Top 10 News in Japan 2016

A week to go for the year 2016 to fade into obscurity, this column looks back on 2016 by way of listing up top 10 newsworthy events throughout the year, based on a survey done by Yomiuri Shimbun on 14,593 responders in and out of Japan.

December 2, 2016 at 1:16 am

World Tsunami Summit Adopted Declaration

Some 360 high school students from 30 countries met in Kochi City for a World Tsunami Summit on November 25-26 to discuss tsunami and its repercussions.

November 28, 2016 at 9:07 am

Nihongo Helps to Improve Classwork?

Today's episode is not a genuinely Japanese material but Japanese enough to pass on to you.

November 25, 2016 at 2:37 am

Snowfall in Tokyo in November - For First Time in 54 Years

If anything happens for the first time in half a century - it's newsworthy.

November 24, 2016 at 9:15 pm

A 28-Year-Old Choked to Death in Fast-Eating Contest!

Of all ridiculous things known to man, the ultimate has to be fast-eating.

November 20, 2016 at 11:26 pm

PM Abe Confides in President-elect Trump

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe flew to New York November 17 for a tête‐à‐tête with the US President-elect Donal Trump.

November 20, 2016 at 8:01 pm

A Sunken Road Leveled Up in a Week

It happened early in the morning, 5:15 a.m. November 8, in the heart of Hakata, near the Hakata Station, Fukuoka.

November 16, 2016 at 6:37 am

Trump Transition: "It's a Chance," Says Defense Minister Inada

Japan is uneasy at what follows the undue entrance of Donald Trump in the international political scene, but here is a key minister in the Abe administration who thinks otherwise: Defence Minister Tomomi Inada

November 16, 2016 at 2:16 am

Trump Triumphed - Now What?

Japan, like all other countries across the world, was stunned at the news of Donald Trump beating Hillary Clinton in a true-to-earth landslide victory in the stormy US presidential election, November 9 JST.

November 10, 2016 at 11:50 pm

His Highness Takahito, Prince of Mikasa, Passed Away at Age 100

His Highness Prince Takahito of Mikasa deceased at 8:34 a.m.,October 27th, due to a cardiac failure, closing a dramatic life at age 100 as the younger brother of the late Majesty Emperor Hirohito.

November 10, 2016 at 9:00 am

Survivors of Tsunami-Victim School Children Won 1.4 Billion Yen Verdict

The Great Eastern Japan Earthquake five years ago left devastating scars in the northern parts of Japan, of which the most painful was the loss of 74 pupils of the Okawa Elementary School in Miyagi Prefecture.

November 8, 2016 at 1:11 am

Japan Visited by Record-High +19% Foreign Tourists in September

It looks like this September had a record-high number of foreign tourists visiting Japan - to the tune of nearly 20 million.

October 24, 2016 at 8:55 pm

Tokyo Governoress Koike Questions Leadership of Former Governor Ishihara

The newly elected governoress of Tokyo Yuriko Koike said in her regular meet-the-press on October 14 that the former governor Shintaro Ishihara doesn't quite live up to his repute as a writer/politician in his position as the then leader of the metropolis over the ongoing dispute over the new fish market in Toyosu.

October 18, 2016 at 9:12 am

Over-Populated Wild Animals to Butchers?

The ruling government parties, Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and Komeito are in agreement now to dispose of over-populated wild animals and envisage a legislation to activate the central and regional governments to work out means to eliminate such wildlife - possibly for human consumption.

October 18, 2016 at 9:00 am

A legendary Book on Taiwan's History Now in English Version

I'm Nathan Shiga and today's episode has to do with my involvement in the publication of a long-awaited English version of Ong Iok tok's "Taiwan: A History of Agonies"

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