Category Archives: General Japan News

Matsuyama wins first U.S. title in Memorial playoff

Matsuyama wins first U.S. title in Memorial playoff

    DUBLIN, Ohio — Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama won his first U.S. PGA Tour title in dramatic style on Sunday, beating Kevin Na with a par at the first playoff…

12 amazing creations people have built in the game ‘Minecraft’

12 amazing creations people have built in the game ‘Minecraft’

    “Minecraft” is a huge, open-world sandbox game, which was released for the PC in 2009. Since then, it’s been released on other platforms, and as of February 2014, it has…

What does this Japanese candy have to do with the Red Sox? Quite a lot, actually

What does this Japanese candy have to do with the Red Sox? Quite a lot, actually

    TOKYO — The Boston Red Sox have consistently had Japanese players since 2007, when they signed Daisuke Matsuzaka and Hideki Okajima. There’s one thing Japanese players bring to…

Tokyo's Shibuya scramble crossing to get huge new advertising screen

Tokyo’s Shibuya scramble crossing to get huge new advertising screen

      TOKYO — Tokyo’s thunderously busy Shibuya pedestrian crossing, where up to 3,000 people merge into a seething mass of humanity whenever the lights change, is to get…

8 Japanese carmakers team up on green engines

8 Japanese carmakers team up on green engines

      TOKYO — Japan’s eight carmakers have joined forces to develop environmentally friendly engines to stave off fierce competition from foreign rivals, a press report said Sunday. Two…

Japan to export Doraemon to U.S.

Japan to export Doraemon to U.S.

      TOKYO — One of Japan’s most popular cartoon creations, Doraemon, a robot cat from the future with a magic pocket and a portal to anywhere, is to…

Zaccheroni predicts World Cup success for Japan

Zaccheroni predicts World Cup success for Japan

    TOKYO — Italian coach Alberto Zaccheroni believes his “love affair” with Japan will bear fruit at the World Cup after four roller-coaster years which has seen Asian Cup…

Abe tells OECD 'Abenomics' has yielded great results

Abe tells OECD ‘Abenomics’ has yielded great results

    PARIS — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday launched a spirited defense of his “Abenomics” reforms aimed at kickstarting the world’s third-largest economy, saying the policy blitz…

Japanese fans say new American Godzilla is too fat

Japanese fans say new American Godzilla is too fat

TOKYO — Fans of monster movies or big Hollywood blockbusters are no doubt aware that a reboot of the famous Godzilla franchise is due to hit theaters this summer. As…

AKB48 may be the pop the economy needs: ex-chief cabinet secretary Edano

AKB48 may be the pop the economy needs: ex-chief cabinet secretary Edano

Former Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano recently praised the business model of the pop idol group AKB48 in a magazine essay. Edano gained global fame via media exposure while he…