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After U.S. downing of suspected spy balloon, can Sino-American ties can be stabilized?

Washington's dramatic decision to shoot down the balloon has highlighted the growing trust gap between the two superpowers and raised fresh questions about the trajectory ...

Pakistan’s Pervez Musharraf, military ruler who allied with the U.S. and promoted moderate Islam, dies at 79

The four-star general who ruled Pakistan for nearly a decade after seizing power in 1999, attempted to usher in socially liberal values in the conservative ...


Kyoto calling: Ancient capital prepares to be center of Japanese culture again

The relocation of the Cultural Affairs Agency has raised strong hopes in Kyoto that the move will give the city a higher profile and status.

More than 20 years spent on the fight against gum

Seiichi Miyamoto's company receives orders from local governments and shopping districts to clean up towns and cities.

Oil’s new map: How India turns Russian crude into the West’s fuel

New Delhi has faced little public blowback because it’s meeting the West’s twin goals of crimping Moscow’s energy revenue while preventing an oil supply shock.


Kishida fires senior aide over homophobic comments

Masayoshi Arai, the now-dismissed executive secretary to the prime minister, said he would "not want to live next door" to an LGBT couple.

Japanese express anger and concern after Kishida aide’s anti-LGBT remarks

Members of the public, the LGBT community and opposition party lawmakers lambasted the aide, who was fired Saturday, for saying that he would "not want ...

Beijing’s awkward Olympic legacy shows risk of venue reuse

Big Air Shougang's unusual backdrop thrilled viewers during the 2022 Winter Olympics, but plans to convert the venue into a year-round attraction have fallen by ...


Shohei Ohtani to skip Japan camp ahead of World Baseball Classic

Angels general manager Perry Minasian says two-way star will not be under any restrictions as a starting pitcher or batter at the WBC.


Mikaela Shiffrin aiming to bloom in spring air at world championships

The 27-year-old American is one victory shy of Sweden legend Ingemar Stenmark's overall World Cup record of 86, parading an astonishing run of form this ...

Kaoru Mitoma scores again in last-gasp win over Bournemouth

The goal was far from a trademark finish from the electric Japanese winger, but it was enough to seal three points as Brighton moved back ...

Russia pushes to take Ukrainian town near a vital supply line

Ukraine has used the strategic town of Vuhledar to launch attacks disrupting transit on a critical rail link between the war’s southern and eastern fronts.

Forget Trump, Democrats are preparing ways to beat a campaign by Ron DeSantis

Democrats are unfazed, even giddy about a possible 2024 rematch between Biden and Trump. But the prospect of facing the upstart Florida Republican governor is ...

Takakeisho vows to stay strong in yokozuna promotion bid

After winning the New Year meet on Jan. 22, Takakeisho resumed training nine days later and has worked foremost on building his physical strength.


U.S. shoots down suspected Chinese spy balloon with a single missile

The balloon was shot down as it floated off the coast of South Carolina, drawing to a close a dramatic saga that shone a spotlight ...

Yoichi Sagra: Feasting in Hokkaido wine country

Despite its occasionally inhospitable climate, Hokkaido is home superb wines — as well as cuisine more than worthy of those vintages.

Saturday, Feb 4


Recipe: Amazake oatmeal

You don't need to be a heavy drinker to enjoy this low alcohol-infused breakfast.

‘Idol, Burning’ spotlights obsession and disillusion in a digital world

Rin Usami's novel about a teenage superfan of a J-pop idol plays with ideas of who we worship, what we find meaningful and what brings ...


China’s mega-rich move their wealth — and parties — to Singapore

Singapore is seeing an influx of ultra-wealthy families from China looking to protect their wealth from a Communist Party that increasingly views them with suspicion.

Yokohama F. Marinos goalkeeper Yohei Takaoka to join Vancouver in MLS

The 26-year-old Takaoka played all 34 league matches in Marinos' title-winning campaign last year and was named among the J. League Best XI for the ...


Chinese balloon threatens to deflate momentum toward improving Sino-U.S. ties

While some analysts said the U.S. decision to cancel high-level talks illustrated major hurdles in Sino-American ties, others said a chance for another meeting could ...

Fears of Russian nuclear weapons use have diminished, but could re-emerge

Nearly a year into the war in Ukraine, U.S. policymakers and intelligence analysts have more confidence that they understand at least some of President Vladimir ...

Japanese firms urged to address human rights issues in supply chains

"If companies do not tackle this issue in the right way, they could be shut out from the European and U.S. markets," Asako Okai, director ...


U.S.-led moon exploration project cannot succeed without Japan, NASA says

As part of the Artemis program, the United States is aiming to return humans to the moon for the first time since NASA's Apollo 17 ...


Younger Japanese hit harder by inflation, with ‘excess’ savings no savior for consumption

Inflation at home and recession fears about the global economy are casting a pall over the world's third-largest economy, which unexpectedly shrank in the July-September ...


Blaming TikTok for harming students is easy. Proving it isn’t.

About half of adolescents have had a mental health disorder at some point in their lives, and some school districts are putting at least part ...

Western allies pledge precision rockets and missile systems to Ukraine

The precision rockets and missile systems could help President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and his forces retain control of the embattled eastern city of Bakhmut.


‘Teflon’ Elon wins again as jury rejects fraud claim over tweets

Tesla CEO Elon Musk was cleared of claims by investors that he defrauded them when he tweeted that he was considering taking the company private ...

Sushi chain limits conveyor belt use to orders after licking scandal

The move comes after videos of unhygienic behavior by customers at various restaurants racked up millions of views online.


Philippines may send robbery suspects to Japan ahead of Marcos visit

Manila is proceeding with arrangements for their handover ahead of a visit by President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to Japan beginning Wednesday.