Japanese warship docks in Singapore fo IMDEX 2019

The JS Izumo, a helicopter destroyer and one of the Japanese navy’s largest ships, has docked in Singapore as part of IMDEX Asia 2019, a maritime and defence exhibition being hosted in the city state. The exhibition, which runs until the 15 May, will see 23 other ships from navies around the world showcasing their capabilities.

“Taste of Paris” gastronomy festival opens at Grand Palais

Foodies are in for a treat in the French capital this weekend. For just 20 euros, visitors to the Taste of Paris gastronomy festival can sample the creations of some of the world’s best starred or aspiring chefs, from Juan Arbelaez’s Ceviche de Cobia to Frédéric Anton’s Japanese pearl risotto with truffle. The event runs from 9-12 May at the Grand Palais.

Japanese see in new era with sake and horseback archery

With refreshing slurps of sake, a spot of mediaeval horseback samurai archery, and solemn Shinto rites, Japanese rang in a new imperial era in festive mood as Naruhito became their 126th emperor.

Japanese celebrate new era as Naruhito ascends throne

Japan’s new Emperor Naruhito formally ascend the Chrysanthemum Throne, a day after his father Akihito abdicated from the world’s oldest monarchy and usher in a new imperial era.

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Canada’s Trudeau welcomes Japan’s Abe in Ottowa

With mere months to go until Japan hosts the G20 summit in Osaka late June, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau welcomes his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe in Ottowa. IMAGES

Trump and Abe to play golf at president’s course

US President Donald Trump took visiting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for a game of golf on Saturday. The two leaders departed the White House for Trump’s National Golf Club in Sterling in northern Virginia. (April 27)

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President Trump and Melania host couples dinner

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and First Lady Akie Abe arrive at the White House where President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will host a couple’s dinner Friday in the White House residence. (April 26)

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Australian WWII ship sunk by Japanese submarine found

An Australian freighter sunk by a Japanese submarine during World War II has been located “relatively intact” in waters off the country’s southeast coast.

Valley of dolls: scarecrows outnumber people in Japan village

Life-sized dolls are dotted around the tiny village of Nagoro, deep in the mountains of western Japan. The dolls here outnumber humans ten-to-one, the product of a one-woman bid to counter the emptiness and loneliness felt in Nagoro, like many Japanese villages decimated by depopulation.