• Typhoon leaves 19 dead and 16 missing in Japan

    Helicopters, boats and thousands of troops were deployed across Japan to rescue people stranded in flooded homes as the death toll from a ferocious typhoon climbed to at least 19 with more than a dozen missing. Public broadcaster NHK said 14

  • Mercedes clinch title despite Hamilton’s frustration as Bottas wins in Japan

    Lewis Hamilton took aim at Mercedes' strategy after finishing third at the Japanese Grand Prix. Valtteri Bottas won for the first time since April to reduce the championship deficit to Hamilton to 64 points with 104 available. Pole-sitter

  • Heavy rain and winds as powerful typhoon hits Japan

    Heavy rain and strong winds pounded Tokyo as a powerful typhoon forecast to be Japan's worst in six decades made landfall. Store shelves were bare after people stocked up on water and food ahead of Typhoon Hagibis. The Japan Meteorological

  • Social media users shocked by topless Ronald McDonald advert

    Willard Scott’s original Ronald McDonald character appeared to have undergone an X-rated rebrand in Japan.

  • Dozens dead after Japanese animation studio hit by arson attack

    A man screaming "you die!" has burst into an animation studio in Japan, doused it with a flammable liquid and set it on fire. A total of 33 people were killed in the attack in Kyoto that shocked anime fans across Japan and beyond.

  • Japanese women campaigning to stop wearing heels at work

    Some 20,000 women have signed a petition to change the law.

  • Dozens injured after ferry hits 'marine life' in Sea of Japan

    More than 80 passengers have been injured, several seriously, after a ferry struck what appears to have been a whale in the Sea of Japan. The high-speed hydrofoil ship was on its way to Sado Island from the port of Niigata on Saturday when the

  • Japanese spacecraft touches down on distant asteroid

    A Japanese spacecraft has touched down on a distant asteroid on a mission to collect material that could provide clues to the origin of the solar system. Workers at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency control centre applauded as a signal sent

  • Places with new travel laws thanks to overtourism

    In 2019 visits are by appointment only at Machu Picchu, Peru. Arrival within an hour of the set time is a must and a visit cannot last longer than four hours. A sayonara tax went into effect on January 7th in Japan. You can expect to pay around

  • Japan launches satellite to test artificial meteor showers

    Japan's space agency has launched a rocket carrying a satellite capable of delivering an artificial meteor shower into our planet's atmosphere. The aim is to release tiny balls from the micro-satellites in the hope of mimicking shooting

  • Vehicle ploughs into New Year's crowd in Tokyo, injures eight people

    At least eight people were injured, one seriously, when a vehicle ploughed into crowds celebrating New Year's Day in Tokyo early on Tuesday. A police spokesman said the driver had been detained and national broadcaster NHK said the man had

  • Japan to withdraw from International Whaling Commission

    Japan confirmed on Wednesday that it will quit the International Whaling Commission and resume commercial whaling next year. It reverses decades of policy as the commission issued an international suspension of commercial hunting in 1986 but

  • Explosion rocks Japan shopping centre

    Around 41 people were injured in an explosion at a complex of shops in the Japanese city of Sapporo on Sunday. Reports said the explosion occurred at around 8.30pm, causing the building to collapse and a fire to break out, injuring men, women and

  • Heroic pizza delivery worker braves Japan's Typhoon Jebi

    Typhoon Jebi, the strongest to have hit Japan in 25 years, lashed the country on September 4, killing at least 10 people, prompting an evacuation advisory for over two million people, and stranding 5,000 passengers at Kansai International

  • Japan to test mini 'space elevator'

    A team of researchers working to create a 'space elevator' will conduct a first trial this month, blasting off a mini version of the apparatus and monitoring equipment on satellites to test the technology. The equipment, produced at

  • Inside the world's oldest hotel in Japan

    Take us there!

  • From Queen Elizabeth II to the Imperial House of Japan: Royal families around the world

    There's a grand total of 26 monarchies across the world, how many can you name?

  • Japanese Aspark Owl electric hypercar goes from 0-60 in 1.9 seconds

    When it comes to supercar performance records, we might be witnessing a new king. Novice supercar manufacturer Aspark has released a video showing a production prototype of its Owl accelerating from 0-100km/h (0-62mph) in 1.92 seconds. For

  • Former Japanese porn star Sola Aoi reveals she is married

    Former Japanese AV star Sola Aoi announced her marriage on Weibo. Congratulations are in order for former Japanese adult video star Sola Aoi, who just announced her marriage on her Weibo account on 1 January (Monday). Aoi, who is known to have a large following of fans in China, uploaded a photo of herself wearing a wedding ring, along with a message in Mandarin to her fans.

  • 21 weird travel facts you probably didn't know

    Thinking about your next holiday, relaxing on a beach in a far-flung destination? When you're luxuriating on that white-sand beach in the Caribbean, have you ever thought about exactly what it is you're lying on? Like us, you might have