Japan has confirmed more than 10,000 daily coronavirus cases for the first time. The nationwide record is fueled by a surge of infections in the capital and surrounding area. (NHK)
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said Thursday there is no link between the recent surge in the number of coronavirus infections in Japan and the holding of the Tokyo Olympics. (Japan Times)
As Japan's impressive medal haul grows, sales of official Tokyo Olympics merchandise such as badges and keyrings have been surging, with fans queuing outside stores to buy them despite mounting COVID-19 infections. (Kyodo)
The South Korean Olympic squad's decision to bring its own team of chefs and food ingredients to the Tokyo Games has led to a controversy in Japan. (aljazeera.com)
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Jul 30

It was a rough year for Japan's non-onsen bathhouses, but a comeback might be on the way.

Onsen (hot springs) have been part of Japanese culture for centuries, but they've been seriously surging in popularity over the past 20 years. At the sa...

Jul 30

“Don't knock it till you try it” comes to mind for some of these!

Japanese curry is pretty simple to make. Just pick your favourite roux, add meat and vegetables and that's it! But, much like other comfort foods from around the world, Jap...

Jul 28

Japan, the country so nice they named it twice?

During the Parade of Nations of the Tokyo Olympics' opening ceremony, the athletes entered the stadium as the P.A, system said their country's name first in French, then in English, and finally ...

Jul 26
The Olympic Rings monument is seen outside the Japan Olympic Committee (JOC) headquarters near the National Stadium in Tokyo, Japan, 23 June 2021 (Photo: Reuters/Issei Kato).

Author: Editorial Board, ANU

Despite the long list of problems associated with the Tokyo 2020 Olympics — corruption, scandals, budget overruns, a year's long delay due to COVID-19 and widespread public opposition — the event continues to be b...

Jul 25

The complex in Tokyo's Chiyoda ward, which serves as a home for Japan's royalty, is almost three decades old.

Given the status of Japan's imperial family, it comes as little surprise that their accommodations are swanky and numerous. While the i...