Tokyo 2020: Japanese Olympic Committee chief investigated for corruption

The investigation relates to the bidding process for the Olympic Games, with reports that a suspect payment of €1.8 million ($2 million) was made around the announcement that Tokyo was to host the 2020 Olympics. Takeda, a former show jumper who competed at the 1972 and 1976 Olympics, has been the president of the JOC…

Japanese tabloid apologizes for women’s university ‘sex listing’

“We would like to apologize for using sensational language to appeal to readers about how they can become intimate with women and for publishing a ranking, with real university names, that resulted in a feature that may have made our readers uncomfortable,” the tabloid’s editorial department said in a statement obtained by CNN. The article…

Yusaku Maezawa: Japanese billionaire tweets most retweeted tweet

Image copyright AFP Image caption Yusaku Maezawa pledged to share nearly $1m between 100 people who shared the tweet A Japanese billionaire has ousted a chicken nugget-seeking US teenager to become tweeter of the most retweeted tweet of all time. Yusaku Maezawa’s tweet dated 5 January has now been shared more than four million times….

Japanese girl to become youngest professional Go player

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Go is a two-player game in which players take turns putting black or white stones on a grid A Japanese schoolgirl is set to become the youngest professional player of the board game Go. Sumire Nakamura will be 10 when she enters the lowest professional rank of the game…

Mayweather v Nasukawa: Japanese kickboxer ‘underestimated’ boxer

Tenshin Nasukawa was floored three times by Floyd Mayweather Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa says he “underestimated” Floyd Mayweather but that he had “concerns” before his defeat in an exhibition boxing match on Monday. American former five-weight world champion Mayweather, 41, needed only 140 seconds to beat Nasukawa in Tokyo. Nasukawa, 20, was knocked down three…

Inside Nagi-cho, the Japanese town that pays cash for kids

Like many other young couples, they tried to raise their child in the city but found life among the apartment blocks too crowded and expensive, with few child care options. Eventually, they gave up. “When people are in their 20s and 30s, they can’t really afford to live in a bigger space in a city,”…

Inside Nagi-cho, the Japanese town that pays cash for kids

Like many other young couples, they tried to raise their child in the city but found life among the apartment blocks too crowded and expensive, with few child care options. Eventually, they gave up. “When people are in their 20s and 30s, they can’t really afford to live in a bigger space in a city,”…

The Japanese “demon of painting” who invented manga in 1874

This article was published in partnership with Artsy, the global platform for discovering and collecting art. The original article can be seen here. For years, all of Kawanabe Kyōsai’s prints and paintings bore the same inscription: Shōjō Kyōsai. The second word, which roughly translates to “crazy studio,” is the name he chose for himself right…

Drunk Japanese pilot nine times over the limit gets 10 months in prison

Katsutoshi Jitsukawa, 42, an employee of flag carrier Japan Airlines, was scheduled to fly from Heathrow to Tokyo on October 28 at 6:50 p.m. local time, but failed a breath test shortly before takeoff. The test showed Jitsukawa had 189 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood in his body. The legal limit for…