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The Japanese ClimateJapan Glances

From subarctic Hokkaidō to subtropical Okinawa, Japan’s climate varies greatly by region.

Party Leaders Debate Ahead of July 2016 House of Councillors ElectionJapan Data

Prime Minister Abe Shinzō and other Japanese party leaders took part in a debate on June 21, 2016. The Constitution, the economy, and other key issues are likely to dominate discussion during campaigning for the July 10 House of Councillors election.

Japan Glances IndexJapan Glances

Discover Japan by picking a theme from the list below and exploring the related topics. Each short overview is illustrated with colorful photographs.

HarajukuJapan Glances

Known as Japan’s youth and street-fashion center, Harajuku has become the epicenter of kawaii culture. The area also is home to the heavily wooded Meiji Shrine and boasts a wide selection of eateries catering to both young and old.

2016 International Tokyo Toy Show (Photo Gallery)Happening in Japan

Musical cats, miniature classrooms, Godzilla, and more are on display at the 2016 International Tokyo Toy Show.

Fostering a New Generation of Women LeadersGlobal Partnerships

Japan recently brought into force a new law aimed at closing the gender gap in the nation’s workforce by bringing more women into mid- and upper-management positions. To prepare women for civic and private leadership roles, a program run in cooperation with the US-Japan Council and other partners provides young female college students unique opportunities to learn from prominent leaders in both Japan and the United States.

SumōJapan Glances

The sport of sumō is a symbol of Japan and has been practiced for more than 2,000 years. It stills retains an air of tradition, and attracts droves of fans to the six annual professional tournaments.

The Political History of the Consumption TaxJapan Data

In June 2016, Prime Minister Abe Shinzō once again postponed the next consumption tax hike. The rate will climb from 8% to 10% in October 2019, fully four years after the originally planned date. In this article we trace the history of consumption tax policy in Japan.

Timeline for May 2016Japan Timeline

US President Barack Obama visits Hiroshima, the Group of Seven summit is held in Mie Prefecture, and Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors enter a capital alliance. Look back on the major Japan news stories of May 2016.

“Ekinaka”: Shopping Complexes Inside Train StationsJapan Glances

Many of Tokyo’s terminal stations host small-scale shopping areas where passengers can shop between catching trains. These complexes have become big business by taking advantage of prime locations to offer an array of goods and services.

“Minshuku” (Traditional Family-Run Lodgings)Japan Glances

Guests at minshuku can expect to enjoy classic Japanese family hospitality along with meals based around fresh vegetables and other local produce.

Hiroshima Peace Memorial ParkJapan Data

An introduction to Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Park, which commemorates the bombing of the city with numerous monuments and facilities.

President Obama Visits Hiroshima: A Selection of Related ContentFeatures in Focus

Barack Obama became the first serving US president to visit Hiroshima on May 27, 2016. The city is now a standard-bearer for the antinuclear movement, and locals hope that the visit can spur on disarmament efforts. Discover the city from many angles through the selection of content below.

Low-Cost Carriers Set for 10% Domestic Flight ShareJapan Data

Low-cost carriers offering budget airfares in exchange for no-frills service and streamlined operations are finally finding a place in Japan. The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism reports that LCCs averaged a 10.1% share of domestic flights through October 2015, indicating that discount airlines are on the verge of solidifying a double-digit market share just four years after they began operating in Japan.

Timeline for April 2016Japan Timeline

The retail electricity market opens up, the G7 foreign ministers gather in Hiroshima, and Kumamoto is rocked by earthquakes. All these and more are the top stories for Japan in April 2016.

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