【Today's English】New title eyed for princesses after they wed so they continue duties

By clicking above image, you can go to original article in The Asahi Shimbun Female members of the imperial family would still lose their royal status if they marry but get a new official title that lets them continue to perform their duti…

【Today's English】Abe’s side probed over payments for banquet held for supporters

By clicking above image, you can go to original article in The Asahi Shimbun Prosecutors have started investigating former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s support group over suspected legal violations concerning payments exceeding 1 million ye…

【Today's English】Mongolian wins prize for TV show on Japanese internees

By clicking above image, you can go to original article in The Asahi Shimbun NAGOYA--Oyunchimeg Khongorzul racked her brain when she read a newspaper article online that the National University of Mongolia, her alma mater, had been built o…

【Today's English】Imperial couple reach out to health care workers online

By clicking above image, you can go to original article in The Asahi Shimbun With the novel coronavirus pandemic barring direct engagement with people, Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako are switching their interactions with the public in…

【Today's English】3-day weekend sparks holiday exodus despite record infections

By clicking above image, you can go to original article in The Asahi Shimbun Train stations and expressways were heavily congested Nov. 21, the start of a three-day weekend, even as records were being broken on daily new cases of COVID-19.

【Today's English】Mass of clams bizarrely washed up along Chiba beachfront

By clicking above image, you can go to original article in The Asahi Shimbun A copious amount of clams has mysteriously washed ashore along the Kujukurihama beach in Chiba Prefecture, bewildering locals and fishermen alike as to how they g…

【Today's English】Evacuee, graffiti artists join hands to revive Fukushima town

By clicking above image, you can go to original article in The Asahi Shimbun FUTABA, Fukushima Prefecture--A large hand-painted image on a wall in a vacant lot jumps out at visitors exiting a train station in Futaba, which was transformed …

【Today's English】The few good men who prop up sumo’s topknot a dying breed

By clicking above image, you can go to original article in The Asahi Shimbun A shortage of craftsmen capable of creating the vital tools for producing the iconic hairdo sported by sumo wrestlers is threatening to sever the symbol of Japan'…

【Today's English】Capcom says as many as 350,000 people’s data stolen in hack

By clicking above image, you can go to original article in The Asahi Shimbun Video game development giant Capcom Co. said on Nov. 16 that the personal information of approximately 350,000 users and stockholders may have been stolen in a re…

【Today's English】Study suggests pandemic led to drop in Tokyo’s temperatures

By clicking above image, you can go to original article in The Asahi Shimbun A recent study suggests that a temperature drop in Tokyo this spring may have been caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic halting public transportation and othe…

【Today's English】Brother seeks meaning behind 1970 suicide of Mishima ‘soldier’

By clicking above image, you can go to original article in The Asahi Shimbun YOKKAICHI, Mie Prefecture—Osamu Morita’s search for answers started 50 years ago when a phone call informed him that his younger brother had died.

【Today's English】Mako made clear where her heart lies: She wants to get married

By clicking above image, you can go to original article in The Asahi Shimbun “For us, marriage is a necessary choice to live and honor our hearts.” That comment, included in a written statement released Nov. 13 by Princess Mako regarding h…

【Today's English】Princess Mako says marriage plan is still on despite delay

By clicking above image, you can go to original article in The Asahi Shimbun Princess Mako said the plan for her to marry Kei Komuro is still on, despite more than two years having passed since the postponement of the marriage was announce…

【Today's English】Gender equality goals face delay of up to 10 years to be reached

By clicking above image, you can go to original article in The Asahi Shimbun With the government's long-standing aim to promote gender equality falling by the wayside, it appears that the goals will be kicked down the road again.

