Japan

Man breaks into Johnny Depp’s home and takes a shower
Johnny Depp
Tall Tales

Man breaks into Johnny Depp’s home and takes a shower

And other stories from the stranger side of life
24 Mar 2021
Tokyo Olympic chief refuses to resign over sexist comments 
Tokyo Olympics president Yoshiro Mori
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Tokyo Olympic chief refuses to resign over sexist comments 

Former Japanese PM Yoshiro Mori apologises for saying women talk too much in meetings 
4 Feb 2021
New Yorkers terrified by squirrel attacks
squirrels
Tall Tales

New Yorkers terrified by squirrel attacks

And other stories from the stranger side of life
6 Jan 2021
Valentine’s Day: strange customs and why some love to hate
A pair of Caribbean flamingos extend their heads and necks in a heart shape as flamingos perform courtship dances at the Saitama Children's Zoo in Higashimatsuyama city in Saitama prefecture,
In Depth

Valentine’s Day: strange customs and why some love to hate

From Japan to Estonia, every culture has its own twist on the festival of love
1 Jan 2021
The strangest Christmas customs from around the world
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In Depth

The strangest Christmas customs from around the world

From defecating logs to KFC-fuelled feasts, Christmas inspires a host of eccentric and colourful rituals
16 Dec 2020
Ikigai: stay home and think of Japan
Ishigaki Island
In Brief

Ikigai: stay home and think of Japan

A Japanese outlook on life will help see us through the lockdown
17 Nov 2020
Charity run to start at Four Seasons Total Landscaping
Four Seasons Total Landscaping
In Brief

Charity run to start at Four Seasons Total Landscaping

And other stories from the stranger side of life
12 Nov 2020

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Stilton causes a stink in Japan trade deal talks
Stilton blue cheese
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Stilton causes a stink in Japan trade deal talks

Negotiations stall as Liz Truss seeks preferential treatment for British blue cheese makers
11 Aug 2020
UK and Japan rush to secure trade deal: what is in it?
Liz Truss
In Brief

UK and Japan rush to secure trade deal: what is in it?

Post-Brexit negotiations about cars, financial services - and whisky - are set to conclude this weekend
7 Aug 2020
What Britain can learn from Japan and Germany’s social care
Elderly people
In Depth

What Britain can learn from Japan and Germany’s social care

In both countries new taxes were introduced to pay for comprehensive care
27 Jul 2020
Which UK towns have bought most sex toys during lockdown?
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In Brief

Which UK towns have bought most sex toys during lockdown?

And other stories from the stranger side of life
19 May 2020
No lockdown, few deaths: why Japan is a coronavirus outlier
Commuters at Nagoya railway station last week
In Depth

No lockdown, few deaths: why Japan is a coronavirus outlier

Only 744 people have died in country of 126 million - and infection rate is falling
18 May 2020
Japan to declare state of emergency over Covid-19
Japan coronavirus
In Brief

Japan to declare state of emergency over Covid-19

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has faced mounting criticism for his approach to pandemic
7 Apr 2020
What is Japanification?
Women wait for a train in Japan
In Depth

What is Japanification?

Economists fears challenges posed by coronavirus pandemic may push Europe into Japan-like crash
6 Apr 2020
What is #BlossomWatch?
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In Brief

What is #BlossomWatch?

Charity launches campaign to lift Britons’ spirits by emulating Japan’s hanami custom
27 Mar 2020
Hadaka Matsuri: inside Japan’s naked festival
Hadaka Matsuri takes place in Okayama province
In Brief

Hadaka Matsuri: inside Japan’s naked festival

Little has changed in 500 years - except the addition of hand sanitiser because of coronavirus
17 Feb 2020
Why a US ambassador’s tache is a tickly topic in South Korea
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In Brief

Why a US ambassador’s tache is a tickly topic in South Korea

Harry Harris’s facial hair has triggered a diplomatic spate
17 Jan 2020
What is ‘playing Ghosn’?
Playing Ghosn
In Depth

What is ‘playing Ghosn’?

