【Today's English】City secures cash to make bid on Uesugi Kenshin’s samurai blade

By clicking above image, you can go to original article in The Asahi Shimbun SETOUCHI, Okayama Prefecture--A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to obtain the long blade once wielded by one of Japan's most powerful warlords was a battle in itse…

【Today's English】Emperor’s public birthday event called off over coronavirus risk

By clicking above image, you can go to original article in The Asahi Shimbun Coronavirus fears have forced the last-minute cancellation of Naruhito’s first public birthday celebration as emperor at Tokyo's Imperial Palace on Feb. 23.

【Today's English】Some Americans on cruise ship say no to charter flight back home

By clicking above image, you can go to original article in The Asahi Shimbun Some U.S. citizens stranded aboard a cruise ship in Yokohama while undergoing quarantine for the coronavirus are declining to board a U.S. government charter flig…

【Today's English】Feeling sick but not sure? Rest at home, don’t push the panic button

By clicking above image, you can go to original article in The Asahi Shimbun Got the sniffles and feeling out of sorts? It may not mean you have the coronavirus that is beginning to rage across Japan.

【Today's English】Japan to allow elderly people to leave virus-hit cruise ship

By clicking above image, you can go to original article in The Asahi Shimbun The government again changed its policy and will allow some elderly passengers to leave the Diamond Princess, a quarantined cruise ship infested with the new coro…

【Today's English】China touched by poem written on aid packages sent from Japan  

By clicking above image, you can go to original article in The Asahi Shimbun BEIJING--Citizens here are praising a Chinese poem written on relief supply boxes sent from Japan as a sign of heartfelt support for China in its struggle to cope…

【Today's English】Scientists make energy with invisible source: infrared light

By clicking above image, you can go to original article in The Asahi Shimbun A Japanese research team has "seen the light" and is utilizing infrared wavelengths to generate electricity, an untapped energy source that accounts for nearly ha…

【Today's English】Virus testing for 3,000 on cruise ship a logistical nightmare

By clicking above image, you can go to original article in The Asahi Shimbun Passengers confined to quarters on the quarantined cruise ship Diamond Princess are at the end of their tether--and their hopes of a quick end to their nightmare …

【Today's English】Oscar-winning ‘Parasite’ reflects life of basement tenants in Seoul

By clicking above image, you can go to original article in The Asahi Shimbun SEOUL--While the producers of "Parasite" celebrated four Academy Awards on Feb. 9, tenants residing in gloomy half-basement apartments here like in the movie did …

【Today's English】H2A rocket blasts off, puts reconnaissance satellite in orbit

By clicking above image, you can go to original article in The Asahi Shimbun TANEGASHIMA ISLAND, Kagoshima Prefecture--The H2A No. 41 rocket was successfully launched from the Tanegashima Space Center on Feb. 9, putting an information gath…

【Today's English】Relief aid made all difference in getting China kin out of Wuhan

By clicking above image, you can go to original article in The Asahi Shimbun China started getting antsy when Japan arranged a fourth charter flight to rescue its nationals in Hubei province, where the coronavirus is raging, because it fea…

【Today's English】‘War’ declared on mah-jongg tables as China battles coronavirus

By clicking above image, you can go to original article in The Asahi Shimbun BEIJING--In a new "war" being raged in China, police burst into a farmer's home in a dramatic raid that accuses the "offender" of putting lives at risk.

【Today's English】‘Innocent’ rapist convicted by Fukuoka High Court on appeal

By clicking above image, you can go to original article in The Asahi Shimbun FUKUOKA--The Fukuoka High Court on Feb. 5 overturned a lower court decision that found an accused rapist innocent and handed the 44-year-old company executive a f…

【Today's English】Wuhan residents describe horrors of inadequate medical care

By clicking above image, you can go to original article in The Asahi Shimbun After showing symptoms of coronavirus infection for a week, a woman in Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak in China, was finally tested at one of the overcrowded…

【Today's English】‘Zero contact’ policy spreads in China to battle coronavirus

By clicking above image, you can go to original article in The Asahi Shimbun BEIJING--Companies, schools and government offices in China have adopted a “zero contact” policy to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, leading to precise …

