Japan Trends

AR Performers, a virtual group, perform their first live show in Tokyo on Jan. 15.

Japanese pop star perfection, served up digitally

Producers and fans are finding that virtual idols can be better than the real thing

  • 'Astro Boy' to return (in physical and magazine form)

    Subscribers to Atom weekly will also get parts to assemble into a robot

  • Japan makes a toast to 'Premium Friday' spending drive

    Some events draw more homemakers than men in suits

  • JR West shows off luxury hotel on rails

    Sleeper train Mizukaze to take passengers through scenery of western Japan

  • Private companies take initiative in Japan home-sharing practices

    Airbnb helps homeowners heed rules; Keio showcases condo lodgings

  • Kyoto University to train tourism management specialists

    School to partner with Cornell as Japan aims to boost number of visitors

  • Airbnb to help hosts heed Japan's new rules on rentals

    Platform may keep homeowners from exceeding annual cap

  • Polish woman becomes first foreign female pro shogi player in Japan

  • Japan visitors up 24% in January on early Lunar New Year

    Retailers see uptick in tourist shopping

  • Pedigree Akitas at risk from mongrel impostors

    Fake registrations increase as popularity surges globally

  • New breed of Japanese pop idols in vogue -- the oddballs

    Eccentric concepts paired with mixed media stand out in a crowded field

  • Reading, drinking, sleeping -- all in one bookshop

    Bookworms, experience-seekers find warm welcome in Tokyo

  • Babymetal serves it up sweet and loud

    The all-girl pop metal group from Japan is finding fans around the world

  • Ginza's tourist beacon getting brighter every day

    New landmarks beautifying a district known for its tony shopping streets

  • Japanese comedians milk culture gaps for giggles across Asia

    Talent agency Yoshimoto tests waters in Indonesia, Taiwan, elsewhere

  • Japan's travel sites cater more activities to foreigners

    Menus and languages expanded as tourists choose private trips over group tours

  • Cutting overtime in Japan -- a staffing company's efforts

    Workers set quitting-time targets to encourage efficiency

  • Cherry blossoms to flower in Tokyo from March 26

    Forecast is consistent with yearly average

  • Storied Tokyo market handling a lot less fish these days

    Poor catches, aging facilities and changing tastes all take a toll

  • Vinyl boom rolls into Japan at 33rpm

    Analogue music takes the stage in a country known for digital likings