SEOUL, South Korea — The world’s oldest known man, Alexander Imich, born in 1903, died Sunday in New York. The torch will most likely be passed to 111-year-old Sakari Momori, who comes from a country full of elderly people: Japan. The Guinness Book of World Records is investigating. That’s...
Most people outside of Asia have never heard of Pocari Sweat, but the maker of this Japanese sports drink hopes that change after it becomes the first billboard on the moon. Otsuka Pharmaceutical has secured a spot on the first commercial robotic moon mission later this year for a...
Japan have, for the 33rd straight year, recorded a decrease in the number of children under 15. This year though, the numbers have plunged to a record low of 16.33 million, around 160,000 less than last year, according to Japan’s internal affairs ministry. As of April 1, children under...
Japan’s Internal Ministry published on its website a report that shows that the country’s population has continued to shrink for the third year in a row. The proportion of those 65 years old and up has also risen to a new record, highlighting the increasing problem of an aging population in...
Southeast Asians excited to see actual cherry blossoms in bloom and the land of anime will soon find it easy to do so as Japan’s government and ruling coalition are pushing to waive visas for people coming from the Philippines, Indonesia and Vietnam. This is part of the country’s...
Aoshima Island in Ozu, Ehime Prefecture is called the “Island of Cats” because the number of cats living on the island is five times more than the human population. Only 15 people are living there, sharing their land with more than a hundred cats. While there are a dozen ‘cat islands’ in Japan, Aoshima...
From flaming balls to burning barrels, a drag queen drop to an all-night Junkanoo - we see in 2014 with some of the world's quirkiest celebrations Watch the fireballs in Stonehaven, Scotland [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XeArbbBsAts?rel=0&w=560&h=315] Thousands of revellers line the street in this small town near Aberdeen to witness the century-old Hogmany celebration,...
TOKYO -- International airports in Japan are striving to become friendlier to Muslims amid a steep increase in visitors from the Islamic world following the Japanese government's relaxation of regulations for issuing visas. An increase in private prayer rooms for Muslims, who pray five times a day, and availability of...
TOKYO - Japan and Southeast Asian countries called on Saturday for freedom of the air and sea and urged that disputes be resolved peacefully, amid concerns about Chinese military assertiveness that has raised regional tensions. China's recent announcement of an air defense zone that covers islands in the East China...
Lest you think that you missed the announcement that Japan has issued a new currency, a “million yen bill” was allegedly passed off as a 10,000 yen bill at a grocery shop in Aeon Mall Morioka-Minami. Iwate Prefecture police are now looking into the case as a possible forgery case. The cashier...
It may not be much (5,000 yen or around $50), but a 6-year-old Japanese boy’s small contribution to the relief efforts in the Philippines for victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan has restored a lot of people’s faith in humanity. Shoichi Kondoh donated all of his life savings after he saw the...
It’s normal that when older people retire, they take up a new hobby to pass the huge amount of time they suddenly find in their hands. Some take to sports, and some old people even take to sprinting andchallenge Usain Bolt to a race. But the National Police Agency...
Six people working at the site of crippled Fukushima power plant have been exposed to radiation after one of them mistakenly removed a pipe connected to a contaminated water treatment system. It’s the second incident at Fukushima in three days. The accidental pipe detachment on Wednesday resulted in the leak...
The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications revealed that as of Sunday, 1 in every 4 people in Japan is over the age of 65, with theirpopulation setting a record-high of 31.86 million. According to the ministry, their increase in number can be attributed to the baby boom after the...
The country is having a new form of festivities that would even cause Mona Lisa to raise an eyebrow. It’s not official though, but the fad is hitting the Japanese netizens to dare to post their phone numbers on their Twitter accounts. Its pioneer, Kazuma Ieiri, even posted his address and,...
DOZENS of Japanese train passengers pushed a 32-tonne train carriage away from the platform to free a woman who had fallen into the 20cm gap between the train and platform during the busy morning rush hour yesterday. The act of heroism was captured by a newspaper photographer, whose photo of...
JAPAN'S new levitating bullet trains have undergone their first test runs. Capable of reaching mind-blowing speeds, they did not disappoint. The 'L0 series maglev trains (magnetic levitation)' are the fastest ever built. Cruising at speeds of up to 500km/h, they can cover approximately 322km in just 40 minutes. Designed by JR...
AFP - The world's oldest person turned 116 on Friday as local health chiefs in Japan launch a study to find out why he and many of those around him have lived so long. Jiroemon Kimura, who was born in 1897, was expected to celebrate his astonishing milestone with friends and...
A second underground storage pool is leaking radioactive water at the disaster-stricken Fukushima No. 1 power plant, operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Sunday. The first pool, No. 2, was found to have leaked 120 tons of highly radioactive water on Friday. The size of the leak at the second...