【Today's English】Suga government unlikely to budge on Okinawa base relocation issue

By clicking above image, you can go to original article in The Asahi Shimbun Newly minted minister Taro Kono visited Okinawa on Sept. 19 for talks with Governor Denny Tamaki although prefectural government officials were well aware that li…

【Today's English】Like the movies, dream basketball court emerges from Aichi farm

By clicking above image, you can go to original article in The Asahi Shimbun TOYOKAWA, Aichi Prefecture--In Takuichiro Kobayashi’s real-life world, he plays Kevin Costner and Kobe Bryant is Shoeless Joe Jackson.

【Today's English】Suga already being tested on his willingness to empower women

By clicking above image, you can go to original article in The Asahi Shimbun New Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's commitment to empowering women is already facing a crucial test after he appointed only two female lawmakers to his Cabinet.

【Today's English】Tokyo nightlife facing sobering reality after restrictions lifted

By clicking above image, you can go to original article in The Asahi Shimbun Happy days were here again for Kodai Inokuchi on Sept. 16 as bars and restaurants near his home in Suginami Ward returned to normal late-night hours.

【Today's English】Inn topped by grounded boat in tsunami-hit city to be torn down

By clicking above image, you can go to original article in The Asahi Shimbun OTSUCHI, Iwate Prefecture--An inn here that became one of the most iconic symbols of the deadly force of the tsunami triggered by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthq…

【Today's English】In the spotlight: Suga seeks to build own diplomatic style

By clicking above image, you can go to original article in The Asahi Shimbun Yoshihide Suga admits he's no Shinzo Abe in foreign diplomacy as he prepares to succeed him as the next prime minister on Sept. 16.

【Today's English】Man whose son got virus seeks to end rumors with newspaper flier

By clicking above image, you can go to original article in The Asahi Shimbun MITSUKE, Niigata Prefecture--A man here whose son tested positive for the novel coronavirus resorted to asking a newspaper to distribute fliers to dispel false ru…

【Today's English】Sparrows seek parental rights of great tit chicks at home in Tokyo

By clicking above image, you can go to original article in The Asahi Shimbun Sumitoshi Tamura sprayed water to scare off a sparrow approaching a nesting box in the garden of his home in Tokyo’s Suginami Ward in August.

【Today's English】Packed movie theaters to be allowed from Sept. 19

By clicking above image, you can go to original article in The Asahi Shimbun A government advisory panel on the COVID-19 crisis approved steps to allow packed crowds at stage and movie theaters from Sept. 19, as well as changes to audience…

【Today's English】Kamikaze pilot survived WWII, saw both A-bomb sites firsthand

By clicking above image, you can go to original article in The Asahi Shimbun TAKAYAMA, Gifu Prefecture--When he was 17, Imperial Japanese Navy pilot Ryozo Kotoge received orders to deploy for what was supposed to be his last mission: a sui…

【Today's English】Tokyo Midtown walkway cools walkers with mist, blue lights

By clicking above image, you can go to original article in The Asahi Shimbun Just in time for late summer humid days and nights, the Tokyo Midtown complex is creating a cooling atmosphere for walkers with a refreshing mist and blue illumin…

【Today's English】Tokyo in July sees more people moving out than in due to virus

By clicking above image, you can go to original article in The Asahi Shimbun Residents of Tokyo who moved out of the capital in July outnumbered those who moved in as people avoided migrating to the metropolis due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

【Today's English】Researcher says Typhoon No. 10 likely weakened by Typhoon No. 9

By clicking above image, you can go to original article in The Asahi Shimbun A Japanese researcher said Typhoon No. 10 did not turn out to be as strong as expected because it followed on the heels of Typhoon No. 9, which cooled the sea sur…

【Today's English】2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster museum to open in Futaba town

By clicking above image, you can go to original article in The Asahi Shimbun FUTABA, Fukushima Prefecture--A new 5.3 billion yen ($50 million) museum here is entrusted with the mission of keeping lessons from one of the world’s worst nucle…

【Today's English】Massive Typhoon No. 10 nearing Kyushu’s main island on Sept. 6

By clicking above image, you can go to original article in The Asahi Shimbun As extremely powerful Typhoon No. 10 barrels on a collision course with southern Kyushu between Sept. 6 and 7, the Japan Meteorological Agency is warning of destr…

【Today's English】Fearful Kyushu region bracing for powerful Typhoon No. 10

By clicking above image, you can go to original article in The Asahi Shimbun Authorities urged residents of the Kyushu region in southern Japan to be on the highest level of alert as monster Typhoon No. 10 looked set to make a direct hit.