【Today's English】Test flights on new route over Tokyo lead to noise complaints

By clicking above image, you can go to original article in The Asahi Shimbun Low-altitude test flights over central Tokyo started on Feb. 2 for passenger planes landing at Haneda Airport, drawing noise complaints and raising safety concern…

【Today's English】Japan tightens immigration as 3 more infected by coronavirus

By clicking above image, you can go to original article in The Asahi Shimbun Three repatriated Japanese from Wuhan, the center of the coronavirus outbreak in China, have been confirmed to be infected by the virus, bringing the number of ca…

【Today's English】Rare century-old photos show Shuri-jo castle in its prime

By clicking above image, you can go to original article in The Asahi Shimbun Rare photos have emerged of Shuri-jo castle in Okinawa Prefecture taken about a century ago, casting a valuable insight into how the structures looked before they…

【Today's English】Nikko shrine cuts hours after warnings from labor authority

By clicking above image, you can go to original article in The Asahi Shimbun NIKKO, Tochigi Prefecture--Following numerous warnings from labor standards inspectors for having staff work long hours, Nikko Toshogu shrine here said it will op…

【Today's English】Ken Watanabe: More diversity in films, on stage is only proper

By clicking above image, you can go to original article in The Asahi Shimbun Actor Ken Watanabe, who describes himself as a "feminist," supports taking social diversity into consideration in casting actors as it will make productions more …

【Today's English】1st Japanese back from Wuhan; 5 taken to hospital with signs of flu

By clicking above image, you can go to original article in The Asahi Shimbun A special charter flight carrying about 200 Japanese from virus-stricken Wuhan arrived at Tokyo's Haneda Airport on Jan. 29, and four were immediately rushed to a…

【Today's English】Top chefs team to add spice to push for sustainable seafood

By clicking above image, you can go to original article in The Asahi Shimbun When chef Shinsuke Ishii came out of the kitchen to talk to a table of diners, he didn't ask if the tuna with celery roots satisfied their taste buds.

【Today's English】Japan to charter special flight to Wuhan to rescue trapped citizens

By clicking above image, you can go to original article in The Asahi Shimbun Japan announced plans to charter a special flight to the central Chinese city of Wuhan on Jan. 28 to rescue hundreds of Japanese nationals trapped there due to th…

【Today's English】On land and in air, U.S. military spurns requests for Olympics

By clicking above image, you can go to original article in The Asahi Shimbun Behind the glitz and glamour in preparations for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics lies a lopsided battle between Japan and the United States that stems from the last time …

【Today's English】Don't bank on snow as little to be had through February

By clicking above image, you can go to original article in The Asahi Shimbun Unseasonably warm weather that left ski slopes bare at many resorts will continue through February with the region facing the Sea of Japan experiencing a record l…

【Today's English】Tourist from China confirmed as 2nd case of coronavirus

By clicking above image, you can go to original article in The Asahi Shimbun A tourist in his 40s has been confirmed as the second case of coronavirus in Japan, after he arrived from Wuhan in central China, where the fast-spreading virus i…

【Today's English】Comfy and cool: Uniforms for Games’ athletes unveiled

By clicking above image, you can go to original article in The Asahi Shimbun The official uniforms for Japan's athletes competing in this summer's Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics have been unveiled, emphasizing comfort and breathability for…

【Today's English】Lack of snow takes business at ski resorts on a downhill slide

By clicking above image, you can go to original article in The Asahi Shimbun Business is plummeting at the nation's ski resorts and related seasonal operations dependent on snow and ice for customers due to the unusually warm winter weathe…

【Today's English】Refugees from Myanmar cite attacks from their ‘protectors’

By clicking above image, you can go to original article in The Asahi Shimbun COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh--Rumors of intimidation, violence and murder flowed from a sprawling, squalid camp here for hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who …

【Today's English】Festival-goers at Yukake Matsuri get doused on frigid morning

By clicking above image, you can go to original article in The Asahi Shimbun NAGANOHARA, Gunma Prefecture--Getting doused with buckets of water on a frigid winter morning isn't for the faint of heart, but luckily for the scantily clad part…