Japan youngster starts volunteer online message counseling

TOKYO (AP) — Suicides are on the rise among Japanese teens and that worries 21-year-old Koki Ozora, who grew up depressed and lonely. His nonprofit “Anata no Ibasho,” or “A Place fo...

Japanese director known for single shots releases Zoom film

TOKYO (AP) — The Japanese director who shot to stardom with a zombie movie featuring a delightfully long single shot has for his latest project turned to a video tool that’s become an everyday part of...

Tropical storm unleashes rain, strong winds in south Japan

TOKYO (AP) — Tropical Storm Chan-hom brought powerful winds and rain to southern Japan on Saturday, with the weather bureau warning of landslides and flooding in most of the country. ...

Judo in Japan: Getting unwanted scrutiny for abuse, violence

TOKYO (AP) — Japan is the home of judo, and the 19th-century martial art is sure to get more attention at home than any other sport at next year's Tokyo Olympics. But it’s also draw...

Japan Catholic Church sued for damages in alleged sex abuse

TOKYO (AP) — A woman has filed a suit against the Roman Catholic Church in Japan alleging that a priest raped her four decades ago, as the church's unfolding worldwide sexual abuse crisis gradually re...

Storm heading northward toward Japan packing winds, downpour

TOKYO (AP) — A tropical storm developing in the Pacific Ocean, was slowly sweeping toward Japan on Tuesday, threatening the main island of Honshu with heavy rainfall and harsh winds. ...

Typhoon Haishen unleashes rain, strong winds in south Japan

TOKYO (AP) — The second powerful typhoon to slam Japan in a week unleashed fierce winds and rain on southern islands on Sunday, blowing off rooftops and leaving homes without power as it edged northwa...

Typhoon Haishen approaching Japan, packing powerful winds

TOKYO (AP) — A powerful typhoon, the second in a week, was barreling toward the southern cluster of Japanese Okinawa islands on Saturday, prompting warnings about torrential rainfall and fierce wind g...

Rains hit southern Japan island as Koreas ready for typhoon

TOKYO (AP) — An offshore typhoon brought torrents of rain to southern Japan on Wednesday heading to the Korean Peninsula as another storm in the Pacific was growing stronger. Typhoon...

Strong typhoon sweeping over Japan's southernmost islands

TOKYO (AP) — A powerful typhoon was blowing over Japan's southernmost islands early Tuesday on course for Japan's main southern island and later the Korean Peninsula. Warnings issued...

Japan museum portrays pandemic life through everyday things

TOKYO (AP) — Takeout menus. Directions for attending a funeral. A leaflet from a local shrine, announcing the cancellation of summer festivals. These humble, everyday artifacts of li...

Japan's leader says hospital trip was just for checkup

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe brushed off lingering worries about his health Wednesday, saying he went to the hospital for a checkup. “I got a checkup a day before...

Japan's leader goes to hospital, raising health concerns

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe went to a hospital on Monday for what Japanese media said was a regular health checkup, although the visit generated renewed worries about his health. ...

US commander affirms US support for Japan on China dispute

TOKYO (AP) — The United States supports Japan's protests over Chinese ships venturing into the economic waters near disputed East China Sea islands, the commander of the U.S. Forces in Japan said Wedn...

Flooding, mudslides hit northern Japan after heavy rainfall

TOKYO (AP) — Heavy rain poured over northern Japan on Wednesday, flooding residential areas and prompting warnings of mudslides. The Mogami River in Yamagata prefecture flooded four...