Tokyo’s maid cafes: Your guide to the best service and food

(CNN) — Maid cafes have become so embedded in Japan that it is hard to imagine a Tokyo without them. There are now more than 200 maid cafes in Japan, but the good news is that increased competition is making them much, much crazier. It's even become an ... ( read original story ...)

Tokyo’s top hotels: From moderate to ridiculous in price

The Claska has the unfortunate honor of being known as Tokyo's only "boutique" hotel. The over-used terminology does not do the nine-room property justice. Luxuriously remodelled from an old business inn once called Hotel New Meguro, the minimalist Claska ... ( read original story ...)

Japan TV sorry over Hitler T-shirt worn by talk show guest

TOKYO -- Japan's public broadcaster NHK apologized Wednesday over a cartoon with Adolf Hitler's face that was printed on a T-shirt worn by a talk show guest. The black T-shirt worn by entrepreneur Takafumi Horie also carried a "No war" message on one side ... ( read original story ...)

Japan leader Abe shortens Europe trip to visit flooded areas

(Kyodo News via AP) Abe had been visiting European leaders after attending the G-20 summit in Germany. Abe cancelled a visit to Estonia, the last leg of his European trip, and returned to Japan one day earlier than planned. He returned Tuesday and held a ... ( read original story ...)

2 more deaths as Japan leader Abe visits flooded areas

TOKYO – Three more bodies were found Wednesday in southwest Japan, potentially raising the death toll from last week's heavy rains to 28, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited the hardest-hit areas. Two deaths have been confirmed, and a third body is ... ( read original story ...)