Japanese Company’s Moon Mission Takes off on SpaceX Rocket

Deutsche Welle

A Tokyo-based company has become the first private entity to send a mission to the moon. If successful, it will be the first moon landing by a Japanese spacecraft.


Civic Rights for Foreign Residents Sparks Backlash in Japan

East Asia Forum

Voting rights for foreigners wasn’t an issue in Japan’s general elections last year, yet conservative mass media latched onto a proposal by the city assembly of Musashino in suburban Tokyo, making it an issue of national security.


The Diplomatic Struggle Over Taiwan’s Name in the Olympics

Global Voices

The Taiwanese team can only compete under the name of Chinese Taipei in the Games. Some are trying to change that.


Covid Removes the Luster From Japan’s ‘Golden Week’ Holidays

Deutsche Welle

Traditionally a time to travel, shop, and go out, this year’s festive season has been disrupted by a third state of emergency as cases of Covid-19 rise.


Covid: Japanese Frustrated At Slow Vaccine Rollout

Deutsche Welle

With Japan marking the unwelcome milestone of 10,000 Covid-19 deaths on Monday, there are growing indications that the public is becoming impatient at the government’s slow rollout of the vaccine.


A Bittersweet Victory on Same Sex Marriage in Japan

Hideki Sunagawa, Ph.D.

The landmark ruling is a symbolic victory for the Japanese LGBTQ community. I wish my friend, Ikuo Sato, was here to share it and continue the struggle.


Japan To Cancel Tokyo Olympics — Report

Deutsche Welle

A member of Japan’s ruling coalition has said the Games will have to be canceled, according to a British newspaper. The Olympics is due to start in July, but 80% of the Japanese population are against hosting the event.


ILLUSTRATIONS: Tokyo by Night in Watercolors


Polish expat Mateusz Urbanowicz illuminates a side of Tokyo less seen.


Tokyo Olympics Pose Challenge for Japanese Farmers

The Japan Times

Time is running out for Japanese farmers to obtain the Global GAP certificate in order to serve their products at the Tokyo Olympics 2020.


Reversing Population Flow to Tokyo

The Japan Times

The Abe administration's efforts to reduce the flow of people into the greater Tokyo area from other prefectures are not having much success.

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