima Disaster
June 17, 2022

Japan Top Court: Government Not Responsible for Fukushima Disaster

By Mari Yamaguchi
The four-judge bench said the government cannot be held liable because the damage from a massive tsunami that hit the plant could not have been prevented.

Japan Eases Foreign Tourism Ban, Allows Guided Package Tours
June 10, 2022

Japan Eases Foreign Tourism Ban, Allows Guided Package Tours

By Mari Yamaguchi
The Japan Tourism Agency says tours are being accepted from 98 countries and regions.

Japan Air Self-Defense Force Points to Vertigo in Fatal January Crash
June 03, 2022

Japan Air Self-Defense Force Points to Vertigo in Fatal January Crash

By Kosuke Takahashi
Spatial disorientation of pilots was the likely cause of the January F-15 crash, the Japan Air Self-Defense Force says.

Japan’s Top Envoy Brings Back 20 Ukrainians From Poland
April 05, 2022

Japan’s Top Envoy Brings Back 20 Ukrainians From Poland

By Mari Yamaguchi
Japan has an extremely strict refugee policy and has been reluctant to fully accept migrant workers, making its offer to accept Ukrainians unusual. 
Telling Ukraine’s Story to Japan
March 11, 2022

Telling Ukraine’s Story to Japan

By Jon Letman
As Ukraine is burned and bombed, one family builds a bridge from Kyiv to Japan.

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