How Japan Became a Model for Economic Revival

The world has recently seen two reasons to fix its attention on Japan. In May, Emperor Akihito’s elder son, Naruhito, ascended the throne, marking a new era in Japan known as “reiwa”—Japanese for “beautiful harmony.” And June’s G20 Summit was the first to be hosted in Japan. These two emblematic events have raised Japan’s profile […]

One of Mexico City’s Hottest Restaurant Groups Fuses Mexican and Japanese Influences

Seats at the sushi bar of Misaki, newly opened in Los Cabos, look out from just high enough of an angle that the blond wood of the window frames only the ombr? of blues, from endless sea meeting clear blue sky. Looking down at the table, a sampler of tuna sashimi echoes the coastal ombr?–this […]

Japan’s Sake Makers Look to Wine to Define Craft Brews by Region

Few alcoholic beverages are as intimately associated with one country as sake is with Japan. Nihonshu, or “Japanese sake,” became a protected term internationally only in 2015; before that, it hardly seemed necessary. Hard on its heels, the prefecture of Yamagata became recognized as a “geographical indication” on labels for particular sakes the following year. […]

AstraZeneca Will Pay Up to $6.9 Billion for Rights to Japanese Drugmaker’s Cancer Drug

AstraZeneca is aiming to expand its presence in the oncology industry with a new drug rights acquisition. The pharmaceutical company said on Thursday that it’s agreed to pay up to $6.9 billion for a cancer drug developed by Japanese drugmaker Daiichi-Sankyo. The sum includes an upfront payment of $1.4 billion and the possibility of paying […]

Japan Announces Plans to Send Toyota to the Moon

Japan’s Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is looking to take Toyota to the moon. Instead of a family sedan, the car manufacturer is making a pressurized self-driving rover to cruise the lunar surface. The vehicle, which is expected to make its debut in 2029, is expected to have six wheels and be capable of transporting two […]

Hajimemashite! How Japan Is Rethinking Tourism

The Japanese tradition of bathing in onsens, or natural hot springs, dates back to the sixth century, but not everyone’s able to jump right in. After interviewing dozens of international tourists, Hoshino Resorts, one of Japan’s leading hospitality companies, discovered a general wariness around the steaming-hot public pools that occupants are expected to enter naked. […]

Japan’s Probe Spacecraft Is Preparing to Touch Down on an Asteroid

All eyes will be on space on Friday when Japan’s Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) tries to land a spacecraft on a far-flung asteroid. The spacecraft, called the Hayabusa2, is entering its final descent towards the Ryugu asteroid and will attempt to land on it on Friday, according to the Associated Press. If successful, the spacecraft […]