Kruis, Parkes head for Japanese rugby side Panasonic Wild Knights

Tokyo (AFP) England lock George Kruis and Welsh centre Hadleigh Parkes have signed to play for Panasonic Wild Knights in next year's Japanese Top League, the club announced on Monday. Kruis, capped 45 caps for his country and once for the British and Irish Lions, featured at last year's World Cup but coach Eddie Jones … Continue reading Kruis, Parkes head for Japanese rugby side Panasonic Wild Knights

Japan the world third biggest economy set to lift coronavirus emergency as cases slow

Tokyo (AFP) Japan was poised to lift its nationwide state of emergency over the coronavirus on Monday, gradually reopening the world's third-biggest economy after new cases slowed to a crawl. Compared to hard-hit areas in Europe, the United States, Russia and Brazil, Japan has been spared the worst of the pandemic, with 16,581 cases in … Continue reading Japan the world third biggest economy set to lift coronavirus emergency as cases slow

Japan teen plans lawsuit over gaming advice

Tokyo (AFP) A Japanese teen is standing up for his right to play hours of video games, crowdfunding for a lawsuit to challenge local government guidelines on limiting video gaming by children. The 17-year-old, who asked to be identified only by his first name Wataru, has enlisted the support of his mother and a lawyer … Continue reading Japan teen plans lawsuit over gaming advice

Britain says it plans to start virtual trade talks with Japan shortly

LONDON (REUTERS) - Britain plans to begin negotiating a free trade agreement with Japan via video conference shortly, the government said, setting out its negotiating objectives for a deal it hopes will save British exporters millions of pounds a year in tariffs. After decades outsourcing its trade policy to the European Union, Britain is embarking … Continue reading Britain says it plans to start virtual trade talks with Japan shortly

U.S.-China trade war key to Japan’s tax hike decision-ruling party

TOKYO (Reuters) - The fallout from the U.S.-China trade war on Japan's economy will be a key factor in deciding whether to proceed with a scheduled sales tax hike this year, a senior Japanese ruling party official said on Friday. A Japan Yen note is seen in this illustration photo taken June 1, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas … Continue reading U.S.-China trade war key to Japan’s tax hike decision-ruling party

Japan’s Emperor Naruhito pledges to work as symbol of the people

TOKYO: Japanese Emperor Naruhito formally took up his post on Wednesday (May 1) a day after the abdication of his father, saying he felt a "sense of solemnity" but pledging to work as a symbol of the nation and the unity of its people. Former Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko stepped down on Tuesday after three decades … Continue reading Japan’s Emperor Naruhito pledges to work as symbol of the people

Japan’s nuclear horror relived as people return to Fukushima’s ghost towns

Wide streets still lie empty, scavenging boar and monkeys the only signs of life. Only wild animals, and the 6ft weeds, which have rampaged through deserted homes and businesses, suffocating once-chatty barbers shops and bustling grocery stores; strangling playgrounds and their rusting rides which lie empty and eerily still. Laundry hangs where it was pegged … Continue reading Japan’s nuclear horror relived as people return to Fukushima’s ghost towns