Japan lawmakers' group visits Yasukuni shrine for war dead

seen in China and the two Koreas as a symbol of Japan's past militarism. Kyodo news agency said about 80 lawmakers visited the shrine. Health, Labour and Welfare Minister Yasuhisa Shiozaki sent an aide to represent him, an official at Shiozaki's office said. ( read original story ...)

Ex-Yankee Hiroki Kuroda to retire after Japan Series

The series starts Saturday. "The Japan Series will be the end. I've decided to hang it up," Kuroda said, according to the Kyodo News. “I’ve been shown an excellent dream with an excellent team. "And now I want to go out with a smile on my face ... ( read original story ...)

Dozens of Japan lawmakers visit controversial war shrine

Tokyo: Dozens of Japanese lawmakers visited a controversial war shrine Tuesday, in an annual pilgrimage that drew an angry response from Seoul which sees it as a painful reminder of Tokyo’s warring past. The group of about 85 politicians arrived at the ... ( read original story ...)

Japan, Brazil to cooperate on infrastructure development

In particular, there is a large investment opportunity in the area of infrastructure," Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told a joint news conference with Temer. "I'm really glad we've managed to agree to launch talks on infrastructure development." ( read original story ...)

Espresso yourself! Japan perks up to 'sexy' coffee

Need a pick-me-up? Try a lychee-flavoured coffee infused with jasmine, or a 'Chardonnay' espresso served in a wine glass -- whatever your taste, Japan's swashbuckling baristas are bringing some serious sex appeal to the drink. In a country famous for its ... ( read original story ...)