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How Japan Needs to Change to Welcome Immigrants

The country has to do more to assimilate foreigners and offset population decline. Noah Smith writes: The U.S. has been roiled by debates over immigration. Japan has the opposite problem — not enough debate. Immigration is happening, and no [...]

North Korea Conducts 6th Nuclear Test

SEOUL (AP) — South Korea’s military said Sunday that North Korea is believed to have conducted its sixth nuclear test after it detected a strong earthquake, hours after Pyongyang claimed that its leader has inspected a hydrogen bomb meant for a [...]

AI Enlisted to Help Prevent Traffic Jams

The transport ministry will this autumn start a pilot project that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to alleviate traffic congestion in tourist hotspots. The project will use traffic volume data collected through a network of cameras installed on [...]

Marvel-ous in Yokohama

A display to promote the new Spider-Man movie, Spider Man: Homecoming, located inside the Yokohama train station. When I spotted this, while browsing the layers of shopping venues, I got excited, thinking this was the entrance to a comic book [...]

[PHOTOS] An Afternoon Yokohama, Japan

Translated: The kanban says “Family Pub”. Near the Nishi ward office in Yokohama. I wonder how long this establishment has been serving liquor to families? Like many of the building exteriors in the neighborhood, it appears to be [...]

Japan Buries Our Most-Cherished Economic Ideas

The country has mountains of debt and a tight job market. So where’s the inflation? Noah Smith writes: Japan is the graveyard of economic theories. The country has had ultralow interest rates and run huge government deficits for decades, [...]

South Korea Debates Developing its Own Nuclear Weapons

Stuart Leavenworth writes: No longer sure they can rely on the United States, an increasing number of South Korean lawmakers say their country should develop its own nuclear arsenal to deter an attack by Kim Jong Un, their belligerent neighbor to [...]

4 Japanese Detained in China Freed

TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Four of the six Japanese men who were detained in China by local authorities in March have been released and returned to Japan, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Thursday. The Japanese government will continue to [...]