Only 7% of rakugo artists are female, but Katsura Niyō just won one of Japan’s highest honours for emerging rakugo artists.
See a package of Cup Noodles and you might think of dorm rooms and cheap calories. But there was a time when eating out of Cup Noodle’s iconic packaging exuded cosmopolitanism.
Since 1945, Japan’s constitution has barred the country from possessing an army, navy or air force. All that could soon change.
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida now has the challenge of delivering on his promise of ‘new capitalism’.
Japan, South Korea and China are all moving away from overseas coal financing. For Australia, the writing is on the wall – the clean energy transition is inevitable.
When it came to managing the spread of COVID-19, Canada fared better than the United States and the United Kingdom, but worse than other welfare states like New Zealand and Japan.
A vast estate in metropolitan Tokyo, this museum and garden in the former home of businessman and philanthropist Nezu Kaichirō is a place of calm beauty.
In a surprise result, Kishida defeated the popular Taro Kono in the party leadership contest, making him the country’s third prime minister in just over a year.
The region is already arming at the fastest rate in the world, but China and other nations can be expected to respond to AUKUS by further expanding their militaries.
Despite its cutting-edge image, Japan has a soft spot for the decidedly 20th-century machines.
Fourteen years after the Quad was first conceived, its leaders will meet for the first time face-to-face this week. China will dominate the conversations.
Japan has a very poor record on promoting gender equality – and it’s political system is no exception.
Despite the sluggish vaccine rollout, Suga’s party, the LDP, is still favoured to retain power in this year’s general election, meaning whoever wins the party leadership contest will likely remain PM.
The Japanese prime minister has announced he will not seek re-election as party leader ahead of a general election later this year.
The pandemic has made some people rush to get tattoos for different reasons. A tattoo historian explains why tattoos are often seen to be ‘trashy,’ a view likely influenced by colonialism.
As well as spreading the virus, the event eroded public confidence in the government’s handling of the crisis, undermining future containment efforts.
In east Asian countries, past disease outbreaks have made face masks part of everyday life – but the social context supporting such behaviour isn’t present in the UK.
There have been eight women who ruled as empress, but Japanese culture has always prioritised maleness.
Maruki Iri and Maruki Toshi were witness to the direct aftermath of the nuclear bomb on Hiroshima. The art they created is striking.
A new Netflix documentary gives an intimate look into Naomi Osaka finding her voice in the world.