Japan celebrates Coming of Age Day

Impeccably made-up and dressed in brightly coloured kimonos, young Japanese women take part in Coming of Age Day celebrations in Tokyo. The ceremony marking their transition to adulthood will be the last of the ‘Heisei’ period before Emperor Akihito abdicates later this year.

Lavrov meets Kono amid tensions over disputed Kuril islands

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov meets Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono amid increasing tensions around the disputed Kuril islands. A decades-long row over the islands lingers as Moscow and Tokyo never signed a peace treaty after World War II due to the territorial dispute over the islands invaded by the Soviet Union in the final days of the war. IMAGES

Ghosn claims to be “falsely accused” in first court appearance

Former Renault–Nissan–Mitsubishi Alliance Chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn says he was “falsely accused and unfairly detained” during his first court appearance, almost two months after his surprise arrest in Tokyo.

Japan: Record $3.1 million paid in New Year’s tuna auction

A Japanese sushi entrepreneur pays a record $3.1 million for a giant tuna as Tokyo’s new fish market, which replaced the world-famous Tsukiji late last year, held its first pre-dawn New Year’s auction.

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(1 Jan 2019) Here’s the latest for Tuesday January 1st: House Democrats have plan to re-open government; Minivan hits pedestrians after Tokyo New Year’s celebations; Rainy New Year’s Eve in Times Square; NASA waits to hear from spacecraft after distant space fly-by.

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Japanese react to Tokyo’s decision to resume commercial whaling

Japanese people react to the government’s decision to withdraw from the International Whaling Commission and resume commercial whaling next year, which has already sparked criticism from activists and anti-whaling countries including Australia.

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(25 Dec 2018) Here’s the latest for Tuesday December 25th: Thousands displaced after Indonesia tsunami; Police dog killed in Florida shootout; Tokyo markets follow Wall Street plunge; President Trump in Washington for Christmas.

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SoftBank aims to raise $23bn on Japan mobile unit IPO

Shares in Japanese telecoms giant SoftBank’s mobile unit trade well below its IPO price in a disappointing debut on the Tokyo stock market. FIRST IMAGES of Softbank’s market debut ceremony at the Tokyo stock exchange.