【Today's English】Biden wins over residents of tsunami-hit town since 2011 visit

By clicking above image, you can go to original article in The Asahi Shimbun NATORI, Miyagi Prefecture--Joe Biden is fondly remembered by residents from his brief visit to this coastal town when he was vice president and spent the day cons…

【Today's English】Koi farmers hit by pandemic vie to reach foreign buyers online

By clicking above image, you can go to original article in The Asahi Shimbun Normally at this time of year, wealthy foreigners descend on Niigata Prefecture to inspect and purchase brightly colored, prized specialty koi in transactions tha…

【Today's English】Atomic bomb survivors hope Biden steers U.S. away from nukes

By clicking above image, you can go to original article in The Asahi Shimbun Following Joe Biden's victory in the U.S. presidential election, atomic bomb survivors in Hiroshima and Nagasaki expressed hopes the country will get back on trac…

【Today's English】Suga sends congratulations to Biden, hopes for improved ties

By clicking above image, you can go to original article in The Asahi Shimbun Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga tweeted his congratulations to Democratic nominee Joe Biden on his victory in the U.S. presidential election and hopes for bolsterin…

【Today's English】Sands of popular Noto Peninsula beach vanishing at alarming rate

By clicking above image, you can go to original article in The Asahi Shimbun KANAZAWA--Japan could lose its only natural sandy beach where cars, motorcycles and even buses can run by the water's edge due to years of sea erosion.

【Today's English】Chinese Coast Guard to be allowed to fire on foreign vessels

By clicking above image, you can go to original article in The Asahi Shimbun BEIJING--China’s Coast Guard will be empowered to fire on foreign vessels that intrude into territorial waters under sweeping changes announced by the Standing Co…

【Today's English】Latest defense of Suga’s council rejections fuels bewilderment

By clicking above image, you can go to original article in The Asahi Shimbun Government officials provided another explanation for Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s refusal to appoint six recommended scholars to the Science Council of Japan,…

【Today's English】New principals in Miyagi meet with relatives of kids lost to tsunami

By clicking above image, you can go to original article in The Asahi Shimbun ISHINOMAKI, Miyagi Prefecture--It was job training like no other for newly appointed school principals in this city devastated by the March 2011 Great East Japan …

【Today's English】Winter lights a Dutch treat at Huis Ten Bosch theme park

By clicking above image, you can go to original article in The Asahi Shimbun SASEBO, Nagasaki Prefecture--The whirlwind year of 2020 still has time to spin more havoc, but the sea of lights at a make-believe Dutch town here is a welcoming …

【Today's English】GSDF conducts first battlefield medical drill on remote islands

By clicking above image, you can go to original article in The Asahi Shimbun When troops were wounded in fighting in the country's remote southwestern islands, a Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF) helicopter unit was assigned to transport th…

【Today's English】Secrets unravel during repairs to Meiji Era gown worn by empress

By clicking above image, you can go to original article in The Asahi Shimbun A formal court gown with a long trail thought to have been tailored overseas for Empress Shoken (1850-1914) is unraveling all sorts of secrets as it undergoes rep…

【Today's English】Entry rules to be further eased; good news for foreign residents

By clicking above image, you can go to original article in The Asahi Shimbun The government will ease entry restrictions from November on foreign arrivals, but at nowhere near the level envisaged by Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga to encoura…

【Today's English】Whistle-blower in Ghosn trial had to ‘tolerate good and evil’

By clicking above image, you can go to original article in The Asahi Shimbun The whistle-blower at Nissan Motor Co. who helped bring down former Chairman Carlos Ghosn over allegations of financial misconduct said in a choking voice in cour…

【Today's English】Police on alert as yakuza, ‘scouts’ continue turf war in Kabukicho

By clicking above image, you can go to original article in The Asahi Shimbun A brawl that erupted in Tokyo’s Kabukicho, Japan's largest red-light district, was apparently a flareup in a simmering turf war between a yakuza crime syndicate a…

【Today's English】New bullet train Alpha-X hits top speed of 382 kph in test run

By clicking above image, you can go to original article in The Asahi Shimbun Japan's Alpha-X next-generation Shinkansen on Oct. 27 smashed all speed records to date by bullet trains running commercially, hitting a top speed of 382 kph in a…

【Today's English】Drone eye-view: Shuri-jo castle a year after devastating fire

By clicking above image, you can go to original article in The Asahi Shimbun NAHA--Much of Okinawa Prefecture's treasured Shuri-jo castle remains a desolate landscape a year after fire gutted the site that was a center of politics and cult…