Tokyo eyes informal six-way talks on North Korea: Reports

Japan has sounded out other members of long-stalled talks about North Korea`s nuclear programme about holding an informal meeting in Tokyo possibly by the end of June, reports said Sunday.

World's first 'Otaku' summit opens in Japan

Japan opened what organisers are billing as the world's first "Otaku" summit on Saturday, drawing visitors from around the world as the country looks to boost the international fan base for Japanese comic books and anime.

Japan is set to extend sanctions on North Korea

Japan will likely extend its sanctions against North Korea because of Pyongyang`s delay in reporting into its abductions of Japanese citizens decades ago, the Nikkei business daily reported on Saturday without citing sources.

Japan official sacked over fake funeral claims

A civil servant who made up deaths, and even claimed he was going to the same person`s funeral twice, has been sacked in Japan.

Japan's quake-tsunami disaster in 2011 triggered global warming, ozone loss
Japan's quake-tsunami disaster in 2011 triggered global warming, ozone loss

A new study has recently revealed that Japan's quake-tsunami disaster in 2011 triggered global warming andozone loss , as it released tons of harmful chemical in the atmosphere.

Japan PM calls time on late evening working

Japan`s famously long working hours will get a shakeup this summer, the government announced on Friday, with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pushing early starts and European-style flexibility.

Japan PM to attend Lee Kuan Yew's funeral

Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit Singapore on March 29 to attend the state funeral of former Singapore prime minister and its founding father Lee Kuan Yew, the government said on Friday.

Japan PM to make `historic` US Congress address

 Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will bring his message of deepening economic and security ties with Washington when he makes a landmark address to US lawmakers on April 29.

China hits out at Japan over defence spending worries

 China dismissed Japanese concerns about its defence spending as "ridiculous" on Thursday after Tokyo commissioned its biggest-ever helicopter carrier.

Japan launches replacement spy satellite

Japan on Thursday successfully launched a replacement spy satellite, its aerospace agency said, as an existing device comes to the end of its working life.

Japan FM eyes visit to Cuba: Report

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida could visit Cuba next month, a report said Thursday, becoming one of the highest-profile visitors to the isolated island since a thaw began between Washington and Havana.

Japanese navy gets biggest flat-top since WWII-era aircraft carriers

 Japan`s Maritime Self Defense Force on Wednesday took delivery of the biggest Japanese warship since World War Two, the Izumo, a helicopter carrier as big as the Imperial Navy aircraft carriers that battled the United States in the Pacific.

Japan PM not to attend China`s war parade: Report

 Japan`s prime minister is set to rebuff a prickly invitation to a Chinese military parade, a report said Wednesday, as the former World War II enemies jockey over the telling of their shared history.

Japan to launch optical spy satellite on March 26

 Japan will launch an information-gathering satellite (IGS) with an optical reconnaissance payload on an H-2A rocket on Thursday, said the country' space agency and the commercial operator of the H-2A rocket on Tuesday.

US base row on Okinawa worsens as Tokyo refuses to bend

A row over a controversial US military base on the Japanese island chain of Okinawa worsened Tuesday as Tokyo dug in its heels after the local governor ordered a halt to construction.

Japan's Abe, Indonesia's Widodo to tighten defense ties

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe today met with Indonesian President Joko Widodo to forge tighter economic and defence ties, as Tokyo works to court friends in the face of a rising China.

Japanese row over US island base move deepens

 A clash between Japan`s central government and Okinawa island, host to the bulk of U.S. troops in Japan, deepened on Monday when the southern island`s governor ordered a halt to underwater work at the site of a planned relocation of a U.S. Marine base.

Japan`s Okinawa orders halt to US military base work

 The governor of Okinawa Monday ordered a halt to construction of a controversial US military airbase, the latest twist in a saga that has riven southern Japan for decades.

Japan opts for massive, costly sea wall to fend off tsunamis

Four years after a towering tsunami ravaged much of Japan's northeastern coast, efforts to fend off future disasters are focusing on a nearly 400-kilometre chain of cement sea walls, at places nearly five stories high.

Indonesia leader eyes investment, defence on Japan trip

Indonesian President Joko Widodo will arrive in Tokyo late on Sunday, kicking off a week-long tour of Japan and China aimed at attracting investment and boosting defence co-operation.