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Princess Mako Heading to Altar After 5-Year Romance

Princess Mako, the oldest daughter of Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko, dated Kei Komuro for about five years before deciding on their upcoming engagement — a happy surprise to her friends and people who have met her during her official visits. [...]

Japan Tough to Crack for Refugees

Kyoko Hasegawa and Natsuko Fukue report: It has been a decade since Liliane last saw her little girl. She fled Africa in fear for her life, leaving behind everything she knew and loved in the hope of a fresh start in Japan. Today, she scrapes a [...]

Miyazawa Kenji Dowa Mura (Village of Fairy Tales)

World of fairy tales Dealing with space, sky, land and water Miyazawa Kenji Dowa Mura consists of facilities designed for visitors to enjoy and learn in the world of fairy tales by Kenji Miyazawa, a Japanese poet and author of children’s [...]

[VIDEO] Tokyo Rainbow Pride 2017 Parade

Daisuke Kikuchi reports: Thousands of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people paraded through Tokyo’s Shibuya district on Sunday to express hope that Japan will further embrace gender equality and diversity. The LGBT parade was the finale [...]

Barbie Cafe, Yokohama Japan

At the heart of the busy streets of Miyagawacho, Yokohama, you can find a small yet an all pretty café called the ”Pink Holiday”. It’s a café that would most certainly make all the pink and Barbie fans fall in love. Yes you guessed it; [...]

Japan Needs More People

A demographic crisis is looming, and tweaks to the country’s immigration system don’t go far enough. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been trying hard to combat his nation’s alarming demographic decline: promoting robots and other [...]

Help Sought for Damaged A-Bomb Artworks

“The Hiroshima Panels,” a series of folding screens depicting the aftermath of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and other scenes, have been suffering from increasingly severe insect damage in recent years, so the gallery housing them [...]

[VIDEO] Fistfight Breaks Out on Flight from Japan to LA

One minute passengers were settling into their seats for the 11-hour flight from Tokyo, Japan, to Los Angeles. The next they were scrambling out of the way as a male passenger became irate and began throwing punches at another man seated in the row [...]