Japan unveils $48 billion package to ease rising price pain

Japan unveiled a $48.6-billion economic package on Tuesday that includes handouts for low-income families to help cushion the impact of rising prices and energy costs on households. “We must avoid at all costs letting surging oil and prices sabotage our efforts for the recovery of economic and social activity from the coronavirus pandemic,” Prime Minister […]

Child confirmed dead as Hokkaido tourism boat accident toll rises to 11

by Kyoko HASEGAWA Japanese rescuers on Monday confirmed the death of a child in a weekend sightseeing boat accident, raising the death toll to at least 11, as efforts to find survivors continued. The Kazu I was carrying 24 passengers, including two children and two crew, when it sent a distress signal on Saturday afternoon […]

Prettier in pink: the push to remake Japan’s cherry blossom season

by Hiroshi HIYAMA Japan’s famed cherry blossom season blankets the country in the delicate white flowers of the prized and popular “somei-yoshino” tree, delighting residents and visitors alike. But some want change. The season produces a nationwide frenzy, as forecasters compete to declare when full bloom will arrive, and Japanese unfurl picnic blankets for sometimes […]

Visitors from 39 countries can enjoy Globe 5G mobile services

Foreigners from 39 countries who will be visiting the Philippines can now enjoy Globe’s 5G mobile services. As the country reopens its borders, Globe is enabling tourists to experience 5G in major Philippine destinations. Countries where Globe has inbound roaming partnerships include Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hong […]

Japan fast-food chain Yoshinoya fires official over sexist comments

One of Japan’s most popular fast-food firms said on Tuesday that it had fired a top executive who reportedly suggested a marketing strategy of getting “virgins addicted” to the company’s products. Yoshinoya, which operates a chain of restaurants serving cheap beef bowls in Japan and abroad, did not immediately confirm the exact comments made by […]

Toshiba pauses spin-off plan, weighs going private

Troubled Japanese conglomerate Toshiba has said it is suspending its plan to split into two after last month’s shareholder vote against the idea and will now weigh the possibility of going private. The firm announced in a statement Thursday that its management team will lead discussions with private equity funds and other possible investors on […]

Japan rules out withdrawal from joint Russia gas project

Japan has no plans to withdraw from a joint Russian oil and gas project, despite joining tough sanctions on Moscow over its Ukraine invasion, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Thursday. Energy resource-poor Japan is attempting to balance its need for fossil fuels with toeing a hard line on Russia, and has faced questions over its […]

Toyota pauses most Japan production after quake

The world’s top-selling automaker Toyota said Friday it will halt operations on the majority of its Japanese production lines for three days as parts supply is hit by a recent powerful earthquake. The 7.4-magnitude quake jolted east Japan on Wednesday night, derailing a bullet train and initially cutting power to over two million homes. Three […]

Japan presses UAE to pump more oil as Ukraine war spikes prices

Japan on Sunday urged the United Arab Emirates to pump more oil to calm markets rocked by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the latest major consumer to lobby Gulf producers. The plea by Japan’s Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi came during meetings with Emirati officials which coincided with a visit by Germany’s economy minister, three weeks into […]

Jam Acuzar takes little one to art museums in Japan

She will grow up just like her mother! While we can’t predict the future for sure, we still think that Jam Acuzar’s baby will grow up loving the arts. As early as now, Bellas Artes Projects founder Jam Acuzar takes her baby to art museums. Last Friday, she visited the Mori Art Museum, the baby […]