One killed, two injured in Japan park blasts

TOKYO - One person was killed and at least two injured by two near-simultaneous blasts in a Japanese park on Sunday, the local fire department said. The explosions occurred at a park in Utsunomiya, some 100 kilometres north of Tokyo, shortly after 11.30am ... ( read original story ...)

J-pop and sci-fi: outlandish shows at Tokyo Fashion Week

TOKYO - The Marc Jacobs of Japan, singing cats and models cloaked in armour: J-pop and science fiction transformed Tokyo Fashion Week spring/summer 2017 into a style fest unlike any other. In a world where fashion mines entertainment like never before ... ( read original story ...)

Osaka: WTA Newcomer of the Year

SINGAPORE - Naomi Osaka has been named WTA Newcomer of the Year for 2016. The 19-year-old has enjoyed a breakthrough year on the tour in 2016, rising to a career-high ranking of No.40 after finishing 2015 ranked No.203. Osaka made an impact at Grand Slam ... ( read original story ...)

Japan earthquake: 6.2 magnitude quake hits west of country

A powerful earthquake with a suspected magnitude of 6.6 has shaken western Japan, injuring seven people -– one seriously. The Meteorological Agency said the earthquake occurred Friday at 2:10 p.m. (0510 GMT) in Japan's western prefecture of Tottori ... ( read original story ...)

How the world would benefit by turning Japanese

HAVING just returned from my second visit to Japan, I’m struck by the vast differences between them and us. I’m experiencing a strange type of sadness and not just regular post-holiday blues. I was in Japan with my boyfriend to see Boston rock band ... ( read original story ...)