Viral trend of people inside instrument cases is inspired by ex-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn, who allegedly fled Japan in a similar manner
14 Jan 2020
Carlos Ghosn defends himself in public
BEIRUT, LEBANON - JANUARY 08 : Former chairman of Nissan, Carlos Ghosn speaks during a press conference in Beirut, Lebanon on January 08, 2020. (Photo by Mahmut Geldi/Anadolu Agency via Getty
In Depth

Carlos Ghosn defends himself in public

The world has been waiting to hear from the fugitive businessman, and on a stormy night in Beirut, he delivered his impassioned defence
9 Jan 2020
Shiori Ito wins rape case in watershed moment
Shiori Ito
In Depth

Shiori Ito wins rape case in watershed moment

Lawsuit focused attention on Japan’s record on women’s rights
19 Dec 2019
Pearl Harbor shooting: the history of the US military base
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In Depth

Pearl Harbor shooting: the history of the US military base

Japan’s WWII attack on Hawaii was 78 years ago this week
5 Dec 2019
Seven tragic Second World War poems
World War Two, Second World War,
In Depth

Seven tragic Second World War poems

Less well-known than those of the First World War, the poems of WWII are just as gut-wrenching
19 Nov 2019
Could Japan join the Six Nations championship?
Japan fans hold aloft ‘try’ signs ahead of the first match
In Brief

Could Japan join the Six Nations championship?

World Cup hosts would be a more attractive proposition for fans than Italy
5 Nov 2019
RWC: Japan vs. South Africa preview, predictions, teams
Japan fans celebrate the ‘Miracle of Brighton’ against South Africa at the 2015 Rugby World Cup
In Review

RWC: Japan vs. South Africa preview, predictions, teams

Can the Brave Blossoms produce another miracle against the Springboks?
18 Oct 2019
RWC: Japan make history as quarter-finals take shape
Japan celebrate their victory over Scotland at the Rugby World Cup
In Depth

RWC: Japan make history as quarter-finals take shape

Scotland are sent packing by the Brave Blossoms in Yokohama
14 Oct 2019
Back pages: Japan honour typhoon victims after stunning win
Japan celebrate their victory over Scotland at the Rugby World Cup
In Brief

Back pages: Japan honour typhoon victims after stunning win

A round-up of the sport headlines from UK newspapers on 14 October
14 Oct 2019
Instant Opinion: Johnson ‘owes Queen an apology’
Boris Johnson
In Depth

Instant Opinion: Johnson ‘owes Queen an apology’

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Wednesday 25 September
25 Sep 2019
Fukushima: how the nuclear disaster unfolded
Fukushima
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Fukushima: how the nuclear disaster unfolded

Power company chiefs cleared of negligence charges
19 Sep 2019
What is Japan’s controversial dolphin hunt?
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In Brief

What is Japan’s controversial dolphin hunt?

Campaigners slam cruelty of annual hunt but locals say they depend on the trade
3 Sep 2019
What’s behind the enmity between Japan and South Korea?
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - AUGUST 22: In this handout image provided by South Korean Presidential Blue House, South Korean President Moon Jae-in (C) listens to a report from officials related to th
In Depth

What’s behind the enmity between Japan and South Korea?

South Korea has cut intelligence ties with its neighbour after Japan imposed aggressive trade restrictions
23 Aug 2019
Kyoto Animation fire started by ‘disgruntled writer’
Kyoto Animation fire
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Kyoto Animation fire started by ‘disgruntled writer’

Man suspected of starting blaze that killed 33 people says studio ‘stole his novel’
19 Jul 2019
The most powerful passports in the world
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The most powerful passports in the world

UK slides down the list for hassle-free access as Asian nations lead
3 Jul 2019
Did Japan ever really stop commercial whaling?
Japan, Whaling
In Depth

Did Japan ever really stop commercial whaling?

Conservationists condemn Tokyo’s decision to lift ban on whale hunting
2 Jul 2019
Why Japanese women are taking a stand against high heels
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In Brief

Why Japanese women are taking a stand against high heels

Social media campaign against dress codes and expectations that women wear high heels at work has gone viral
5 Jun 2019