【Today's English】Imperial couple grappling with ways to reach out in pandemic

By clicking above image, you can go to original article in The Asahi Shimbun Stuck at home because of the novel coronavirus, Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako are seeking new ways to reach out to the public to offer reassurances and enco…

【Today's English】Group in Japan to develop, make masks that meet N95 safety level

By clicking above image, you can go to original article in The Asahi Shimbun To remedy the N95-standard face mask shortage at Japan hospitals caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, a medical institution and three companies in the Kansai region h…

【Today's English】Tokyo start-up shows off manned flight of its flying car

By clicking above image, you can go to original article in The Asahi Shimbun A Tokyo company has achieved what it says is the first manned flight of a flying car in Japan.

【Today's English】3 in 4 LGBT people want legal rights for same-sex couples

By clicking above image, you can go to original article in The Asahi Shimbun Three in four LGBT people in Japan want a government policy that guarantees the legal rights of same-sex couples, according to a recently released online survey.

【Today's English】Japanese wear face masks, but the main reason is just to fit in

By clicking above image, you can go to original article in The Asahi Shimbun Japanese people have taken to wearing face masks during the pandemic, but the main reason for doing so has more to do with going along with others than preventing…

【Today's English】Courageous Ikee wins in 1st race back after fight against leukemia

By clicking above image, you can go to original article in The Asahi Shimbun Slowest in the pool at the start, Japanese swimming star Rikako Ikee quickly found her championship form in a stirring comeback that brought tears to her eyes and…

【Today's English】Abe’s political legacy gets mixed reaction after he says he’s quitting

By clicking above image, you can go to original article in The Asahi Shimbun As the notion of life without Shinzo Abe as prime minister began to sink in, people from all walks of life weighed in with what they felt was his legacy.

【Today's English】Banners marking Abe milestone score hits, misses with the public

By clicking above image, you can go to original article in The Asahi Shimbun Social media predictably reacted to prominent banners hoisted at local government buildings in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's home constituency in Yamaguchi Prefectu…

【Today's English】Bornean snake cuts prey using underjaws like ‘knife and fork’

By clicking above image, you can go to original article in The Asahi Shimbun While most snakes swallow their prey whole, one species of snake on Borneo island in Malaysia uses its left and right lower jaws like a knife and fork to separate…

【Today's English】Shibuya Sky offers yoga with a view, 230 meters above ground

By clicking above image, you can go to original article in The Asahi Shimbun People in Tokyo brought their yoga to new heights as they stretched and relaxed on the roof of the tallest building in the Shibuya district on Aug. 26.

【Today's English】Japan to partly lift travel bans on Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar

By clicking above image, you can go to original article in The Asahi Shimbun Japan will partially reopen travel to and from Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar in early September as restrictions that were imposed amid the novel coronavirus pandemic…

【Today's English】Tokyo reports 95 new virus cases, below 100 for 1st time since July 8

By clicking above image, you can go to original article in The Asahi Shimbun Japan's capital confirmed 95 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Aug. 24, the Tokyo metropolitan government announced. It is the first time Tokyo's daily count …

【Today's English】Ceremony marks sinking of vessel taking Okinawa citizens to safety

By clicking above image, you can go to original article in The Asahi Shimbun NAHA--A scaled-back memorial service was held here on Aug. 22 on the 76th anniversary of the sinking of a Japanese cargo ship evacuating about 1,800 children, tea…

【Today's English】Like a full moon: 2nd fireball since July 2 dazzles Japan’s skies

By clicking above image, you can go to original article in The Asahi Shimbun A spectacular fireball lit up the sky over the Kanto region around 10:30 p.m. on Aug. 21.