Jan 05
Japan has long been a sort of paradise for lovers of alcohol. Beer and a wide range of other hard drinks are easily available from vending machines and at fairly reasonable prices. Drinking often or in public is pretty tolerated and contrary to popular belief in other countries, heavy drinking can help you get ahead in corporate Japan. (Japan Today)

Jan 03
A revised anti-stalking law took effect Tuesday to crack down on stalking via social networking services, which counselors warn is enmeshing a growing number of teenagers. (Japan Times)

Jan 03
Eleven people were rushed to hospitals here after choking on mochi rice cakes on Sunday, two of the victims choking to death, authorities said. (

Jan 03
Former Beatle Paul McCartney will tour Japan in April, playing three concerts at Tokyo Dome on April 27, 29 and 30. (Japan Today)

Jan 02
An 80-year-old woman and her 17-year-old grandson were stabbed early Sunday in their home in Marugame, Kagawa Prefecture. (Japan Today)

Jan 01
Tens of thousands of people gathered near a station in central Tokyo for the New Year’s countdown. (NHK)

Jan 01
Japan’s Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko have received New Year greetings from state dignitaries and foreign envoys. (NHK)

Jan 01
A car carrying a family of five drove off the fifth-floor ramp of a parking garage Saturday in Yokosuka near Tokyo, leaving three dead and two seriously injured, police said. (Kyodo)

Dec 31
A Chilean man suspected by French police of killing a missing Japanese exchange student was spotted in the neighborhood of his home in Santiago, Chile, Fuji News Network reported on Saturday (Dec. 31), amid efforts by local authorities to comb through security camera footage to track him down. (

Dec 30
A week after a massive fire hit the main area of the city of Itoigawa, Niigata Prefecture, central Japan, local authorities are grappling with such problems as debris removal, support for affected people and businesses, and the reconstruction of the afflicted district. (Jiji)