Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga hailed recent moves by North Korea that shows they are open to having dialogue with other countries that have been urging them to give up their nuclear and missile development programs. "It is a positive development that North Korea halts provocative acts and shows signs of accepting dialogue. We will closely watch this," Suga stated.
The Philippines' Department of Foreign Affairs said that the country has Japan's backing in their initiative to start arbitral proceedings to clarify the maritime zones and delineation in the South China Sea. Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario made a courtesy call to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo where he made the commitment to support the Philippines on this call.
Japan, the world’s largest importers of liquefied natural gas (LNG) is looking to invest and buy into Papua New Guinea’s natural gas resources, banking on the Southeast Asian nation to become one of the new serious players in LNG exports. A recent deal sees Osaka Gas Co. paying 204 million US dollars to acquire stakes in Papua New Guinea natural gas assets owned by Australia-based Horizon Oil Ltd., as the Aussie gas and fuel company has new discoveries in the country and is mulling on building a new gas-export facility in-country.
When the J-League debuted in 1993, little did they know that football would become a big hit in baseball-obsessed Japan. But not only did the league make sports fan fall in love with the sport, it was also a trailblazer for Asian football. But while expensive foreign players proliferated the league then, today the J-League has become a source of local talent for European clubs and this is where world-class Japanese football players' talents are honed.
At the Casual Connect conference on Wednesday, Junde Yu – app tracking website App Annie’s vice president for Asia-Pacific – presented some very relevant data on Google Play’s game revenues. One of those is that Japan and Korea generate more game revenue in the Android app marketplace than the entire world combined. The data also shows that 80 percent of Google Play’s game revenues come from three countries – the United States, Japan and Korea.
In anticipation of broadcasters and TV distribution services offering ultra-high definition 4K content next year, Japanese consumer electronics manufacturers are ramping up marketing campaigns to create awareness for their own 4K television products. Digital TVs with 4K resolution offer image quality four times that of the regular high-definition images.
Looks like a "task force" is already needed to make sure that controversial Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto will not cause further damage to his image and to his party. The Diet members of the Japan Restoration Party have formed a group to prepare him when he faces questions and the scrutiny of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan in Tokyo on May 27 as he tries to explain his "comfort women" views that has led to international criticism and outrage.
For the first time, Japanese researchers have found and identified a tick as carrying the virus that causes severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome (SFTS) that has so far caused 8 deaths in the country since the summer of 2012. Fifteen people have been infected across 10 prefectures ever since the virus was reported in the country in January 2013.
A new Moai statue – those amazing human figure sculptures from Easter Island in Chile – is set to be unveiled on Saturday in the small Japanese fishing town of Minamisanriku, Miyagi Prefecture, more than 10,000 kilometers away from the famous sculptures’ original home. The statue is a gift – handmade by Rapa Nui sculptors from Easter Island – of the Chilean government to the town, in a gesture of hope and encouragement as the northeastern village rebuilds from the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami that devastated it.
Saitama Prefectural Police arrested 29-year-old Takahiro Oyoshi on suspicion of causing the deaths of three elderly patients and causing injury to one in a four-day span from February 15 to 18, 2010 at the nursing home where he used to work.