The voice was slightly halting, childlike. “Welcome to Miraikan, Mr. President, it is a pleasure to meet you.”
Sixty percent of Japanese people support the country's whaling program, but only 14 percent eat whale meat, a new poll showed Tuesday.
Nearly 150 Japanese lawmakers on Tuesday paid homage at the Yasukuni shrine which honors the nation's war dead, raising the stakes in an already tense region on the eve of U.S. President Barack Obama's visit.
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a gift to the controversial Yasukuni war shrine Monday, sparking a Chinese charge that he was offering “a slap in the face” to U.S. President Barack Obama days ahead of his visit.
Japan bolstered its military surveillance capabilities in the southern island region of Okinawa over the weekend, reports said, as territorial tensions with China simmer.
A Japanese state minister visited a controversial war shrine in Tokyo Sunday in a move likely to anger China and South Korea, which see it as a symbol of Japan's militarist past.
Japan said Friday it would redesign its controversial Antarctic whaling mission in a bid to make it more scientific, after a United Nations court ruled it was a commercial hunt masquerading as research.
Japan has finished slaughtering 112,000 chickens after confirming its first bird flu infections in three years, with authorities stepping up efforts to swiftly contain the latest outbreak, officials said Tuesday.
Just a seventh of scientists in Japan are female, government figures show — a record high rate for the country, despite being the lowest rate of any developed nation.
Japan's population has shrunk for the third year running, with the elderly making up a quarter of the total for the first time, government data showed on Tuesday.